That design process of melding the old — heritage, classic style — with the new — modern, sophisticated and sleek — is always a challenge. And yet Willoughby house is a modern heritage renovation that is executed to perfection.
Leah Pitman, one half of the Bone Made duo behind this magnificent home, takes us for a look around. Including all the genius space saving secrets!
The original home was full of character and classic style which the owners were keen to protect.
“Willoughby house is home to a family of 4,” Leah tells us. “It’s a 2 storey home with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 living spaces and the open plan kitchen and dining.
“The exisiting home was full of character and it was vital for us to retain these beautiful, period details. We wanted to create a cohesive connection between the old and new. Our concept was ‘clean lined cottage’.”
A standout feature in this modern heritage renovation, are the clever space saving inclusions.
“Where we can, we always try and create as much storage as possible within our designs. Storage is always key with a growing family!” says Leah.
“Underneath the living room window, we created a window seat that joins up to the fireplace with storage below. This helps to create a really cosy living space and allows for extra seating and storage in one element.
“The hidden study nook off the dining room is pretty special. It’s a great way to add in a useful feature, but the pocket doors allow it (and the mess!) to be quickly and easily tucked out of sight.
“We also created a ‘hidden laundry’ within the kitchen. This allows the family to keep the space concealed if they wish, or open it up. Which they should! It’s a gorgeous space. The finishes palette is a flow on from the kitchen for that streamline, cohesive look.”
Willoughby house gets the balance just right when it comes to blending heritage features with modern style.
“The home has a really warm, inviting and open feel to it. I’d describe the style as ‘contemporary meets classic’,” says Leah.
“For example, within the kitchen, we opted for a classic and bold vein within the feature stone. We went for a classic style rangehood design and paired it with a contemporary joinery profile and colour.
“For this modern heritage renovation, we really wanted to retain the exisiting cornices. However, we also wanted to open up the dining space onto the living, so we worked closely with our builder and it took some quality craftsmanship from the trades to help make this happen.
“The end result is wonderful and creates a seamless look and finish to the overall space.”
What a wonderful home this was to discover! We loved taking a look through Willoughby house and seeing the wonderful blend of styles in this modern heritage renovation. For even more beautiful projects from the Bone Made team, be sure to take a look at their website and Instagram.