S+D Bruce

Full House




12 weeks


This project is living proof that when you start renovating you just can’t stop. What started out as a fairly standard kitchen and bathroom renovation soon turned into a full house renovation complete with new joinery in every room, including the garage. Right from the beginning the clients had a very clear vision of what they wanted to achieve in their home. The inspiration image they had for the kitchen, with its soft blue-grey cabinetry, timber panelling, white stone benchtops and brushed nickel finishes, is what drove the design for the entire house. Having had a provincial style home for some time, the clients were looking for a more simplistic, modern minimalist design.

At Tile Republic, the clients selected a textured grey terrazzo look floor tile for the wet areas, which we then paired with a nice warm oak timber flooring to run through the rest of the house. With half height walls in both bathrooms being tiled in the same terrazzo tile, the clients opted for large format matt white tiles for all other walls. To draw out the hint of blue in the terrazzo tiles and add a subtle pop of colour, we had vanities custom made with VJ panelling in the same soft blue-grey 2-pac polyurethane finish as the kitchen joinery. Add brushed nickel tapware, ceiling mounted rain showers and a matte white freestanding bath and you have luxurious new light filled bathrooms.

For the rest of the joinery throughout the house, we continued soft whites and timbers finishes to keep the house feeling bright and spacious but with a touch of warmth. To increase the amount of natural light in what was otherwise a fairly dim kitchen, we also added a large skylight directly over the island bench which completely changed the feel of the space. Perhaps the biggest change to the space though was the shift from a dated three-tiered cornice to square set ceilings. This was a monumental task as the ceilings all needed to be re-sheeted, but without it we would not have been able to achieve the crisp modern look that the clients were after. In the end, the house was completely transformed – every room looked brand new and was cohesive to the rest of the house.