Where to start?
We pick up the keys in just over a month and currently looking at builders to find the right fit for the renovation. We obviously want to work with a builder who produces beautiful work but is also on the same page as us when it comes to sourcing sustainably where we can.
We’re currently pouring over issues of Renew and Sanctuary magazines to learn more about sustainable design, find suppliers, and get a handle on what we’re about to undertake. We’re also watching these videos with experts in sustainable building.
We have lots of ideas and a long wish list of sustainable features, but many of them depend on budget and availability.
The main focus is creating a home that’s functional, knowing what we need and making a space that’s just enough for us. We have very clear ideas of how we currently use our home and plan to use the new home. So every room will be designed with a purpose with no space wasted.
We won’t be renovating the whole house or landscaping all at once.
The plan is to tackle it in stages, with stage one before we move in and the rest to follow over time. We’ll do the compost setup and veggie gardens ourselves while the stage one renovation is happening.
If you are new here, Dave and I are child-free by choice. We don’t need the extra bedrooms or living spaces the house currently has, so the plan is to create a functional space that we can live, entertain, and work in. This includes a home gym we use daily, an office for Dave, and my office slash dream home library.
The Swedish philosophy of Lagom – just enough – is how we live our lives and how we’ll appraoch the renovation.
The bathrooms, laundry and main bedroom were only recently renovated, so we’ll be leaving those alone.
The Renovation Stages:
- Front of the house – Kitchen, loungeroom, and creating a space for the home gym
- Two home offices and a library
- Entertaining area and landscaping – creating a native haven for wildlife
- Main bedroom extension and ensuite
Some of the design inpso below. We’re going for that bright, airy modern coastal feeling. It’s a classic style that won’t date quickly and suits the Gold Coast and our lifestyle. I’ve also created a couple of Pinterest boards so you can check out what we’re envisioning for the house and garden.
Images: Left Young Villas Canngu. Right Kalka