Photos by Jacqueline Bosscher
Coogee beach apartment
This north-east facing apartment has wonderful views of Coogee's coastal parks and beach. With good bones, it needed rejuvenating after years of rental to tenants so that the new owner could take over with a clean slate. Beautiful limestone floors that flow from inside onto the wrap-around balcony were cleaned up and re-grouted by the highly skilled Ian Menere from Bathroom Studio Sydney, as were the stunning contrasting marble tiles in the two bathrooms. Stainless steel, slimline power point plates have been paired with the natural stone.
New warm LED lighting has replaced the tired, existing, cold downlighting. Down lights should be used for illuminating art and work surfaces only, and cold light sources should never be used in a residential setting. Central, warm ambient lighting that is dimmable gives a far better light effect and control. Angled spotlights are now in place to illuminate the new custom-made shelving that will soon be home to the clients 100-strong collection of plants - watch this space for photos in the near future.
New 100% wool carpet by Australian company Supertuft has been laid in the bedrooms, with a colour chosen that is in keeping with the neutral and earthy tones of the natural stone surfaces. Wool is a biodegradable and renewable resource, is naturally flame resistant, and absorbs sound. Underlay made from recycled foam.
Repainting throughout with natural, no VOC paint in a warm shade of white has totally refreshed the spaces.
Stone tile restoration by Ian Menere at Bathroom Studio Sydney. Electrical work by Mick Carlsson at Electricus. Painting by Marcin Antosz at Natural Colour Painting & Decorating. Wool carpet by Supertuft.
Sustainable elements & materials
• Rejuvenation of existing stone tiles throughout
• LED lighting
• Natural, no VOC bio paint
• 100% wool carpet, recycled foam underlay