A period home with a modern twist by Laminex

An original 1920s Victorian home that had not been modified since its construction, has recently undergone a renovation in Camberwell, Victoria, and is a shining example of the way heritage and innovation can seamlessly combine to create a timeless aesthetic.

Built almost a century ago, retaining the character of the building was key for owner Peter Robinson, who was keen to ensure all remodelling work remained sympathetic to the period features and that original materials were recycled into the new design wherever possible.

As such, the resultant design is a juxtaposition of two eras, creating a deliberate distinction between period rooms, which have been restored to their former glory, and a new extension, which represents one of the major changes to the configuration of the house.

While the creation of this modern, open plan family area to the rear of the building is a step change from the original aesthetic, the contemporary design elements are underpinned by historical architecture. Doors and bricks from the demolished outhouse and kitchen reconstruction have been repurposed for the extension walls and, left exposed in certain areas, they form a focal point of the new living space.

The discovery of a Laminex benchtop and tabletop installed in the original 1923 kitchen also created an opportunity to reference the design choices made by the preceding architect and owner.

Inspiring Peter to upgrade the space using a blend of new and innovative Laminex products, a combination of Laminex and essastone by Laminex products have been used to emulate a Scandi style that is centred on references to natural materials. The space blends concrete polished floors and exposed brickwork, with Laminex Impressions textured surfaces in Sublime Teak Riven finish to create the look of real timber cabinetry across the front island base, overhead panels and oven surround.

“Green design was a focus on this project,” explains Peter, “and the Impressions range really enabled us to bring the outside in, thanks to its realistic look and feel. The quality of the material also meant that the surface wouldn’t fade or pose any colour change issues in the future, which can be common with some natural timbers.” 

The kitchen joinery is complemented by essastone by Laminex in Silica benchtops, along with a contrasting splashback in Metaline Splashbacks and Panels in Nimbus.

“Using Metaline offered the same glass-like appearance we were hoping for, while being easier to install and more affordable too,” continues Peter.

The colour palette is extended throughout the living space and into other rooms of the home to create a feeling of cohesion, with the bathroom cabinetry featuring the same Laminex Impressions textured surfaces in Sublime Teak Riven finish and topped with Laminex Freestyle Surfaces in New Kosiusko for the vanity top.

The vanity panels subtly accent on-trend limed timber floors, while the clean white base of Laminex Freestyle Surfaces in New Kosiusko emphasises the paler tones within bold, art deco wall tiles.

The renovation clearly demonstrates how essastone by Laminex can be effortlessly blended with Laminex products to offer a complete design solution, capable of aligning with all styles and eras for a completely individual interior.