An engineered timber flooring product from Havwoods provided the perfect background to the palette of interior finishes selected by the architects to achieve a modern coastal feel during the refurbishment of a beachside home in Balmoral, Mosman, NSW.

The Hunter Road residence needed a master refurbishment to accommodate the needs of a growing family. Architecture firm Cradle Design worked with Frances Wellham Design and Aim Building Contractors on the design brief that sought an open, bright and simple aesthetic, with particular attention paid to the materials and finishes to achieve a modern coastal vibe.

Located adjacent to Balmoral Beach, the home not only required an aesthetic transformation but also a practical design that would seamlessly integrate into the busy lifestyle of a family of six. Areas such as the kitchen, dining room, living room and home office were all redesigned with entertaining, socialising and relaxation in mind for the young family; the extensive expansion of several areas in the home was also completed as part of the renovation.

The design team retained the existing high ceilings and natural light as they captured the contemporary accents of the brief, while the storage cupboards and furniture layouts were reworked completely as they failed to support the family’s growing requirements.

Each design material, including Havwoods Europlank Ice White Character timber flooring, was chosen for its aesthetics, robustness and quality.

“The Havwoods Europlank Ice White Character provided a perfect background to the palette of finishes throughout the kitchen, living and dining area,” explains Cradle Design architect Regan VanderWert-Walsh.

It was “robust enough to be incorporated from the entry hall through to the staircase, and had enough warmth and colour to make you feel welcome in the kitchen and living area and enough sophistication to sit with the new brass detailed bar, banquet seat and dining table,” explained Regan.

Photographer: Stephanie Zingsheim