Sanctuary Key House

Photographer : Jay Drew Photography

As a return client we already had a great start point of understanding for this project. The aspect of this home is from house to lawn to lake, so the visual symmetry inside needed to reflect the natural beauty outside, hence a palette of tonal minimalism with details held in the features. The kitchen formed part of a key update – previously disproportionally small and dark, we reconfigured the interior and created a large kitchen, simultaneously transforming a small office to hardworking scullery. The large butlers sink and intricate moulding around the cabinetry are a nod to the style of the home; while the stone splash back draws the eye, the huge island is the hero of the room. Warmth is brought to the scullery through the copper tapware and sink; handmade Zellige Moroccan tiles are beautiful in their simplicity.

The new layout created a second living area, which was fitted with bi-fold doors that open onto the waterways, introducing a real connection to the outdoor spaces. There were lots of workable existing features; one exciting enhancement was the staircase: by accentuating, extending and cladding the first step and landing in natural stone, we created a real sense of drama. Central to the living space is the new Paonazzo stone fireplace, softly veined, this tied in perfectly with the tones of the chunky wool carpet. Elsewhere cold unforgiving tiles were replaced with warm engineered flooring. This respectful renovation has been undertaken in stages.

"As soon as we started planning for our second renovation, I knew I wanted to work with Kath on the project. Kath understood our vision straight away, and her interpretation of the potential has taken things to the next level in terms of both design aesthetic and functionality. We have worked with Kath before, and as expected she brought her signature flair and style to the design process. Her unwavering pragmatism also ensured we retained a balanced approach; so both time and money were spent in the right places. Whilst our house would now photograph beautifully for a magazine, it still feels like us… We are thrilled with the final result, and feel blessed to call this beautiful space home. A huge thanks to the very talented Kath and her team!"