TLC brings dowdy Claremont apartment to life

Flaunting a fantastic outlook, but in dire need of some tender love and care, Drew Leverett and Rhionagh Rowley knew they had found the project for them when they stumbled upon this gem of an apartment in Claremont.


“Having grown up and gone to school in Mosman Park, I knew the area well and recognised the value in renovating in Claremont,” Ms Rowley said.


A love for updating and remodelling brought Mr Leverett and Ms Rowley together to start their own apartment renovation company, Leverett Design Co.


Mr Leverett is at the helm as the company’s cabinetmaker and builder and Ms Rowley serves as an interior designer.


The pair undertook a complete remodel of the Claremont apartment, taking out everything that formed the bathroom, laundry, kitchen and all the flooring.


“We sheeted the walls and ceiling and included negative detail around the skirting boards and cornices to give the illusion that the walls and ceilings were floating. This is really effective in rooms with low ceilings,” Ms Rowley said.


The living, kitchen and balcony were tiled with travertine imported from Italy and the bedrooms were given a new lease on life with fresh carpet.


Mr Leverett created and installed a whole wall of custom cabinetry in the living room, as well as cabinetry for the bathroom, laundry, toilet and kitchen.


An undisputed highlight of the renovated apartment, the kitchen features an all-glass breakfast bar supported by a brushed stainless steel leg.


“The glass is really effective in opening up the area, almost ghost-like while still providing seating and counter space,” Ms Rowley said.


Also helping to make the home feel more spacious is a full-height mirror behind the built-in bar that runs the length of the hallway, and essentially doubles the size of the apartment from a visual point of view.


A mirrored splashback in the kitchen reflects the treetops out over the balcony, giving the illusion of an additional window.


The bathroom is truly luxurious, with a large piece of statuario marble porcelain in the shower and a custom-made raking concrete sink with double faucets.


As the apartment is on the fifth floor, Mr Leverett and Ms Rowley faced the huge task of hauling equipment up several flights of stairs.


“The lift was just a tiny bit too small to get the Gyprock sheeting in, the ceilings were popcorn and the walls painted brick, so everything had to be sheeted. Fifty-two sheets of Gyprock had to be carried up the stairs two at a time because of the weight,” Ms Rowley said.


The team worked on the home during standard work hours only to minimise disturbance to the nearby neighbours.


Source: The West Australian


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