With a knack for reinventing old abodes to suit the day-to-day needs of their modern occupants, architect Lisa Breeze is well versed in responding to client briefs, feedback and expectations. But it’s a whole different story when you’re your own client! ‘It’s definitely a different process – mulling over ideas whilst you live in the space,’ Lisa tells us, ‘the major element that is missing with an architect’s own project is client feedback!’.
Still Lisa forged ahead, starting with the easier parts like replacing carpet, refitting robes, and landscaping, and then tackling the biggest part – the kitchen and living area. Perhaps it was her own lived experience in the home that sparked the confidence to take bold risks, such as the steel-blue cabinetry and bright punches of colour throughout the space. ‘The humble, original building elements are an ideal backdrop for more adventurous new injections,’ says Lisa.
While for the most part all spaces remain in their original locations, the clunky kitchen that ate up precious space was re-worked to better suit the open flow of the townhouse. Cues were taken from salvaged building elements, such as the retro timber wall panelling, painted bricks, and the exposed floor structure. One of Lisa’s favourite parts of the home is the tiny garden, acting ‘primarily as an outdoor room to gaze on, and as an extension of the living space to be enjoyed when the Melbourne weather lets us!’ she says!
For Lisa, the reward of this project has been two-fold. From initially finding the property, envisioning the redesign and the satisfaction of bringing it to life,
‘but best of all is living in it and experiencing the day-to-day results,’ Lisa reflects, ‘now that it’s finished our feet are itchy and we’ll be keen to move on to the next project!’ We told you; Lisa Breeze is a bit of an overachiever!