Before + After: A Dated Brick Home Turned Coastal Holiday Pad

After snapping up a brick home in the Mornington Peninsula, – one of Melbourne’s most coveted holiday home destinations – Danielle Ogrisetti set out to transform the old property into a timeless family beach house.

Fast-forward 10 months, and the house’s dark timber features and dated tiling had been replaced with new joinery, floors, and elegant stone accents. It’s perfectly coastal and virtually ‘unrecognisable’.
See the before and after below!

Christina Karras

The transformed kitchen! Photo – James Geer. Styling – Natalie James.

Laminex cabinetry made by specialist cabinet makers, MW Interiors. Photo – James Geer. Styling – Natalie James

Kitchen benchtops by Essastone. Laminex cabinetry, with joinery by MW Interiors. Handles by Linear Standard. Tiles from National Tiles. Photo – James Geer. Styling – Natalie James

New, white window shutters also help brighten up the space. Engineered oak timber floors throughout by Flooring XTRA. Photo – James Geer. Styling – Natalie James

Light joinery cements the home’s beachy vibe. Photo – James Geer. Styling – Natalie James

Stone mantlepiece from Southern Stone. Furniture from MCM House and Globe West. Photo – James Geer. Styling – Natalie James

Linen by L&M Home. Photo – James Geer. Styling – Natalie James

Tapware by Astra Walker. Terrazzo tiles from Signorino. Photo – James Geer. Styling – Natalie James

One of the cosy bedrooms. Photo – James Geer. Styling – Natalie James

Wall panels from Surround By LaminexFormica cabinetry, with joinery by MW Interiors. Photo – James Geer. Styling – Natalie James

The home is ‘unrecognisable’ from before the renovation!

Christina Karras
24th of January 2023

Danielle Ogrisetti has learnt a thing or two about renovating homes through her work at Laminex. So when it came time to update her family beach house on the Mornington Peninsula, she knew she wanted to be hands on, and took on the role as the project manager and designer.

‘I have designed for many projects before and I have helped other people renovate, but this was my first personal project,’ Danielle says.

The original house was very old, suspected to be built in the 1970s. And despite being in good condition, it wasn’t suited her family’s lifestyle and ‘really needed some love’.

‘It had no plaster, and all exposed brick,’ she adds. ‘It’s never been touched… like ever!’

Having been a frequent visitor the Mornington Peninsula since she was a kid, her vision was to modernise the home with a palette that fit into the region’s light and bright coastal aesthetic. Safe to say, the house’s original dark timber kitchen and joinery, alongside the dated tile flooring and retro splashback didn’t quite fit the brief.

‘I wanted to arrive and feel like I’m somewhere different and on holidays,’ Danielle says. She gave herself just six months to revamp almost every room, but the pandemic’s Covid lockdowns stretched it out into a 10-month-renovation.

The kitchen was completely transformed with the help new cabinets by Laminex, and light-washed woodgrain joinery from Formica. Wall panels from Surround By Laminex and engineered oak timber floors throughout also round out the home’s contemporary, beachy feel with subtle textures.

Functionality and low-maintenance materials were Danielle’s other key considerations for the interiors. ‘I love concrete, but it wouldn’t have been a very durable product for a holiday home, so we achieved the look of concrete with Essastone benchtops in the kitchen,’ she explains.

And through ‘savvy’ marketplace shopping online, she found brand-new Astra Walker fittings for all bathrooms ‘at a quarter of the price’, which freed up space in the budget for floor-to-ceiling terrazzo tiles in the bathrooms!

‘It feels like a new home,’ Danielle adds. ‘It’s unrecognisable, but in a good way because it’s so perfect for us.’

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