Visible changes to the exterior included new landscaping to accentuate the entry, and a glossy red paint finish to the existing meranti timber cladding at the front.
"This timber could not be restored easily to a good finish, so we chose to paint it instead," says Maree. "The post-box red is a popular Mid-century accent that reappears inside the house, albeit in more subtle ways. Here, it defines the meranti timber box that wraps around to form the entry on one side, and a wall in the carport on the other side."
On the interior, the design had to be unobtrusive, and as close to the original architecture as possible. The existing cork and resin flooring had petrified and cracked over 50 years, so this was replaced with blue-grey ceramic tiles that replicate the colour of the original bluestone that clads a wall in the living room and forms the paving outside.
"The tiles create the same effect as the bluestone, but are not an imitation," says Maree.
To simplify the interior and remove any suggestion of clutter, Bastiras designed custom American oak cabinetry the same wood veneer appears in the built-in cabinets throughout the house. The veneer matches the colour of the original meranti timber that still features on a freestanding wall in the kitchen, and the front of the peninsula, which was left intact.
"The new joinery has a very minimal design, so it almost fades into the background I wanted it to look as though it had always been there," says Bastiras. "The simple backdrop also made it easier for the owners to personalise the house with their furniture, artworks and homewares."
The American oak veneer appears on kitchen cabinets, cantilevered cabinets in the living room, and a modern unit in the dining area. The veneer is also used for shelving, bookcases and stair balustrades.
Maree says the balustrades were originally a Canadian pine that didn't work visually.