First impressions do count.
This is the front courtyard of Stewart Kirby Design. It was previously a quite depressing space. The church required exterior repairs and maintenance. This work was carried out in a fashion sympathetic to the original style of the 1872 building.
The use of bright colours for the boundary wall, planter box and front doors have transformed the space to be very welcoming and a lovely contrast to the sombre church.
The Davery Establishment approached Stewart Kirby Design to transform a very dull retail space, that had been a Butcher shop for years, into a fabulous café.
Working with the existing building and a tight budget, the exterior was repainted a rich chocolate colour that created a significant visual impact, and strong contrast with the neighbouring cream buildings. Kate Fitton Art & Design was engaged to create signage and the glass designs. The exterior acts as an extension to the interior retro scheme.
"Thank you for adding colour and joy to the neighbourhood". This comment came on a 'thank you' card from my new neighbour after banishing the previous, astonishingly bland, cream paint that covered the boundary wall, entry gate and garage after Stewart Kirby Design moved to these new premises in 2013.
I appreciate that the new colours selected wouldn't suit every location, but they are perfect for this busy intersection in a grungy arts-appreciative community.
The proprietors of the fabulous Himalayan Kitchen purchased new premises in North Adelaide and needed a fast refurbishment, but with only a limited budget. Previously a (failed) restaurant, the interior decor was cold and lifeless.
Taking cultural inspiration from the rich and vibrant Nepalese tradition, Stewart Kirby Design created a similarly rich and warm colour scheme for both interior and exterior that breathed new life into this commercial space.
The owners had previously occupied premises on the opposite side of the street and it was important to maintain a degree of visual and brand consistency while positioning the Himalayan Kitchen for future growth and development. The new street frontage (pictured) creates a visual link between old and new Himalayan worlds.
This house was only a couple of years old when the clients approached me to design a space to house swimming pool equipment and additional storage. As it was in a newly subdivided area of an existing suburb, the local Council regulations were very strict.
I designed an extension to the left of the existing garage that perfectly matched the original style of the house. This incorporated all required storage plus a screened area for rubbish bins.
Design Eyewear is a long-established boutique optometrist that was overdue for a makeover. The floor space and budget were very limited. Changes included expanding the entry, replacing the window displays and changing the colour scheme.
The biggest change was replacing and reinventing how the ‘counter’ worked and where it is placed. All these changes transformed this once small and gloomy space into a one that feels and looks spacious, bright and super-stylish.
The transformation of this entrance to four apartments located above commercial premises involved relatively minor works but the impact was significant. Rubbish bins were relocated, doors repainted, the intercom was cleaned up, and pot plants were installed to give a sense of enclosure and welcome to this area.
This house underwent significant interior refurbishments before the new owners moved in. One area of concern was the original poorly sealed and unattractive aluminium windows and doors throughout the house (you could literally feel breezes from around them when closed).
The decision to replace these with thermally efficient uPVC double glazed windows and doors had the added bonus of being able to reduce the number of panes of glass so as to improve access to the stunning views.
This decrepit, and very unwelcoming, entrance gate was almost going to be demolished but its new colour scheme transformed it to a very loveable state.
This balcony has become a favourite gathering space for evening entertaining. The addition of comfortable and robust outdoor chairs and table with a splash of colour provided by the yellow Magis Easy Chair were the starting point of this design.
Plants added to the existing planter boxes has softened the edges of the balcony and help screen the adjacent utility balcony and neighbouring roof tops.
Strata home units
This group of ten home units were very ordinary looking and located on a major inner-suburban road. However, they were located in an excellent location, were generously built, and had a group of owners keen to improve the appearance of the property. Besides repairing and repainting the exterior I instigated a new garden.
As can be seen in the images, taken approximately ten years apart, the facade of the buildings are nicely screened by trees. The combined works have resulted in a significant improvement to the desirability of the property and its surrounds.