Stunning Country Home

Looking for a new lifestyle of semi-rural living in Upper Brookfield, our clients have renovated their home for their new chapter of retirement, using stunning country styling.


Kitchen, Main Bathroom, Laundry


Upper Brookfield, West Brisbane

Having recently bought into a new lifestyle of semi-rural living in Brisbane’s Upper Brookfield, our clients, Jo and Tony, were passionate about creating the perfect start to their new chapter of retirement. Our clients had spent the past 3 decades living between Newcastle and Brisbane, always close to the heart of the city. Yearning for a space to both relax and enjoy the view or while away time in the woodworking and potting sheds, our clients were keen for the opportunity to renovate the original kitchen, bathrooms and laundry of the interiors. In completing same in time for summer, the scene was set for our clients to live their dream.

When looking to enlist a builder and designer, it certainly helped to have an interior designer as their next door neighbour! Briswest Renovations and its interior designer, Rebecca Low were engaged to build their dream.

Jo commented upon completion of the project “Everything feels beautiful and luxurious throughout the spaces”.

Rebecca consulted with Jo and Tony, exploring how they lived in the space and what they wanted to create. Several areas of the kitchen were proving difficult, particularly the cooktop. On an angled return bench and directly between two windows, the airflow would push the heat and air into the kitchen. Function was key, along with creating a larger zone without moving walls. By bringing the sink run longer and towards the sliding doors to the deck, the small, angled peninsula became a much larger return with the island bench feeling Jo was keen to adopt. A waterfall end to the peninsula gave a more dramatic and styled feeling to the space. Another area was the upper space between the oven run and window on the shorter side of kitchen. In order to create storage, yet remain soft and not overpowering in the smaller area, open feature shelving in Laminex “Oiled Legno” was adopted. Another inclusion was the wine storage either side of the rangehood, perfectly mimicking the width of the pull-out spice drawers adjoining the cooker.

Selections Day finally arrived, and Jo was excited to be taken to our go to suppliers and their showrooms to see the likes of large stone slabs in person and place samples against tiles, paint and fabrics and other finishes. Having some initial style finishes in her mind, Jo was keen to be assisted through the full raft of selections, from stone to hardware to colours.

Smartstone’s “Calacutta Blanco” was selected for the bench tops, whilst shaker style cabinetry was finished in Dulux “Silver Teaset” double strength. All interiors were painted in Dulux’s “Silver Teaset”. By doubling the strength of the colour for the cabinetry, a perfect balance was created between the two, allowing the eye to settle calmly in the space and draw attention to the stunning property views beyond the large windows. Feature shelving warmed up the space and ensured the upper shelving to the back corner of the kitchen did not feel imposing.

The butler’s sink sits beautifully, centred under the long windows, allowing washing up to no longer feel like a chore as our clients look out towards their dam. Certainly, the integrated dishwasher helps!

Simple, yet beautifully crafted pendant lights were placed above the peninsula to frame the kitchen and pretty up the space even more.

The hardwoods sadly did not continue into the kitchen area. Rather than matching the hardwoods, Rebecca suggested to embrace a classic terracotta feel with a modern twist. Here, the 300 x 300mm “Florence Cotto” tile, available from Beaumont Tiles was used.

Bathrooms – there are two bathrooms in the home. Sitting at opposite ends of the home, the style was individual, with cohesive nods to one another through tapware and cabinetry finishes. The bathroom towards the guest wing was kept low key, yet beautiful due to the smaller space.

Natural greys were used for the floors and walls, with white cabinetry and shiny chrome tapware to lift the space. Wall lights dressed the room perfectly, staying with the circular feel with mirror and basin.

The ensuite gave way for more detail and style again. Jo was keen to include a green or blue hue into the space, falling in love with the gloss green fan mosaic with its delicately natural colour. By placing on the vanity wall as a feature, the space feels glamorous, yet classic, perfectly navigating the overall look Jo was after. For further drama with a careful natural finish, Jo selected the Ceppostone terrazzo tiles. The large format brought modernity into the space, whilst being mindful of the home and its full aesthetics.

The window was raised and placed horizontally to allow for the bath to rest against the end wall, with light flowing in from above.

The laundry was a galley style, allowing for cabinetry along the one side. Given the narrow space, it was crucial to create the feeling of space. By opting for clean white cabinetry, light and lift was ensured, continuing on from the same finish in the bathrooms. Function was created by a tall cabinet for storage before a washer/ dryer tower. Balance and space was not forgotten, with the inclusion of lower and upper shelving with a hanging rail in between for all the farm work shirts.

Jo was keen to bring style and prettiness to the space which was created with the stunning black and white encaustic look tiles for the splash back. By adopting the same flooring as in the kitchen, cohesion between the two closely spaced areas was retained.

Happy clients, Jo stated “It was such a breeze, and everything felt stress free with the support and assistance of the Pete and Rebecca. The whole Briswest team treated our home perfectly.”

Certainly, this passion project was experienced by both our clients and the Briswest Renovations team. With a pony gate between the two properties, our trades enjoyed the horses coming and going, both enjoying their lunch and water breaks overlooking the dam. Pete and Rebecca joined the housewarming party with a handful of neighbours, Rebecca’s children enjoying hugs and timeout with Jo beforehand at the custom banquette created by the Briswest Renovations team, complete with beautiful upholstery from Warwick Fabrics as selected by Jo and Rebecca.

As is typical and never taken for granted, this community is close and old fashioned in its approach to neighbourly friendships and always looking to help one another. Amongst the helping to stop a certain neighbour’s dam wall from collapsing (and entering Tony’s woodwork shed!) and the “takes a village” approach to helping with our flocks of children (thanks Jo!), there are many impromptu gatherings and “bring a share platter”. Tony and Jo can now host their gatherings in style, sharing the Briswest Renovations’ team’s handiwork!

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Kind Words


Yes, Pete and the team at BWR indeed produce magnificent bathrooms (we have 3!) but they are also “top to toe” house renovation specialists.

Pete, Camillo, Rebecca, Cameron and the rest of the BRW Team have just completed a major renovation to our 5 bedroom Queenslander and the result is amazing! New floors, 3 new bathrooms, new kitchen, full window replacement, total repaint – The Works.

We researched long and hard before beginning our reno journey, met with many trades and builders. Within 5 minutes of meeting Pete, we knew we’d found our solution. As I mentioned to many of Pete’s team, we knew straight away that Pete was the sought of person that we could disappear for a couple of months, comfortable in the knowledge that we’d return to a job well done.

The care, attention and support invested by these guys extends across the board and is innate to their business culture, from Rebecca our guiding interior designer, Camillo and all trades, the respect, warmth, care and combined instances on producing a quality product was amazing.

We can not thank Pete and the BWR Team enough for the gift they have given us and would have no hesitation in recommending anyone to engage their services. Like all quality builders and renovation specialists Pete and his team are busy at present, however, I encourage you to wait for the best. Thanks Pete!

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