Rumpus to Self-contained unit - Renovation

"Elmarié worked with us in redesigning a rumpus into a self-contained unit. Her interpretation and enhancement of our ideas was amazing.  Space saving ideas like using cavity sliders and placing alcoves in the walls were genius.  We were impressed with her suggestions of creative bed placement options to increase space and flow. 

We look forward to working with her again." - Robyn -


The Client had been renting out accommodation in one of the rooms in the main house, but wanted to have some privacy back. It was decided that the underutilised rumpus area would be ideal for this purpose. This room was initially used as a workshop and turned into a store room over the years. With its own entrance that opened up to a private courtyard it was the ideal space to create a self-contained unit. 



  • The entrance into the main house was concealed with a false wall made with recycled pallet planks

  • The existing gib board around the concrete chimney was removed, creating more space for shelving in the bedroom and bathroom area

  • New energy efficient downlights was installed

  • A new kitchenette and bathroom layout was design to best utilise available space 

  • A fresh coat of paint to ceiling and walls completed the project

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The Brief

Turn the underutilised rumpus space into a self-contained airbnb

The Work

  • Client meeting to discuss needs and possible options

  • Site visit to assess feasibility of project

  • Second site visit for measurements

  • Concept Design proposal and Final Client Approved Design package

  • Assisting clients with Council Consent Application

  • Sourcing of wall and floor finishes, furniture, curtains and bedding, all bathroom fittings and fixtures

  • Sourcing and arranging of quotes and installation for all work that required LBPs and tradespeople

The Result

A warm and welcoming self-contained unit perfect for short term accommodation of business people. The sleeper couch open the space up for families to stay for a while, and the kitchenette is perfect for preparing a quick breakfast or an easy dinner.