21 years ago, Helen & Peter Brierty had a dream – to build an Asian garden centre and small eatery in a tropical garden on five acres of what was a flat horse paddock.
Today that small eatery has flourished into a 100-seat restaurant, employing 50 staff with an annual payroll of over $2million. Housed within this lush and tranquil compound is also the iconic and world-renowned “Spirit House Cooking School”.
Over the years the reputation and popularity of the cooking school had grown so substantially, that it was bursting at the seams to cater for the sheer number of students and guests who wished to attend the esteemed cooking classes.
To celebrate the School ‘s 21st birthday the original old school bungalow was treated to a facelift! Well, more like surgery – as it was a major gutting and refurbishment.
The design challenge was to generate the best possible use of space on offer to ensure better flow and co-ordination that would both benefit the chefs teaching requirements and heighten the individual students’ experience. All the while, we remained determined to marry commercial standards yet maintain the integrity of the “home school” ambience, synonymous with the character of the Spirit House.
R11 grade floor tiles were utilised however they were laid in a decorative basket weave pattern reminiscent of thatched walls, highly durable textured timber veneer look laminate highlighted the cabinetry and a metallic brick splashback to the wet areas added a touch of gold Buddha bling! We also carried the opulence through to the “other facility” room … aka the bathroom!! Using stunning pearlescent & glass multi-coloured mosaics to adorn the vanity splashback with a huge 1200mm diameter metallic silver framed mirror to keep the theme alive!
The project proceeded at lightning speed to avoid unnecessary downtime to the pre-booked cooking school programme. As the bones of the building were re-discovered, we did need to tackle some minor construction issues, however, the selected builders, SX Constructions, were integral to ensuring the job came together smoothly and successfully. They were incredibly efficient at the task!