Adelaide based Katie Vagg and her partner Ben Spry were inspired to begin a home renovation project after winning the first Gyprock HomeStyle ‘Share your Style’ prize.

The renovation project involved the transformation of an old, dark family room into two bright and fun modern kids’ bedrooms. Katie and Ben had found their dream home built in 1965, with beautiful mid-century features including a stone fireplace, architectural corner windows, polished wooden floors and rooms filled with an abundance of natural light. However, with three children between them aged five, nine and 10 years old, they were a bedroom short.

Katie and Ben dreamed of creating a room for each of them. After deliberating over the floor plan they finally found a way to divide a family room nicknamed ‘the big large cream box’, which was lined floor to ceiling with wood panelling, into two functional and charming bedrooms.

By taking charge of the project themselves, Katie and Ben were able to ensure they were in control of the project at all stages, and could cut down on costs as well as let their personal home style ideas flow.

Katie and Ben’s first step in the transformation, after deciding on their new floor plan, was to decide on the material.

Finding their initial inspiration from Gyprock HomeStyle, Katie and Ben chose quality Gyprock plasterboard and Alto cornice to feature in the kids’ rooms, with a skirting height of 150mm, painted white. The walls were painted soft grey with natural wood floors, which allowed the features of the cornice to really pop.

As a result, Katie and Ben’s ‘big large cream box’ has become two functional bedrooms, filled with personality for Mason and Tayah.

Gyprock Marketing Manager Najwa Khoury comments builders, designers and architects know the incredible impact and value that quality materials can have on a home’s structure and design elements. With the continual increase in DIY renovations, it is good homeowners are also recognising the difference that quality trimmings such as a cornice can make to a room.