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Kyal & Kara - Be My Guest

Kyal & Kara - Be My Guest ep2


Episode 2 in the Blue Lagoon Build renovation series is all about the Guest House.

Kyal & Kara have styled the space using lots of white and their signature oak tones, with some khaki and some rustic timbers. For the flooring you'll find easy to clean white wash timber-look tile in herringbone with under floor heating.

"We designed this studio purely for guests so we want it to have that hotel feel but also have the charm of the original beach shack", says Kara. Despite the constraints of a small floor plan, the couple have clearly thought outside the box and discovered ways to design an area that is compact yet feels spacious.

A raked ceiling was used to create a genuine sense of volume and make the most of natural light throughout. To that they added skylights in the bathroom, plus rake highlight windows in the living zone to absorb all the goodness of the north facing aspect, and high set louvre windows in the bedroom to easily capture the delightful coastal breeze.


Studio Apartment Rake Windows

Studio Bedroom Louvre Windows


Smart design features are important when working with a small floor plan. Custom kitchen cabinetry was made to run all the way to the ceiling, and the lounge room was designed to open up to a private courtyard thanks to the Paragon cavity stacking door, which when fully open enables the indoor and outdoor areas to be as one without panes of glass impeding the space.

"They slide all the way back into the wall cavity, allowing this lounge space to literally double" says Kyal. 

Studio Cavity Stacking Sliding Door 

Studio Courtyard Cavity Stacking Door

Studio Lounge Cavity Stacking Door


The windows and stacking door are finished in Textura® Surfmist Matt to complement the Hardie's Linea Weatherboard in Secret White and Colorbond Ultra Steel skillion roof in Dune. Read more about the Guest House build on Kyal & Kara's website

Overall the use of natural light and minimalist design selections used in this Guest House effectively make the space feel way more generous than the modest 40sqm floor plan would suggest, making it the perfect little coastal hideaway.

Watch Episode 2 "Be My Guest" now:


It's time to start on the main house. Watch Episode 3 "Beam Me Up"!