Taylors Road – Delahey

Type: Healthcare
Client: Kalyna Care
Size: 1,116m2
Location: Delahey, VIC, AU
Status: Stage 1 Completed

As part of a larger scope of works, Thextonsmith were engaged to complete a significant refurbishment of the existing Kalyna Care facility. A detailed review and design process was undertaken to achieve a bright, new contemporary look focusing on resident and visitor experience, whilst maintaining the facility’s Ukranian heritage.

The entry, resident living and administration spaces were refurbished, with the creation of additional resident spaces due to efficient design and furniture layouts. Due to the age and design of the original facility, limited activity space was available to residents, so a new social hub was created with a courtyard pavilion café, connecting existing resident groups and inviting life and activity into the heart of the facility.

Approximately 40 existing resident rooms were refurbished, with conversion of 10 existing rooms to eight premium rooms. An understated sense of luxury within resident rooms was created with the addition of a fabric bed head, new joinery in walnut laminates and full-length curtains and sheers. Premium rooms feature a raised coffer ceiling, banquette seating, kitchenette and sitting area opening directly onto a semi-private alfresco courtyard.


Client: Vita Healthcare
Size: 180m2
Location: Mornington, VIC, AU
Status: Completed
Services: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Project Management, Superintendency

Located off Nepean Highway in Mornington, this project saw the conversion of a four-bedroom residence into a set of medical consulting suites with five practitioner rooms and an office.

External works consisted of new permeable asphalt car parking, bicycle parking, soft and hard landscaping, external clean and refurbishment, DDA access ramp and street signage. Internal works involved converting four bedrooms into consulting suites and an office, the creation of two new consulting rooms, a staff kitchen, DDA toilet facilities, a utility room, reception and a waiting area.

The project was completed in September 2020 during the Covid-19 Pandemic, alongside Victorian Government Covid restrictions.

TLC Sunlight

Type: Healthcare
Client: TLC Aged Care
Services: Architecture, Interiors, Project Management, Superintendency
Size: 9,687m2
Location: Whittlesea, VIC, AU
Status: Completed

Located in a growing region on the urban-rural fringe of Melbourne, this project required the extensive redevelopment of an existing 90-bed aged care facility, doubling it in size and transforming it into a 180-bed facility.

True to the facilities name and the clients brief, the internal spaces are bright, generous and welcoming. Cathedral ceilings create dramatic volumes in living and public areas, with finishes in muted oak tones, rich carpets and warm white. With subtle textures added to the cathedral ceilings and passage wall panelling by incorporating grooved linings, a layered and textural effect was created.

Social facilities include a café, cinema/virtual reality room, activity rooms and various living, dining and sitting rooms. Beauty therapy facilities were created with a high-end salon- like experience through the use of stone and marble look finishes, edge lit mirrors and a refined selection of fixtures.

Heritage Epping

Type: Healthcare
Client: Heritage Care
Collaborators: FF&E by Distinctive Decor
Size: 9,4610m2
Location: Epping, VIC, AU
Status: Completed

Situated aside Edgars Creek wetlands, this two-level 148 bed aged care facility has been thoughtfully designed to reflect the natural beauty of its surroundings and make the most of the unobstructed views to the west.

Internally resident spaces open to expansive courtyards, allowing natural light to flood the interior spaces. A warm and inviting experience was created with the generous use of natural timber internally, contrasting with a bright white base. Natural earthy tones were continued in the flooring, ceiling and tile selections, resulting in a harmonious grouping of spaces with a real sense of humanity and nature. As one visitor noted “Earthy, spiritual and not just a five star hotel”.