Building restrictions meant that renovations to this home were tightly constrained within the existing building envelope. An ambitious brief outlined the client’s requirements and desires for all the conveniences of a large home. In order to accommodate these, the house was extensively re-planned with a significant alteration.
The ground floor was rationalised to establish a more efficient use of the interior space, provide physical
and visual connections to the gardens and to allow natural light to penetrate deeper into the home.
The ground floor kitchen, dining, stair and circulation spaces were combined to provide one large open area giving the illusion of an expansive and generous space.
The chapel ceiling and double height volume in this space further enhance this illusion, creating a light and airy space.
A second floor was added into the roof space to provide for three double bedrooms and a large bathroom. The interior brief called for the design and detailing of all interior elements; kitchen, laundry and bathroom joinery, stair, fireplace and decorative panelling, along with the selection of all plumbing and light fittings, materials, finishes, colour scheme and soft furnishings.
The interior aesthetic is a combination of dramatic contemporary elements, such as the stair, combined with traditional
details and materials such as the wall panelling resulting in an elegant and understated aesthetic.
An otherwise muted palette is punctuated
with rich chocolate stained timber,
creamy grey natural stone finishes
and luxurious fabrics.
Finalist: 2009 Resene ADNZ Wellington
Regional Architectural Design Award
for Residential Interiors.