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44 This entire house has been reoriented to maximise outdoor living and make the most of spectacular views. All the walls and ceilings are painted white to reflect the light and reinforce the resort ambience. To read more, turn to pages 24-33. Photography by Jamie Cobel.


VILLAS & COTTAGES In character In this extensive renovation, an old lean-to was demolished to make way for a spacious family living area and a terrace modelled on a traditional sun porch


Shining light A California bungalow keeps its traditional character, but gains a contemporary addition, lots of natural light and plenty of space for all the family


MID-CENTURY MAKEOVERS Design integrity intact Against a Mid-century Modern backdrop, this 1960s house has undergone a major transformation that respects the original architecture, but tailors it for contemporary living


With due respect A Mid-century Modern home gets a makeover that remains true to its origins, right down to choice of materials and furniture


HISTORICAL RENOVATIONS Lovely bones This renovation takes its cue from New York loft conversions, and connects with the rugged industrial aesthetic of the building


Slice of history The restoration of this traditional Singapore shophouse has recaptured its original character and created a light-filled family home


KITCHENS Kitchens make up the greatest percentage of renovation projects, and looking at these examples, it’s easy to see why


HOLIDAY HOMES Height of taste This mountain escape has been transformed, improving both capacity and comfort, while retaining all its rustic charm Back to bach Nostalgia is a powerful influence, especially where family holidays are concerned, which is why this ’50s bach was extended, rather than demolished

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Built in 1928, this California bungalow retains its traditional charm, despite an extensive renovation that has more than tripled the size of the house.

The renovation of the 1960s house on our cover has created a seamless link between the interior and a resort-style outdoor living area and pool.

In this kitchen remodel, an inefficient layout and rustic cabinetry were replaced by a clean-lined design with a strong urban undercurrent.

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Front to back The homes on these pages retain their traditional street appeal, but open up at the rear to provide contemporary family spaces and alfresco living

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In character In this extensive renovation, an old lean-to was demolished to make way for a spacious family living area and a terrace modelled on a traditional sun porch It’s often easy to see at first glance the changes to an older villa or bungalow when living areas are opened up to the outdoors. But there can be a lot more going on behind the scenes that makes a renovation truly magical. This traditional villa, built around the turn of the last century, had plenty of charm, with its gabled roof, bay windows and beautiful return veranda. But a leanto housing the kitchen and family area at the rear was well past its use-by date, says architect Jane Aimer of Scarlet Architects.


Preceding pages, facing page and left: A major renovation has transformed this traditional villa, making it better suited to modern lifestyles. Scarlet Architects redesigned the rear of the house, opening it up to a large covered deck, with steps down to a swimming pool. A fixed louvre cedar fence brings a sense of openness to the boundary, without compromising privacy. Above: With its bay window, long window seat and painted wood ceiling, the deck area references a traditional sun porch. Heaters mounted on the ceiling ensure this alfresco dining area can be enjoyed all year round.

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“There were other rooms upstairs that had been added, along with dormer windows, at some stage. But these were not working very well either.” Aimer says the owner wanted to open up the house to a new landscaped pool area. But moving an existing garage in the rear yard was the first challenge. “We needed this area for the pool, and we didn’t want to compromise the character of the house by putting a garage at the front,” she says. “So we decided to excavate an area beneath the house at one side


to accommodate a double garage with internal stairs. This was the starting point – it freed up the outdoor space.” The architect says the entire lean-to was then demolished and the rear of the house rebuilt. The walls were pushed out slightly to provide a bigger kitchen, dining and family room, and a large covered deck was introduced. “With its long window seat and painted tongue-and-groove ceiling, the deck is reminiscent of an old-fashioned sun porch. It faces north, so it gets the sun

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all day, and it has lovely views of mature trees and Mt Eden.” The extension features similar painted weatherboards to the original house, and has matching bay windows. It also has large bifolding windows in the kitchen that open out to the deck, creating a flush serving hatch for the barbecue area. “We kept the kitchen in the same place, as the owner liked the way this worked,” says Aimer. “But everything else changed.” The new kitchen has a large island that is almost a square. This provides plenty



Facing page, top and lower: Bifold windows open up the kitchen to the outdoor dining area, providing a flush serving hatch. The outdoor room also has a fireplace for cool evenings. Above: The large 1600mm x 1820mm stone island top has a waterfall side. There are drawers on three sides. As with all the drawers in the kitchen, these are fitted with Blum Tandembox extension runners and soft-closing systems. The glass pantry doors at right can slide out of sight. Far left and left: Before images highlight the extent of the renovation. This lean-to was removed.

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of bench space for food preparation and serving. The front of the island features backlit Opalite translucent laminated glass that helps to bounce light around the room. The large pocket doors concealing the pantry are also frosted glass. These can be pulled right back, so the entire pantry is open to the kitchen. To add visual definition to the rear wall of the kitchen, the high bank of cabinets around the tall appliances features a dark-stained timber veneer, while the rest of the cabinets have a white lacquer finish.


“The stairs from the garage come up into the house on the other side of the pantry wall, so the access is a lot easier than it was with an external garage,” the architect says. “The owners virtually arrive straight into the kitchen.” A long living room in the original part of the house was opened up to the family room. Formerly, it was a closed-off room that opened to a side passage from the front door. “We also widened the hallway near the kitchen so the space doesn’t seem so

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cramped,” says Aimer. “It has become a much more free-flowing interior, which is better suited to a young family. At the same time, however, the house still retains its traditional elements – there are formal rooms off either side of the entry passage.” Further major changes were made to the upper level, which now houses a new master suite, two bathrooms, another bedroom, home office and storage area. “Essentially, this became a three-storey renovation,” says the architect. “We created a new wider stairway to the upper

level, so it is more in keeping with the rest of the house. We also added a new gable end and dormer windows for the master bedroom, which echoes the look of the original gables.� The landscaping is another major feature of the remodel. Wide concrete stairs now lead down to a swimming pool with an integrated spa pool. A fixed louvre fence along the side boundary is angled to provide a glimpse of the lush greenery on the other side, while still providing privacy for both properties.

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Facing page and above left: A new wide opening to the living room creates an easy flow between living areas. The hallway next to this room was also widened. Top: The living room can be closed off from the family area with pocket doors if required. Above: Warm red mosaic tiles line a feature wall in this new powder room. The remaining walls were painted black for dramatic effect. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Shining light A California bungalow keeps its traditional character, but gains a contemporary addition, lots of natural light and plenty of space for all the family Above: Built in 1928, this California bungalow retains its traditional charm, despite an extensive renovation that has more than tripled the size of the house. Original features include the leadlight windows, front door, porch and roofing tiles. The renovation was designed by one of the owners, Angie Florence of Space For Life, with Michael Mu of M2 Building Design & Drafting.


The truth will out – that could well be the new mantra for a renovation. It’s all about architectural honesty. The new is seldom disguised as old, and the old is appreciated for its traditional character. In fact, so strong is this belief that even local government regulations are stipulating clear divisions between traditional structures and contemporary additions in

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areas where there is a heritage overlay or protection. Designer Angie Florence of Space For Life says an addition planned for her own family’s 1928 California bungalow needed to be a stark contrast to the original house. “Not only did it need to read as a modern addition, it also had to be hidden from the street,” she says. “We were able to have just a very small

part of the top of the structure visible above the roof of the house, but it’s a subtle element that is not too noticeable.” Florence says the house retains its traditional street appeal – even the original tiles remain on the roof. The existing leadlight windows, including those in the front door and sidelight were restored, and the high ceilings were retained right through the house.

“We enlarged the existing living room slightly by taking space from the room behind, and this has become the formal living room,” the designer says. “The dark-stained European oak flooring continues up one wall.” White shelving and white walls contrast the dark wood and a coffee-toned feature wall. And with brown and white leather furniture, the

room introduces the bold, monochromatic palette that features throughout the house. The master suite, opposite the living room, has also been enlarged. A bedroom and bathroom behind were absorbed to gain space for an ensuite bathroom and dressing room. But the key feature that unites the front of the house with the extension at the rear is the extra-wide hallway.

“This is one of the most important features of the house,” says Florence. “I wanted to be able to open the front door and see right down the length of the house and out to the lawn at the back. “I don’t like houses to feel enclosed, and fortunately the passage was already high and wide, so it was easy to make the whole house light and airy. We were also able to keep the

Above: The formal living room, at the front of the house, was transformed with white paint and dark-stained European oak hardwood. This forms the floor and continues up the wall at one end of the room. A coffee-coloured wall in the centre incorporates a recessed television. The room is designated a quiet zone in the house, to be used by children and adults alike.

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Top: Leadlight windows in the house were restored to their former glory. The master suite now incorporates an ensuite bathroom and dressing room – the space was gained from a former bedroom and bathroom. Above: The entire outside wall of the master bathroom is glazed so the owners can look out to a courtyard space with a pond and a vertical garden on the wall. Large-format tiles enhance the sense of space.


entire circulation area on the same level, so it flows well.” Although scarcely able to be seen from the street, the addition features two storeys, with family living areas on the ground floor and four bedrooms and a children’s rumpus room on the first floor. “We even managed to have 3.3m-high ceilings on the lower level, which match the bungalow ceilings,” Florence

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says. “On the upper level, they are a respectable 2.7m.” The ceiling height reflects the designer’s desire for a light-filled interior – the addition resembles a glass pavilion that opens right up to the outdoors at the rear and overlooks a lap pool at the side. “A home needs to have breathing space,” Florence says. “And a green outlook is a crucial part of this.”

With this in mind, the designer introduced vertical gardens to the wall beside the pool and another wall outside the master bathroom. “There is a leafy outlook from every room in the house,” she says. “The family room benefits from the reflected light of the pool as well, which throws rippling patterns onto the ceiling. Being in this room is just like being outdoors.”

Light is also reflected in the grey smoky mirror glass splashback in the kitchen, as is the vertical garden opposite. The kitchen cabinetry is a woodgrain laminate, chosen to contrast the white walls and white reconstituted stone benchtops. The island, which has a single waterfall side, provides a large work space, serving and casual eating area. It also provides plenty of

Above: A wide passageway provides a view from the front door right through the house. Because the addition is on the same level as the existing house, there is a seamless transition between the two spaces. Left: White benchtops and woodgrain laminate feature in the kitchen. The splashback is mirrored so that it reflects the light and the view.

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Above: The lap pool butts up against the house casting rippling patterns on the walls and ceiling. The entire outdoor area, including the pool, is illuminated at night. Right: Entertaining is a breeze in the new addition, which opens right out to the rear yard and barbecue. A 6m-long vertical garden on the wall beside the pool provides lush greenery all year round.


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storage and accommodates two wine refrigerators. Further storage is provided by a large pantry behind the kitchen on the right side. Michael Mu, from M2 Building Design, who worked on the design, took care to ensure the addition would not look too monolithic on the exterior. Consequently, the materials used on the upper level were varied. The main

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part of the addition is clad in cedar boards that were triple stained and rubbed down to create a weathered look. The corner that pops out towards the rear of the property is wrapped in a silvery coloured Alucobond. And a ribbon of Enviroslat battens wraps down the opposite side of the upper level, curving under the eaves to form a wide soffit above the pool before

extending down to the ground. “We have positioned a wall between the house and the bundary at this end of the pool,” says Florence. “This is made from toughened glass with a privacy film to screen the master bathroom on the other side. This room has an entire wall of glass, so we can look out to the vertical garden and a pond beside the house while showering.”

Not surprisingly, the house is well equipped for entertaining. Special lighting features include blue LED lights in the pool, spot lighting on the vertical gardens, and individual lights on the trees along the perimeter of the property. There are digital dimmers and LED lights throughout the house, and the entire system is automated, making it easy to change the ambient settings.

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Left: Several different materials feature on the exterior of the addition. These include Alucobond panels, stained and rubbed cedar boards, and Enviroslat battens that wrap down one wall and along the eaves to form the soffit above the pool, before continuing in a ribbonlike form to the ground. The wall beside the barbecue is clad in largeformat La Roche Grey tiles. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Urban Angles


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Window and door systems are the aesthetic high points and functioning components of an exterior. With so much at stake, a renovator has to be able to trust the brand and the installation. For almost 50 years, Fairview Systems has been helping Kiwis make more of their homes, with windows and doors that keep the cold out, the warmth in, change the feel of a space, and provide breathtaking views. The family-owned company has a reputation for quality products and innovative thinking. Today, it is one of New Zealand’s leading suppliers of aluminium window and door systems.

Fairview has window and door solutions for a variety of homes from the simple and cost effective, to the high end of the market. And every product in the company’s range is manufactured specially for New Zealand conditions. This renovated home features a conservatory with a sunny entertaining area. Here, chunky bifolds from the Classic series complement the natural timber joinery. The upstairs deck is positioned to maximise views out to Rangitoto Island. A relaxed indoor-outdoor flow is created with external stacking doors easily opening the entire corner up to the scenery.

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Above left: Aluminium windows and doors from the Fairview Classic series add to the functionality and aesthetic presence of this house by John Danvers Architects. Top and above: Smooth-running bifolds open up the living spaces to the outdoors. Fairview combines a broad product range with a wealth of industry knowledge to ensure clients always receive the optimum solution for their project.

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Modern outlook Extensive renovations have revitalised these homes, and captured the essence of their design heritage

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Design integrity intact Against a Mid-century Modern backdrop, this 1960s house has undergone a major transformation that respects the original architecture, but tailors it for contemporary living Mid-century Modern architecture can be a perfect fit for the way we live today, but there’s no doubt the original examples of such homes built in the ’50s and ’60s do benefit from an extensive makeover. This Southern California house, in a prestigious Beverly Hills location, had a Mid-century Modern decor, but it wasn’t designed to maximise the spectacular views from the property. Developer Izzet Levi Uzyel of DIJ Group, working with Xten Architecture, says he took on the project because of the


views and the distinctive architecture of the Trousdale neighbourhood. “We envisioned creating a home with vast walls of glass opening to a pool – a home that would epitomise the true California indoor-outdoor lifestyle,” he says. “At the same time, great consideration was given to the exterior architecture, to make sure it would blend with the existing Mid-century Modern architecture in the neighbourhood. It was very important that this house fit the mould while creating a new-generation family home.”

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Building contractor Jon Mut of Boswell Construction says the changes began with the exterior and the street elevation. “The original house had many small windows facing the road, which gave the facade a rather chopped-up look. We removed all of these, creating a single large circular window that better reflects the Mid-century Modern style. The new plastered exterior was also extended to enclose a gated entry, and the entire house painted white. With new landscaping, it has a much more dramatic presence.”

The remodelled forecourt also provides a strong sense of arrival. The design team created a highly symmetrical entry to the house, over a linear pond. The facade incorporates a substantial beam that crosses in front of the house. The space between the beam and the building has the same dimensions as the pond, which brings sunlight right down to the water. “We introduced a fully glazed entry, so there is a direct sightline to the view, right through the house and out across the pool terrace on the other side,� says Mut.


Preceding pages: The major renovation of this 1960s house has created a seamless link between the interior and a resort-style outdoor living area and pool. The renovation was also designed to maximise spectacular views. Facing page and above: With its sleek new facade, the house has a strong street presence. There is also a new gated entry and forecourt. The former carport is now a garage. Top and left: The entry has been transformed beyond recognition, with glass walls and doors, and a linear pool with a stepping stone.

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Top and above: The opening in the main living area was increased in size from 4.5m to 8.2m. Pocket doors slide away into the wall on the left side of the room. New screens, made from laser-cut powdercoated aluminium are backlit with LED lighting at night. Above right and right: With white-painted walls and ceilings, the remodelled house is much lighter and brighter than the original. The ceiling in the living room is also higher, as the floor level is now stepped down from the entry.


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On the inside, several structural walls were removed to open up the space and provide a more flowing interior. “The existing house had a lot of very confined small spaces – it was very compartmentalised, which didn’t fit with the way most people like to live today.” Arched openings, an ornate fireplace, wood panelling and a parquet floor were also banished, and the living room was stepped down from the entry to create an airy, spacious living space. “We added powdercoated aluminium

screens to divide the living area from the entry,” says Mut. “These are double screens with custom patterns cut by a laser water jet. They are backlit with LED lighting, so they are especially decorative at night.” But one of the biggest changes is the improved connection with the outdoors. The original 4.5m opening to the pool terrace was extended to 8.2m. Huge pocket doors slide out of sight within the walls, so the living room appears to be part of one enormous terrace.

“The weather in Southern California allows us to enjoy the outdoors all year round, so the entire house was reoriented to maximise this,” the builder says. “We also painted all the walls and ceilings white so they would reflect the light and reinforce the resort ambience.” Even the kitchen was moved from its original position at the rear of the house. This room is now at one end of the living space, and the entire corner opens up to the sunny terrace and the pool. “We chose a galley-style kitchen with

a long island and bar stools,” says Mut. “It’s a very social space, well suited to entertaining. A short feature wall separating the kitchen from the dining room is clad in porcelain tiles that resemble natural stone. These were chosen to resist the heat given off by the double-sided fireplace in the wall. Having this fireplace means these two rooms are not completely isolated – you can catch a glimpse of what’s happening on the other side.” But it’s not just the public areas that were the focus of attention for the remodel.

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Top, above and right: The original kitchen was replaced with a new galley-style kitchen with a long island. A porcelain-tiled wall with a doublesided fireplace separates this room from the dining space. This room is beside the round window that provides views back to the street. Above right and facing page, lower: Before-andafter images highlight the changes to the master suite. The bedroom opens right up to the terrace. In the new bathroom, a 4ft-wide pocket door slides away to expose the swimming pool – the owners can dive into the pool from the doorstep.


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The master suite was also repositioned to the front of the house. Here again, there is an extra-wide opening to the terrace, with pocket doors sliding out of sight. “We wanted to minimise the visual impact of the doors throughout the house,” says Mut. “The goal was always to concentrate on the view.” Pocket doors also feature in the new master bathroom, which is an extension to the original house. Two 1.2m-wide openings provides slices of the view, one towards the pool and the other providing

a more distant vista. This opening is directly aligned with the door to the bedroom, so the owners can see right through the bathroom and out the other side. However, the pièce de résistance of the marble-lined bathroom is the opening right beside the pool. “The owners can get up in the morning and literally dive off the doorstep and into the pool,” says Mut. Other features of the bathroom include a sculptural, freestanding tub and an open, wet-area shower.


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Above: A kidney-shaped pool and terracotta paving were typical '60s features of the original house. Not all rooms were focused on the outlook, however. Right: Lush greenery, new landscaping and an entirely new outdoor living area have created a private sanctuary. The home is now awaiting new owners. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel


With due respect A Mid-century Modern home gets a makeover that remains true to its origins, right down to choice of materials and designer furniture


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Finding an older home in its original state can be a lot more exciting than walking into one that has been upgraded so it’s scarcely recognisable from the original. The difference is all in the architecture, as this project illustrates. Owners Victor and Janice Maree, long-time devotees of the Mid-century Modern style, were thrilled to find this good example of the

genre in its original condition. “The house, designed by architect Linton Reynolds of Woodfall & Reynolds in 1962, is a classic,” says Victor Maree. “But it would have been quite experimental in its day, being one of the first limestone houses to be built in Melbourne. “Although some elements had become run-down over the years, the house had not


Above left and above: Built in 1962, to a design by architect Linton Reynolds, this Mid-century Modern house has been renovated to capture the spirit of the original architecture. Most of the exterior is sandstone, but there is a meranti timber wall at the front that has been painted in a high-gloss red. Left: Even before the renovation, the good bones of the house were clearly visible.

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Above: A solid bluestone wall is a key feature of the living room. The colour of the stone is matched by the new ceramic tile floor that flows through all the living and circulation areas. New American oak veneer cabinetry was added to many rooms, providing visual continuity. Designer furniture pieces in the living room include a B&B Italia sofa, Noguchi coffee table and Eames chair.


lost any of its integrity and was in sound condition.” Maree says the proportions of the house set it apart from many modern reproductions. “For example, the ceilings are an ideal height, neither too high nor too low. Natural light has been introduced very intelligently – the little high windows are perfectly proportioned. The house also has a wonderful simplicity that

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is hard to find in many new homes. Nothing is contrived.” Maree says the pair set about renovating the property with the help of interior designer John Bastiras, who is a long-time friend and the owner of Luke Furniture. Bastiras has a particular knowledge and passion for this era. “Right from the outset, this project was about authenticity and remaining true to the spirit

of the house,” says Maree. “And because the original house was built all at once, we decided the renovation should not be piecemeal, but also undertaken in one go.” Visible changes to the exterior included new landscaping to accentuate the entry, and a glossy red paint finish to the existing meranti timber cladding at the front. “This timber could not

be restored easily to a good finish, so we chose to paint it instead,� says Maree. “The post-box red is a popular Midcentury accent that reappears inside the house, albeit in more subtle ways. Here, it defines the meranti timber box that wraps around to form the entry on one side, and a wall in the carport on the other side.� On the interior, the design had to be unobtrusive, and as


Top: Floor-to-ceiling glazing in the living areas provides a view of a central courtyard, which was refreshed with a new water feature. Above: An exposed sandstone wall is another key feature of the living area. The owners say the house is believed to be one of the first in Melbourne to be built from sandstone. Left: Before the changes were introduced, bookcases covered the sandstone wall in the living room.

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Above: American oak veneer cabinetry is also a feature of the dining room. The owners added Mid-century Modern Eames dining furniture with a segmented base table and DCM chairs. The only window coverings in these rooms are blinds that sit beneath a timber pelmet when not in use.


close to the original architecture as possible. The existing cork and resin flooring had petrified and cracked over 50 years, so this was replaced with bluegrey ceramic tiles that replicate the colour of the original bluestone that clads a wall in the living room and forms the paving outside. “The tiles create the same effect as the bluestone, but are not an imitation,” says Maree.

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To simplify the interior and remove any suggestion of clutter, Bastiras designed custom American oak cabinetry – the same wood veneer appears in the built-in cabinets throughout the house. The veneer matches the colour of the original meranti timber that still features on a freestanding wall in the kitchen, and the front of the peninsula, which was left intact.

“The new joinery has a very minimal design, so it almost fades into the background – I wanted it to look as though it had always been there,” says Bastiras. “The simple backdrop also made it easier for the owners to personalise the house with their furniture, artworks and homewares.” The American oak veneer appears on kitchen cabinets, cantilevered cabinets in the

living room, and a modern unit in the dining area. The veneer is also used for shelving, bookcases and stair balustrades. Maree says the balustrades were originally a Canadian pine that didn’t work visually. “The new balustrading, designed by John, includes solid American oak handrails, and is much more sturdy.� An extensive collection of Mid-century Modern


Top and above: Caesarstone benchtops were specified for the new kitchen cabinets as they closely resemble the colour of the sandstone walls. All the cabinets are American oak veneer, except for the front of the peninsula, which is clad in the original meranti timber. Left: Wood featured in the existing kitchen, but the flow of the benchtops was interrupted by the position of the refrigerator.

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designer furniture enhances the link with the past. But the Marees and Bastiras have also included appropriate modern furniture, such as a B&B Italia sofa, which is teamed with a classic Eames chair and Noguchi coffee table. Wherever possible the existing moulded square light fixtures were left intact, further enhancing the authenticity. The visual connection with

the outdoors that is so much a part of the house has been reinforced with the renovation. “We love the large doors that open up the entire living room and dining room to the central courtyard,” says the owner. “With such extensive glazing, this has never really felt like a small home.” The original courtyard was retained, but refreshed with a new fountain water feature.

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Facing page: New American oak balustrading has improved the look of the stairs. Similar timber creates plenty of storage for a television room, which can double as a bedroom.

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Above: This home office is at the top of the stairs. All the rooms on this floor feature durable Tretford carpet.

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Mix of ingredients Future trends for kitchen design were clearly illustrated at this year’s Eurocucina International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition – kitchens take on a more organic look, with layered surfaces in woodgrain, stone and glass Back to nature, with a modern twist. That was a key theme to emerge at the 2014 Eurocucina International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition in Milan. The move towards a more organic look was almost unanimous, with kitchens mixing materials in neutral palettes, with the occasional pop of colour. Mid-tone timber finishes juxtaposed with pure white cabinetry created a fresh, open feel. This also provided a canvas that could be easily customised using appliances, tiles and decorative elements, such


as pendant lighting. Exposed brick, raw concrete and subway tiles were all used to bring a little industrial richness to otherwise sleek cooking and entertaining areas. These trends all highlight the need for appliances to offer more than a cookie cutter approach to styling. Brands such as Smeg stood out for their pure approach to design. Partnering with some of the world’s leading architects and designers has meant Smeg has a history of producing appliances that are not only efficient, but also offer distinctly different

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aesthetics – an essential ingredient to attaining a customised kitchen design. Smeg Classic underbench ovens and the matching compact ovens and cooktops all work well with white lacquer, timber and subways tiles. The kitchen shown above, by the Melbourne-based Molecule architectural practice, is a perfect example, says Molecule director Richard Fleming. “The clean lines of the Smeg oven and cooktop were a perfect match for the minimalist, utilitarian-inspired kitchen aesthetic. Our client has a passion for

Mid-century interiors, and the way the appliances appear to ‘hover in time’ is very appealing.� The Smeg Classic Thermoseal oven, designed by Guido Canali, features enduring aesthetics and a comprehensive set of cooking functions, from fan assisted and super cook to static bake and grill. With a large 79-litre capacity, the oven provides ample room to meet entertaining needs. The second kitchen, above, combines several on-trend elements, with its sleek white cabinets, raw woodgrain cladding

and understated pendant lights. This time the Smeg Classic freestanding cooker and concealed rangehood were selected to create a focal point, with semi-commercial styling in stainless steel. This cooker has a 126-litre capacity, and offers seven cooking functions, including rotisserie, static and fan-forced baking. For details visit save & share 45617 at

Facing page: White cabinets, subway tiles and mid-tone timber finishes are indicative of current trends in kitchen design. In this kitchen designed by Molecule, these materials are teamed with the Smeg SFA304X Classic Thermoseal oven. This oven has a 79-litre capacity and comes with an EverClean enamel finish for effortless cleaning using the Vapour Clean programme. This page: This kitchen also combines white surfaces with timber finishes. The Smeg C9GMXA 90cm cooker has a six-burner gas cooktop. Other on-trend appliances from Smeg include the Victoria collection of vintage-style freestanding cookers.

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Out of the past Contrast and balance are watchwords for these makeovers, which combine traditional character with modern-day functionality

Lovely bones This renovation connects with the rugged industrial aesthetic of the building There are two distinct design approaches to an historic makeover – one is to celebrate period elements and sweep the rest aside; the other is to emphasise the integrity of the entire building. This renovation, in what was once the second floor of a Brisbane woolshed, frees up the good bones of the original structure built in 1934. Builder Kris Johnson says the owners wanted the reworked apartment to have the semi-industrial character of a New York loft. However, the interior clutter of an earlier renovation first had to be swept aside. “This space has had several lives – it was a car park for a time, and in 1994 it was fitted out as a unit, with carpeted floors, white walls and a standard kitchen. Our work began by stripping the space back to the studs, retaining the original spotted gum beams and joists. We kept the existing windows, too, and sandblasted the brickwork to restore its bright hue. “We then introduced distressed wood floors as a character feature that would also call to mind the building’s origins. This was a major undertaking. For its role as a car park, concrete floors had been introduced throughout. We fixed battens to this surface and laid the French oak planks over that. To achieve the semiindustrial look, the wood was scraped by hand, stained and finally waxed.” With partition walls removed and the rustic floor installed, the apartment achieves the airy, loft-like aesthetic required. The owners also wanted an industrial-level kitchen as part of the open-plan space. Johnson specified a splashback and benchtop in stainless steel, and cabinetry in charcoal lacquer with a matte finish. “The steel contrasts the rugged brick and wood, while the island has a foot in both camps. One end is supported by a cabinet and the other by a leg of solid spotted gum. The benchtop is in 20mm-thick Calacatta marble wrapped over a honeycomb panel to look like a 100mm slab.

Preceding pages: Sheer curtains accentuate the height of this loft space and optimise natural light penetration. The makeover is by builder Kris Johnson. Left: Original timber support beams, sandblasted brick walls and scraped and stained French oak floors give this apartment a raw yet warm industrial aesthetic. Above: The linking corridor is aligned with the bedroom windows.

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Preceding pages: The charcoal lacquer cabinetry includes integrated appliances and a pantry. Above: Calacatta marble walls line the bathing area of the master suite. The toilet is behind the wall to the left. Right: Grey accent walls, drapes and an area rug all pick up on the purple hues in the existing brickwork. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Brett Gray


A custom timber lattice screen stands at the end of the perimeter benchtop, softening the connection between the metal and wood elements, notably the timber floors, table and the spotted gum structural features. It also screens kitchen clutter. A central ceiling beam and furniture placement helps demarcate the living area from the adjacent dining space. The apartment has two double bedrooms, and a smaller bedroom that doubles as a study. All three are located down a short corridor that the builder aligned with the windows. These spaces also have raw brickwork, wood beams and soaring ceilings. “Units in this part of Brisbane have become more sought after, but the size of the bedroom and bathroom in the master suite were not in keeping with current expectations,” Johnson says. “In response, we took out the dividing wall and merged the two rooms to make one larger space – the sculptural freestanding tub and vanity are now on show to the bedroom. However, not everything is out in the open. You turn left at the vanity and left again to access the hidden toilet cubicle or veer right behind the vanity wall to reach the shower.” The understated interior complements the rugged, semi-industrial shell. The brickwork has touches of purple, as well as red, and the darker colour is picked up in the kitchen’s stainless steel surfaces and again on the bedroom accent walls and rugs. Floor-to-ceiling drapes accentuate the height of the rooms and these also have hints of grey. Industrial-style glass pendants feature above the kitchen island, the dining table and in the bedrooms. These are hand blown, with no two exactly the same. “Being a corner apartment with five large windows, the finished loft-space is light-filled and welcoming,” says Johnson.

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Slice of history The restoration of this traditional Singapore shophouse has recaptured its original character and charm, and created a light-filled family home Every era produces its own defining architectural style, but there’s no doubt that some periods leave a more enduring heritage than others. The traditional Singapore shophouse evolved from such a period. Built between 1900 and 1940, shophouses were best known for their spectacular ornamentation. Not surprisingly, these buildings are now highly sought after, and many are part of an exclusive residential enclave in Singapore, known as the Blair Plain Residential Historic District.

This shophouse in the precinct was one of three that came up for sale together. At some time in the past, it had been gutted and drastically altered from its original state to create offices. Architects Diego Molina and Maria Arango of Ong&Ong, who were commissioned to design a major renovation, say the building had retained most of its original facade, but very few of the other traditional shophouse features. “The ground floor was a poorly lit single space that stretched all the way to

Facing page: Decorative cornices, capitals, fanlights and enamel-finished dado tiles enhance the character of this traditional Singapore shophouse, which is located in an historic precinct. The building, formerly converted into office space, was extensively remodelled by architects Diego Molina and Maria Arango of Ong&Ong to create a bright and airy family home. Above: The new front door opens directly into the large open-plan family living space. The hardwood floor and new timber beams reinforce the traditional look.

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the back of the site,” says Molina. “It was not suitable for residential use. The traditional roof structure, material and design had also been significantly altered. And there were two office doors in the front facade, rather than a single entry.” The architect says these two doors were removed and replaced with one painted door with a double-leaf wood panel. This has the ornamental details of the late shophouse period when the house was built – in accordance with the URA’s conservation facade guidelines.


Double casement wood panel windows were reinstated with vertical iron bars in front of the timber-framed glass screen. And painted rectangular transoms with carved panels and frames were restored. “The second-floor facade was also returned to the late shophouse style,” says Maria Arango. “It now has longer double French windows with operable louvres, carved timber posts and rail balustrades, and segmented, arched fanlights with clear glazed panels. The existing moulded cornices, composite column capitals

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and decorative facade reliefs were also repaired carefully and restored. The shiny enamel-finished dado tiles on the facade are another link to the Peranakan roots of the shophouse.” The architects worked with the local conservation authorities to restore the roof to its correct design, reinstating the original unglazed tiles that were found on site. One structural change was possible, however – a lantern roof with a skylight was introduced to bring more light into the centre of the house.

Above: The main living space on the ground floor now features a dramatic sculptural staircase that leads to bedrooms on the two upper levels. The stairs also help to define the separate living and dining areas. A new internal courtyard and the kitchen lie beyond the dining room. Left: A sense of symmetry, first introduced on the exterior, continues on the interior, where matching niches accommodate contemporary artworks.

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“This needed to be a light-filled family home,” says Molina. “So we split the house into two volumes, creating a connecting courtyard that allows sunlight to stream in, and lets breezes ventilate the interior naturally. With a green wall to one side, a young tree in the opposite corner, and the floor covered entirely in carpet grass, the setting forms a charming indoor garden where the children can play. “The green space is the visual focus of the ground floor, and because there are no partitions, the garden can be enjoyed from

Left and above: Green carpet grass and a living wall create a small garden area in the centre of the house. The courtyard brings sunlight and breezes into the home. Top: The kitchen is in the rear block of the house, with the island positioned so the owners can look out to the courtyard garden. Traditional glazed tiles and a steel spiral staircase reference the shophouse’s early days. These stairs lead up to a maid’s room and a pool on the top level.

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the kitchen at the back and from the living area at the front.” Molina says because the client is both a family man and an avid cook, it was important for him to be able to interact with his children at play in the garden, while he is working in the kitchen. “The seamless transition between the living areas makes this possible.” The different spaces are clearly defined, however. A dramatic, curving staircase separates the living and dining areas, and is another point of illumination.


Sunlight streams in from the skylights in the lantern roof directly above. While the stair has a bold, sculptural contemporary form, its simplicity ensures it does not detract from the original shophouse features. “The client was insistent on bringing back the home’s old-world charm wherever possible,” says Arango. “New timber beams were installed in the ceiling of the ground floor, and also beneath the roof, to evoke the traditional character.” The second floor of the front part of

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the house features two bedrooms, one at the front and the other at the back, with a bathroom between. White-painted bookshelves enliven the passage between these two rooms. “We added a balcony to the bedroom at the rear of the house, and introduced a timber screen for privacy,” Arango says. “The screen functions as a dividing wall, and is in line with conservation restrictions that would not permit a solid wall.” The top floor accommodates the master bedroom, which is separated from

the master bathroom by the staircase. “Despite the fact that these two rooms are separated by what appears to be a communal space, they have a strong sense of connection,” says Arango. “They both have soaring ceilings with timber beams, and the long limestone vanity top extends right along the wall to form a desk area beside the bedroom.” The living wall of greenery reaches right up to this level, so there is an attractive garden outlook, which the owners can enjoy while bathing.

Facing page, top: This bedroom on the second level benefits from the decorative front facade. Arched fanlights and shuttered windows provide plenty of character. Facing page, lower and left: The white staircase in the main part of the house continues its sculptural spiral up to the top level. A lantern roof and skylights above the stairwell ensure it is flooded with natural light. Above: A balcony with a timber screen softens the outlook from this bedroom and provides privacy. The balcony is above the internal courtyard.

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Top and above: The master suite occupies the entire top storey, with the stairs positioned between the bedroom and bathroom. Wide openings and the use of similar translucent glass walls maintain a sense of connection between the two rooms. The limestone vanity top extends right along the perimeter wall to form a desk area. Right: A rooftop deck and swimming pool are located on the top of the rear volume. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Aaron Pocock


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At the rear of the house, the volume accommodating the kitchen also has a spiral staircase – one that references the shophouse origins. This leads up to a maid’s room on the second floor, and a rooftop deck and pool on the top level. more images & plans 43504 at a similar project 31283 at

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In with the new Kitchens make up the greatest percentage of renovation projects, and looking at these examples, it’s easy to see why


Positive change In this remodel, rustic cabinetry was replaced by a clean-lined design with a strong urban undercurrent

Preceding pages: Sleek, streamlined and uncluttered – this remodelled kitchen is everything the former Mediterranean-style kitchen wasn’t. The new kitchen has not only introduced a calmer aesthetic, but also tripled the storage space. Right: The large island provides ample room for several bar stools. The sink is set lower that the main benchtop, which helps to conceal kitchen clutter.


Compromises are often made when you buy a property, but accentuating the positive and changing the negative can give you the home you always wanted. The owners of this house loved the open, flowing layout of the interior, but they weren’t keen on the heavy, traditional Mediterraneanstyle cabinetry in the kitchen, says designer Krista Watterworth Alterman. “The existing kitchen was also small, lacked the required functionality, and there was no sense of symmetry,” she says. “And even though large windows frame the room, it felt like a dark, cluttered space.” Alterman says her clients wanted a postmodern look, without sacrificing comfort. The kitchen needed to be fresh, vibrant and contemporary, and have plenty of storage. Alterman’s solution was to utilise every inch of space to make the kitchen larger. A multifunctional island was introduced, providing a generous work space, casual dining area and a place for family and friends to gather and socialise. “We chose dark-stained sapele wood for the cabinetry, so the rest of the palette is light and airy,” says the designer. “The doors are sleek and clean lined, as are the benchtops. Those on the perimeter feature low-maintenance engineered stone, but for the island we chose a stained concrete top, which provides the urban undercurrent the owners desired.” Alterman says the main challenge was marrying the traditional elements of the home with the contemporary furniture and cabinetry. “I love to wed rustic with minimalist. The bar stools, for example, have a traditional form, but with contemporary oversized chrome nail heads.” Storage has tripled with the new cabinets. There are custom drawer inserts for the clients’ collections of cutlery, glassware and ceramics.

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Top right: The splashback features light-toned tiles that match the colour of the stained concrete benchtop on the island. Right: Soft cream tones, a Moooi Random light and a solid wood table create a calm, Zen-like ambience in the dining area. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jessica Klewicki Glynn


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Co-ordinating a renovation project doesn’t have to be a challenge, especially when you know exactly where to go to find goods and services. Reno4u in Christchurch is a one-stop renovation boutique that has everything you need for a successful project. If you are just setting out, the company’s professional design team – Aurora Kitchen – can work with you to ensure your

finished renovation is a perfect fit for your family and lifestyle. Commercial manager Murray Hart says it also helps to be able to see lots of different materials and products under the one roof, so you can make comparisons. “The Reno4u showroom displays an extensive range of up-to-the-minute appliances, cabinetry and benchtop options, along with tapware

and hardware,” he says. “We carry high-quality Eisno and Haier appliances, and the Trenz bathroomware brand.” Hart says every kitchen and bathroom is made in New Zealand, with a speedy delivery from four weeks. “Our discount pricing structure is another point of difference, being very competitive when you purchase a combination of items. And all

our kitchens have a 10-year warranty that remains valid even if you sell your home.” Reno4u Christchurch is at Unit 1/155 Blenheim Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, phone (03) 423 9067. Email Website: save & share 45683 at

Above left: Beautiful kitchens don’t just happen by accident – they’re the result of careful planning and lots of research. Reno4u helps speed up this process – the Christchurch company is a one-stop shop for kitchen and bathroom design, products, materials and appliances. The company has its own inhouse design team – Aurora Kitchen. Above: Reno4u has a solution to every tricky kitchen or bathroom renovation challenge.

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Winning ways Crisp white lacquer is teamed with a warm timber veneer in this new kitchen by Sarah Burrows, winner of the NKBA 2014 Smeg Student Challenge Award Winning a major prize in a national student design competition is a certain springboard for a future career. Sarah Burrows, winner of the NKBA 2014 Smeg Student Challenge Award, has followed her win with commissions that include this family kitchen. Burrows says the owners wanted a streamlined, contemporary kitchen with a simple, highly functional layout. To this end, the designer specified a mix of white semi-gloss lacquered cabinets and Laminex Timber Veneers Allure Ash. Recessed


aluminium handles enhance the sleek look. The kitchen has a galley layout, with an island featuring a cantilevered benchtop and waterfall side. “We used 12mm Heritage Hardware Euro stone for the top of the island, but mounted this on a substrate to achieve a more substantial look.” In addition to a vertical pull-out pantry next to the oven tower, the kitchen has a walk-in pantry with a second sink. There is also a benchtop cupboard with a Tambour door, for small appliances.

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Smeg appliances include the Linea SFPA140 colour touch-screen built-in oven, FQ60XPA French Door fridge-freezer, CK2000HC powerpack rangehood and SIH5935B induction cooktop. The designer says her winning design also featured Smeg appliances. “There was a specific brief to work to,” she says. “The kitchen needed to suit two owners who were not very tall. They didn’t require a lot of storage, but they did need recycling facilities. The aesthetics were a little more tricky – one of the

owners wanted a classic look, while the other preferred retro. Along with the Smeg appliances, I introduced open shelving to the end of the kitchen, and gave the island a more retro feel.” For details, contact Sarah Burrows Design, phone 027 335 7124. Or visit the websites: and save & share 45002 at

Facing page: Sleek, simple and easy to use – this new kitchen for a family home was designed by Sarah Burrows, winner of the NKBA 2014 Smeg Student Challenge Award. Photography by Kylie Currie KC Design Top and above: The white semi-gloss lacquered cabinets have recessed aluminium handles. Other cabinets are in Laminex Timber Veneers Allure Ash. The design is complemented by a full suite of Smeg appliances. Left: Sarah Burrows’ winning kitchen design featured a long island that doubled as a table.

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Talking point Every kitchen from Mastercraft is a conversation piece Word-of-mouth referrals are a great way to find a kitchen company. After all, a satisfied customer has to be the best advertisement for any business. Mastercraft, New Zealand’s largest collective of independent kitchen and bathroom designers, sets out to ensure every project is worthy of such referrals, and that is precisely what happens. As this project demonstrates, there is every reason to look twice at a kitchen by Mastercraft. The kitchen, in a Westmere, Auckland home, was designed and manufactured by Mastercraft New Lynn, a company with more than 45 years in business. Key features include a sculptural bank of white lacquered cabinets that house the Miele wall ovens, high-tech Blum hardware with concealed opening systems, and a steel-framed table with a Tasmanian oak top that is an extension of the island. Stainless steel benchtops reinforce the crisp, slightly industrial look of the kitchen. As with all companies in the collective, Mastercraft New Lynn puts the focus on high-quality, long-lasting materials, close attention to detail and providing a friendly, reliable service. Every kitchen comes with a solid, 10-year transferable guarantee of workmanship. All Mastercraft companies also design and manufacture bathrooms. For more details, contact Mastercraft, phone 0800 67 67 67. Or visit the website: save & share 44811 at This page: This contemporary kitchen was designed and manufactured by Mastercraft New Lynn in Auckland.


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Just a house call away Because every household is different, a bespoke kitchen renovation is usually the best solution, which is why The Kitchen Design Company will come to you to discuss your special requirements Above: A crisp black and white colour palette with accents of red was chosen for this new kitchen by The Kitchen Design Company. Special features of the kitchen include the large island, which has a translucent glass front illuminated by LED lighting. The decorative splashback is backpainted glass, while the cabinetry has a white Acrygloss finish. The Kitchen Design Company oversees the entire project, right through manufacture and installation.


No two the same – everyone likes a point of difference, and that’s exactly what you get when you choose a bespoke kitchen design. The Kitchen Design Company doesn’t have a showroom, because the consultants find it much easier to visit clients in their own homes. As director David Sceats says, it’s all about finding the perfect solution for each specific project. “We’ve created a consultation process that allows us to clearly understand our clients’ needs, and the space and budget we are working with. We carefully design every new kitchen to suit these factors, applying our knowledge

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and experience to give you a kitchen you love.” Sceats says The Kitchen Design Company – a member of the NKBA – has also found a way to create high-quality kitchens at a competitive price. “Our manufacturers allow us to custom create kitchens that are approximately 15% to 20% less expensive than standard.” Sceats says the process begins with the one-on-one consultation, which covers all the essential design aspects, from the layout and functionality to the cabinetry, benchtop and splashback materials, fixtures and appliance

preferences. Within five working days, clients receive a 3-D render of their proposed kitchen. Once a plan and price are agreed upon, the kitchen is manufactured in New Zealand and installed by the specialist in-house team. For more details, contact The Kitchen Design Company, phone 0800 438 786. Alternatively, email: Or visit save & share 45689 at

Above left, top and above: The kitchen comes with a wealth of storage. In addition to a vertical pantry, there is a separate scullery with its own sink and small appliances. Every kitchen made by The Kitchen Design Company comes with a comprehensive five-year guarantee. Left: The Kitchen Design Company also creates bathrooms on the same terms, again overseeing the whole process, including installation.

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Fresh and crisp Dark-stained oak veneer contrasts gleaming white surfaces to a make a bold visual statement in this new kitchen by Arcadia Joinery


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Modern kitchens have become the busy social centre of the home, and their design needs to reflect this standing. This was one of the motivating factors behind the design of this new kitchen by Arcadia Joinery. Project manager Fred Jing says the kitchen needed to be sleek, distinctive and easy to maintain, with clutter hidden from view. To this end, Arcadia Joinery designed a galley-style kitchen with a scullery, a long island, and overhead cabinets in dark-stained oak veneer. A tall bank of

cabinets housing the oven tower, pantry and refrigerator is gloss lacquered in white, with a buffed finish, and framed with a dark-stained trunk veneer scriber panel. This helps to define the kitchen within the large, open-plan living space. The clean-lined look is enhanced by invisible handles. These are mounted onto the carcass behind the doors, which can be opened by narrow recessed pulls. Benchtops, including the waterfall island top, are white engineered stone, chosen to match the cabinets. These

feature high-quality German hardware. Arcadia Joinery manufactures and installs all its kitchens, which come with a five- to seven-year guarantee. Several kitchens can be viewed in the showroom. For details or to visit the showroom, contact Arcadia Joinery, 6 View Rd, Henderson, Auckland 0612, phone (09) 838 8883. Email: save & share 45692 at

Facing page, top and above left: A two-tone colour palette brings a touch of drama to this new kitchen, which was designed, manufactured and installed by Arcadia Joinery. The cabinets are a mix of crown cut, dark-stained oak veneer and white gloss lacquer with a buffed finish. Dark-stained timber veneer also frames the tall bank of white cabinets that houses the oven tower, pantry and refrigerator. Above: At one end of the kitchen, a scullery provides additional storage and prep facilities. Arcadia Joinery designs and manufactures a wide range of additional joinery items for the home.

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Twist on tradition Attention to detail has ensured this new kitchen from Elite Kitchens and Cabinets offers a nod to tradition, along with every modern convenience


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Renowned UK television presenter and property specialist Phil Spencer says, if you are only going to improve one room, make it the kitchen – this has become the showpiece of the home. Elite Kitchens and Cabinets also knows exactly how important a good kitchen is to modern living, and how it contributes to a family’s health and wellbeing. The kitchen on these pages is a perfect example, says director Hamish Ross. “With its Shaker-style doors, breakfast bar with tongue-and-groove profile, and

duck egg-blue tiled splashback the kitchen has a traditional flavour that complements the home. At the same time, it fits the needs of a busy household – right down to the large, well-equipped scullery.” Elite uses local materials for its kitchens wherever possible, including environmentally certified board for its cabinetry. This is teamed with high-end European-made hardware. Elite has its own in-house designers and a team of skilled tradespeople who manufacture the kitchens – along with

bathrooms, wardrobes and other joinery. “We offer competitive pricing and can work to all budgets without compromising the quality or service,” says Ross. Display kitchens can be seen in the showroom at Elite Kitchens and Cabinets, 64 Hunua Rd, Papakura, phone (09) 298 8388. Email: Or visit the website: save & share 45739 at

Facing page: This traditionally styled kitchen, designed and manufactured by Elite Kitchens and Cabinets, features lacquered cabinets in Resene Parchment and honed Angola granite benchtops. Top left: The traditional look is enhanced by the cooking centre, which has a freestanding range and pale duck egg-blue tiled splashback. Top right, above left and right: A spacious scullery at one end of the room doubles as a second kitchen – it has a sink and storage for small appliances. There are also pull-out wicker baskets for storing vegetables.

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Natural connections and efficient cabinetry design can create a warm, uncluttered kitchen. The brief to Yellowfox designer Peta Davy for this project was to open up the top-floor living spaces and create a kitchen that brings the family together in the shared space. Key approaches to the new design included bringing a sense of balance across the kitchen, banishing cooking mess from sight, and creating a relaxed, natural ambience, says Davy. To achieve this, the designer specified rich wood veneer cabinetry for both the south wall and above the range on the west wall, which

draws the room together. The bank of cabinets includes a concealed pantry that offers extra storage and a place to keep prepping out of sight. The oven takes centre stage and is flanked on both sides with a low-upkeep white engineered stone benchtop. The glass splashback is matched to the walls for a seamless look. The generous island is a feature of the space. This houses a wine fridge for entertaining. The vein in the waterfall granite benchtop echoes the waters of the Waitemata seen from the deck. For variety, the cabinetry on the east wall is in a white two-pack finish and opaque glass.

This houses the coffee machine, a small sink for clean-up and a television – a convenient family drawcard. This cabinetry also accommodates crockery and glassware, and is lit with LED strips that add an ethereal glow in the evenings. Contact Yellowfox Auckland or Yellowfox Waiheke, PO Box 11282, Ellerslie, phone (09) 525 3450. Email:, or go to the website: save & share 45687 at

Above left and top: Designed by interiors specialist Yellowfox and built by Neo Design, this kitchen and adjacent dining area achieve an inviting air. Natural surfaces and an uncluttered feel both play their part. Above: A different cabinet treatment on one wall offers a departure from the wood veneer. Opaque glass sliders conceal everything from a coffee machine to a television set.

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His and hers When you lead a busy life, space-saving storage that lets you see everything at a glance is essential. These custom storage solutions are by Wardrobes Plus Renovation projects are most often about improving functionality and organisation in the home, and this is just as important for your bedroom as it is for the kitchen and living spaces. A well-organised wardrobe reduces clutter, maximises space and saves you time at the start and end of the day. Putting a little order into your clothing, shoes and accessory


storage is also very calming, says Wardrobes Plus designer Melanie Jones. “The difference that good storage can make to everyday living is often underestimated,” Jones says. “Space is at a premium in most homes, and clients are always telling us they wished they had sorted their storage earlier.” Wardrobes Plus recognises that every household’s needs

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are different, which is why the company specialises in custom storage solutions. “Every wardrobe must be fit for purpose to meet our clients’ specific needs,” says Jones. “And because we are passionate about our business, we handle every step of the process, from design right through to manufacture and installation. We have a committed team working on each

project from start to finish.” The majority of products manufactured by Wardrobes Plus are made from solid Melamine, and feature highquality German and American fittings and door systems that are made to last. The company is a member of the Homeplus franchise network, with products available nationally through selected franchise stores.

For more information, or details of your nearest franchise store, contact Wardrobes Plus, 9A Kellow Place, Wiri, Auckland 2104, phone (09) 262 0400, fax (09) 262 2410. Email: Alternatively, visit the website: save & share 46065 at

Facing page and above: Customised wardrobe storage is an ideal way to maximise space and reduce clutter in your home. This bespoke wardrobe, in an interior designed by Yellowfox, is by Wardrobe Plus, a company specialising in custom storage solutions. Far left and left: Most storage systems manufactured by Wardrobe Plus are in solid Melamine, with durable German and American hardware.

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Height of taste This mountain escape has been transformed, improving both capacity and comfort, while retaining all its original charm


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In the past, holiday homes were usually more about getting closer to the New Zealand landscape than about creature comforts. Today, however, the standard of many retreats rivals or exceeds those left behind in the city. Twenty years ago Michael Wyatt Architects created this wood-and-steel mountain eyrie. While the strong, simple architecture has stood the test of time, the current owners wanted a more contemporary exterior, together with improved functionality. They asked the original architectural firm to undertake the renovation. Transforming the overall aesthetic was fairly

easy, says project architect Michael Wyatt. “We stained the weathered timber cladding black and painted the roof the same colour. These straightforward design moves created the edgy, modern aesthetic required.” Steel-framed pergolas with batten roofs replace older versions on the main building, and provide shade – the spacing of the battens echoes the vertical seam cladding. A new solid front door was also added to create a more prominent entry, and the original lean-to was reinvented to accommodate a new kitchen. Sliding doors improve the indoor-outdoor flow.

Preceding pages: Strategic changes have updated this 20-year-old mountain home for the 21st century. Above left: The renovated lean-to now houses a professional-style kitchen. Doorways and pergolas have also been reconfigured. Left: A sense of arrival and welcome have been created with a new front door and canopy.

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Wyatt also added a lap pool, and upgraded the decking that wraps around the exposed side of the house, optimising the sweeping outlook to The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. On the interior, the changes are substantial, improving overall functionality and adding another bedroom and more living space. In the main structure, the dining area was moved to the kitchen’s original position near the centre of the building. An internal dividing wall was removed, and a doorway opened out, extending the length of the double-height living volume.

Facing page and above: A window in an upstairs bedroom overlooks the living spaces. With one wall removed and another opened up, the dining room now has a closer connection to the living area. The tall storage wall and library-style access ladder were requests of the owners. Left: A black backpainted glass splashback, concrete island, and stainless steel perimeter benches feature in the updated kitchen.

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Top: This airy children’s bedroom sits on the new mezzanine level in the former garage. Gaps between the rafters below allow views to the media room and give the mezzanine a floating look. Above: The owners had a hand in the design of the central dividing wall in the master bedroom. This provides a degree of privacy from the pool house outside.


For structural reasons, a steel support portal now spans the middle of the room. This is painted black to tie in with the exterior metalwork. This beam contrasts the original pine ceiling, which is painted white to enhance the sense of spaciousness and light. New timber floors were laid throughout. The new kitchen features a substantial island in precast concrete, stainless steel perimeter benchtops, and a black backpainted glass splashback. These elements, and the three semiindustrial light pendants, give the kitchen a no-nonsense feel. This was a specific request

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from one of the owners, a professional chef. The master suite, on the ground floor, has also been transformed, with new floor-to-ceiling windows taking in the mountain views from the bathroom. A new central dividing wall in the bedroom separates the bed from a desk and seating area. The wall also provides privacy from the pool area and repurposed garage. Leading to two upstairs guest bedrooms at the rear, a new minimalist stair and stairwell window further open up views to the Remarkables. The guest rooms have been freshened up, and a new bathroom added.

“Perhaps the most dramatic transformation of all was to the old garage,” says Wyatt. “This now provides a pool house and media room on the lower level, with a children’s retreat on a new mezzanine floor, which maximises the space beneath the gabled roof. To maintain a connection between upstairs and downstairs, we created gaps on both sides of the mezzanine – these also allow a natural light flow, and give the floor an attractive, airy, floating look.” The holiday retreat has undergone other changes, too. Both the house and the pool are heated with energy from a new diesel generator.

Electricity is used for underfloor heating in the bathrooms. “While the two principal structures retain their original lines, the function and capacity of the home has been transformed,” says Wyatt. “The cheaper fuel source means the new pool is heated year round – something of a luxury in an alpine climate. “On the other side of the house, the expanded deck, complete with soaking tub and glass balustrades, greatly improves indoor-outdoor connections to the most breathtaking of mountain outlooks.”

Above: The reinvented master bathroom has floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the spectacular scenery. Clean-lined fixtures and fittings help ensure nothing detracts from the view. Underfloor heating in the bathrooms is powered by electricity but elsewhere, the heating is provided by energy from a diesel generator,

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Above: The main deck, complete with soaking tub and clear balustrading, looks to The Crown mountain range. Right: An outdoor fireplace and a building accommodating plant equipment are set at one end of the lap pool. The reinvented garage now houses a media room, pool room and children’s retreat. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel


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Back to bach Nostalgia is a powerful influence, especially where family holidays are concerned, which is why this ’50s bach was extended, rather than demolished


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Just about everyone in New Zealand has a happy memory of a summer holiday in a small fibrolite bach near the water. It never seemed to matter that these homes were uninsulated, with just a few basic amenities. But fast forward a few decades and the appeal of the primitive is not quite as endearing. When a few home comforts – and more space – were required for this family bach, the owners decided they were too attached to the original fibrolite building to demolish it, so they pushed it out instead.

Facing page and above: This 1950s bach has undergone a major transformation to create a spacious, light-filled holiday home on two levels. Stacking doors open up to a large veranda on the north side. Left: The original bach is clearly differentiated from the new extension. It is painted a darker shade of grey and features small wood-framed windows. A new boardwalk runs from the carport to the front door of the house, in the extension. This end of the house is elevated by 30mm to accommodate new rooms on the lower level. Water tanks are also concealed beneath the house.

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An extension was added to the northern end of the bach and a new monopitched roof installed over the entire building. “There was considerable talk about replacing the small windows and cladding,” says one of the owners. “But we didn’t want to disguise the building’s origins. Rather, we felt we should clearly differentiate the old part from the new.” With this in mind, the design team retained the look of the original bach, replacing rotting wood windows with exact copies where necessary. This part of


the house was then painted in dark-grey Resene Gravel, while the new extension was painted in the lighter shade Resene Half Gravel. The darker grey colour is repeated in a new honed, stacked concrete block wall on one side of the extension, providing a subtle visual link between front and back. “The new part of the house is also clearly differentiated by its structure,” says the owner. “We have left the steel structural columns and framing exposed at the north end of the house, which is now

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two storeys high, with a large, elevated covered veranda. The galvanised steel has not been painted or powdercoated.” The aluminium joinery is also very different from the original wood. On the east side of the house, the windows are tall and the weatherboards are vertical. While on the west side, the windows are long and narrow and the weatherboards run horizontally. To provide a sense of substance, the walls of the new part of the house are 25cm thick. This creates deep reveals for

Facing page: High-gloss lacquered cabinets in the Poggenpohl kitchen bounce light back into the room. The tall bank of cabinets incorporates an integrated fridge-freezer and a pull-out pantry. There is also a pull-out unit next to the ovens. Above and left: The cabinetry extends along the perimeter of the room – similar cabinetry forms a low storage unit for audiovisual equipment at the far end of the wall. The sliding door in the end wall leads into the original part of the house, which is now a guest suite with a separate kitchenette.

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Above: Stairs lead down to the master suite on the lower level. The walls are 25cm thick, which creates deep reveals – an idea inspired by Mediterranean homes. Above right: Large eaves and side walls enclose the veranda. Adjustable vertical louvres provide privacy and screen the sun in the west. Far right: Both the lower bedroom and ensuite bathroom look out to the bush-clad landscape. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel


the windows and a large cut-out in the stairwell, which brings the morning light into the living area. A new Poggenpohl kitchen, designed by Lara Farmilo, is another key aspect of the build. The kitchen features reflective high-gloss lacquered cabinets in Pebble Grey. These are teamed with white pine decor panels along the top drawers of the island and perimeter base cabinets, which provide a textural contrast. “The pulls are concealed to keep the look very sleek and clean lined,” Farmilo

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says. “And because this is an open-plan living area we have concealed the appliances by integrating them into the cabinetry wherever possible. The two ovens are in the side cabinetry, so they are not too visible from the living area.” Another feature of the kitchen is the deep island top. The 12mm Silestone benchtop sits on a steel-reinforced cantilevered extension that doubles as a bar area. “The kitchen is large enough to cater easily to a holiday crowd,” says the designer. “And there is ample storage,

which is essential in a beach house.” The extension has provided a new master suite on the lower level. This has the exact same outlook as the original bedroom in the bach. “We have kept the existing rooms in the bach also,” says the owner. “The former kitchen is now a kitchenette, and there is a guest bedroom and bathroom. This part of the house can be screened off by a large sliding door in the end wall of the kitchen, which provides privacy for guests if required.”

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as this needs only a top coating of paint or film-forming stains. This product has a pre-primed powdercoat on each panel for a consistent undercoat.” Shadowclad Natural and Ultra are available in either a grooved or textured finish to complement the look and feel of any design. A suite of exterior aluminium flashings specifically designed to work with Shadowclad is available, providing an individual classic finish to an exterior. “Shadowclad is an all-in-one cladding and bracing system that offers beautiful,

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natural aesthetics that are suited to most architectural styles and add street appeal to any project,” says Garratt. For further information, contact CHH Woodproducts, freephone: 0800 746 399. Website: save & share 45817 at Above: Shadowclad is an effective, affordable timber cladding suitable for all home renovation projects, from classic to contemporary.

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For almost every renovation, it’s the painting that completes a project – it not only highlights the transformation that has occurred, but also seals surfaces and provides peace-of-mind durability. Artisan Painting Decorating is an Auckland company that specialises in both residential and commercial projects. Director Skirmantas Saltis says every client is assured of the same high-quality workmanship, no matter how small or large the project or budget. “We never cut corners,” he says.

“Every project gets our full attention, and our proven service and reliability. We use only high-quality materials and tools, and provide a workmanship warranty.” Saltis says the European-trained team has worked on many high-end residential projects, all completed to a particularly high standard, on time and on budget. Services provided by Artisan Painting include all preparation work, plastering, Gib stopping and painting. The company also provides building, flooring, plumbing and electrical services. In addition, Artisan

Painting can provide special paint effects and eco-friendly options – the company is a fully qualified Resene Eco Decorator and a Site Safe member. For details, contact Artisan Painting Decorating Ltd, phone 0800 Paint O (724 487) or 021 127 4062. Alternatively, email: Or visit the website: save & share 45681 at

Above left: A great paint finish is always a sign of a job well done, with no corners cut in the preparation, plastering, stopping and painting. Artisan Painting Decorating takes the same professional approach to every project, no matter how big or small. The company also pays close attention to detail, because it’s the small things that make all the difference. Above: The European-trained team at Artisan Painting use only high-quality materials and tools to ensure you get the exact finish you require. Ecofriendly options are also available – the company is a fully qualified Resene Eco Decorator.

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Defining colour Colour delineates and defines the spaces in this simple, barn-like home, drawing attention to key architectural elements Good design isn’t about big interiors or big budgets – it’s about good ideas and innovative solutions, as this project shows. Architectural specifier Henri Sayes says the owners of the 115m2 home wanted an interior that was playful, yet seriously designed, and that used a small budget as a springboard, not an excuse. “Colour was essential to help define the separate spaces and to amplify and draw attention to the architecture.” Sayes worked on the colour selection with Nicole Stock and Amelia Holmes,

choosing Resene shades with a muted, muddy feel that work well together. The low back wall in the living room is painted in Resene Friar Grey, which throws the white trusses – Resene Black White – into relief. This colour also articulates a series of nooks in various rooms. Resene Raptor, a grey-green shade, features in the study, creating a refined backdrop to the owners’ library. To accentuate the raked ceiling in the master bedroom, this surface is painted in Resene Bonanza, a dusty pink that adds

fun and whimsy, while keeping the palette subdued and sophisticated. For further information, or to pick up a colour chart, visit a Resene ColorShop, or phone 0800 Resene (737 363). Website: save & share 45690 at Above: Resene paints, including Resene Friar Grey and Resene Bonanza, feature throughout this interior. The painting contractor was Leon Turner.

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Change of heart This expansive home, built in the ’90s, has been transformed for 21st-century living – future-proofed exteriors, expanded interiors and refined furnishings and furniture were all part of the agenda The renovation of a grand home can bring rewards on several fronts. Creating spacious, light-filled interiors better suited to contemporary living is one likely plus. Another is ensuring the exterior is pristine and secure – safeguarding the owner’s investment long into the future. Prestige Projects specialises in design and build projects as well as high-quality property redevelopment. The owneroperator company has had more than 40 years in the industry, with a focus on masonry-built homes. For this project – a

family residence in an upmarket Auckland suburb – Prestige was asked to address waterproofing issues on an upper level of the exterior, and to reinvent the interior. The plaster-clad masonry house was structurally sound with the exception of the potential for leaks on the third floor, says managing director John Moros. “To prevent water damage becoming a These pages: Street smart – from new upper level cladding to a resurfaced timber front door, Prestige Projects has transformed the look of this home.

major problem in the future, we removed the existing cladding, and then reclad the top floor in bevel-backed weatherboard. The crisp shadowlines are suited to the style of the home, and complement the finishes on the levels below.” The home’s interior was substantially reworked. One key change was to enclose the infrequently used rear deck, making it part of what is now a generous open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. This has improved day-to-day functionality and also added value to the home.

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As part of the refit, the original kitchen and bathrooms were stripped out and replaced with more contemporary spaces. Other changes included laying a new wide-plank, tongue-and-groove solid oak floor, from the entry through to the living and dining area. Prestige also enclosed a redundant upstairs balcony, turning this into a convenient kitchenette. “Prestige works closely with a client, from concept through to completion,” says Moros. “And we work just as closely with the artisans and designers we bring


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sympathetic to the layout, says Arts. “We opened up the main living area and sunroom at the rear of the home to take advantage of the elevated views and sun. Motorised blinds are concealed in the bulkhead, filtering the light and providing privacy at the touch of a button.” Bespoke rugs were chosen to visually connect with new furniture, and to define areas of use within the open-plan spaces. New Italian Henge ring pendants were introduced to further define the refined lounge setting, and to bring a distinctive

touch to the living zone, says Malyon. “We chose a feature parquet table and bold striped chairs to create a dining environment suitable for the family and for entertaining. These pieces add a sense of classic style and co-ordinate with the owners’ 300-year-old refectory table, which now sits in the extended living space.” The house has been rewired with stateof-the-art German LED lights, where the rimless recessed fittings sit flush with the ceiling, exposing only the light source. There is also an innovative super light

system that allows task lights for artworks or surfaces to descend or retract into the ceiling. Upstairs, faded floor coverings were replaced with sound-absorbing premium solution-dyed carpet, and walls in the master bedroom received a new treatment. “The wallpaper adds both texture and dimension – creating a warm, cocoon-like feel for total relaxation,” says Malyon. In the bathrooms, the concept was to give the sense of a Zen-inspired spa-style resort, with modern textural elements.

Above left: Working in harmony with Prestige Projects, furniture and accessory specialist Trenzseater, and the homeowners, Orb Design created refined interiors for the home. The parquet dining table and chairs are Trenzseater designs. Also from Trenzseater are the coffee table, the decorative topiary balls and nickel vases. Above: A wide-plank, tongue-and-groove solid oak floor in the hallway replaced a tired carpet. Cherished furniture pieces were integrated into the new design.

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The furniture and accessories for the comprehensive fit-out were sourced by Orb Design from the Trenzseater studio in Parnell. This company specialises in highend furniture designed and made in New Zealand. It also imports international brands, such as Halo Established, Andrew Martin, Eichholtz, and Luxy. Trenzseater director Hamish Lewis notes some pieces that set off the interior. “The Chateaux dining table is a leading feature in the main living area. Designed and made by local artisans exclusively for


Trenzseater, this French oak table has an intricate parquetry inlay in oak and walnut. “This is accompanied by the Cabana dining and carver chairs. These are in solid oak and covered in a striped fabric by Zimmer + Rohde with chrome stud detailing, chosen from our wide selection of upholstery fabrics and leather.” The Quattro sofas in the living area are both designed and made by Trenzseater. These are finished in a James Dunlop linen-mix fabric, and are available as part of a larger modular configuration.

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“Pieces from our collection can also be seen upstairs. The bedside tables with a reflective steel finish and leather trim are by Andrew Martin. Elle armchairs in the master bedroom were finished with Italian-made frames, and the oak Rockwood cricket table is also from Trenzseater. “It’s our New Zealand-made products that set us apart,” says Lewis. “These can be customised in any fabric or leather. We pay close attention to detail and finish.” Trenzseater’s extensive design range includes drapery, blinds and wallpaper.

Developer: Prestige Projects, PO Box 25180, St Heliers, Auckland 1740, phone John Moros 021 978 293. Email: Interior design consultants: Orb Design Ltd, studio, 598 Manukau Rd, Epsom, Auckland 1347, phone 0508 672 337. Email: Furniture: Trenzseater Auckland, Parnell showroom, 80 Parnell Rd, Auckland 1052, phone (09) 303 4151; or Trenzseater Christchurch store, 121 Blenheim Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, phone (03) 343 0876. Email:

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Facing page: This master bedroom setting features Elle chairs and a solid oak cricket table, positioned to take in the 180째 panorama. Top left: For the master bedroom, Orb Design designed a headboard with built-in LED lighting. This was custom made by Morrow Furniture. Left: Italian-made tiles were chosen for the bathrooms. The master bathroom has a textured feature wall that provides a refined backdrop to the new freestanding bath.

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