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Harbour View

Northland, Wellington, NZ   


Exterior of large 1920s house in painted timber with double gable

This is an extensive renovation and extension to a 1920s house on the ridge in Northland with fantastic views of the city and harbour to the east as well as the hills and suburbs to the west. The basement level was excavated to create a significant lower level with two bedrooms, living room, bathroom and laundry with access to a landscaped garden area. The main level was reconfigured to create a new kitchen, dining and family space with covered balcony as well as a new bathroom and opening up the formal living spaces on the east side. The existing house already had a gable extension to the northwest, so the design solution was to add another gable to work as twin gables articulated differently to suit each of their purposes. A master bedroom suite was added to the upper level with a dormer roof set below the existing ridge line. As with most of our alteration projects in a suburban setting, we work with the existing forms and materials and look to minimise the external visual impact. We endeavour to create a more modern and open spaces that capitalise on the sun and views of the site while maintaining the traditional character of the original house.

Photos by Andy Spain

Open plan kitchen, dining living space in renovated building looking at windows and out to view of hills
Recycled timber over stairs, and open door to patterned tile bathroom with modern fixtures and custom timber vanity
Designer kitchen design in shaker style looking over to sliding doors to roof top deck
Modern kitchen with book shelf built in to island, stone bench tops and premium appliances
Cosy library sitting space with built in book shelves and timber doors to outdoor space
Architecturally designed interior renovation to sitting room with large bay window
Sitting room with furniture, art and piano. Door opening into library space.
Harbour View floor plan drawings
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