Changes to the lower level of a 1928 arts and crafts-styled house mean a family of five now enjoys a spacious and contemporary home.
It's not just the interior that has seen changes. A generous sliding door now opens to a new deck, bathed in afternoon sun.
Redesign of an existing contorted entryway created a generous welcoming space, while opening out the kitchen has meant easy movement between key family areas. A kitchen work bench lines one wall, while a central bench provides another work surface and informal eating spot.
Much-needed storage is provided by drawers under the window seat, while an overflow of coats, and sports equipment is housed in a laundry and utility room. This, along with a new bathroom, was created out of a previous office and bathroom/laundry room.
In collaboration with interior designer Anita Fijn, a restrained palate of natural tones and textures was chosen for materials.
Choice of materials and detailing reflect the balance between old and new. Solid American Oak and veneer panels were selected to fit with the original Matai and Rimu and introduce a lighter more contemporary feel. In high-use areas, traditional detailing, such as panelled drawer and cupboard fronts, was combined with highly durable Laminated Plywood.
The kitchen's central bench is a key element in creating a more modern feel. The soft matt finish of the composite stone top has a timeless quality, while providing a more durable surface than natural stone. The use of solid timber in the frame and slated shelving references traditional detailing.