The new layout is spread over two levels with a double garage, laundry, rumpus and entry at ground level.
The upper level was fully remodelled to include a strip of bedrooms, a new family bathroom and the open plan living and kitchen area. One end is for the kids and their cartoons, and the other for the adults and entertaining – leading outside to a balcony enjoying views over to Mission Bay and Rangitoto.
A light coloured bag-washed render was applied to the existing brickwork and is combined with dark stained vertical cedar to provide a striking street front elevation.
There were some key challenges to the project including the favoured early designs exceeding the moderate budget. With our fully integrated design and build service we were able to able to find efficiencies while still ensuring the highest quality result. Working with Ngaire and Tom, and our building manager (the father), we incorporated the best parts of the design into a new plan that fit the budget perfectly.
Difficult drainage and a sloping site were also challenges, but because we were able to ask the hard questions of the right people, Tom and Ngaire came out with cost-effective solutions that allowed them to spend their money where it would be appreciated most – not on stormwater drainage!
With design and build working as a team we were able to tick all the boxes and make our clients’ dream home a reality.