Home Trends Vol. 34/2

Placing the kitchen at the heart of a home is not just about creating a convenient zone for easy food preparation and eating meals.

Just as important is the way it's seen as an attractive place where family can spend time together, or visitors or guests can gather.

So what are the important aspects of the design that turn it into a social hub?

Versatile operable ceiling louvres turn outdoor spaces into outdoor rooms

Sun, shade or shelter – whatever the weather versatile concertina Sky Louvres, invented by Johnson and Couzins, are the stylish way to transform your outdoor environment instantly Read more

New home design on wooded site blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors

The raw, fair-face concrete wall experienced on the approach to this home belies the openness and transparency found on the other side of the home Read more

Comprehensive renovation creates a modern-functioning home with all the character of a grand historic villa

Reworked villa has a wealth of classic detail combined with a modern, flowing layout and everything else you need for a relaxed, uncluttered family lifestyle Read more

House design resolves challenges of tricky access and a steep and awkwardly shaped site

Multi-level sandstone home includes top-floor glazed living pavilion with expansive terrace to capture spectacular city and harbour views Read more

Colour scheme complements both the views and internal architecture

With generous sea views and the warmth of wood in the living areas, this renovation features a balancing palette of Resene paints Read more

Contemporary kitchen forms part of a larger modern renovation to a heritage home

This kitchen downplays its functionality, letting sculptural forms and materials draw the eye Read more

Bathroom renovation design adds classic touches to a clean-lined minimalist space

Modern elements combine with an old world-look wall finish to tie to both original and new parts in a renovated and expanded home Read more

Master ensuite in contemporary rear addition to historic home celebrates the new along with quiet nods to the past

Wood-look porcelain panels and a custom mosaic tile floor provide the backdrop to this light-filled contemporary bathroom with traditional accents Read more

Wave-textured tiles and sandy colour scheme match home’s seaside setting

Extending the length of the existing bathroom provided space for a sculptural tub and a level walk-in shower in this beach house bathroom renovation Read more

Light-filled showhome offers indoor-outdoor flow and street presence

Transparent pricing, realistic timelines, stand-out homes and a warm, friendly approach to business – this is Sentinel Homes Tauranga Read more

Taranaki family showhome offers the best of traditional design plus the best of brand new

Whether it’s a popular design tweaked to taste, or a home built from fresh plans, GJ Gardner has the experience to get it right Read more

Unfitted kitchen combines organic design with a handmade feel

Layout, size and scale, selection of materials and references to the past all contribute to a kitchen design that’s far from predictable Read more

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