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This country home has been extensively remodelled by Don Nelson Architecture. Curves are a feature of the interior as well as the exterior. A curved bulkhead is echoed by the shape of the polished rosewood cabinetry. The kitchen, designed by Lance Dixon, is the focal point of the living area.

Difficult renovation projects can result in the most dramatic transformations, as this country property demonstrates.

The original house on the site, built in the 1970s, was large but uninspiring, says Don Nelson of Don Nelson Architecture.

"We needed to balance the existing steeply gabled roof with a large, flat-roofed extension," Nelson says. "The solution was to dress up the entire facade, wrapping new curved elements right around the house, and pulling them out to accommodate the extension."


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Entertainers' delight a major renovation to this country house has created an expansive, sheltered outdoor entertaining area. The renovation involved a large addition to accommodate all the family living areas, including a new media room. The project also created a new first-floor master suite with a balcony.

The distinctive, flowing curves, which are a signature of the firm's work, also feature on a first-floor addition.

"We take our cue from the natural world there are no straight lines in nature," says Nelson.

Other changes to the exterior include an expansive new north-facing terrace with adjustable overhead louvres.

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Before the renovation, the house had a more traditional 1970s look.

On the interior, the transformation is equally impressive. The addition houses the family living areas, with the kitchen right at the centre of operations.

"Sydney designer Lance Dixon designed the spacious kitchen to follow the curve of the house. It has two islands and highly polished rosewood cabinetry reminiscent of a super yacht," says Nelson.

To contact Don Nelson Architecture, phone (09) 486 4698, mobile 027 496 7450. Email: don@donnelson.co.nz, or visit the website: www.donnelson.co.nz

May 01, 2014
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