Front to back remodelled villa

How Westpac can fund your renovation project

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This kitchen and living room in a renovated bungalow open out to a sheltered, sunny courtyard with a built-in concrete fireplace surround and barbecue facilities.

With the right design, it's possible to bring an older home up to the standard of a new build.

Architect Darren Jessop of Jessop Architects says this traditional villa was typical of the genre attractive at the front and a nightmare at the rear.

"The house had many good features it had plenty of character at the front, lovely windows and a wide hallway. But it needed to be restored to its former glory. It was not well suited to modern living. The service rooms were inadequate and the house was too small for the new owners."

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The modern addition to this bungalow opens out to a modern return veranda that contains an outdoor room with operable louvres and overhead heating. Large wooden sliding doors offer great indoor-outdoor flow.

Extending the house at the rear was the logical option, and a way to gain extra space without compromising the home's architectural integrity.

In designing the addition, Jessop says he took his cue from the return veranda, replicating this form with a modern interpretation at the rear. The extension, which has nearly doubled the size of the house, also has a similar gabled roofline to the original, but the interior was given a much more contemporary treatment.

The new living areas are spacious and light-filled, and open up to a courtyard barbecue area at the side, and a pool at the rear. The kitchen features black-lacquered cabinets, which are contrasted by a white island with an integral wood tabletop.

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Wide steps lead down from the new additon to this renovated bungalow to the lawn and new pool, fenced off by glass balustrades.

For most people, the first challenge in such a project involves financial planning, and this is something that is best sorted at the outset. One bank that knows and understands how to tailor finance to your precise needs is Westpac. The bank can help in many ways, but it is best to talk to a Westpac consultant about the options. You may be surprised to see just how easy it is to fund a renovation project.

Westpac can advise on the different types of home loans, so your loan can be structured in a way that works best for you and your family.

For further details, visit your local Westpac branch or phone 0800 177 277. Or visit the website: www.westpac.co.nz

Story by: Trendsideas

23 Oct, 2012