Continuing the tradition of refurbishment of Auckland’s heritage housing stock, this renovation is a re-interpretation of the ‘lean-to’ form. Traditionally used as service spaces, the ‘lean-to’ here is re-cast as living space, opening the house up to the north facing backyard

Renovation by Strachan Group Architects (SGA)

From the architects:

The existing house, while in a relatively tidy state, was poorly connected to its environment. 

The original verandah had been closed in, shutting out views over the neighbourhood and to the Waitakere ranges beyond. Lean-to additions at the rear contained a galley kitchen and a narrow dining space, with a single door giving outside access. 

In addition, extensive additions to the eastern and western neighbours’ dwellings exposed some privacy concerns.

The programme was to accommodate a professional couple with two young children, allowing for home-work options as well as providing an oasis and retreat for the family. 

The design approach was to provide a separate and contrasting form, to highlight new versus old and create a dialogue between contemporary and traditional within the building. 

The existing building’s floor plan was rationalised, improving room sizes, adding bedrooms and an extensive home office, improving amenities, and reviving the kauri flooring and traditional details. 

The verandah’s original form was re-instated, re-connecting with the street.

Out the back, the existing lean-to’s have been replaced with a lower-roofed link, housing laundry and scullery spaces, connecting the old house to a modern living arrangement. 

Here, the traditional lean-to roof form wraps in on itself, forming an inverted hip roof with a simple box to the exterior. 

The new ceiling is battened in a nod to the traditional villa’s ceiling and these create planes that float over an open-plan kitchen, dining, living space and covered terrace. High level windows provide light and ventilation with no compromise to privacy.

Externally, colours and materials continue the dialogue with the contemporary narrow profiled, rough sawn weatherboards contrasting with the dark green on the traditional wide boarded cladding.

Plus, the garden design and landscape connections are an integral part of the project, with native plantings welcoming and guiding arrivals to the traditional front door. 

The central axis of the villa corridor is visually extended with a rain garden to connect to the eclectic plantings, picnic and play areas of the north-facing gardens.

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Credit list

Renovating architect
Heartwood Builders
Kitchen manufacturer
Philbe Design
Siberian Larch weatherboards
Window/door joinery
APL aluminium joinery
Bedroom flooring
Intelligent Style carpet, in Cucumber, from Carpet Court
Paint exteriors
Exterior Front of original villa, Resene Siam Green; rear extension, Resene Woodman's White Wash; exterior trims, Resene Double Sea Fog; front steps of villa, Resene Gravel
General heating
Hydronic underfloor heating by Sunflow
Flos bathroom lights by ECC; Nelson Saucer Bubble pendant in dining area by George Nelson for Herman Miller; LED black aluminium strip pendant in kitchen
Dining/kitchen table and chairs
Table – Philbe Design (made from recycled kauri floorboards from old playroom); Chairs – Vitra HAL from Citta; kitchen stools – Tangerine from Simon James
Architectural team
Pat de Pont (architect) and Travers Reynolds (arch. grad), SGA
Kitchen designer
Zoe Carafice, Xanthe White Design
Corrugated Colorsteel
Main flooring
Polished concrete with Peter Fell black oxide
Bathroom tiles
Floor, large grey slate; walls, large white; accent wall, Grace Emerald – all from Artedomus
Paint interiors
Walls in Resene Merino; ceilings in Resene Half Merino; bathroom ceilings painted in Resene Cabbage Pont; interior larch in Resene Colourwood Whitewash
Escea DF700
Living area furniture
Osaka sofa, from Bo Concept
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Winner

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Simon Devitt

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