The renovation of a grand home can bring rewards on several fronts. Creating spacious, light-filled interiors better suited to contemporary living is one likely plus. Another is ensuring the exterior is pristine and secure safeguarding the owner's investment long into the future.
Prestige Projects specialises in design and build projects as well as high-quality property redevelopment. The owner-operator company has had more than 40 years in the industry, with a focus on masonry-built homes. For this project a family residence in an upmarket Auckland suburb Prestige was asked to address waterproofing issues on an upper level of the exterior, and to reinvent the interior.
The plaster-clad masonry house was structurally sound with the exception of the potential for leaks on the third floor, says managing director John Moros.
"To prevent water damage becoming a major problem in the future, we removed the existing cladding, and then reclad the top floor in bevel-backed weatherboard. The crisp shadowlines are suited to the style of the home, and complement the finishes on the levels below."
The home's interior was substantially reworked. One key change was to enclose the infrequently used rear deck, making it part of what is now a generous open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. This has improved day-to-day functionality and also added value to the home.
As part of the refit, the original kitchen and bathrooms were stripped out and replaced with more contemporary spaces.
Other changes included laying a new wide-plank, tongue-and-groove solid oak floor, from the entry through to the living and dining area. Prestige also enclosed a redundant upstairs balcony, turning this into a convenient kitchenette.
"Prestige works closely with a client, from concept through to completion," says Moros. "And we work just as closely with the artisans and designers we bring on board to ensure an ideal outcome for a client. Our preferred interiors consultant is Orb Design, whom weve worked with on many large jobs, including this one."
Orb Design offers a full interior design consultancy that includes project management and specification of individual finishes for a renovation or a new home. The principal consultants are Suzanne Arts and Sarah Malyon. The brief here was to reflect the calibre of the location and design the refit around the owners' existing furniture, in a way that would be sympathetic to the layout, says Arts.