Scandinavian feel in Lower Hutt

Blondes have more fun and this pale toned interior renovation supports that – at its core encompassing the values of quality, simplicity, and practicality

Interior/renovation by Callidus Architects

From the architect:

This Arts and Crafts/bungalow fusion home had grown too small its busy owners, with two little boys and a dog added into the mix.

The homeowners have always loved Scandinavian design, which at its core encompasses the values of quality, simplicity, and practicality. 

It’s been popular for decades because it doesn’t rely on trends – its core principles make it a timeless design aesthetic. 

That combined with a love of gardening and a wish for a better connection to the outside led the overall design response. 

There was also a strong wish to achieve a space where the family could be together but do their individual activities.

A 'den' feature wall forms the link between the change in level, lowering the extension to better connect with the garden. 

The added ceiling height provided the opportunity for large windows and doors out to the garden, increasing light penetration into the space. 

Wooden flooring with deep wide steps for sitting and playing on connects the two levels. 

A wood burner with a swivel function makes for easy enjoyment of the lit fire at night no matter where you sit in the room.

The den office nook and existing office off the kitchen provide two work from home spaces for the owners. 

The extension to the front of the property enabled rooms for both of the children as well as guest accommodation facilities for visiting family.

The kitchen intention was to be fully understated and to be seen as another furniture element in the space, with simple lines and finishes. 

Oak ply shelving incorporated into the 'den' wall makes for easy stylish display in line with the Scandi feel of the finishes. 

Custom oak handles for the tall cupboards finishes the overall wooden aesthetic of the space.

Scandinavian design embraces the philosophy that good design helps us live happier, more rewarding lives, and this can certainly be said of this interior renovation. 

Credit list

Architect/interior designer
Kitchen designer
Callidus Architects
Window joinery
Timber – Picasso Joinery
Bedroom carpet
Malmo, from Carpet Court
STÛV 30 By Stûv
Living area furniture
Homeowner's own
Mighty Build Construction
Kitchen manufacturer
Picasso Joinery
Longrun Colorsteel in Ironsand
Main flooring
Matai/Rimu – solid wood
Merino Resene and Alabaster Resene
Feature lighting
Yoyo IO Drum range; Rice paper – Ikea
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended

Designed by: Callidus Architects

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Aramani Brouwer

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