The original house was a 1960s brick and tile building that had some work done in the 1980s but really needed some attention to make it function better as an extended family home and take full advantage of the spectacular view back towards the city and to Rangitoto Island in the east.
This house is situated in the very restrictive Res 3C planning zone so an historically sensitive response was needed in order to receive a resource consent.
It was decided to retain the brick exterior but the building was completely reclad in a bagged brick veneer in conjunction with cedar weatherboards to the upper level. The old two storey house with its 2.4m stud heights was extended into a three storey home effectively in the same footprint as the original dwelling.
There are many subtle features and technical details to this home which give it a “New York loft” feeling, which the owners are delighted with.
Belinda George the architect has endeavored to lead the eye from the front door up the main stairwell into a large and high open plan lounge/ dining/kitchen area and through the garden via a long rectangular reflection pond.