ABOUT THE PROJECT
Located on a large flat section in Wadestown with stunning views overlooking Wellington’s western suburbs, the original house had been built for the Swedish ambassador and had undergone a number of alterations. This firm had previously carried out extensive refurbishment to all 1st floor wet areas. The client’s brief called for a new family room, kitchen with butlers galley, laundry, guest toilet and showering facilities in place of the existing ‘commercially’ designed kitchen space which had taken pride of place on the northwestern side of the house. This space was totally redeveloped and extended to connect with the west side yard, an aspect that had previously been cut off. This has given the house a more cohesive external appearance and has created an easy flow between inside and outside.
Internally, an integrated joinery approach has married the various spaces together and the expansive glazed window areas has resulted in bright light filled rooms. The client was quite specific that the finishes should include extensive use of timbers in keeping with the existing house but with a contemporary approach. Externally, the addition extends the existing house palette of finishes. The family room extends out under a jarrah pergola with schist flagstone paving.