The Studio

Originally designed as a photography studio, with a change of use application,  the space is given a new lease of life as a self contained dwelling. The high stud & …

Sun & Light

Initially some work was required to a small dark lean-to kitchen. Seven years on the dwelling was a fully renovated sunny and light family home. A sunny rear garden elevated …

Villa with a Sea View

The original homestead villa on a Wellington hillside was much loved but its family needed better space. The house is raised up and a small, pokey workshop and storage area is …

Making Connections

A Mount Victoria villa was a home above and a separate flat below. The two levels had never been  connected. The new owners proposed combining both levels to give them sufficient …

Inner City Home and Office

A 1960s house in an inner city heritage area had been a flat for over 40 years. It needed revitalising to transform it into a flexible family home and office. Rooms now double …

Sheltered Space

This 1960’s house was bought off the original builder/owner, and while the family loved the original layout and detailing, they lacked a space to sit outside in the sun and drink in …

Working Man’s Cottage

A cold, damp  50 sq.m cottage/90 sq.m site in central Wellington had been neglected and required complete refurbishment. Two small dark rooms are combined and the ceiling removed to give …

On the Kererū Flightpath

When a well positioned neighbouring property came on the market, it gave an active retired couple the opportunity to take on another renovation project in familiar surroundings. The house was …

Wrapping Around

A family home had been completely renovated upstairs, but downstairs was still untouched. Mum and Dad were squashed into a tiny bedroom beneath an existing deck, with the laundry accessed through …

Extending Out

The service areas in this 1960s house were tired and in need of upgrading. Extending the mono pitched bedroom wing out 2 metres into the garden allowed an ensuite and …

Cottage by the Sea

A small seaside cottage needed storage and a separate bathroom off the main bedroom. The washing machine in the garage was totally inaccessible from the house. Extruding the house towards …

A Small Intervention

A small two storey inner city cottage was liveable except for a VERY steep stair and a lack of storage. An awkwardly deep wardrobe over the stair was removed giving …

Studio for a Photographer

A boggy inner city backyard gave a photographer the opportunity to realise his dream of creating a warm, intimate, light-filled studio. The project efficiently maximises space, with the flexibility to …

Work Bench / Dining / Meeting table

When an old house was opened up to incorporate a separate bedsit, it resulted in differing floor levels for a new kitchen/dining area. A workbench/dining/meeting table is built across the  …

House for a Family

A blended family needed a new kitchen, some overflow space for the children and better access to their back yard. The existing kitchen is opened up to the adjacent dining area with …

Internal Access

A small 3 storey townhouse had a very large basement for storage, but it was only accessible via a very rickety external stair. The living area felt small and dark, …

New House in the Countryside

A paddock in Greytown with all day sun and views of the Tararuas was a blank slate for a new home for a retired couple on a budget. Simple spaces and …

Waddesdon Dairy

In the early 1990s, whilst travelling overseas, I was lucky enough to get work with the English landscape designers Bannerman Design. At the time they were working on the restoration of …