House Of The Week
When they needed more space for their growing family, an Eastbourne couple put their house on the market thinking they would find a larger home in the area of similar style.
But this part of Wellington is much sought after and the options were few, particularly with what they had in mind. Instead, they opted to add on to their existing home and create space in the style they envisaged, in environs they knew and loved.
"As creative people getting it how we wanted was the real driver," the owners said. "We love the spot because it is sunny, bushclad, on the edge of the reserve, private and has great views. That is hard to find, so we decided to work with a great architect to add on something really special and a new kitchen, as well as reconfigure the existing space to make it a better layout."
Architect Paul Rolfe said the new skillion roof addition was "grafted to the southern end of the existing floor, suspended above but matching the slope of the steep site and existing gabled roof but climbing above it to provide internal height and drama and additional kids bedroom".
The old with new has provided three bedrooms, a big living space and an extra work area. It's spacious but cosy and was delivered to budget.
Working around heavy professional commitments and young children, they project managed it themselves, living on site 'at home' throughout construction to be hands on and ensure they got the exact style and atmosphere they wanted.
Rolfe said the sunken lounge with thick textured carpet and ply-clad walls provides a sense of warmth, enclosure and comfort.
"Large expansive windows open up to dappled light and tree tops, the extension of the existing rimu flooring links the old and new internal spaces and creates both a sitting height edge and an elevated hearth for a new woodburner. "
New skylights provide distant views of the ridgeline and morning sun and in the new kitchen ensure a light ambiance.
Build cost: Under $500,000
Architect: Paul Rolfe, Paul Rolfe Architects, Wellington.
Builder: Tamati Matthews, Lyall Bay
Size: Addition 45 sq m, total house 145 sq m.
Materials: Timber frame and posts, weatherboard cladding, aluminum joinery.
Energy efficiency: New addition - double glazing and insulation.
Done right: All of it, it worked out better than we hoped, I'd love to do it all again.
Done wrong: When the piles were going in they found a tree was in the way and we agreed to its removal, but it was a critical tree, it prevented us seeing the neighbours. In retrospect we should have stopped work and gone back to an engineer.
Unexpected: That it was so much fun, there were no really big surprises because the whole thing was so carefully planned. We'd thought about everything, so we didn't feel out of control. We put a skylight in the living area and now we can look right up the valley into the bush.
Recommend: The architect and the builder, they're a really good team. Also I'd suggest to think about what you want, so when you start you are ready and in control.
Next time: I'd slow down with important decisions around trees, but otherwise I feel really lucky. I still feel like it's a fantastic treat coming home, we always dreamed about having space and now we have plenty.
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