Real Housewife's reno wins TIDA award

The renovation of the Coatesville mansion owned by Michelle and Dave Blanchard cost more than $7m. Bindon Design Group ...
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The renovation of the Coatesville mansion owned by Michelle and Dave Blanchard cost more than $7m. Bindon Design Group has won a TIDA NZ award for the project.

The stunning Coatesville house renovated by Real Housewives of Auckland star Michelle Blanchard and her husband Dave has won a TIDA New Zealand award.

Bindon Design Group, the company behind the $7 millon-plus reno, has taken out the TIDA NZ Designer Renovation Award for 2016.

Director Grant Bindon says the project was one of the most costly renovations he has undertaken. "It is pretty much a new home," he says. "It was one of those projects that just grew. The original garage was left and a few of the walls, but everything else has been altered or replaced, including the floor, which was rotten."

A travertine floor and winding staircase with gold balustrades create an appropriate grand entry for the house.
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A travertine floor and winding staircase with gold balustrades create an appropriate grand entry for the house.

Bindon says it was always going to be a major renovation, with the house going from 400 square metres to more than 1000 square metres, and from one storey to two, but the design retains the essence of the original post-modern structure.

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"The gables on the house weren't really expressed, so we took that shape and expanded on it, continuing the form through to the pool house, which is one of my favourite rooms. It's an indoor-outdoor alfresco space with a guest room, gym and sauna off it."

Michelle Blanchard at home.
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Michelle Blanchard at home.

The designer says the grand entry, which has a winding travertine staircase, is another favourite feature. The renovation also provided a new formal living room, and a master suite on the upper level.

Bindon says the clients were "awesome" to work with. "It was a very collaborative process," he says. "A lot of the credit can also go to the rest of the team that worked on this project, including Trinity Interior Design and structural engineer George Downey."

The house, formerly known as the "party house" has been for sale for several months through Barfoot and Thompson – it was up for tender and is now for sale by negotiation. Michelle Blanchard told NZ House & Garden the couple have spent "well over $7 million" on the house.

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Other TIDA New Zealand winners are as follows:

TIDA New Zealand – Designer New Home: O'Neil Architecture, Christchurch
TIDA New Zealand – Architect-designed New Home: ​Mason & Wales Architects, Dunedin
TIDA New Zealand – Architect-designed Renovation:​ Rowe Baetens Architecture, Auckland

 

 - Stuff

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