California dreaming

California dreaming add

For those who have dreamed of extensively renovating a rundown villa or bungalow, a project of this magnitude can seem daunting. The labour of love and commitment required to restoration to make it a success, is enough to put some people off.

Picture this though, an original Californian bungalow with beautiful features, it is north facing and located on a charming tree-lined street in Hamilton. But it is in dire need of a restoration. Not just any renovation – one that meets the standards of the area and one that is sympathetic to the original home and all its elegant details and glory.

Aaron Guerin of LAD Architecture was lucky enough to take on such a project, when he designed the alteration and addition of ‘Kotahi Avenue’.

The owner’s brief was for a home that pulled inspiration from the aesthetic of Huka Lodge. For the home’s original character to be treasured, while also injecting modern day comforts.

On the wish list was vaulted ceilings with timber panelling and roof beams to the main living area, a large open-plan kitchen and living/dining area with a strong connection to outdoor entertaining, several ensuites to be added to the children’s bedrooms, a grand foyer and hallway and wonderful spaces to showcase an extensive art collection.

The response from LAD Architecture was a carefully considered floor and site development plan that would create effortless flow within the home and its relationship with the outdoor space. They also achieved a seamless transition between old and new and careful restoration of original features like the existing bay windows.

Extensive outdoor areas were created to include a Louvretech covered kitchen, lap pool and gully seating with fire.

Materials in keeping with the original character of the home were selected. Weatherboard and bagged brick features were painted in earthy tones and organic materials like shingle detailing and roofing were used.

So impressive was the restoration, the renovation received a national award at the 2018 ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards, taking out the Residential Alterations and Additions Award.

Judges of the awards said the work had not only been carried out in sympathetic way, it had also added further to the overall aesthetic.

“Careful site and floor planning have produced thoroughly usable areas in what have typically been difficult buildings to address. Exposed interior trusses, traditional wall panelling throughout and kitchen detailing consistent with the style have all been expertly included to give a very successful outcome for the clients,” they said.

Architectural Designers New Zealand CEO Astrid Andersen said the respect for the home’s character and essence is very visible – a sign that the restoration is in keeping with its heritage.

“It is a magnificent restoration. Well done Aaron. And congratulations to the owner’s who have demonstrated such passion and dedication to this beautiful old home.”