In a pool house that opens to a mid-century modern home in Remuera, an interior palette was designed to reflect the original architectural language and create a strong narrative between old and new.
“This project was all about creating connections between the main house and the pool house, which are linked by a covered outdoor walkway, fireplace and barbecue area running adjacent to a lap pool. We wanted to echo the concrete block of the exterior, and in doing so a concrete floor was always the only option,” says interior designer Jane McAulay of Bespoke Interior Design.
“It was selecting the colour that was most important. It had to be a cool tone, and one against which we could place the Taj Mahal stone bench — a material echoed in the kitchen of the main dwelling.
“Peter Fell has such a varied, beautiful selection of colours. We knew immediately that we wanted a colour from the Premium Charcoal range. We found a really lovely oystery, creamy colour [PeterFell 651]. By using coloured concrete, we were able to turn an intimate and compact space into something that feels sophisticated and refined.
“We didn’t want any aggregate coming through, just a very simple, elegant clean floor in a natural, understated colour. Having a power float finish, combined with the beautiful colour has created a statement: it’s so smooth it almost appears glass-like — there’s a real simplicity there that creates the perfect element to offset the other hero materials in the space, including the creams and khakis of the stone, and metal accents.”
There’s a certain joy in this pool house; the oyster white of the floor, and the distinctive tonality of the stone draw you into a space designed as a place from which to look out — onto a decadent poolscape of green foliage and turquoise water.