The Carnachan house in Queenstown is a gentle antidote to minimalism

After living by a strict minimalist approach in Auckland, this Gibbston Valley home came as welcome relief, allowing this family live comfortably The Carnachan house in Queenstown is a gentle antidote to minimalism Simon Carnachan wanted his house near Queenstown to be comfortable. This was

Kitchens: an easy-living holiday kitchen with room to spare

The generous proportions of this holiday home kitchen allow it to comfortably cater for four generations. It was designed by Morgan Cronin, who explains that the clients wanted something roomy and low-maintenance. Here, Cronin describes the project and how he selected his materials to fit the

A former dental clinic is reincarnated lakeside

A former Auckland dental clinic is comfortable in its new location and second life as an uncomplicated bach A former dental clinic is reincarnated lakeside After purchasing a small plot of land on the wester­n shores of Lake Taupo, Rick Pearson and Briar Green spent

Bathrooms: a vineyard view from Cloudy Bay’s guest quarters

This Marlborough bathroom makes the most of the view from Cloudy Bay vineyard’s guest quarters; it also takes care to emphasise the landscape, which, in addition to being beautifully serene, is intrinsic to the vineyard’s brand and wine label. The colour palette and textures used in each

Kitchens: 3D technology for perfect angles

The clients of this Ponsonby renovation didn’t want a typical villa kitchen. Designer Serban Teodorescu of T Plus Architects transformed the space into a ‘day zone’ encompassing living, entertaining and food preparation areas.   HOME This kitchen design was part of a significant villa renovation. What

A blissfully unaltered 1958 home by Cedric Firth

A blissfully unaltered 1958 home by Cedric Firth Our family has lived in our home in Ngaio, Wellington, for four years. My partner, Sharon Jansen, and I are both architects, so choosing to live in another architect’s conception was an intriguing proposition. The house was

Bathrooms: a compact Arrowtown space is big in character

Architects Pete Ritchie and Bronwen Kerr of Kerr Ritchie Architects lined up all the utility spaces in this small Arrowtown home along its southern wall, off a long corridor stepping down a slope.     The owners of the home, a finalist in our 2010

Celebrating a 60-year-old stunner by Peter Middleton

  In 1954, Heather Lomas worked with Peter Middleton on the design of her family home in Hamilton, as elegant today as it was when built. Back in the 1950s, Hamilton was hip and hopping. It had enough ballast for city status by the end

A bold, angular home in Mount Maunganui by Daniel Marshall

  Like their counterparts in suburbs around the country, the homes in Mount Maunganui tend to follow accepted norms. That is, until you turn down the driveway of Glenn and Karen Keaney, where you find something rather less predictable: a home full of assertive, elbow-like

Kitchens: a small space becomes two separate zones

For this Freemans Bay renovation, options for the new kitchen layout were hampered by existing concrete block walls; architect Belinda George’s solution to this challenge was inspired. To give the clients the large, modern kitchen that they required, they divided it in two: an open preparation

A holiday home and private escape on Waiheke Island

A holiday home and private escape on Waiheke Island Passersby can be forgiven for not realising this Waiheke Island house by architect Andre Hodgskin even exists, because it is invisible from the road. Screened by thick native planting and with a circuitous approach down a

Bathrooms: Classic meets contemporary

The client brief for this Wellington cottage was to create a “workable bathroom” in the confined space. To overcome this challenge, William Giesen of Atelierworkshop explains how they introduced natural light to open up the room. Giesen also tells how they decided on their colour

A gallery director and art collector’s 1950s LA home

This art collector created his own display space in a 1950s Los Angeles apartment designed by the pioneering modernist designer A. Quincy Jones A gallery director and art collector’s 1950s LA home There are a few lofty rumours circulating about Brian and Kate Butler’s address

This seaside home has a heart of steel

Although this beachside kitchen has floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, the cantilevered upper level of the house stops it from feeling too exposed. Here, designer Nick Strachan of Athfield Architects explains how they unified the kitchen space and what motivated the decision to use rubber flooring.  

A warm, thrifty and inventive Waiheke Island home

This Waiheke house may look like a cold, metal box but inside it’s offset by a warm, wooden interior that garners inspiration from traditional villas  A warm, thrifty and inventive Waiheke Island home The Beniston family home on Waiheke Island has no obvious street number.