When our client bought the home, it was a very modest bungalow with inherent charm and character but little functionality to accommodate her and her young son. The humble home needed to mature from being cute to a fully realised residence.

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Having grown up on the traditional quarter-acre section, the client didn’t want the renovation to consume the site – she envisaged a lawn where her son could play freely.

This desire went hand in hand with preserving the heritage of the bungalow for herself and the neighbourhood. As a result, the new half gable behind the bungalow roof is barely discernible from the street. While a carport will be built in stage two, the new hallway running along the western elevation futureproofs its addition.

Inside, four-metre ceilings in the expansive new living area celebrate light and volume. From here, the connection flows to the garden through sliding doors and a wraparound deck.

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Board-and-batten cladding on the extension ties in with the existing weatherboard in a same-same-but-different way.

Viewed from the exterior, weatherboard still clads the original section, but this addition is in white board-and-batten and is double skinned, meaning gutters, downpipes and even the instant-gas water heater are hidden.

Sliding doors connect the living room seamlessly to the deck, allowing the homeowner far better access to the garden than she previously had.

Our client wanted the home to function well for them but also to feel a bit bachy and intimate — so small and big at the same time.

The extension’s layout is a reflection of a typical cottage floorplan, with the new entry hall starting at the second front door and leading all the way past the galley- style kitchen to the rear garden.
The flooring throughout the main areas of the home is demolition matai timber chosen to match the existing kauri floorboards.

When the early light streams through the leadlight windows, this space is a joyful place for coffee. The owner throws open the doors to the sound of tūī in the trees. While she may have fallen in love with a bungalow, it’s just possible she loves its modernised character more.