Colombo Street - Fabric | ArchiPro NZ

Colombo Street

This project was a rebuild of an inner city character house that was irreparably damaged in the February 2011 earthquake. The owners wanted to rebuild with the same character the original house had, but make the most of the opportunity to modernise the layout and room sizes. As the owners love to host, living rooms and outdoor areas needed to be versatile to entertain differing numbers of guests. Serious consideration was given to use of space and how the available land would be optimised to allow for all the clients requirements to be fulfilled on the small site. Part of these requirements was to also retrofit the existing large workshop and summer house.

Weatherboards used in a traditional sense combined with plastered chimneys with detailing typical of this sort of character house helped to achieve the desired look. Adding to these character details are two, double story bay windows and traditional detailing around the roof with corrugated roofing iron, exposed rafters, no fascia boards and half round spouting fixed with exposed brackets.

Interior architectural detailing consisted of the use of modern large skirting boards, timber wall lining panels, stair balustrade with traditional detailing and internal window louvers. Ceilings where kept high with high stud heights on the ground floor and feature boxed up ceilings on the first floor.

The end result was two very happy clients that have featured their home in magazines and an ADNZ commended award.

Photography Credit: Steven Goodenough

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