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A light-filled sanctuary in Orakei 
When Nikki lost out on buying two houses at auction on one day, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She says, “We had already sold our family home at Sunnyhills and had been actively looking for a property for over a year, but we kept getting outbid.” That evening she searched on Trade Me and found an ex-state brick and tile home on a decent-sized section, and put in an offer there and then. Fortuitously, one week before getting the keys to their online purchase, Nikki was also selling her business and therefore had some time between jobs to devote to a new project: demolishing the old house and building a new one.

Through mutual friends, Nikki was introduced to architect Bruce Wigglesworth who works for Urban Design NZ. The two hit it off immediately, and when Nikki gave Bruce a three page list of requirements for the new build, the architect got busy drawing up the plans. With a husband and two growing boys, Nikki wanted a family home with plenty of space and a playroom for the kids. High on the wish list was a wide staircase and 2-3 living areas, along with a pantry/scullery for Nikki to indulge in her favourite pastime of baking. Light was also a major consideration in the build. With a north-facing back garden, the family wanted to capture the afternoon sun and make sure the house would be filled with natural light.

AT A GLANCE 
Joinery: FIRST® Metro APL Series with a warm white pearl colour in a matt finish. 
Hardware: The hardware is colour matched Urbo. 
Glazing: Clear double glazed throughout. The bathrooms have opal windows which provides additional privacy.

KEY SUPPLIERS 
Architect: Urban Design NZ Ltd 
Builder: A&T Builders Ltd 
Joinery: Windowmakers Ltd

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A light-filled sanctuary in Orakei 
When Nikki lost out on buying two houses at auction on one day, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She says, “We had already sold our family home at Sunnyhills and had been actively looking for a property for over a year, but we kept getting outbid.” That evening she searched on Trade Me and found an ex-state brick and tile home on a decent-sized section, and put in an offer there and then. Fortuitously, one week before getting the keys to their online purchase, Nikki was also selling her business and therefore had some time between jobs to devote to a new project: demolishing the old house and building a new one.

Through mutual friends, Nikki was introduced to architect Bruce Wigglesworth who works for Urban Design NZ. The two hit it off immediately, and when Nikki gave Bruce a three page list of requirements for the new build, the architect got busy drawing up the plans. With a husband and two growing boys, Nikki wanted a family home with plenty of space and a playroom for the kids. High on the wish list was a wide staircase and 2-3 living areas, along with a pantry/scullery for Nikki to indulge in her favourite pastime of baking. Light was also a major consideration in the build. With a north-facing back garden, the family wanted to capture the afternoon sun and make sure the house would be filled with natural light.

AT A GLANCE 
Joinery: FIRST® Metro APL Series with a warm white pearl colour in a matt finish. 
Hardware: The hardware is colour matched Urbo. 
Glazing: Clear double glazed throughout. The bathrooms have opal windows which provides additional privacy.

KEY SUPPLIERS 
Architect: Urban Design NZ Ltd 
Builder: A&T Builders Ltd 
Joinery: Windowmakers Ltd

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A light-filled sanctuary in Orakei 
When Nikki lost out on buying two houses at auction on one day, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She says, “We had already sold our family home at Sunnyhills and had been actively looking for a property for over a year, but we kept getting outbid.” That evening she searched on Trade Me and found an ex-state brick and tile home on a decent-sized section, and put in an offer there and then. Fortuitously, one week before getting the keys to their online purchase, Nikki was also selling her business and therefore had some time between jobs to devote to a new project: demolishing the old house and building a new one.

Through mutual friends, Nikki was introduced to architect Bruce Wigglesworth who works for Urban Design NZ. The two hit it off immediately, and when Nikki gave Bruce a three page list of requirements for the new build, the architect got busy drawing up the plans. With a husband and two growing boys, Nikki wanted a family home with plenty of space and a playroom for the kids. High on the wish list was a wide staircase and 2-3 living areas, along with a pantry/scullery for Nikki to indulge in her favourite pastime of baking. Light was also a major consideration in the build. With a north-facing back garden, the family wanted to capture the afternoon sun and make sure the house would be filled with natural light.

AT A GLANCE 
Joinery: FIRST® Metro APL Series with a warm white pearl colour in a matt finish. 
Hardware: The hardware is colour matched Urbo. 
Glazing: Clear double glazed throughout. The bathrooms have opal windows which provides additional privacy.

KEY SUPPLIERS 
Architect: Urban Design NZ Ltd 
Builder: A&T Builders Ltd 
Joinery: Windowmakers Ltd

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