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Furze Architecture & Design
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The original Victorian-era villa has been restored and updated, including new double-glazed windows.
The original Victorian-era villa has been restored and updated, including new double-glazed windows.
Looking down the hallway from the new addition.
Looking down the hallway from the new addition.
Looking beyond the new addition to the rear lawn.
Looking beyond the new addition to the rear lawn.
The new addition comprises an open-plan kitchen/dining/living area, separate lounge, scullery, laundry and access to the garage.
The new addition comprises an open-plan kitchen/dining/living area, separate lounge, scullery, laundry and access to the garage.
The gable roofline helps maintain a sense of volume within the new addition and fits in with council's heritage requirements for the area.
The gable roofline helps maintain a sense of volume within the new addition and fits in with council's heritage requirements for the area.
Dark tones were chosen for the kitchen cabinetry to help the space recede into the background. Behind the white cavity slider on the right is the scullery. The large 'cabinet' to the left is actually a doorway to the laundry and garage.
Dark tones were chosen for the kitchen cabinetry to help the space recede into the background. Behind the white cavity slider on the right is the scullery. The large 'cabinet' to the left is actually a doorway to the laundry and garage.
The combination of darkly stained cabinetry and neutral stone complements the timber flooring, while the galley style creates a very workable kitchen space.
The combination of darkly stained cabinetry and neutral stone complements the timber flooring, while the galley style creates a very workable kitchen space.
While the look is very classic, the amenity of the home is very much up-to-date with a range of technologies concealed in the walls, floors and stair risers.
While the look is very classic, the amenity of the home is very much up-to-date with a range of technologies concealed in the walls, floors and stair risers.
The small separate lounge provides a snug retreat from the rest of the living area.
The small separate lounge provides a snug retreat from the rest of the living area.
The main ensuite features modern-classic feel, in keeping with the rest of the house.
The main ensuite features modern-classic feel, in keeping with the rest of the house.
A palette of white tiles and natural materials in the main bathroom, imparts a simple, uncomplicated aesthetic.
A palette of white tiles and natural materials in the main bathroom, imparts a simple, uncomplicated aesthetic.
The renovation—following removal of the previous additions—has added around 70 per cent to the house's floor plan and has greatly improved the amenity of the home.
The renovation—following removal of the previous additions—has added around 70 per cent to the house's floor plan and has greatly improved the amenity of the home.
The extended eave creates a sheltered outdoor space while the wall element on the left conceals the sliding door when it's fully open, creating a seamless link between indoors and out.
The extended eave creates a sheltered outdoor space while the wall element on the left conceals the sliding door when it's fully open, creating a seamless link between indoors and out.
The property prior to renovation showing the previous additions.
The property prior to renovation showing the previous additions.
View of the property from the backyard prior to the renovation.
View of the property from the backyard prior to the renovation.
Floor plan showing the original layout (bottom left) and the post-renovation layout.
Floor plan showing the original layout (bottom left) and the post-renovation layout.
Elevations.
Elevations.

About the
Professional

As the son of a well-known Taranaki building family, I grew up on a building site and proved to be cheap labour while at school. After spending six years in the design industry in New Plymouth, I moved north to Auckland in 1996 and set up my own business.

I would describe my style as predominantly contemporary, with an emphasis on simplicity of design. I work closely with my clients to ensure that each project is individually designed to meet their unique needs and requirements, while reflecting their personality throughout. When approaching renovations, I like to consider the existing character of the home and often work to restore at the same time as renovate as part of the project, preserving the integrity of the original home.