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Near the quaint seaside village of Devonport, and set amidst the leafy suburb of Stanley Point, this renovation transforms a tired villa into a warm, open, and modern home. In sync with the homeowners’ personal transition into a new, relaxed phase of life the redesign seeks to add contemporary comforts to a much-loved family home. 

Internally, the simple setback of one wall provides the necessary breathing space for a new kitchen – the heart of the house, and inevitable gathering space. This central space is marked with a quartzite island, heavy in mass but light in colour. Hugging the central island is a perimeter of dark smoked walnut joinery and brushed steel benches, a rich contrast to the pale tones of the stone. The joinery steps down seamlessly into a window seat, providing an alternative space to perch in the daily act of cooking, sharing, and dining.

The two bathrooms within the home are further transformed. The smaller one a palette of deep, sage mosaics and warm timber. Whilst the larger one reflects lighter tones, the pastel, almost washed-out pale blues of the Hauraki Gulf, emphasized through a bespoke stained-glass window that filters the space in an ephemeral glow. The resultant atmosphere is reminiscent of the many hours enjoyed on, around and in the waters of the Gulf. 

A simple yet profound renovation to be enjoyed by the family for years to come.

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SUNDAY creates beautiful architecture that is human-centric and deeply rooted to an individual's essence, making each project unique and contextual to its people.

Established by Registered Architect Samantha Zondag (Zondag meaning Sunday in Dutch), SUNDAY is relaxed yet refined architecture that celebrates everyday moments through design imbued with excellence, integrity and substance.