Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga

Karori House I (2019)

Karori, Wellington

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Over a decade ago, HMOA began work on alterations for Karori House I (2009), which evolved into an almost-entirely new house for its owners.

Ten years later, the brief from these same clients was to create new, flexible spaces to cater for the growing needs of their family.

HMOA has skilfully designed a new multi-use living area, part of which can be closed off as a fourth bedroom if needed, or used as a music room. The kitchen has been updated, doubling in size, and storage added throughout the house.

Read an interview about the project with architect Olly Markham, on the blog.

Photos: Andy Spain.

The additions occupy the southern boundary, opening up to the north and creating access to an enlarged outdoor dining/terrace area.

Exterior cladding, a cost effective system of plywood sheet with painted battens, wraps around the house and blends into the existing finishes. New interior joinery, stained hardwood plywood, also matches the existing from the original design, ten years ago.