About this Project

She may be more than a century old, but this St Mary’s Bay sweetheart is still full of surprises. An¬†extensive restoration has allowed the Auckland abode to lead a double life.

With the property in desperate need of repair, the owner decided to create a two-bedroom flat downstairs and a single-bedroom dwelling upstairs.

With patio and side access, it forms a spacious and private inner-city retreat. The increased 2.4m stud height is a bonus.

Upstairs, the sun-drenched open-plan living space boasts beautiful hardwood floors. The kitchen and lounge are divided by full-height storage.

Lovely original details, such as the ornate fireplace and mantelpiece, are right at home in the refreshed interior. The painted grooved plywood ceiling is light and luxurious, flowing out to the large verandah. The outdoor space and bay window are in keeping with the home’s traditional character.

Extensive new insulation, Gib lining and cladding promises to serve the home for many more years to come. Bedrooms and bathrooms have also been updated.

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