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  • Franklin Additions

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    Published October 2013

    A home for a large family was the brief, without being an 0ver-large home–using the existing verandahed home along the ridge as the bedroom wing and base, and the site and surrounding grounds as the place to open out to. Click for more

  • Pt Chev Bungalow, 1998: “A seamless integration”

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    Published October 2013

    We renovated this classic California Bungalow way back last century, and recently were lucky enough to be invited back to revisit and photograph. I was delighted to discover the original owners still living in and loving their house. California Bungalows are far and away my favourite houses to renovate. They... Click for more

  • Van Oostrom House, Waikato

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    Published November 2012

    Van Oostrom House from the street: there’s a few surprises inside… I couldn’t be happier with how this house has turned out – and from their enthusiasm I sense my clients would say the same. I posted it a few years back (here and here), but now the plants have matured – and since it’s... Click for more

  • Mt Eden Bungalow Renovations, aka ‘Anna’s House’

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    Published October 2012

    Bungalow on a corner This was a house for two friends–each with their own space, sharing house and study. Like me, both were bungalow lovers.  We all recognised the bones of the house were good, giving us plenty to work from, respecting the bungalow style to make this the most liveable bungalow... Click for more

  • View Rd, Mt Eden

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    Published October 2012

    I like to think that houses I’ve designed are houses folk never want to leave, so I’m disappointed to say that another of my houses has been on the market.  Put on the market in September and it looks like it’s already sold – so too late for you to take advantage of an Open Home – but  photographer... Click for more

  • Architectural Mini-Tutorial: Ceiling Decks

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    Published September 2012

    Open plan living is a vast improvement on life in a box — or in a series of boxes, which is what describes most traditional houses, unfortunately. But it’s not enough just to be “open plan.”  The biggest open plan space is just a field, right?  Good open-plan living still requires a... Click for more

  • Sociable Kitchen

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    Published February 2012

    Kitchens aren’t what they used to be—not that you’d know it from the antiseptic offerings in the trendy magazines and most of the kitchen showrooms. Kitchen are the place wherein the products of fire, light, earth and water are combined to become food; a place of experiment and sustenance.  In... Click for more

  • Proposal for a family home in Howick

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    Published February 2012

    This is a proposal to renovate an existing three-bedroom house in the older part of Howick, with elevated views towards Beachlands, Rangitoto and Waiheke. It’s designed as a “three-zoned house,” with parents’ realm upstairs and downstairs at the end with the view, children’s realm at... Click for more

  • Megson House

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    Published February 2012

    There was only one lecturer at either of the architecture schools I went to who was worth a damn. Sadly, he died in 1994 while I was away in London concocting a cunning plan to come back to Auckland and devise some way to work with him.  This was his house, which has just come on the market: From the... Click for more

  • ‘Wrightscapes’

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    Published February 2012

    Frank Lloyd Wright maintained that the fundamental intention of good architecture, specifically of his “organic architecture,” was to make human life more natural and nature more humane. Clearly, that must begin with how your architecture is related to its surroundings, and vice versa. To put it... Click for more

Franklin Additions

Published October 20, 2013

A home for a large family was the brief, without being an 0ver-large home–using the existing verandahed home along the ridge as the bedroom wing and base, and the site and surrounding grounds as the place to open out to.

Pt Chev Bungalow, 1998: “A seamless integration”

Published October 20, 2013

We renovated this classic California Bungalow way back last century, and recently were lucky enough to be invited back to revisit and photograph. I was delighted to discover the original owners still living in and loving their house. California Bungalows are far and away my favourite houses to renovate. They were the first liveable housing
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