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Martinborough holiday home

Colour was an important part of completing the transformation of the small residential unit to a relaxed holiday home.

When you have an original 1960s worker’s accommodation building of just 75 square metres as a holiday home in Martinborough, it’s not surprising that you end up needing more space to house those on holiday.

Home exterior and deck

The original building was moved onto the site in the late 90s to serve as a weekend get-away. But with the passage of time the clients had become stretched for space so the brief called for an open plan living space, extra sleeping alcove and exterior covered living space all with a 60s atomic ranch aesthetic. The new addition ended up almost doubling the house size to 145 square metres.

The house addition on honed concrete slab creates a split level living space with breeze block screen separating the new from the raised timber dining area. Many of the features of the original were retained including polished timber floors, a solid rimu kitchen joinery unit and pass-through, and the timber feature windows.

Holiday home - lounge

The links between house and outdoor living/garden spaces operate at both floor levels. A mix of new and old materials as well as furnishings from several eras enhances the eclecticism of the outcome. The house now works well for gatherings of the extended family as well as for short and medium term stays.

Colour was an important part of completing the transformation of the small residential unit to a relaxed holiday home. Working with a palette of natural materials, including concrete floor, concrete block walls and various mid and dark toned timbers, vibrant colours invoke holiday fun and create a strong visual lead into the outside living spaces and garden. Feature timber weatherboards are finished in Resene Crisp Green (mid yellow green) and Resene Rendezvous (garnet red) with timber window joinery in Resene Gull Grey (pastel grey).

Holiday home - before refurbishment

Inside the palette moves to Resene Silver Chalice (pewter grey) and Resene White accented by Resene Funk (green yellow).

In all, it’s a relaxing blend of old and new, just ideal as a break away from normal life.

Architectural Specifier: Peter Beaumont, BKB Team Architects Ltd
From the Resene News – issue 3/2012


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