On the strength of our successful renovation of their 100 year old Grey Young villa, the clients commissioned this new apartment over the existing double garage on the same property.
Wellington City Council planning rules for infill housing imposed a single-storey height limit. However, with a carefully reasoned argument that the project would provide much-needed housing close to the CBD without adversely affecting surrounding properties, planning approval was achieved for a second storey.
The floor area is only slightly more than the double garage. Thoughtful planning fitted within this space a double bedroom, an open-plan living-dining-kitchen, a full bathroom and laundry. By sliding part of the new addition out over the driveway, a private, sunny outdoor living space was created at the rear. This offset plan is emphasised by the contrasting coloured cladding in the cut-out corners.
Exterior colours were chosen to complement the backdrop of native trees, with the subdued dark olive profiled metal cladding complemented by acid-green panelling and balustrading and the pohutukawa-red handrail and window hood. In the bedroom, one wall was lined with native timber panelling made from bookshelves salvaged from the original house.
The Resene colours selected provide bright contrasts to the dark-olive profiled metal cladding. The Titan board was finished in Resene Sonyx 101 in Resene Native, teamed with red handrails. Resene Native is an acid-yellow/green – punchy but not garish or over-bright. These hues are hard to find. The design team trialled many brushouts on site to get this just right. The name is apt – it looks just right against the backdrop of native trees.
This project demonstrates one possible solution to the current housing crisis – very compact new dwellings in under-utilised airspace.
Architectural specifier: Wright & Gray Architects Ltd
Building contractor: L&K Builders Ltd
Painting contractor: T. Lynch Decorators
Photographer: Paul McCredie
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