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Mt Albert villa


The owners felt they wanted a bright vibrancy, so took inspiration from some of the stylish villas within the leafy Auckland inner suburbs.

It is believed this home was once in the ownership of the Winstone family, who, in 1896 moved a large home, (Belmont) from Symonds Street, to a site in Mt Albert. This home is rumoured to be either, the home they lived in while the Belmont site was being prepared, or the home their grand-daughter lived in. Originally a single-storey double bay villa, a second story was added in the 1940’s.

Mt Albert Villa

The present owners bought the villa approximately 13 years ago and soon afterwards, gave it a welcome 100th birthday repaint with the help of interior designer Leonie von Sturmer. The grandeur of this villa has always attracted attention from the surrounding neighbourhood and even featured in the Resene magazine. While many would have said it didn’t require a repaint, the current owners feel it is important to upkeep this grand old lady, so 10 years on, they have again, employed Leonie to brighten and freshen the villa, with colours that would protect and enhance their investment. The initial thoughts were just to repaint using the existing colours of Resene Truffle with Resene Double Masala and Resene Friar Grey accents, however Leonie, being involved with colour and design of high end homes on a daily basis, felt a brighter, more vibrant selection of colours would keep it ‘current’ for the next 10 years to come. So, out came the Resene Whites and Neutrals fandeck again.

White villa exterior

Villa exterior - stained glass windows

While there could have been a nod to its heritage in using the Resene Heritage colour palette, the owners felt they wanted a bright vibrancy, so took inspiration from some of the stylish villas within the leafy Auckland inner suburbs. They wanted style and elegance that would stand the test of time. The lighter colours from the Whites and Neutrals fandeck are interesting, whilst still providing the longevity required from the paint for a home of this scale. It is quite a mammoth task to scaffold and repaint the house and roof, so the colour palette needed to be right!

Mt Albert Villa exterior

The weatherboards were painted in Resene Lumbersider low sheen waterborne paint in Resene Concrete teamed with deeper Resene Triple Concrete on decks and steps with windows in Resene Half Black White using Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel. Resene Black White was also continued onto trims, fascias and soffits. Resene Bokara Grey was used on the front pillars and detail using Resene Lumbersider and repeated on the doors and gates in Resene Enamacryl gloss waterborne enamel. The roof is Sandstone Grey.

Villa exterior and garden

Second storey villa

The painting was in train when Covid-19 lockdown came upon us! Scaffold was still up and the skies were bright and clear, offering a perfect time to be completing this revamp, however… nothing could be done!

White villa exterior

Grey villa roof

Grey and white villa exterior

After lockdown, the rain arrived, and then stayed, making it difficult to complete the job quickly. It was completed a number of weeks later, so the painters could focus on the interior painting as the wetter winter months arrived.

Villa side door

Villa exterior cladding

Black villa entrance

Architectural specifier: Leonie von Sturmer
Painting contractor: GRB Painters Ltd
Photographer: Jono Parker
Project: Resene Total Colour Awards 2020

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