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Refined approach This award-winning project has transformed a run-down hacienda into a traditionally styled home, but with an open-plan heart. QPC Builders undertook the construction while Yellowfox reinvented the interiors Above: This renovation project by QPC Builders and Yellowfox has transformed a Spanish-accent house in a traditional suburb. The new rustic metal-pattern front gate connects with a rustic metalaccented front door, leading the visitor forward. Facing page, top and lower: The dining table, complete with feature designer light, and the adjacent living room both take in spectacular views of Auckland Harbour. In a well-to-do suburb typified by crisp, white weatherboard residences, a more flamboyant design can look rather out of place. Such was the case with this renovation by QPC Builders and Yellowfox. Originally built in a Spanish style, the house has been reinvented as a traditional home with open interiors and separate guest suite. The project won a Gold at the Master Builders House of the Year Awards. Developer Mike Page, owner of MPAC Property, the firm that drove the project, says the house was virtually stripped back to the foundations, with a few character brick walls search | save | share at retained, so it was really more like a new build. “We pushed out exterior walls to allow for improved internal flow, converted a flat over the garage into a guest suite, and transformed the exterior with weatherboard and brick to be more in tune with the character of Devonport. “In addition, the roofline is now steeper and gables were introduced, some bedrooms were brought downstairs, and a hall was added.” Essentially everything was addressed, says Alex Coburn, owner of QPC Builders. “Even the existing glass handrails were replaced with traditional wood rails.”