Trends New Zealand Volume 33 No 4 - Page 45

The front of the home – with the pool – had a wealth of architectural detailing while the less viewed side was under-detailed. “However, we remedied this by faith- fully replicating the existing cornices and dentil mouldings and repeating them on the less endowed side of the home.” And to an extent this same approach is repeated on the home’s interior. “While we didn’t rearrange things structurally we did strip most walls back and reline them to achieve flawlessly smooth surfaces. In the large entry hall we reproduced panelling seen in other rooms.” One major transformation is seen right from the entrance. Doole took up carpets that had run throughout the home and then fully restored the solid oak floors revealed underneath. “In the informal living, dining and kitchen space we introduced a larger island and a calacatta paonazzo marble benchtop and splashback – further adding to the quiet grandeur of these rooms,” he says. “And the change to classic Shaker panels for the kitchen cabinetry is more in step Facing page top: Wood and white – classic dark oak panelling was painted over with some hesitation in the formal dining room. However, the resulting white surfaces make the room much more inviting and usable. The covered terrace beyond overlooks the pool and lawn area. Facing page lower: A large chandelier is the centrepiece of this formal lounge area, while an arched window lets in plenty of natural light. Above: The kitchen island was reworked while the new marble splashback and benchtops and Shaker door panels are in keeping with the home’s origins. search | save | share at