Trends New Zealand Volume 34 No 4 - Page 73

Serene palette Calm, relaxing and friendly – such was the outcome when this1960s home was renovated and transformed by Becroft Howie Architects The Sixties were famously free-and-easy but not quite so much when it came to the design and layout of home interiors. This kitchen is part of a full renovation of a 1967 Auckland house by architect Rachel Howie of Becroft Howie Architects. “The owners wanted us to completely rework the interior, including opening up the compartmentalised rooms to make the home feel light-filled, warm and spacious. “We demolished internal partitions, added new structural beams, reoriented the kitchen and installed picture windows.” The home’s existing U-shaped kitchen with narrow benchtops was replaced by a more spacious design featuring a long benchtop under the new indoor-outdoor servery window and a large central island. With the reworked kitchen now part of the open-plan living and dining room, the colour palette played an integral role in drawing everything together. “The hallway and stairs are in Resene White Pointer while the kitchen-dining- living area is finished in a restful Resene Foggy Grey. The ceiling, architraves, and skirting boards are in Resene Alabaster.” The cabinetry is also a pleasing mix of Resene Alabaster and American Ash. For details, visit a Resene ColorShop, freephone 0800 RESENE (737 363), or head online: save and share online: search 229120238 at Above: Clean and crisp, this substantial interior revamp of a 1960s home makes clever use of wood and the broad options of a modern Resene palette. search | save | share at