The original house, while not heritage protected sits on a prominent corner amongst other aged character dwellings near the School of Music and close to the city centre. Originally in the 1920s, the current house was poorly planned and in urgent need of repair. The retired owners desired a warm and comfortable home suitable for modern-day living and within walking distance of the city. They wished to maintain the historic character of the original house to respect and fit in with its neighbours.
We relocated the garage to Shelbourne Street, freeing up the north facing Nile Street frontage for an extension to the dining and kitchen. These flow out to outdoor decks and garden areas adjacent. There is also a formal living room and a separate guest bedroom and bathroom. The master bedroom, ensuite bathroom and private living space are located on the upper level. These have glimpses to the surrounding hills above the adjacent rooftops.
Proportions were carefully considered and a simple and restrained palette of materials and colours were used to give reference to the original house. Privacy has been maintained with careful placement of landscaping and changes in level. The renovation allowed for the construction to be upgraded to current building codes, a lift to be installed and for piped under-floor heating.
The Nelson City Council Planners were very supportive of the adaptive reuse of the house. The design succeeds in providing a very comfortable home built to a modern standard that sits in well into this historic neighbourhood.