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Quinn – Lowry Bay

When architect Mona Quinn was commissioned for the project, the client wanted to alter and extend in the period of the original style, the arts and crafts era of the 1920s.

This job required real craftsmanship and all my team worked really hard with excellent results to achieve a great blend of character and modern convenience. Kitchen designer Hadrian Noble has worked on many award winning kitchens and he spent a lot of time designing this one to make sure it would be perfect.

The home is now 400 square metres, with an additional 110 square metre garage and a separate 40 square metre pool room which currently houses a full-size pool table.

After the 14-month job, the beautiful seafront location with great views is the site of a fitting home which has fantastic street appeal and will be a dream to live in.

The transformation of this 1930s weekend Bach into a luxury 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 3-living room family home put Wellington based builders, Maridale Construction in top company.

The firm won a place in the National Finals of the 2013 Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards.

As well as being the only Upper Hutt-based building firm to earn a finals slot, Maridale Construction also won a Gold Award in the Renovations over $500,000 category and the coveted awards for the best kitchen and best bathroom — the Kitchen Lifestyle Award and the Bathroom Life style Award — in the Wellington Wairarapa Awards.


Project cost: under $2 million

Architect: Mona Quinn, Callidus Architects Ltd

Contractor: Maridale Construction Ltd

Build Size: Extension approx 200sq.m, house now totals 380 sq.m, plus new 70 sq.m. guest wing and 4 car garage with high stud for boat and large storage area in the roof void.

Materials: Timber & concrete floors. Concrete floor with in-floor heating, timber framing with structural steel beams & portals, timber trusses and rafters, terracotta tile and butynol roofing, timber weatherboards, timber window joinery, gib walls and ceilings, gib sound proof system to intermediate floor, solid core interior doors, gib Alto Cove to scotia detail, ceramic & Bisazza tiles in wet areas, polished concrete hearth, coloured concrete paths with Hinuera Stone border.

Energy efficiency: Fully insulated, underfloor heating plus a radiator system, double glazing.

Done right: Imported Italian Bisazza tile mosaics for the wet areas, stained oak in-built cabinetry, cool modern feel of kitchen and wet areas whilst still retaining old character charm of house, flow of house, significant focus on lighting features to add interest and character, siting of the individual buildings on the section, and the interrelationship between them and the landscaping.

Done wrong: In a project of this size, there are always a few elements that get tweaked along the way. Initially a tile hearth was planned for one of the fire surrounds, but when a different fireplace was selected, a redesign was needed and the polished concrete turned out to be even better than the original design.

Unexpected: The amount of original framing that needed to be replaced because of borer in the original house that was unable to be seen until work started.

This house was also feature on Stuff.co.nz as the house of the week in 2013. Click here to read the full article