Amanda Bowes and Frazer Read’s stylish, 1920s renovated Sandy Bay home combines modern style with vintage touches.
Built around 1923 and later renovated in the ’ 50s, Frazer and Amanda took on their own renovation project adding only a square to the house but increasing its functionality tenfold.
It is instantly inviting, fl owing from the entrance to the kitchen and then the living and lounge areas that soak up the water views and morning sun.
Amanda says she adored the original kitchen, which looked out on to Mawhera Ave. But it was too small, especially for a family of three young girls Esther, 8, Faye, 7, and Martha, 4.
But she has found a way to give a little nod to her happy days in the old kitchen, watching the comings and goings in the street and chatting to passing neighbours.
Now, hanging in her refi ned new kitchen is a painting of her old kitchen by local artist Suzie Baker.
“It’s my favourite thing in the whole house after the children and Frazer, of course,” she said.
The house itself features clean lines and contemporary style.
However, antique glasswear and ceramics are peppered around the property.
There’s also charming furniture, like a cracked vintage leather couch and an old wooden table on which the fl at screen TV sits.
Everywhere you look is a balance of old and new.
When the couple, Amanda a nurse and Frazer, who is opening his town planning consultancy this month, bought the house they said it was pretty modest with dated black vertical boards outside and in desperate need of paint on the inside.
Today, it’s hard to imagine what it used to look like.
Frazer said the appeal of the property was instant.
“We fell in love with the river views,” he said. “Part of the renovation was a sheltered, sunny backyard courtyard barbecue space with large sandstone tiles, a wood border and easy care gardens.
“It also takes advantage of the water views looking through the kitchen and living room.”
Amanda said energy effi ciency was an important element of the transformation they worked hard on to achieve their goals. From the double glazing to solar hot water to Bondor insulated cladding.
Frazer said the combination of the aspect, the home’s size and their renovation work resulted in a four- bedroom home that uses the same amount of power as a one- person property.
Smart design elements impress, including a laundry hidden in a cupboard and an expanded hallway that doubles as a play area for the children.
Outside in the front yard is a big fl at play area, a vegie garden and well- established fruit trees.
Renovating a home and living in it at the same time can be tricky. Never more so than with a young family.
Amanda, Frazer and the girls had to move out for fi ve months to make their house dreams come true but the results speak for themselves. Would they change a thing? “No, not one,” Amanda said.