NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

t’s a whole dif­fer­ent ball game when you’re on the eighth floor,” says Karen Hill of the pent­house apart­ment on Auck­land’s Princes Wharf where she lives with hus­band Paul. Mov­ing in, for ex­am­ple, is a tad tricky when there’s only one en­trance­way to the apart­ment: a measly, four-per­son el­e­va­tor. “It’s ridicu­lous,” says Karen. “It must be the small­est el­e­va­tor on the planet.”

Since they couldn’t very well fit ev­ery­thing into the lift, each and ev­ery piece of Karen and Paul’s fur­ni­ture (not to men­tion a new spa pool for the deck off the mas­ter bed­room) had to be lifted up and onto the apart­ment’s ex­pan­sive ter­races (some 300sqm in to­tal) by crane from the wharf be­low. “We had to or­gan­ise it so that all the old fur­ni­ture went out and the new fur­ni­ture came in, all in one go,” says Paul.

“It was pretty funny,” says Karen. “All the neigh­bours were like, ‘What’s go­ing on?’”

Karen, an Amer­i­can, grew up in Florida but lived in Hong Kong for 25 years. It was there that she es­tab­lished her gift­ware busi­ness, de­sign­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing gift prod­ucts in China for ex­port to the US. >

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