NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

Tips for small apart­ment de­sign: A high ceil­ing and good light­ing re­ally make a dif­fer­ence. Also stick with one type of floor­ing through­out; it keeps it sim­ple. (Claire) Bravest thing we did: Start the reno! If we knew the cost and trou­ble we would go through, maybe we wouldn’t have done it. But we have no re­grets now. (Damien)

The best money we spent: The be­spoke kauri ta­ble al­ways gets comments. To bring a de­signer ta­ble from Italy would have cost more and isn’t as orig­i­nal. This was made by a New Zealand artist. (Damien)

Best ren­o­va­tion ad­vice: We would have saved money if we had con­tracted a build­ing com­pany who was ac­cus­tomed to work­ing in apart­ments. (Damien) Best seat in the apart­ment: Right in the booth at 2.30pm the sun is per­fect. (Damien)

Favourite ac­tiv­ity around here: I have a bi­cy­cle that I take around Mis­sion Bay, the wa­ter­front or Westhaven. (Damien)

Damien Hi­quet and Claire Zhou

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