70s architecture gem wows with layout and style
There was a time in the ‘‘naughties’’ when it was quite the thing to paint over rimu sarking to lighten up the ceiling.
It’s just as well the owners of this house weren’t tempted, because the home can now be appreciated as a near-pristine example of the Mid-century genre.
The Titirangi, Auckland house, built in 1971, belongs to Grace and Jon Chapman-Smith, who believed they found their ‘‘holy grail’’ when a friend told them about the house six years ago.
And it was the fact that the house hadn’t been messed with that really appealed to them.
‘‘When we stumbled on this house, we thought, this is unbelievable. We never thought we’d get a house like this,’’ Jon Chapman-Smith said.
In terms of materials and layout and architecture, it could easily be mistaken for a Group Architects’ house, he said.
‘‘My grandmother was best friends with Bill Wilson and many of the ‘group’ from that period, and she had her houses designed by them.’’
The couple have since found out that the original builder also worked on many of the Group Architects’ houses.
The layout was not entirely original, however.
One of the first things the couple did was to cut a hole between the kitchen and the dining room. They also put in a new kitchen.
‘‘Most people come in and think that’s the original kitchen. Grace did a fantastic job at making it in keeping with the rest of the house,’’ Chapman-Smith said.
Other changes and improvements were all in line with the Mid-century character, including the addition of a copper Tom Dixon light pendant and the
‘‘When we stumbled on this house, we thought, this is unbelievable. We never thought we'd get a house like this’’
Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper in the sunken snug.
Chapman-Smith said the paper was originally bought to go in the toilet but they decided the pattern was too big for such a small space, so opted to put it in the snug with new timber panelling on either side ‘‘to cosy it up’’.
The couple, who now have two daughters, have decided it is now time to move on and the
The house will be auctioned by the Ray White Damerell Group in Ponsonby on June 28.
Original rimu sarking and Japanese-style shoji doors feature in this Mid-century gem for sale in Titirangi.