Edi­tor’s let­ter

HOME Magazine NZ - - Editor’s Letter - —Si­mon Far­rell-Green Get the lat­est on­line homemagazine.co.nz @home­newzealand face­book.com/home­newzealand @home­newzealand

I’ll start with an apol­ogy. You might have picked up that we went through a very large ren­o­va­tion on our lit­tle house in Beach Haven last year. It’s fair to say I went on about it a bit. Okay, I went on about it a lot. But there’s some­thing about ren­o­vat­ing that takes over your life. The tri­als, the tribu­la­tions, the joys and small vic­to­ries. You talk to peo­ple at a party and quickly launch into a five-minute speech on the way your deck­ing tim­ber runs across the deck and then up the balustrade. Their eyes glaze over, they start to look around the room, and – just as you stand there show­ing grainy shots of the half-built roof on your phone – they back very slowly away. And you shout: Come for a beer when it’s fin­ished! The con­sum­ing na­ture of ren­o­vat­ing is, in part, due to the fact that it’s so fright­fully ex­pen­sive. Per square me­tre, it can cost more than build­ing a new house, which takes some get­ting used to. The enor­mity of the money you’re spend­ing hits about week three; quite nat­u­rally, you in­vest a lot of time in get­ting it right. More par­tic­u­larly, it’s be­cause ren­o­vat­ing is so bloody sat­is­fy­ing. There’s a joy in tak­ing some­thing bro­ken or dys­func­tional and mak­ing it bet­ter; into some­thing de­signed just for you. The end re­sult is both new and old, fa­mil­iar yet strange. In this is­sue, we’ve ded­i­cated 32 pages to ren­o­va­tions in all their glory: seven projects by great ar­chi­tects with seven brave own­ers who turned their homes in­side out and back to front to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial. At the same time, we’re also cel­e­brat­ing the end of sum­mer which – in that pe­cu­liar New Zealand way – most of us spend at home rather than away. As I write this, I’m just back from the beach. The car is still packed with camp­ing gear and the best of the weather is ahead of us. Thank good­ness for that new deck.

We’d love you to join us at two very spe­cial events in early Feb­ru­ary with Mel Bright, our in­ter­na­tional judge for Home of the Year 2018, which is brought to you in as­so­ci­a­tion with Altherm Win­dow Sys­tems.

Bright is one of Aus­tralia’s best young ar­chi­tects: based in Mel­bourne, she has unique ex­pe­ri­ence with tight, in­ner-city sites, of­ten with her­itage over­lays. Her re­sponses are bold yet del­i­cate, re­spect­ful of the ur­ban fab­ric that sur­rounds them, while find­ing new ways to oc­cupy com­plex sites.

Bright will speak in Welling­ton on Feb­ru­ary 13 and Auck­land on Feb­ru­ary 15 – see p.30 for de­tails. We’d love to see you there.

Top right Ken Crosson opts for clever sim­plic­ity in a Coro­man­del fam­ily home (p.98). Top left A villa ren­o­va­tion by Ro­gan Nash triumphs in Grey Lynn, Auck­land (p.54). Above right A new home by Bon­ni­fait+ Giesen forms around an old one (p.76). Above...

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