All I want is you

Homestyle New Zealand - - CONTENTS - WORDS Philippa Pren­tice PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Michelle Weir

The ren­o­va­tion of this villa gave its three in­hab­i­tants ex­actly what they needed.

The ren­o­va­tion of this villa gave its three in­hab­i­tants ex­actly what they needed.

Jackie Rainey has her ex­quis­ite new en­suite all to her­self. The witty, whip-smart lawyer prob­a­bly shouldn’t be sur­prised she’s suc­ceeded in achiev­ing this en­vi­able state of af­fairs, yet she’s still not 100% sure how she swung it. Long may it last, though, and she de­serves it — she lived with a freakin’ bike work­shop in her lounge for sev­eral long years.

It was her and her teacher hus­band Peter Radonich’s son Os­car and his many sets of wheels that were the cat­a­lyst for the nextstage ren­o­va­tion of their 100-year-old Grey Lynn villa. They’d up­dated the odd thing in their decade-and-a-half here, but with Os­car’s ob­ses­sion with bikes grow­ing by the day, he needed some­where (any­where but the spare bed­room or liv­ing room, re­ally) to store and work on them. Doubt­ing any ar­chi­tect would sign up just to build a shed in their gar­den, the cou­ple got to think­ing about what else they’d like to up­grade. Then, en­gag­ing ar­chi­tect Re­becca Walker of Walk­erMitchell, they set about build­ing a work­shop and en­suite, and over­haul­ing their kitchen.

For­merly a store­room, the en­suite at the front of the house is now an ab­so­lute

EX­TE­RIOR “Ini­tially, we did a grand de­sign for a large work­shop and guest room, but then we got it costed and re­alised there wouldn’t be any bud­get left for the kitchen,” says ar­chi­tect Re­becca Walker of the early plan for the im­pec­ca­bly de­signed shed that sits to the left of the deck, with a ply­wood in­te­rior, a pol­ished con­crete floor, dou­bleglaz­ing and an ex­pert con­nec­tion to the house. “Mean­while, Jackie and I had been fall­ing in love with the beau­ti­ful ve­neer and gran­ite for the kitchen, so we ganged up on the boys and re­ar­ranged our pri­or­i­ties.”

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