A sensitive, ground- up makeover has given this 1940s house some serious style, writes LEIGH BRAMWELL
Having always admired houses of the 1920s to 1940s era, Jill Pengelly and her family fell for this charming character home in Remuera when they were house- hunting six years ago.
And it wasn’t just about good looks. Located on the elevated part of Ingram Rd, the house is close to schools and the shopping centre, it has beautiful bones, big rooms and flexible spaces, and offers family living and a work- from- home option.
Clad in traditional weatherboard with a tiled roof, its decorative scotias, polished wooden floors and other character features appealed to Jill despite its need for a refresh.
They renovated the entire house and the garden, and have just finished the job.
“We’re having the last of the carpet laid today,” Jill says.
“The renovation has taken ages, because once you start, the things you haven’t done look tired by comparison so you keep adding them on.”
With four bedrooms, two bathrooms, large living areas, a library and a media room, there was a lengthy to- do list. Outside, they created more space in the back garden, relandscaped and updated the pool, added a deck outside the living area, and new garden edgings and plantings.
Inside, a new, white paint job gave the entire house a serene, sophisticated style. “Everything looked completely different when it was all painted white,” Jill says.
The bathrooms were updated and the smaller of the two, whose ceiling had been lowered, had its original ceiling height reinstated to give it a more spacious feel.
“It was the builder who pointed out we could do that,” Jill says. “A good, creative builder can add so much.”
She chose stainless steel Miele appliances for the restyled kitchen, including two ovens one above the other, a dishwater and a five- burner Miele gas hob. The sink was moved from the island bench and relocated under the window with a view of the palm trees that were added during the garden makeover. And a pantry is cleverly sited behind cavity sliders.
But Jill says the best change was creating a library alongside the living room. “It was originally an area that had been divided off by a half wall, so we put in cavity sliders and lined it with bookcases to create a library. If we want to we can open it up to become part of the living area. This house has so many rooms you can either open up or separate off — it’s good to be able to create breakout spaces when you have family staying.”
Ray White agent Rachel Berry says the house really came into its own during the various stages of lockdown by providing flexible areas for working from home, with a work area beside the front door enabling separation from the rest of the house.
“And with its character features enhanced by the light, airy interior, it’s the stuff magazine stories are made of,” she says.
Auction: October 27
Contact: Rachel Berry, Ray White, 021 195 4321