> What were some of the chal­lenges you faced with this project?

1 Be­cause the orig­i­nal plans were slightly out with the height-to-bound­ary-re­stric­tions, we sug­gested Katie and Steve gauge their neigh­bours’ thoughts (and agree­ment in prin­ci­ple) at con­cept stage, be­fore seek­ing re­source con­sent.

Katie made some slight al­ter­ations in re­sponse to one neigh­bour’s wishes but other than that the re­source process was fairly straight­for­ward. 2 His­tor­i­cal (1930s) sub­si­dence meant that parts of the orig­i­nal house were 80mm higher than the 2006 ex­ten­sion. We also wanted to re­tain the matai floor­ing. This meant that we had to re-level and re-pile, while pro­tect­ing the orig­i­nal floor, by painstak­ingly hand-ex­ca­vat­ing un­der the house. We suc­cess­fully lev­elled the floor, reducing the dis­crep­ancy to only about 20mm. 3 Katie de­signed a balustrade that was a com­bi­na­tion of old and new. It has a white-painted, re­cessed strip with LED light­ing to high­light the re­cess. The handrail, how­ever, has a tra­di­tional pro­file, as sug­gested by Joseph McKinstry. We had to make many mock-ups of how this re­cess and pro­file would neatly turn the cor­ner at the land­ing. With good col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Katie and the build team on site, we got a great re­sult. > What parts of the house are you most proud of? The stair­well: it’s a clever lit­tle dark grey box pro­ject­ing out of the south gable. It allowed us to stay within the height-to-bound­ary en­ve­lope while cre­at­ing a light-filled cen­tral stair­well. The re­claimed matai treads and the strong and un­usual balustrade make it a huge state­ment when you en­ter the house. Also the eye­brow win­dow: the mas­ter bed­room cor­ner win­dow has an alu­minium ‘eye­brow’ which frames the win­dow con­tin­u­ously on one side and acts as a so­lar shade. •

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