It’s well established that first impressions count and the impressive transformation of this 1990”s home fills visitors with positive expectations. With its bold new appearance and colour scheme you could be forgiven for thinking this home in Royal Palm Beach, Papamoa was new.
The owners lived through every moment of the eight month renovation earning them the right to sit back and thoroughly enjoy the sea views and lifestyle they’d envisaged when they first purchased the land and built all those year ago.
The renovation design work was mastered by Brendon Gordon Architecture with some input from Todd Grey, The director of Todd Grey Builders Ltd.
"My hands on approach and experience really helps in creating design solutions for a project like this," Todd says
The slick sharp horizontal lines of the white painted Rusticated cedar weather boards and contrasting black vertical Shiplap cedar weather boards set the tone for this bold new look. Gloss white Aluminium flat panels picture frames the central lounge window where an impressive glass sculpture resides. The Gloss white flat panel is also featured on the new Scullery over the main entry. The old shabby terracotta roof tiles where sprayed charcoal, matching new spouting and cap flashings. Black Aluminium joinery also added contrast to the white interior.
A large upstairs deck with access off the formal lounge, dining room and a walk way down the side of the house to the kitchen giving it direct access to the main deck. An opening louvered roof covers the deck for all weather dining and entertaining. Glass balustrading acts as a wind brake without obstructing the view of the adjacent sand dunes and sea views.
As you enter the spacious main entry you are greeted by beautiful coloured art and a glass sculpture, complimented by a dramatic curved staircase leading to the upstairs living area and kitchen. At first glance the main kitchen looks clean and slick. White lacquered cabinets, crowned with Corian bench tops and coloured patterned glass to the splash back, over bench cupboard doors and breakfast bar front. The slick white finish of the kitchen and surrounding surfaces are aesthetically complimented by New American White Oak flooring throughout the dining room, kitchen and scullery.
Hidden behind a cavity slider adorns a large and spacious butler’s kitchen. The continual flow of oak flooring attaches the scullery to the main kitchen. This was not always the case. The new scullery has been built over the existing entry with no interruption to the internal layout. This is like no other scullery, there are more appliances here, than in your average kitchen, including a TV and wine fridge.
Continuing the theme of the main kitchen with White lacquered cabinets, Stainless steel bench top and plenty of storage. The precise layout of customized shelving allows the owner to have all her main cooking ingredients and bench top appliances set out on shelve within arm’s reach. The scullery is the owners little hide away where she can spend the afternoon baking cakes, preparing dinner meanwhile, still keeping up to date with her favorite cooking shows on TV. With the ring of the doorbell the owner can close the door and walk out, while still being able to make a coffee and chat in the main kitchen.
"We were impressed with how organized Todd was, right from the onset. Their attention to detail was impeccable, strong project management and great relationship with team of sub-trades, meeting deadlines and frequent communication with us was impressive, no problem was ever to big or small to deal with."