Architectural Design Enhanced in Khandallah, Wellington

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Deck and pergola

The outdoor area of this 1980s architecturally designed home had incredible potential but needed some serious TLC. Fully in accord with the original aesthetic of the home, this outdoor transformation provides sheltered space for family living and great opportunities for hosting friends.

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Room For All

Hosting guests and making the most of the views from the Khandallah hills were priorities for homeowner Diana, but the state of her outdoor entertaining area was a deterrent to inviting friends and family to visit. Tired cladding and decking was an eyesore in itself and, with significant ageing and damage over the years, it was also a potential hazard for the family.
Determined to make the most of this underutilised space, Diana contacted local Renovation Consultant Jenelle Winstanley to help make her dream of hosting a reality. Jenelle’s experience and extensive network of skilled tradespeople would prove to be vital in meeting the project’s unexpected challenges. 

Expert Understanding

Built in the 1980s, the home had been architecturally designed to make the most of the stunning bush and views across Wellington while complementing its immediate surroundings. Diana was keen to ensure that the renovation would remain in keeping with that original aesthetic, while providing modern functionality.
Jenelle quickly appreciated that making the most of the site would be challenging, with older fixtures being incorporated into a new design and a Wellington hillside to contend with. New cladding would be required, while replacing the exposed deck with a covered outdoor area would allow for year-round entertaining. The boundaries between building and landscaping would need to be blurred to work in with the hillside and make the most of any flat areas available. With plans and budget discussed and agreed, the project got underway.

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Taking Time to Get it Right

Once Jenelle had obtained council consent, demolition of the existing site features could begin. But with demolition came a challenge. The architectural plans drawn up for the original build did not accurately reflect the landscape.
With the recently consented plans having been based on those 1980s originals, Jenelle needed to find a solution without triggering a consent amendment. Working closely with the builder to research suitable ideas and engaging with the council’s building inspectors, Jenelle was able to modify the proposed retaining walls and secure the green light to proceed.
The nature of the renovation meant project managing suppliers and tradespeople across tight timelines. Jenelle’s relationships within the industry ensured carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, and balustrade installation were all completed within agreed timelines. 

Superb Outdoor Living

Diana is thrilled with the haven Jenelle and her team have created, the appearance of which suits the space perfectly and enhances the original home. Highlights include the stunning pergola with louvre slats which allow for light on fine days and rain protection on others, with pull-down blinds for privacy and wind protection. The composite decking is another showpiece, which will last for decades with little need for maintenance. 
The landscaping has been tastefully blended into a variety of original features, and the hillside that created so much challenge for the team has been transformed into a place for friends and family to truly relax. 

Final Thoughts

Taking time to find the optimum solutions for the challenges of this project is one of the key reasons this project has been so successful. The resulting renovation is a welcoming, practical, and beautiful outdoor space that the owners love.

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This project was completed in
April 2023
Project description
Cladding and Outdoor Living Renovation
New Zealand
Project duration
5 months
Cost estimate
Actual cost
Plans filed for the original build did not accurately reflect the landscape.
Interesting aspects
Clever use of the hillside and some original features, complement with the aesthetic of the original home.
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Mark Morrison is Renovation Consultant of Morrison Enterprises Ltd, a franchisee of Renovation Franchise Ltd, doing business in Wellington

Jenelle Winstanley is Renovation Consultant of Morrison Enterprises Ltd, a franchisee of Renovation Franchise Ltd, doing business in Wellington.

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