A couple loved their cedar-clad 1970s home in Auckland, New Zealand, but when their children moved out, they thought it was an ideal chance to bring it up to date.
The trick was to maintain some of the original details while opening up the space and connecting it to the outdoors. Architect Tim Dorrington of Dorrington Atcheson Architects came up with a solution that included the addition of a new living pavilion with sliding glass walls that lead to a terrace. The house's labyrinth of rooms was reorganized, and Dorrington upcycled materials when possible to maintain a warm midcentury feel.
With the inside of the home squared away, he and his team moved on to a new look for the exterior and the construction of a two-story box with a bedroom, ensuite bathroom, and a ground floor garage. "The original architecture is still very evident in the use of materials, and the original house can still be seen — though it's updated with the addition of the pavilion and the timber screen that hides the main gable," Dorrington noted. Thanks to an attention to detail, the 1970s spirit still remains in an address that's tailor-made for life today.