The City Retreat

Holiday at Home!

There comes an age and a stage in life, usually when Empty Nest syndrome hits, that a radical reinvention is called for. The clients of this city retreat are an upstanding example of this. With their 20-something son and daughter dispersed to Europe, they took their chance. They loved the location of the old brick-and-tile family home in Glendowie, but wanted something that involved less upkeep. Long story short, they bought the section next door, subdivided – a process they say is “not for the fainthearted” – and built a Box™.

The two-storey result is split into self-contained ‘apartment living’ upstairs with spare bedrooms and a flexi room downstairs for when the visiting flock returns. The lower level is in plain ‘Blackjack’ Shadowclad and becomes a low-key plinth for the show-stopping upper level, a cedar box that cantilevers on two sides and appears to float in the urban landscape.

The couple’s favourite space is the lofty outdoor room which offers an all-in-one experience that feels like a holiday at home. “It has lights, it has music, it has a fireplace and comfy seats,” what more could a girl want? Well, perhaps the view of Tamaki Estuary and the adjoining park – and a husband adept at mixing cocktails to order. Tick. Tick. And Tick.

Inside, the clients took the opportunity to funk up the volume. Box™ design lead was right on board suggesting wallpapers from Icon Textiles. In contrast to the white palette of the rest of the house, blue and gold circles are a surprising feature of the powder room while the flexi room has a tripped-out pattern – Flyttflo Grande in the Wonderland Collection - of kaleidoscopic intensity.

Now that these Masters of Reinvention are settled in their new pad, they can’t wait for the kids to come home so they can show off their stripes.

View a 3D walkthrough of this project here.

FLOOR AREA HOUSE:

177 square metres
+ 36 square metre garage

BEDROOMS

3

BATHROOMS:

2 + WC

CLADDING:

Shadowclad, Cedar,

FLOORING:

Oak

ROOFING:

Colorsteel

INSULATION:

Glasswool

KITCHEN BENCH:

Silestone Negro Tebas Suede,
Gaboon Ply

KITCHEN CABINETRY:

Strand Floor - Stained Black,
Gaboon Ply

BATHROOM CABINETRY:

Gaboon Plywood

LIGHTING:

Lightplan LED lights

DECKING:

Vitex