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Entries in renovation (40)

Tuesday
Oct212014

Lakeside classic 

I was going to write about the juxtaposition of the drama of a site and the mundane of everyday living but then I read the architect's descriprtion and it was just so right ...

Holidays beside the waters edge, water skiing and trout fishing, are wonderful memories for families. The bach is a keeper of these memories, which are at stake when work is done to preserve and update it. 

It was a process of saving and improving, of folding in another layer of history in a way that would not obliterate the past. The result is a nest of humble kiwi buildings, some parts new some original, that will now cope admirably with the demands of the future.

Lakeside classic, Tarawera, New Zealand by Mercer and Mercer Architects.

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Tuesday
Oct072014

Beauty reworked

Harbour Edge House c.1910 reworked and extended by Fearon Hay Architects. An ethereal beauty. White floors, white walls, floating white drapes stirred by the breeze from the water beyond. Simplified and sensual. It's love at first sight for me.

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Monday
Sep222014

Stalking reality TV episode 2

Welcome to my second reality TV stalking. Brothers Shannon and Simon's apartment this time. For those of you who don't know the contestants start with a fixed budget and vouchers from certain suppliers/sponsors. Each week they compete to complete the best room, winning more money to help with following rooms. No wins and the budget gets tight by the end of the build. What starts as high end may rapidly drop to low. See more over on The Block. In the meantime the real estate listing is here while it lasts.

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Monday
Sep222014

Stalking reality TV episode 1

How do you describe one of Australia's most popular reality TV shows? I cheated and consulted Wikipedia.

The Block is an Australian reality television series broadcast on the Nine Network. The series follows four or, more recently, five couples as they compete against each other to renovate houses and sell them at auction for the highest price.

Except this time it's an old office block they gut and convert into 5 apartments. I've been stalking and the latest Block renos are listed ready for auction. Welcome to Dee and Darren's apartment. Link here while it lasts.

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Thursday
Sep182014

Apartment remodel

I love the deep window recesses which mean wide ledges for perching. I love the holes above the radiator. I love the pull down screen/blind for lazy Sunday afternoon movie watching but most of all I love that this is a cool family home, full shelves and chalk wall scrawl and all. By Bratislava, Slovakia based architect JRKVC.

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