Building Character: Architect’s own home renovation

This residential project is a significant renovation of a traditional 1950’s Huntly brick Hamilton house into a spacious contemporary two level family home.

Architect and owner Evan Mayo took inspiration from the homes original design. Using a contrasting brick on the new extension exterior ensures a successful connection between old and new. Upstairs, a new entranceway leads visitors past four well-proportioned bedrooms and family room downstairs to the real star of the show – an inviting open plan living area that unites kitchen, dining, and living areas, master bedroom along with a discrete home office and library.

The main driver for this project was to connect the family home with its large rear garden. By digging down and out, what was a large damp basement is now central to family living. The north facing living extension captures light, sun and views all day through the expansive bi-fold glass doors providing natural light, warmth and comfort in abundance.

Mayo takes enormous satisfaction in making an older house relevant to New Zealand families today. This house renovation was about improving family living, providing space and a creating a dedicated workspace. In this the architect has succeeded. The result is harmonious and has brought out the best of the houses’ original bones. Everything old is new again – wiring, flooring, lighting, heating, walls, roof and windows. The future for this family home looks bright indeed.


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