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This new facade is a salute to the existing cladding but a side-step from its traditional style


Enhancing the street appeal of your home should not only be a consideration when you're planning to sell. It should also be a prime investment when you're planning to stay. Not only will you have an attractive exterior, but a home with a real sense of arrival, and practical shade and privacy opportunities.

An older home is not exempt from this contemporary innovation either. In fact, sometimes, the older the home, the larger the opportunity to make an architectural statement. During the renovation of this 1930s bungalow, architect Matt Brew of Cantilever Architects designed a new front facade – his modern interpretation of a traditional veranda.

"The original porch was not pretty. There was a small, odd entry porch, a lean-to carport on one side and no separate pedestrian entry. What's more it was all a nasty shade of yellow," the architect says. "The new entry box is my interpretation of the traditional veranda that wrapped right around many of our historical villas and cottages."

The existing weatherboard cladding, along with its period-style detailing, is painted a dark colour so it appears to recess and allow the new elements take the limelight. The addition is a timber box made of cedar battens and kwila decking. The deck extends down one side to provide covered access from the new garage. Out front, it has two cedar shutters on a tracking system which slide back and forth to provide privacy for the living area and the newly extended master suite.

It has another practical feature, too: it clearly points out the entry way to visitors.


Aesthetically, the timber box was also designed to provide separation from the more industrial appearance of the new garaging and boundary fencing, which is made of Zincalume and concrete block, Brew says. This is done by physically separating the elements and by material selection.

"The timber of the entry box is sealed but will eventually weather off to create more of a domestic material finish and a softer aesthetic," he says.

First published date: 12 January 2005

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Architect Matt Brew, NZIA, Cantilever Architects
Builder Modia Construction
Cladding Cedar ply and batten
Roof Nuplex Soprasun
Window joinery Vantage Windows
Window and door hardware Wilson MacIndoe
Window treatments New Zealand Window Shades
Paints Resene, and Drydens wood oil