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Originally a typical 1970s house, this modern waterfront property was transformed by Don Nelson Architecture

Sea change

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For many homeowners, changing family requirements can dictate a house move. But for others, it makes more sense to renovate the family home, especially if the house is in a prime location.

Such was the case for the owners of this waterfront property, who commissioned Don Nelson Architecture to design a full renovation to update both the look and functionality of the 1970s house. Don Nelson says the owners wanted an open-plan layout, with easy access to the pool and beach.

The solution involved remodelling the entire building, creating a modern, Mediterranean facade that bears the company's trademark curves. Wide, bifold doors now open onto a covered alfresco dining area, with a louvred roof providing protection from the sun and rain.

New living spaces were designed to complement the new character of the house, with a curved stairway replacing the original square version.

Don Nelson Architecture specialises in both renovation and new home design nationwide.

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For details, contact Don Nelson Architecture, phone (09) 486 4698, mobile (0274) 967 450. Email: dn.arch.1@xtra.co.nz, or visit the website:www.donnelsonarchitecture.co.nz .

First published date: 20 July 2006

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