This architecturally designed Roseneath residence hasn’t just been renovated, it has been reincarnated and brings together two of Wellington’s most respected architects. Originally designed by the late, great Sir Ian Athfield, the renovation and extension is the work of John Mills.
Formerly lacking insulation and leaky, the interior is now exceptionally dry and warm, which keeps energy costs down. New windows and multiple skylights capture the light and solar heat on the hillside site. The original corrugated iron rooftops have been replaced with aluminium, using lots of handcrafted details and welded flashings. Extensive glazing to the north and northwest walls of the open-plan area maximise stunning city and water views. A new fireplace adds a warmth and ambience that’s particularly cosy on cold nights in the capital. On fine evenings, the sweeping alfresco space is an ideal spot to wine and dine guests. Seamlessly incorporated, a large established tree appears to have sprouted from between the wooden planks. A simple staircase leads to the master bedroom’s private deck below.