A dramatic and engaging makeover has turned this Auckland home into a high-and-mighty outdoor-lover with a new office and separate apartment living. The transformation involved extensive rebuilding and remodelling to open the home to modern life and water views while retaining a decent dose of its original 1960s character. The main living space is packed with architectural features. The detailed ceiling draws the eye to the wonderful light and volume. A bold archway anchors the space, demanding attention in dark weatherboard. This leads to an alfresco room with exceptional water views. Extensive use of glass and the provision of a large daybed enhance the indoor-outdoor connection. Custom joinery delivers form and function in the well-appointed master suite with its built-in headboard mantel, floating dressing table and daybed. The lower level apartment with bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/dining/living flows to a barbecue patio. Terraced grounds spill down to a spa deck, and further down again to a jetty-style viewing platform.