From vintage to vibrant

Envisioning a new generation of holiday experiences, the owners of a 1960s bach at Mangawhai Heads, Northland, decided it was the perfect time for an extensive renovation.

With plans already in place, Darren Ettritch of D E C Construction Limited set to work, giving the retro property a stylish extension and enhancement. The striking front façade, clad in Siberian larch, gives the illusion of a brand new property, complete with a parapet roof, box frame window, eyebrow dormer, and fixed steel louvres.

As well as opening up small rooms and the narrow stairwell, Darren had the house completely relevelled, straightened, and rewired, giving the owners peace of mind. A smart-home system controls the digital front door, security, entertainment, and ventilation systems, creating the ultimate lock up and leave.

Solid American oak flooring, detailed balustrades, purpleheart rails around vitex decking, and oak stairwell screens and floating stairs are notable timber touches that soften the modern lines. Custom timber and glass sliding doors, recessed into the wall, separate the upper level and master bedroom from the lower sleeping areas.

“Access to the site was difficult for six months due to Covid restrictions, which meant reworking the cavity battens and building wrap,” explains Darren. Despite this, his team completed the 153m² renovation, plus landscaping and upgrade of the family sleepout, in 12 months.

The homeowner is delighted with the result. “Darren and his crew were so responsive and patient with us throughout the renovation. All the finishing and workmanship is to a very high standard.

We are reaping the benefits of a functional, contemporary home that works well for the whole family.”

Location: Mangawhai heads | Northland

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