Modern comforts, 1950s charm

Having lived at their Meadowbank property for 12 years, Penelope and her husband, Paul, had a good idea of what did and didn’t work, and what they wanted to change. “We wanted to keep as much of the 50s style as we could, while still making it a modern and comfortable family home,” she says.

With the help of an architectural design, and six months of renovating, an impressive 80% of the home’s floor plan has now changed – with the brick chimney one of the few remaining tributes to the original 1950s property.

Long-time builder Anthony, managing director of Clegg Builders, was behind the transformation, with foreman Chris Massey-Borman leading the team on-site. “We specialise in renovations,” says Anthony, “which is handy because this was a full reno, including a tricky excavation under the house which had to support the storey above.”

The family was looking for a traditional, comfortable, and durable home – with enough room for their three kids to cartwheel around without making a dent. And according to Penelope, that’s just what they got. “My son recently had a birthday party, and even with an extra 11 children racing around, it didn’t feel cramped at all.”

The timber weatherboard exterior merges effortlessly with the original building’s charming style. Inside, the oak floor keeps the modern kitchen and open-plan living in touch with its 1950s roots.

Encouraging the children to choose the colours for their own bedroom walls added a personal touch, making the new and improved house feel even more like home. “Working with Anthony and his team was great,” says Penelope. “We’re very happy – all five of us!”

Location: Meadowbank | Auckland

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