Over the years Alpha 1 Builders have been fortunate enough to renovate some fabulous character homes. Such as this cute cottage in Mt Eden.
The original dark and cramped cottage had no outdoor flow.
The character and charm of these homes pull on their owner's heartstrings. Despite the fact that they need major updating. Often they are dark, damp, and draughty just to name a few things. With age-old wiring that is nowhere near the requirements of a modern tech-heavy family.
The addition of a second storey with dormer windows gives much-needed space, light and storage.
Boxy sectioned off rooms and a total disconnect to outdoor spaces are very common factors in our clients need to renovate. So many of these layout flaws are found in our beloved kiwi bungalows and villas.
How about the classic toilet straight off the kitchen, I mean... Not ideal...
Light bright and airy in this gorgeous contemporary bedroom.
We had fun in our office going through our completed projects and picking out some of our favourite past renovation images. We thought we would showcase these with you. Perhaps you'll see something you'd like to incorporate into your renovation plans.
The master bedroom, above in this Mt Eden cottage is one of our favourites. Bright, airy and contemporary. All built-in the new second storey that we created as part of their full-scale renovation (see the traditional cottage renovation in progress)
Here's a stunning Master-ensuite image from a grand villa renovation in Remuera. Such timeless elegance. When purchased, the home was fussy and the ground floor layout wasn't ideal. With a re-jig and a whole heap of cosmetic updating, it is now stunning!
Prefer contemporary? This contemporary kitchen with its incredible wine cabinet is a hit in the extension of a traditional Westmere workers cottage.
Looking for grand scale in your master bathroom? Check out this bathroom renovation, this home was grand in scale which is reflected in this enormous bathroom.
We love this modern 2 storey extension that was added to a traditional plaster cottage in Westmere. Fresh, crisp lines.
One of our favourite extension exteriors This modern extension is all crisp, sharp lines. It works so well and now connects the home to the wonderful garden. See more of this project here
How about making the most of the new access to this stunning landscaped deck, view and fantastic social space. We won a Master Builders Gold Award for the extensive renovation we completed at this home. Including a second storey addition with music/dance studio, several bathrooms and an indoor fish pond! We love the water views and outdoor space with the rounded deck as a feature.
How's this for a modern en-suite
This modern en-suite was a favourite too in the office with its monochrome approach.
A master bedroom that would help anyone to slumber! Not to mention it's a gorgeous wrap-around verandah straight out of the french doors. See more of this truly magnificent Villa.
We couldn't go past this character-filled kitchen/diner/lounge. So warm and cosy! The villa that belongs to this home was draughty, boxed off and unloved. Our clients could see it's potential. By adding an extension to house the kitchen/laundry and butlers pantry as well as a full renovation, they were able to grow the home while retaining all of the gorgeous character features that they so loved. Keen to see more of this renovation?
This dramatic space has a gallery feel. With its sweeping staircase connecting the new two-storey extension to the existing home. Originally the home had no connection to it's garden and was seriously lacking any indoor-outdoor flow. Now they have a fantastic entertainers kitchen, dining, lounge and outdoor patio.
If character properties are your thing then the exterior
of this historical villa with its fountain and wrap around verandahs is sure to please. I know it sure does it for me.
Keen on a more traditional style kitchen
? look no further. It's just so charming.
The modern architectural lines of this fantastic cantilevered addition are super impressive! Giving the impression of a floating box. We love the colour choice on the cladding too, can't go past the khaki green on the boards.
Lets eat! This timeless dining space
ticks so many boxes. Amazing character bones with contemporary furnishings, we love it!
A great en-suite
here with a re-purposed timber cabinet and beautiful mint green subway tiles. This bathroom feels warm and inviting with its mix of traditional and on-trend fittings and fixtures.
And that concludes our 'best of' for now... We have some awesome projects winding to a close from 2020 so stand by for updates.