The brief for this Mt Victoria home required a floor for two daughters and a master bedroom suite for the parents that connected to the quintessential Mt Vic backyard. These bedroom floors should be connected by modern living spaces that frame the city and harbour vistas that have been enjoyed here for over 130 years.

Heritage rules determined that the Mt Vic streetscape be kept intact. A subtle veil of bevelled fretwork complements the traditional painted weatherboard materiality, hinting of the contemporary home within. Inside, the owners desire for a light and open home is realised with a three-level sandblasted glazed window and floating staircase.

The interiors celebrate the clients’ juxtaposed desires, with antiques, contemporary details and coloured planes blending to create a vibrant and active home. The kitchen island has been re-positioned in its previous position and is now surrounded by Victorian ash and copper joinery. This is complemented by dark stained oak flooring and 1950‘s-inspired colours and drapes.

This house is both an integral part of the Mt Vic aesthetic and an engaging collection of modern domestic spaces settled in its delightful position, overlooking the Te Aro basin.

This project was built by Overton Associates Ltd.


Winner: Trends International Design Awards – NZ Renovation of the year


“Our Mount Victoria home is the culmination of four years of enjoyable work led by John. From the initial discussion determining what we wanted, through the resource and building consent stages, and on to the construction, John guided the team through to the final completion of our renovated house, which has become the wonderful home that we love.”

John Mills Architects

21 Garrett Street,
Te Aro, Wellington 6011
+64 4 385 2255
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