The client’s modest 1960’s family home is located adjacent to the Herman Street pedestrian access overlooking Karori’s Donald Street and the Makara Hills to the west. The site had multiple pedestrian entrances with a distinct lack of hierarchy, resulting in the owner’s family and friends all too often enter their home via the back laundry door, rather than the front porch. The dwellings interior circulation was equally compromised with the existing internal stair choking the narrow dimension of the main living area & lounge.
The moderate addition and alterations works completed by Johnsonville Building Solutions Ltd during 2011 included a range of internal and external work. The internal alteration works included the insulation of exterior walls, new double glazed timber windows and the careful reuse of the existing heart rimu staircase. The existing staircase was relocated in place of the original laundry & back door porch linking the ground floor master bedroom with the first floor sleeping spaces. The removal of the existing stair returned the lounge back to its original functional proportions.
Externally the existing front entrance porch was demolished and in its place the dramatic new exterior staircase and covered deck was constructed. The new deck sits adjacent to the existing lounge capturing the western views and creating a warm afternoon sun trap. The new entrance staircase and exterior deck built within native trees draws the family’s visitors both from the Donald Street and Herman Street entrances to their new front door achieving the distinctive entrance sought after by the owners.