2019 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner
Herne Bay Hideaway
A mid-century brick-and-tile, sitting amid pōhutukawa on a west-facing site above a beautiful bay, this house had long lost the ability to honour its surroundings. Lloyd Hartley’s renovation has replaced the garage-focused entry with a covered arrival area, formal front door and elegant new staircase with sculpture well, while upstairs there’s a large new living area with suite of bedrooms behind. Big windows, white ceilings and walls, and kitchen cabinetry of blond wood, ensure the upper floor is filled with light. The bathrooms hold special appeal: the master bedroom en suite is spacious and features a lovely large shower cubicle with light streaming from above, while a guest powder room has deliciously dark mosaic tiling. The main room opens to a large deck out to the west, which turns the corner on the north side and runs along to the master bedroom. Inside meets outside with spectacular views framed by mature trees.