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These forward thinking parents designed their home for the ‘teenage years’

An efficient home that could easily accommodate the kids’ teenage years was the design brief for this new-build in Takapuna. Take a closer look at how this home will fit its family’s next phase


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Davina Henderson, commercial property manager, Grant Henderson, managing director at winesofnz.com, Aria, 9, and Lennox, 7, plus Jingles the cat.

These forward thinking parents designed their home for the ‘teenage years’

For most people planning a new home, working out how to make the most of the site, harness the sun and shelter from the prevailing wind can be a puzzle. Not for Davina and Grant Henderson, though – the couple and their two kids lived in a house in Takapuna, Auckland, for nine years before deciding to subdivide and build a new family home on the front section. When it came to drawing up a design, they knew exactly how to make the most of their plot.

The Hendersons wanted to build a house that would cater for their family’s next phase – the teenage years. Their new home was designed to include a separate bathroom for their children, Aria and Lennox, an entertainment and cinema room, internal-access garaging, and an outdoor entertainment area complete with a pool to keep the kids – and their friends – happy throughout summer. Also on the family’s wish list were extra-high ceilings, a butler’s pantry, and privacy – a must, considering they cut their yard space in half when they subdivided.

Style secrets

Layers of fun
When styling, Davina reckons you should try to keep it simple but fun. “Layering works well for me – a neutral base, then add bursts of colour and texture. It also means you can change the accessories when the mood suits.”

Honesty box

What compromises did you make?
Davina: The bathroom vanities were a compromise. We went with the standard vanities simply because of budget restrictions but, in hindsight, it wouldn’t have killed us to have upgraded these.

Words by: Debbie Harrison. Photography by: Vanessa Lewis.

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