With ANZ, Homes to Love is exploring the ways we live now, under the theme of ‘Personalisation’ – and how this trend allows us to live and build today.
Image caption: The home of Patrick Reynolds and his partner Maria Majsa, reworked by architect Malcolm Walker. Walker left the villa largely untouched and added a carefully composed series of volumes – an open-plan, light family area and a darker, moodier room
- Respect the old – it’s been there for a century or so. Restore and replace character features where appropriate.
- But embrace the new – don’t try to hide the new building. It’s okay for it to stand out.
- Villas were usually built with no regard for sun. Use this as an opportunity to bring in the light.
- Don’t ignore the garden – landscaping is as important as the architecture and helps to connect the house to its site. (Villas were never very good at this.)
- Make sure the two parts feel unified: continue the line of the hallway in the extension, for instance, or introduce new materials carefully in the old.