This New Plymouth home is full of fun. From the sunny yellow hue featured in every room to the indoor swing, there’s something everywhere that will make you smile
Meet + Greet
Anja Niechziol, 44 (interior designer), Andrew Wall, 46 (data engineer), Lukas, 13, Leni, 10, and Hetti, 8, plus cats Bambi and Cinder, and goldfish Indie, Goldie and Gills.
Do you buy high-end or look for bargains?
Anja: Both! We have a few pieces of designer furniture which we’ve had forever and will hopefully keep for years to come. Dieter Rams’ Vitsoe shelving has been around for decades for a reason. I also like a bargain – there is a great variety of charity shops in New Plymouth.
It’s fine to do a renovation stage by stage – don’t rush into it. You learn more about your home the longer you live in it. Consider the opinions of everyone in the house and listen to how they want to use and enjoy the space. Be open to compromises, communicate clearly with your tradespeople and tell yourself that all the cleaning-up you need to do during a renovation is a very effective workout and that you will come out stronger and fitter at the other end – physically and mentally!
If possible, design within the existing footprint – that way you might not need a building consent and you’re encouraged to think about using the existing space more efficiently, rather than adding more. It saves you money and is better for the environment. And always make insulation a priority!
Stages & budget
Stage 1: New upstairs windows, walls insulated.
Stage 2: New bathroom and kitchen; new downstairs windows and internal walls.
Stage 3: Downstairs bedroom created, wardrobes added to all bedrooms.
Stage 4: Bathroom installed downstairs.
Total reno cost – approx $140k.
Builder Jeremy Henderson, Renomate, email@example.com.
Plumber Gene Mackinder, Mackinder Plumbing, 021 0240 7932.
Electrician Jarrad Martin, Kinetic Electrical, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kitchen fronts and installation Newton Gordge Joinery, newtongordge.co.nz.
Concrete grinding Dan Fraser, Fraser Concrete Grinding & Polishing, fraserconcrete.co.nz.
Plasterer Wayne, Ace Plasterers, (06) 755 1140.
Words by: Debbie Harrison. Photography by: The Virtue.