Kelburn Villa Alterations by Mary Daish Architect

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Kelburn Villa Alterations

This renovation embodies the art of “less is more.” The architect, with a deft touch, married the villa’s inherent character with carefully curated contemporary elements.


Simple yet impactful changes – a modest footprint expansion, a strategic reconfiguration of the layout, and addressing weatherproofing and maintenance concerns – breathed new life into the space and won the 2023 Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects National Awards. A stroke of brilliance came with the infill of a small section of the upper veranda. This not only addressed practical needs for entry and storage but also a generously sized kitchen and carved out a private balcony, a tranquil escape overlooking the surroundings.


Thoughtful Material Selection


Material selections were equally thoughtful. Western Hemlock panelling, a beautiful and sustainable wood, echoed the existing timber, creating a cohesive flow and a sense of warmth and inviting domesticity. The result is a transformed home—a delightful haven that seamlessly blends timeless charm with modern functionality. This renovation is not just about aesthetics; it’s about future-proofing. The thoughtful interventions ensure the home will be comfortable and liveable for the next 50 years, exceeding the client’s expectations and leaving them utterly thrilled with their revitalised abode.











Source: Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects

By: Jamie Quinn

Photos Provided by: Paul McCredie

Designer: Mary Daish Architect