"Melanie impressed us because she had a real feeling for the ambiance of the bay".

Richard Fisk

"Thank you for realising our dream".

Fred and Helen Lankhorst

"Jacqui said she knew who to call to help them make the changes they needed to create their dream home".

Jacqui Grant

"We love the house and every day we spend here is a joy. We could not be happier with the results or more appreciative of all the effort and hard work".

Chris Liddell

Peat Residence

The brief for this project was to renovate and extend on a home that had been built by the client\'s father and had been the family holiday home for many years.

The starting point was a two storey red brick rectangular building that was entered via an external flight of stairs into the kitchen on the upper floor.

Accessibility for aging in place was a primary concern.

Suitable accommodation for the client\'s 3 adult children when they visited was also required.

Casual but stylish were the client\'s last words on the brief, (quite in line with the woman herself actually).

The site had a significant fall from the road down to the waterfront so access to the main level without incorporating stairs was essential. This was achieved by adding a new wing that incorporates a foyer, two bedrooms, a bathroom, study nook and deck, on the same level as the existing upper floor.

The double orientation of the home allowed for waterfront terraces but also a winter deck on the western side to enhance the streetscape appeal, and provide an afternoon retreat. The N/E summer winds off the lake also require an alternate outdoor entertaining space when they are excessive.

The needs of the client and her partner were met on the upper floor/entry level, (3 bedrooms and two bathrooms),  so the lower level could be converted into a very comfortable flat to accommodate visitors or a potential future B&B business.