Densification perfection – Milieu’s modern take on suburban living

Designed by Milieu Architecture, the house includes a house for a couple and their dog, as well as separate accommodation for a group of parents. The couple’s home includes living areas below, with bedrooms perched above the garage, while the parents’ home is enclosed in a single-storey brick form that projects outward, with windows slotted adjacent to the aisle to allow privacy while letting in light.

“The building is designed with overlapping volumes that provide separate but connected spaces both within and between the houses,” explains architect Kate Beilby. “The two houses have separate entrances – and the dog has free rein between the two properties!

Mt Albert heritage zoning rules guided the siding choices for the house. White plank kickboards on the upper floor are juxtaposed with rich, textured brick, chosen to match the materiality of the surrounding homes.

The brick wall combined with the oak veneer coverings and cabinetry gives the interiors a warm and soft look. Picture:

Jessica Chloe

“The brick is Aged Red from The Brickery,” says Beilby. “It’s a premium brick made in the traditional way, with a soft, rustic aesthetic that contrasts nicely with the crisp white wood. Next we have the brick wall running through and meeting the kitchen, creating a connection between the inside and the outside.

Opposite this wall, Shinnoki oak veneer cladding enhances the warmth and natural color palette of the interior. This material is used for the staircase and creates concealed doors that access the garage and storage spaces. Built-in shelves in the hallway display the couple’s Lego builds and a 3D printed model of the house, which takes pride of place on the top shelf.

Concrete floors and an Airy Concrete Caesarstone countertop in the kitchen reinforce the soft, natural tones of this space, as do the pistachio green cabinets. A curved upper cabinet echoes the curves seen in the brick garden borders outdoors.

Upstairs, the master bedroom is a lush paradise of deep blues, with Chinon Designers Guild textured wallpaper. The bedroom opens onto a cleverly designed veranda with views of the Waitakeres, says Beilby.

The lanai, located next to the master bedroom, has siding wall coverings to give the appearance of an outdoor space. Picture:

Jessica Chloe

“Clients had talked about putting a balcony up there but, as it was above a living space, there would have been extra expense and complications with weatherproofing. With the ability to see the sun to lie on the distant hills, we envisioned that the space would be used more in the evening when it is cooler, so we decided to create a veranda that has the essence of a balcony, using a wooden floor. wood and carrying the shiplap lining from the outside.

Much of the interior design was done by Mary Ellen Hinton of Hello Saturday, who aimed to create personality and warmth in the home through the use of bold patterned wallpaper in the powder rooms and the rooms, and decadent fabrics throughout.

“My clients wanted soft, comfortable and relaxed spaces. Soft rugs underfoot, soft velor chairs and cushions, soft velor beds and linens. We chose wool poufs and comfy sofas, especially the soft-armed Axel,” she says, adding that the wallpapers in particular add depth and an element of reflection to the rooms.

Although a little more subdued in terms of color choices, the parents’ house is also beautifully designed, with lots of natural light and a chic combination of materials.

With its crisp, modern color palette, cohesive exterior, and thoughtful floor plan providing privacy and space for two couples, this Mt Albert home is a key example of how density can be achieved while maintaining character. essence of an established streetscape.


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