Italianate house New Zealand coastal pool

This Italianate-style villa has been renovated to provide flexible entertaining spaces and capture a New Zealand coastal feel.


Coming from New Zealand, the clients wanted to reflect this type of coastal feel in the home’s colour scheme and landscape design. They also requested a stark interior transition between the restored house and the rear addition, as well as a series of flexible entertaining spaces that open onto landscaped areas.

Design response

Italianate house frontage

The home’s historical frontage has been retained, while a contemporary three-storey addition and a series of social spaces have been added to the rear.

The social spaces are flexible; while they suited to entertaining, they can also be used as a private sanctuary to take in nature.

Italianate house New Zealand social spaces

A new basement space includes a garage, car wash, bar and home theatre, and is connected with an existing cellar under the original house.

Contrast is key to the design – between old and new, cold and warm, and heavy and light. However, certain features such as green walls and transparent surfaces have been included to help tone down the harshness of the new structures.

A coastal New Zealand feel has been achieved through the combination of blue pool tiles with green landscaping patches, including the New Zealand Pohutukawa tree.

Italianate house New Zealand rear addition pool

Key products/suppliers

  • AWS - Aluminium Windows and Doors
  • Issey - Retractable Shade and Insect Screen - Issey Flyloc Zipped System
  • Dorma - Motorized Sliding Door - EL301 Series Automatic Door
  • Centor - Retractable Flyscreens - Centor S1E
  • Australian Turntable Company - Car Turntable - Model: CTX45-P
  • Lift Shop - Residential Lift - Elfo Lift 2
  • Enzie - Spiral Steel Stair - Z Series
  • Alternative Surfaces–Basement Garage Floor Finish - Quartz Carpet
  • Gyprock -  Gyprock Soundchek Plasterboard
  • Lysaght -  Wall Cladding - Nailstrip (NSP) : Colorbond
  • DULUX -  Render finish - DULUX AcraTex 958 AcraSand