Matua Magic

Life started in the mid 1960’s for this harbourside red brick home. In 2002 it was renovated, extended & clad with polystyrene, which was the trend of the day.

Makeover includes

  • Refreshed classic style
  • All new cladding
  • Extensive new glazing
  • Covered deck
  • Stunning raking ceiling in dining
The current owners purchased the very dated property in 2017 and began planning their own renovations, to take full advantage of this magnificent location, in one of Matua’s best dressed streets. Baillie Architecture started the design two years later; once the home owners had time to establish their wish list.

creating a timeless home

The cladding was completely changed to create an exterior of a time-honoured home; to give the impression that the home had been like this for quite some time and that sat comfortably on the well-established site.

In order to achieve this brief, dark stained bevel back weatherboards were used & contrasting white painted bagged brick.

The living & dining areas were opened up with extensive glazing to make the most of the stunning, panoramic harbour views. This included a massive over-wall, double-glazed sliding door, which extended the dining space leading out onto a covered deck.

The dining area was further enhanced by changing the flat ceiling to a beautiful raked ceiling with white rafters which continues out to the alfresco outdoor area. White DG aluminium joinery is boxed in with white borders & timber sills, which completes the look.

These extensive renovations were undertaken by builder Jamie Fairbairn of Fairbairn Builders.

The home went on to take out the top award in the regional Master Builders House of the Year 2021, along with reaching New Zealand’s top 100 homes for 2021; with the judges referring to the home as an “absolute showstopper”, and the happy homeowners agree.