Godfrey and Adele’s stunning ultra-individual home

25 Aug 2016

When Godfrey Sadler and Adele Bird began their self-build home project seven years ago, they weren’t keen on following the crowd. Exposed steel beams, a soaring wall of honed concrete block, a glass-floored ‘bridge’ – it’s a semi-industrial style, and it’s certainly different. For a start, the carpet is purple… joining strategically placed hits of bold Resene colour that ripple throughout this breath-taking home.

The interior colour scheme was inspired by coloured glass panels used on the front of the house.

The couple wanted strong colours to make a bold statement, and to match the strength of the home’s structural elements and design details.

They tell us more: 

How did you decide on the overall look of the interiors?

We wanted each room to feature a different colour to highlight the space. The downstairs rooms are bright and energetic, while the upstairs is quiet and calming.

What part of the house are you most happy with?

The family room, kitchen and dining area, which is open-plan with a double-height north-facing glass wall and large doors that open to an outdoor space. The height and the glass give wonderful views up to the sky. We see the weather blowing through. It's a flexible space which is great for living indoors and outdoors. Adele had great fun making the large painting for the wall which is visible from the family area and mezzanine floor above, and is a focal point for the space.

What is your advice for someone trying to achieve a similar look?

Take your time; don't rush to commit to colours. Wait and see how the light plays out in each of the rooms.

What was the biggest decorating, renovating or building challenge for this project?

The biggest building challenge was working with a lot of new materials: steel, concrete block, ComFlor (a composite steel flooring system), Terracade tile cladding and aluminium weatherboard. 

The challenge for decorating was working with the amount of light that the double-height windows allow to come inside the house.

Do you have a favourite colour, and if so why is it your favourite?

We don't really have a favorite colour. All colours are great if used in the right space. We did agree, though, not to use cream.

How did you find working with Resene paint and colours?

Resene paints are easy to use and have a good depth of colour.  They have a paint for every situation. Resene have a fantastic colour range and they're a really good-quality paint.

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

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The dining room is heaven in purple, with Resene Kingfisher Daisy on the walls and plush carpet that flows into the living room.

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In the living room, a soaring wall of honed concrete block, tall steel-framed windows and a large painting by Adele overlooks the area.

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This kitchen nook can be seen from the dining and living rooms and is matched in Resene Kingfisher Daisy.

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The interior style is semi-industrial with large exposed steel beams, ComFlor, plywood and honed concrete block. The steel beams are painted in Resene Gun Powder.

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Between the two 'wings' of the house is a steel framed glass floor bridge, painted in Resene Gun Powder. Below grows an internal garden in the double height entry way. 

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The den is a flash of blue, painted in Resene Pelorous. 

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Perhaps the most placid, calming space in the home colour-wise, the main bedroom is painted in Resene Rainee.

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