Alistair's Clifftop House in Colours Inspired by Russia

05 Apr 2012

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A modern house goes from all-beige to shades of green

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Alistair's architecturally designed home sits perched above Narrowneck Beach, giving it wide sea views and a direct view of Rangitoto Island. The contemporary design house, with huge proportions and clean lines, has been Alistair's home since 2007, but it hasn't always looked this good. "It was presented in a less than optimal manner," says Alistair diplomatically, recalling the all-beige exterior and unappealing interior of the house when he bought it. "However, it was beautifully constructed and had magnificent views. We saw the potential that it had."

These days the house is absolutely stunning, with a multitude of soft shades enhancing the exterior. Now we've just got to persuade Alistair to let us show you the inside! Watch this space...

What did your home look like before the renovation? The exterior was essentially a non-differentiated beige which presented more like an industrial building than residential, with no clear context or perspective.

Where did your inspiration come from? The inspiration came from a visit a couple of years ago to St Petersburg and seeing the classic St Petersburg colours which define the city’s architecture.

What was the biggest challenge? The greatest challenge was converting the “St Petersburg” concept to something which would work with this property. We had to work around the fact that the building has a large quantity of stained material and multiple shutters. The shutters were the first to go, which simplified the lines of the house and "cleaned" the perspective.

What was the greatest success? The greatest success is that the home now has clear external perspective, excellent balance in the colours used, and a freshness of presentation that it previously did not enjoy. The addition of a feature front door, in Resene Pohutukawa red, was the only deviation from the original theme, but it has served only to dramatically enhance the presentation rather than detract from it. The end result of the entire renovation has exceeded our expectations.

What is your advice for someone trying to achieve a similar look? My advice would be to recognise your own limitations and recognise the subtleties in what you are trying to achieve. The original palette option I took to Amanda at Designworx was not miles away from what we envisaged, but the end result is so much different after her input - the balance in colours, and the delineation of lines through the use of colour, is very satisfying. I am not an interior designer so could have ended up with a sub-optimum end result had I gone it alone.

What colours did you use? The red front door is Resene Pohutukawa. The body of the building and the boundary wall are Resene Washed Green, which is a very calming colour. The soffits, eaves, struts and garage door are Resene Half Lemon Grass. The window and door frames are Resene Half Tea. The pagodas, posts, fascia boards, entrance gates and side gates are Resene Shadow Match. The hues chosen fitted with the brief of the St Petersburg concept, but because the light here is very different, we chose shades that are more muted, to fit in more comfortably with the environment. The colours of the magnificent sea vista are also reflected in the palette.

pictures Colour selection by Amanda Neill at Designworx www.designworxnz.co.nz Photography by Dallas Pickering dallaspickering.com Get the look: When you choose a dark paint or stain colour outside, consider choosing a Resene CoolColour. Dark colours outside absorb a lot of heat, which can result in a lot of stress on the substrate. The Resene CoolColour range is formulated with unique pigment technology to reflect more of the sun's energy than a standard colour, reducing heat build-up and stress on the coating and surface.

A place in the sun

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Sundrenched on a summer's day, the back of the house is the perfect place to enjoy the view. The body of the building is Resene Washed Green, while the soffits, eaves and struts are Resene Half Lemon Grass. The window and door frames are Resene Half Tea. The pagodas, posts and fascia boards are Resene Shadow Match.

Take a seat

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Brown and cream outdoor furniture work perfectly with the house's colour scheme. The body of the building is Resene Washed Green, while the soffits, eaves and struts are Resene Half Lemon Grass. The window and door frames are Resene Half Tea. The pagodas, posts and fascia boards are Resene Shadow Match.

In the swim of things

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The swimming pool and spa are enclosed in a private sunny courtyard. (The body of the building and the boundary wall are Resene Washed Green. The window and door frames are Resene Half Tea.)

Make a splash

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A detail of the swimming pool, which has also been refreshed with new colours.

Well red

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The front door, which has become a striking feature since being painted in Resene Pohutukawa.

Street appeal

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The house as it appears from the road. (The body of the building is Resene Washed Green. The soffits, eaves, struts and garage door are Resene Half Lemon Grass. The window and door frames are Resene Half Tea.)

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