Lake Hayes Renovation

Although it is hard to see any traces of its former self, this house is actually a renovation of a 1970’s weatherboard and concrete block house which was in desperate need of updating. Although the uninsulated blocks and single glazing have gone, and the foot print has been extended, the bones of the original house remain. The living areas of the home were kept upstairs to maximise views over the stunning Lake Hayes.


We relied on Katrina and Alister to supervise the build in our absence and had no difficulty in liaising with them via the internet about various decisions. The builder was very impressed with Alister and Katrina and the quality and detail of their plans which he found very easy to work with.

- Jane Forster & Glenn Eggleton

Steel fins are used for screening and privacy and create a fortress like southern façade which belies the open northern elevation with its openness and floor to ceiling glass. The angled shape of the site allowed for a dramatic deck which ends at a triangular point.


Very fortunate to meet you both a few years after I suffered an extremely stressful experience with a Wellington based architect.

- Ian & Mee Leng Hong

Steel is complimented with schist stone and cedar weatherboards, which were also used on the interior of the home to contrast the painted white surfaces.