Cartref Mor Renovation

Cartref Mor means House by the Sea.

This house is one of the finest examples of a 1950's Red Brick constructed. Originally built for the Mayor of Auckland Sir John Allum.

We wanted to minimise the intrusion on this beautifully crafted home as little as possible, and fulfil the clients brief to modernise the spaces at the same time.

The renovation was designed to show a clear separation between the old and new to preserve the original shape and materials.

We needed to keep the views of Rangitoto to the south and open up the light and sun aspect of the north and west with a central living axis. This in turn gave the old lounge and kitchen area much needed natural light.

The new wing with its concrete tilt panel spine separated the new glazed living space from the 2 new bedrooms and provided protection from the prevailing westerly wind. The roof was extended to provide cover from Auckland's warm but often drizzly summer evenings.

On the road front a new garage and formal entry were tucked underneath with minimal interruption to the original street view.

The existing interior was turned into a more modern luxurious master bedroom with suitable ensuite and walk in robe. The new kitchen was opened up to the living and dining with a scullery.

The finished product is a mix of original natural timbers and 50's brick and tile with modern concrete polished floors large stacker sliders, mono and flat pitched roofs to create a house that shows its past while gaining a more modern feel.

To find out more contact David on 0274 862 535 or email him at