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Innovative kitchen and laundry appliances give this Auckland renovation a contemporary look

Serial renovators Alice and Caleb Pearson updated a former state house by selecting high-performance Haier appliances

When Alice and Caleb Pearson won season two of The Block NZ in 2013, renovating went from being a passion project to business venture. Not counting the two renovations they did for The Block and The Ultimate Reno, they’re onto their 11th home renovation now and counting.

The couple’s latest project is a four-bedroom former state house in Panmure with good bones, built with quality materials, solid and dependable.

Priorities for the young Auckland couple and their four children were tackling the kitchen and laundry, which needed to be highly functional given they are such heavy use areas. Alice and Caleb chose to open the kitchen up to the living area so it could be the focal point of the space. Deciding to go with a soft colour scheme and natural textures, the kitchen features handmade tiles, wooden floorboards, and a soft elderflower and gentle blush colour scheme.

“We decided to create a scullery and laundry, which houses the pantry, fridge, washing machine, heat pump dryer, extra sink and cleaning storage.  This meant that our main kitchen has clean lines and a generous bench,” says Alice.

They also made sure the brushed nickel tapware, kitchen handles and stainless-steel sinks worked with the complementary colour ranges on the Haier quad door refrigerator freezer and Haier dishwasher. These appliances helped to create clean lines in the kitchen, as did the Haier induction cooktop. Alice is a fan of the new-to-her technology with “instant-response heat as soon as a pot or pan is placed on the surface”. She also appreciates the added safety of the technology, describing how “the induction cooktop stays cool around your cookware, preventing those annoying baked-on spills”.

The speed of induction comes in handy for Taco Tuesdays when Caleb whips up the Mexican family favourite. If Alice is hosting, a roast is her go-to meal in the spacious oven. “I love that you can put everything in the oven and cook while you entertain,” she says.

When it came to the “highly visible laundry” they wanted to make it as pleasing as possible. To do this they incorporated the design elements of the kitchen and chose Haier laundry appliances that were made to match. Haier’s front loader washing machine and heat pump dryer are designed to look great together, with complementary functions for ideal fabric care.

The large capacity 10kg washing machine and 9kg heat pump dryer are perfect for the Pearson family. “They both have a Speed Up function if you need your clothes clean and dry fast and Eco wash cycles to save energy and water,” says Alice.

Watch the full Haier renovation interview with Alice and Caleb:

Alice and Caleb are happy with every aspect of their renovation from the colour scheme to the tiles, soft-toned furnishings and Haier appliances, which in their words: “all works together to create a memorable kitchen”.

Shop their style:

Top (left to right): Haier self-cleaning wall oven, $1649, Garcia deep dish bowl, $32.99, from Shut the Front Door, Moka express 6-cup coffee maker, $98, from Bialetti, Haier freestanding dishwasher, $1299, Bellambi ceiling pendant, $549, from FreedomBottom (left to right): Haier 10kg front loader washing machine, $1999,  Haier 9kg heat pump dryer, $2599, Living & Co Naturals glass canister, $8 (1.4L), from The Warehouse, Radial stool, $640 (75cm), from Citta, Haier quad door refrigerator freezer, $2999

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