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How this couple completely transformed their dark and dingy Lockwood

A dark and dated Lockwood was the perfect project for this creative couple – and enticed them to trade city life for a surfer’s paradise

Meet + greet

Hilary Boer, 33 (illustrator), and Jasper Boer, 39 (photographer), plus Marley the cat.

Problems & solutions

Low ceilings > Tiles were removed to reveal high, pitched ceilings.

Dim and dark > All the solid timber interior walls were painted white.

Dated kitchen > A white flatpack replacement was installed.

Honesty box

  • What areas of your renovation did you save or splurge on? Hilary: We saved wherever we could. We kept a close eye on sales leading up to the renovation and tried to get most things on special offer.
  • Best lessons learned? If you can’t do it yourself – don’t! It is sometimes best to leave the professionals to it as they are efficient and experienced.
  • Most memorable experience in your home (good or bad)? It was a nerve-racking moment pulling the ceiling down and realising there was no turning back.

Top tips

  • You don’t need the most expensive materials to create a luxury look.
  • Save money by choosing the flatpack option – assembling it is a great test for your relationship!
  • Look for ways to let in more light.
  • Vinyl floor planks are cost-effective, durable and can look almost as good as the real thing.
  • Plan ahead if you’re doing electrical work on a Lockwood-style house as the walls are usually solid timber.

See more of the renovation below

Builder Simon Rice Edwards,
021 022 35916
Electrician Overhead Electrical,
021 494 495
Plumber Protech Plumbing,
027 222 0156
Flooring flooringdesign.co.nz; Terry Yorston Flooring, 021 124 7553
Kitchen Phoenix Kitchen Transformations, 021 873 318
Painter Frankie de Besten, 021 171 3317
Roofing Raglan Roofing, 021 135 1801

Artwork artprints.co.nz
Furniture mocka.co.nz
Cushions, throws adairs.co.nz
Decorative items cittadesign.com
Appliances heathcotes.co.nz
Sofa, baskets freedomfurniture.co.nz


Photography by: Alice Veysey.

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