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This Wellington villa is the definition of old-meets-new

Take a look at how heritage craft and furniture complemented by contemporary design has transformed this Wellington villa

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Catherine Baird (emergency department doctor), Duncan Baird (GP), Gemma 14, Eva, 8, and Greta, 4, plus Hector the deaf and blind rabbit.

This Wellington villa is the definition of old-meets-new

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned?
Duncan: A new house is a long-term thing so it’s good to take some time to collect ideas and materials. The results of bold decisions become less confronting as time goes on so don’t be afraid of flights of fancy.

What’s one thing you would change about your home if you could?
We might have considered having the main living area downstairs and all the bedrooms upstairs had we known how warm and light it would be downstairs.

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had in your home (good or bad)?
Huddling under blankets in the cold, draughty lounge prior to the renovation makes a pleasant memory when you’re wearing a T-shirt in midwinter.


How much did you spend?
We bought the house for $421K and spent well over $400K on the renovation.

Which areas did you save or splurge on?
We saved by retaining a lot of the original details and splurged on finishing materials like the kitchen ply and exterior cedar battens.

Words by: Catherine Steel.. Photography by: Russell Kleyn.

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