Trees & Views

Wood Bay

Trees & Views

Sarah and Declan, who chose to make NZ home with their two kids, wanted their Titirangi home to adapt to their growing family. Both architects themselves,  they had a clear vision of what they wanted their 1970’s concrete block house to look and feel like and how it could best suit their lifestyle. They were keen to maintain the integrity of some of the original architectural features, whilst also updating the interior to their taste.

Having owned the house for a few years prior to moving in, Sarah and Declan took the opportunity to infuse their own personality into the property as it was to become their family home. Overlooking the Manukau Harbour and positioned over a bush canopy, their design also made the most of the awesome outlook, which included new windows throughout, and huge glass sliding doors that now open out to a generous deck.

Sarah and Declan chose MLB to reinvigorate the interior including a complete strip-out, rebuilding with new layouts, a fresh new look to the kitchen and bathrooms, solid plaster detail to the interior walls and construction of a large deck to take in the views.

As it was a complex site with a steep driveway and challenging access, we had a lot of fun working around this, including coming up with an ingenious way of backing a trailer down their insane driveway!

We were chuffed with the huge glass sliding doors that now maximise the stunning views and the indoor-outdoor flow that’s been accentuated with the generous decks. Inside, the home is welcoming and warm with new oak flooring and doors throughout.

We enjoyed the flexibility required to work out details as the project unfolded, and the creativity that came with Sarah and Declan being architects. It was a privilege to re-create Sarah and Declan’s home to suit their personalities and lifestyle, whilst still respecting the original 1970’s feel and features.

See Sarah and Declan’s Wood Bay home.


Architect owned



Internal renovation and minor additions

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