A Modern 1900s villa

If you didn’t know it, you’d think this was a 1900s villa that had been lovingly maintained or restored. In fact, many passers-by have commented on the flawless restoration of the house, which looks as if it has been there for a century. But this 131sqm three-bedroom home is brand new, with all the advantages of modern-day technology and all the comforts. It’s undoubtedly a win-win for the owners –a warm, energy-efficient house with the charm and character of a timeless classic.

Clad in rusticated weatherboard and with a bay window, this replica villa perched on the side of a hill is comfortable and cosy. It’s also off-grid. Solar panels have been installed to the north, providing power to the house. The water is heated by this solar energy and fire wetback, which also warms the radiator in the bathroom. Exterior joinery with low-e coating and argon gas keeps the warmth inside and the cold weather out. Water arrives from two rain-water tanks high above the house.

This is a high-quality, beautifully crafted home that’s true to the villa’s roots – think timber floors, covered verandah’s and more –but it is also tailored to modern needs.

Silver won by our Wellington team