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Major renovation saves homeowners from selling Auckland home

  • April 7, 2023

When 80s band The Clash sang “Should I stay or should I go?” they probably weren’t talking about real estate. But that’s the issue this Auckland family faced a few years ago.

Kirsten Ford, design director of KFD Interiors, says her clients were thinking about selling their 1950s home in Milford on Auckland’s North Shore.

“They’d lived in it for 20 years and were getting to the stage where they either moved on or stayed and renovated it so that it met the needs of their busy family,” says Ford.

After realising they liked the area too much to move, the decision was made to undertake a major renovation. That included extending the living area by 30m², pushing out the entrance another 5m² and revamping the “tired and dated” interior.

* Living in a yurt was fun, but we wanted a simpler life
* ’70s nightmare’ house was going to be bowled, but builders had already started reno work
* The now-lovely house on a Napier hilltop that was a firm no on first viewing

Ford, who has worked on both renovations and new builds since 2016, was called in to create an overall vision for the space, from paint colours and furniture to cushions and towels.

“The brief was to create a bright, comfortable family home that would stand the test of time for a growing family, a dog and a cat.”

She was inspired by the lush, semi-tropical landscaping of the 700m² property. “We used the garden as the basis of our colour palette, so various shades of green are used throughout.”

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Ford added white shutters rather than blinds throughout the house.

That includes the open-plan kitchen and scullery which features peacock blue/green finger tiles in

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