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Don Nelson – Leaders in Home Renovation Design, New Zealand

Home Renovations/Addition/Extension/ImprovementDon Nelson Renovation Design – Outstanding Architectural Transformations

At Don Nelson, our New Zealand house renovation designs create outstanding architectural transformations for our clients. As experienced and award winning architects, we take your renovation ideas and turn your property into the home you have always wanted.

Here are two of our most outstanding home renovations in New Zealand.

Home improvements in New Zealand – an old property is given a commanding perspective

The uninspiring ‘70s house pictured below has been transformed into the grand country estate shown above, following an home extensive makeover by Don Nelson Architecture. The owners wanted to add a home extension, which had a steeply pitched roof, however establishing the right balance between their existing roof and the new flat-roofed addition was challenging, but ultimately successful.

home improvement New Zealand/Auckland/Hawkes Bay/Taupo/WellingtonThe solution was to dress up the entire façade, wrapping new curved elements around the house (including the entrance) and creating a sense of arrival; then stretching the curves to accommodate the large extension. Curves also feature inside the home, where a bulkhead and skylights are echoed by the shape of the polished rosewood cabinetry, reminiscent of a super yacht.

For this home addition in New Zealand, Don Nelson Architecture  was contracted by the Sydney designer, Lance Dixon, to also design the kitchen, which follows the curve of the house and the total renovation involved a large addition, to accommodate all the family living areas, including a new media room.

Other home renovation ideas included alterations to the exterior, which included an expansive new north-facing terrace with a streamlined indoor and outdoor flow, and a covered alfresco dining area. The terrace features adjustable overhead louvres that allow plenty of sunlight to penetrate the space in winter, making this area an entertainer’s delight all year round.

The pool area also needed renovations, however since the existing pool was already in the perfect position, we enhanced its overall ambiance by creating an infinity edge, to give it a more contemporary look and feel.

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House renovations in New Zealand – an old riverside bungalow becomes a fabulous Italian villa

At Don Nelson, our home renovation ideas transformed a formerly insignificant riverside bungalow into a gracious Italian-style villa. Prior to the renovations, the house had a typical ‘60s look. But a new, colonnaded front exterior now enhances its Italian character and gives the house a sense of depth.


Sheltered loggias and arched openings enrich this riverside home, which maximises the river outlook and provides an easy indoor-outdoor flow.

The stunning river views are now seen from all the new open-plan living areas and the sleek, contemporary kitchen features a mix of stainless steel, lacquered cabinets and light-toned wood veneer. Stairs lead down to a new media room, which opens out onto a riverside patio and a spa pool, where the existing garage used to be located. The double-storey entrance hall has tall columns supporting a curved stairway and balcony, which leads to the master suite on the top floor.

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Don Nelson – the leaders in stunning house renovations in New Zealand

With our experience, passion and design skills, at Don Nelson we take your home renovation ideas to the next level, giving you the home you deserve and one that will give you the ideal lifestyle for many years into the future.

So if you are interested in house renovation design in New Zealand, contact Don Nelson Architecture on 09 486 4698, email us at info@donnelson.co.nz or complete our enquiry form.

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