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The client’s brief for this grand old 1920’s Californian Bungalow in Nelson’s ‘dress circle’, was to replace the ugly north wing bedrooms added in the 1950’s with a new architecturally sympathetic addition. I was to provide a new family-dining- kitchen area and sun porch on the sunny side of the house that would take advantage of the existing lawn and patio areas. Finally I was to reorganise other existing rooms to improve and increase interior space and flow.

The McIlroy/Hayward house was also entered in the
ADNZ/Resene Regional Design Awards 2008.
Click here to see the entry (1MB PDF)

McIlroy/Hayward ADNZ Award Entry


Available space was limited and the additions needed to respect the existing scale and proportions so only comfortably adequate sized living spaces could be provided. However the clients are very happy with the resulting open plan Family-Dining area leading out to the modest sun porch with adjacent Kitchen at the rear. A box bay window seat and another bay for the east patio doors, relieve the limited interior space without adding undue bulk to the exterior form.


A second existing lean-to on the east side containing the laundry was replaced with a new larger lean-to bedroom while the existing dining room between these two additions was converted to another bedroom. The existing kitchen on the south side was converted to new bathrooms and a new laundry. Completing the picture are a total re-roof in corrugated iron replaced the un authentic decramastic tiles and a complete new improved paint job.


Californian Bungalows are my favourite NZ period style homes so I was determined to do this one justice. The design of general shape and form and the bay window elements etc was simple, but deciding upon the final design for the Sun Porch support elements took several attempts as many variations on this theme have been used throughout the country. The chosen solution provided the best set up for the owners requirements and looks in keeping with typical Bungalow sun porch styles.

The total approximate cost for these renovations came in at a comfortable $250,000


Living Area

Dining Room


McIlroy Award
Residential Alteration Award

McIlroy Hayward North East
CAD rendered image from North East

McIlroy Hayward Existing
View from the north east of the exisitng building showing the 1950's addition which was demolished.

McIlroy Hayward North West
CAD rendered image from the north west also showing the existing lounge bow window.

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