A slice of paradise

By Davina Richards

Why go on holiday when you can create a slice of paradise in your own back garden, or should I say home? Kyria Warren and her husband Rhys did exactly that with their Auckland bungalow.

Centrally located, the 1914 house on Epsom Avenue stands out as one of the city’s hottest homes. It firmly holds a grand impression on the market with its exposed character, executive style and stunning architecture.

It’s a practical and functional home with everything any family would ever want or need; complete with swimming pool, spa, trampoline, giant chess set, double garage, outside wood fireplace and a view of Mount Eden from the master bedroom to match.

The design has been carefully thought out and is awe-inspiring due to its restored old glory with a modern twist, “a modern feel without being too contemporary. It’s a sun-drenched paradise,” owner Kyria says.

Kyria Warren and her husband Rhys are the proud owners of this home and did the interior design themselves.

Kyria managed the renovation project, with the design completed by architect Jason Gibson and landscaping by Natural Habitat.

“We built the home to be like a resort with an endless summer feel. An indoor/outdoor flow, totally sun-drenched backyard, with every inch of the section being used for something practical. It’s a boy’s playground with a girl’s touch.”

“We lived in the house for two years before we renovated and decided what would be the best layout for the pool and the back deck. We wanted the pool area to feel tropical, as if we were on holiday. We wanted the interior to flow so we created some really large places for family and friends to hang out together.”

This beautiful family home is very much a home away from home with a clear concept from the beginning – the house needed to accommodate both children and adults and where everyone can socialise comfortably all
year round.

“This house is very special, we swim in the pool all year round with the outdoor shower, the boys come home from rugby, shower off all the mud, then head for a swim and a spa. We have all their mates back for swims, BBQs and drinks for the adults while the children are jumping on the in-ground trampoline, swimming, playing basketball,
golf or roasting marshmallows on the outdoor fireplace.

“It’s such a social home, with lots of space to entertain. Inside there is a pool table and lounge for the big kids and adults.”

Auctioned in late May, Kyria reflects on the renovation process as being really hard work.

“Sometimes you want to pull your hair out and a few other people’s. But once it’s all done and you can kick back and enjoy it, it’s all worth every inch of the long days and sleepless nights. In our tropical paradise which we call home, we have created amazing family memories which last forever.”

If you would like more information on homes in Canterbury or in New Zealand, drop into your local Harcourts or visit the website at www.harcourts.co.nz

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