A barn renovation is no easy is no easy feat, but the daunting seven-metre raked ceilings of this structure were matched by the high ambition of Auckland couple Matt and Amalia.
When they first bought the property, Matt and Amalia had planned to convert the barn – which they describe as “more like a large shed” – into a garage and to build a standalone house on the adjacent land. But on closer inspection of the vintage charms of the old 135sqm pole barn, they started dreaming of creating a very special home built from its frame.
Soon dreams became a reality as the barn was transformed into a four-bedroom, two-storey country home with a mezzanine level. The Resene colour scheme, featuring Resene Ironsand and Resene Double Sea Fog, is the finishing touch on this incredible build.
It was a huge undertaking, and luckily the couple are a DIY dream team. Matt is a professional builder and Amalia is a photographer with an eye for colour and detail, while Matt’s father is an architect. Even with an arsenal of skills at the ready, Amalia admits there were moments where she wondered whether they had bitten off more than they could chew with the barn renovation. Such as when she brought her newborn baby boy Jack (now seven) home from the hospital, shortly after they began the renovations.
“I don’t think the penny really dropped until I had this tiny little baby and we were living in a complete building site,” laughs Amalia. “It wasn’t a nice glamorous building site either, it was like an empty shed with a frame and building paper on the wall. But thankfully, upstairs Matt had built us a really lovely bathroom and ensuite which was our little haven so we could forget the mess downstairs.
“At the beginning, I had to use a drill to open the front door. I came home one day and a possum had come in and made a mess on the floor and I thought, ‘What is going on? What are we doing?’” she adds.