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|New Plymouth City|
Taranaki & Wanganui
|Approx N/A||Approx 598 m²
Black and white is as about as classic a colour combination as you could choose. In this striking multi-level city home at 24 Smith Rd, it adds a contemporary finish to a major refreshment.
The changes here impress TSB Realty consultant Linda Batten. She sold the property to its present owner a couple of years back and feels that, in its new presentation, she is now selling a different home.
"When they bought it, it had a Lockwood look, with timber ceilings. Those ceilings have now been blonded and they look great! The transformation in here is amazing ... they have done all the right things and I am really excited to market this home again."
That lighter ceiling finish is a progression of the white paint that has been applied to walls throughout the house, contrasting with the new charcoal-grey carpet, black textured curtains and black light fittings.
I can understand the impact that impresses Linda. I, too, have been here before, writing two earlier stories about this property. Timber was a dominating element of the previous decor, but the new whitewash effect lets it retreat into the background - the tongue-and-groove detail is still there but the timber grain is now a subtle effect and the rooms are lighter with a more airy feel as a result.
Visitors can begin their discovery of the presentation here with a choice of two entry points - the formal front door set into the double carport or via the gate in the streetfront fence that borders the upper lawn.
Let's open the front door - which is convenient in wet weather, protected as it is by its position inside the carport. Inside the foyer area, you immediately appreciate the crisp combination of charcoal carpet and white walls.
The door at right opens into the single garage which boasts extra space for a workshop as well as the laundry services.
Stairs lead down from the foyer to the home's generous third bedroom, which Linda suggests would make a great teenager's room, enjoying separation from the family spaces above. It has a great outlook, too, with windows looking across the green valley below the house.
Take the stairs up from the foyer and you find the formal lounge level where the original window seat has been removed to allow a recess for the flat-screen television. Hidden LED lighting creates a subtle wash of changing colour in the recess. A dimmer switch on the rest of the room lighting allows owners here to set a special mood.
The removal of the window seat hasn't compromised the outlook or the natural light in here. Two generous windows still let in heaps of light and frame more views out across the green valley.
French doors open out to a sheltered side patio for an alfresco appreciation of the views and the opportunity to enjoy barbecues in warmer months.
Stairs carry you up from the lounge to the main living area of open-plan kitchen, dining and family spaces. This is where the main changes have taken place to reinvent life in this home.
"This is totally new," Linda points out. "In winter, you can relax up here; in summer you can live downstairs."
A smart new kitchen (black and white, of course), removal of a wall defining the family area, replacement of a side window with bifolding doors to a new deck area, and the rebuilding of a rear deck area off the dining area enhances life here considerably.
Garden plantings are mostly minimal and easy-care, Linda notes, so there's an element of lock-and-leave convenience if new owners enjoy travelling.
The family bathroom and separate toilet are also located on this level of the home and both these rooms have been lightly refurbished.
There's still more to see, of course, and Linda leads the way up to the home's top level and its two remaining bedrooms.
The second bedroom is a double with extra space crafted from the angled roofline. One of the windows frames a stunning view of a snow-dressed Mt Taranaki.
The master bedroom completes the layout of this level. And it has its own striking view west, with the extra elevation enhancing the outlook over the valley to the silhouette of Paritutu Rock and the former power station chimney on the horizon.
You can even enjoy that view while using the shower in the fully refurbished ensuite - eye-level windows allow that without compromising modesty. The orientation also means these spaces are pleasingly light and sunny.
Linda is expecting plenty of interest in this renewed home. "It's absolutely immaculate ... and its spacious multi-level living is so different to the basic box of many houses. There's a lot more in here than meets the eye from the road."
The Merrilands address is another attraction, Linda adds. With the growth of the Valley and Highlands Park areas, homes here are now quite central in the city, she says.