This unassuming-looking cottage in Posonsby, New Zealand, was recently renovated by owner Jonathan Smith, principal of Auckland-based Matter Architects.
By expanding the rear of the house, Smith more than tripled the interior space from 90 square meters (968 sq. ft) to 310 square meters (3,337 sq. ft.).
In our opinion, the most impressive part of the renovation has to do with the facade. Street parking is scarce in the area, so Smith worked out a way to fit two cars inside the house, converting a bedroom into a garage with a lift, hidden behind what appear to be ordinary exterior walls:
Garaging provision in the traditional sense was impossible–requiring the controversial decision to install a drive-in garage and car stacker in what was originally the front left bedroom. Carving out portions of the villa, adding masonry wall structures, and retaining [sic] facilitated the car stacker installation. Giving way to a garage door, the original villa façade has been maintained in a seamless manner by retaining the weatherboards and joinery, and integrating a hinged door for vehicle access.
The interior of the house isn’t too shabby either.
You can read details of the renovation and see more shots here.