Tauranga Inner City Living

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Tauranga Inner City Living

Tauranga City

Our client on this project wanted to make this historic commercial building in downtown Tauranga her home. The vision was to build a funky New York loft-style apartment on the second level while retaining the ground floor for retail lease opportunities.  

There were a few challenges in changing the purpose of the second level from commercial to a residential property. This meant the local council required an assessment of fire codes, access codes and earthquake strengthening. While there were hoops to jump through these issues were dealt with as par for course and approval was granted.

The apartment consists of a funky open-plan kitchen/dining/living space complete with a suspended street front balcony. With a bank of skylights and plenty of glazing facing northeast, this area is bathed in sunlight.

Moving back through the apartment is a second lounge, two stylish bedrooms, an ensuite and bathroom.

Cleaver use of space was key for including storage and laundry services. There are so many features to this home that we love - testament to our cleaver and talented client. It was a pleasure working together on this project and we love the fact this property will be a home for many years to come.

Testimonial

I just want to say to those of you who worked on our home - what a great place it has turned into. Just the feelings of space and style it gives. After a month here we have not found anything that we do not like, or anything that we think should have been different. The spaciousness is wonderful, the suitability to the site is fantastic. 

Simply, it is a great piece of design work which has brought only positive comment from all of our once-sceptical neighbours.

“Congratulations on a very good set of working drawings – the best I’ve seen for a long time.  Clear, well presented and concise.”

Grant Casey, 
Operations Manager
Shawn Williamson Building Ltd

"I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with all aspects of my renovations!

I really like your simple and functional design. I think the best has been made of my 1950's house, and we are all enjoying the open plan living space created.

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Thank you to all of you for your fantastic efforts."

Nena Rovekamp 

“We are very pleased that Creative Space managed the process of adding a family room to our home. The addition room is working well and the functionality this brings to our property has certainly been recognised by others as a valued addition and well designed. We are very happy that we engaged Creative Space to help us through the design and build of our additional family room and we feel this expansion of our home has added more value than cost. Thank you.”

Darren and Angela Hill

“Creative Space was responsible for designing and project managing the very significant modifications and extensions to our beach house at Little Bay, a remote part of the northern Coromandel Peninsula.  The outcome is excellent: a house with which we are pleased and content to live in, a house that has clever and appropriate design that we enjoy every time we live in it – it has grown on us and we appreciate the careful detail and the attention to critical issues, such as deck space, views, livability, functionality and practical features. 

Dr A.B. Cull, Retired CEO
Waikato and Melbourne Hospitals

“We are so, so thrilled with our alterations. We were sure that we could do something with the house when we bought it but what we have ended up with is a home that surpasses anything we had imagined. Everybody who visits us is blown away by the outcome of our alterations. We would both like to thank Creative Space for coming up with a design that was truly "beyond our expectations".

Linda Groenewegen & Steph Predengast

“Congratulations on a very good set of working drawings – the best I’ve seen for a long time.  Clear, well presented and concise.”

Grant Casey, 
Operations Manager
Shawn Williamson Building Ltd

"I would like to extend a personal thank you on the amazing work you have done for us in getting Papamoa through in a tight timeframe.

Thank you for your diligence and patience. And I look forward to partnering in the new year to see them come to reality."

Jessica Laing
Metlifecare Papamoa

"Some time ago I was introduced to the team at Creative space through a mutual colleague. 

When under some work pressure, I decided to give them a try to see if they could help me out. The team did what I needed and were receptive to my constant phone calls and minor adjustments. They prepared a resource consent which was granted in a few days, and now I have a building consent in process through them too.

I am happy, their work is to a high standard. I look forward to working with them again soon. Many thanks."

John-Paul Biggelaar
Arcadia Holdings Ltd
Registered Building Surveyors. - M.N.Z.I.B.S, LBP - Design 3

“As the body corporate representative responsible for liaising with all contractors employed on the remedial work, I found Andre and his staff very professional in their approach to problems and completed tasks required to ensure plans and specifications were completed and approved on time, so there were no undue hold-ups.” 

John G Hodgson, Body Corporate Representative
Victoria Court Apartments, Mt Maunganui

“The Creative Space Architectural team are our 1st choice of specialist remedial designers in our region. They have been very receptive to our specialist input over the last 3- 4 years specifically in achieving durable weathering detail solutions.”

Graham Hodgson, Director NZIBS
Preview Building Surveyors Ltd