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Updating Deco

A talented Auckland duo transform an art deco house into a stylish family haven.

One thing Julian Ward really loves about the New Lynn home in Auckland which he shares with his wife Janice, their daughter Stella (31/2), and baby son Ted (7 months), is the staunch art deco concrete exterior. Julian admits he was completely intrigued by its original features when his late mother Linda spotted the for sale sign in 2005. Despite being a well worn rental at the time, with bright orange walls in one room, sponged blue on blue in another and fluoro green in several, there was no doubt for this couple that the potential was endless.Take the massive front yard, add bucketfuls of character, plus the bonus of a studio at the rear of the house that would provide rental income to support the renovations ahead. As far as Julian was concerned this home was a great buy.