Sandspit Road Villa
After years of doing long distance between Raglan and Auckland, Imogen and Will Worsp were trying to decide where to settle and start a family. Will was adamant he wasn’t going to live in Auckland full time, and Imogen didn’t want to completely give up her career with a move to Raglan. They had spent many weekends at the Matakana markets, exploring the local beaches and drinking local drops at the breweries and wineries so understandably had fallen in love with the area. They were also drawn to the growing community of creatives and artisans in the area.
“Matakana was far enough out of the city yet was also close enough for me to commute for work and close enough for Will’s client meetings and deliveries…” explained Imogen, who had worked at Air New Zealand as a Design and Customer Experience Manager before moving to Foodstuffs NZ as Head of Brand and Creative.
They spent a year trying to find the ideal property with a workshop and/or showroom space that Will could run his business from. Will is the founder of WRW & Co Furniture Design. It was on their way back from viewing a do-up they decided to swing by “…the amazing villa with the green roof.” Assuming it would be out of their budget and their minds in ‘do-up mode’ they openly admitted to the real estate agents that they were just admirers.
“We fell in love with the character of the place and were intrigued by the fact it was relocated from Remuera 20 years earlier…” explains Will. “It was positioned perfectly on the three acre site to get all day sun and had a tranquil outlook over the pond and paddocks which could never be interrupted.” The location ended up being ideal, within minutes of the local township yet so handy to the motorway for the commuting days.
Whilst wanting to retain the character of the house, they also wanted to make it their own with a slight contemporary twist by including Will’s furniture, art and photography from their trips around Europe. Will got stuck into the landscaping, manicuring the paddocks on his trusty John Deere, building a new vege garden and plantings around the pool, as well as painting the roof in Dulux’s ‘Federation Grey’. To ensure it was cosy for their first winter and in time for the arrival of their first baby in July last year, they added insulation, and painted the bedrooms in ‘Half Washed Green’ and ‘Half Robin Egg Blue’, before putting Cavalier Bremworth wool carpet in the bedrooms. Meanwhile, Artisan Electrical changed out the old chandeliers for more contemporary light fittings.
The property is filled with pockets of treasure. From the Air BNB semi detached studio with an ensuite, to the pond with its with dreamy walkway and at the back of the house is the pool! “The pool house is ideal to read a book and is one of the best spots to sleep as it’s first to get the sun!” Imogen tells, and they plan to turn this into an art studio when it is not used for the overflow of guests.
At the end of last year, they did unexpectedly find another property from which Will could run part of his business (which is still their ultimate goal) but it was not to be, so they now get to enjoy filling this gorgeous family home with Will’s custom-made pieces of furniture and the fruits of their new vege garden, eggs from their chickens and the two organic lambs which help Will with the lawns…and filling the freezer.
WRW & Co. Showroom is located at:
914 Leigh Road, Matakana