George and Willy’s Urban Cabin House Remodel—in the New Zealand Suburbs
Regulars of Remodelista undoubtedly admired the work of George & Willy. They are the young and cute New Zealand duo who made their debut with the Studio Roller, a roll of kraft paper to hang to keep lists of tasks and make sketches. Since then, George Wilkins and Will McCallum have proposed a hanging clothes horse, a fire starter inspired by Alaskan whalers and a collection of panels, including a Scrabble letterboard.
Their creations are all about modern utility combined with delicious Down Under playfulness. They sum up their M.O. as “making your space exciting” – which made us curious to know their own neighborhoods. In the past 18 months, we have been told that they will soon be ready to unveil George & Willy’s first remodel: the two have worked with friends on a home for George and his wife, Hannah. Built in 1991, the structure – “tiny, nondescript and uninspired,” says George – was reasonably priced and had potential: for them, it just wanted to be turned into an urban cabin. This required these beginners to cover almost all surfaces inside and out. Come see.
Photo courtesy of George & Willy.
They say the general layout of the house “was not really bad and didn’t require too many changes,” but the exterior and plasterboard landscaping required a complete overhaul. In addition to coating the structure with macrocarpa, an evergreen plant that is a cheaper alternative to cedar, they built a fence (to keep Frida, George and Hannah’s dog) and a wooden walkway which, according to George, “Gives the feeling of being in the bush every time you enter the house.” “