Scott’s Homestead, Mahurangi: Colour Scheme

In 2009 the then Auckland Regional Council (ARC) commissioned Salmond Reed to revise the exterior paint scheme for the historic homestead at Scott’s Landing on the Mahurangi Peninsula. The house had been vigorously redecorated several years previously and re-painted in the ARC livery of cream walls/green roof. The history normally revealed through paint scrapings had been obliterated by this redecoration and although scrapings were taken, our investigation was inconclusive. ARC photographs showing the building at various stages during its history also gave little assistance in determining its original colour palette.

On the basis that minimal exact information was available, our recommendations were instead based on other observations such as its siting (in a tranquil harbour bay backed by green paddocks and bush-clad hills and facing a sandy beach) and its style (a simple Victorian/Georgian styled colonial building that was clearly a simple, practical response to its purpose and its setting).

Two schemes were presented to ARC in the form of sketches, colour swatches and design rationale. These schemes reflected the homestead’s natural context, whilst being closely akin to the colours typically used in Victorian times.

The verandah had been renovated using shingles rather than the corrugated iron used on the roof. The proposed roof colours, whilst not striving to exactly emulate the colour of weathered timber shingles, sought at least to acknowledge that colour in weight and tonal range while referencing earlier tonal patterns revealed in the photographic records.

An attached double lean-to amenities block addition which provides modern amenities and which is detailed with wider eaves and heavier proportions than the original house and the earlier single lean-to that it had replaced, required special consideration. In order to enable the house to be more easily read in its original form, this addition was differentiated through the use of a slightly darker base colour, making obvious the distinction between old and new.

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