Escea on Peter Wolfkamp’s new show Creative Living

Creative Living follows Peter Wolkfkamp and an Auckland family as they undergo the total rebuild of a 100 year old heritage villa.


Saturday saw the transformation of the heart of the home – the living room. Although North-facing, the space was dark and badly insulated. During Winter the heatpump was on full bore…making the energy bills horrendous.


The brief was for a light, bright and family-friendly living room with efficient heating for the cooler months.

The building team struck a hurdle early on, with the discovery of an uneven floor. This was a big setback as it meant the whole back of the house had to be removed and rebuilt from the ground up. It added a further 20k and another month to the “ever expanding rebuild.”

Once complete it was time for the fun stuff! Owners Jo and Richard went for a wooden overlay floor with a wide board, bevel and satin finish for easy care.

When it came to the big decision of how to heat the house, Jo and Richard went for an Escea DX1000 multiroom gas fire. The high output fire ticked all the boxes, but it was the extras that got the family really excited.

Jo and Richard loved the fact that by going with multiroom ducting they had a gas central heating system. The idea of turning the fire on to warm the house before they got home with the smartheat app was another great selling point for the family.

The black and white colour scheme from the multipurpose room was carried through, including the dark feature wall (Resene Fuscous Grey). The walls were painted with Resene Triple Black White and the ceiling and trim Resene Black White.

When it came to styling the room, Kate Alexander from Places and Graces was called in. Kate took inspiration from the family’s original oil painting and plucked out the colours for the room’s palette. Kate describes the style as “modern mid-century with a classic twist.”

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