Modern Heritage

The Modern Heritage architectural style elevates traditional homes through sensitive renovation and restoration, with contrast as the defining element.

Balancing old and new, the Modern Heritage style elevates traditional homes through restrained, minimalist renovation. Modern Heritage homes are typically adopted as an extension to a classic style, with new, clean architectural additions serving to streamline and update the decorative riches and character of period homes. Modern Heritage styles also modernise floor plans, fixtures and fittings, allowing for exposure and revelation of the existing building.

Modern Heritage homes are being reimagined in many elegant ways, making them feel unique whilst retaining a strong sense of history and character. The shared principles of volume, proportion and scale remain, whilst the look, internal flow and feel of the home receives a sympathetic update. Contrast is the defining element between the old and the new, both in the junctions of architecture and in the use of colour.

The design process for Modern Heritage homes is one of "restoration and sensitive changes”. The new addition removes intricacies and is formed through simplicity and a linear approach. Typically, flat roofs for extensions complement trace historical structures but with closest matching flashings, gutters and barges. 

Often the incorporation of glazed walls or textured cladding add a modern twist to the façade. The new extension should juxtapose the heritage building with simpler cornicing and joinery. Complimenting furniture, materials, fixtures and finishes are in keeping with the heritage and character of the original house and should create cohesion between the old and new.

About the Trend

Design Features

Flexible roof: The roof style can either match or contrast the existing structure with closest matching flashings, gutters and barges.
Design versatility on extension: Cladding on the building extension enables design versatility to create distinctly modern looks that juxtapose the heritage front.
Contrasting features: Contrast is the defining element between the old and the new, in the junctions of architecture or in the use of colour.
Maximised natural Light: Ample windows and openings in the extension to address the darkness of older homes, flooding the building with natural light.
Interiors: The new extension should juxtapose the heritage building with simpler cornicing and joinery. Complimenting furniture, fixtures and finishes should create cohesion between the two buildings.

Recommended products

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Oblique™ Weatherboard: The unique square and angled edges evoke a bold, contemporary aesthetic which juxtaposes perfectly against heritage facades.

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Stria™ Cladding: The deep, 15mm-wide grooves create strong, sleek lines ideal for contemporary designs that require a bold but pared-back aesthetic

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Axon ™ Panel Brushed Concrete: The embedded textured finish gives renovations and extensions a modern, minimalist aesthetic to delicately contrast the heritage building

Linea Weatherboard

Linea™ Weatherboard: The strong shadow lines of this weatherboard nods to a traditional heritage weatherboard with a modern twist. Painted dark with Linea™ Aluminium Corner Soakers differentiates from a more traditional look which has trim covering the corners.

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Hardie™ Groove Lining

Hardie™ Groove Lining:  Use for feature interior walls and ceilings and externally on eaves and soffits.

Why Now?

  • An increased yearning for heritage familiarity and escapism from our unsettled and overstimulated world
  • A passion or preserving heritage features whilst embracing modern minimalism and comforts
  • The chance to leverage new construction technology and integrate modern architecture codes into heritage architecture
  • The opportunity to undertake new renovation and extension projects without moving from heritage properties

Modern Heritage is the ideal style for homeowners seeking a bold, contemporary addition to their existing heritage home.

Recommended paint colours


Cape Horn
LRV 76
Parched Peat
LRV 24.88
Smoke Out
LRV 8.06


Haast Half
Feather Dawn
LRV 81
LRV 46
Coal Island
LRV 59
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The Design Handbook


The Hardie™ Cladding Collection has a wide variety of products to select from, creating design versatility, in which It’s Possible™ to Make Modern like never before. It’s a movement that’s reshaping perceptions and changing the way New Zealand builds. This design handbook demonstrates that with great advice, support and inspiration, it’s possible to build a house you’re truly proud to come home to.







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