PHOTO: RAY WHITE – Sliding glass walls separate the five-car garage-come-gallery from the entry stairs.

“We’re only doing it once, so we won’t skimp.” That’s what Virgil and Fay Roberts said 13 years ago when they planned their new house on one of Auckland’s busy city streets.

The couple then proceeded to build the most astonishing multi-storey, home on Hopetoun Street in Auckland Central.

But you wouldn’t know it from the outside. Thousands of commuters pass this building every day as they traverse the Hopetoun Bridge without so much as a glance. And although the house does have a very cool, contemporary exterior, the real fabulousness is on the inside.