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ENJOYING THE VIEW Measure for measure This pavilion-style home enfolds a private central courtyard while downplaying its scale and maximising sea views


At one with the scenery This Modernist home has the look of a rocky outcrop, with the sights and sounds of the powerful river below all part of its charm


As far as the eye can see A picture of solid, abstract forms from the street, this large home opens up to the rear, optimising views to the waterway and the ocean beyond


Call of the desert Nature has been left undisturbed by the design of this contemporary house, where cantilevered volumes are linked by narrow bridging elements


SUBURBAN HOMES Modernism revisited To maximise this site in a Perth suburb, the architect wrapped the house within a Modernist box with a protective stone facade


Side by side This house is designed as two separate volumes joined by a glazed bridge and entry lobby


Sense of place From the architectural form to the detailing, everything about this new house shows respect for its location


DESIGN & BUILD One size does not fit all when it comes to planning your new home. A designand-build solution ensures full customisation and continuity right through the entire process

Dunedin-based Gary Todd Architecture designed this solid concrete interpretation of a Mid-century Modern home. For more, see pages 16-25. Photography by Jamie Cobel.


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As spectacular as the surrounding setting, near the Lower Shotover River, the Modernist design of our cover home is just as notable.

Timber decks step down to a lawn and lap pool at the rear of this Auckland house. The design of the house screens the interior from sun and rain.

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On a clear day These contemporary houses are not shy about letting the scenery take centre stage

Measure for measure This pavilion-style home enfolds a private central courtyard while downplaying its scale and maximising sea views Preceding pages: An 18m lap pool defines one side of this courtyardoriented house by Utz-Sanby Architects. The transparent front pavilion shelters the courtyard but also allows views through to the sea from almost every corner of the home. Above: The ground level of the front pavilion has a base with the look of structural stone. This helps prevent the structure from appearing too dominant.


Coastal design often comes with twin imperatives – to optimise the ocean outlook and provide a comfortable refuge in inclement weather. This home is shaped by its response to the elements, the views and the prospect of near neighbours in years to come, says Duncan Sanby, director of Utz-Sanby Architects. “The owners were taken with another courtyard beach

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home we had designed and wanted us to emulate that style here. The house has front and rear pavilions that enclose the yard, with the front living pavilion providing shelter from the on-shore afternoon winds. A linking corridor on one side of the house and raised lap pool on the other provide privacy from the adjacent properties.” With no windows on these

sides, the focus is out to the sea one way and inwards to the protected courtyard the other. Each of the pavilions has two storeys. However, a generous use of travertine on the front pavilion helps downplay its presence of the lower level, creating the look of a stone plinth that the upper volume sits upon. “Staggered levels back up the hill and flat roofs ensured

Top left: The lower level of the the living pavilion runs under the courtyard and into the hillside. Above left, middle left and left: 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 3 laundry, 4 garage, 5 rumpus room, 6 kitchen, 7 dining, 8 living, 9 terrace, 10 media room, 11 pool, 12 pool deck, 13 study, 14 balcony.

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Above and right: Located in the upper storey of the rear pavilion, the master bedroom looks over the top of the front pavilion to the sea. Clerestory shutters and roof overhangs help mitigate sunlight penetration and allow cool sea breezes to flow through the home. Concealed blinds in the master bathroom can be drawn for privacy.


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the design was well within height guidelines,” says Sanby. “These strategies also avoided interrupting the views for the home behind. “Similarly, the higher rear pavilion looks over the top of the flat-roofed front pavilion.” In terms of aesthetics, the house has a strong linear emphasis – seen in the lines of the eaves, cladding and operable louvres.

“The lantern roofs were chosen for their function as well as their looks,” says Sanby. “This roof style protects the clerestory windows that form an integral part of the allimportant cross ventilation.” The walls of glazing on the front structure allow for direct views to the water from the courtyard and ground floor of the rear building. Construction of the front

pavilion is a masonry base with exposed structural steel on the upper level. Supporting beams on the upper level of the rear pavilion are concealed. “To warm up the mainly steel, concrete and glass home, we introduced a wood veneer on the fireplace surround, the kitchen cabinetry and inlaid strips on the exposed beams.” The floors are in a sandy travertine tile, with the tracking

for the full-size doors set flush into the floors. This allows a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. The grooves incorporate deep water channels so rainwater drains rapidly away. “This home really is about comfort and ease of upkeep,” says Sanby. “The courtyard’s operable roof louvres and fully sheltered setting make it an ideal indoor-outdoor living space whatever the weather.”

Above: Decks, sheltered spaces and small garden areas are dotted through the design. The bedroom overhang provides a pool-side gathering space complete with outdoor fireplace. The James Hardie Scyon Stria cladding features a shadowline reminiscent of traditional shiplap cladding, an appropriate aesthetic for the seaside home.

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Above and right: On a still day, with all doors pulled back, the interiors and outdoors become one. The travertine floors continue out to the decks and internal courtyard to add to the sense of connection. Clerestory windows at the front and rear of the pavilion allow negative air pressure to draw fresh air though the home.

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Architect: Duncan Sanby RAIA, Utz-Sanby Architects (Sydney) Interior designer: Caravan Interiors Builder: Walsh Construction Kitchen designer: Utz-Sanby Kitchen manufacturer: DSK Kitchens & Furniture Landscape gardener: Katya Marden Cladding: James Hardie Scyon Stria, Vitrabond aluminium compact panels Roofing: Colorbond Ultra in Woodland Grey, folded into standing-seam Trimdek Floor tiles: Cappuccino Travertine from Nefiko Marble

Wall coverings: Bowral dry-pressed clay bricks in Charolais Cream by Boral Paints and varnishes: Dulux, Resene Lighting: Tovo Lighting Fireplace: Pure Vision from Real Flame Heating: Hydronic in-floor by Amuheat Doors and windows: Anodised from Aluminium & Glass Constructions Skylights: Louvre roof by Louvretec Window hardware: Halliday & Baillie Louvres: Breezway, A + G Constructions Blinds, drapes: The Art of Windows Outdoor furniture: Easy table by Fast, chairs from Caravan Interiors, Roda

sofas from Domo Furniture Audio visual: Hitay Engineering Home automation Legrande Benchtops: Stone Italiana in White Splashback: Hermeshe marble from Granite & Marble Works Kitchen sink: Franke Oven, coffee machine: Gaggenau Cooktop, refrigeration, dishwasher: Miele Ventilation: Quasair Tub: Teresa stone bath by Moda from ACS Designer Bathrooms Pool: Wahoo Pools

Top and above: Most appliances are integrated in the open-plan kitchen. Wood veneer is seen on the cabinetry, in strips on the steel support beams, and on the fireplace surround, bringing a touch of warmth to the otherwise predominantly stone and glass material palette. Understated interior colours ensure the beachscape takes centre stage. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Marian Riabic

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At one with the scenery This Modernist home has the look of a rocky outcrop, with the sights and sounds of the river below all part of its charm


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Above: Strong horizontal lines and sympathetic cladding ensure this large home by architect Gary Todd downplays its presence within its mountain setting. Left: Stretched along a riverside plateau, the house has a central cleft running from front to back. Together with an extensive use of glazing, this gives the residence a transparent quality. The pale shuttered concrete cladding blends with the local rock and river sand.

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Above: Enter here – a low glass overhang echoes the substantial cantilevered roofs above. In this area, 1m2 charcoal-hued Kerlite tiles form a stone slab-like cladding. Intimate gardens hug the front and rear of the house. Right: The concrete entry stair seems to float above a slab, which in turn appears to be suspended above the floor. The sculptural bannister is in gleaming stainless steel.


Traditional roof profiles and schist walls are two popular ways architects connect house designs to the spectacular Otago high country. But there is another approach to bringing the river, mountains and architecture together. This dramatic residence, nestled at the base of the Wakatipu Basin and overlooking the wild Shotover River, is the work of architect Gary Todd, builder Glen Cayless and the owners, who led the vision. The house stands on a river terrace; its sharp, Modernist lines resembling the shards of a rocky outcrop, in keeping with the mountain

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topography everywhere around it, says Todd. “In addition, an infinity edge swimming pool visually melds with the river and, seen from above, has the look of a rock pool. “The house breaks with the tradition of pitched, farmhouse-style roofs in this region, and led to regulatory changes that acknowledge modern homes can defer to the surroundings.” Todd says visiting the house is a journey of discovery. The approach is from the road above, the drive wending down through an orchard and around the side of the house to a parking area at the lower level.

Above: Light-filled living spaces draw the visitor through the circulation corridor. Substantial artworks break up the extended wall planes. Following pages: The ceiling in the living areas is a composition of layered planes, resembling river rock strata in the region. Small outdoor garden areas on either side of the living spaces bring a degree of separation from the bedrooms beyond.


Above: A temperature-controlled, glazed wine room is close to the living spaces. To avoid using up space with corridors, secret doors lead to other areas of the home. Right: Surround sound – the dining area looks to the outdoor dining area and an adjacent pond. The sights and sounds of water pervade the home and accentuate the natural ambience.


“Different aspects of the scenery are revealed along the way, but it is not until you reach the forecourt, climb the stairs and stroll through the living spaces out to the deck that the majesty of the immediate setting is experienced. “The house immerses itself in the scenery in many ways,” says Todd. “In addition to the relaxing sounds from the river below, a pond on an upper level brings the gentle murmur of water from a different direction. And from the foyer entrance, there is a six metre-high vista that bisects the home and leads the eye up the hill behind.”

Besides the sharp, linear overhangs of the three pavilions, it is the material choices that ensure the house is at one with its surroundings. Much of the exterior is clad in distinctive shuttered concrete, formed by pouring wet mix against rough-sawn timber. When removed, the marks of the wood are pressed into the surface, for a textural, natural finish. This cladding is complemented by the use of square Kerlite tiles, imported from Italy and chosen for their resemblance to slabs of stone. The balance of the exterior is in floor-to-ceiling tinted glass and charcoal-coloured aluminium.

Above: With floor-to-ceiling sliders drawn back, the interiors and landscape become one. Long eaves and cantilevered roofs mitigate the glare and heat from the sun. Apart from the occasional splash of colour from an area rug or artwork, the interiors are pale and neutral, in deference to the outlooks. The polished stone fire surround connects to the cladding, the floors and the views.

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Architect: Gary Todd ADNZ, Gary Todd Architecture (Dunedin and Wanaka) Interior design: Owners, Rebecca Bond, McKenzie & Willis; Gary Todd Builder: GS Cayless Construction Kitchen design: Gary Todd; Stefan Sonntag, Masterwood Joinery Kitchen manufacturer: Masterwood Joinery Landscape design: Joe Nutting, Southern Landmarx Cladding: Shuttered concrete panels by Stahlton, tiles by SpazioCasa Roofing: Bituflame Membrane Roofing by Waterproof Solutions Tiling: Bathroom, Rex by Bianchi Di Rex Palissandro tiles; outdoor, Floorgres Walks White tiles; walls, Cotto d’Este Kerlite Bluestone Plus tiles; pool, Gold Link Series glass mosaics; all from SpazioCasa Queenstown Floors: Living areas, polished concrete by Stone Heritage; bedrooms, Cavalier Bremworth Angus Tweed carpet Wallcoverings: Memories wallpaper series from McKenzie & Willis Paints: Resene and Dulux from Framan Enterprises Lighting: Lighthouse, Dunedin Heating: Concrete in-floor water system by Central Heating Solutions Doors, windows and skylights: Design Windows Door hardware: Schlage

Above: Clear glass balustrades around the pool ensure unobstructed views of the scenery. The rough textural finish of the shuttered concrete can be seen on the pool sides. When viewed from further up the hill, the pool itself is reminiscent of trapped river water. An important part of the design was the extensive yet subtle landscaping that over time will further meld the house with the mountainous terrain.


A similar palette continues indoors, but with rough swapped for smooth. Polished concrete floors, gleaming stainless steel elements and glass predominate through the interior. With only the garage, plant room and entry on the lower level, the upstairs divides into three areas, corresponding to the outcrops in the roofline above. The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area is to the left of the entry foyer, running across the home, with the master suite and study beyond that. To the right is a guest lobby, two bedrooms and a gymnasium. For such a strong, simple house, there are

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some surprises. The high ceilings are coloured charcoal, not white, and in the foyer, an LED representation of the Southern Cross mimics the night sky outside. Two secret doors minimise a need for corridors, says Todd. “The effects of the extreme climate have been mitigated throughout. Deep overhangs and clerestory windows control the sun’s rays and long eaves help shield the glare, which can be intense. Windows and doors are double glazed with Low-E glass and argon filled, while concrete floors absorb heat by day and release it to the interiors at night.”

Louvres: Insol Blinds: Luxaflex, McKenzie & Willis Drapes: McKenzie & Willis Fireplace: Living Flame from Mantel, Arrowtown Home automation: Control4 from AV & Automation; Clipsal C-Bus lighting from Kelly Wood Automation Kitchen cabinetry: Dark oak timber, gloss lacquer spray paint Benchtops: Stainless steel; Caesarstone Organic White Splashback: Caesarstone Organic White Kitchen sink: Quadra Taps: Tower SS mixer from SpazioCasa Ovens, dishwasher: Miele, Ilve Cooktop: Ilve Refrigeration: Liebherr, Vintec Bathroom vanity: Lacquer gloss finish Basins: Cielo Shui from SpazioCasa Taps: Bolero Shower fittings: Gessi Rettangolo Shower enclosure: Metro GlassTech Bath: Gioia Pool: Stonecraft Constructions Glass balustrading: Metro GlassTech Outdoor furniture: Gandia Blasco Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Left: From the living spaces, the infinity edge pool appears to flow directly into the river below. The cantilevered roofs signal areas of use and these, together with the deep eaves, provide poolside shade. The house also benefits from several smaller decks and indoor-outdoor spaces that ensure there is always a sheltered open-air spot that the owners and guests can gravitate to.

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As far as the eye can see A picture of solid, abstract forms from the street, this large home opens up to the rear, optimising views to the waterway and the ocean beyond


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When your home features a succession of views – first a waterway, then an isthmus, and at last, the ocean – it is a nice touch to bring a little of the drama inside. A central courtyard pool can create the pleasure of a body of water on two sides of the living spaces. This contemporary house by architect James Choate celebrates just such an idyllic setting – nestled on prime real estate fronting a lagoon only a bend away from the Pacific Ocean. Given the location and land value, the house makes the most of its placement by reaching nearly to the borders of the section, says Choate.

“Because the street is close by, privacy is important, so I designed the front of the house as a series of abstract solid forms in tinted stucco, rich wood, and glass. This strong, compositional form also plays down the scale of the house to passers-by.” At the far end, facing the water, the design angles out on the lower level to follow the bend in the lagoon. The upper level, in contrast, steps back to a straight rectilinear form, allowing space for a triangular master bedroom deck. A cutout roof overhang echoes the shape of the deck and adds to the contemporary aesthetic.

Above left: Strong geometric forms on the front facade create visual interest and bring privacy but downplay the size of this house by architect James Choate. Red cedar and tinted stucco elements make up a simple palette that brings warmth to the clean-lined design. Above: A glimpse of the central open-air courtyard and pool provides an intimation of the tiers of water views enjoyed from within the home.

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Preceding pages and right: Red cedar and stucco cladding on the open-air courtyard appears to bring these materials indoors. Pocket sliders and automated privacy blinds can open the house up to the outdoors. The interiors are minimalist and expansive, with white walls and cabinetry, and warm wood floors Legend: 1 entry, 2 pool, 3 kitchen, 4 dining room, 5 living, 6 library, 7 bedroom, 8 study, 9 laundry, 10 closet, 11 deck, 12 garage.


When the front door is open, there is a view through the central courtyard – complete with large pool – and the living spaces at the far end, out to the lagoon. “The jetty side of the house is open plan and the pool really does create the feeling that you are surrounded by water,” Choate says. Blessed with a mild Los Angeles climate, the house has two characters. The living area pocket doors retract to make one continuous flow of indoors and outdoors, and the water views, while on the upper level similar doors slide back to open the master bedroom to the deck.

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Above: The abstracted aesthetic continues on the interior with a clean-lined, freestanding wall element separating bedroom and bathroom. A soffit ceiling adds to this sensibility. Grooves in the floor show where the commercial-grade pocket doors slide back into the wall. The home’s central void acts as a thermal chimney drawing cool breezes through the open doors on both levels. In this mild climate, the bedroom fireplace is more an attractive decorative feature.


Similarly, the general living areas can be opened up to the central pool as well. All these operable doors can be closed for privacy when required, and motorised blinds lowered across all glass exterior walls. A blind also shields the master bedroom from the courtyard below. The setting partially dictates the design in other ways, too. The exterior wall of the courtyard is translucent glass, because the house next door also extends to the borders of the site. This glazing ensures the neighbours, though close, remain out of sight.

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Stringent height limits apply in this location, and recent regulations have required the main floor to be raised above ground level to guard against potential flooding. While these factors kept room heights under 3m, the central courtyard is taller than it is wide, adding a sense of verticality to the interiors. The courtyard also acts as a solar chimney, channeling breezes up through the home. “A limited material palette adds to the drama of the rectilinear home,” says Choate. “There are really only panes of glass, structural steel, wood panels and stucco, complemented

by the cool white of the sheet cast interior walls and ceilings. “However, the clean, modernist lines need warmth, too, for a more cosy, human response. To help achieve this, I specified red cedar with a prominent grain, along with the hand-worked beige stucco. I had the stucco tinted rather than painted, to avoid a flat look. Light catching the tint on the surface creates multiple shades, making the texture appear more prominent. For this to be effective, the stucco needs to be applied subtly.” In terms of layout, the residence is quite

conventional, with a run of open public spaces downstairs and bedrooms and a study upstairs. The sculptural feel of the exterior continues on the interiors, which also read as intersecting, or overlapping, planes and lines. In the master bedroom a freestanding vanity element is all that separates the bathing and sleeping areas. On the bedroom side, this appears as a bookcase. “In a sense, the house is an extension of the views that surround it,” says Choate. “The courtyard pool adds one more tier to land meets water meets land.”

Above: The master bedroom, directly above the living spaces, has its own triangular deck looking out to the lagoon, isthmus and ocean beyond. Porcelain non-slip tiles feature on the decking and the pool surround downstairs. The open roof form adds architectural interest and follows the shape of the deck and the lower level, tracing the turn in the river. This home has the last deepwater mooring on the lagoon and a tall yacht is anchored on the jetty.

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Architect: James Choate AIA, Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Architects (Atlanta, GA) Builder: Cox Homes Cladding: Stucco by Jack Fredricks; western red cedar, vertical grain Roofing: GAF EverGuard single ply roofing membrane Doors and windows: Fleetwood in Aluminum Bronze Flooring: Wenge Wallcoverings: Paint, stucco, wenge Lighting: Monterey Lighting Solutions Heating: High-velocity space pack from Custom Heating & Air Home theatre, audio visual, blinds: Vision Systems Automation Pool: Sunset Pools & Spas Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Phillip Spears

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Left: Looking back at the rear of the house from its private jetty, the angled facade on the upper level and the roof form that echoes it ensure this side of the design also has a strong geometric presence. Here, there is no interruption between the interiors and the water, unless privacy is required and the blinds are lowered. Bookshelves can be seen on both floors, providing valuable shelf space in a home that favours minimal clutter.


Call of the desert Nature has been left undisturbed by the design of this contemporary house, where separate cantilevered volumes are linked by narrow bridging elements


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There is a magical beauty about the desert that is hard to pin down. But it is probably a combination of elements – the relative sense of isolation, the way the light changes during the course of a single day, the unique topography and the flora and fauna that have adapted so well to the climate extremes. All of these things came into play in the design of this house, by architects Luis Ibarra and Teresa Rosano of Ibarra Rosano Design Architects. The house is in a subdivision, but on a

large section of almost a hectare. Privacy from the neighbouring properties was just one aspect that helped to determine the architecture, however. Rosano says the topography was also a key factor. The buildable part of the site was split by a natural tributary channel where water drains away to a wash on the western side during the infrequent rains. “We decided to literally bridge the channel by positioning the garage and carport on one side, near the road, and placing the living spaces on the other side.

Above: With its long, low form and neutral colour palette, this new house is an unobtrusive addition to the Arizona desert landscape. The house, designed by Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, comprises three linked pavilions – a garage wing, the main pavilion accommodating the living areas and master bedroom and a third wing providing a guest suite and office. The two key volumes are linked by a narrow library room. All the main rooms look out past the pool landscape to the desert beyond. The landscaping includes a cantilevered viewing portal with a deck, which sits at one end of the pool.

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“We added a covered bridge to link the two. The orientation of the house was another consideration – we needed to minimise the exposure to the west where the sun’s heat is most intense. At the same time we wanted to maximise the views to the south, southeast and north.” Rosano says the solution was to turn the house perpendicular to the natural contours of the site. This provided the right solar orientation and captured the views. Tall slot windows on the west side of the house minimise the sun’s heat, but


are positioned to frame views of the native saguaro cacti on the hillside. They are also placed to ensure privacy. “Height restrictions in the subdivision meant the house needed to be low,” says the architect. “This worked with the owners’ desire for a single-level residence that would suit them in retirement, providing good accessibility. And in terms of the aesthetics, the design works with the location, and the way you view the horizon in the desert – there is a strong horizontality to the view.”

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Designing a long, low house with the maximum possible ceiling height also meant the architects were able to cantilever part of the house over the desert, which creates shade for the numerous desert animals in the area. “The cantilevered elements help with the flow of air across the site as well,” says Rosano. “The deer and javelinas leave tracks in the dirt, so we know they are sheltering beneath the house.” The architects separated the main wing containing the living area and master

Legend to plans: 1 driveway, 2 bocce court, 3 car court, 4 guest carport, 5 garage, 6 entry walkway, 7 living room, 8 dining area, 9 kitchen, 10 laundry, 11 master bedroom, 12 master bathroom, 13 library, 14 den/office, 15 guest bedroom, 16 deck, 17 pool, 18 spa. Facing page, lower and above: A covered walkway bridges the landscape between the garage and house. The walkway bypasses a natural tributary channel where water drains during rain. Left: Views are aligned on an axis, and framed by the steel viewing portal beyond the pool.

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bedroom from the guest wing, and linked these with a narrow bridging element that forms a library. “This gives the owners the option of closing down the guest wing when it is not required,� Rosano says. Transparency is another key feature of the house – the design provides a visual axis right through the main living pavilion and out though a sculptural, steel-framed viewing portal beside the pool. Rosano says having openings on both sides of each pavilion also makes it easy to

Left and above: Rift-cut white oak cabinetry features throughout the house. In the living room, the cabinetry provides an entertainment unit and storage. A contemporary gas fire beneath the cabinetry reinforces the horizontal lines that define the house, both inside and out. Top: A neutral palette was chosen for the interior furnishings, to best complement the desert landscape. However, the design team also took a cue from the landscape, introducing bright colour accents, just as the desert flowers burst into bloom at different times of the year.

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cross ventilate the house during the cooler months when the air conditioning is not as essential. The interior reflects an appreciation of Mid-century Modern design. The architects introduced built-in cabinets in rift-cut white oak. For visual continuity, these include an entertainment cabinet in the main living area, cabinets in the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms. In the kitchen, a freestanding bank of cabinets accommodates the ovens, a coffee centre, refrigerator and pantries.

Left: The kitchen incorporates a freestanding bank of rift-cut white oak cabinets, and a long island that serves to screen the benchtop clutter from the dining area. Cabinets on the benchtop form an extended small appliance garage. Beyond the kitchen is the library, which connects to the guest suite and office. Top and above: For visual continuity, similar materials appear in the bedrooms. The master suite, for example, features a white oak headboard and night stands, and the bathroom has white oak vanity units. A privacy wall of blue glass mosaic tiles adds another bright accent.

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Additional pantry storage is provided in a scullery behind these cabinets. Air vents on the top of the rear wall of the kitchen push air right out over the top of the freestanding cabinets, which makes the air conditioning more effective, Rosano says. A large island serves as a divider between the kitchen and dining area, concealing any clutter but still allowing the owners to socialise with guests. The raised bar top on the island incorporates a series of cabinets with lift-up doors, which provide an extended appliance garage.


The cabinets in the living room also offer plenty of storage, helping to keep the interior streamlined and uncluttered. Visual continuity is further enhanced by concrete flooring throughout – the slabs that form the base of the house also form the floor. Not surprisingly, outdoor living is an integral part of the desert lifestyle. The architects consequently designed an outdoor room between the two wings. The wall beside this area is clad in steel with a pre-rusted patina that has been sealed

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to avoid rust residue leaching. A modern gas fire brings warmth to cool nights and winter days. Rosano says the wall provides privacy, but is not so high that the view of the hills is blocked. Views to the city lights are maximised with the elevated deck of the viewing portal, which also forms another outdoor room for intimate dinners under the stars. save | share | video | images Search 42792 at

Architect: Luis Ibarra and Teresa Rosano, Ibarra Rosano Design Architects (Tucson, AZ) Structural engineer: Harris Engineering Services Builder: Process Design-Build Cladding: Custom rust patina steel panels; plaster Roofing: Single membrane Doors and windows: Bronze anodised aluminium by International Window Systems Skylights: Solar Industries Paints: Dunn-Edwards Lighting: Flos Castiglione chandelier; Nora track and recessed can lighting; WAC InvisiLED tape light under deck Flooring: Concrete in Davis colours

Living room rug: Kasthall Doris hand-woven wool in Champagne Citrine Sofa: Montis Axel wool flannel Coffee table: Cassina Mex Chairs: Anna from Cattelan Outdoor furniture: Janus et Cie Versa Collection Audiovisual systems: Crestron Kitchen cabinets: Rift-cut white oak; lacquered white oak Hardware: H채fele Benchtops: Quartz Bathtub: Wetstyle from Westar Kitchen & Bath Vanity sinks: Wetstyle Taps: Grohe

Above left and top: Alfresco living is enhanced by an outdoor room that sits alongside the connecting library room. The exterior walls and fire surround feature pre-rusted steel. Above: LED lights beneath the pool surround make the pool appear to float above the ground. A spa pool is positioned in one corner. The sculptural viewing portal has a wood deck that is elevated to maximise a view to the city. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Bill Timmerman

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With respect Contemporary architecture is revitalising older suburbs, but it’s not at the expense of neighbouring properties, as these projects demonstrate

Modernism revisited To maximise this site in a Perth beach suburb, the architect wrapped the house within a Modernist box with a protective stone facade


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Preceding pages and facing page: Silver travertine arranged in an abstract composition enlivens the front of this new house designed by architect Joe Chindarsi. It also provides a solid barrier to the heat on the west-facing facade. This page: The travertine extends through to the interior, where it forms the spine of the house. Black steel balustrading highlights the zigzag formation of the main stairwell.


Above: The main living area is a large, open-plan space that also accommodates the main circulation route from the front entry. The two polished stainless steel structural columns were inspired by the design of the renowned Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe. They reflect light so they almost disappear from view. The walnut panelling on the interior is enlivened by vertical slot lighting.


Privacy, views, light, height to boundary – all these factors come into play when you’re planning a new house for a site in an established suburb. Another key consideration is the architectural vernacular – what exists in the suburb, and how is it changing? Joe Chindarsi, the architect of this new house says the beach suburb was not always a sought-after location.

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“It features a mix of old, run-down houses and expensive, new homes, so it is changing rapidly,” he says. “The former house on this site was small and cramped, but we could see the site had great potential.” Owner Geoff Hayward says he had plenty of ideas to explore with the architect, but he essentially wanted a modern beach house, which

would be a permanent home and easy to live in. Chindarsi says the land sloped up from front to back, with the topography helping to determine the design. “It afforded a range of levels, which we could use to break up the spaces inside and define the way the house sat in the landscape. The design of this house was not about trying to get a view, but rather

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creating an internal outlook with courtyards and outdoor living areas.” The architect consequently designed the main part of the house as a long Modernist box – or enclosure – that sits on a heavy block base. The box-like element features silver-beige travertine, chosen for its strongly linear grain. “The front facade resembles the end of a tube that is lifted

off the ground negotiating the landscaping,” says Chindarsi. “Openings in the stone create an abstract composition that informs the placement of the rooms behind – for example, a balcony pops out from a bedroom on the upper level. And a stone wall at right angles to the facade expresses the spine that runs right through the house.” Because the front of the house is exposed to the west,

and climate extremes, it also has a deep overhang. Both the overhang and the solid weathered stone ensure the facade takes on a protective role. Teak panelling features at the entry to one side of the house – a reference to the owner’s love of yachting. On the interior, additional panelling surrounds the stairs and defines the spine. These panels are walnut, with long vertical

Legend to plans: 1 garage, 2 store room, 3 entry, 4 dining area, 5 living room, 6 kitchen, 7 gallery, 8 laundry, 9 courtyard, 10 drying courtyard, 11 powder room, 12 media room, 13 lap pool, 14 bedroom, 15 balcony, 16 void, 17 bathrooms, 18 bedroom, 19 study niche, 20 master suite.

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Above: Walnut panelling frames the kitchen within the open-plan living space. It also features on the front of the island, which is wrapped in Statuario marble. The rest of the cabinetry is lacquered white, which helps it recede from view. Similar built-in cabinetry forms a buffet in the dining area.


slots accommodating feature lighting. But it is the solid travertine wall pushing through from the exterior that anchors the interior visually. This leads the way into the main living area and reappears at the back of the house, maintaining a sense of connection. The living area opens out to a walled courtyard and a lap pool beyond – the expansive

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glazing also brings plenty of light into the centre of the house. To provide even more light, a long horizontal window looking onto a green hedge forms the splashback in the kitchen on the opposite side of the room. The material palette, while mainly stone and timber, also incorporates white-lacquered cabinetry and stainless steel. There are two structural steel

columns near the kitchen in the main living area. “We borrowed an idea from Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion,” says Chindarsi. “The polished stainless steel reflects the light, to the extent where the columns almost vanish. The columns also mark the main axis, reappearing both inside and outside, but always on the same line.” A gallery leads to a media

room at the far end of the house, and stairs lead up to the three bedrooms, at opposite ends of the upper floor. “The stairs zigzag across the linking point between the two ends of the house,” says the architect. “They help to isolate the programme of the rooms – the media room and pool are separated from the living area on the ground floor, while on the upper level, the

master suite is separated from the other bedrooms.” Decorative stone is also a feature of the master bathroom, with statuario marble lining the walls and forming the vanity top. “This marble has a very distinctive grey veining that gives it a crisp look,” says Chindarsi. “It also brings in a little visual texture that keeps the space interesting.”

Top: A long, low window in the kitchen looks out to a green hedge. The window doubles as a splashback for the main food preparation area. A pantry and laundry are accommodated to the left of the kitchen. Above and left: Statuario marble also features in the master bathroom. This suite has a private situation at the rear end of the upper level. Sliding doors open to a Juliet balcony.

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Architect: Joe Chindarsi, Chindarsi Architects (Highgate, WA) Builder: Brolga Developments Kitchen manufacturer: Harley Cabinets Roofing: Lysaght Trimdek metal with Colorbond finish in Shale Grey Exterior stone: Silver travertine Window and door joinery: Capral aluminium with powdercoat finish in Dulux Nickel Pearl Window and door hardware: Madinoz for the majority Blinds: Luxaflex Floor tiles: Typically Grey Azul stone and White Carrara Heating: Daikin Audiovisual design: Dynamic Audio Visual Solutions Plasma televisions: Samsung Control systems: Dynalite Kitchen cabinets: Walnut veneer; lacquer Benchtops: Statuario marble Sink: Franke Tapware: Vola Ovens: Miele Refrigerator: Liebherr Shower fittings: Rogerseller Bathroom floor: Melbourne bluestone Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Andrew Pritchard

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Facing page: The lap pool at the rear of the house is close to the media room. The paving around the pool is grey sandstone. Left: Landscape features include a deciduous tree in the centre of the courtyard, which ensures plenty of light pours into the house during the cooler winter months.

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Side by side This house is designed as two separate volumes joined by a glazed bridge and entry lobby


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Just as no two building sites are the same, so every architectural solution is different – sometimes traditional concepts are pushed aside in favour of a layout that works on a whole new level. Such was the case with this house, designed by architect Melanie Francis of Tow Francis in Singapore. “This was a very sloping corner site,” Francis says. “The existing house was to be demolished and the owners preferred to shift the original entry from the busy street to the other quieter road. We also

had to work around mature trees on the roadside perimeter of the site.” To achieve these objectives, while also providing the interior space required by a family with five children, the architect came up with a design that essentially splits the house into two parallel volumes linked by a glass bridge. “Creating two wings brought many advantages,” says Francis. “It created a central courtyard where we could position the swimming pool, which is the focal point of both wings. It also enabled us to

provide a degree of separation between the parents’ and children’s accommodation. The master suite is on one side, while the remaining bedrooms are on the other.” Another benefit was the way the design reduced the apparent mass of the house, which is more then 650m2. “The house doesn’t look too imposing or overwhelming, despite its large size,” says the architect. “The slope of the land also means the house is stepped over many different levels, which helps to reduce the perceived mass. This adds visual interest

Above left: Designing a large family home for a relatively tight suburban site can be particularly challenging. To help provide all the interior space the owners of this house needed, architect Melanie Francis positioned the entry in the centre of the car porch. Top: The entry opens into a fully glazed bridging element that links the two main volumes. It also provides a view out the other side to a large internal courtyard with a swimming pool. Above: Stairs are accommodated within a glazed stairwell that looks out onto a koi pond.

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Above: A koi pond butts up against the wall of the house, creating rippling patterns of light and shade in the room behind. Right: The fully glazed stairwell also overlooks the koi pond and surrounding tropical planting. The columns supporting the overhang feature the same textural granite that appears at the front of the house. Although the house sits close to the boundary on three sides, the greenery creates a private oasis.


as well, and helps to define the different living spaces.” Francis says that although the owners wanted a clean-lined, modern house, it needed to reflect a tropical vernacular. “Many of the contemporary houses built in the neighbourhood are all glass and steel. That wasn’t the look they wanted – the house needed to feel warm.” For this reason, a natural, textural granite was introduced to the exterior. This forms the columns and a large wall that slices through the entry to the inside.

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It also reappears on a solid wall beside the pool. Other textural elements include timber battens that form a sunscreen and provide privacy on the top floor of the glazed bridging element – at night the bridge looks like a lantern. There is also wood within the house. The flooring in the bridge and bedrooms is Burmese teak. In keeping with the owners’ desire for a tropical ambience, most rooms are positioned to maximise an attractive outlook. More often than not, this is a view of the koi pond or swimming pool beside the

main living room. Even the fully glazed stairwell appears suspended above the koi pool. “Although modern, the house is rather formal in the way it is laid out,” Francis says. “The living room is stepped down from the dining room and kitchen, while the ceiling is on the same level. This makes the living room one-and-a-half storeys high, creating a sense of grandeur. High clerestory windows also ensure the room is light filled. With large overhangs and tall windows in every room, the house can

Facing page: Many of the rooms overlook the central swimming pool between the two wings. Both the formal living room and a family room opposite open onto the pool terrace. Above left and above: The formal living room is a few steps lower than the dining room and kitchen and consequently has a much higher ceiling. Top: Glazing forms the sides of the bridge that links the two wings of the house. Timber battens provide privacy on the street side.

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Above and right: Unlike many Singapore houses, there is just one large family kitchen. This incorporates an L-shaped island with a benchtop for food preparation and a lower wood table top for casual dining. Drawer fronts on the island are also wood. A pumpkin quartz benchtop and mosaic tiled wall add a bold splash of colour. Facing page, top and lower: The master bedroom is in the wing opposite the main living areas. The bathroom is lined with Brazilian quartz. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Tim Nolan


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be opened up easily and cooled by breezes passing through.” Because the owners love to cook and entertain, there is just one large family kitchen. Francis says this is a highly social space where the whole family comes together for casual meals and snacks. “The woman owner loves colour, so we introduced a warm pumpkin quartz benchtop and gold-toned mosaic tiles on an accent wall. These are teamed with acrylic cabinets in a subdued soft grey, and a stainless steel splashback.”

Architect and interior designer: Melanie Francis, Tow Francis (Singapore) Kitchen designer: Andrew Lim, Dream Interiors Structural engineer: AY Consultants Builder: OAL Builders Kitchen manufacturer: Dream Interiors Roofing: Boral French tiles in Sunset Red on house; BlueScope Lysaght select seam roofing in Champagne Gold on car porch Doors: Solid core with teak veneer, supplied by OAL Builders and Shan Yang Wood Products Windows: Powdercoated aluminium, supplied by OAL Builders and Lital Materials & Contracts Engineers Flooring: Belladonna polished marble tiles in foyer,

living, family areas from Futar Enterprises; Crema Luna kitchen tiles from Rice Fields; Quartzite Ambra tiles outdoors; Burmese teak strips from OAL Builders Paints and varnishes: ICI; Remmers finish for exterior timber Lighting: Artemide, Million Lighting Company, Light & Form Concepts, Lightcraft Blinds: Beauty Furnishings, Intelligent Window Systems Drapes: Beauty Furnishings Kitchen cabinetry: Acrylic laminate and walnut veneer Benchtops: Caesarstone, Silestone Splashback: Glass mosaics from Unlimited Enterprises

Kitchen faucets: Hansgrohe from Carera Bathroom Oven: Miele Cooktop: Wolf Ventilation: Qasair Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Bathroom basin: Laufen from Carera Bathroom Bathroom faucets: Hansgrohe from Carera Bathroom; Toto from W Atelier Bathroom tiles: Brazilian quartz from Rice Fields

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Sense of place From the architectural form to the detailing, everything about this new house shows a respect for its location

Above: This new house in a heritage suburb takes its cue from the traditional villas in the street. Right: The front gable echoes the form of the villa roofs and the setback from the road is the same distance. The house also has a similar painted weatherboard exterior, and presents a modern interpretation of traditional balustrading.


Even a heritage suburb can include homes from a later era that simply don’t fit in. In such cases starting over can be a win-win, with both the owners and the neighbourhood benefitting from a more considered design response. This new house occupies a prime site in the heritage suburb of Ponsonby, Auckland. The surrounding houses are a mix of traditional single-bay villas and two-storey cottages dating back to the turn of the last century – and earlier. Architect John Ingham of Archoffice says the former house on this site was not one of these character villas, however. Built in 1975, it was a rather ordinary single-storey home with fibrolite cladding and aluminium joinery. Being a sought-after suburb with high land values, it made sense to demolish the old and build anew. Owners Aaron and Joycelyne wanted a house with strong architectural merit – one that would reflect the Ponsonby vernacular. The design needed to maximise the narrow site, with two linked pavilions and a courtyard in the middle. The family home also had to be user friendly and comfortable. Ingham says creating two pavilions ensures the mass is in keeping with the neighbouring cottages – each pavilion is a similar volume to these houses. It also lessens the visual impact of a large house in the street, which would have looked out of place. “The pavilions have a simple gable form with a 35° roof pitch that references the traditional villas,” he says. “The form also echoes the front of the nearby All Saints Church that was completed in the late 1950s. The church is known for its Maori and English references. This house has a similar wide gable and deep overhang, reminiscent of a wharenui. Balustrading on the upper level was derived from the rauponga artwork by renowned New Zealand artist Gordon Walters – it has a similar fern leaf motif.”

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Above: Symmetrical bedrooms on the upper level have ceilings that follow the 35째 gabled roof line. These bedrooms open out to the deck at the front of the house. There is a provision to add operable screens to the deck in the same style as the balustrading, which would present an additional level of layering.


Above: A graphic, almost tribal wallpaper adds visual texture to the linking volume between the two pavilions that make up the house. Right and far right: A formal living area is accommodated within the front pavilion (right), while the family living area is in the rear pavilion. Both areas open up to a sunny central courtyard. Additional textural features include an edging of river stones in the courtyard, and timber battens on upper walls.


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“Provision was also made for matching operable screens on the upper deck,” says Ingham. “The ornamentation of the balustrading, screens and windows creates a layering aspect to the facade that is typical of traditional villa decoration. We also added timber battens to the upper level of the walls surrounding the courtyard between the two pavilions. The timber is a simple motif that offsets the otherwise plain white box.” This concept of layering continues on the interior, starting with the floor-to-ceiling cedar battens that form the stair balustrading. This is introduced near the entry, as the living areas are several steps lower. The linking volume between the pavilions is lined with a graphic wallpaper that adds another textural element. “Separating the house into the two pavilions provided additional advantages,” the architect says. “It brings light into the centre of the long house, and allowed us to create a private inner courtyard. Programmatically it also meant we could separate formal and informal living areas, and children-parent spaces.” In keeping with the pavilion concept, the ground-floor living areas open right up to the outdoors, almost like a tent. The formal living area is contained within the front pavilion while the main family living space is at the rear. The kitchen, designed largely by Aaron and Joycelyne, features an island positioned on the main axis that runs from front to back. To reinforce the layering concept, the island features battens that have been stained, like the rest of the American oak veneer, in a dark shade that matches the timber flooring. This helps to anchor the living spaces within the white box. Throughout the house, white walls, dark floors and white furnishings are countered by natural timbers, many with a tribal influence, and seagrass matting that together bring a visual warmth to the entire interior.

Left: The kitchen cabinetry features dark-stained American oak veneer, which is teamed with white Caesarstone benchtops and a grey tiled splashback. The cabinetry was coloured to match the American oak flooring. Top and above: Large sliding doors in the master bedroom can be opened up to a Juliet balcony (top). The master bathroom continues the white and dark charcoal colour theme of the rest of the house.

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Architect: John Ingham, ArchOffice (Auckland) Landscape consultant: Tim Davies Landscaping Builder: QPC Builders Kitchen designer: Hayley Dryland, Bespoke Kitchens Cladding: Concrete tilt slab; weatherboard Roofing: ColorSteel Doors and windows: Ascot Aluminium Door and window hardware: Ingersoll Rand; Schlage Tiling: European Ceramics Flooring: American oak Wallcoverings: Azzurro Collection Paints and varnishes: Dulux Heating: Mitsubishi heat pump Kitchen cabinetry: American oak Benchtops: Caesarstone Oven, cooktop and ventilation: Scholtès Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Facing page and left: Timber decks step down to a lawn and lap pool at the rear of the house. The large overhang screens the family living area from weather extremes. Top left: With its white walls, high ceiling and expansive glazing the family living area is light and airy. A scullery, laundry and bathroom are hidden from sight on the left side of the room.

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Wake-up call Escalating house prices in our big cities can be a win-win situation when you exchange stressful city living for an idyllic lifestyle at Coast Papamoa Beach, where your dollar goes further Above: Sun, sand and surf – the Coast Papamoa Beach development in the sunny Bay of Plenty is right beside the beach, midway between Mount Maunganui and Papamoa. Each house in the 24.2ha development is customised to suit the specific requirements of the owners. Homes also meet a strict range of sustainable design criteria to provide maximum energy savings.


Waking up each day to the sound of the sea and birdsong rather than the noise of the traffic is literally a dream come true for an increasing number of homeowners. These are the people who have swapped city living for a home by the sea, or more precisely, a new luxury home in the Coast Papamoa Beach development by Frasers Papamoa. Steve Short, Frasers Papamoa director, says because house prices are high in the larger cities, many buyers are finding they can afford a much nicer, brand new home with every modern convenience, and an idyllic lifestyle by the sea.

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“Much has been written about the incessant traffic congestion and escalating cost of housing in New Zealand’s main centres,” Short says. “This development proves that price need not be a barrier to achieving the balanced lifestyle of work and play that so many of us covet.” The site is midway between Papamoa and Mount Maunganui on the sunny coast of Tauranga. House and land packages start at $600,000, with all designs unique to each buyer. “Owners get to choose many of the design features, fixtures and fittings, and they can tweak the plans to suit their needs,” says Short.

“Everything about Coast Papamoa Beach is positive. The development is strategically located close to the beach, cafés, shops, schools and the Tauranga CBD. And there are golf courses and a wealth of water sports and fishing that can be enjoyed right on the doorstep.” For more details, or to visit a show home, contact Coast Homes, phone 0800 BY COAST (292 6278). Web: save | share Search 39981 at

Top, above left and above right: Coast Papamoa Beach offers a wide range of houses and townhouses in many different architectural styles and sizes. All homes are finished to the same high standard and feature durable, high-quality materials. Left: Interiors enhance the lifestyle on offer. These can be ultra contemporary or more traditional as required.

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Far horizons A spectacular gulf view is maximised in this new contemporary classic residence designed by PTG Architecture Preceding pages: Entertaining is a breeze in this new house, which opens up to a terrace, covered alfresco seating area and lawn. Above: To create an easy flow out to the lawn at the rear, the house is set lower than the street. Terraced planter boxes flank the stairs to the entry.


Clifftop building sites are rare, but when they do become available, it’s probably fair to say there’s an expectation that the subsequent house will also be something out of the ordinary. This was what happened with this project at Narrow Neck in Auckland. Architect Henry Lin of PTG Architecture was commissioned to design a contemporary classic house with a very modern interior. “Robust, natural materials were the order of the day,” Lin says. “The house is built from cedar and Hinuera stone, and has a copper roof. All these materials were chosen to stand the test

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of time – in terms of style as well as durability. This is a house that will keep its looks for many years to come.” Lin says one of the main design challenges involved the change of levels on the site. “The land has a slope, and the original house on the site was split over several levels. For this project, it was essential to create a singlelevel flow out from the family living area to the terrace and onto the lawn.” Consequently, the house steps down from the street, which provides space for terraced planter boxes. It also helps to minimise the

perceived mass of the house. Deeply recessed windows and door openings, and large loggia columns create a layered effect, with the play of light and shadow adding further impact. “This house was all about the fundamentals of architecture – understanding the site to provide sheltered, light-filled living spaces that benefit from light breezes in summer, but avoid the strong winds off the sea,� says Lin. To this end, there are alfresco seating and dining areas on opposite sides of the house, and aluminium sliding shutter doors and opening roofs that maximise the natural light.

Above: Most of the vast, openplan family living area is devoid of columns, which helps to maximise the view. Left: The house features natural materials, including cedar and Hinuera stone. The roofing is copper, which will acquire a patina over time.

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Top: The house is defined by an easy indoor-outdoor flow. The seamless link is a testament to the quality of the build by Devo Construction, a company that specialises in high-end residential construction. Above: The entire rear terrace resembles a contemporary loggia. The amount of light falling onto the terrace can be adjusted by the Louvretec 180 Linear Opening Roof.


A high-end house requires a high level of workmanship – with no compromise. That was the approach taken by Devo Construction, the builder contracted for the Narrow Neck project. Architect Henry Lin says the attention to detail is evident throughout the build, where nothing was left to chance. “Devo Construction did a great job, not only in understanding the design documentation, but also in the accurate interpretation of the architect’s intent. To then bring it all to life in such a professional manner is an attribute above and beyond that of most skilled craftspeople.”

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Terry Russell, Devo Construction foreman, says the project was relatively straightforward, with the view providing the greatest distraction. “It was certainly a spectacular site and we were privileged to work on it. We were pleased to be able to complete the work on time and on budget.” Devo Construction was established by Eldon Archer in 1997. The company offers a full range of building services, including new homes, renovation and light commercial projects. The team is also experienced in working on heritage buildings.

Enduring materials were chosen to enhance a sense of substance and permanence. Architect Henry Lin says local Hinuera stone features extensively on the exterior. “The stone was given a modern treatment that suits the house. From a distance it has a subtle, natural look that is substantial and opulent, but not over the top. Up close, you can see the natural formation of the stone.” Lin says he layered the effect by combining the natural Hinuera stone with a kiln-dried version that is the colour of Sydney sandstone. Hinuera Natural Stone sales and marketing

manager John Simpson says some people might assume that natural stone would be a budget breaker, but this is not the case. “The overall cost of the stone becomes cost effective when you take into account the quality, appearance and its ability to withstand harsh environments. Hinuera stone is an investment in New Zealand’s geological history – it enhances the capital value of every home.” Simpson says the firm’s consultants have an extensive knowledge of the different stone types and can advise on how these can be used to create special effects.

Above: Hinuera Natural Stone supplied two varieties of Hinuera stone for the exterior of the Narrow Neck house – standard and kiln dried. The stone was cut to create a crisp, contemporary finish. As well as providing a sense of permanence, the stone highlights the deep reveals that help to shade the windows and door openings.

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Above: To cater to the enormous span at the rear of the house, APL Architectural Series 2.9m-high sliding doors were specified. These were fabricated by Able Aluminium. The doors are 25-micron APL anodised aluminium, which helps to protect them from salt-laden sea spray. Right: All the joinery throughout the house is in the colour Champagne.


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Maximising the spectacular gulf views was an obvious priority for the design team. But the coastal location meant it was essential to choose aluminium joinery that would tolerate salt-laden sea spray. The team consequently specified 25-micron APL anodised aluminium joinery for sea-spray zones, fabricated by Able Aluminium. The house features extra-large 2.9m-high sliding doors from the APL Architectural Series, chosen to accommodate the especially large spans. These include doors that slide back to open up an entire corner of the house. Awning

and fixed windows from the APL Metro Series were also fabricated by Able Aluminium. The joinery, in the colour Champagne, is teamed with Icon stainless steel hardware, which can withstand the coastal setting. It is also double glazed – the glass has a green tint to help minimise glare and UV rays, ensuring light levels are comfortable on the interior. Established in 1990, Able Aluminium is a medium-sized firm with the skills and expertise to take on the full variety of aluminium joinery projects, both residential and commercial. The company partners with Metro GlassTech.

Above: The APL Architectural Series sliding doors open up one entire corner of the house to provide a seamless flow to an alfresco dining area and outdoor kitchen. Icon stainless steel hardware was specified. Left: Able Aluminium also provided a range of fixed and awning windows.

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Top and above: Superslider sliding aluminium shutters custom manufactured by Louvretec are both an aesthetic and highly functional feature of the house. Above right: The 180 Linear Opening Roofs by Louvretec have automated louvres that can be adjusted to suit the weather conditions. The flat louvre blades and sharp, clean edges complement the contemporary architecture.


Customised architectural aluminium sliding shutters, sliding gates and opening roofs are all key features of the house. These were supplied by Louvretec, a specialist in the manufacture of aluminium louvres, shutters, gates and opening roofs. For this project, Louvretec supplied two 180 Linear Opening Roofs, Superslider sliding shutters, 90mm hand-adjustable bifolding shutters and the sliding vehicle and pedestrian gates. The shutters feature anodised aluminium in Champagne, and the Opening Roofs are powdercoated in Warm White Pearl, which brings

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a refined look to the project and complements the rest of the aluminium joinery in the house. The two gates have an Electro Shimmering Champagne powdercoating. Louvretec is constantly researching and developing new systems, and recently added a range of clear PVC and mesh shade blinds to its product line-up. The company prides itself on the quality of its customer service. In addition to an extensive product warranty, Louvretec provides an aftersales service, and a fully dedicated maintenance and valet service is also available.

Designed with entertaining in mind, the kitchen complements the pared-back modern interior. It was manufactured by Auckland firm Fabulous Kitchens, which also made the display unit and hearth in the living room, family room cabinets, all the vanities and the wall-hung mirror cabinets in the bathrooms, wardrobes and laundry cabinets. The kitchen cabinetry features Recon Oak timber veneer with a clear polyurethane finish teamed with white lacquered cabinets in a semigloss finish. To provide a distinctive point of difference, the splashback is colour-backed glass

in Shaded Glen metallic paint by Mirotone. Engineered quartz benchtops in the colour Alpine from PrimeStone were manufactured by M&Q Granite Craft. Ming Feng of Fabulous Kitchens says the kitchen also features a secret walk-in scullery. “The pantry door was built as part of the main kitchen, so it is essentially invisible – no-one would know there is a scullery behind.” Established in 2004, Fabulous Kitchens uses the latest technology, 3-D design and advanced computerised machinery that includes a new edge bander and CNC router cutting machine.

Top and above: The kitchen, manufactured by Fabulous Kitchens, teams Recon Oak veneer doors in a clear polyurethane finish with white lacquered cabinets. The island features a PrimeStone Alpine engineered quartz benchtop – the quartz also wraps the legs. Above left: The tall cabinetry accommodating the ovens and an integrated refrigerator also incorporates a secret door to a scullery.

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Architect: PTG Architecture, phone (09) 529 1588. Email: Website: Builder: Devo Construction, phone Eldon Archer 021 735 044, or (09) 360 0658. Email: Website: Natural stone: Hinuera Natural Stone, phone 0800 HINUERA (446 837) Website: Aluminium joinery: Able Aluminium, phone (0) 268 2600 Email: Website: Opening roofs, shutters and gates: Louvretec Auckland, phone (09) 415 4949 Email: Website: Kitchen manufacturer: Fabulous Kitchens, phone (09) 268 2299 Email: Website:

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Top and centre: The 2.9m height of the ceilings and sliding doors was planned so the view of Rangitoto Island would not be compromised – the top of the island is visible at all times. The flooring features American white oak stained in a rich dark walnut. Right: White tiles with a decorative wave pattern bring a hint of the seaside indoors. Vanity cabinets were made by Fabulous Kitchens.


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Never underestimate the power of black. It may be a colour made fashionable by Henry Ford and Audrey Hepburn, but it can also be an architectural force to be reckoned with, as this project shows. The new home, designed and built by Fowler Homes BOP, makes a strong design statement with its black weatherboards, soffits and roof, which are contrasted by white-painted wood trim. Owners Julie Turnbull and Mike Foster chose to paint the house in a black Resene CoolColour to help it stand out against the

bush backdrop and rolling countryside. “I love bold colours, and wanted a look that wouldn’t date,” says Turnbull. The distinctive look of the house is one of the reasons it has won three major Master Builder awards this year, says Tony O’Brien of Fowler Homes BOP. “The house won the Regional Gold Award in the Master Builders House of the Year Awards, and subsequently won the Gold Reserve Award, which meant it was a finalist in the National Awards. It also won the People’s Choice Award.”

The street appeal is reinforced by a large canopy entry, with handmade honeycomb terracotta tiles. On the inside, spacious living areas open out to a sunny terrace. Cavity sliders ensure the formal living space can be closed off if required. The kitchen continues the black and white theme, with white lacquered cabinets contrasting bold black granite benchtops. Solid Indonesian hardwood tongue-and-groove floors and matai shelving help to warm the space visually.

Above left: With its black weatherboards, soffits and roof, this new house designed and built by Fowler Homes BOP has plenty of street appeal. A rail fence supported by stone pillars reinforces the country setting. Top: A soaring, gabled canopy creates an inviting entry. Hand-made honeycomb terracotta paving tiles were chosen by the owner to replicate the look of an old bungalow. Above: The house, which has three bedrooms and a study, opens out to a sunny terrace that steps down to the lawn.

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Top: All the main living areas were positioned to maximise a view of Mount Maunganui and the ocean in the distance. Matai shelving and autumntoned furnishings were introduced to provide a warm contrast to the predominantly white and black colour palette. Above: The island features a single slab of pure black granite, which was chosen for its absence of flecks and veining. The kitchen provides plenty of storage and has a separate scullery.


Turnbull says the success of the project is a reflection of a team effort. “Fowler Homes is a great team to build with – we are absolutely thrilled with our new home, and the unexpected awards.” Fowler Homes offers a complete design and build service for clients, which can include landscaping. “Our selected contractors make the process seamless and enjoyable,” O’Brien says. “We have a very hands-on approach with open discussions so that clients know we are doing our best for them.

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“As a Master Builder, all our homes come with an independent 10-year guarantee. Clients are also covered for loss of deposit and non-completion.” Fowler Homes BOP has a show home at 1 Pumice Glade, the Lakes, Tauranga. For details, contact Fowler Homes BOP, phone (07) 579 9200. Or visit the website: save | share Search 42567 at

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Home at last This house responds to the specific needs of its owners, thanks to close teamwork by architects Casas Design and builders Steve Pilbrow Ltd Above: This house was designed by architectural firm Casas Design and home builder Steve Pilbrow Ltd. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls look out from the living areas to the water. The contemporary home, clad in the efficient EZ Panel System, is generally on one level. Feature and task lighting is by consultant Lightstudio, another of the architectural firm’s experienced collaborators.


Communication and collaboration are key words when describing the connection between the architect and builder of your new home, and fundamental to the success of the project. Casas Design Architecture Studio creates architectural designs for new buildings and renovations of all types. Working closely with building contractors helps ensure a precision, cost-effective outcome, says company director, Argentinian Daniel Casas. “For this contemporary, clean-lined house, we worked with our long-time constructor in the Wairarapa area, Steve Pilbrow Ltd.

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“While a close, reliable partnership is always an asset, it was of even greater significance here as the house has so many aspects to it.” The contemporary 508m2 house comprises mainly interconnected single-storey volumes, in a configuration that allows flexible living. “There are two living areas, offering an easy separation between parents and children, four bedrooms, plus a master suite,” says Casas. “A large rumpus room connects directly with the children’s bedrooms and there is an expansive office studio on the top level. A designer kitchen features and there’s a high

level of material and product specification and finishes throughout.” Indoor-outdoor connections were also an important factor when developing the design of this conceptually sophisticated house. “As outdoor activities are an integral part of the family lifestyle, the interiors and exteriors needed to merge seamlessly. To achieve this, the living volumes open onto the pool area. There is also a pool house, which includes a gymnasium, and a tennis court.” “It was a design challenge to meet all the needs of the client. But with trusted constructor

Steve Pilbrow on board, we were able to tweak or optimise as required. Together we achieved an economically built, pristine designer home.” For details on Casas Design Architecture Studio, Wellington, phone (04) 232 4812. Visit the website: For more about Steve Pilbrow Ltd, phone 021 544 144. Alternatively, visit the website:

Top left: Seen from the living volume, the pool house is in the same design vernacular as the home. Clerestory windows and shades help control passive heating and cooling.

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Above left: Timber floors bring a warm, earthy contrast to the cleanlined white walls and high ceilings.

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Warm welcome Offering refined, comfortable living, this flagship show home is a collaboration between Primesite Homes and its suppliers and subcontractors Surround yourself with the best people, is a popular adage in business. And this saying certainly applies when that business is creating quality, affordable family homes and those people are your specialist contract team. Primesite Homes has been operating in the capital for 30 years and has won many industry awards in that time, says director Michael Fox. “We handle everything from design and build projects to large extensions and makeovers. “Our flagship show home in Whitby was built in close co-operation with our trusted group of preferred contractors,” he says.

“The four-bedroom home has a modern beachfront character and a flexible design that’s ideal for family life. It is also suitable for retirement – with a double bedroom and full bathroom downstairs, a couple can live in the house at ground level, and accommodate guests upstairs.” A 2.7m-high ceiling and over-height doors, coupled with cavity sliders between living areas, ensures the downstairs interiors feel airy and welcoming. There are also two lounges. “Smart, low-maintenance and spacious, this home is a showcase of our talents in the up-andcoming area of James Cook Drive,” Fox says.

Facing page: Set near the ocean, this house by Primesite Homes is light and airy, with a Kiwi bach feel. Palliside Traditional Weatherboards clad the exterior and it has a Colorsteel Max roof. Above: The 250m² home offers openplan living and dining. It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a kitchen and barbecue portico, along with ducted central heating, doubleglazed windows and an internalaccess double garage.

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This page: Palliside weatherboards provided just the right look for the new Whitby show home for Primesite Homes. The Palliside weatherboard profile is most often used on traditional homes as it offers the shadow-lines and characteristic definition of timber weatherboards. However, the product also translates well into modern homes. Palliside weatherboards just need a light wash down every year to ensure they always look their best. They come with a 25-year guarantee.


Situated close to the beach, it made sense for the show home to have a seaside vernacular. At the same time, it needed strength and durability. “To create the look required and to minimise upkeep in the marine setting, the home is clad in Palliside weatherboards,” says Michael Fox. “Primesite Homes has specified Palliside on its homes for over 15 years. We have complete confidence in the performance of this product and it’s one of our preferred exterior claddings.” Richard McGechie, sales manager for Dynex Extrusions, which makes the cladding systems, outlines the advantages.

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“Made in New Zealand for our changeable conditions, Palliside weatherboards are prefinished boards that never need painting, saving time and money for homeowners, with the bonus of complete peace of mind.” Palliside is a double-profile board with a graceful, classic shadowline. The product is speedily installed and can be easily tweaked on site for precision and convenience. Palliside weatherboards can also be manufactured in longer lengths – up to 8m – reducing the need for joining boards, for a cleaner look. This was the case for the Primesite Homes show home.

High-end specifications are within reach when your builder has established partnerships within the trade. Primesite Homes has such a relationship with Mitre 10 Mega, says Michael Fox. “Everything in this house can be bought from Mitre 10 Mega. People may be surprised when they see the range and quality that Mitre 10 can offer builders and homeowners.” Paul Hammond, marketing manager for Mitre 10 Mega in Petone, Upper Hutt and the soon-to-open Porirua store, says he valued the opportunity to showcase the firm’s products.

“There’s a perception that Mitre 10 Mega has a DIY focus, but our client base is much wider than that. We supply right across the hardware industry, and are increasingly recognised as the partner of choice for trade professionals.” “This project is the result of the excellent relationship between our team and Primesite Homes. Appliances, whiteware and many other fixtures were supplied by us.” Mitre 10 Mega is more than just a supplier, working alongside customers, offering solutions and advice to see the job through to successful completion, says Hammond.

This page: Mitre 10 Mega supplied finishes, handles, hardware, whiteware and everything in between for the expansive residence. With an extensive trade offering now found at all of the country’s Mitre 10 Mega stores and highly trained trade personnel, the retailer is fully equipped to meet the needs of any job, whether it’s a trade build or home improvement project. The company has long been the preferred supplier for Primesite Homes.

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Above: The scullery keeps meal preparation clutter away from the eyes of guests in this kitchen-scullery project by Kitchen Creators. Top and above right: The modern family kitchen features a bamboo floor. Negative detailing under the bulkhead and island benchtop contribute to a minimalist look. Hettich soft close draws feature in the well thought out kitchen.


The practical heart of the home, the kitchen has to offer key functionality and the right look. Primesite Homes asked Kitchen Creators to create the kitchen and scullery for the Whitby show home, says manager Helen Beckley. “In business for 25 years, Kitchen Creators is the kitchen expert. We work closely with the homeowner to achieve just the right aesthetic, in what is often the focal point of the home. “We love working with professionals such as Primesite Homes, and like them, we have our own valued team of approved suppliers and products. When you visit the Kitchen Creators

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Hettich-endorsed showroom in Paraparumu you will see the broad range of quality products available to Primesite clients, including options like the innovative ArciTech soft close drawers. “The Whitby home features the Caesarstone Shiitake benchtop by Bramco, which complements the many door colour options available from the Laminex Group. There’s something for everyone, no matter what your taste or colour palette,” says Beckley. “From design and manufacture through to installation, the Kitchen Creators team make sure everything fits perfectly, functions well and is finished on time.

Location: Primesite Homes flagship show home, 1 Shoal Place, Whitby, Wellington, show times: Tuesday to Friday: 12pm – 2pm; Saturday and Sunday: 12pm – 4pm Build company: Primesite Homes, contact Mike Fox, phone (04) 478 8719 Email: Website: Cladding: Palliside weatherboards by Dynex Extrusions, freephone 0800 439 639 Email: Website: General supplier: Mitre 10 Mega, phone 0800 4 648 7310 Website: Kitchen designer and manufacturer: Kitchen Creators, phone (04) 298 2421 Website: Kitchen hardware: Hettich NZ, phone 0800 438 8424 Web: Melteca doors and panels: The Laminex Group, phone (04) 5684 200 Website: Formica benchtops: Kapiti Benchtops, phone (04) 902 0311 Website: Granite benchtop: Bramco Granite & Marble Ltd, phone (04) 570 0025 Website: Stainless steel benchtop: 2K Design, Masterton, phone (06) 377 5988 Email: Cabinetry handles: Elite Hardware, Christchurch, phone (03) 348 0296 Website: Sink insert : Heritage Hardware Hastings, phone (06) 878 8904 Website:

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Top left: The barbecue portico and deck connects to the kitchen with bifold doors for a flowing indooroutdoor experience. Everything about the home is designed to optimise a relaxed family lifestyle. Above left: All four double bedrooms are spacious and light filled. Left: Both the ensuite and the family bathroom offer easy-clean surfaces, an advanced shower spray system and plenty of room to move.

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Star performer The Bay of Islands lifestyle is celebrated in the new David Reid Homes (Northland) show home, which has Lifemark 5-Star accreditation


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Homes that respond to the climate and the surrounding environment will always win hearts. For a show home in the picturesque Bay of Islands, this translates to seamless indooroutdoor connections and alfresco living areas. This lifestyle approach to design has been encapsulated by the new David Reid Homes (Northland) show home near Paihia. Franchisee Kevin Stratful says the temperate climate means it’s possible to relax outdoors all year round. Consequently, this home includes a loggia-style terrace that encloses an outdoor kitchen with a barbecue, sink and fireplace.

“This area is covered, so there is welcome shade in the summer and shelter in winter. An infinity floor and ceiling flowing from the open-plan family living area out to the terrace reinforce the sense of being at one with the outdoors – the entire corner of the house opens up.” Stratful says another consideration was the need to accommodate family and friends at holiday times, when people gravitate to the Bay. All three bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms and the office has a hidden bed that can be utilised. Stratful says the show home, which is based on a standard David Reid Homes Prime Five

plan, is the first home north of Auckland to achieve the government-sponsored Lifemark 5-Star accreditation. This ensures the house remains user friendly for owners as they age. For more details, visit the David Reid Homes (Northland) show home at 21 Admiralty Dr, Watea, on the main road between Kerikeri and Paihia, or phone (09) 407 7470. Or visit the website: save | share Search 42242 at

Facing page, top: This new David Reid Homes (Northland) show home is designed for easy living. It incorporates numerous sustainable initiatives and is wheelchair friendly. Facing page lower and above: To cater to the relaxed Bay of Islands lifestyle, the living areas flow out to a fully covered terrace featuring an outdoor kitchen and fireplace. The doors peel back to create a flush infinity floor and ceiling.

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Show stopper It’s not only the architectural design of this show home that is turning heads – the interior has also attracted attention, winning a major Lockwood Homes design award There are many reasons to visit a show home, but right at the top of the list is the desire to be inspired and excited by the possibilities on offer. This is precisely the feeling generated by a visit to the new Lockwood Homes show home in Tauranga, built by Master Builder Oceanside Homes, the Lockwood Homes franchise holder for the region. For starters, the aesthetics


of the solid wood interior are warm and inviting. Adding to this is the captivating interior design by Irene James of James Trent Design, with furniture and lighting from Design Denmark, an Aucklandbased specialist. The design has already caught the eye of judges, who have awarded the show home the Lockwood Best Presented Show Home Award. Paul Dean, managing

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director of Oceanside Homes, says other distinctive features of this show home include a mono-pitched roof that soars to reveal high clerestory windows. The roof canopy is supported by angled posts that enhance the sense that the house is an airy, light-filled pavilion opening up to the great outdoors. Dean says the show home is also highlighting all the other

benefits of choosing to build a Lockwood home, including competitive pricing. “We are dispelling the myth that a Lockwood home is out of reach price-wise,” Dean says. “Compared to other highend group housing projects, Lockwood is very competitive. “Peace of mind is another advantage, and this is recognised by New Zealanders. Lockwood Homes was recently

voted New Zealand’s Most Trusted Home Builder in the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands Awards. Oceanside Homes has also won the Master Builder of the Year Regional Bronze Excellence in Workmanship Award, and was the Regional Overall Winner for Interior Style and Design. “Lockwood homes are renowned for their strength and durability – they are solid,

Facing page and left: A high, raking roof supported by angled posts is a distinguishing feature of this new Lockwood Homes show home in Tauranga. Large sliders open up the interior to a sunny terrace. Above: The show home features all the Lockwood benefits, including a strong, durable construction that is both watertight and earthquake resistant. High clerestory windows ensure the interior is light filled.

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Above: The Lockwood Homes Tauranga show home has a spacious living area that offers plenty of flexibility in terms of furniture placement. The solid wood walls have a washed look that matches the exposed beams, ceiling and floor. Right: White painted walls in the master suite complement the pale timber trim and ceiling. The natural materials are enhanced by the award-winning interior design by Design Denmark.


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watertight and earthquake resistant. They are well suited to family homes, commercial buildings, schools and institutions, retirement villages, motels and holiday homes.” Lockwood homes have the added benefit of being a healthy, eco-friendly option. “The wood has natural dehumidifying properties and allows the homes to breathe,” says Dean. “The solid wood

also provides significantly more thermal mass than conventional building materials – Lockwood homes are well insulated against temperature extremes. They comfortable to live in all year round. Wood is also an environmentally friendly building material.” Customers can choose a new home from Lockwood’s extensive range of existing plans that cover all sizes, styles

and budgets. Alternatively, they can opt for a custom design-and-build option. Oceanside Homes also offers an extensive range of competitively priced relocatable homes that are ideal for farm cottages, holiday homes and worker accommodation. The Lockwood show home and office are located at 26 Tatahi Cove, off Domain Rd, Papamoa.

For more details, contact Oceanside Homes – Lockwood Tauranga, phone (07) 572 1865. Email: info@oceansidehomes. Or visit the websites: and Contact Design Denmark at save | share Search 42512 at

Top: White-lacquered cabinetry is contrasted by black accents in the kitchen and dining area. The freestanding cabinets appear as an insertion into the open-plan space. The cabinets also function as a dividing partition, screening the kitchen from the front door. Above: With its raked ceiling and large sliders, the living area resembles a large pavilion. The design makes it well suited to entertaining on a large scale.

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Open for view From the open, flowing layout to the easy-care materials, everything about this GJ Gardner Homes show home points to a carefree lifestyle Laid-back living has become the order of the day for new home owners. We all want a house that virtually looks after itself while we walk through spacious living areas, pause to pour a coffee in the kitchen and wander out to the large alfresco deck. It is exactly this sort of lifestyle that GJ Gardner Homes caters to, and this new Havelock North show home is a perfect example. Starting with the exterior, it is a case study for low-maintenance construction. The walls are clad in the


Graphex insulated plaster cavity system, while the roof is LongRun roofing. Stained cedar weatherboards feature on the exterior and front entrance, helping to soften the overall look. These materials – and the extensive insulation – keep the interior dry and comfortable all year round. Designed especially for entertaining, the GJ Gardner Homes show home has an open-plan living area that flows out to an alfresco terrace that’s large enough to accommodate outdoor furniture and even a complete outdoor kitchen if desired.

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The generous 225m2 floor area offers four bedrooms, or three plus a study. The master has a large ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower and underfloor heating. The main bathroom is also very spacious. Double garaging and new landscaping complete the picture. To contact GJ Gardner Homes, phone 0800 42 45 46. Web: save | share Search 42323 at

Facing page and top: GJ Gardner Homes has opened a new show home at 31 Meissner Rd, Havelock North. The house epitomises modern living, with its spacious, flowing interior that leads out to expansive outdoor living areas. Above: A black and white colour theme adds a touch of drama to the house. In the kitchen, a black glass splashback is teamed with lacquered white cabinetry and wraparound benchtops. Left: In the master suite, the ensuite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe are positioned in the area behind the bed, with separate entries.

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Perfect skin Dramatic on the outside, spacious on the inside, this Smarter Small Home by Jennian Homes benefits from James Hardie cladding


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When a prominent cladding company sets up an initiative for smarter, smaller city homes, it follows that its own products will tick all the boxes in terms of efficient build times, versatile looks and extended durability. Low upkeep and sheer affordability are also key considerations. This Smarter Small Home by Jennian Homes features three James Hardie building products. Tim Arlott, contract manager for Jennian Homes Auckland, says James Hardie Scyon速 Linea速 Weatherboard was used for the majority of the cladding, chosen for its suitability to take dark colours and for its distinctive shadowline.

“The gable ends of the home are in Scyon® Stria® Cladding, a wide board with a horizontal groove. This also has a classic look and complements the Scyon Linea Weatherboard. The base of the home is clad in Scyon® Axon® Panel. This is a vertically grooved panel and helps ground the design.” James Hardie marketing manager Paul David says other advantages of the products, and the whole Smarter Small Home initiative, are the quick construction times involved. “All three James Hardie cladding products are easily manipulated or mitred on site and so

are speedy to install,” he says. “Then there’s easy upkeep – a washdown once a year will keep the house always looking its best, so the owners save on cost, time and hassle.” For more details, contact James Hardie NZ, phone ASK JAMES HARDIE (0800 808 868). Or visit the website: For further details on Jennian Homes, visit the website: save | share Search 42324 at

Above left and top: This Smarter Small Home by Jennian Homes features a combination of James Hardie Scyon Linea Weatherboard, Scyon Stria Cladding, and Scyon Axon Panel to create an eyecatching, highly durable facade. Above: In accordance with the Smarter Small Homes initiatives, the interiors are light filled and spacious. Scyon Axon Panel was also used in the garage on this home to enable it to be used as another living space.

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Great escape Far from the madding crowd – the pull of a lifestyle block in the country has never been greater, and it’s easy to see why

Country chic Rolling hills, sea views, English oaks, hazelnuts and truffles – the new Te Arai Estate gated subdivision brings it all together


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What are the ingredients of an idyllic lifestyle block? Undoubtedly picturesque views are right up there on the list, along with easy access. However, a truffière or truffle farm is probably not a feature most of us would ever consider. But a truffière is just one of the many points of difference at Te Arai Estate, a new gated subdivision just one hour ten minutes north of the Auckland CBD. Developed by Southpark Corporation, the lifestyle estate comprises 25 sites, ranging in size from 0.6ha to a massive 54ha. The countryside features rolling hills, dotted with mature trees, including mature English

oaks and hazelnuts, and is now producing truffles. But truffle farming is just one option – most sites have enough land to run livestock, or an olive farm or orchard. Project manager James Sax says a residents’ association is already in place, and there is a covenant requiring a minimum build cost of $500,000, which will maintain the exclusive nature of the subdivision. Southpark Corporation has just completed the first house, which is open by appointment. Sax says the design, by Archimedia architect Lindsay Mackie, references traditional farm

buildings, with the house comprising three linked gabled volumes. Most rooms open out to expansive terraces, all have sea views out to the Hen and Chicken Islands, and there is an alfresco living area beneath a large overhang. The interior, by Melanie Sax Interior Design, is contemporary, with a country twist. The walls, ceiling and exposed beams in the large, open-plan living area are painted off white, and strong, textural elements have been introduced in the furnishings, logs and hearth. At 264m2, the house is large – it includes a 40m2 loft space with tongue-and-groove ceiling.

Preceding pages: The majority of building sites in the new Te Arai Estate gated subdivision have expansive views across rolling countryside to the sea beyond. The maturing English oak and hazelnut trees are part of a truffle farm. These pages: Southpark Corporation, the estate developer, has built the first home on the estate. This house, modelled on traditional farm buildings, is on Site #7, on 9.96ha and is priced at $1.49 million.

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Above: ASL Residential Series aluminium joinery features throughout the new show home at Te Arai Estate. This was fabricated by Elite North Harbour. At the front terrace, there is a large four-panel sliding door that opens up the interior to resemble a light, airy pavilion. The powdercoated joinery has an Endura Bronze finish that complements the dark timber exterior and contrasts with the offwhite walls on the inside.


Maximising the spectacular views was an obvious priority for the Archimedia design team. Not surprisingly, most rooms open up to the outdoors with either large stacker, bifold or sliding doors. An extensive range of ASL Residential Series aluminium joinery fabricated by Elite North Harbour was specified for the project. Elite North Harbour general manager Joanna Jin says almost every product from the Residential Series features in the house. “The only exception is the front door. This is a large pivot door that needs to support a

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considerable weight, so we recommended using joinery from the Commercial Series.� The joinery, which is powdercoated with an Endura Bronze finish, incorporates four-panel sliding doors, three-panel stacker doors and half-opening sliding doors. There are also bifold doors, fixed awning windows and a high raked triangular clerestory window. Clear glass was used for all the doors and windows, which are double glazed to enhance the insulation benefits. The joinery is teamed with distinctive hardware from the Aria Furniture collection by Assa Abloy.

Above: Joinery from the ASL Commercial Series fabricated by Elite North Harbour was specified for the front door, to carry the weight of the pivoting mechanism. Far left and left: Bedrooms also open up, with sliding doors, while three-panel stacker doors feature on one side of the main living area. Elite North Harbour custom manufactures a full range of ASL aluminium joinery for projects throughout the greater Auckland region.

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Top: Resene CoolColour paint reflects infrared rays from the sun to keep the house cooler in summer. Above and above right: Painted beams and trusses enhance the country ambience. Off-white surfaces are in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen waterborne enamel tinted to Resene Alabaster. The joinery and trim are painted in Resene Lustacryl semigloss waterborne enamel, in either Resene Alabaster or Resene Bokara Grey to match the exterior.


Colour plays a significant role in the design of the house – the contrast between the dark exterior and off-white interior helps to define the architectural features. Resene paints were specified for the project, with Resene CoolColour, tinted to Resene Bokara Grey chosen for the exterior. Resene CoolColour is formulated to reflect more of the sun’s infrared rays than a standard colour, which helps to keep the paint, surface and home cooler. A secondary benefit is that the reduced stress on the coating and substrate will help to

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increase the expected lifetime of each, compared to the standard version of the colour. The interior features Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen, a waterborne enamel that provides a tough, durable finish, tinted to Resene Alabaster. Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream features in the master bedroom, while bathroom window surrounds and internal doors are in Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel tinted to Resene Bokara Grey. All the colours were chosen from the Resene The Range Whites & Neutrals fandeck, a collection of the most popular Resene whites and neutrals.

Location: Te Arai Farm Estate and Truffière, Mangawhai Developer: Southpark Corporation, phone James Sax 021 229 9009. Email: Website: Interior designer: Melanie Sax Interiors, phone 021 275 1041 Email: Doors and windows: Aluminium Systems Ltd (ASL) fabricated by Elite North Harbour, 16 Kaimahi Rd, Glenfield, Auckland 0627, phone (09) 443 6666. Email: Website: Paints: Resene, phone 0800 RESENE (737 737). Website: Photography by Mark Carter and Jamie Cobel

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Above left: All rooms have attractive rural outlooks. The master suite features a walk-in wardrobe behind the bed, which can be accessed from either side. Left: A large freestanding tub is a feature of the tiled master bathroom.

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High impact Sleek surfaces, a distinctive retro splashback and the latest Smeg appliance technology ensure this kitchen is both eye-catching and functional


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Contemporary architecture requires a kitchen to match. The new owners of this ultra-modern concrete house in the city commissioned designer Mal Corboy to come up with a kitchen that would tick all the boxes for looks and functionality. “The original kitchen occupied the rear wall only, so we introduced a long island to provide more work space and storage,” says Corboy. “All the cabinetry is in glossy black lacquer, offset by Laminam ceramic benchtops, with a black totara butcher’s block and decorative glass splashback.”

“We researched several options for the appliances before settling on Smeg,” says Corboy. “These appliances are exactly what was needed – the contemporary styling works with the kitchen, and they meet all the owners’ cooking requirements.” The kitchen features a Smeg 70cm induction hob, 90cm power pack ventilation unit, 60cm Linea pyrolytic oven, 45cm steam oven and an integrated dishwasher. Special features of the Smeg pyrolytic oven include an automatic cleaning function and quadruple glazing on the

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Preceding pages, facing page, top and above: Black lacquered cabinetry and a decorative glass splashback ensure this kitchen makes a strong design statement. It is also highly functional. Designer Mal Corboy specified Smeg appliances, including a Linea 60cm pyrolytic oven, 60cm induction hob and 90cm power pack ventilation unit. There is also a 45cm Smeg steam oven within the island, and an integrated Smeg dishwasher.

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For the gourmet cook With the right design and the right appliances, even a small kitchen can cater to the passionate foodies in the family Simplicity rules in this new kitchen, but even though it’s a small space, there’s no compromise in functionality. Designer Toni Roberts CKDNZ, BArch of Kitchen Architecture worked closely with the owners to make sure the kitchen was as spacious as possible, and had a relaxed, honest aesthetic. “The plywood look of textural hoop pine veneer suited the space and provided the base colour palette,” says Roberts. This is contrasted with crisp white and various stainless steel accents, including new


Fisher & Paykel appliances. Given the compact situation, storage was maximised to its full depth, and every corner has space-saving storage systems.” Roberts created handles from exposed cutouts in the cabinets, which not only saved space but also highlighted the plywood edge detail on the cabinetry. “The owners had already enjoyed the convenience and functionality of the Fisher & Paykel Double DishDrawer™, so the natural choice for the dishwasher in the new kitchen was the flush version, which

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continues the recessed handle theme.” With two separate DishDrawers, one DishDrawer can be used to stack dishes, while the other is on a wash programme. Roberts says the Fisher & Paykel 90cm Gas on Glass cooktop was a clear winner – thanks to its easy-clean design and smart appearance. “One thing I always look for is a thoughtful arrangement of the trivets and controls for optimum usability,” Roberts says. “Fisher & Paykel has achieved this with the CG905 cooktop.”

The cooktop, designed to complement any contemporary kitchen, features black reflective glass with polished metal trim. Five burners, including a 45cm single wok burner, cater to every need. Oven size was also not compromised by space constraints. The 76cm-wide large-capacity Fisher & Paykel oven offers a generous 104 litres of cooking space. The oven has 10 cooking modes. These include a self cleaning function and the AeroTech™ cooking system with even heat distribution for perfect results.

“I also like the reflectivity of the oven door, which gives the illusion of a much wider floor area,” says Roberts. “The two pullout fittings on either side of the oven house tall oven trays and oil bottles, so everything is within easy reach.” For details, visit the Fisher & Paykel website: Or visit save | share Search 41512 at

Facing page and above: A long peninsula provides a large surface for food preparation and serving in this kitchen designed by Toni Roberts of Kitchen Architecture (above). The kitchen features the new Fisher & Paykel Gas on Glass five-burner cooktop. Above left: The Fisher & Paykel OB76SDEPX1 76cm-wide oven has a reflective door that enhances a sense of depth in the kitchen. With 104 litres of cooking space, the oven is large enough to cook several dishes simultaneously. Top: Recessed handles in the Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer match those on the cabinets.

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Switched on It’s easy to be inspired by the lighting choices online and in Lighthouse Lighting stores throughout the country Above: Lighting solutions are right at your fingertips with the latest online resource. Lighthouse Lighting has created a profile on the digital platform. Here you can view pages from the firm’s 10 partners nationwide, which showcase innovative lighting solutions with a wide range of inspiring in situ photographs.


There has never been a better time to research lighting alternatives for your new home, thanks to the latest online innovation. Lighthouse Lighting has created its own profile on the digital platform where you can be inspired by numerous in situ photographs of lighting. The website has other benefits, too. You can build your own profile and share your favourite images with your architect, designer or Lighthouse Lighting consultant. All you need to do is to log into the website using either a Facebook, Linked In or Twitter

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account, or your email address. The site will then prompt you to create your own profile. Peter Leong of Lighthouse Lighting says lighting products are always changing, and there are many innovative technologies that can transform your home. “Many of these are featured on both our digital profile and our own website,” he says. “But we also recommend people come into a Lighthouse Lighting store where they can see and experience the lighting and talk to one of our consultants. Many of our stores have dark rooms to show you the actual

effect of the lighting in your own home – you can see the difference instantly.� Lighthouse Lighting consultants can also draw up a lighting plan for your new home, and provide insights on the latest energy-saving LED lighting. For more information, visit the websites: and save | share Search 41945 at

Above: Lighthouse Lighting stores also feature in situ lighting displays. Consultants are on hand to help you draw up a plan for your home, or to explain the different effects created by different lighting types. Left: Chandeliers and pendant lights create plenty of sparkle in a Lighthouse Lighting store. All the stores carry an extensive range of architectural, contemporary, transitional and more traditional lighting.

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confidently use your ventilation system, knowing you are not circulating irritant fibres, chemicals or particles. In addition, Mammoth products enable a perfect fit, ensuring there are no creases, gaps or tucks to reduce thermal performance. Mammoth is a sustainable choice for insulation – it is made using fibres from recycled plastic bottles, so it helps reduce landfill waste and greenhouse gases, all while creating a warmer, drier, more energy-efficient home for your family. For

further peace of mind Mammoth products come with a 50-year warranty. For details, phone 0800 Mammoth (626 668). Email: Website: save | share Search 42010 at This page: Mammoth thermal and acoustic polyester is a healthier, sustainable choice that is safe and easy to install.

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Tranquil addition An indoor water feature can set off an entire room – a trend picked up on by Waterworks A garden water feature can bring your outdoor spaces alive – but the possibilities don’t stop there. An indoor kinetic water sculpture can animate an entranceway, offer a discreet room divider and bring a wow factor into the heart of your home. Waterworks Irrigation creates water features for both outdoor and indoor use, says director and owner Mick Bluck. “For this project, the owners came to us with an idea they had seen elsewhere, which we reworked to create this dramatic piece. The glass is bolted to the ceiling and floor, and the water circulation system runs behind the walls and ceiling. A stainless steel grid, covered in polished pebbles, provides dry access to controls. “That is the practical side, but the end result is simply magical. The rate of water flow can be changed and LED lighting set to myriad colours and tempos, creating a shimmering centrepiece that is even more spectacular at night.” Bluck says a large part of the impact comes from the restful, ambient sound. “The pump is silent, so only the subtle murmur of water fills these living spaces.” The company works with a variety of residential and commercial water-related applications, which include irrigation, lighting, pumps and tanks. For further details, contact Waterworks Irrigation, phone (09) 579 6903. Website: save | share Search 42332 at This page: A shimmering sheet of water provides a sculptural divider in this entry. At night, LED lights give the piece an even more dramatic presence.

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Floating garden There’s nothing quite like a tropical Balinese resort right in your own back yard


At the water’s edge A glittering pool wraps around an alfresco pavilion on this waterfront property, creating a setting that’s perfect for entertaining


Roll on, summer This country retreat is all set for the long hot days with a new lap pool from Mayfair Pools


Through the tiers Originally too steep to be usable, this sloping section has been transformed into a contemporary landscape with terraces and plenty of visual interest


Floating garden There’s nothing quite like a tropical Balinese resort right in your own back yard


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The allure of a tropical holiday spent lounging beside a pool at a luxurious Balinese resort is one few can resist. As this property shows, it can be a strong design influence for homeowners embarking on a new landscaping project. With its pagoda-like tiered roofs and loggias, the house itself was inspired by Balinese architecture and the owners wanted the landscape to follow suit. With this in mind, they approached landscape designer Robin Shafer of Shafer Design to create a garden that would respond to the

architecture and capture the lush, tranquil look of a Balinese resort. “The aim was to emulate some of the ambience of Bali and create a tranquil environment using water as the key focus,” says Shafer.“It was important to create the feeling that you could sit amongst the water, not just beside it.” The result is a tropical water garden, with features such as a pergola and timber boardwalk that appear to float on top of the pool. A sandstone deck and stepping stones further enhance this aesthetic.

“The house was designed so the water laps right up against it. The stepping stones create a floating pathway, and the planter and pergola accentuate the fact that it’s a water garden, not just a pool.” Designed to be a family-oriented space, the garden features plenty of outdoor living areas, as well as a large lawn and wader pool for children. The palms and low, textured ground cover give the garden a tropical focus, which enhances the theme and frames the view of the estuary beyond.

Above left: The architecture of this house is enhanced by the landscape, which was designed by Robin Shafer of Shafer Design to capture the look of a Balinese resort. A pergola, typical of Balinese architecture, appears to float in the middle of the pool and is completely surrounded by water, enhancing the water garden theme. There is an infinity edge around multiple sides of the pool, which also features a wader pool for the owners’ grandchildren. Above: The wide-plank timber decking gives the boardwalk a solid, wharf-like feeling that works with the theme.

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House designer: Mark Wilson, Masonry Design Solutions Landscape designer: Robin Shafer, Shafer Design Pool designer: Robin Shafer, Shafer Design Pool builder: Carlos Morgan, Morgan Pools Paving: Peachwhite sandstone, by SSL Group Decking: Stained Vitex Planting: East West Landscaping, Christine Ramage Story by Ellen Dorset Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Left: Multi-coloured pool tiles connect to the view and pick up the colour of the water in the estuary. Sandstone paving and stepping stones add a lightness to the landscape and contrast with the colour of the pool tiles. Above: The landscape and outdoor entertaining areas were positioned to maximise the view of the estuary beyond. A glass fence was installed on the boundary edge of the site to create some shelter from the wind.


At the water’s edge A glittering pool wraps around an alfresco pavilion on this waterfront property, creating a tropical resort-style setting that’s perfect for entertaining


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Holiday homes are all about escape and relaxation, and this was precisely the brief for the design of this Queensland house, which sits right on the edge of a canal. Designer Chris Clout says the owners live in Melbourne and wanted to spend as much time as possible outdoors while in the much warmer climate of Queensland. “The design needed to maximise the amazing setting, but it was also important to provide a degree of privacy for the outdoor living area – there are neighbours on both sides of the property.”

Clout’s solution was to design the house with two symmetrical doublestorey wings joined with a glazed linking element that forms the entry. The wings semi-enclose a resort-style landscape, helping to screen a pool and outdoor pavilion. The drama is enhanced by the cantilevered upper floors of the house, which appear to reach out over the water. “The owners spend most of their time outdoors – this is where they live and entertain,” says the designer. “So it made sense to provide an entry that would lead

Above left: Lush tropical landscaping frames this outdoor pavilion, which is an integral part of an expansive, resort-style poolscape. The path leading from the entry is flanked by curved creek beds where the water cascades down to the pool. Top: The pavilion is lined with dark-stained Fijian cedar plywood, while the terrace features a marble from Indonesia. An outdoor kitchen makes for easy, convenient catering. Above: A spa pool with 50mm clear acrylic sides is linked to the pavilion, both of which resemble floating islands.

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directly to the pool area. The front door opens to the glazed, timber-lined bridge that links the two wings of the house. This in turn opens to a lawn and a pathway leading to the pavilion. “The lawn is flanked by two curved creeks where water bubbles up beside the boardwalk. It is like being in a rainforest – you can hear the water cascading and smell the frangipani. I believe landscapes need to appeal to all the senses.” Clout designed the pavilion to appear as a floating island within the pool. There


are also two timber deck islands with sun loungers. The pavilion terrace, the islands, pool steps and a centrally positioned transparent spa pool all have strong, curved forms. “The curved infinity edge of the pool follows the shape of the building envelope,” the designer says. “We tiled the edge with a custom mosaic pattern that reflects the different shades of blue in the wider landscape. The infinity edge also allows the water in the pool to merge visually with the canal beyond.”

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With its 50mm-thick clear acrylic sides, the elevated spa pool creates another trick of the eye. And at night extensive pool lighting transforms the entire poolscape into a dramatic venue for entertaining. The pavilion, which is inside the pool fence to create a seamless connection with the water, is lined in dark-stained Fijian cedar plywood. It incorporates a full outdoor kitchen as well as a dining setting and casual seating. There is also a large television screen so the owners and friends can watch a big sporting match.

Designer: Chris Clout, Chris Clout Design (Noosaville) Landscape designer: John Hope, John Hope Designs Builder: Chris Smith Constructions Pool builder: Coastal Pacific Pools Spa: Pool Windows Paving: Cream marble from Slate & Stone Pool surround: Trend Mosaic from Slate & Stone Barbecue facilities: Electrolux Lighting: Noosa Lighting Fireplace: EcoSmart Fire

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Above left and top: The upper storey on each wing of the house is cantilevered, so the bedrooms within appear to be directly above the water. On the interior, bridges and voids open up the house to the view. Above: A cost-effective, custom mosaic tile pattern features on the infinity edge of the pool. Left: Alex palms frame the canal view. All the timber decks feature spotted gum. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Patrick Oberem

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THE ANSWER’S CRYSTAL CLEAR Deciding to invest in a swimming pool at your property is a large and important decision. You need to be sure the company you decide on has both the expertise and integrity to provide not only good workmanship but sound and honest advice. That’s why when choosing your pool builder you should make sure they are a member of the New Zealand Master Pool Builders Incorporated. NZMPBI members are specialists in the design, construction and installation of swimming pools and spa pools. To be eligible for membership each builder must undergo the strictest of scrutiny and meet stringent criteria, which includes the relevant experience, quality and reliability expected from a true professional.

NZMPBI members also offer the comfort of a comprehensive works contract, including a written guarantee for your peace of mind. To contact a local NZMPBI member, visit the website:

Roll on summer This country retreat is all set for the long hot days, with a new Mayfair Pools infinity lap pool Architecture doesn’t stop with a house design – today it’s also about what goes outdoors, be it a courtyard, terracing, a poolscape or a mix of all three. This new country house in South Auckland features a 13m lap pool that widens at one end to provide a fun family play area. The pool, built by Mayfair Pools, also features a 13m-long infinity edge, where the water spills over a wall to a shallow pool and retention tank. Mayfair Pools builder Grant Van der Vegte says having the infinity edge not only makes the water merge with the horizon, but also ensures there is no obstruction to the view from the family living area that opens out to the pool. Glass balustrading on all sides helps as well. “This pool was a little unusual in that one entire side of the pool already existed – it forms the wall of the basement room below the terrace,” says Van der Vegte. “Mayfair Pools has a lot of experience in this area, however. We specialise in building pools, both residential and commercial, where the pool or water feature is integrated into the structure of the building.” This pool sparkles with a Pisa Blue fibreglass interior, underwater LED lighting and a filtration system supplied by Filtermaster NZ. Mayfair Pools also built a 9m x 5m water feature on the property. For details, contact Mayfair Pools, phone 0800 Mayfair (629 324). Or visit the website: save | share

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Through the tiers Originally too steep to be usable, this sloping section has been transformed into a contemporary landscape with terraces and plenty of visual interest


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Landscaping a sloping site can be fraught with challenges, but as this project shows, a little ingenuity is all it takes to transform an unusable area into one that is both functional and eye catching. Landscape designer Lewis Marash of Out From The Blue says the space was heavily overgrown, with a significant slope from the front of the property to the rear boundary. “Our initial conversation with the client was about how to terrace the slope to make the garden more functional.�

Above left: Tiered landscaping adds visual depth and interest to this property while creating more usable space on the sloping site. The terraces were designed so that the retaining walls would form a compliant boundary for the perimeter of the spa unit, thereby avoiding typical pool fencing. Above and left: A water feature, lined with dark tiles, provides a tranquil outlook from the front entrance to the house. Stairs run between the upper and lower ponds, and bluestone steppers appear to float above the water.

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The landscape was split into two main terraces, the lower of which is a synthetic grass lawn designed for the owner’s children to play on. “While the terraces provided space, what we then needed was a feature that would create a presence in the backyard,” says Marash. Originally this was to be a swimming pool; however it soon became apparent that installing a large pool on a site with such a slope would not be cost effective. “That’s when the spa pool came into

play. Of course that meant we had a much smaller feature to work with, so we needed to create something to surround the spa which would be in proportion to the upper terrace.” With that in mind, Marash designed a curved timber deck with black steel beams that drop at right angles to a bench seat adjacent to the spa. “The combination deck and spa is the feature of the upper terrace – the area has a much greater presence than if it was just a spa sitting on its own,” says Marash.

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Because the owner wanted to retain an unobstructed view, an important aspect of the design was keeping the spa terrace free from pool fencing. Taking advantage of the topography, terrace walls were used to create a compliant boundary. Designed to complement the spa and deck, a set of stairs connects the terrace to the family wing of the house. These run between two ponds, with bluestone steppers that appear to float on top of the water. Black ceramic tiles enhance the reflections during the day, with LED lights

bringing the feature to life at night. “As you come through the front door, you look straight through a large window to the rear garden, so we wanted to create a feature that would make a real design statement,” says Marash. Leafy plants and native grasses ensure the garden is low maintenance, and works with the clean-lined aesthetic.

Landscape designer: Lewis Marash, Out From The Blue (OFTB) (Melbourne) Spa designer: Out From The Blue Landscape contractor: Living Creations Paving: Bluestone, Pavers Plus Pool surround: Spotted gum, Tait Timber Lighting: Gardens At Night Water feature: OFTB, Living Creations Gates and fencing: Frameless Impressions

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Above left: An exposed concrete pathway slices through the spotted gum timber deck and continues around the lawn. LED strip lighting beneath the pathway creates a shadow effect so it looks as if it is floating above the grass. Because the garden is very exposed, an automated awning was installed over the spa to create some shading. Top and above: An opaque panelled Perspex light box is backlit to throw ambient light into the space and add interest to the deck’s facade. The steel arms that rise up and over the spa are intended to frame the view from the house.

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Prize includes: - $10,450 kitchen of your choice KITCHEN STUDIO - $10,000 worth of kitchen or laundry appliances FISHER & PAYKEL - $10,000 of carpet including underlay and installation CAVALIER BREMWORTH - $5,100 solar water heater SOLAR GROUP - $5,000 voucher can be spent on paint, wallpaper or curtains RESENE - $5,000 worth of ThermoWall insulation HEATSAVERS - $3,000 New Build Quality Tracker programme REALSURE - $2,875 Financial Immersion Workshop LOVE TO GROW - $2,000 worth of tapware of your choice FORENO - $2,000 worth of Premier A Grade Glasswool ceiling or underfloor Insulation PREMIER

- $1,200 three day weekend for 2 at Taipa Bay including full breakfast and dinner each day EZYPAY HOLIDAYS - $1,000 worth of HOMESTAR consultation services - 2 fully installed Showerdomes to eliminate steam and moisture plus a bathroom gift basket. Total value $1,000 SHOWERDOME - Apple iPad 16g PROPERTY PRESS - A property inspection report REALSURE - Annual Home Series subscription TRENDS - 4 Hour Interior Design consultation ANDREW COX INTERIORS

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index 2K Design 96-101 Able Aluminium 76-86 Aluminium & Glass Constructions 15 Aluminium Systems Ltd 118-125 Amuheat 15 ArchOffice 64-71 Artemide 63 Ascot Aluminium 71 Asko 95 AV & Automation 25 Award Appliance Group 95 AY Consultants 63 Baumatic 142 Beauty Furnishings 63 Bespoke Kitchens 71 Bituflame 24 Bluescope Steel 63 Bond, Rebecca 16-25 Boral 15, 63 Bosca 138 Bramco Granite & Marble Ltd 96-101 BRANZ 87 Breezway 15 Caesarstone 25, 63, 71 Capral 55 Caravan Interiors 8-15 Carera Bathroom 63 Casas Design Architecture Studio 92-93 Cassina 45 Cattelan 45 Cavalier Bremworth 24 Celcrete International 117 Central Heating Solutions 24 Chindarsi Architects 46-55 Chindarsi, Joe 46-55 Choate, James AIA 26-35 Chris Clout Design 150-153 Chris Smith Constructions 150-153 Clipsal 25 Clout, Chris 150-153 Coast Papamoa Beach 72-73 Coastal Pacific Pools 150-153 Colorbond 15, 55 ColorSteel 71 Cox Homes 26-35

Crenshaw Lumber 35 Crestron 45 Custom Heating & Air 35 Daikin 55 David Reid Homes (Northland) 102-103 Design Windows 24 Devo Construction 76-86 Domo 15 Dream Interiors 63 Dryland, Hayley 71 DSK Kitchens & Furniture 15 Dulux 15, 24, 55, 71 Dunn-Edwards 45 Dynalite 55 Dynamic Audio Visual Solutions 55 Dynex Extrusions 96-101 East West Landscaping 149 EcoSmart Fire 153 Electrolux 153 Elite Hardware 96-101 Elite North Harbour 118-125 Escea 138 European Ceramics 71 Fabulous Kitchens 76-86 Fisher & Paykel 132-133 Fleetwood Windows & Doors 35 Fletcher Window & Door Systems 74-75 Flos 45 Fowler Homes 88-90, 91 Framan Enterprises 24 Frameless Impressions 159 Francis, Melanie 56-63 Franke 15, 55 Frasers Papamoa 72-73 Frontier Pools 144 Futar Enterprises 63 GAF 35 Gaggenau 15 Gandia Blasco 25 Gardens At Night 159 Gary Todd Architecture 16-25 Generation Homes 111 Gessi 25 GJ Gardner Homes 112-113 Granite & Marble Works 15 Grohe 45 GS Cayless Construction 16-25

Häfele 45 Halliday & Baillie 15 Hansgrohe 63 Harley Cabinets 55 Harris Engineering Services 45 Heritage Hardware 96-101 Hettich NZ 96-101 Hinuera Natural Stone 76-86 Hitay Engineering 1 5 Home Prize 160 Ibarra Rosano Design Architects 36-45 Ibarra, Luis 36-45 ICI 63 Ilve 25 Ingersoll Rand 71 Ingham, John 64-71 Insol 25 Intelligent Window Systems 63 International Window Systems 45 InZone Industries 137 Jack Fredericks 35 James Hardie 15, 114-115 Janus et Cie 45 Jennian Homes 114-115 Kapiti Benchtops 96-101 Kasthall 45 Kelly Wood Automation 25 Kitchen Creators 96-101 Kitchen Things 164-IBC Kovacs OBC Laufen 63 Legrande 15 Liebherr 25, 55 Light & Form Concepts 63 Lightcraft 63 Lighthouse Lighting 24, 94, 134-135 Lighting Network 94, 134-135 Lim, Andrew 63 Lin, Henry 76-86 Lital Materials & Contracts Engineers 63 Living Creations 159 Living Flame 25 Lockwood 104-105, 106-109 Louvretec 15, 76-86 Luxaflex 25, 55 Lysaght 55, 63 Madinoz 55

Mammoth 137 Mantel 25 Marash, Lewis 156-159 Marden, Katya 15 Masonry Design Solutions 146-149 Master Pool Builders 154 Masterwood Joinery 24 Mayfair Pools 155 McKenzie & Willis 16-25 Melanie Sax Interiors 118-125 Merquip IFC-1 Metro GlassTech 25 Miele 15, 25, 55, 63 Million Lighting Company 63 Mitre 10 Mega 96-101 Mitsubishi Electric 71 Monterey Lighting Solutions 35 Montis 45 Morgan Pools 146-149, 163 Morgan, Carlos 146-149 Nefiko Marble 15 Noosa Lighting 153 Nora 45 Nutting, Joe 24 OAL Builders 56-63 OFTB 156-159 Out From The Blue 156-159 Palliside 96-101 Pavers Plus 159 Pool Windows 153 Primesite Homes 96-101 Process Design-Build 36-45 PTG Architecture 76-86 Qasair 15, 53 QPC Builders 71 Ramage, Christine 149 Real Flame 15 Renovation Resource 160 Resene 15, 24, 118-125 Rice Fields 63 Rogerseller 55 Roofing Industries 140 Rosano, Teresa 36-45 Samsung 5, 7, 55 Sanby, Duncan RAIA 8-15 Schlage 24, 71 Scholtès 71 Schwan IFC-1 Shafer Design 146-149

Shafer, Robin 146-149 Shan Yang Wood Products 63 Silestone 63 Slate & Stone 153 Smeg 127, 128-131 Solar Industries 45 Sonntag, Stefan 24 Southern Landmarx 24 Southpark Corporation 118-125 SpazioCasa 24, 25 SSL Group 149 Stahlton 24 Stone Heritage 24 Stone Italiana 15 Stonecraft Constructions 25 Sub-Zero 63 Sunset Pools & Spas 35 Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Architects 26-35 Tait Timber 159 Te Arai Farm Estate and Truffière 118-125 The Art of Windows 15 The Laminex Group 96-101 Tim Davies Landscaping 71 Todd, Gary ADNZ 16-25 Toto 63 Tovo Lighting 15 Tow Francis 56-63 Tranquility Pools 161 Trends Publishing International 6, 110, 116, 126, 134-135, 139 True Oak 140 Unlimited Enterprises 63 Utz-Sanby Architects 8-15 Velux 136 Vintec 25 Vision Systems Automation 35 Vola 55 W Atelier 63 WAC 45 Wahoo Pools 15 Walsh Construction 8-15 Warwick Fabrics 2 Waterproof Solutions 24 Waterworks Irrigation 141 Westar Kitchen & Bath 45 Wetstyle 45 Wilson, Mark 146-149 Wolf 63

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