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MODERN FAMILY HOMES Private lives This new home effectively turns its back to the street, but at the rear a light-filled pavilion opens up to a leafy alfresco living area


Secret garden The lines between spacious interiors and an internal landscape and pool are blurred in this contemporary home


HOLIDAY HOMES Catch the breeze With its simple, gabled form and natural, raw materials, this weekend retreat provides a modern interpretation of the traditional bach


Framing the sky Elliptical roof and deck forms connect this holiday home to the rolling clouds and landscape


Commanding perspective Like a treetop eyrie, this house sits high above its surroundings, providing sweeping views and a close connection with nature


Far blue yonder This new hilltop holiday home steps back to create three fully glazed modules that expose the spectacular sea views below


DESIGN & BUILD When every aspect of a new home is designed and built for the way you live, you can be sure of a fairytale ending


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This new holiday home, designed by owner-architect Regan Johnston, is modelled on the traditional bach vernacular that defines most of a small fishing community. To read more, turn to pages 26-32. Photography by Jamie Cobel.

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SUSTAINABLE LIVING Care for the environment is leading to an increasing awareness and wider implementation of green design principles

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RURAL INTERPRETATIONS Off the land By taking rural architecture back to its essence, this house presents a tranquil, uncluttered environment, where the living is easy


Transparent agenda Minimalist volumes and expansive glazing offer a more contemporary interpretation of a home in the country



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Indoor-outdoor flow is a requisite of any holiday home, especially when the surroundings are as entrancing as the Lake Wanaka hills.

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Private lives This new home effectively turns its back to the street, but at the rear a light-filled pavilion opens up to a leafy alfresco living area It’s rare to find a perfect building site in a sought-after, established neighbourhood in the city. But when you do, it can be a real treasure, which consequently requires a fitting design response. This new family home, designed by architect Paul Leuschke, takes its cue from the older character homes in the street, but adds a modern twist. “Council regulations determined the house needed to have a pitched roof and weatherboards – it needed to fit in with the surrounding properties,” Leuschke


says. “However, we were able to provide our own interpretation of these elements.” The house, on a corner site, was designed as two linked pavilions. The first pavilion, clad in black-stained cedar weatherboards, accommodates the entry, guest suite, casual living area and garage. “Essentially, the house turns its back to the street,” says the architect. “There are Preceding pages and these pages: Black-framed dormer windows on this modern house are a nod to tradition. They feature composite aluminium.

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no windows on this south elevation, apart from the front door. And the garage door, is flush with the walls, so it appears to vanish from sight.” But the front elevation is not devoid of interest. The vertical cedar boards are a textural mix of different widths; and the walls leading to the recessed front door are angled – Leuschke says it’s a welcoming gesture that draws people into the space. The glazed entry also helps, providing tantalising glimpses right through both pavilions to the garden beyond.

Another feature of the front elevation is the modern take on a traditional dormer. The window, and other similar dormers on the north side, are framed with deepset black aluminium composite panels. “Each pavilion is also defined by an asymmetrical roof,” says the architect. “The roofs are much lower on the south side, facing the road, which maintains privacy. On the north face, they are higher, opening up to the sun and light.” The materials also mark the transition between dark and light. The front pavilion


is in black-stained cedar, but the main living pavilion at the rear features whitepainted brick, with black trim creating a dramatic composition. “Using a half block gave us a bigger scale than using brick, says Leuschke. “It also presents a very solid, permanent building.” The area between the two pavilions forms a sheltered courtyard, which can be used by guests in the first pavilion. On the other side of the linking volume, space was created to protect a mature tree.

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“The property has several mature trees, which are classed as scheduled trees that must be protected,” says Leuschke. “The drip line for one of these huge old trees is in the open space between the two pavilions – this was a key reason to split the house into the two volumes.” Because one side boundary is angled, there was more space towards the rear of the property. This meant the second pavilion could be larger, and there was plenty of space for a generous lawn and outdoor entertaining area.

Facing page, top, left and far left: The house, on a corner site in a prestigious neighbourhood, is comprised of two linked pavilions. The main living room and a guest suite in the first pavilion open out to a Zen-like courtyard between the two volumes. Facing page lower and above: With sliding stacker doors on two sides, the living area is light and airy. The owners followed the monochromatic palette of the exterior on the inside, but introduced pops of colour in the accessories. The living room has a gas fireplace with a mirrored back, and a textural black wood surround to match the exterior.

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Facing page: Visual continuity is also provided by the kitchen cabinetry, which features vertical black-painted timber in random widths. Similarly, there are white-painted boards on the perimeter walls. A separate pantry is provided to the left of the bank of ovens. Left and top: Uneven American oak balustrades contrast the darker wood elements. These also match a fence and gate at one side of the house. Above: The same light wood stain was used in the master bathroom, which has lighting beneath the mirror and the cantilevered vanity unit.

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Above and facing page: With its large, canopied alfresco dining and seating area, the house is well suited to entertaining. The canopy has louvres for sun and rain protection. Far right: This more formal living space serves as an adults’ retreat. As with all the living areas, it opens up to the north-facing outdoor living area. The outdoor fireplace doubles as a barbecue oven. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel


“Stacker sliders open up all the living areas on the ground floor,” says Leuschke. “This elevation also has an inverted V shape on the lower level, much like the front of the house, which prevents it from looking too bland. And it creates shelter and shade for the living areas. “Like most families today, the owners wanted to be able to entertain and relax outdoors. So we added an alfresco diningseating area, with a fireplace and barbecue. Louvres in the fixed canopy can be opened or closed to suit the conditions.”

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The black and white palette continues on the interior – the kitchen cabinets feature black-painted boards in varying widths, which mimic the exterior cladding. A white version can be see above the rangehood and on cabinets around the ovens. “The American oak stair balustrades are also random widths, but these have a light stain, for a point of difference.” save | share | images Search 43265 at

Architect: Paul Leuschke, Leuschke Kahn Architects (Auckland) Builder: Walsh Builders Kitchen manufacturer: Kitchen Top Landscape designer: Dennis Chua and owner Cladding: Cedar weatherboards, concrete half-blocs Roofing: ColorSteel Flooring: American oak from Timber Solution Paints and varnishes: Resene Entry chandelier: Katie Brown Fireplace: Living Flame Skylights: Velux Door and window hardware: Ascot Aluminium Louvres: Kudos Aluminium Louvres

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Secret garden The lines between spacious interiors and an internal landscape and pool are blurred in this contemporary home

Preceding pages: A front facade of glass, Balinese stone and Alucobond creates an attractive composition in this private, expansive house by architect Mark Rietveld. Above: The wooden frame of the portico is almost the only indication of where indoor living ends and the outdoor begins. Far right: On view from the living areas, the wine cellar is behind glass and is accessed from the larder.


In architecture, a negative can be turned to a positive at a stroke – what starts as a need to screen out a neighbour may end in a winning addition to the residence. The profile of this long, linear two-storey home was influenced by its neighbours on both sides. Architect Mark Rietveld was asked to design the house on a strip of land running east to west. To avoid blocking sun for the southern neighbour, the house is lower on that side, with a curved roof rising to open the residence to its northern aspect the other way, says Rietveld. “However, on this sunny side of the home,

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there’s another two-storey house nearby. With close neighbours on both sides, we opted to create our own internal landscape for the house. “To achieve this, an indoor-outdoor room runs almost the length of the residence on the northern side – this looks out to a lush garden environment with pool and spa,” says Rietveld. “We defined the outdoor setting with a brick portico frame that encourages the entire area to be read as an open-air room, an extension of the indoor environment. “This portico also functions to screen the next-door neighbour from view.”

Rietveld says long sightlines were made possible by creating two small garages at either end of the property, rather than one large one. In terms of the layout, an entryway leads to a double-height living space. This in turn flows into the entertainment area that includes indoor and outdoor kitchens, living and dining areas. Behind the kitchens is a run of rooms right down the other side of the home. At the front, a guest bedroom and upstairs master suite and parents nook all look out to a mature oak tree. A family room, further bedrooms and a shared bathroom complete the upper level.

Top: The double-height living room includes mirrors in the bookcase that reflect views out to the pool and garden environment. Acoustic panels on the fireplace help reduce noise. Above: The outdoor kitchen features a pizza oven and barbecue, and is separated from the main kitchen by a glass door. This is line with the stacking sliders that can enclose the interiors in poor weather. The wood portico that frames the kitchen conceals mood lighting.

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Above: Tucked under the highest part of the curving roof, the master bedroom has an airy ambience. The architect set the bedroom to the front of the house in part to provide views of the mature oak tree. Clerestory windows help bring control over the sun’s rays in a home built with passive heating and cooling in mind. The ceiling battens are one of several proprietary elements designed by the home’s developer, Giorgi Exclusive Homes.


“One of the most appealing aspects of the house is the way it blurs its lines of functionality. Large stacker doors open the indoors to the alfresco area and garden, making it hard to see where one space ends and another begins. “Several elements further this illusion. Four ceiling bays and pale Carrara flooring continue from inside to out, and the indoor and outdoor kitchens are separated by a transparent glass partition,” says the architect. Invisible dividing lines feature in other ways too. To avoid the need for pool fencing, Rietveld created a moat-like safety feature with

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an infinity edge. The only way to access the pool and spa is through a discreet glass door at the far end of the entertainment space. Similarly, a wine cellar that is on show to the living areas is behind a glass screen, with access via the larder. The entire ground floor area is designed to create a sense of spaciousness and openness. And this ambience continues in the master suite, where the airy bedroom connects to the master bathroom by a walk-through wardrobe. The material palette emphasises natural finishes, from the Balinese stone facade, built up by hand over six months, pebble by pebble, to

the generous use of wood and glass throughout. “This house also has a strong emphasis on sustainability,” says Rietveld. “Solar panels provide pool heating, while photovoltaic cells help power the home. Efficient hydroponic in-floor heating, grey water recycling and rain water recycling are other examples of a green agenda. “The house also includes a sophisticated automatic control system that ensures all aspects of heating and cooling – from solar penetration and blind angles to air conditioning – all work in concert to achieve maximum energy savings for the homeowners.”

Left: Half the story – the other side of the master bathroom has a matching vanity. This room continues the hotel-like feel of the main bedroom, with stone-clad walls and a tall, framed mirror. For continuity, the same wood accents feature right through the home. Hydroponic in-floor heating is just one of a raft of energy-efficient initiatives in the lifestyle residence.

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Architect: Mark Rietveld RAIA Giorgi Exclusive Homes (Perth) Developer and builder: Claude Giorgi, Giorgi Exclusive Homes Window and door joinery: Cedar West Cladding: Ultrabond Flooring: Bernini Stone & Tile Paints: Resene Lighting: Lighting City Fireplace: Real Flame Simplicity Control systems: Surround Sounds Pool: Designed by Giorgi Exclusive Homes, built by Quality Dolphin Pools Kitchen cabinet company: Three Dimensional Cabinets Benchtops: Bernini Stone & Tile Splashback: Glass Sink, taps: Abey Oven, hob, refrigerator: Gaggenau Microwave, dishwasher: Miele, available from Kitchen Things Bathroom vanity: Walnut veneer Shower fittings and taps: Fantini Milano Bath: Kos Grande Story by Charles Moxham

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Left: Large porticos frame the garden and pool areas and block out views of the immediate neighbours. The structures also contain the garden areas visually, creating the illusion that they form a large outdoor room. A moat-like safety feature avoids the need for distracting pool fencing. Entry to the spa is from the left, between the two walls of Balinese stone. The outdoor living area is just beyond the stone facade.


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Catch the breeze With its simple, gabled form and natural, raw materials, this weekend retreat provides a modern interpretation of the traditional New Zealand bach

Preceding pages, top and above: This new holiday home, designed by owner-architect Regan Johnston, is modelled on the traditional bach vernacular that defines most of the houses in the small fishing community. Taking a contemporary architectural approach, Johnston introduced a fully glazed end to a simple gable form, and opened out the living area on the north side. The cedar weatherboard exterior will be left to develop a weathered patina over time.


For many New Zealanders growing up, the most memorable summer holidays were those spent lazing away the days in a tiny cottage by the sea, more commonly known as the bach, or if you lived down south, the crib. These traditional buildings were defined by their DIY construction, their recycled materials – and furniture – and a lack of amenities, which was all part of the charm. This back-to-basics architectural heritage has helped influence the design of architect Regan Johnston’s own family retreat, which puts a modern spin on the traditional bach.

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Johnston says the small fishing community, near the mouth of the Taieri River, was one of the first settlements to be established in Otago – Moturata Island opposite was the base for a whaling station in the 1800s. “The area remains largely unspoiled by development. Many of the original fishing cottages and summer baches are still in use, and they are clearly a product of their environment. Their form and scale has been influenced by function and affordability – many reflect a DIY approach. They have been added onto over the years, with many recycled materials in use.”

Johnston says his own family bach is a response to these influences. Like those original cottages it is also an exercise in affordability, and it has been designed so the structure can adapt and grow over time according to the needs of the family and future generations. The house has a simple gable form with a fully glazed end that soars to create a double height volume. The ground floor is comprised of an open-plan living area, which opens out to a timber deck on the north side, and a bathroom. A mezzanine level with large skylights accommodates two bedrooms.

“The gable form creates a very economical building envelope, with a footprint of just 55m2,” says the architect. “It meant the house could be built in eight weeks. It also created a spacious living area – the double-height volume dramatically increases the apparent size and quality of the space. It also provides views over Moturata Island and across the coast to the lights of Dunedin, from both levels.” Natural materials feature throughout the house, including cedar wood cladding, pine plywood interior walls and recycled heart rimu wood flooring.

Above: Steel cross bracing provides structural support to the glazed end of the house. The glazing and the double-height volume created by the gable provide a very light and airy living space that seems larger than the 55m2 footprint would indicate. Following pages: The interior is lined with pine plywood, which has also been left to age naturally. It is only sealed in areas that are moisture sensitive. A recessed area in the plywood adds depth and interest.

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Architect: Regan Johnston NZIA, Mason & Wales Architects (Dunedin) Builder: JJ Oskam Builders Kitchen manufacturer: Gary Turner, Stevenson and Williams Cladding: Cedar from Herman Pacific Doors and windows: Ellison’s Aluminium Fireplace: Warmington Studio Lighting: Inlite Flooring: Reclaimed rimu, oiled Audiovisual equipment: Bowers & Wilkins speakers, Selectrix Wanaka Wall linings: Pine plywood Cabinetry: Lacquered MDF Benchtop: Caesarstone Oven: Fisher & Paykel, available from Kitchen Things Bath: VCBC from Plumbing World Basin: Duravit from Plumbing World Award: Supreme Winner First Equal, NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2014 Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Top right: Tucked under the eaves, this mezzanine bedroom is a cosy, inviting space, with views across the dunes to the sea. Above right: Back to basics – the bathroom also takes its cue from traditional baches in the beachside community. The steel rail for the shower curtain is suspended from the beams, and the sink sits on a simple wood shelf.


“These materials have been left to develop a weathered patina over time,” says Johnston. “The rimu floor was simply oiled, and the plywood sealed only in moisture sensitive areas.” The architect says the plywood provides structural support and bracing, with plywood box beams avoiding the need for any steel work, except for the gable end cross braces. Because the bach is used intermittently, energy requirements have been considered accordingly. The ceilings and walls are heavily insulated, and heating is provided by a wood stove, supplemented by a heat pump.

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“With its internal flue, the stove creates so much heat it can be like a sauna inside the house, even on the coldest days,” Johnston says. “The house also benefits from solar gain in winter.” Gas is used to heat hot water on demand, and also for cooking. And like the traditional baches in the area, rainwater is captured from the roof and stored for use inside. Johnston says provision has been made for a second wing to be added to the house in the future. This could be positioned at right angles to the existing structure, or placed parallel, with a separate linking volume.

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Framing the sky Elliptical roof and deck forms connect this holiday home to the rolling clouds and landscape When you live in the city and decide to build a holiday home in the mountains, you have an opportunity to enjoy a change of architecture as well as a change of scenery. And that is just what the owners of this sculptural getaway home asked for when they approached architect Thom Craig . The owners wanted a modern design for their Wanaka retreat, which they intended to retire to live in the future, says Craig. “The design of this house is very much a response to its surroundings. Set between two nearby properties, it has a long, slender

L-shaped form. The right-of-way leading up to the house, and the way the structure responds to the scenery and neighbours were formative considerations. “From the parking platform, you cross the main decking before entering the home. Both decks are in the same elliptical form. Views from the main deck look to a similarly shaped headland on Lake Wanaka. Visually, this is like stepping from island to island to island. “And a cantilevered element on this side of the house and the roof above it have curved bites taken out of them, that echo the ellipses.”

Facing page: This spacious holiday home by architect Thom Craig has an articulated exterior form that opens the interiors to the scenery but brings privacy from neighbours. Black zinc cladding folds up and over to form the roof plane. Above: Elliptical decks, overhangs and roof forms echo the land and encourage the eye to look up – connecting the house to the sky and cloud formations above.

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These horizontal and vertical connections encourage the eye to read the house as part of the land and connect to and frame the banks of rolling clouds often seen in this alpine setting. “The house is a fairly simple form under its sculptural roof, which blurs the edges of the base build and adds a sense of size and presence,” says the architect. “The black zinc cladding folds over to form the roof plane and the walls are articulated to angle windows towards views and away from adjacent properties. White plaster panel inserts in the metal add interest and contribute to a palette that has empathy

with the surrounding mountainous landscape.” A double-height atrium at the juncture of the L shape forms the entrance to the home. Large windows show off the exterior curves, a reminder of the connections to land and sky. Craig says this central volume sets up a dramatic welcome and enhances the intimate feel of the single-level adjoining spaces. Meeting the owners’ brief, the interiors present versatile living options. The main openplan living area and master suite are at ground level, with more bedrooms and a second living space located on the level above.

Facing page: The double-height atrium provides a dramatic point of entry. Large windows allow glimpses out to the architectural curves that give the building its personality. Above: Large sliders pull back to make the interiors and exteriors one. Cross ventilation is an integral aspect of the home’s heating and cooling, as are clerestory windows and roof overhangs.

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Above: The designer kitchen, by Ingrid Geldof, captures the spirit of the house with its cantilevered forms and curves repeated in the kitchen’s overhanging ceiling and curved island front. Dark-stained oak cabinetry and a white benchtop and base on the island echo the black and white exterior colour scheme.


“Designing a house outside the conventions of living downstairs and private spaces upstairs not only future proofs the home for when you don’t want to climb the stairs, it also opens up outlooks. With an elevated second living room, we were able to capture 360° views all the way around the home.” The open living areas and kitchen are laid out so the chef can cook and enjoy the scenery at the same time. “Kitchen designer Ingrid Geldof created the modern kitchen, which continues the black and white colour scheme,” says Craig. “All too

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often a great kitchen is introduced into a home without establishing a direct relationship with its environment. Here, the cantilevered kitchen ceiling directly echoes the exterior overhangs, and the curves of the roof forms and decks are echoed on the front of the island.” “This holiday house connects to its setting in practical ways, too,” says Craig. “The narrow footprint is ideal for efficient cross ventilation, and the overhangs help mitigate the heat of the midday sun. Indoors, the concrete floors work well with the two-tone surfaces and are easy to maintain and keep clean.”

Above: While the house has subtle connections to the land and sky, it is also intended to connect with adjoining properties, at least in terms of the palette. The house next door also has dark cladding with white trim, for example. Plantings rather than fences delineate property lines fort an organic, flowing environment. Left: With sliding doors pulled back, the lake and mountains and the interior become one.

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Architect and interior designer: Thom Craig BArch, Thom Craig Architects (Christchurch) Kitchen designer: Ingrid Geldof, Ingrid Geldof Design Builder: Nigel Lock Builders Kitchen manufacturer: Masterwood Joinery Roof: Black zinc Cladding: Black zinc, white plaster Flooring: Polished concrete, salt and pepper pattern,incorporating local stone, by Firth Wall coverings: Resene Black White Lighting: Accent Lighting Furniture: McKenzie and Willis Kitchen cabinetry: Smoked oak crown-cut timber Benchtops: Caesarstone, stainless steel Splashback: Low-iron toughened glass Taps: Vola from Oakleys Ovens: Miele, available from Kitchen Things Spa: Spa One Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Above: Innovative decking allows the spa pool to be quickly concealed from sight. Everything about the holiday house is designed for ease of use. Right: White panels are set back into the black, raised-seam cladding creating interesting shadowplays. The decking is intended to weather naturally over time, merging with the tawny landscape.


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Commanding perspective Like a treetop eyrie, this house sits high above the surrounding landscape, providing sweeping views and a close connection with nature


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Architecture that is a response to the immediate surroundings always resonates more strongly than a design that appears to have popped out of nowhere. This new house in a Queensland beachside township was influenced by the natural beauty of the location, says architect Dan Sparks. “The site enjoys views down the length of the coast to the east, but to the west it overlooks the boxy, built forms of other beach houses, so the architecture references both these aspects.

Above: The curved forms of this new beach house mimic the undulating topography of the natural environment. With the living area slightly elevated above the deck, there are uninterrupted views of the coastline from inside. Left: Raked timber battens wrap a circular lookout tower on one side of the house. A second tower element has horizontal battens and a rectilinear shape that references the more boxy built form of the beach houses behind.

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“Essentially, the house has a duality, – it forms a dialogue between the two. A rectilinear circulation spine and stair tower address the built environment to the west, while sweeping roof forms and decks play off the natural environment and the curves of the dunes.” The house comprises two main pods, one accommodating the living areas and several bedrooms, and the other housing the master suite. Bridges link rooms on different levels, with one bridge leading to the top of a circular lookout tower.


Sparks says the dimensions of the site determined a north-south axis, which meant all spaces could enjoy the view to the east. “However, the nature of the site offered a far richer experience than simply the big ocean view,” the architect says. “The house provides a series of viewing platforms, stretched along the length of the site and stacked through the various layers of vegetation. “The lower levels very much engage with the undercroft of the banksias and

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melaleucas, and the wildlife of the pond. As you move up through the building the experience changes. At the middle level you look through the tree canopy; on the upper level you look over it to the ocean; and finally, when you reach the lookout nest, you can see the entire coastline.” The expansive use of glass, including clerestories, maximises these outlooks. “The curved roofs sweep up, echoing the rise and fall of the vegetation, and the walls beneath these roofs are glazed, as are the roofs of the tower elements.”

Above: Ceilings and glazed walls follow the sweeping curve of the roof. The glazing makes the roof elements appear to float above the house and allows plenty of natural light to flood the interior. It also ensures the view can be glimpsed from all parts of the house. The dining room table and built-in entertainment unit were made from recycled Queensland beech, salvaged from another rural property belonging to the owners. Left and following pages: There are also glazed walls behind the display shelving in the kitchen. The mezzanine level at the rear of the living space accommodates a study.

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Light from the frosted glass roofs floods the stairwells, penetrating all floors, including the kitchen, which has a glazed wall behind the display cabinets. Sparks says the living spaces have an intimacy and warmth that may be unexpected, due to the large size of the house. “Contrary to the dynamic form, the interior is very relaxed and casual. With the bridges and lookout tower it even has a playful feel, and is reminiscent of a treehouse. Recycled materials reinforce the look.”


Sparks says there are also many nooks and daybeds – places where the family can sit and enjoy the view. Even the railing on the main deck off the living room is wide enough to serve as a breakfast bar. The balustrade slopes away so chairs can be tucked beneath the bar. Consideration for the view determined the height of the living room platform as well. This is elevated above the deck so the views are not obstructed by the railing. Key architectural elements also inform the viewing experience. For example,

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timber battens that wrap the circular tower in a raked pattern drop down below the bottom of the walls to define a seating area on the deck. And the low sweep of the roof frames key aspects. Unusually for Queensland, the house has no air conditioning. Instead, the interior is cross ventilated, with the two stairwells serving as thermal chimneys. “Air is pulled through the house from the wide-open doors and sucked out through smaller louvre windows at the top of the stairs,” says Sparks. “It’s very easy to

trim the house to suit the wind direction, simply by opening or closing doors and windows. Even the bedrooms can be vented into the stairwells. The shape of the roof also helps to keep the interior cool – hot air hits the roof and accelerates up the curve and away over the top, which enhances the pull of cross ventilation through the thermal chimneys.� save | share Search 43077 at

Architect: Dan Sparks, Sparks Architects (Peregian Beach, Qld) Builder: Altum Constructions Cladding: Fibrecement sheet Roofing: Lysaght Custom Orb in Colorbond steel Flooring: Messmate from Queensland Timber Flooring Fireplace: EcoSmart Speakers: Bose Kitchen cabinets: Hardwood veneer Benchtops: Messmate timber; stainless steel Splashback: Backpainted glass Kitchen appliances: Miele, available from Kitchen Things

Above: Bridging elements link different parts of the house. This deck is off a bridge between the main living area and the master suite. A large built-in day bed can be enjoyed as a lounging area. Alternatively, the seating can be flipped to create bench seating for the outdoor table. Louvre windows help to cross ventilate the house, which does not have air conditioning. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Scott Burrows

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Far blue yonder This new hilltop holiday home steps back to create three fully glazed modules that expose the spectacular sea views below

Escaping the city for a holiday home on the coast involves a complete change of lifestyle. The days take on their own shape as the family settles into a lazy routine that may or may not involve entertaining, boating, swimming or hiking. Either way, it will certainly be all about relaxation. Holiday homes need to encourage such a lifestyle. It helps if they are low maintenance, and they work best when there’s a social hub where everyone can hang out together, and enjoy the views and sunshine. And, for most families, a


holiday home needs to be designed and built in a cost-effective manner. All these elements came into play with this Akaroa house, designed by David Hill of Wilson and Hill Architect and built by James Mackay Builders. Hill says the owners wanted their holiday home to be informal, and built from simple materials. The architect says it was also important to minimise the footprint, even though the site is large. “A Coastal Protection Zone boundary runs right through the site, which limited

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where we could build. The owners also wanted the house to be at the top of the site, which would provide the easiest access and the best views. As a result, the actual building platform was quite small, so the footprint of the house is not large.” To maximise the spectacular views, Hill created a series of three glazed, double-height modules that step back along the ridge. These are capped with a twisted, pitched roof that follows the angle of the building, creating a sheltering overhang between each module.

“The house has quite a simple form, with the double storey helping to minimise the footprint,” the architect says. “The stepped modules break up the mass of the building on the south side. And the design provides glazed corners that open up the interior to the view and the morning sun – the view is much more expansive than it would have been without these.” Hill indented the two ends of the house, so they form a V shape that also helps to break up the mass, visually. In addition, the V creates bay window areas

and alcoves that the owners can decorate and furnish as more intimate spaces. The front door opens directly into the large, open-plan family living area and kitchen, which in turn lead to a living area. Because this level is essentially one room deep, it benefits from both the sun coming in through full-height windows on the north side, and the views through the floor-to-ceiling glazing to the south. “The property is quite far from the city, so we tried to limit the number of trades we had working on site,” says Hill.

Preceding pages and above: This new holiday home on a high hill above the sea incorporates three glazed modules. These step back along the ridgeline to maximise the view through the front and the corners of each glazed element. Designed by architect David Hill, the house also features a twisted, pitched roof that creates sheltering overhangs between each module. Facing page, top and lower: The two-storey house has a relatively small footprint. Because it is exposed to the full strength of the southerly winds coming up the bay, it has been designed to cope with high wind loadings and driving rain.

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“Wherever possible, we ensured finishes and services could be provided by the building company that was already on site. For example, there is no ceramic tiling anywhere in the house. For this reason also, the entire floor features stained pinus radiata plywood, and this is replicated in the ceilings. Together these surfaces provide a lot of visual warmth.” To differentiate the kitchen joinery, the cabinetry, which is also plywood, was stained in a dark brown shade. This helps to anchor the kitchen in the overall space.

“It’s a very simple little kitchen, designed on symmetrical lines, with a long island-style peninsula providing plenty of bench space for food preparation and serving,” says Hill. Built-in shelving units in both the family room and the living area also feature dark-stained plywood, which makes a strong contrast to the white walls behind. And the raised hearth is clad in black stone slabs. Bright colour accents of teal blue and yellow appear in the upholstered furniture and cushions.

Facing page: Sliding stacker doors open up the family room to a timber deck that is cantilevered out towards the view. Rainwater tanks are stored beneath the deck. The rainwater supplements the mains supply and is used for garden irrigation. Above: Floors and ceilings feature pinus radiata plywood with a natural stain that provides plenty of visual warmth. The owners opted for a Mid-century Modern furniture style, with colour introduced through the furnishings.

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Left: The front door opens directly into the family living area. Although the view is to the south, sun can penetrate the living areas from windows on the north side – several of these are full height. Top: To provide a distinctive contrast to the light plywood, the kitchen cabinetry features plywood stained in a rich brown shade. Above: Room with a view – even the dining area is positioned to maximise the spectacular view.


Above: The living room, which functions as an adults’ retreat, is on the west side of the house. The inverted V shape of the west wall gives the room a dynamic feel. Facing page, top: On the upper level, the plywood ceilings follow the rake of the roof, creating a sense of intimacy. Facing page, lower left and right: White painted walls contrast with the timber ceilings, bringing a sculptural quality to the interior. The master bathroom features a large soaking tub positioned to maximise the view.


A plywood staircase leads to three bedrooms on the upper level – a master suite at one end, and two bunkrooms. Obscure glass panels wrap around the bottom of windows on this floor, providing privacy, yet not obstructing the views – the bathtub in the master suite has one of the best views. The bathroom floors are lined with a textural, orange vinyl tile chosen by the client. This introduces a welcome punch of colour to the otherwise neutral palette. As with any holiday home, much of

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the living happens outdoors. Large sliding stacker doors open up the family and living rooms to a timber deck that is cantilevered out from the hill towards the view. But this side of the house is also exposed to the worst of the southerly storms that can hit the bay. “To provide a more sheltered spot, we introduced a courtyard on the northeast side of the house,” says Hill. “This is dug into the ground a little, for added protection from the wind.”

Architect: David Hill, Wilson and Hill Architects (Christchurch) Builder: James Mackay Builders Kitchen manufacturer: General Joinery Cladding: Western red cedar Roofing: Colorsteel Maxx corrugated profile Flooring: Pinus radiata plywood Paints and varnishes: Resene; Sikkens Cetol HLS Plus Woodstain on exterior Lighting: Accent Lighting Heating system: Daikin heat pump by Hartnell Coolheat Doors and windows: APL Vantage by Alutech Door and window hardware: Icon

Fireplace: Firenzo Contessa Urban log burner Kitchen cabinets: Stained plywood Benchtops: Formica laminate Splashback: Backpainted glass Sink: Riva by Mercer Taps: Paffoni Stick SK180 by Mico Oven: Westinghouse Cooktop: Electrolux Refrigeration: Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher: Asko, available at Kitchen Things Bathroom vanity: Custom design by Wilson and Hill Architects; fabricated by General Joinery Basin: Basin Box Taps: Paffoni Stick SK071

Shower fittings: Stick mixer; Kiri slide shower Shower enclosure: Englefield Hot water system: Rinnai Bathroom flooring: Polyfor, Saarflor Noppe stud tile Bathroom accessories: Michel Cesar Logic, Cosmic range Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Tell your own story When every aspect of a new home is designed and built for the way you live, you can be sure of a fairytale ending

On the beach Sand, sea and sky – the beachfront setting of this new Lockwood home has influenced every aspect of the design A magical location is no guarantee your new home will be exactly what you want, and that is precisely why a customised solution can be the best approach. The owners of this new Lockwood home on the dunes at Papamoa Beach liked the Clifton concept plan, but they fine-tuned the design to best suit their preferences, says Paul Dean, managing director of Oceanside Homes – Lockwood franchisee for Tauranga. “In the original plans, the house had a void above the living area, but this was


replaced with the master suite on the upper level, which maximises the view.” Dean says the wood walls and sarking on the ceiling were painted white to give the home a beachy feel, reminiscent of homes in the Hamptons and Cape Cod. The owners are enjoying all the benefits of a Lockwood home, including good insulation, strength and durability – the homes are watertight and earthquake resilient. They are also a healthy option, as the wood has dehumidifying properties and allows the home to breathe.

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In addition to plans and customised options, Oceanside Homes has a wide range of competitively priced relocatable Lockwood homes that are ideal for farm and worker cottages, and holiday homes. For details, contact Oceanside Homes – Lockwood Tauranga, phone (07) 572 1865. Or visit and save | share Search 43487 at

Facing page and above: This new Lockwood home takes its cue from traditional New Zealand baches. The home, which is a customised version of the Clifton concept plan, opens out to two wood decks overlooking the beach. Plans for all the Lockwood homes can be viewed on the website. You can also create a virtual scrapbook for your own home, to share with your Lockwood builder or designer. Far left and left: An all-white kitchen keeps the look fresh and clean. On the upper floor, the master suite has the prime position, with expansive views of the ocean. There is enough space in the suite for a private sitting area.

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Glittering prizes Embarking on a new home project can be an exciting and rewarding experience. The multi award-winning firm Jalcon Homes has a custom solution for every site, budget and lifestyle requirement


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Industry recognition is always a great endorsement – and it’s especially useful when you are looking for a company to design and build your new home. Jalcon Homes, a family-owned firm that has been building homes in the Auckland region for the past 20 years, has numerous awards to its credit, with most of these awarded by the Master Builders Association. Managing director Lindsay Aitken says the awards reflect the company’s focus on quality and design innovation.

But equally important to Jalcon Homes is the company’s performance history. “We have built more than 1000 homes, and never had a leaky home issue,” Aitken says. “Many of our new clients now come from word of mouth – recommendations from former customers.” Jalcon Homes also has several key points of difference that set the business apart. These include complete customisation – the company does not have a range of standard plans. Instead, every project is designed to meet the specific site, budget

Above left: No matter whether it’s a row of modern townhouses or a single family home, Jalcon Homes can custom design and build your home to your requirements. The company can build on virtually any site, even those with a steep gradient or awkward shape. Top: Jalcon Homes also has an interior design consultancy that can help you with colours, materials and furnishings. Above: Good insulation and passive solar design ensures homes are warm and cosy all year round.

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and lifestyle requirements, whether it be a single family home or a group of modern townhouses for a developer. Aitken says it can often be more cost effective to remove and rebuild, rather than renovate an older home. “Replacing an older home on the same site brings enormous benefits, in addition to being able to stay in a neighbourhood you love, says Aitken. “Older homes are often built the wrong way round for the sun. They are invariably poorly insulated, may be leaky, and don’t cater well to


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modern living. And there can be unseen costs when you renovate that can blow your budget. None of these things apply to a new home.” Jalcon Homes has designed and built many homes on small and tricky city sites. “We can ensure your home is designed to maximise a particular view, and provide privacy where it matters. We also create attractive outdoor living areas, which are so much a part of the way we live today.” Jalcon Homes also has an interior design consultancy, which can help you

with the finishing touches to your home. “We want to ensure you are happy with the end result, and we don’t believe building should be stressful,” says Aitken. “With good communication, every step of the process can be rewarding.” For more details, or to view a show home, contact Jalcon Homes, phone 0800 525 266. Website: save | share Search 43409 at

Above left: High-quality materials are a hallmark of every house built by Jalcon Homes. All homes are covered by a Master Builder 10-year warranty and a 15-year Active Weathertight Warranty. Facing page, lower and above: These homes feature spacious living areas and circulation zones. Top: Outdoor living areas are a key part of most new homes today. This house designed and built by Jalcon Homes features a large, covered deck with skylights.

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Water’s edge At one with the scenery – this new home designed and built by Fowler Homes maximises an idyllic waterfront site in Mapua near Nelson


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Designing a new home to sit right on the shoreline brings its own challenges, and this project was no exception. The waterfront home, designed and built by Fowler Homes Nelson, replaces an older house that was long past its use-by date. Manager Lisa Stevenson says the new house needed to fit in with the landscape, and it had to sit mostly within the original footprint. “It was not only essential to maximise the great views across to Rabbit Island, but also to provide extensive decking so the

owners could relax outdoors. To this end, we created a central living volume that opens to decks on both sides. If an onshore breeze is blowing, the owners can use the sheltered deck at the rear, which is where we placed the swimming pool. With large glass sliders front and back, the owners can still enjoy the water views – there is a sightline right through the house.� The cladding is also a design response to the location. Colorsteel corrugated iron in New Denim Blue wraps around the two bedroom wings on either side of the

house – the colour provides a visual link with the water. To contrast the iron, the central volume is clad in cedar wood, while Rockcote plaster in an off-white shade features at the rear. As with every Fowler Homes project, the interior was designed for easy, relaxed living. The spacious open-plan living area incorporates a feature wall that resembles natural stone. A rustic timber beam serves as a mantelpiece. Bright red accents also enliven the living space. One wall near the dining

Above left and top: Nestled among the trees on the shoreline at Mapua, this new home blends seamlessly with the natural environment. The house, designed and built by Fowler Homes Nelson, features a central, cedar-clad living area, with the bedroom wings on either side clad in New Denim Blue Colorsteel corrugated iron. Above: A second, sheltered deck at the rear of the house incorporates a swimming pool. The glass sliding doors are positioned to allow a view right back through the house to the water beyond.

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Above: The interior of the home typifies the attention to detail that characterises all homes designed and built by Fowler Homes. In the kitchen, dark-stained wood cabinetry contrasts a white island that serves as a food preparation and serving area. Right: Ceilings follow the rake of the roofline, providing spacious living areas. The interior has several rustic touches, including a feature wall resembling natural stone, and a solid timber mantelpiece.


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area, and an adjoining beam are finished with a textural red wallpaper. The flooring is feature-grade American oak, chosen for its knots and graining, which convey a subtle rustic look. For details, contact Fowler Homes, 247 Queen St, Richmond, Nelson, phone (03) 544 5574. Alternatively, visit the website: save | share Search 43441 at

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For all seasons Outdoor entertaining can be enjoyed all year round at Coast Papamoa Beach, where innovative design has taken indoor-outdoor flow to new heights


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For decades, home buyers have fallen in love with the coastal Bay of Plenty towns of Papamoa and Mount Maunganui, thanks to the many lifestyle opportunities right on the back door. Many of these buyers have traded city life for luxury beachside living at Coast Papamoa Beach. The warm, sunny climate that is such a drawcard has been factored into the latest show home design at the Frasers Property development. Sales manager Vicky Pilbrow says The Beach is the perfect alternative to

apartment living, offering similar benefits. “The living is all on one level with a private double garage, a freehold title and no body corporate.” Director Steve Short says outdoor entertaining is a priority for many buyers, and award-winning firm Architecture Page Henderson has taken this into account with the design of The Beach. “A special architectural feature is the 4m-high floating ceiling above the main living area. With the sun coming inside all day in winter, and with the double-glazed

windows, the home stays warm and cosy. A large deck area provides a private, sheltered area for outdoor entertaining.” Coast Homes offers more than 20 designs, all of which can be customised. For more information, or to visit a show home, contact Coast Homes, phone 0800 BY COAST (292 6278). Or visit the website: save | share Search 42675 at

Facing page, top: The Beach is the latest addition to the Coast Papamoa Beach new home collection. This home captures all the benefits of a lock-andleave apartment, but the living is all on one level. Cedar wood cladding enhances the beach feel of the home, which was designed by Architecture Page Henderson. Facing page, lower and above: A light and airy interior is a key feature of The Beach. The soaring 4m-high ceiling in the living area ensures the home is also sunny and warm. Sliding doors peel back to open up an entire corner of the living area to a private deck that is ideal for entertaining.

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Open to view Step inside a show home and it’s easy to imagine living there – that’s the secret behind all successful display homes

From the fiords A soaring roofline, high clerestory windows and a blonded wood interior give the Lockwood Skagen show home a contemporary Scandinavian feel


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Good design is all about maximising space to create flowing interiors that are light and airy. The new Lockwood Skagen show home at Ultrawood Homes in Takanini illustrates this perfectly. Not a square metre is wasted, and a raked ceiling and high clerestory windows enhance the spacious feel of the home. Richard Waldron of Ultrawood Homes, the Lockwood franchisee, says the 126m2 home seems much larger than the area would suggest.

“This is due to the design. There are no passageways, for example, so extra space could be allotted to living areas. Yet there is good separation between the master suite at one end of the house, and the two bedrooms at the opposite end.” The blonded wood walls and ceilings have a whitewashed, Scandinavian look that helps to keep the interior light. Two skylights, one in the kitchen and another in the master bathroom, bring in plenty of additional natural light. “The front door and entry area in this

home are on the opposite side to the large sliders. This creates a real sense of arrival, and maintains privacy.” For more details or to visit the show home, contact the Lockwood franchisee Ultrawood Homes, 212 Great South Rd, Takanini, Auckland, phone (09) 299 6556, or phone 0508 LOCKWOOD (5625 9663). Website: save | share Search 43491 at

Above left: A raised roof in the central volume of this new Lockwood show home ensures the living area is especially spacious. The home, which highlights the Skagen concept plan, also features a contemporary pergola with timber screens that add a little privacy to the deck. Top and above: Blonded timber lines the walls and ceilings, helping to keep the interior light and airy. As with all Lockwood homes, the Skagen is well insulated and earthquake resistant. Because the wood helps the house to breathe, the home provides a particularly comfortable living environment.

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Gracious living Mature oak trees create a magical setting for this new Tauranga show home by Landmark Homes


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Even with a compact footprint, a new home can still deliver everything a family needs for a relaxed, enviable lifestyle. The new Kerehi show home in Tauranga, built by the Bay of Plenty franchisee for nationwide company Landmark Homes, is a perfect example. The twostorey home doesn’t take up too much of the site, but it incorporates a great array of special features that justify the tag “small big home”. Anna Zandstra of Landmark Homes Bay of Plenty says the house is positioned

so the living spaces have a northerly aspect, with all-day sun in the winter. “We added bifolding doors off both the formal living area and the dining room to provide an easy indoor-outdoor flow,” says Zandstra. “The interior is also seamless, but the staircase creates a natural division between the living areas.” Space is maximised on the upper level, which has two generously sized bedrooms, a large bathroom and an extra-special loft space above the garage. This could be a hobby room, media room or office.

Other key features include a 2.55m ceiling height on the ground floor, a designer galley-style kitchen with a scullery and a stable door that opens to a deck. For peace of mind, the exterior is clad in highly durable Linea weatherboards. The show home can be viewed at 62A Grace Rd, Tauranga, phone (07) 577 9986. Website:

Above left: The new Kerehi show home by Landmark Homes in Tauranga maximises a compact footprint. A gabled roofline and weatherboard exterior enhance the traditional character of the house, which is named after the Maori word for grace.

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Above: Formal and informal living areas are separated by a central staircase. All Landmark Homes projects come with a 10-year Master Builders guarantee.

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Top: Bifolding doors open up to an expansive deck area on the north side of the house.

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All in the family Sustainable initiatives influenced the design of the new GJ Gardner Homes show home, which caters to family living on a grand scale The secret to a successful show home lies in making you feel as though you are walking into a home, rather than a house. That’s exactly what this new show home does. The new GJ Gardner Homes show home in Long Bay was designed and built for the family, says Tony Houston, owner of the North Shore franchise. “With three living areas, five bedrooms and three bathrooms, this is a generously sized home,” Houston says. “But the flowing layout, wood flooring and light airy interior ensure it feels warm and inviting.”


Houston says the sustainable design features are creating just as much interest as the architecture and interior design. These include double glazing and increased insulation in the walls. The house also features energy-saving LED lighting throughout, and has a heat pump hot water system. “Passive design is another plus. The living areas are sunny in winter, which helps to warm the interior. And because the open-plan family living area opens out to the rear, privacy is ensured.”

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Other features include 2.7m-high ceilings, a designer kitchen with separate scullery, a master suite retreat with a walkin wardrobe, and a separate children’s wing with its own bathroom and television lounge. There is also a bedroom suite with its own entry on the ground floor. To contact GJ Gardner Homes, phone 0800 42 45 46. Web: save | share Search 42677 at

Facing page: This new GJ Gardner Homes show home at Long Bay reflects the coastal location – the house offers a contemporary twist on the traditional bach. The cladding features painted timber weatherboards, and there are aluminium louvres over the high windows in the entry void. Above: The spacious interior provides 2.7m-high ceilings. All the main rooms open out to the outdoors, where large eaves provide sheltered terraces for outdoor living. Far left and left: The kitchen and bathrooms reflect the high standard of specification.

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Double vision Overlooking a valley, this house also has views to the hill behind

Above: With a low profile and a living roof, this house merges into the landscape. The pared-back, modern design is by architectural firm Turnbull Griffin Haesloop. Right: Living spaces open up to a sheltered courtyard and lap pool. The grass roof provides insulation and filters rainwater to ensure a slow run-off, which helps prevent erosion.


Set on a steep incline overlooking mountain and sea, a house will enjoy a private window on nature. But there are many more ways a home can connect with its environment, from choice of materials to a focus on all things sustainable. This new house, designed by architects Eric Haesloop and Mary Griffin, with interior design by Margaret Turnbull, and input from the owners, is sited to capture views of Mount Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay. It also engages the hillside behind – a retaining wall follows the undulating contours of the hill and anchors the house to the steep face. “The house has a loose U shape, with the central form set out from the hillside by an internal courtyard with a lap pool – the living spaces all open out to this sheltered area,” Haesloop says. “The master suite at one end and garage at the other link back to the hill, completing the U. “Setting the house out in this way provides views up the hillside. At the front, the home has a panoramic outlook over the valley. The overall effect is a little like an eagle’s eyrie, and birds often soar past the front deck.” Almost invisible from the road above, the house has a living grass roof, with three pop-up roofs on a steeper angle rising above. These correspond to the living space, the dining and kitchen volume and the master bedroom. “The angled roofs allowed us to include clerestory windows that improve the vistas to the slope behind,” says Haesloop.” They also optimise sunlight capture for the photovoltaic cells on the roofs and create higher, more airy interiors in the spaces directly beneath them.” Besides the grass roof, which offers passive drainage and insulation, and the solar panels, the exteriors reflect a care for the environment in choice of materials. The cladding is in ipê, a hardwood noted for its longevity that needs no finish, and concrete with a 30% component of fly ash, a recycled industrial by-product.

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Facing page: IpĂŞ wood cladding helps connect the house to its environment. Raised roof elements with photovoltaic cells are angled to capture maximum sunshine. Above left: Eco-friendly principles were an important part of the design. The concrete contains a high percentage of recycled fly ash. Left: The master suite at the far end of the home opens directly onto the internal courtyard and lap pool.

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Facing page: The front door opens to a long vista right through the home. Sculptures on display give this area the feel of a light-filled gallery. The interplay of white and recycled elm accentuates the raised roof elements for an airy look. Furniture is low and linear, echoing the form of the house. Left: A floor plan shows how the retaining wall and house hug the curve of the hillside. The garage is by the front door at the lower end, and the master suite is at the top.

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Above: Clerestory windows optimise sunlight penetration and views to the hill behind. Concrete slab construction under the elm flooring provides passive heat exchange to keep the house cool in summer. Right: The kitchen, positioned at the corner of the home, is designed to extend the natural material palette, with countertops in Madre Perla granite. In the mild Californian climate, indoor-outdoor flow was an integral aspect of the design.


The focus on sustainability extends indoors, with locally milled reclaimed elm on the floor and walls. These warm wood surfaces are interwoven with white paint finishes in a way that accentuates the raised roof forms. “Pitched to follow the hillside, the ceilings call to mind the home’s very special, dramatic setting,” says Haesloop. Next to the garage at one end of the house, the understated front door opens to the upper level. From here, there is a clear view down a passageway to the master suite at the other end. An external balcony bites into the volume, corresponding to the roofs and creating a degree of separation between the kitchen and dining area and the living spaces. Downstairs, the second level accommodates two studies and two guest bedrooms. Margaret Turnbull says the open interiors are finished to flow with the architecture. “The furniture is comfortable, simple and grounded, in black, cream and green tones that reflect the environment.” The interiors also offer some surprises, with dramatic artworks acquired by the owners on their travels prominently displayed. Coffee tables in the living room were chosen by Turnbull and are reminiscent of lilypads – another reference to the natural world. “The kitchen, on an outer corner of the home, is also finished in subtle, earthy hues. And while external shades mitigate the impact of the sun on the interior, these were reduced in this area to facilitate clear views to Mount Tamalpais directly across the valley,” she says. Haesloop says it is exhilarating to walk from the side of the house that nestles into the hillside across the interior to the front deck, which is suspended high above the valley. “The design of this house was driven by its setting and also by the dedication of its owners, who were involved every step of the way.”

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Architect: Eric Haesloop FAIA LEED AP, Mary Griffin FAIA, Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects (San Francisco, CA) Interior designer and kitchen designer: Margaret Turnbull ASID, Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects Cabinet company: Mueller Nicholls Builder: Redhorse Constructors Structural engineer: Fratessa Forbes Wong Cladding: Ipê Roofing: Rana Creek living roof with biotrays Doors and windows: Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors in mahogany Skylights: Royalite aluminium Wallcoverings and floors: Aborica reclaimed elm wood panelling Paints and varnishes: Benjamin Moore Lighting: ELP downlights Heating: Radiant floor Furniture: Living room – Vitra Polder sofa; Ligne Roset Pebble coffee table; Noguchi Cyclone dining table, Zanotta Lia chair Blinds: MechoShades from Shades of Marin Outdoor furniture: Henry Hall Kitchen cabinets: Elm, Mueller Nicholls Benchtops: Madre Perla granite Kitchen sink: Franke Taps: Dornbracht Meta .02 Oven, microwave, dishwasher: Miele, available at Kitchen Things Cooktop, waste disposal: Viking Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Bathroom vanity: Costa Smeralda granite, limestone Basin: Duravit Architec Taps, shower fittings: Dornbracht Shower enclosure: Custom, acidetched glass Bathroom flooring: Kota blue low cleft slate; Tatami Wheat limestone tiles by Walker Zanger Wall tiles: Oceanside Accessories: Dornbracht

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Right: The master bedroom, at the far end of the house, combines privacy with views of the bay and the mountain. Concealed lighting above the bed provides a soft ambience while the low bed continues the look of the furniture throughout the home. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by David Wakely


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Above: A skylight in the master bathroom brings in additional light. The acid-etched glass blade wall provides separation and privacy between the steam room to the left and a shower to the right. The floor is in Tatami Wheat limestone tiles by Walker Zanger, bringing another natural touch to the interiors.

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Green for good Choosing the green alternative need not cost any more than a standard build. Three homes specifically designed to meet 6 Homestar criteria are proof Any perceptions people may have about the high cost of building an eco-friendly home have been put right with the unveiling of three new homes in Auckland. The Axis series of one, two and three-bedroom homes, developed by Hobsonville Land Company, have been designed to achieve a 6 Homestar rating, and are on the market for considerably less


than the median house price. Homestar, a joint venture between the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) and the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ), is the only residential rating tool that evaluates the environmental attributes and performance efficiency of houses, townhouses and apartments. The rating can be used as a

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guide to build greener homes above the existing building code, which is an equivalent 4 Homestar rating. Dana Alexander, Homestar business development manager, says building to the higher rating provides longterm benefits in saving energy and water, thereby reducing the running cost of the home. Alexander says 6 Homestar homes are also warmer, drier

and healthier than homes built to the existing building code, and don’t need to cost more. “Good site orientation is critical, for example, and that can be achieved at no extra cost,� she says. Sustainable design features present in the three Axis homes at Hobsonville Point include extra ceiling and wall insulation, slab-edge insulation, heat pump water heating

and energy-efficient lighting (CFLs) with no downlights. The homes also have highperformance -low-e glazing, low VOC interior finishes and rainwater tanks plumbed into the laundry and water-efficient toilets. The cost of the build was also reduced by recycling 70% of the construction waste. Alexander says because the housing market in New Zealand is undergoing a period

of change, due to a range of factors, achieving a balance between housing quality, affordability and sustainability is a hotly debated topic. “Developments such as the one by Hobsonville Land Company will be an inspiration to the industry to get this balance right,” she says. “They will also grow demand among buyers looking for greener homes where the calculations

take into account whole of life affordability, including the running costs for a home.” For more information and to experience a 6 Homestarrated virtual tour, visit www. For details of the Axis homes, visit

Facing page: This new home is one of three houses developed by Hobsonville Land Company that have targeted a 6 Homestar rating. Sustainability features include orientation to achieve passive solar gain, and each house has a rainwater tank, with the water used in the laundry and toilets.

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Suite dreams With its designer decor, high-end materials and wealth of amenities, Eden Village is more like a hotel than a retirement village, which is just as it should be, says the team at Yellowfox Preceding pages and above: Eden Village is a new type of retirement village – one where an emphasis is on a luxurious lifestyle. The village offers 40 contemporary one- and two-bedroom apartments. It also provides 67 Care Suites, for residents who require rest home care or agerelated hospital care. Each apartment and suite is modelled on a luxury hotel suite. Communal areas include a club lounge, hair salon, dining room, bar and café.


The brief for the designers working on this retirement village was a little unexpected – they were asked to research five-star hotel interiors. Yellowfox, who worked in conjunction with Babbage Architects, the design architects for the project, says the developer of Eden Village, Oceania Group, saw a gap in the market for empty-nesters moving out of the family home. Designer Vikki Gorton says it is clear the new generation of retirees is looking to downsize, but not downgrade. “Lifestyle is of the utmost importance, and this village needed to provide the kind of

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luxury and amenities you would see in a fivestar hotel.” Gorton says the attention to detail had to encompass the public areas, and extend right through to the apartments and Care Suites. “As well as designing the look and feel of these areas, we also had to address the present and future needs of the residents.” Using the exterior colour and material palettes as a starting point, Yellowfox introduced a range of warm neutrals, with textural surfaces adding visual interest to key public areas. These include Bestwood wood veneers,

painted pressed tin panelling and natural stone. “With canopies and café furniture there is a distinctive Parisian look to the Main Street area,” says Gorton. “Residents can entertain family and friends with a drink in the bar or a meal in the restaurant, just like in a hotel.” For more information, contact Yellowfox Auckland or Yellowfox Waiheke, PO Box 11282, Ellerslie, phone (09) 525 3450. Email: design@ Web: For more details on independent living and care at Eden Village, phone (09) 213 5070. Website:

Above left, top and above: The designers at Yellowfox specified a variety of materials, including Bestwood wood veneers, Expona Design vinyl plank flooring from Polyflor and tiles from Tile Warehouse. Left: Tile Warehouse tiles clad the wall in this common room. Several rooms and passageways also feature luxurious bespoke Axminster broadloom carpets.

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Above: Yellowfox specified Expona Design luxury vinyl tiles from Polyflor for flooring in the Main Street, restaurant and café areas. The colour chosen is Weathered Hickory, which imparts a rich, warm feel. Right: The flooring comprises individual planks that resemble natural wood. As a commercialgrade flooring, Expona Design has a polyurethane surface treatment that will ensure it keeps its good looks for years to come.


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What lies underfoot will always determine the overall ambience of an interior, so it is never a decision to be taken lightly. Yellowfox specified high-end vinyl flooring for many areas within Eden Village. The main street, restaurant and café all feature Expona Design luxury vinyl tiles, which take the form of individual planks. “We specified vinyl in Weathered Hickory for these floors,” says Vikki Gorton. “This flooring imparts the beauty of a natural wood floor, but is softer underfoot and easy to maintain.” Melissa Allington, marketing co-ordinator

for Polyflor, says Expona Design vinyl flooring is a commercial-grade product that incorporates polyurethane for added durability and ease of maintenance. “The surface treatment makes this a very sturdy flooring – it also makes it easier to keep it looking like new,” she says. “The aesthetics of this vinyl are also appropriate for the village, as they give the interior a welcoming, warm look.” Allington says the hairdressing salon has Expona Design as well, but in Light Elm. Kitchenettes in the Care Suites feature Polyflor cushion vinyl in Forest Oak. This is a sheet

vinyl designed to look like wood planks. “Bathrooms are another area where Polyflor products are used,” says Allington. “Polysafe Corona in the colour Barley provides a safety vinyl floor for the Care Suites. This sustainable flooring keeps its slip resistance for the life of the product, and is ideal for showers.” Another Polyflor product also features in the showers. Polyclad wall cladding is a waterproof lining that is hygienic and easy to clean. For more information, contact Polyflor, phone 0800 765 935. Email: Website:

Top: The Main Street Café also features Expona Design vinyl flooring in Weathered Hickory. Above left: Polyflor cushion vinyl in Forest Oak makes a practical, goodlooking flooring for kitchenettes in the Care Suites. Above: To provide a durable, safe, anti-slip flooring for bathrooms in the Care Suites, Polysafe Corona in Barley was specified. The bathroomware is by Robertson.

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Top and centre: Resene Eighth Bison Hide was chosen for walls in the lounge and bedrooms in the apartments. Feature walls are in Resene Half Bison Hide, a stronger version of the same shade. Above and above right: In the Care Suites the walls feature Resene Double Blanc. All the ceilings, scotias, architraves and doors are in Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream.


A subtle tone-on-tone colour palette adds visual depth to the interiors at Eden Village. The design team at Yellowfox specified a variety of shades from the Resene The Range Whites & Neutrals fandeck. Ceilings, scotias, architraves, skirting boards and doors are painted in Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream. Walls in the Care Suites are painted in Resene Double Blanc, a blend of rose beige and warm white. Another neutral, Resene Eighth Bison Hide, a bleached grass shade, is on walls in the apartments. Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen features on the

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broadwalls. This waterborne enamel provides a tough durable finish. It is complemented by Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel on the trim and joinery. Both products are Environmental Choice approved and available in a wide range of colours. For further details, or to pick up a colour chart, visit a Resene ColorShop, or phone 0800 Resene (737 363). Website: save | share Search 43613 at

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Fresh approach With its lively colour palette, timber accents and the latest Fisher & Paykel appliances, this new kitchen is especially inviting


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Hidden surprises can lift a kitchen out of the ordinary and make it a much more enjoyable place to work. This kitchen, designed by Natalie Du Bois of Du Bois Design, has several such surprises. The designer says the owners wanted a light, fresh kitchen with colour introduced as an accent, rather than a solid backdrop. To this end, Du Bois specified a lime green colourbacked glass splashback, and a matching pantry, which provides an unexpected pop of colour when the pocket door slides open. The green is contrasted by white painted timber

cabinetry with dark walnut-stained timber panels, and by the crisp stainless steel of the Fisher & Paykel appliances. These include the CookSurface, a gas cooktop with retractable pot supports, burners and controls. When not in use, these elements are hidden, and the glass surface is flat and easy to clean. The CookSurface is teamed with two Fisher & Paykel 60cm multifunction ovens. Du Bois says she recommended these models for her clients because they have generous oven cavities and will cater well to the family’s needs.

The kitchen also features an integrated 90cm single DishDrawer™ – an ergonomic dishwasher that avoids the need for bending. And a new ActiveSmart™ French Door Ice & Water refrigerator with Icemaker provides plenty of cool storage. A trim kit creates a seamless installation. For details, visit the Fisher & Paykel website: Or visit the Du Bois Design website: save | share Search 42773 at

These pages: Designer Natalie Du Bois (above) specified a full complement of Fisher & Paykel appliances for this new kitchen. These include two OB60S9DEPX1 multifunction ovens, the CookSurface gas cooktop, an integrated 90cm single DishDrawer, and the French Door refrigerator with surround trim kit. The trim kit conceals the gaps required for a flush-fitting refrigerator, while still ensuring the doors can open wide. Photography by Kallan MacLeod

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Perfect match Three new show homes for three different budgets are equipped with three different Smeg appliance collections – these pages profile the high-end show home by Mike Greer Homes If there’s one single thing that will catch the attention of potential home buyers, it’s a great kitchen. The design team at Mike Greer Homes recognises the importance of equipping the company’s show homes with kitchens that combine eye-catching aesthetics with unparalleled functionality. To this end, Mike Greer Homes has chosen to feature Smeg appliances in its show homes, including three brand new homes in Canterbury. Director Mike Flutey says these homes


target three different market sectors: medium, medium-high and high-end. Each home is equipped with predominantly Smeg appliances from collections that are matched to the house. “The high-end home, for example, features top-of-the line appliances by Smeg and Baumatic, including the Smeg 90cm freestanding cooker, which is the centrepiece in the kitchen.” Flutey says the company chose Smeg because it was impressed with the quality of the Italian design and manufacture.

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“We were able to secure Smeg Italian appliances for a very competitive price. We have all the benefits that come with a Smeg appliance, including the high quality and lasting reputation.” The Smeg 90cm freestanding cooker has an electric oven with a vast 126-litre capacity, and five gas hobs, including an ultra-rapid wok burner. The twin fan-forced oven offers five functions and comes with manual or programmable cooking options. The oven also has a 41-litre, full-width

storage compartment. In addition, the cooker features the Smeg Ever-Clean enamel interior, making the oven very easy to maintain. The kitchen in the show home also features the Smeg 60cm freestanding stainless steel dishwasher, which accommodates 14 place settings. This dishwasher has an orbital wash system – unique to Smeg – that ensures every glass, dish and pot comes out sparkling clean. A 90cm stainless steel slimline rangehood removes steam and odours quietly

and quickly. The controls are illuminated with coloured lighting, so functions in operation can be seen at a glance. The aesthetics are another plus – the hood complements the sleek kitchen design. For more information on the Smeg appliance collection, visit the website: For Mike Greer Homes, visit save | share Search 43548 at

Facing page: High-end materials and appliances were specified for this top-of-the-line show home by Mike Greer Homes. The benchtops are granite, and the appliances are by Smeg and Baumatic. This page: A Smeg 90cm freestanding cooker is the focal point of the kitchen. The oven has a massive capacity of 126 litres, while the gas cooktop has five burners with a range of outputs. The oven also features the traditional Canali knobs that are a signature for Smeg. Other appliances are the Smeg 60cm stainless steel dishwasher and a 90cm stainless steel chimney slimline rangehood.

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Mood magic In this living room, the ambience can be completely transformed with DimSlim cove lighting from Lighthouse Lighting


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When it comes to lighting, one size does not fit all. There are times when you require plenty of bright light for a specific task and other times when you want to create a more cosy, intimate ambience. But you don’t need lots of different lights to be able to ring the changes. With DimSlim cove lighting, all the settings you could require for your room are available from a single fixture. DimSlim cove lighting, available at Lighthouse Lighting stores, is an energyefficient fluorescent light fixture that lets

you choose the level of light you prefer at any given moment. You may choose to illuminate your room with a cosy, warm evening light, a comfortable cool light or a level in between. There is also an energising daylight setting that gives you plenty of light to work by. Peter Leong of Lighthouse Lighting says the light output from DimSlim cove lighting is very high, so there is no need for any additional fixtures. “DimSlim cove lighting has the added advantage of seamless aesthetics,” he

says. “There are no breaks in the light, so the visual effect is particularly attractive.” DimSlim cove lighting comes with an easy-to-use control panel that includes a dimmer switch. For more details, talk to a Lighthouse Lighting consultant or visit the websites: and save | share Search 43558 at

Above left: Lighting, more than any other single item in our home, has a strong influence on our sense of wellbeing. With DimSlim cove lighting from Lighthouse Lighting you can adjust the lighting level to suit your needs at any particular time of the day or night. . Top and above: The same room can look completely different, depending on the light setting. The DimSlim cove lighting is at the warmest setting in the top image, while the lower image shows a daylight setting. Photography courtesy of Lighthouse Remuera

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Sound footing Custom timber flooring gives this home a refined air – the upmarket yet understated engineered Venture Plank was completed by Floorex


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As one of the largest surface areas in a home, flooring has a dramatic influence on the look of your space. It makes good design sense to ask a specialist for a product that combines strength and stability with enduring appeal. Floorex specialises in both the supply and installation of solid and engineered timber floors, says director Lincoln Person. “We offer an extensive range of high-end flooring solutions – everything from solid timber to engineered timber, in a variety of finishes. We select and promote products that work for New Zealand’s unique atmosphere and climate.

“The floor seen here is typical of our highly versatile designer product, Venture Plank. This is an attractive engineered timber floor that’s popular with architects, interior designers, and specifiers. One of the most sustainable wood floorings available today, it can be supplied unfinished or prefinished. “We specialise in custom hand stain finishes and can achieve almost any colour, tone, sheen level, texture or coating type. Schist, seen here, is a finish that works well with stone features.” Venture Plank is as strong as it is versatile. The 6mm surface layer of solid oak means there

is more sandable timber than engineered floors have traditionally offered. The multilayer birch plywood backing eliminates any possibility of cupping or shrinking, says Person. “Dramatic, practical and affordable, Venture Plank can transform the look of a home.” To contact Floorex, phone 0800 4 FLOORS (435 66 77). Email: Or visit the website: save | share Search 43560 at

These pages: This home has been given a dramatic lift with the inclusion of a Venture Plank engineered timber floor by Floorex. Venture Plank can be installed directly over under-floor heating. Gluing, secret nailing and floating installation options extend its versatility. Eighteen hand-applied stains are available, offering a broad variety of designer looks. The colour Schist was chosen for this project to complement the use of natural stone.

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Take the plunge A touch of the tropics comes to Taupo – this elevated lap pool by Mayfair Pools features an inviting Fiji Sands fibreglass interior Swimming pools are often an integral part of a new home project, and it makes sense to work on both at the same time. That’s precisely what happened with this new home at Acacia Bay on Lake Taupo. Mayfair Pools worked alongside building contractor Bayline Construction in a joint venture. Grant van der Vegte of Mayfair Pools says because the house is built on a steep hillside, extensive retaining walls were required. These were utilised for the structure of the pool, to reduce costs.

“Building with fibreglass liners, as Mayfair Pools does, is the ideal construction method for such a geotechnically active region, where ground movement is likely,” he says. The 12m x 2.5m lap pool forms the centrepiece of the outdoor living area. It is defined by flamed basalt stone coping, black ceramic tiles on the waterline and a Fiji Sands fibreglass interior. A thermal blanket cover and roller are concealed in a pit at one end. Other key features include a heat

pump, Austral NZ filtration system, Zodiac salt chorinator and Wi-Ficontrolled LED underwater lighting. For details, contact Mayfair Pools, phone 0800 MAYFAIR (629 324). Or visit the website: save | share Search 43547 at Above: This lap pool, by Mayfair Pools and Bayline Construction, is elevated to maximise views.

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Back to basics While the gabled roofs and traditional cladding of these houses reference archetypal farm buildings, the pared-back detailing puts a contemporary spin on the rural vernacular

Off the land By taking rural architecture back to its essence, this house presents a tranquil, uncluttered environment, where the living is easy


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Exploring different design options for a rural site is a good way to fine-tune your wish list – after all there’s usually plenty of space to go up and out if desired. Architect Nick Noyes came up with three different alternatives for the owners of this rural property in California. But at the heart of all of these was a recognition that the house would not compete with the landscape, but rather sit comfortably within it. “The owners chose to go with a design that presents the house as a cluster of

Preceding pages: To maximise this picturesque rural site, Californian architect Nick Noyes designed the house as a cluster of buildings, which are grouped in a U shape around a large courtyard. A series of steps leads down to a swimming pool. Above and left: The gabled volumes reference traditional farm buildings, but with a pared-back simplicity that keeps the look modern. Each volume is linked to another by a modern connector element in steel and glass.

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farm buildings, with ultra-modern steel and glass linking elements, which we call connectors,” Noyes says. “Architecturally, the four buildings are typical of the farming vernacular – they are simple, gabled volumes. The three living wings have James Hardie cladding that is similar to traditional wood boards, while the garage is clad in iron. Again, the different materials reference the way farm buildings evolve over time.” However, the architect says paring back the detailing, introducing the modern


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transition elements and an airy, open-plan interior elevates the concept, giving the house a very modern focus. The three main volumes form a U shape around a large courtyard, with a series of steps leading down to a pool. Overhangs with steel and wood trellises provide shade and help to keep the interior cool in summer. In the living wing, the white-painted wood-lined ceiling soars to follow the gabled roofline, with exposed rafters and black steel tie-rods.

“The ceiling reinforces the barn-like feel of the interior, but we chose to make the tie-rods from steel to keep the look crisp and modern,” says Noyes. “They set up a nice rhythm throughout the space.” Rather than tuck the kitchen towards the back of the living area, the owners chose to position it centrally, between the dining and living areas. “It’s a very social space,” says the architect. “The owners wanted the kitchen to be in the middle of everything. They said they don’t care if everyone can see the

Above left and far left: With its soaring ceiling, and exposed rafters and tie-rods, the barn-like main living volume is light and airy. French doors on opposite sides of the room open out to the courtyard and a terrace. A steel and wood trellis on a pergola keeps the sun at bay in summer. Top: The kitchen is positioned in the centre of the house, with most of the food preparation undertaken on a large L-shaped island. The rear cabinets feature rusticated wood boards. Above: Built-in window seats either side of the fireplace also provide storage for logs.

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Top left and right: Painted wood boards feature in other areas of the house, adding visual interest and reinforcing the rural connection. Above left and right: The boards are aligned with the windows, which has a subtle calming effect. Facing page: Colourful towels hang outside the bedroom wing within the central volume of the house. An outdoor grill is positioned under the shade of a leafy tree.


clutter of food preparation. But there is a large pantry tucked out of sight behind.” In keeping with the old-meets-new design, the rear cabinets have rustic wood doors, but these are flush with recessed pulls. They create a textural backdrop to two white islands, including an L-shaped island with the cooking centre and sink. The barn references can be seen in other areas, noticeably where the walls are painted boards. In the connectors, these walls are reminiscent of traditional porches. Noyes says the construction team

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also took great care to line up the boards with the windows, to help keep the look simple and calm. “It may not be instantly obvious, but if the alignment wasn’t there, the effect would be much more cluttered.” Throughout the house, windows and doors are positioned to maximise cross ventilation. Other sustainable benefits include passive solar gain from the thermal mass of the concrete slab. Provision has also been made for the installation of photovoltaic panels at a later date.

Architect: Nick Noyes, Nick Noyes Architecture (San Francisco) Interior designer: Christopher Miniello, C Miniello Interiors Structural engineer: Duncan Engineering Builder: Eddinger Enterprises Cladding: James Hardie HardiePlank Roofing: Galvalume corrugated roofing Doors and windows: Hope’s Steel Flooring: Pre-engineered hardwood Paints and varnishes: Benjamin Moore Lighting: Halo Kitchen cabinetry: Painted wood Benchtops and splashback: Carrara marble Sink: Elkay Oven and cooktop: Wolf Ventilation: Jenn-Air Refrigeration: Sub-Zero Dishwasher: Bosch, available at Kitchen Things Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Bruce Damonte

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Left: The master suite opens to a covered alfresco seating area on one side of the courtyard. A wood trellis at the top of the gabled roof provides welcome shade in summer, while in winter the sun is low enough to penetrate. The courtyard is largely gravel, planted with wild grasses and a grove of shade trees.


Transparent agenda Weatherboards and a metal roof place this new home comfortably within horse country, but minimalist volumes and expansive glazing offer a more contemporary interpretation

Previous pages: Robert M Gurney FAIA and Therese Baron Gurney ASID created this rural retreat in the Virginia countryside. The simple form of the three pavilions is a modern interpretation of traditional farmhouses. These pages: Whether inside or out, a sense of transparency and relationship to the landscape is present. The minimal exterior detailing and understated interior enhance appreciation of the views.


The architectural history of Albemarle County, Virginia stretches back over 200 years, and comprises stately homes in Charlottesville as well as plantation-style farms in the outlying rural areas. This new home, deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, can be viewed as an abstracted farmhouse, rooted in the regional vernacular, but unquestionably modern.

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Architect Robert M Gurney says that the relationship of the home to the landscape in which it is situated informed all aspects of the design. “From the outside, it’s all about how the simple form of the house relates to the rolling pasture on one side, and the woodland on the other. You can see right through, so there’s an unbroken visual connection to the landscape.

“We oriented the house to the southwest, which means that sunlight comes into the main living pavilion any time of the year. “Inside the house, the transparency – especially in that main volume – means you are visually engaged with the surrounding environment at all times.” The interior scheme further enhances this engagement.

These pages: Flanked by two smaller volumes – one houses the garage and a screened porch, the other contains the master suite – the large central pavilion has walls of glass on both sides. Viewed from outside, this uninterrupted sightline fully integrates the built and the natural elements. Inside, Therese Baron Gurney selected furnishings that were understated, versatile and comfortable to reinforce the underlying agenda of relaxation and appreciation of the rural setting.


Therese Baron Gurney says, “This is, first and foremost, a family home. My intention inside was to continue the easy-going design that Bob created on the exterior. The finishes and furnishings were selected with this in mind.” Inside the main volume, walnut kitchen cabinets on one end are echoed by the panels cladding the opposite wall. The space between is filled

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with comfortable furniture in simple lines and a warm, muted colour palette. “As a holiday home, the interior elements must be versatile, yet very cohesive; that means things can be moved around and still look unified,” she says. The black stools at the kitchen island and chairs at the dining table can be placed wherever extra seating is

required. Similarly, any of the tables and chairs can be moved onto the terrace for outdoor entertaining. “All our projects start with the site,” Gurney says. “Our houses facilitate a relationship between the occupants and the landscape. As much as this is a place where the family gathers and plays, it’s also where they can simply and quietly enjoy the surrounding beauty.”

Architect: Robert M Gurney FAIA, Robert M Gurney Architect (Washington DC) Project architect: Claire L Andreas Construction: Shelter Associates Ltd Landscape architect: Kevin Campion, Campion Hruby Landscape Architects Engineer: D Anthony Beale LLC Interior designer: Therese Baron Gurney ASID, Baron Gurney Interiors Story by Kathleen Kinney Photography by Maxwell MacKenzie

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Top: Quarter-sawn white oak floors bring warmth to the public spaces of the interior, and reinforce the connection to the surrounding woodland. Rather than skirting boards, a 6mm reveal is the only detail between the walls and the floors. Left: The master bathroom is partially comprised of a glass-walled extrusion. The orientation of the house ensures that this private space cannot be seen from the driveway.


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Epson NZ 127 Escea 103 Fantini 23 Firenzo 59 Firth 40 Fisher & Paykel 32, 59, 112-115 Floorex 120-121 Formica 59 Fowler Homes 5, 68-70 Franke 95 Frasers Papamoa 72-73 Fratessa Forbes Wong 95 Fujitsu IFC-1 Gaggenau 23 Galvalume 137 GD Woodhaus 98-99 Geldof, Ingrid 40 Giorgi Exclusive Homes 16-23 Giorgi, Claude 16-23 GJ Gardner Homes 82-83 Griffin, Mary FAIA 86-95 Grohe 15 Gurney, Robert M FAIA 138-144 Gurney, Therese Baron ASID 138-144 Haesloop, Eric FAIA 86-95 Halo 137 Harnell Coolheat 59 Henry Hall 95 Herman Pacific 32 Hill, David 50-59 Hinuera Stone 124 Home Ideas Centre 123 Home Prize 145 Homestar 96-97 Hope’s Steel 137 Icon 59 Ingrid Geldof Design 40 Inlite 32 Jal Developments 64-67 Jalcon Homes 64-67 James Halstead Flooring 108-109 James Hardie 137 James Mackay Builders 50-59

Jenn-Air 137 JJ Oskam Builders 26-32 Johnston, Regan NZIA 26-32 Kaldewei 15 Katie Brown Glass 15 Kitchen Things 15, 148-IBC Kitchen Top 15 Kos 23 Kudos Louvres 15, 25 Lahood 15 Landmark Homes NZ 80-81 Leuschke Kahn Architects 6-15 Leuschke, Paul 6-15 Lighting City 23 Lighting Network 33, 118-119 Ligne Roset 95 Living Flame 15 Lockwood 60-63, 74-77, 84-85 Luxaflex 15 Lysaght 49 Mason & Wales Architects 26-32 Masterwood Joinery 40 Mayfair Pools 125 McKenzie & Willis 40 Mercer 59 Metrix 15 Michel Cesar 59 Mico 59 Miele 15, 23, 40, 49, 95 Miniello, Christopher 128-137 Mobile Glass 15 Morgan Pools 102 Mueller Nicholls 95 Nick Noyes Architecture 128-137 Noguchi 95 Noyes, Nick 128-137 NZ Green Building Council 96-97 Oakleys Bathroom Centre & Plumbing Supplies 40 Oceanside Glasstile 95 Plumbing World 32 59, 108-109 Polyflor Quality Dolphin Pools 23 Queensland Timber Flooring 49 Rana Creek 95

Real Flame 23 Redhorse Constructors 95 Renovation Resource 145 Resene 15, 23, 40, 59, 110 Rietveld, Mark RAIA 16-23 Rinnai 59 Robert M Gurney Architect FAIA 138-144 Royalite 95 Samsung 15, OBC Selectrix 32 Shades of Marin 95 Shelter Associates Ltd 138-144 Sikkens 59 Smeg 71, 116-117 Spa One 40 Sparks Architects 42-49 Sparks, Dan 42-49 SpazioCasa 15 Stevenson & Williams 32 Sub-Zero 95, 137 Surround Sounds 23 Thom Craig Architects 34-40 Three Dimensional Cabinets 23 Timber Solutions 15 Trends Publishing International 24, 78, 100, 126, 147 Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects 86-95 Turnbull, Margaret ASID 86-95 Turner, Gary 32 Ultrabond 23 VCBC 32 Velux 15 Viking 95 Vitra 95 Vola 40 Walker Zanger 95 Walsh Builders 6-15 Warmington Studio 32 Warwick 2, 111 Westinghouse 59 Wilson and Hill Architects 50-59 Wolf 137 Yellowfox 106-110 Zanotta 95








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