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64 A house with a difference – the second floor of this new house by Cameron Ireland resembles a large floating box. To read more, turn to pages 26-35. Photography by Jamie Cobel.

REGIONAL VERNACULAR Close to nature Mature eucalyptus trees and a meandering stream provide the framework for this contemporary property nestled in the bush


Winter wonderland This house responds to the views and a need to ski in and ski out – the design calls to mind old mining structures once seen in the area


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Sense of place Architecture is constantly evolving, but different regions can be defined by specific materials and aesthetics

Close to nature Mature eucalyptus trees and a meandering stream provide the framework for this contemporary property nestled in the bush


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Natural materials invariably come to mind when building in the bush. After all, they are a guaranteed way to ensure a house is in harmony with the landscape. Homes in the Margaret River region of Western Australia are frequently built from local stone and timber – materials that allow a house to blend in with the natural surroundings. And so it was for this holiday home, designed by architect Simon Rodrigues of Rodrigues Bodycoat Architects. The house sits on a natural ridge above a stream that

meanders its way in a lazy arc around the bush-clad site. The red earth track leading to the house is lined with large boulders found on site, so it was an obvious choice to extend the stone through to the house. “The owners wanted to include as many natural materials as possible,” says Rodrigues. “Some of the stone used in the landscaping is from the property, while the rest is sourced locally to fit the colour and profile required by the owners. Here, it is teamed with Pacific teak wood, with the planks laid vertically.”

From the drive, the house gives little away – it appears as a long, low building that pushes out towards the bush on one side. The architect says playing down the significance of the entry was intentional. “It’s not until you open the front door that the house really reveals itself,” he says. “While the roof is pitched low over the entry and external circulation area along the south side, on the inside it rakes upward to embrace the view and northern aspect through full-height glazing in all the rooms on this side of the house.”

Preceding pages and facing page: Local stone and Pacific teak feature on this holiday home in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. Much of the site is covered with native bush – and there is a stream looping around the property. The owners have also established a small vineyard. Above: The house is positioned on a ridge, which drops away on the northern side. This allows the house to extend out into the landscape. A timber walkway runs the length of the house, linking it to a separate, self-contained guest wing. The area beneath the house is undeveloped, but houses pool equipment and other services.

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Above: A soaring roofline and full-height glazing in the open-plan living area ensure the extensive bush and stream views are maximised. Right: The east-west axis of the house is defined by a stone wall that runs the length of the house. Uplights highlight the colour and texture of the stone. Similar stone features on the fire surround. The floor and cantilevered hearth are concrete.


Above and facing page, lower: The galley-style kitchen extends through to the covered deck, where the stone wall wraps around an outdoor kitchen. White lacquered cabinets are teamed with reconstituted stone benchtops. Facing page, top: An absence of overhead cabinets ensures the stone remains a key feature. The long window doubles as a splashback. Right: The living area and deck appear to float above the natural landscape.


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The stone wall forms the spine of the house, defining the east-west axis. It extends the entire length of the main building and is flanked by the timber walkway that connects with a separate self-contained guest wing. “This stone is part of the contemporary building aesthetic of the Margaret River region,” says Rodrigues. “Here, it forms the dominant feature of the interior – all the interior spaces are aligned with this wall. And we have placed uplights on the floor to highlight the stone at night.”

The architect says the wall was left as uncluttered as possible. For this reason there are no overhead cabinets in the galley-style kitchen, which is the social centre of the house. However, the owners did request a long window that doubles as a splashback. This provides a glimpse of the picturesque bushland on the south side of the house. A long island and matching perimeter cabinets reinforce the horizontal axis. The cabinetry along the wall appears to extend through the glass door to the timber deck

where it forms an outdoor kitchen with a separate cooktop. Rodrigues says the lines between inside and out are deliberately blurred, with the covered deck functioning as a key part of the living area. “The deck, on the northeast side of the house, floats across the landscape overlooking the stream and bush, and a swimming pool at the side. Because most of the bad weather comes from the opposite direction, it is very sheltered, so it can be enjoyed all year round.”

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Top: The master suite, at the western end of the house, features a wall of storage, which separates the bedroom from the bathroom. Above: With its white walls and pale wood veneer, the bathroom in the suite continues the neutral colour palette of the rest of the house. The shower is an open wet area near the expansive windows. The owners can also enjoy the view from the freestanding bathtub. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Peter Hughes


The large openings have insect screens that can be hidden if not required. However, there are fixed insect screens over the high louvre windows, which can be kept open to help with cross ventilation. “The house is not air conditioned, but can be kept at a pleasant temperature in summer and winter,” says the architect. “The concrete floor has underfloor heating, and there is a wood-burning fireplace in the living room.” In keeping with the relaxed nature of the holiday home, the master suite has

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an open layout. A bank of glossy painted cabinets separate the bedroom from the bathroom. These provide ample storage, so there is no need for additional furniture. Both the bed and freestanding bath are positioned to maximise the view through continuous full-height glazing. And with no near neighbours, privacy is assured. resource list | images | video Search 43931 at



Winter wonderland The layout of this multi-structure house responds to the views and a need for ski-in ski-out functionality – the design calls to mind old mining buildings that were once a familiar sight in the area


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Designing a home in a mountain resort can mean conforming to guidelines on architectural styles. However, it is possible to step away from the upscale rustic cabin forms typical of such developments, particularly when there is an alternative precedent to follow. For this house – by architect Barry Gehl and builders Rob McRae and Todd Thesing of Highline Partners – the owners wanted a design that would respond to resort restrictions but have a contemporary feel. The developer of this community had a new home guideline, that followed the rustic Montana look, says Gehl.

Above: Gabled roofs and weatherboards abound in this Montana house. However, this is only half the story – an exposed frame and specific structural treatments evoke the look of old mining buildings that once dotted the area. Three guest suites are to the right, with the great room and circulation tower to the left. Left: The master bedroom – with the lower chimney – has a self-contained feel, much like an old cottage.

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Left and above: An exoskeleton of chunky wood beams and extended rafters leads the eye beyond the house and invites contemplation of its structure. The open design, combined with large sections of glass, allows vistas right through the house to the mountains beyond. Glazed pocket doors 3.65m high and 5.5m wide retract into a cavity between the indoor and outdoor fireplaces to merge the interiors with the alpine environment.


“However, mining industry structures were also once common in this landscape and we chose to reference these strong, raw forms instead to create a more edgy, modern feel.” To this end, the house was designed with a dramatic, highly visible wood structure that extends beyond the footprint of the interiors in some places, much like a wooden exoskeleton. Rob McRae says Gehl and the structural engineer worked through several possibilities to arrive at the intricate combination of raised shed roofs, supporting trusses and beams. “Diagonal steel tension members set into

giant trusses in the great room guard against seismic activity and winds. The chimney on the fireplace is steel, clad in stone, and this also anchors the house against lateral movement.” The exposed structure approach carries over to the connected buildings, too. “Of course, the other prominent material is glass, allowing the front of the home to open up to the views,” says Gehl. “On the street side smaller, cutout windows help create privacy.” The exterior walls are clad in weatherboards, specially dried in a microwave kiln to prevent warping in the dry alpine environment.

Facing page: Exposed rafters and beams ensure the architecture is part of the interior aesthetic as well. Waxed metal elements to the rear play up the industrial feel and contrast the warm hardwoods. Above: The corner cabinet in the dining area was designed by the architect for storage and for stereo speakers. Metal feet on the custom hardwood table continue the pairing of these two materials.

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Above: The sitting room is off the great room and provides a place for intimate conversation – important when there may be up to 20 visitors staying at any one time. Facing page: Going up? A climbing wall provides a white-knuckle ascent option for family and visitors. Two self-rappelling stations mean one person can climb without the aid of a partner. Metal door surrounds add to the home’s modern, industrial edge.


“The exposed structure naturally forms part of the interior aesthetic as well, with the look of the beams and stonework extended by slate and oak floors,” says the architect. “We introduced an industrial accent with the waxed metal finishes on the fir cabinets, some large door entries and the stairway.” In terms of layout, the house steps across the mountainside, with the position of each build element optimising views one way and privacy the other. Part of the brief to the architect and builder was to site the house so family and guests would be able to ski in and ski out.

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The segmented house comprises the great room, a four-level circulation tower – calling to mind a mine shaft tower – a master bedroom, four guest suites, garaging, and ancillary spaces, such as a ski-tuning room. Enclosed walkways connect the various spaces. The great room encompasses a dining area, kitchen and sitting room. Giant 3.65m-high glass doors retract into a slot between the indoor and outdoor fireplaces, opening the interiors to an outdoor living area with an in-ground spa. “The tower accesses the garage at the first floor level, then the great room, followed by

walkways to the guest suites and master bedroom and finally, a study on the top floor,” says Gehl. “However, climbing the stairs isn’t the only way to reach the top of this tower. “A local specialist in competitive climbing walls was asked to create one here for the stair tower. This had to be suitable for both novices and experienced climbers and have two selfarresting rappelling stations. We also stepped the wall away from the windows – this prevents any swinging accidents,” says McRae. Furniture choices further the back-country mining aesthetic and the contemporary accent.

The dining table is made from a large, uneven wood slab, while the angled corner cabinet was designed by the architect along modern lines. A year after building was completed, the house was retrofitted with a geothermal heating system, which draws on the warmth of the ambient ground temperature. In a semi-remote area served mainly by propane gas, this has resulted in savings of 75% on power bills. resource list | save | share Search 44459 at

Facing page: This guest suite builds on the exposed structural appeal, but tie-rods are used to hold the framing together rather than beams. Rungs on the ship’s ladder extend across the wall to form a desk and shelving. This page: The master bedroom has a fireplace that looks as if it has been there for a hundred years. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Benjamin Benschneider

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Urban fringe Contemporary architecture is finding a new home in the city, as derelict buildings on prime sites are gradually replaced

Off the edge A cantilevered box accommodates the second storey of this city house, which was designed to make a bold architectural statement


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New housing is often clustered in established areas of the city, especially when it arises from a single, large subdivided property. Houses in such enclaves may have a complementary architectural style, but are most likely to have their own points of difference, as this project shows. The house, which was designed and built by Cameron Ireland, with architect Jack McKinney, is one of several modern homes built on the site of a former hostel for unmarried mothers. Because Ireland developed most of the new building sites, he was able to retain a similar architectural language. He was also able

to ensure each property would have a private outdoor living area, even though some houses are right on the boundary line. To bring a sense of drama to this house, the designer created a series of square-edged volumes linked by a central circulation spine. One of these volumes is a box-like element that accommodates the entire second storey. “The box is positioned on an angle, which exaggerates the sense that it is simply floating on top of the house,” says Ireland. “The skew makes it seem disconnected. At the front, the cantilevered end of the box pushes out towards

Preceding pages: It’s a two-storey house with a difference – the second floor of this contemporary home is designed to resemble a large floating box. Its skewed position heightens the sense of disconnection. These pages: Different materials define the various volumes. These include vertical cedar boards stained in black, and large-format porcelain tiles. The fence features cedar pickets, that are a nod to traditional villa fences in the neighbourhood.

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Above: The all-white kitchen has a calming influence. Positioned at one end of the large family living area, the kitchen incorporates a long, marble-topped island. There is a separate butler’s pantry behind the cooking centre. The textural flooring features polished aggregate concrete in varying tones of grey and dark charcoal.


the street, commanding attention and signalling the entry. The cantilevered element also helps to enclose the front porch, creating an intimate sense of arrival.” Contrasting materials reinforce the notion of separate volumes. The garage and floating box are clad in black-stained vertical cedar boards, while the box accommodating the formal living room features a large-format porcelain tile that resembles grey marble – these 1.5m-long tiles are fixed to concrete. The single window in this living room is framed in black, which further enhances the visual drama.

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“The large tiles extend through to the inside of the house, where again they wrap around specific volumes,” says Ireland. “The sense of floating elements also continues here, with a suspended open staircase that has timber steps supported by white steel bands. The open nature of this graphic centrepiece means you can see right through the staircase and get a sense of what lies beyond.” And it’s the large, open-plan living area that draws the eye, right from the entry. This expansive space features almost 16m of sliders that open up the room to a long timber deck,

a grassed area, and a swimming pool at the far end of the garden. Contemporary furniture, chosen by interior designer Rachael Newnham, enhances the architecture. The designer also chose to have an all-white kitchen, so it is not visually intrusive. Colour accents, which can be changed out easily, help to enliven the look. In addition to the marble benchtops on the island and perimeter cabinets, there is a separate butler’s pantry. The flooring throughout the living area is polished aggregate concrete, which provides thermal benefits in winter.

Above: More than 16m of sliders open up the living area to the outdoors. Although the neighbouring house is close, all the properties have been designed to ensure privacy for the outdoor living areas. Left: The kitchen also features a bank of seamless white-lacquered cabinetry at one end.

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Four bedrooms and a study are positioned on the upper level. Because the site is elevated, these rooms have expansive views – helped by the 50 lineal metres of glazing featured within this volume. The master suite occupies the area within the cantilevered element at the front of the house. The marble-look porcelain tiles reappear in the ensuite bathroom, lining the walls and the floor. Because this room is internal, it has skylights, rather than windows. And there is a long, frosted-glass wall separating a hallway, which lets in plenty of natural light.

A freestanding, fully tiled wall supports a cantilevered vanity on one side, with shower fittings on the other side. Ireland says his own family has been living in the house since it was completed, enjoying the laid-back lifestyle it brings. “The other houses we are building on the block will have a similar emphasis on contemporary indoor-outdoor living,� he says. resource list | images | save Search 43690 at

Preceding pages: The house incorporates an open staircase, with timber steps supported by steel bands. Also shown is the master suite, at one end of the upper level. These pages: At the rear, a long timber deck leads down to a pool. Semitropical landscaping helps to screen the boundary walls. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Outside the box Contrasting materials, layered planes and sculptural cutouts on the exterior of this new house inform the interior living spaces Taking the less conventional approach to design is a sure way to give a house a strong identity and sense of place. Invariably, form is dictated by function, and building materials take on a whole new significance. For this project, architect Scott West created a bold, multi-layered facade where walls slice through windows and cutouts provide changing


perspectives that blur the line between inside and out. The sculptural, geometric form of the architecture extends to the landscaping, where the entry path turns at right angles and is flanked by terraced gardens. “The house is on an exposed corner site,” says West. “Consequently, the owner wanted the suggestion of a barrier between the street and the house without the

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unfriendly look of a fence. We turned the front door sideways so it is not an open invitation for just anyone to wander up the path.” Strong, bold materials and an absence of large windows on the corner elevation also create a visual defense. West teamed natural slate, ipê hardwood and stucco with a new proprietary bamboo tongueand-groove siding. Each

material defines a separate piece of the 3-D composition. “Rather than presenting rooms as a collection of little boxes, I designed the house as a sculptural assembly of spaces,” says West. “The gaps in between the solid planes create a negative detailing, which is where the windows are positioned.” At the front, a chimney-like element wrapped in ipê wood

encloses mechanical services, while a matching horizontal plane forms an awning above the entry. “The ipĂŞ and bamboo help to bring a little organic softness to the modern design and the hard-edged stone and stucco forms,â€? the architect says. Most of the materials appear to slice through the house to form interior walls. Slate flooring also runs from

the inside to the outside, creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living areas. A semi-freestanding wall of wood defines the main circulation axis through the house. As with the exterior, this features cutouts that allow glimpses of the kitchen and dining areas on the other side. West says the wall is clad in prefinished wood flooring with mitred

corners, which was a highly cost-effective solution. Interior designer Catherine Cocke enhanced the grey toneon-tone colour palette in the house. In the large, galleystyle kitchen, grey cabinets are teamed with custom marble benchtops and a Porcelanosa white tile splashback. However, it is the extra-long island that forms the centrepiece of the room.

Facing page: This new house designed by Scott West is a 3-D composition of intersecting vertical and horizontal planes. The recessed areas of the puzzle, often called negative detailing, are where the windows are positioned. Above: The landscaping follows similar orthogonal lines, and incorporates a runnel water feature. The original plans continue the axis of the water feature on the other side of the house.

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Preceding pages, above and facing page: A long dividing wall clad in prefinished wood flooring defines the main circulation axis. The kitchen floor is on two levels, so a dining area could be accommodated at one end of the long island. The textural wall in the living room is faux horse hair. Right: Designed as an extension to the living room, the patio features the same materials – a slate wall and flooring, and an ipê wood ceiling.


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“The site has a slight slope, which is absorbed within the design,” says West. “The floor level steps down in the hallway and kitchen. We designed a continuous island benchtop, but because the floor level is higher at one end than the other, the top is an ideal height for a dining table. At the other end the floor is 150mm lower, which is the right height for working at the island.”

Set on the lower level, the living room has a high ceiling and a light, airy feel. This is helped by the seamless flow to a patio, which effectively doubles the size of the room. Here, the ipê wood appears to slide through the glass to form a large wall and a suspended ceiling element. In the master suite, it is the slate as well as the ipê, that flows from inside to out.

Left and above: The master bedroom on the upper level opens out to a private balcony. Similarly, the adjoining bathroom has its own private terrace, with a garden and Japanese maple tree. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Galina Coada

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Time travellers These homes offer classic exteriors to the street. Inside, traditional elements dovetail with contemporary functionality

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Friendly face This new home has all the character of an older, historic residence Which is preferable, the warm appeal of a classically styled home or the convenience of a streamlined modern residence? This decision is mulled over by home builders every day. One approach is to choose a traditional facade that gives way to more user-friendly interiors. Seen from the street, this new house is a picture of historic charm. Designed by owner Dana Lane, who also completed the interior design, the home has front and side facades that have all the hallmarks of old-world architecture. The brick frontage is fully clad in hand-laid stone, with brick quoin corners painted white.

Preceding pages and these pages: With its classic roof forms, stone cladding, sash windows and old-world veranda, this new home looks like more like a cottage than a family home. The rear of the house, however, has a contrasting aesthetic, with contemporary bifolding doors opening to a pool and large deck. The house was designed by owner Dana Lane with draughting by Kelvin Read.

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Preceding pages and this page: The front door leads down a hallway to the open-plan family living space, which in turn opens to the rear of the property. With the front rooms finished in a traditional aesthetic, classic touches are brought through into this more contemporary living space. These include the timber floor, high skirting boards, and the trim around the white doors to the study and the butler’s pantry behind the kitchen.


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A finial sits atop each of the steeply pitched roof forms, and turned posts support the rustic veranda. Old-fashioned double-hung sash windows feature on the front and side walls of the house, and stone greyhounds stand to attention on either side of the solid front door. Dana Lane says her family loves the classic aesthetic, which continues into the front rooms – the master bedroom, three other bedrooms and a sitting room. Crown mouldings, high skirting boards and vivid colours that contrast the crisp white ceilings are all seen in these less frequently used spaces.

However, this is only half the design story of the large, single-level house. “Overall, we wanted this newly constructed home to look like an old building, but with an unashamedly modern rear addition,” says Lane. To this end, the back of the house comprises one large, open-plan room that incorporates the kitchen, dining and living areas – spaces that are in constant use by the whole family. The lightfilled volume has a wall of windows looking out to the rear deck and pool, a bell-shaped central ceiling that soars to nearly five metres at its centre, and clean, unadorned window and door

openings. While all the front rooms feature strong colours, for the sake of tradition and because they have a more internal focus, the open-plan rear volume is finished in a light grey that merges with the white ceilings, allowing the external views to draw the eye. “With such a marked change between the front and the back of the house, we chose some elements to draw the two together,” Lane says. “Smoked oak floorboards run through most areas, and the high skirting boards seen in the bedrooms and sitting room are also continued through to the rear.”

Top and above: The sitting room is at the front of the house and features ornate cornices, a traditional fireplace and a strong colour scheme. Pops of pink in the sofa and painting are picked up in lampshades in the family living room. The classic-look furniture was chosen by Candlewick Interiors, the owner’s interior design company. Wool carpet features in most private areas of the home, and in this semi-formal space.

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Above: This utility hall leading from the main hallway to a mud room has a dropped ceiling and hardwearing tile floor, chosen for this high-traffic area. Off-white walls are in keeping with the soft palette used in the more contemporary spaces towards the rear of the residence. Black picture frames continue the use of this linking tone, which features in most rooms of the house.


“Other crossover elements include signature black doors in most areas of the house. The entry to the butler’s pantry to the rear of the kitchen, and doors to a study nook just outside it, also feature ornate trim and panelled doors.” The demarcation between old and new extends into the furniture and furnishings, with some areas featuring a little of each. In the kitchen the rich grain of the stained timber on the contemporary island contrasts with the classic subway tile on the feature splashback. A beadboard finish and traditional handles can be seen on the rear perimeter

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cabinets, while the side cabinets have a modern flat profile. The living area has an old-fashioned sofa with rolled arms and castors that sits alongside a clean-lined, modern sectional couch. These comfortable but contrasting pieces connect through shared colours and scale – a microcosm of the greater interior. And while the front rooms favour a stronger palette over the pale walls at the rear, there are colour connections between them, says Lane. “For instance, there’s a generous use of black and white in most rooms – everywhere from the

cabinetry and benchtops in the kitchen, to the picture frames and matts in the hallway, and the traditional two-tone floor tiles in the master suite and main bathroom. “Lighting also played a part in drawing together different areas. For example, the watermelon hues of the lamps over the kitchen island and living area are echoed in the pink settee in the sitting room.� resource list | save | share Search 43311 at

Above and left: These bedrooms feature high ceilings and custom drapes made by Dana Lane through her materials company Matilda Lane. These are variations on traditional French toile patterns and feature subtle evocations of kangaroos and other Australian themes. Most bedrooms face the front of the lightfilled home. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Andrew Ashton

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Social outlook From its neighbourly front porch to its pared-back, open-plan interior, this Amish-style house offers simplicity and connectivity

Preceding pages: This house is one of many created from an Amishstyle template designed by Shea Soucie for a lakeside development. Beadboard and weatherboard cladding, elongated windows and shutters, and attention to symmetry are typical of the historic style. For example, this house features two shuttered windows – one for privacy, the other for balance.


When you work all week in the city, you want to make the most of the tranquil surroundings at your rural retreat. In design terms, this could mean anything from emphasising an easy indoor-outdoor flow, to echoing the lines of the neighbouring architecture. When designer Shea Soucie of architectural interiors firm Soucie Horner was asked to create a concept for a development of lakeside cottages in Indiana, she took her lead from nearby houses. There are 75 Amish farms in the surrounding area – the largest such community outside of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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Whether ultimately used as holiday homes or family residences, it was important to build in a sense of community, says Soucie. “We evoked the Amish style to complement the surrounding farmhouses, and because the traditional front porch is conducive to social interaction and enjoying the outdoors.” To achieve the right look, the houses have tall, narrow windows, generous front porches and a mixture of board-and-batten and weatherboard facades. They all feature gabled roofs and a strong sense of symmetry. Most are painted plain white. Garages are designed to match the

homes, and resemble an Amish barn. Linked to the house by a covered walkway, and with the same elongated windows, each has an entrance that looks like a barn door, and a hip roof – a classic barn-like characteristic. The templated designs on the development can be tweaked to personal taste. In the house featured here, the garage has a bunkroom that sleeps 12 on the second floor, and an expansive conservatory to the rear that overlooks the lake. From the exterior, the house appears to have three storeys; however, the top floor is really for architectural balance and aesthetics. While in

some houses there is a study on this uppermost level, in this one it is open to the rooms below and acts as a windowed cupola, drawing natural light into the interior. This has the added benefit of creating an airy double-height space directly over the kitchen, which is the anchor point of the open-plan spaces, says Soucie. “In an idyllic setting, a house is much more about the exterior and surroundings – you don’t go to the country to sit indoors. That said, easy interior connections are essential for a relaxing experience, so the classic Amish exteriors give way to contemporary open-plan living.”

Facing page: The front entry is modest, to facilitate a sense of drama on encountering the large, open-plan public spaces. Above: Hickory floorboards, a brick fire surround, metal bar stools and a distressed coffee table continue the rustic aesthetic. A collection of fungi, collected from the nearby forest, sits on the tabletop. Used as a getaway from the cares of the city, this house includes reminders of the rural environment at every turn.

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Above: Most soft furnishings in the home are in the same muted beige linen. Distressed wood furniture picks up on the hand-scraped boards seen throughout this level. Facing page: The kitchen, like the decor, is intentionally understated, in deference to the exterior views. Light fixtures bring a touch of farmhouse rusticity to the modern layout. The pendants are suspended from two floors up.


An understated entry into the home creates drama, especially in light of the volume and height of the living areas that follow. The great room, kitchen and dining room are all open to each other, and to an atrium gallery on the second level, which in turn opens to the three bedrooms and a study. In a house that is frequently used for entertaining large numbers of family and friends, this interconnectivity is a major design plus. “What makes this home even more suitable for entertaining is its ability to offer privacy, as well as bring people together,” says the designer.

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“For example, the entry to the conservatory is from the back garden, giving this space a sense of separation. In the same way, the bunkroom over the garage is the children’s domain. “However, while the layout meets the needs of modern family life, the interior design continues the simple Amish aesthetic, with a limited palette of colours and materials.” Hand-scraped hickory wide-plank boards used for the flooring add to the cottage-style atmosphere. A brick fire surround in the great room includes a sunburst pattern, a motif repeated elsewhere in the residence. Beadboard

Above, right and far right: The master bedroom and adjacent study are a picture of French grey and white. An agricultural conveyor belt adorns the wall leading to the study. This room, positioned at the top of the stairs, provides a vantage point from which to view the front entry and the open-plan living spaces below.


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ceilings feature in the outlying spaces, such as the conservatory and the bunkroom. There is some transitional detailing, but there are no crown mouldings – nothing overtly fussy that would detract from the form of the home or from the lakefront setting. For the same reason, the paint scheme is an understated French grey with white trim. These colours are carried through to the upstairs as well, but here floors are carpeted for a more pampering feel. “Simple rusticity was the theme for the soft furnishings, too. A muted Belgian linen was

selected for all the upholstery, bedding and drapery, ensuring none of these would detract from the views of the woods, lake and birdlife, which are the real features of the home,” says the designer. Soucie also extended the farmhouse theme by sourcing several authentic local accessories. Most prominent are the conveyor tracks from farm machinery that decorate the double-height space above the kitchen and a wall of the study at the top of the stairs. “Everything about this home reminds you that you’re out in the country, far from the city.”

Above: Two tall, narrow windows at the front of the barn-like garage building throw light down the bunkroom. This has eight bunk beds with four trundler beds underneath, so up to 12 children can sleep here at any one time. The traditional beadboard ceilings correspond to the shape of the hip roof. Separating the bunkroom from the main house provides a degree of privacy for adults and children alike.

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These pages: Lake views make the conservatory feel private and secluded. Flagstone floors accentuate the indoor-outdoor aesthetic. Grapevines on the pergola add to the sense of retreat. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Eric Hausman

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sustainable living

Self-sufficient A substantial home that achieves a positive energy rating sounds like a utopian dream, but is now an achievable reality

Warmth of the sun This cosy home on a city site employs a raft of sustainable measures that respect the planet and keep running costs in the negative


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Self-sufficiency is an ideal once associated with hippies and an alternative lifestyle. Today, with fast-growing populations and shrinking resources, architects and homeowners are embracing this concept as a key way forward. Consequently, a modern home is likely to achieve sustainability in many ways. Natalia and Jamie Harrington are the owners of a green housing company, Hybrid Homes. To prove that an inner-city family home could combine domestic comfort and a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle, the couple asked Jamie’s father, architect Richard Harrington, to

design a house with both these advantages. “The house was to be a show home for our business and had to reflect what is achievable in terms of the latest technology and attention to site orientation, passive heating and cooling and environment-friendly finishes,” Natalia Harrington says. “Several design approaches came together to achieve the maximum results with this property. Initially, the west-facing site posed some challenges – while it has great sea views, it was tricky to maximise the sun from the north and regulate its impact from the west.”

Preceding pages: Several eco-friendly factors were introduced in the design and construction of this house. These include an array of photovoltaic panels to capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. Above: The stepped design means each module is exposed to the northern sun, while being shaded from the west as the sun moves around. The house is designed to optimise natural heating and cooling at every turn.

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Preceding pages: Overhangs and sensor-operated louvres help with passive control of the sun, while clerestory windows aid cross ventilation. An eco-friendly wood pellet fire also features. Above and right: The interiors are calm and understated, with pops of vibrancy coming from colourchanging LEDs around the cabinetry and a backpainted glass splashback. Low-energy light fittings are installed throughout the home.


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As a consequence, the house is built as a series of modules, each capturing the northern sun and providing shading for the next. The loose H-shapes of the front modules contain bedrooms and a laundry, while the rear modules comprise the kitchen, dining and living areas. A connecting element contains a bedroom, study and some of the home’s green technology. The principal energy-reaping mechanism is the 7.5kW photovoltaic system comprising 30 260W panels on the north-facing roof. “Although the house is in the city, it is designed and set up to be off the grid. A battery

bank operates the house, and excess power that cannot be used or stored, will be sold to the grid,� Harrington says. The sun also powers an evacuated tube hot water system, with each element consisting of two borosilicate glass tubes. The transparent outer tube allows sunlight to pass through to the inner tube, which absorbs the solar heat. A vacuum between them traps the heat for reuse. Heat pump underfloor heating provides a backup to the solar water heating, but the house captures and retains the sun so efficiently that this has yet to be used.

Other ways the house stores energy include a thermally broken floor slab with R4 insulation, which prevents the warmth from dissipating into the ground. The polished concrete flooring acts as a thermal sink that absorbs heat during the day and releases it at night, when it is colder. The house is fully thermally broken – its thermal envelope is completely sealed, so there is no way for heat to escape outside. Thermally broken exterior joinery is complemented by argon-filled, low-e double glazing. The roof is insulated to R5.8 and the walls have an R3.2 rating, keeping the home snug.

Top: Set at one end of the living spaces, the cantilevered kitchen island is a social hub within the home. Its dramatic elongated form is supported by an internal steel structure. Above: Most design elements are simple and unadorned, and reflect a connection to nature, such as the minimalist vanity and slate floor in the bathroom. Low-flow water fixtures were specified.

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Above: The site was chosen in part for its panoramic outlooks, but passive control over the elements was also an important part of the eco-friendly design. Sensor-operated louvres screen out the hot summer sun, while admitting the winter sun on a lower trajectory. All interior fit-out items are non-toxic with low VOC and formaldehyde credentials. Carpets manufactured from natural, renewably sourced polymers are another feature in the home.


The self-sufficient house also avoids undue drain on the mains water supply. Instead the home utilises hybrid rainwater harvesting. “The house uses rainwater when available, but during the dryer months the system automatically switches over to the main water supply,” Harrington says. “The system includes a 25,000L tank with a first flush and filtration system that prevents the rain washing roof contaminants into the water supply.” A grey-water sump recycles water from the showers, bathrooms and laundry to minimise waste going into the town sewage.

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These eco-friendly systems are augmented by energy-efficient appliances and lighting, along with water-efficient tapware and fixtures. A healthy indoor environment and minimal carbon footprint were also an integral part of the show home’s comprehensive green agenda, says Harrington. “The exterior is finished in a planet-friendly combination of aerated concrete, which includes a recycled steel manufacturing by-product, and carbon-negative timber cladding. “Non-toxic paints, glues and resins were specified throughout, and we chose as many

products from Australasia as we could, to limit the carbon miles required in getting them here.” A positive Energy and Homestar accreditation will be pursued once the show home has been operational for a year. Part of the ongoing focus on sustainability is to demonstrate that self-sufficiency in a city setting can be achieved in style – there are plans for chickens, vegetable patches and an orchard. resource list | images | video Search 43691 at

Left: A rainwater tank and filtration kit makes water safe for consumption. The substantial tank is hidden from view behind the home. There are 30 260W panels facing the northern sun – sufficient power to run the home, with any excess sold to the electricity provider. Solar power also provides the home’s water heating. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Talking point Colour enlivens the interior of the sustainably designed Hybrid Homes house. Resene paint features throughout Having a great view doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice colour on the interior of your home. Natalia and James Harrington of Hybrid Homes, the owners of this new house, have the best of both worlds. In addition to the expansive views from their house, they have incorporated pops of colour on the interior, with Resene paints. The backpainted glass splashback in the kitchen features Resene Tweet, a bold yellow-green that Resene describes as “reckless and bound to get a response”.


This is calmed by Resene Sea Fog, a neutral tone that features on kitchen walls, cabinetry, ceiling, trim and doors. Colour reappears in the family room beside the kitchen. This is painted in Resene Hermitage, “a stony blue-green teeming with unusual watery influences”. Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen and Resene Zylone Low Sheen are recommended for broadwalls such as these. Both these paints are low VOC and Environmental Choice-approved, which is in keeping with the Harringtons’ wish to

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make the home as eco friendly as possible. For more details, or a copy of the latest Resene The Range fandeck, visit a Resene ColorShop, or freephone 0800 RESENE (737 737). Website: save | share Search 44322 at This page: Environmental Choice-approved Resene paints feature throughout this house designed by architect Richard Harrington.

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Commanding perspective With its sleek lines, modern materials and sweeping driveway, this country home offers a contemporary take on the traditional farmhouse


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Building a new house in a rural setting is all about finding the best building site. For this project, it was a prominent ridge that appealed to the owners and architect Brent Hulena. “We wanted the house to settle down into the landscape, so the ridge was cut and filled to create a level building platform,” Hulena says. “This also meant we could create a processional entry, with a long cobbled driveway and a large porte cochère, which is a modern version of a traditional farmhouse porch.” The house forms an L shape, with the living spaces centred at the knuckle of the L. To provide

separation, one wing houses family bedrooms, and the other features a guest area and service rooms. The master suite, a sitting room and expansive office are on the upper level. “To bring a sense of order to the large house, we created a series of courtyards, starting with the arrival courtyard. And there are terraces on the northeast and northwest, so there is always an outdoor area that is sheltered from the wind.” Hulena specified materials that would give the house a sophisticated look – one that wouldn’t date. The architect says the house is also defined by the high quality of the build.

Above: Positioning this new country home on a levelled ridge was a way to make it settle into the surrounding landscape, says architect Brent Hulena. The house incorporates a grand arrival court with a porte cochère, while the main entertaining terraces face the view and the sun on the other side of the home. The landscaping close to the house is formal, but gradually becomes more informal towards the boundaries of the site, where it merges with the natural countryside.

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Above: A black concrete driveway with a textural finish creates a grand entry. The concrete, which was laid by McIntosh Concrete, comprises Hawkes Bay pebble mixed with black oxide. The top layer of the concrete was washed off before it set, to reveal the pebbles beneath. McIntosh Concrete also laid the top floor slab of the house, and all the concrete for the patios and pathways.


With its sweeping driveway, the home has a grand sense of arrival. The effect is enhanced by the use of Hawkes Bay pebble concrete mixed with black oxide. McIntosh Concrete was contracted to carry out most of the concrete works for the house. Owner Ken McIntosh says the Hawkes Bay pebble, supplied by Stevensons, was lightly trowelled after it was laid. “A misty Rugasole retarder spray was then used to stop the top few centimetres from hardening. This sand-like top layer was then washed off to expose the textural pebbles beneath.”

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McIntosh Concrete also laid a top slab to the concrete floor of the house, and laid the concrete beneath the tiles on all the patios and pathways. This concrete was swept with a broom to provide a textured substrate so that the tiles would bond easily. McIntosh Concrete is a family-owned business formed in 2009. However, the North Shore-based team has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, and specialises in laying concrete driveways, footpaths and floor slabs. Much of the firm’s work involves residential projects, including large-scale subdivisions.

The textural, waterproof plaster finish on the exterior of the Coatesville house offers both visual and practical benefits. Stoanz NZ supplied the StoArmat Miral plaster system for the project, says Auckland sales manager Matthew Collie. “This is a premium German plaster system that is inherently waterproof. While the plaster was painted for this project to co-ordinate with the home’s colour scheme, the system does not need to be painted for waterproofing.” The plaster was finished with Stolit K1.5, which provides medium-grain texture that adds

visual interest to the exterior. Matthew Collie says Stolit K1.5 is a graded quartz-based finish, so it is highly durable. The colour was selected by designer Jill Goatcher of Intext Design. Stoanz NZ supplies a full range of Sto plaster systems for interior and exterior use that have been tested and certified by BRANZ for the New Zealand market. These include facade systems, coatings, flooring systems and acoustic systems. Sto warranted systems also address the various elements, openings, penetrations and connections present in construction, providing a complete system warranty.

Top: To provide a highly durable plaster for the exterior of the house, the StoArmat Miral plaster system was specified. Supplied by Stoanz NZ, this is a waterproof system that was finished with Stolit K1.5, which gives a medium-grain texture. Above: All Sto plaster systems supplied by Stoanz NZ are BRANZ tested and certified for use in New Zealand.

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Above: A multi-level roofline adds visual interest to the exterior of the house, and helps to minimise the impact of its size. Bultrade fabricated and installed the standing seam roofing, which has a wide flat pan profile. The roofing was fabricated in prepainted KiwiColour steel, in Ironsand, and installed over a solid substrate. Bultrade is an Aucklandbased company that works on residential and commercial projects throughout the North Island.


One of the most defining features of the exterior of the house is the multi-level gabled steel roof. This was fabricated and installed by Auckland-based roofing specialist Bultrade. Architect Brent Hulena says because the house is approached from above, the roof is an important part of the design. “The roof needed to be simple and elegant,” he says. “We specified standing seam wide pan steel roofing, which has the scale to match the large size of the house.” The roofing features prepainted KiwiColour steel in Ironsand, which complements the rural

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setting and the plastered walls. Bultrade director Rado Botev says the company also custom fabricated all the flashings for the roofing, which was installed over a solid substrate. “There were several challenging aspects to this project,” he says. “The massive size of the house meant we were working with very long spans. And the 30° pitch of the roof made the installation challenging. “There were also numerous areas where the roofing intersected with other elements, such as the plasterwork, waterproof membrane and glazing. These all required special attention.”

Bultrade specialises in architectural roofing and cladding, which can also include copper, aluminium, zinc and stainless steel. Botev says the company recently commissioned a new machine line, which is now fully operational. “This machine allows us to manufacture two new types of cladding profiles. The first profile is an interlocking panel that gives the metal and steel the appearance of shiplap timber. “The second new profile is a classic, bevelback weatherboard. Both these profiles have a practical as well as aesthetic benefit – they don’t require expensive substrates.”

The KiwiColour steel was supplied by The Roofing Store, which uses quality lead-free steel tested under New Zealand conditions. The steel is protected against our weather extremes and comes with a 20-year warranty. KiwiColour steel is available in the Vitor +, Zenex + and Lux ranges, and can be viewed at The Roofing Store showrooms. These stores have skilled and experienced consultants who can advise on all aspects of the roofing. Products include nine longrun profiles, metal tiles, PIR panels, standing seam profiles and all the accessories required for a project.

Above: The wide pan profile of the KiwiColour steel roofing fits with the large scale of the house. All Bultrade roofing projects are defined by a close attention to detail. The company also fabricates and installs metal and steel wall cladding, and recently introduced two new profiles – an interlocking panel that resembles shiplap, and a classic, bevel-back weatherboard. The KiwiColour steel was supplied by The Roofing Store, a New Zealandowned and operated business.

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Top, above and above right: A high-end air conditioning system maintains a comfortable living environment all year round. Auckland Air Conditioning supplied the Mitsubishi Electric VRF CityMulti Inverter, which incorporates the latest heat pump/heat recovery technology. The company worked with the architect and homeowner to ensure grilles were unobtrusive, and powdercoated with a two-pack finish to complement the decor.


Modern luxury is about comfort, and being able to enjoy a pleasant living environment all year round. At the same time, however, it is important that climate control systems are quiet and unobtrusive, and this was a key part of the brief for Auckland Air Conditioning. The company supplied the top-of-the-line Mitsubishi Electric VRF City-Multi Inverter for the Coatesville home. Managing director Glenn Clark says this system not only provides the latest heat pump/heat recovery technology, but is also quiet, reliable and efficient.

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“Much attention was given to the acoustic performance of the ducting and plenums. The Holyoake grilles were all hand made to order, with a powdercoated and two-pack painted finish that is a perfect match for the decor.” Clark says there were minimal cavities for the relatively large ducting, and limited space for the installation of the air handlers. Because the house is so large, there were also long distances between the air handlers and heat pumps. “We spent many hours brainstorming with the architect and client to find the best solution for the grille locations, achieving a good result.”

It’s the quality of the finish that spells the difference in a high-end home, and this new house is no exception. Artisan Painting Decorating was contracted to provide painting and decorating services that would meet the high standard of specification evident throughout the project. Director Skirmantas Saltis says the company was hired for its quality of craftsmanship, service and reliability. “Artisan Painting is a European-trained, well-equipped firm with the expertise to manage a large range of both residential and

commercial painting projects with budgets of any size,” he says. “This was one of our larger residential projects, but we were able to finish the project to a particularly high standard, on time and on budget.” Services provided by Artisan Painting include all preparation work, plastering, Gib stopping and painting. The company can also provide building, flooring, plumbing and electrical services as required. In addition, Artisan Painting can provide special paint effects and eco-friendly options – the company is a fully qualified Resene Eco Decorator.

Above left and top: The attention to detail evident throughout the Coatesville house can be seen in the quality of the finish. Artisan Painting Decorating provided painting and decorating services. Much of the furniture is by Barbara Barry for Baker Interiors in the US. Above: White walls in the main circulation area provide a soft, yet crisp backdrop for furnishings and artworks.

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Top: A Jetmaster 1050 wood fire from The Fireplace was chosen for the formal living room. This fire is available in a wide range of sizes and can be installed into new or existing fireplaces. Above left and right: The Fireplace also supplied Jetmaster 1050 gas fires, in the large home office on the second floor (left), and in the dining area (right).


There’s nothing like a fire to cheer the spirits on a cold winter evening – a fireplace is always inviting and needs to be the focal point of a room. Fires from The Fireplace feature throughout this prestigious home. The Jetmaster 1050 wood fire with its TFL gas log lighter was specified as it is designed to provide a large amount of heat very quickly, which is ideal for the formal living room. This highly efficient open fire reburns most of the ash, minimising the housekeeping as the ashpan is never fully emptied. The family living area and home office feature the Jetmaster Standard Flat-bed Gas Fire.

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This fire makes a strong design statement in both these areas of the house. The Fireplace Ltd’s showroom, located at 12 Tawari St, Mt Eden, exhibits more than 30 different demonstration models in a variety of sizes and decor settings, helping to make the prospective buyers’ choice that much easier. The Fireplace is the exclusive distributor in New Zealand for the following international brands: Jetmaster, Gazco and Stovax. The company has wood, gas and electric fires with approved agents throughout the North and South Island.

Soft carpet heightens the sense of luxury in the house. This was supplied by Ian Hunt Floorings Carpets Extreme. Stylex carpet in the colour Malt, from the Habitat Collection by Cavalier Bremworth, features in the formal living area, hallways and bedrooms. The carpet is a Stainmaster® SolarMax® 100% solution-dyed nylon. Ian Hunt Floorings Carpets Extreme director Ross Williams says the cut-pile carpet is soft and durable, and features fibres specially engineered to repel stains, making spills easy to clean. “The solution-dyed nylon offers other

benefits as well. Because the colour is locked in, it provides lasting protection against sun exposure, which is particularly vital in our climate.” The Habitat Collection is a new top-of-theline range of carpets by Cavalier Bremworth. “This is a high-quality synthetic carpet that’s engineered to look great for many years. With the new Stainmaster® SolarMax® fibre, it is more resilient, durable, stain resistant and comfortable than earlier solution-dyed nylon carpets.” Ian Hunt Floorings Carpets Extreme has supplied and installed flooring to high-end developments throughout the Auckland region.

Above: Ian Hunt Floorings Carpets Extreme supplied Stylex solutiondyed nylon carpet from Cavalier Bremworth for the home. This Stainmaster® SolarMax® carpet is not only soft and durable, but also highly stain resistant. The carpet fibres have been specially engineered to repel stains. The carpet is also manufactured to resist fading by the sun.

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Above: Antique Brown granite in a satin finish was specified for the fireplace surrounds. This was supplied and fabricated by Granite Pacifica, a company that specialises in natural stone products, as well as composite stone.


Polished and honed granite is a key feature of the new Coatesville home – it reflects the especially high standard of specification evident throughout the property. Granite Pacifica supplied and fabricated Antique Brown granite in a satin finish for all the fireplace surrounds and the barbecue. Benchtops in the main kitchen feature polished Titanium granite, also supplied and fabricated by Granite Pacifica, while the kitchen on the upper level has a honed version of the same granite. Other granite work by the company includes Jet Black polished granite in the

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master bathroom. The other eight bathrooms feature granite supplied by SpazioCasa and fabricated by Granite Pacifica. Director Andre Perevoztchikov says all the granite was handcrafted by the skilled team at Granite Pacifica, rather than processed by CNC technology. “Traditional craftsmanship is a hallmark of our work,” he says. Much of the success of the project can also be attributed to our early involvement. Granite Pacifica was involved right from the planning stages, discussing the various options with the client and the architect.

Early communication with the stonemason is always vital – it can make all the difference to the look of a finished project. For example, ensuring the size of the cabinetry fits with the size of a stone slab can avoid seams.” While Granite Pacifica specialises in natural stone products, notably granite and marble, the company also works with composite stone. “Much of our work is for kitchens, fireplaces and bathrooms, but in recent times we have also been commissioned to create large feature walls using bookmatched stone slabs. These are often used in showers as well.”

Above: The island benchtop features a single slab of polished Titanium granite. Granite Pacifica director Andre Perevoztchikov says being involved right at the planning stages of the project ensured the dimensions of the granite would be a perfect fit for the kitchen. Left: Granite Pacifica handcrafted the satin Antique Brown granite on the fireplace surrounds.

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Top: Radiant underfloor heating from Warmup New Zealand ensures all the tiled areas in the house are warm and cosy. The Warmup system is BRANZ appraised and comes with a lifetime warranty. Above: The master suite is defined by the luxurious materials and fixtures, and by the radiant underfloor heating that warms the entire room.


With master suites increasingly designed as private sanctuaries, it is only to be expected that bathrooms in the house will be cosy and warm under foot. Warmup New Zealand supplied radiant underfloor heating to bathrooms throughout the house. But it’s not just the floor that is warm to the touch; the temperature of the rooms is also raised to create a comfortable warm ambience. And because the system is laid between the tiles and the substrate, it is out of sight, and safe. Managing director Paul Fielding says the radiant underfloor heating is controlled by

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a thermostat, with touchpad controllers that feature the latest interactive technology. “The floors can be programmed to turn on and off as required, and they can even measure and display accurate running costs. “Warmup underfloor radiant heating is a BRANZ-appraised system that comes with a lifetime warranty. We also supply an installation warranty for total peace of mind.” In addition to the underfloor heating, Warmup New Zealand provides tiled shower solutions, with a full installation service. The company offers seven different grate options

for its showers, including the popular channel grate or traditional square drain. This service is backed by a 15-year guarantee on both the components and the installation. Other services provided by Warmup include under-carpet radiant heating. This wafer-thin system fits between the carpet and the underlay and is undetectable, except for the warmth. Warmup under-carpet heating is suitable for rooms of all shapes and sizes, and, like the under-tile heating, is simple to operate and controlled by an electronic thermostat that can be mounted onto the wall.

Above: Warmup New Zealand also supplied the channel drain to the shower in the master suite. This runs along the rear of the shower, leaving the centre of the floor clean and uncluttered. Left: The radiant heating is controlled by a wall-mounted thermostat. Warmup New Zealand says radiant heating is not just about comfort – it is also recommended by health professionals, especially for asthma sufferers.

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Above: Frontier Pools built the 25m concrete pool on the property. With pools lights supplied by Spa Electrics and a Pentair MasterTemp gas heater, the pool is well suited to evening use. Facing page: The interior of the pool is plastered with Quartzon in Ice Blue, which gives it an inviting tropical look.


A 25m-long heated swimming pool is an integral part of the expansive entertaining terrace at the Coatesville house. The pool, which is 4.8m wide, was built by Frontier Pools to the architect’s specifications, with slight modifications. Frontier Pools director Neil Runciman says the position of the concrete pool on the sloping site, created a few challenges. “Soft ground at one end of the excavation needed to be removed. The land was then built back up with compacted, certified hard fill to create a shelf on which to build the deep end.”

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The interior of the pool was plastered with Quartzon in an Ice Blue colour. The pool is sanitised by a Puresilk salt system, and heated by a Pentair MasterTemp gas heater. Two Austral Filton filters with Zeolite filtration media were also specified. Pool lights from Spa Electrics ensure the pool looks just as good by night as by day. Frontier Pools, established nearly 25 years ago, specialises in steel-reinforced sprayedconcrete swimming pools. The company works closely with landscape designers and architects to deliver customised pool solutions.

Architect: Hulena Architects, 9 Melrose St, Newmarket, Auckland 1023, phone (09) 524 6955. Email: Concrete works: McIntosh Concrete, 33B Porana Rd, Glenfield, Auckland 0645, phone (027) 441 7473 Email: Exterior plaster: Stoanz NZ and Australia, 72 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, phone (04) 801 7794 Email: Or contact the Auckland office, phone (09) 522 1058 Email: Roofing: Bultrade 2014 Ltd, 116 Cavendish Dr, Manukau, Auckland 2104, phone 0800 252 383 Email: Roofing steel supplier: The Roofing Store, phone 0800 277 271 Heat pump and air conditioning: Auckland Air Conditioning, phone Glenn Clark (09) 444 4555 or 021 952 920 Email: Painting and decorating: Artisan Painting Decorating, phone (09) 419 9170 Email: Gas and wood fires: The Fireplace, 12 Tawari St, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024, phone 0800 847 347 Furniture: Baker Furniture, designed by Barbara Barry Carpet: Ian Hunt Floorings Carpets Extreme, 8 Tawa Dr, Albany, Auckland, phone (09) 415 4005; and 8 Railway St, Newmarket, Auckland, phone (09) 524 0120 Granite supplier: Granite Pacifica, 10 Wookey Lane, Kumeu, Auckland 801, phone (09) 412 5542 Email: Underfloor heating and tiled shower solutions: Warmup New Zealand, phone 0800 927 687 Email: Swimming pool: Frontier Pools, PO Box 28894, Remuera, Auckland 1541, phone (09) 295 0989 Email:

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Life is for living This family and entertainer’s residence is by Design Construction Home and its trusted suppliers Above: Warm welcome – a cedar weatherboard gate and fence in Wanaka schist match this resortstyle home, which features a pool, spa pool, tennis court and expansive, high-ceiling entertaining spaces. The cedar cladding, generous use of schist stone and classic gabled roof forms ensure the large house sits well in its sprawling rural setting.


When at last the time comes to build the home of your dreams, you’re likely to choose the design-and-build company with care. A firm big enough to have all the resources and knowhow, but small enough to offer individual attention will give you the confidence you need for this major undertaking. When the owners of this house approached Design Construction Home (DCH), they wanted a resort-style residence that would echo the schist and weatherboard homesteads often found in Central Otago. While they were living overseas, the owners kept up with pro-

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gress on the project online. When they were in town, company director Grant McIntyre was on hand to go over every design detail in person, to ensure the house met the owners’ expectations. “This house really looks the part from the moment you arrive,” says McIntyre. “The custom rusticated cedar weatherboard, Wanaka schist and plastered Rockcote Integra panel cladding all paint a picture of a rugged, robust hill-country home.” The three pavilions of the timber-framed house feature warm, spacious interiors and an easy indoor-outdoor flow. There’s also a pool,

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spa pool and tennis court. A pool house with gymnasium is in a separate building that has the same high gable as the home. The house is designed for entertaining, with the two public pavilions extending out to the alfresco dining areas – a shared roofline leads the eye to read the indoors and outdoors as one. The entry, formal dining and living are in the central pavilion with its dramatic high vaulted ceiling. The kitchen, family room and informal dining are in an adjacent pavilion. In constant use, this volume includes a central media room or study that can be screened off with pocket

sliders. There is also a wine cellar. The other wing is linked to the central volume by the master suite. This pavilion has three bedrooms, a guest suite and a three-car garage to the rear. “The house was precisely tailored to meet the specific needs of the family,” says McIntyre. “For example, a ring main circuit ensures that hot water is instantly on tap anywhere in the home. Two heat pumps keep all the rooms, and the pool, at comfortable temperatures.” Design Construction Home specialises in large and small architecturally designed-andbuilt custom homes at fixed contract prices.

Above: The pavilion-style design means the living spaces and master bedroom all have clear views to the pool and countryside. The pavilion structure also means each built form shelters the next from the wind and provides sheltered outdoor areas to the rear of the home. The timberframed home covers an area of 534m2, with an adjacent 45m2 pool house-gymnasium.

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Above: Resene Construction Systems supplied and installed the Integra lightweight concrete plaster facade cladding that contributes to the solid look of the home. This is finished in a hand-applied Rockcote MultiStop finishing render that also works well on the indoor-outdoor areas at the end of both public pavilions. The Integra system combines rainscreen cavity and flashing technology to create an appealing facade that is impervious to rain and wind.


The rural setting called for a rustic, weathered feel for the home’s exterior. A major contributor to this, in terms of wall coverage alone, was the principal cladding element. This had to exhibit the look and warmth of classic plaster, but also stand up to the rigours of New Zealand seasons, and of rainy winters in particular. To achieve the weatherproof functionality and plaster look required, Design Construction Home specified the Integra lightweight concrete plaster facade system from Resene Construction Systems, says the company’s general manager Mike Olds.

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“The entire cladding system was supplied and installed by our registered licensed building practitioner Marc Sands of Bream Bay Coatings. “Integra complements the natural stone and weathered cedar highlights on the home’s exterior. It also combines the latest rainscreen cavity and flashing technology to ensure durability and performance – the patented EdgeSeal flashing locks out moisture and damp even when the driving winter rain sets in. To achieve this, the drained rainscreen facade technology incorporates a concealed drainage cavity of at least 20mm – this home has a 40mm cavity.”

The Integra system is also impact resistant due to the density of each steel wire-reinforced lightweight concrete panel. “This works in the owners’ favour in another way, too – the panels offer significant acoustic benefits, particularly for reducing airborne noise, making the interiors quiet and peaceful, even near the pool,” Olds says. As this project needed to reflect a solid concrete look, the advanced Integra system was finished with Rockcote MultiStop render, burnished, and then protected with Resene MultiShield. Another plus of the Integra system

for owners and the design-and-build company is that it uses genuine Resene colours, avoiding the need for any colour matching. “This versatile New Zealand-made cladding system carries our written 15-year performance guarantee, and a five-year workmanship warranty from our registered Rockcote plasterer,” says the company director. Resene Construction Systems is a recently formed division within the Resene Group that offers a wide range of construction products. Rockcote and Plaster Systems (PSL) products both fall under this division.

Top and above: The Integra facade works well with the schist stone accents, copper-look spouting and gabled roof forms. On a property with so many outdoor living areas, the system also provides an acoustic dampener, ensuring the interiors are peaceful and quiet. The steel-wire reinforced concrete panel system is impact resistant.

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Top: One of the home’s most welcoming features is the DX1500 two-sided 10.4W fireplace. This is one of three energy-efficient fires supplied by Escea. Above: Framed in Central Otago schist, the Escea DL1100 offers the latest control technology and a 5 Star efficiency rating. On the other side of the wall column is an EF5000 outdoor fireplace that provides visual focus and warmth for the formal outdoor dining area.


A roaring fire in the fireplace creates an irresistible gathering point in any home during the colder months. This house has two indoor fires and another one outdoors – all supplied by fireplace specialist Escea. The gas fires make an aesthetic statement and provide an even warmth at a finger touch, says head of sales and marketing Ebén Joubert . “Perhaps the most visually dramatic is the double-sided, see-through fireplace, set between the family room and media space. With 10.4kW output and 4.3 Star efficiency, the DX1500 features multiroom technology that ensures the

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heat is distributed evenly throughout the house. “In the living room, the Escea DL1100 gas fireplace has a schist surround and a strong, simple aesthetic in keeping with the home. This model offers high performance, 5 Star efficiency and new-generation control technology.” Open-air dining is a year-round option for this home, too, as the EF5000 outdoor unit from Escea serves the outdoor dining area. “This attractive push-button fire is made from all-weather stainless steel. Its flueless design ensures the flames are on full view and that it is easy and inexpensive to install.”

Soft and warm, natural wool carpet underfoot can make winter in any home almost welcome. Levante, a hard-wearing broadloom wool carpet from Cavalier Bremworth features in most areas of the interior says marketing manager Desiree Keown. “This family-friendly carpet is an update of a well-loved classic. The carpet has a tailored heather loop pile, while the honeycomb patterning calls to mind the look of sisal. “In terms of function, Levante offers more than just comfort. Wool also has the ability to regulate the humidity of an interior – it absorbs

moisture when the air is damp and releases it when the air is dry. This means that wool carpet helps keep your spaces warmer in winter and cooler in summer. “Studies show energy costs can be reduced by up to 12% with a wool carpet in your home, as it is a great insulator.” Cavalier Bremworth now recycles uplifted wool carpet into Flashbac, a sustainable and soft carpet backing. This eco-friendly product makes Levante even softer to walk on, and also protects skirting boards and walls from being scratched during installation.

Above: The introduction of the pure wool loop-pile Levante carpet from Cavalier Bremworth ensures the interiors are warm and snug year round – particularly important in a family environment. The broadloom carpet features Flashbac, a backing made from recycled wool carpet. This innovative product diverts tonnes of waste carpet away from landfill every year.

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Above: Making a splash – the substantial inground pool is a welcoming sight all year round. Created by Auckland Inground Pools, the concrete pool features an internal spa pool and advanced pool technology for optimum energy efficiency. The family-operated business took care of the entire project from the design stage to installation. Auckland Inground Pools also offers initial water balancing along with a full handover kit.


No lifestyle home would be complete without the sparkling invitation of a swimming pool. Auckland Inground Pools constructed the 12m by 5m concrete pool with an internal 2.2m by 2.2m spa that together provide a spectacular outlook from most spaces in this home. Director Kerry Richmond says the company has worked with DCH on many projects, with this being one of the largest. “We were involved in this project from the outset, starting with fine-tuning the plans and moving on to the site excavation, laying the steel foundation and spraying Shotcrete to form

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the shell. DCH arranged supply of the tiles and copings, which our team laid. Inground Pools also supplied and installed the filtration plant. “For this project, the Viron Pool Pump and Hurlcon RX Series Filter with Glass Filtration Media were selected. This high-spec filtration equipment comes with an 8 Star energy rating, which gives four-figure savings in energy costs every year.” Auckland Inground Pools installed the pool lighting that brings the feature to life at night, and also supplied the drop-in spa cover. This helps to prevent heat loss through evaporation.

Design and build company: Design Construction Home, PO Box 40, Westpark VIllage, Auckland 0661, phone (09) 479 4364, fax (09) 478 2503 Concrete cladding: Integra facade system with Rockcote, from Resene Construction Systems, 121 Diana Drive, Glenfield 0627, phone (09) 444 6440 or freephone 0800 507 040 Timber cladding: Custom rusticated cedar weatherboard from Herman Pacific Fires: DX1500, double-sided fire, DL1100 gas fireplace, and EF5000 outdoor fire, all supplied by Escea Ltd, 17 Carnforth St, Green Island, Dunedin 9018, phone (03) 478 8220 Email: Wool carpet: Levante, by Cavalier Bremworth, 7 Grayson Ave, Papatoetoe, phone 0800 808 303 Swimming pool and spa pool construction: Auckland Inground Pools Ltd, Unit 12/9 Markedo Place, Papakura, Auckland 2113, phone (09) 296 7363 Email:

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Left: DCH built a combined pool house and gymnasium in a position that links the tennis court to the pool area and home. The building echoes the house with its gabled roof, stone accents and Integra lightweight concrete plaster facade. The heated pool can also be enjoyed by night, with lighting illuminating the plants and the surface of the water.

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Vision realised With large windows and openings framing the spectacular views, this new Lockwood home is just what the owners ordered There are many ways to look for design inspiration when you are about to build a new home, but the owners of this house took a less-typical option. Bill and Janet Taylor of Nelson flew to Auckland, hired a campervan and undertook a tour of Lockwood homes. They looked at custom-built homes and show villages, and formulated their own plans for their hilltop site back home. Their new Lockwood house was built by La Grouw Builders, to their specifications. Director Andrew La Grouw says the


home, which is built on solid rock, was designed to frame the 270° views. “All the main rooms, including the large, open-plan living area capture the spectacular views in three directions,” he says. “The house also has a strong indooroutdoor connection, so again the views can be maximised.” The exterior of the home is clad in cedar wood, while the interior features solid blonded pine timber walls and ceilings, which follow the gabled roofline. The visual impact of the blonded timber is

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particularly noticeable in the entry, which features a double-height void that creates a sense of arrival. Bill and Janet Taylor enjoy all the other benefits that are associated with a Lockwood home as well. For example, weather extremes are not a worry – the home is well insulated and benefits from passive solar gain in winter. The interlocking construction system has proven durability, and helps to make the home earthquake resistant. And because the wood helps the house to

breathe, the interior provides an especially comfortable living environment. The owners say the whole experience of designing and building their own home has been invaluable. “Right from the start, when we were doing our research, the Lockwood people were very helpful,” says Bill Taylor. “We learned all about the way Lockwood homes are built. And throughout the building process, it seemed as though nothing was ever a problem – the design team just made it happen.”

All the Lockwood Homes franchise operations offer a similar design and build service, whereby clients can choose exactly how they want their home to look. For details, contact La Grouw Builders, 30 Beach Rd, Richmond, Nelson 7020, phone (03) 544 6322. Or for details of your nearest franchisee, phone 0508 LOCKWOOD (5625 9663). Web:

Facing page: This new Lockwood home was designed and built to maximise the expansive views from a hilltop site in Nelson. The two-storey home, which was designed by the owners, Bill and Janet Taylor, has an easy indoor-outdoor flow.

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Top and above: Views can also be enjoyed from the master suite. As with all Lockwood homes, the interior offers a comfortable living environment all year round.

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Above left: A soaring void creates a dramatic entry. Walls and ceilings throughout the home feature solid blonded timber.

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Enduring design Contemporary urban design is right at home in this substantial country residence built by the award-winning team at House of Nautica Finding the right plot of land is just the first step in a new home project. Then you have to consider an architect and a builder, and make a whole raft of other decisions. The owners of this new home on a rural plateau in Coatesville solved the problem by commissioning an architect and a building team who worked together to deliver the perfect solution. House of Nautica built the home to architect Brent Hulena’s specifications. The home, which sits up proud of the plateau, comprises three linked,


pitched-roof pavilions that wrap around a large entertaining terrace on the west side. Full-height glazing in all the rooms maximises the sun, light and views, and opens up the interior to the terrace. The home itself has a commanding presence, due to both the design and materials. The simple forms, plastered concrete block exterior and wide pan metal roofing articulate the exterior, and enhance the sense of permanence. The same forms define the interior, which features soaring sarked ceilings that

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follow the gabled roofline. This makes for a very light, airy, spacious home. The owners say the house ticks all the boxes for their ideal home – it offers relaxed living, is hard wearing and low maintenance, and provides a fun environment for the children. The premium finish and modern, yet timeless design, are also greatly appreciated. House of Nautica is a multi awardwinning member of the Registered Master Builders Association. The firm describes itself as a boutique company that offers

a complete design-build service – it specialises in solid masonry homes that are customised to specific requirements. Clients need only make one call to get a new home under way. For details, contact House of Nautica, phone (09) 415 3200. Alternatively, email: Or visit the website: save | share Search 44331 at

Facing page: A lifestyle beckons – this new pavilion-style country house, built by House of Nautica, features a concrete block construction. Sarking on the ceiling follows the soaring roofline, while overhead glazing lets in plenty of natural light. Above: Three pavilion forms wrap around a west-facing terrace and a pool, which features a raft-style sunbathing deck. There is also a separate spa pool. Left: Cantilevered cabinets and a freestanding tub create a spacious bathroom, while bifolding windows open the room up to the view.

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Spellbound A tiered poolscape and sweeping balconies bring a touch of magic to this contemporary clifftop property designed by Don Nelson Architecture


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It’s easy to fall in love with a beautiful site that offers peace and quiet, along with great views. But working out an ideal design solution for a new home is best left to the experts. For this project, the owners contacted Don Nelson Architecture. They wanted to maximise the views from their site, and its prestigious, clifftop location. And, having seen other grand houses

designed by Don Nelson, they could envisage such a home for themselves. “The house needed to be well suited to entertaining,” Nelson says. “The poolscape was especially important. To create a link from the indoor and outdoor living areas, we stepped the two pools – the higher plunge pool has an infinity edge, so the water falls down to the swimming pool on

the lower level. By night, lights illuminate the entire area.” The sense of grandeur continues on the inside – an imported marble staircase is a key feature of the entry. This echoes the curved architectural language of the exterior. The Mediterranean-style interior is also defined by exposed structural columns and open, flowing living spaces. There are four bedrooms with ensuite

bathrooms on the upper level, including a separate guest wing on the other side of the house from the master suite. To contact Don Nelson Architecture, phone (09) 486 4698, mobile 027 496 7450. Email: Web: save | share Search 44316 at

Above left: Water cascades down from an infinity edge pool, creating a dramatic outdoor entertaining area for this new house designed by Don Nelson Architecture. Curved balconies and patios provide plenty of seating areas, which maximise the spectacular view from the house. Top and above: The marble-lined entry features a sweeping, curved staircase. On the main level, there are spaces for formal and informal living and dining.

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Open to view Stepping across the threshold of a show home is the best way to experience what’s on offer – these show homes are all designed to inspire and delight

Inviting hideaway Named after a loyal, much-loved customer, the Stewart is a Lockwood plan that goes that little bit further to create the perfect retreat


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Being able to adapt a house plan to suit your own needs makes good sense. And that was exactly what Linda Stewart and her late husband Graham did when they bought their fourth Lockwood home. One of the major changes the couple made to the standard Nelson plan was to increase the size of the master bedroom by 10m2, which made it much more of a private retreat. They also increased the size of the walk-in wardrobe, added a window seat and enlarged the decks around the house.

Although sadly, Graham Stewart did not get to live in the new house, Linda says it has proved an ideal home. After living in three earlier Lockwood homes, she was already won over by the warmth of the timber interior and the ease of maintenance – the occasional staining of the decks is all that is ever required. Peter Richards, of Peter Richards Builders, the Lockwood franchisee in Taupo, recently opened a new show home in the Stewarts’ honour. The Stewart is designed on similar lines – it also has an extra-large

master suite. Other key features include a schist stone fireplace, soaring gabled ceilings and a solid blonded wood interior. For details on this project, contact Peter Richard Builders, 99 Woodward St, Nukuhau, Taupo, phone 0800 378 945 or for details of your nearest show home, contact Lockwood, phone 0508 Lockwood (562 596). Website: save | share Search 44421 at

Above left: The Stewart is a new Lockwood show home in Taupo, which offers a slightly extended version of the Nelson plan, first requested by owners Linda and the late Graham Stewart. Key features include a raked ceiling, solid blonded timber interior and schist stone fireplace surround and chimney. Top: Clad in low-maintenance cedar and aluminium cladding, the home will keep its good looks for decades to come. Above: The master bedroom has been enlarged, just as it was for the original Stewart Lockwood.

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Picture this Walk in and imagine a lifestyle less ordinary – that’s the message that comes across in this new show home designed and built by GJ Gardner Homes in Taupo


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Every so often a new show home opens that literally takes your breath away. The reason is usually a mix of factors, which include high-quality, low-maintenance building materials, attractive architecture, a light and airy interior, state-of-the-art kitchen and large sliders that open to expansive decks. All these things come together in this new show

home in Taupo, designed and built by GJ Gardner Homes. The distinctive design is evident from the exterior, which features a mix of Firth Devonstone brick and Linea weatherboard cladding, set off by a Corona Shake Charcoal steel tile roof from Gerard Roofs. Large concrete pavers create a pathway to the entry, which has a lowered gable roof

Facing page: GJ Gardner Homes has designed and built a new show home in Taupo, which can be seen at 7 Facilita Avenue, Wharewaka. GJ Gardner Homes franchises use only high-quality, proven construction materials and products from New Zealand’s most reputable manufacturers and suppliers. Above and left: The formal lounge can be separated from the family living area if desired. Bright pops of colour enliven the neutral backdrop.

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Above: Raked ceilings follow the roofline in the family living area, reinforcing the spacious nature of the interior. Right: The show home has a separate walk-in pantry with extra bench space. Storage is a key feature of most rooms in the home.


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element that creates a welcome sense of intimacy. On the inside, the sheer size of the home becomes apparent. With a 232m2 floor area, the home is large enough to boast two separate living areas, double garaging with internal access, and four spacious bedrooms, including a grand master suite. Steve Elliott, GJ Gardner Homes Taupo franchisee, says

other compelling features include a 2.7m vaulted ceiling to the lounge, a raked ceiling in the family room and 2.55mhigh ceilings everywhere else. “These soaring ceilings add visual depth to the living spaces, creating a very spacious interior. The look is enhanced by the large glass doors opening to the outdoors. “The house is designed to provide different seating areas

for the family – not everybody needs to be in the same space at the same time. Parents always have the option of retreating to the formal lounge, which can be separated from the family living areas.” On the other hand, the house is well set up for entertaining on a grand scale. The kitchen-dining-family area all flow seamlessly, and open up to an alfresco dining area.

The interior design also reflects the emphasis on highend living. Neutral tones of truffle feature throughout the home, creating a comfortable environment. The feeling is enhanced by a Cavalier Bremworth Habitat range Stylex carpet in Driftwood. This carpet lends itself to textural accessories, such as natural wood. It can also be enlivened with bright pops of colour.

GJ Gardner Homes not only offers a range of plans, such as this show home; the company can also build a house to your precise specifications. For further details, contact GJ Gardner Homes, phone 0800 42 45 46. Or visit the website: save | share Search 44504 at

Top: Kitchens are a focal point for every home designed and built by GJ Gardner Homes. Here, sleek white cabinetry contrasts with a bright turquoise blue colourbacked glass splashback – a tone picked up elsewhere in the interior. Above: Bathrooms are fully equipped with contemporary fixtures and fittings. The tiles in this bathroom form the tub surround.

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Traditional strengths This house offers a solid, safe construction and generous family living – design and construction was by Landmark Homes Above: The new Christchurch Landmark Homes show home, the Abel Tasman, evokes the look and feel of iconic Wanaka houses. The plaster and cedar cladding, textured roof tiles and built-out windows all contribute to this effect. Intelligently laid-out rooms are matched by an easy indoor-outdoor flow. Most public areas and the master bedroom open directly out to a sheltered north-facing courtyard.


When it comes to your family home, it is nice to have all the latest lifestyle luxuries, but the basic nurturing qualities of warmth, safety and strength of construction all come top of the list. This new show home by Landmark Homes at Sovereign Lakes, Christchurch, boasts every modern inclusion. However, it’s the traditional timber construction of the Abel Tasman, with its rich cedar sidings and classic window detailing, that makes this house a joy to come home to. A textured steel tile roof furthers the home’s rugged high-country character, while its light weight ensures safety in a seismic event.

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The 235m2, three-bedroom Abel Tasman is designed for a long, narrow corner site and is all about family living. One end is home to an expansive open family, dining and kitchen area, while the master bedroom is set at the other end for a sense of separation. The formal living area can also be separated from other family areas with double cavity sliders. The house is strong on creature comforts, too. A gas fire is a focal point of the living room, and the tiles in the designer kitchen, pantry, master bathroom and main bathroom all have underfloor heating. Warm wool carpet features

in other areas. The generously sized master suite has a spa-like appeal with a double vanity and open walk-in shower. Detailing such as wall finishes, tapware, benchtops, and skirting board profiles are all open to individual preference. For more details on Landmark Homes and the broad range of plans on offer, freephone 0800 477 110. Web: save | share Search 44320 at

Top and above: Everything about the Abel Tasman’s layout is conducive to a smooth and harmonious lifestyle. Family living areas can be separated from the lounge by cavity sliders. A chef’s kitchen features durable benchtops, the latest appliances, a wealth of storage and heated floors. Left: The Abel Tasman’s formal entry and double garage face the street. Several gabled roof forms punctuate the long, narrow show home.

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By special request Small, urban sites don’t have to mean a design compromise. The Landing show home by Jalcon Homes ticks all the boxes for a contemporary, eco-friendly family home on a smaller section The days of the quarter-acre section may be long gone, but the new homes going up in their place are far more family friendly. And the secret lies with the design. Over the past few years Jalcon Homes has fine-tuned the design of contemporary homes for smaller sections, such as infill and subdivided sites, and sections where older homes have been removed. Jalcon Homes managing director Lindsay Aitken says The Landing show home in Hobsonville is a good example of how the right design can maximise a


small site without compromising modern lifestyles or privacy concerns. “We have managed to design and build a 236m2 house on a section that is just 317m2. With four bedrooms and two living areas, the home is plenty big enough for a family – again good design helps. Ceilings on the ground floor are 2.7m high, so the interior feels light and spacious. The kitchen is centrally positioned, and there is an effortless flow between interior and exterior living areas, which makes it ideal for entertaining.”

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The Landing also has a sustainable design focus, which helped it secure two awards at the Master Builder House of the Year Awards, including a Gold Award. “Sustainability and energy efficiency were key drivers for the design,” Aitken says. “The house features double-glazed windows, low-energy lighting, a greywater recycling system, hot water heat pump, and insulation that far exceeds the required standard. We also used Wattyl environmentally friendly paints on both the inside and outside.”

Jalcon Homes is a member of the Master Builders Association, Lifemark and Future-Proof Building. For added peace of mind, all homes come with the company’s 15-year Weather Tight Warranty. For more details, contact Jalcon Homes, freephone 0800 52 52 66. Alternatively, email: Or visit the website: save | share Search 44317 at

Facing page: The Landing, at 15 Station Street, Hobsonville Point, is a Jalcon Homes show home specifically designed to maximise a small site. The home, which features traditional building materials, has two living areas, four spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double garage. Above and left: Sustainability and energy efficiency were key drivers for the design. The house has double glazing and extra insulation to keep it cool in summer and warm in winter. With two living areas, the house is well suited to family living – the formal living room can be closed off with cavity sliders.

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Past revisited With its gabled, cottage-style architecture and painted cedar weatherboards, this Arrowtown home by Fowler Homes references its historic location


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Arrowtown is not just one of the most scenic towns in New Zealand – it’s also one of the most historic. Not surprisingly, new homes built in the town need to be in keeping with the heritage character. This new Arrowtown home was custom designed and built by Fowler Homes following a concept plan designed by the owners’ architect daughter to meet this brief. The house offers a contemporary take on tradition, however, with a long blade wall in local schist signalling the entry.

John Mansfield of Fowler Homes Southern Lakes says the schist was sourced from the Wakatipu Basin. “All the materials are appropriate to the location,” he says. “The painted cedar weatherboards reference the traditional cottages in the district. And the timberframed joinery and louvres at the front of the house were also specified to meet local regulations that dictate wood joinery for doors and windows facing the street.” On the interior, the home is designed for contemporary living, with a flowing,

open-plan living space. A large slider door can be pulled to separate the formal living room from the family area. Other features include plastered interior walls and fullheight doors and windows to the rear. For details, contact Fowler Homes Southern Lakes, 51 Industrial Pl, Queenstown 9300, phone (03) 441 1036. Or visit the website: save | share Search 44422 at

Facing page, top and lower: Traditional materials meet contemporary design – this new Arrowtown home by Fowler Homes Southern Lakes references the historic character of the old cottages in the district. The blade wall at the front features locally sourced schist. Similar schist also clads several walls at the rear of the property. Above: The formal living room can be separated from the family living area by a large sliding door – the steel sliding system highlights the contemporary nature of the interior. Full-height glass doors and windows allow plenty of natural light to flood the interior.

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Green with envy This interior reflects a love of natural hues and a preference for open, light-filled spaces – the project was drawn together by Yellowfox Above: The Image Glass splashback and Silestone benchtops form a link with nature in this fit-out by Yellowfox. Aaron Redgewell, a Carters associated builder, carried out the construction. All lighting is from Lighthouse Remuera. Facing page: The photo mural by Aspiring Walls in the office offers another green accent, with Resene Black White used on other walls. Soft furnishings from Designer’s Library and wood floors complete the picture.


To help you achieve the exact aesthetic you want for your home, it makes sense to visit a well-connected specialist. Yellowfox called on several valued industry suppliers to create this residential interior, says designer Ursula Vlasic. “An emphasis on warmth and colour was high on owners’ wish list. They wanted a modern but not stark interior. “In response, we created a

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Scandinavian look featuring pale wood, with pops of their favourite colour. Plush Cavalier Bremworth Stylex carpet from Flooring Studio adds a note of luxury in the bedrooms. “In the kitchen, a vibrant green glass splashback from Image Glass stands out against the white engineered Silestone stone benchtops, by E Stone.” Sleek Lappato tiles by Tile Warehouse are combined with

marble bowls by Robertson and a Bestwood Oak Veneer on the vanities to create an attractive, refined finish in the bathrooms. For further details, contact Yellowfox Auckland, phone (09) 525 3450. Or visit the web: save | share Search 44324 at

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Made to last A new generation of laminate flooring from GD Woodhaus is transforming interiors Technology never stands still – it just gets more and more sophisticated, and this applies to flooring products, just as much as it does to electronic wizardry. One of the latest developments out of Germany is Neo laminate flooring, which is distributed in New Zealand by leading flooring specialist GD Woodhaus. Garth Dye, managing director, says Neo laminate is based on a building material that is new to the industry, called composite solid fibreboard (CSF). “Neo offers many benefits to anyone building or renovating. It is not only fully waterproof, but extremely robust,” he says. “Manufactured in Germany by one of the world’s leading laminate manufacturers, it is free of PVC and other plastics, and is recyclable. This makes it a sustainable option, which ticks another box for designers and homeowners looking for environmentally friendly alternatives.” Neo laminate flooring is well suited to all residential applications. It is heavy duty, which makes it durable enough for hallways, kitchens and other high-traffic areas. It is also warm underfoot and hygienic, being easy to keep clean. The laminate is available in a wide variety of colour ways and patterns. For details of your nearest flooring retailer, take a look at the GD Woodhaus website: save | share Search 44424 at This page: Versatile and hardwearing, Neo laminate flooring from GD Woodhaus is suited to many applications, including bathrooms. The flooring is also an eco-friendly option.


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What lies beneath A new breed of roof underlay makes installation easier and extends durability and performance – Covertek™ is supplied by Thermakraft In the ever-evolving building industry, the most innovative products can often go unseen –take an advanced roof membrane that may improve the quality and warmth of indoor spaces and is easy to install. Thermakraft designs, manufactures and supplies synthetic underlays to the building industry nationwide, says technical and innovation manager Antoni Rajwer. “Thermakraft launched Covertek five years ago – the first fully synthetic roofing underlay on the market. This offers superior durability and performance compared


to paper-based bituminous options.” Covertek is transforming methods of roof installation, too, letting roofers install a roof during poor weather without affecting the underlay’s functional integrity. “We also supply the synthetic wall underlay Watergate Plus. This is created to work with all house cladding systems.” Both underlays have been designed and manufactured to reduce condensation risks, and assist in managing moisture. “All our products meet the demanding needs of the New Zealand Building Code

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and contemporary building techniques.” For further details, contact Thermakraft Industries, phone 0800 806 595. Email: Or alternatively visit the website: save | share Search 43581 at Above: Thermakraft offers a variety of synthetic underlays that can be introduced to a home’s roof, walls, and under floor to improve its indoor quality.

Ideas abound There’s plenty to inspire a new home project at Home Ideas Centre, and it’s all under one roof Kitchens, bathrooms, sustainable living, decorating – there are myriad choices to be made when you plan a new home. But decision making is a whole lot easier when you can see everything in one place. Home Ideas Centres in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch bring it all together. From exterior cladding materials, roofing, landscaping and paving ideas to interior fit-outs, furnishings, flooring and heating solutions, most leading brands have products on display. General manager Clare Macintosh says Home Ideas Centre is a must-see for anyone building a new home, renovating or landscaping. “There is no other free centre in New Zealand showcasing this number of exhibits and products in one location, and open 360 days of the year,” she says. “Having everything together makes it so much easier to compare products, features and prices. It’s also a great place to be inspired by design, and to catch up on the latest trends in design and technology.” Home Ideas Centre has an extensive website profiling many of the products on offer. You can order brochures through the website, request more information and even ask an expert a question. For additional information, contact Home Ideas Centre in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. Or visit the website: save | share Search 43714 at This page: Companies showcasing their products and skills at Home Ideas Centre include, from top, GVP, Kitchens By Design and Robertson.

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On parade In a street of show homes in Longhurst, Christchurch, this home stands out for its parallel gabled volumes and its wealth of special features, including a sleek designer kitchen with Smeg appliances Show and tell is always the best way to demonstrate a product or a service, and it’s an especially good way to showcase modern architecture and materials. Leading Canterbury home builder Mike Greer Homes understands the impact is even greater when you can view more than one home at a time. Consequently, the company has five show homes in a row on Hamill Rd, Longhurst. The show home featured on these pages is already attracting plenty of attention, for both its architectural style and


the quality of the interior fit-out. Sales manager John Callaghan says the parallel gabled volumes are linked by a flat-roofed entry foyer that effectively separates the private spaces from the public living areas. The living rooms, kitchen and study are all positioned in the volume on the left, while the garaging, bedrooms and bathrooms occupy the wing on the right side. In keeping with modern lifestyles, the kitchen is an integral part of a large, openplan living space. Black Bestwood Carbon Embossed perimeter cabinetry is teamed

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with Prime Melamine Apollo Velvet laminate on the back and sides of the island, creating a bold contrast. Wilsonart benchtops are in White Tigris, and the coloured glass splashback makes a dramatic statement in Resene Wasabi. As with all the homes, this show home features Smeg appliances, chosen to complement the style of the house. Callaghan says the company chose Smeg because it was impressed with the quality of the Italian design and manufacture. “We were able to secure Smeg Italian

appliances for a very competitive price. We can offer all the benefits that come with a Smeg appliance, including the high quality and lasting reputation.� Smeg appliances in this house include two 60cm stainless steel built-in ovens with Thermoseal. This creates a stable environment for cooking, with even temperatures maintained. Thermoseal also helps to ensure food retains its moisture, taste and nutrients. Other products include a Smeg 60cm dishwasher, which has a versatile interior

layout and features the patented orbital wash system; a 60cm touch-control ceramic cooktop; and a 90cm canopy rangehood that quickly and quietly removes steam and odours. For more information on the Smeg appliance collection, visit the website: For Mike Greer Homes, visit save | share Search 44442 at

Facing page: This new steel-framed show home in Hamill Rd, Longhurst is one of five designed and built by Mike Greer Homes. Designed for contemporary lifestyles, the house features two gabled volumes linked by a flat-roofed entry element. This page: All the living areas have an easy flow to the outdoors. The kitchen, at one end of the large, open-plan living space, is equipped for entertaining. There are two matching Smeg 60cm ovens, a Smeg 60cm dishwasher, 60cm ceramic cooktop and 90cm canopy rangehood.

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In one place An array of products, a modern showroom and a skilled team – this is Pecks Plumbing Plus An experienced plumber will take time to locate the best product retailer around. And DIYers find it reassuring to source their own plumbing needs from an outlet frequented by trade professionals. Pecks Plumbing Plus is a merchant that has a strong reputation with trade-based clients. Its modern Manukau showroom is also a favourite with retail customers, drawn by its wide range and popularity in trade circles. Experienced staff who can offer advice and customer service that goes the extra mile are other advantages, says managing director Geoff Peck. “Whether you’re browsing our website or checking out the latest products in person at our showroom, Pecks carries everything you might need for your project. That might be an inset laundry sink, a high-powered rainhead shower, a double-sided outdoor fire or the latest energy-efficient dishwasher. If it relates to the bathroom, kitchen or any plumbing or heating need, we have it in stock or will quickly source it – Pecks Plumbing Plus offers trusted brands at affordable prices.” Pecks is part of Plumbing Plus, a group of independently owned plumbing, bathroom and kitchen outlets operating throughout New Zealand and Australia. To contact Pecks Plumbing Plus, 28D Lambie Drive, Manukau City, phone (09) 262 1462. Email: Website: save | share Search 44339 at This page: From showerheads to heated towel rails and everything in between, Pecks Plumbing Plus offers a range of products for retail and trade.


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Leading edge Every aspect of this urban loft-style conversion was chosen with an eye for good design – from the materials to the Fisher & Paykel appliances Urban renewal is changing the way many people live in the city today. This city apartment, in a former commercial building, is a prime example. Architect Lindy Leuschke of Leuschke Group Architects transformed the building by opening up a portion of the original roof, so that the entire living area of the new apartment opens up to a sunny internal courtyard.


Leuschke says that while the owners wanted an urban loft-style design, the emphasis was on a high-quality fit-out, rather than a raw look. “We opted for high-quality materials, such as the Italian Carrara marble floor tiles. Bronze aluminium joinery also lends a richness to the interior.” The appliances reflect the emphasis put on good design as well – the kitchen features

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the latest appliance technology from Fisher & Paykel. With their crisp profile and brushed stainless steel finish, the appliances are the perfect complement to the black lacquered cabinetry that runs along the rear wall of the living area. Leuschke says she doesn’t hesitate to recommend Fisher & Paykel appliances. “Both the aesthetics and the performance are exactly

what’s required for modern lifestyles,” the architect says. The kitchen features the Fisher & Paykel 60cm gas on steel cooktop, which is made from premium-quality stainless steel with a formed polished trim. Inspired by European styling, the cooktop also has refined stainless steel controls, and is equipped with the latest burner technology for precision cooking.

The cooktop is teamed with a 90cm power pack. This easyto-use ventilation unit has intuitive controls that respond to the touch of a finger, eliminating odours and steam. With multiple shelves, the Fisher & Paykel 60cm single built-in oven comes into its own when the owners wish to entertain – the oven has a generous 77 litres usable capacity. The design of the oven also

matches the other appliances and the contemporary interior. The Fisher & Paykel 790mm ActiveSmart™ Door Drawer refrigerator with Ice & Water also makes entertaining a breeze. The upper refrigerator enables easy access to everyday items, while ergonomic storage bins and glass shelves can be configured to suit every lifestyle. The freezer is also designed for easy access.

Also featured in this apartment is the Fisher & Paykel Double DishDrawer, which has two independent dishwashers for added convenience and ergonomics. For further details, visit and save | share Search 44404 at

Facing page and above left: This new apartment was built within a former commercial building. Designed by architect Lindy Leuschke, the apartment features a black lacquered kitchen with a bright orange glass splashback. All the appliances are by Fisher & Paykel. Above: Architect Lindy Leuschke says she constantly recommends Fisher & Paykel appliances for her clients, due to their crisp aesthetics and high functionality.

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On top of the world Elevating this new swimming pool has maximised a great view, created a level entry, and avoided the need for a pool fence, says Mayfair Pools A flat site is no longer a prerequisite for a swimming pool. Today, it’s all about lifestyle, and pools are placed to enhance an outdoor entertaining area, which may involve a sloping site. This was precisely the case for this new pool built by Mayfair Pools agent Richard Rowley. “The location for this project was not particularly easy, as the pool needed to be built on a hillside, on soil that had not been compacted when the house was built,” Rowley says. “Major engineering

was required to ensure that the pool would be stable.” Rowley says it was decided to build the fibreglass pool above the ground to meet the level of the existing deck. This also meant that on the downhill side, the pool would be high enough to form its own pool fencing. And the view across the valley could be maintained. The pool colour is Atlantic Blue Glitter. This is contrasted by flamed black granite coping stones, which complement the natural landscape.

The pool is heated by a heat pump, and features a Zodiac salt chlorinator. For details, contact Mayfair Pools, phone 0800 MAYFAIR (629 324). Or visit the website: save | share Search 44323 at Above: Mayfair Pools, a specialist in fibreglass pool construction, built this pool on a steep hillside. The colour of the pool interior is Atlantic Blue Glitter.

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Perfect skin With the classic shadowline of weatherboards, no need for painting and a 25-year guarantee, Palliside offers an easy, cost-effective cladding


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On the human face, good skin means good looks and a good state of health. Selecting the right cladding system can bring similar results for your home. The owners of this multi award-winning Sentinel Homes residence had a simple brief for the experienced design-and-build company. The couple asked that their new house be simple yet classic, with an open-plan kitchen flowing into one of two living spaces, and four bedrooms at the other end of the home. They also requested that everything, particularly the exterior, be low maintenance and hassle free.

To this end, the house has a concrete tile roof and a Palliside weatherboard cladding system. “We use this weathertight cladding on many projects, as it has several benefits for our clients. Built for New Zealand conditions, Palliside has the classic shadowlines of wood weatherboards but never needs painting – just a wash-down once a year,” says Sentinel director Stuart Shutt. Besides open living spaces, a sleek kitchen and spacious bedrooms, the home has a covered outdoor area accessed from the living room. The owners love their new residence and its merits have also attracted industry recognition.

Sentinel Homes won a Gold Award for the home in the 2013 Auckland region, Placemakers New Homes $250,000 - $350,000 category. The home was also the overall local category winner. For Sentinel Homes, phone (09) 846 5777, or visit the website: For a free Palliside sample pack or more details, contact Dynex Extrusions, phone 0800 4 DYNEX (439 639). Website: save | share Search 44647 at

Above left and top: This Sentinel Homes design features the Palliside weatherboard cladding system for a clean, crisp aesthetic. Shadowlines mimic the look of traditional wood boards, and the system requires almost no upkeep. The cladding suits all styles of architecture. Above: Featuring airy, open-plan interiors and an easy connection to a sheltered outdoor living space, the home offers a relaxed lifestyle.

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Sleek appeal This home’s architectural doors and windows were made and installed by Fairview Wellington Wairarapa using joinery from Aluminium Systems


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Selecting the right window and door frames for a home will optimise its comfort and lift the aesthetic at the same time – after all, if the facade is the face, then they are the designer jewellery. This modern home by Steve Pilbrow Design and Build features windows, doors and skylights created by Fairview Wellington Wairarapa. The formed joinery was supplied by Aluminium Systems, says Fairview co-owner Kate Langford. “The home’s distinctive double-glazed green tinted windows and large sliding doors are set off by extruded metal frames, specified by the architect in Silver Pearl,” says Langford.

All the substantial doors and windows in the living areas and upstairs conference room were built with the Fairview Architectural Suite. Clerestory windows were coupled to give them the appearance of being a single unit. This suite is seen again on the home’s large internal slider, which is fitted with opaque glass. The sister suite, Evolution, was used for all smaller windows and hinged doors that did not require the greater glazing platform needed for the larger areas of glass. Evolution matches the external look of the Architectural Suite and was also selected for the pivoting cedar entry door.

To create the home’s skylights, a thermally broken roof light was employed. A duo system was needed to cope with their weight and size. The clear Euroglass Frameless Glass System was introduced for the internal balustrading. For details on Fairview Wellington Wairarapa, phone (06) 304 9441, For further details on Aluminium Systems, phone (09) 574 2900. Website: save | share Search 44348 at

These pages: Clean lines with a smooth operation – all windows, doors and skylights in this residence and adjacent pool house were built by Fairview Wellington Wairarapa, from framing manufactured and supplied by Aluminium Systems. The Fairview Architectural Suite was used for the heavier sliding doors, fitted with green-tinted, double glazing, and for the internal slider with opaque glass. Lighter windows and hinged doors are in the matching Fairview Evolution Suite.

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Contour Roofing


Harvey Norman

American Standard


Counties Joinery


Harvey’s Plumbing and Heating


Danske Møbler


Applico Aquadux


Armadale Doors




Design Construction Home

Artisan Painting Decorating 76, 85, 93 Atrium

54-63 84, 93 102-103

Award Appliance Group BainUltra

77 16-25


McKinney + Windeatt Architects

House of Nautica

6-14, 64-73 16-25


ET2 Contemporary Lighting

100, 103

Bosch Bultrade 2014 Ltd Busselton Aluminium


Ideal Standard


Insite Nelson


Ireland, Cameron


Jacksons Hardwoods


Fairview Wellington Wairarapa 146-147

82-83, 93 6-14

142 26-35, 64-73

Fisher & Paykel Fletcher Window Door Systems



Fowler Homes Southern Lakes




44-53, 64-73



122-123 54-63

Jayson Home and Garden 54-63 JD McDonald

Cablik Enterprises Caesarstone

Jalcon Homes James Hardie

36-43, 140-141


64-73 87, 93

148 Firth

78-81, 93

Hybrid Homes & Living Extreme




Ian Hunt Flooring Carpets

Extreme Roofing



Hudson Reed Hulena Architects


Ken Rouw


Kitchen Things


Kitchen Visage




Cameron Ireland Builders 26-35

Frontier Pools




Candlewick Interiors



Krannitz Gehl Architects



44-53 6-14

GD Woodhaus


LaGrouw Builders

104-105 118-119



Landmark Homes

Catherine Cocke Interiors 36-43

Gehl, Barry


Lane, Dana

Cavalier Bremworth 101, 103

GeoComfort Geothermal Systems

Carpet Court

Cavalier Upholstery Celcrete


44-53 120

16-25 GJ Gardner Homes


Leland, Barbara Leuschke, Lindy Liebherr Lighthouse



Mike Greer Homes


Mirror Image


Molnar, George




Montana Sash & Door


New Age Veneers


Newnham, Rachael


Nick Goode Construction


Original Ceramics


Oscar Isberian




Parker Paint


PEC Structural Engineering 36-43 Pecks Plumbing Plus


Peter Richards Builders 112-113

The Roofing Store

82-83, 93

Thermakraft Industries


Tile Warehouse


Trends Publishing International 15, 94, 139 True Homes


Unique Granite


Vantage Aluminium Joinery 64-73





Warmup New Zealand


Pottery Barn


140-141 76 2

Clearvue Glass



Cocke, Catherine


Harley Cabinets





Harrington, James


Living Design




Harrington, Natalia



Colour Plus


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64-73 2

95, 104-105, 112-113, 121

Qasair Read, Kelvin Reece Renovation Resource Resene


Tile Direct

Visual Comfort

Granite Pacifica





Lighting Network




CKS Cabinetry

16-25, 26-35



Godfrey Hirst

Lighting Direct

McKinney, Jack McRae, Rob

So, Richmond 16-25 Solar Electric Technologies 64-73 Soucie Horner 54-63 Soucie, Shea 54-63 South West Concrete 6-14 Stoanz NZ and Australia 81, 93 Sunshine Solar 64-73 Switch 64-73 Terra Lana 64-73 The Fireplace 86, 93 The Golden Triangle 54-63 The Laminex Group 64-73

Plumbing Plus


88-89, 93


Robinson, David 6-14 Rodrigues Bodycoat Architects 6-14 Rodrigues, Simon 6-14 Rosenfeld Kidson & Co 26-35 Rylock 26-35 Samsung 5 Selectafloor 54-63 Sette Windows 44-53 Smeg 136-137


Christian Liaigre


80, 93










Mayfair Pools


Ecodure Oak

Big Ass Fans

Marmi Natural Stone McIntosh Concrete

Home Ideas Centre

Barbara Leland Interior Design






Holly Hunt

ECC Electrolux




Barbara Barry


Margaret River Structural



Bluescope Steel




Belle Prize


Heritage Hardware Highline Partners

Baker Furniture

Bays Joinery

Heat Smart Plus


Dynex Extrusions


Marble and Cement Work 6-14


Don Nelson Architecture


Louvretec Lysaght

Herman Pacific

Domain Lighting



96-97, 103

Auckland Air Conditioning Auckland Inground Pools


54-63 90-91, 93










26-35, 64-73, 74

Resene Construction Systems 64-73, 98-99, 103


West Architecture Studio 36-43 West, Scott AIA Westinghouse Wilson Cabinetry

Richmond Glass


Woodform Architectural

Richmond So Engineers



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NEW HOME TRENDS New Zealand Vol 30/07  

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