Located within a 10-minute stroll to Long Bay Regional Park on Auckland’s North Shore, this home is a manifestation of quality in design and construction. The home is set onto a triangular shaped corner site with eastern views across Ridge Park and out to the Hauraki Gulf. The brief called for a contemporary home with generous living spaces that connect well to the outdoors. The design of carefully considered outdoor spaces and the ability to use this year-round was going to be one of the main features of this home.
Design Features and Creative Solutions
With its generous proportions in plan and in elevation, this home is comfortable and sophisticated. An abundance of natural light enters the home through high-level glazing, a skylight off the double height entry and the extra wide staircase. This central space anchors the three living areas together, creating the feeling of an open plan space, allowing each living area to work independently of each other. Up-light coving in the 3m high ceiling define the living spaces. Both living rooms have direct access to the outdoor entertainment area which contains an outdoor kitchen and a woodfire. The decks are covered with motorised aluminium louvres that can be adjusted to control sun & shade and provide shelter from the rain. Once again, the extra height ensures that the space feels generous, even with the louvres in the closed position.
There is a guest bedroom on the lower floor with the upper storey accommodating four additional bedrooms. All upper bedrooms receive abundant natural light, while the master bedroom steals the show with east facing windows allowing views of the sun rising over the Hauraki Gulf.
The growing demand for homes that are cleaner, greener and more energy-efficient has not been overlooked either. This home is fully insulated with a non-toxic, thick sandwich of polyester in all external and internal walls and ceilings. This also has the added benefit of improving the home’s acoustics. Together with advanced double glazing, this keeps the home cool in summer with minimal heating required in winter.