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Reinvented holiday home
Once the well-loved holiday home was removed from this coveted location on the beachfront reserve, we proceeded to construct a new home to cater for extended family holidays.
The client had commissioned the draughtsman to design a home that could cater for 3 separate groups staying in the one house.
This was achieved by having a downstairs 1-bedroom apartment and 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms on the upper floor.
A lift was incorporated into the internal hallway to allow ease of access for luggage, groceries and people.
The outlook over the reserve to Snells beach and Kawau Bay were made the most of by building wrap around decks to both levels.
As you ascend to the top of the staircase, the large vaulted ceiling and view through the sliding doors never fails to impress and is the focal point of the living area.
Homestar 7 grade
Built in a new subdivision in the heart of Matakana village.
Covenants for the subdivision included the requirement to meet Homestar 7 Grade. This was achieved by working with the architect to design the house to be energy efficient and to use multiple eco principals during construction.
We have installed a thermally broken polystyrene pod floor; this has a sealed coloured concrete topping that has been cut to give the appearance of large tiles.
The floor has a hydronic underfloor heating system installed that is heated by a large heat pump.
The windows are thermally broken double glazing, giving the ability to have dual colours, the outside is Greyfriars while the inside is Appliance White.
The insulation values were increased to the walls and roof spaces, with the walls being built in 6x2 timber to allow for the increase.
A wine cellar of specially produced hand made mud bricks was built as a centre curve to the entry hallway, with the Saligna gum flooring inlaid into the concrete floor to mirror the curve.
The cellar has been designed to be kept cool by the exhaust vent from the heat pump on the hot water cylinder, keeping the client’s collection of wine at a premium temperature.
The cellar door was constructed especially for the client from off cuts of the Saligna gum flooring and wine bottle ends.Eucalyptus tongue & groove timber was installed on the lounge ceiling and continued all the way down the entry hallway.
FSC certified, sustainably forested Garappa hardwood timbers were used for the extensive decking which was installed to give a level entry threshold.
A solar panel array was installed to the roof, capable of generating over 5 kilowatts on a sunny day, this is used for household power or fed back to the local power grid.
Two large concrete water tanks were buried in the front yard supplying fresh drinking water from the roof, and giving controlled release of stormwater to the local drainage system.
Architecturally designed specifically to suit the client’s needs. Site was divided in half by a deep watercourse that drained the surrounding hillside.
Small existing one bedroom holiday home and detached 2-story garage were cleverly connected together by suspending a 2-story bedroom wing over the watercourse.
The bedroom wing was designed to look and feel like a boathouse, with glass balustrade and sliding slatted screens to give privacy.
Existing one bedroom house was renovated with most internal walls removed to have a large open plan kitchen, dining and living area.
New windows, front deck and louvre roof were added to make the most of the north view down the Glen Eden River. The stair treads and some feature interior walls have been finished in sawn Macrocarpa timber cladding.
The whole development was capped off with a new low profile detached double garage below the house, designed to be inconspicuous and built into the sloping hillside.
Working with AMR Developments on their exclusive small subdivision in Matakana, Torea Park is 16 individual sites.
Each of these sites is proposed to have a bespoke design by DAA architects built as part of the package.
We have, over the last three years, completed 7 of these houses.
The client’s for 49 Torea Rd have been supporters of the development from the beginning, having purchased the first house to be built.
Having sold this one, they went on to purchase No.49 from plans. We were excited to build this home for them as it included some unique design features.
There are concrete cast in-situ walls to the interior & exterior with the boxing timber grain in the concrete.
Complimenting the hard concrete surface is vertical cedar cladding to the rest of the house.
The flat-roofed lounge, kitchen and dining area has complete floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors, with level entry to the decks at the front and rear of the house. Facing the road is a solid concrete wall with feature boxing that extends outside to give privacy to the front deck and garden area.
Engineered oak floors were laid throughout to give warmth underfoot. The kitchen was a mix of stone worktops and oak veneered cabinets to complement the flooring. This was carried on through to the large butler's pantry behind the kitchen.
Bathrooms were tiled floor to ceiling to create a complete wet room with no glass divider screen for the shower. Ceilings heights of 2.7 and 3 meters throughout the house give a feeling of space.
The gardens are laid out and planted to give privacy while indulging a little fun with tiger turf and a putting green installed.