• Integrated appliances plus scullery for an exceptional kitchen experience • Outdoor shower for post-beach rinse-offs • Large double garage with ample storage + EV charging station • Ducted heating / cooling with control panels for each zone • Separate upstairs office space + guest powder room • Media room with bar / sink or could be converted to 4th bedroom • Choice of outdoor living zones including downstairs covered deck • Master bedroom cleverly designed with sliders opening to ocean views • Luxurious bathrooms with extensive tiling • Large wrap around window seat • Exterior screens and window shutters providing privacy • Solar panels creating an energy efficient home.
One of the last remaining large residential sections in a well-established suburb in Tauranga. The client, coming from a modernist architectural beachfront home requested a complete contrast. A New Zealand architectural classic - The distinct weatherboard Villa.' We had to design the home with modern family living being essential. One of the main requirements of the brief was to create a degree of separation between adult and teenage spaces. However, these spaces had to be flexible and needed to function as one when required. An intersecting the floor plan with a central living courtyard the home forms two wings. The courtyard, adjoining the main family living creates an axis extending to the pool. One of the reasons for this design was to shield the entertaining areas from prevailing winds but mainly to create privacy from the surrounding properties. It also functions to link the two wings as a large communal family space. View shafts through both wings allow for natural light and close connectivity to other living zones and exterior landscapes. Bricks reclaimed from a demolished hotel following the Christchurch earthquake wrap the two fireplaces, entry and landscape features. This, in conjunction with timber wall paneling, pressed tin ceiling panels and fastidious craftsmanship form a timeless architectural response but refined to meet today’s needs. This home was commended in the Resene Architectural Design Awards 2017 within the new homes over 300SQM category,
Winner of Architectural Interior Design 2019 ADNZ Category & National Finalist. While sitting on a 528sqm site, the home doesn’t compromise on its sense of spaciousness, having a large separate lounge with high raking ceiling and built-in window-seat and cabinetry. The lounge is extended seamlessly through over lit glazing to the covered outdoor area. This exterior space creates an extremely versatile and extension of the home and the ideal location to entertain or enjoy a barbecue. The kitchen and dining area can be closed off by a large steel framed glass door with reeded glass which also allows heat retention in winter. The ‘raw’ feel of the steel door is juxtaposed against the soft, warm feel of the interior cedar linings that flow through to the exterior. The large size of the opening and the glass ensures there is always the ‘open-plan’ feeling while also increasing the flexibility of spaces when required. Behind the functional kitchen is a large walk-in pantry on one side and a study area on the other. This area also opens to another outdoor deck area to extend the dining space. A feature cedar slat eyebrow roof extends over the deck creating shade and filtered light. This home also has added eco feature that make it stand out from other houses. It has been purpose-built to gain accreditation as a six-star Homestar rated home - a comprehensive, independent national rating tool that measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses. This home’s design is optimised for passive solar energy, for the local climate and site conditions to maximise the home owner’s comfort and health while minimising energy use. The home is situated on “We are able to achieve this via the correct placement of windows and doors, along with eaves positioned and sized accordingly to manage solar gain throughout the year,” says Jon McAlpine from Thorne Group Architecture. northerly aspect and is elongated along the east/west axis. The home is orientated so that the winter sun can warm up the home, but exterior shading on the northerly side restricts the summer sun. Alongside the design itself, all the fixtures, fittings and materials have been meticulously thought out and calculated to ensure they comply within Homestar guidelines. This is an extensive list, including increased insulation in the roof, ceilings and flooring that improve the thermal envelop of the home. In addition special glass has been installed that reduces heat loss by up to 59% compared to standard double glazing. Also meeting strict guidelines are water saving devices on tapware, Greentag certifided wall linings, environmental compliant paint, electrical and flooring. The carpet is even made from recycled fishing nets! In addition there is a special EV charger to charge an electric car in the garage, alongside an internal clothes line and bike racks.
With expansive views over Tauranga Harbour and positioned with Mount Maunganui as the main axis this country home sets the benchmark for rural living. A floated glass canopy roof leads you into the entry where you arrive at an 8.0m stud with exposed steel trusses through the main living area. Features of precast concrete and exposed steel beams direct to a more commercial approach. However, this is softened with Plywood ceilings and wall paneling. The introduction of local Kaimai stone also creates a timeless, crafted and permanence to the building. With 5 bedrooms, multi living areas, guest wing and expansive covered outdoor areas this home were never meant to be precious. It leads us back to tried and true design and materials which lend themselves completely to its surrounding environment and intended family living. ADNZ 2107 Awards: Resene Colour in Design Award and Residential New Home over 300m2 Award – Commended
This home is situated in a private, well established street within Tauranga. It is surrounded by similar properties of the 1970’s era. Its positioning allows for views through established trees to the Tauranga Harbour. Our brief was to completely modernise the home for a busy family’s needs. Creating warm, easy living spaces full of texture and interest while remaining sympathetic to the original 1970’s home. The original home had great bones. We felt that we should work with this rather than against it. Existing roof lines were retained and reclad. The original brick veneer was preserved and painted and new exterior joinery installed throughout. The existing fibre cement clad areas were removed and clad in cedar to create warmth and a modern touch. The original driveway extended to the rear of the property. This was removed and became the perfect spot for a pool and outdoor entertaining area.
An old tennis court forms the site for the beachfront site. The main living areas and master bedroom backset family home. An extremely restrictive building envelope and site descending 4.0m from the existing driveway. A small site of under 500m2, with a 5.0m beachfront suite, positioned on the upper level to achieve extensive views out to sea and down the coast. Interior spaces merge to large wrap-around timber decks achieving a seamless flow to the exterior. Sliding interior shutters extend the space further from the dining to give connectivity to the void and entry foyer. Two bedrooms, rumpus and service areas are situated on the ground floor to create a very versatile space for extended family and friends to enjoy their stay. The exterior palette enhances the building form and melds with the beach location. Cedar weatherboard and Cedar board and batten were used to create a detailed and relaxed aesthetic. This home was to create an architecture connected to the environment and capture the spirit of the traditional New Zealand Holiday Bach.