House Of The Week
The owners of this Bay of Plenty home had an unusual request: a house that was both timeless but also based on the stucco houses of the 1950s. The finished product was to look as though it had been altered and developed over time. This was the brief given to Tauranga architectural designer Colin Davis for a rural residential new home in Oropi.
"The client wanted a conservatory to look like it had been added on and a separate studio to complement the main house but in a different style altogether."
The design solution is a four-bedroom house of plastered kiln brick with a concrete tile roof, with varying overhangs and gables. Corbels on the corners are taken from the 1930s with the same detail scribed in the barge-boards. Owner Heather Woolford says gables either side of the entry point are designed to draw guests in and create an inviting path to the front door.
"I wanted the house to feel comfortable with flow to the garden, which is our real passion. I wanted that 1950s-era feel with interesting nooks and crannies and interesting pieces that are often lost in modern architecture unless it is very high end."
As an interior designer working from home, Heather wanted her studio to be separate from the house, like a summer house, and she says the architect delivered in every respect.
This extension has a skillion roof with exposed rafters and linea board, the roof is Colorsteel and the exterior is weatherboard, so it is a different style from the main house altogether.
To tie her studio to the main house, architectural designer Davis used double posts both outside and in the pergola by the house, anchoring the two structures so that they both have elements of- and a connection to the other.
Other features include deep skirtings and architraves, reflecting the 1950s style, hinged exterior doors including French doors; and on the outside the head and jambs are recessed around both doors and windows.
"The conservatory sills are deep so people can sit on them, it's a casual space and I think people love sitting on window sills and chatting, that's what I wanted and it works well," says Heather.
Size: House 341 sq.m, studio 50 sq.m
Cost/sq. metre: Approx $2000
Architectural Designer: Colin J. Davis, Davista Architecture Ltd.
Awards: Master Builders Gold Award, 2012.
Interior designer: Heather Woolford, Expression by Design
Materials: Concrete tile roof (house), colorsteel roof (studio), timber weatherboard (studio), Hardies grooved linea (house conservatory & studio), plastered kiln brick (house), aluminium joinery.
Energy efficiency: Orientated to the sun so all main living area windows are facing north, polystyrene under concrete floor, double glazing, 3.2 ceiling batts.
Done Right: "Everything," says owner Heather Woolford, "its pretty rare when you can say you are happy with everything. This is the second house we've built and the sixth we've owned. Colin really did listen to what I wanted and he really did understand the design completely, the conservatory particularly works really well.
I used a recycled old timber door for the front door of my studio much to the builder and my husband's disgust! And the front door handle, a gift from friends, is an antique brass knob sourced while they were back in England."
Done Wrong: Nothing is wrong but there is one finishing touch yet to do, the entrance foyer needs a floor rug. I was thinking of wallpapering one wall, but I've gone off that idea, I'd never find what I wanted."
Unexpected: "The kitchen, but my biggest fear was getting enough light into the kitchen because its more internal than I've ever had before. I said to the architect that we needed as much light as possible in the kitchen. It's better than I hoped for, its very light. And, another thing is how cool in summer the house is and how warm it is in winter, an unexpected surprise."
Recommend: "Using professionals, an architectural designer and interior designer, and listening to their advice. Listening to the builder, the tiler, anyone involved in the project.
Next time: "I'm already thinking about the next time, but the next time will have to be a downsize. It will be very similar, I have a hankering to have a door from the kitchen outside to a private kitchen courtyard garden, but I'd use the same deep skirtings and architraves and definitely have a conservatory."
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