House of the week: Queenstown

Last updated 05:00 15/01/2014

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Seven hundred basalt tiles, each one weighing 60kgs, make up this Queenstown home.

Its boxy, hard lines are offset by rolling hills and breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu.

Barry and Marie Patton, the owners, love entertaining, and wanted a strong bond between indoor and outdoor living.

"My favourite part of the house is how our living area opens up onto our outdoor pool area," Marie said.

"It works really well, it's not too big, but we can entertain people."

When there have been more people staying over than expected, Marie said they can put people up in the garage, which they had carpeted up.

The basalt tiles are another great feature of the house, she said.

"The tiles are great - in summer they keep us cool, and in reverse in winter, with sun a bit lower, the tiles keep us warm."

Barry and Marie removed their old bach that used to sit on the property and replaced it with a luxurious, large house that they could live in permanently.

"We are living in Invercargill at the moment, but we hope to spend more time in Queenstown, as we're heading towards retirement years," Marie said.

The house was designed to function well when the owners were living by themselves, so the master bedroom is on the same level as all the living areas.

It also had to be generous enough to comfortably accommodate the large extended family, hence the other three bedrooms all with ensuite, one self-contained with a kitchenette.

A large outdoor entertaining area was also important, with a swimming pool accessible from the living areas.

The site has views onto Lake Wakatipu to the North, and road access to the south.

The builder, Bruce Perry from Newco. Builders, said he was proudest of the things you can't necessarily see on the property.

"It was a very challenging site to build on - very steep," he said.

He said they were able to get everything working, with a lot of engineering involved to stabilise the building.

The home was entered into the Carters New Homes $1 million to $2 million category for the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year.

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