Master Builders outdoor living award goes to pool pavilion project
An ambitious renovation project, which included a new pool, tennis court and pool pavilion, has scored top honours in the outdoor living section of the 2015 Registered Master Builders Awards.
Faulkner Construction won the Outdoor Living Award for this massive project on a large site in Clevedon near Auckland.
Key features of the project, which was designed by Herbst Architects, include the pool pavilion that is wrapped in sliding cedar screens. The six screens can be pulled back to completely open up the pavilion to the outdoors on all sides.
Cedar also lines the interior of the pavilion and features in battens on the plywood ceiling. A circular skylight ensures there is plenty of light entering the interior even when the screens are closed. Other features of the pavilion include an "outdoor kitchen" and open wood-burning fireplace within a concrete chimney that was cast insitu.
Ross Faulkner of Faulkner Construction says the pavilion is just one small part of the huge project, however. His company also built a long garage wing extension to the house, which continues the timber screen aesthetic. This wing incorporates a gymnasium and office, as well as the garage.
Earthworks were on a grand scale as well, he says. "We removed 5000 cubic metres of soil to create flat areas for the pool and tennis court, at seven cubic metres per truckload (that's 714 truckloads)."
Gabion retaining walls of wire-wrapped stone feature alongside the elevated tennis court. To make an easy transition between the different levels on the property, the pool pavilion is elevated, with wide steps leading up to the tennis court at one side and down to the pool in front.
The outdoor living area also incorporates a spa pool, a bathroom beside the tennis court, and an outdoor shower. The pool is solar heated – the panels are on a specially built platform, which is hidden from sight.