Havenview House is located on an elevated north-facing site overlooking the Nelson Haven and Port area. A level building platform was created within the sloped contours of the site and the house sits prominently on the hillside, taking advantage of the views and sun.
The house is comprised of a series of textured boxes clad in zinc, cedar and stone. A central double-height entry space provides a voluminous approach into the house. The open plan living, kitchen and dining is the main hub of the home and overlooks the decks, pool and view beyond. Sliding doors allow the spaces to be opened up or closed off as required. A private master bedroom on the ground floor is tucked away behind the living areas, while the kids and guest bedrooms are on the first floor with a hallway that doubles as play space.
A series of platforms for outdoor living are provided with separate deck and lawn areas, and the lower pool area which is set down from the house. Landscaping and hedging delineate the house from the pool and provide privacy from the neighbouring houses below. A wide overhanging eave outside the dining area allows the deck to be utilised in sun or rain.
The contemporary form of Havenview House has a commanding street presence in which the materials contrast and complement each other simultaneously. It is a house which encompasses the surrounding landscape and beauty of the Nelson area, and is a joy to inhabit.
Photos by Oliver Weber Photography