Located beside the Waimea Estuary, this compact house is the new land base for a couple that have been sailing round the Pacific for many years. It is located on a 2 hectare landscaped site that they have developed over the past three years.
Visitors enter the house by way of a sheltered private courtyard. A full height red door punches through the dark stained cladding in the centre of the house. From here one is lead through to the open plan living areas that flow seamlessly out to the terraces adjacent. The planning layout has allowed for the creation of three sunny and sheltered outdoor living areas, each with their unique identity through finishes and planting. The kitchen is the ‘bridge’ commanding magnificent views to the estuary beyond.
A ‘snug’ living space with a cantilevered bay window provides an intimate sitting area. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms are located at the private eastern end of the house. High ceiling spaces in the living areas add volume and contrast with those in the private areas. Strong colours have been used to strengthen the design and make each space unique. The house is a backdrop for the owners’ collection of art and treasures from their travels.
A limited palette of materials including bandsawn cedar, stained plywood & battens and stacked blockwork contrast with the green garden setting. Generous roof overhangs and cedar sun louvres provide effective solar control.
The house was built to a very tight budget but thoughtful consideration and planning has resulted in many unique features. The finished result is a very comfortable, well detailed home that suits its owner’s lifestyle and fits well into its natural environment.