Registered Master Builders House of The Year Southern Region Category Winner 2013.
This daring house, planted firmly into land at the foot of Mount Maude, was designed to replace a cardboard model of what the clients thought their house should be. Their vision was so specific. A courtyard house with internal outside area for shelter from the strong Hawea winds. Windows were placed to frame specific elements of the expansive mountain views.
The owners stayed on site in a caravan throughout the build process and were able to be very hands-on through the entire journey. This was really important to them and we did whatever it took to make sure they were informed and happy.
The build was a challenge with the four split levels. The ground was built up around the floor level at the back of the house and had to be tanked. A little extra planning ensured we kept on time and on budget.
Step downs into the music room and master bedroom wing add interest divided the spaces. Concrete floor throughout with simple clean lines.
The walls were purposely erected out of “seconds bricks” - the slight variations in the colour of the bricks creating a gradation like the leaves of autumnal trees. The grey plaster that covers the bricks lends the home the singularity the architects and clients were seeking. The building does indeed look like it is part of the landscape.