A country abode with a contemporary urban edge



One out of the box

Jeff and Adele share how they incorporated Altherm windows and doors to embrace their location and all that comes with it; expansive views, buffeting winds and room to relax. 


The elevated country east of Kaiwaka has views all the way to the Brynderwyn Hills and is prone to buffeting winds, so it’s no great wonder that when designing this home the architects included both plenty of glazing and three well-protected decks. The real surprise comes beyond the vivid Plasma front door, where you find not one, but ten individual skylights slotted into the high and raked timber ceiling. In combination with some big 2.7 metre-high north-facing APL Architectural Series sliders, and a phalanx of full-height slot windows on the opposite side of the open plan living area and in the hallway, the skylights ensure the house is filled with light even in the depths of winter. 

The other impressive aspect here is the level of detailing, with the dark-stained shiplap timber walls set against lighter-toned ceilings and that blazing orange entrance door, which is finished with handsome square-edged hardware from the Urbo range. Likewise, the Matt Black APL Architectural Series sliders are rebated, allowing a completely seamless transition between the polished concrete floors and external Vitex decking. Elsewhere in the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, Metro Series joinery has been used for its functionality and clean lines.   

The overall effect is of a country abode with a contemporary urban edge, and a house that makes the most of its enviable setting.    

Region Northland

Skylights fill the house with light even in the depths of winter.

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