Contemporary Country Home

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Located in the outskirts of Hamilton, this contemporary country home is proof that budget is no barrier to unique architectural style. Drawn by its secluded setting and a towering stand of trees, for this couple it was a case of love at first sight.

Architect Evan Mayo was briefed to design a new family home with a modern spacious interior that provided flexible, adaptable spaces. With these parameters in mind, its design emphasises family living and comfort, and provides privacy and seclusion. Siting the house to the rear of a square plot allows for unobscured views of an expanse of verdant green landscape and takes into account both the view and long shadows cast by an established stand of kahikatea trees.

Inspired by the 6000sqm plot, they were convinced it would be the ideal location to raise their family they secured the site and were keen to make their mark.

The design of this home captures a sense of both the past and present. The layout simply divides the space into three zones along a central corridor. The living areas and bedrooms are positioned to benefit from the northerly aspect over the property. One end of the house is devoted to family living with an open plan kitchen, dining, living room, office and music room. Situated at the opposing end of the house are the main bedroom, ensuite, two bedrooms, family bathroom and laundry. Above on the smaller first floor is a family living area, guest bedroom and ensuite.

The low maintenance cladding and large verandas combine to preserve the rural feel. Living areas take advantage of the views with a high stud and north facing floor to ceiling windows. Together, the materials, finishes, and details create an open, inviting, light-filled space that captures majestic views of the surrounding landscape.

Mayo describes the result as ‘an extraordinary house for a client with an ordinary budget’. This house is a testament to the owner’s belief that design really does matter, and an understanding that architects add value regardless of budget. Their vision for a relaxed country home realised, the true success of this project lies within the combined endeavour of owner, architect and contractor to work together to create a home that not only met budget, but has exceeded the clients expectations for creating a family home with a country lifestyle at its heart

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