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The Nelsons' Lifestyle Home

Graeme & Jacqui had previously lived in the Nikau Valley and decided they wanted to return and build a new contemporary house suitable for their busy lifestyle with 3 teenage children. 

It was important to them for the appearance of house to acknowledge the rural lifestyle block setting. They also desired an informal family orientated hub with access to a morning court and large openings to a sheltered afternoon/evening outdoor area. The parent’s room was purposely located away from the 3 teenagers rooms, which were located on the second storey. A special requested for secrete room was include by making access to the middle room via an electronically controlled opening bookcase. 

A strong 2-storey central gable end form was balanced with smaller gabled wings linked to the central core by low pitch pavilions. Above the entrance, a glazed atrium was incorporated, flooding the spaces with dramatic light and views.

The cladding was selected to relate to the country barn vernacular, using locally sourced natural macrocarpa weatherboards for the bulk of the house, contrasted by corrugated colorsteel for the garage, chimney and kitchen/dining pavilion. 

Important sustainability features were used, including solar hot water, passive thermal storage floors, maximum insulation, double-glazing, bulk water storage, and multi chamber wastewater treatment plant. A bright welcoming entry door and a “statement” kitchen joinery colour completed the house.

Location: Nikau Valley


Winner, Roof Design, ADNZ Regional
Winner, Executive Award, ADNZ National
Finalist, Resene Architectural Design Awards, ADNZ National

Builder: B & K Developers

Photographer: Erin King

Tags: sustainability rural

But don't just take our word for it...

Graham & Jacqui Nelson said:
“ We were very pleased with the work produced by ADarchitecture as they took our ideas and wants and turned them into a fabulous home. In other words they were great at listening to what we wanted and turning that into a great design. We were also particularly impressed with all their work with the council as there were no problems at all with documentation and planning approval. We were also really impressed with the ease with which they worked with the builders and engineers on the job as they were able to get things done quickly and efficiently.

Peter and the team are very friendly and easy to work with, so much so that we are using Peter on our current renovation project. ”
Nelson photo

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