Two worlds combine
Lateral thinking comes into play when you’re dealing with a steep section. Emma Goodwin checks out a house that makes the most of the terrain.
When you think of homes in Aokautere, often it conjures up images of old countrystyled homes with sprawling gardens and room for a horse or two. However, this home is different. It offers great city living in a country environment and while there is plenty of garden, it has been designed to be easy care so you’re not tied to it at the weekends.
With the exterior being stone and Linea board, the double-glazed home sets the mouth watering from the onset.
Positioned on a sloping section, this home has been engineered to be as solid as a rock and isn’t going anywhere.
Entering at ground level, all the bedrooms are downstairs, plus the bathroom and an office that can easily be made into a fourth bedroom.
The main bedroom has an en suite and double wardrobe, which is spacious enough for both adults’ clothes.
It’s a clever design strategy to have all the bedrooms on one level because it leaves the second floor for living.
At the top of the staircase the room opens out into a fantastic apartment-style living space. Polished floors stretch out before you, flowing from the dining room to the kitchen through to the sunny living area.
This house soaks up the heat from the sun as it plays across the roof during the day. Large windows give uninhibited views of the garden and patio area and doors lead to the outside, making it a perfect entertaining venue.
The kitchen separates the dining space from the living area so whether it’s a formal dinner party at the table or a TV dinner on the lap, the transition from kitchen to stomach is easy.
The galley-style kitchen runs along the back wall so the cook can take in the view and also remain part of conversations going on around them. An island bench top gives extra workspace and also doubles as a catch-up spot for a glass of wine while dinner is being prepped.
Outside the garden has been structured with solid timber retaining walls turning what others would see as an unworkable slope into a terraced garden surrounded by mature trees that play home to bell birds and tuis. The views over the district are incredible.
There’s space for a spa pool and also a great barbecue area for outdoor entertaining in the summer.
Just a few minutes from town you can have the best of both worlds – city convenience and a great village atmosphere.