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.

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Front Page -

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.

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