Q&A

NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

Un­der­stated, sim­ple el­e­gance. We’re sure our home’s look and feel will still be fresh in 20 years. ( Both)

The ground floor level is the same, with­out even the small­est lip, all the way from the en­try to the out­door ar­eas; the showers too. That is, zero steps in the en­tire prop­erty, ex­cept for the sunken lounge and stairs. ( Jen)

The out­door fire, sunken lounge, mo­torised over­head lou­vres and the mas­ter bed­room fire (Jen’s dream come true) are all first-equal. ( Both)

Just em­bark­ing on such a mas­sive project. We built two homes and won the MBA House of the Year and McKen­zie & Wil­lis Best In­te­rior awards for the front home, which we sold be­fore build­ing our own. The home is well be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions and they were pretty high! ( Rus­sell)

It has pure wool in­su­la­tion, dou­ble glaz­ing and 300mm-thick in­su­lated floors – the low­est en­ergy-cost home we’ve known, given its size. ( Both)

In a flat-roofed house, stor­age was an is­sue, but the ar­chi­tect put in a clever “dormer” al­most the full length of the garage/games room, re­sult­ing in a 2m high x 1m deep x 10m long ad­di­tion to the garage that cre­ated an enor­mous amount of stor­age. ( Rus­sell)

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