NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

lucy and nigel scott hadn’t planned to build a barn on their Point Wells property, an hour’s drive north of Auck­land (see it on page 78). “We were just go­ing to build a cabin,” says Lucy. But as they found out more about the farming history of their home, they de­cided a barn would be more ap­pro­pri­ate. “It’s al­most as if it just took over,” says Lucy. Hav­ing ad­mired ar­chi­tect Peter Were’s award-win­ning de­sign for the Matakana Vil­lage Pub, they asked him to come up with a plan for a barn. Built by Kyle Brown, of Wark­worth Con­struc­tion, the space is mas­cu­line and rus­tic, with ex­posed macro­carpa tim­ber, cowhide ac­cents and a sharp, stain­less steel kitchen. The new build­ing has even in­spired other lo­cal barn-builders. Lucy has re­ceived a few re­quests to visit: “They say, ‘We’re build­ing a barn and heard yours is cool, can we come and have a look?’”

We were talk­ing to a neigh­bour about how this property used to be a farm. We bought a trac­tor and it started to take on a home­stead feel. And then we de­cided… it’s got to be a barn! >

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