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NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

When choos­ing an ar­chi­tect: Find some­one with sim­i­lar val­ues and lis­ten to rec­om­men­da­tions. Build­ing tip: Make the most of ev­ery bit of space, and think about it at the be­gin­ning. We used the space un­der the house, which was be­ing ex­ca­vated any­way, to add a wine cel­lar and gym as well as a place to stack Justin’s tim­ber.

This house is eco-friendly: It is built for the sun. We use so­lar power to heat the water and the tile floors and con­crete wall create a great ther­mal mass that holds the heat. Deep eaves keep the house cooler in sum­mer. Bravest de­sign de­ci­sion we made: The raw con­crete wall in the liv­ing room. Our daugh­ter (ar­chi­tect Felic­ity Brench­ley) as­sured me that I’d love it and she was right.

Ni­cola Roake

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