You light up my life­style

Blend­ing a love of the old with the benefits of the new makes this Cus­tomkit cre­ation feel even more like home.

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Walk into Ralph and Cathy Tay­lor’s newly-built house in the north Waikato and the first thing that strikes you is an amaz­ing col­lec­tion of pen­dant light­ing and lamps. Ralph is an elec­tri­cian by trade and was guided in his se­lec­tion of light­ing op­tions by his love of col­lectibles, and his aver­sion to down­lights.

“Down­lights tend to high­light one area, al­most like a spot­light, but they don’t give off warmth or a good dis­tri­bu­tion of light,” says Cathy. “We stepped back in time to an ex­tent, search­ing out light­ing from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Th­ese then turned out to be a fea­ture of the house and gave a sense of char­ac­ter and distinc­tion.”

Their new home is the Tay­lor’s sec­ond build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with Cus­tomkit. They built a live-in barn in 2010 while they planned for their per­ma­nent home. It’s now ‘home’ to an­other spe­cial part of the tra­di­tional theme - Ralph’s clas­sic Mini col­lec­tion - and is also his work­shop.

“We had a chance to ‘test drive’ the barn be­fore we built,” says Ralph. “We made a point of wait­ing for a mis­er­able cold day and then drove up to Pukekohe to see how the weather af­fected the noise. A metal barn would be cold and, with the pelt­ing rain, un­bear­able... the Cus­tomkit barn was quiet, warm and invit­ing.”

That helped seal the orig­i­nal deal and also pro­vided the per­fect home for his cars.

As with many Cus­tomkit clients, the abil­ity to shape the end-prod­uct to suit their unique needs was a real bonus and a point of dif­fer­ence to other hous­ing com­pa­nies. Both Cathy and Ralph had their list of ‘must haves’ to suit their day-to-day sched­ules.

“We had a great deal of in­put,” says Cathy. “We started with one of their ba­sic plans (the Ster­ling) but then made mod­i­fi­ca­tions to de­liver ex­actly what we wanted. They lis­tened to us and also gave sug­ges­tions to add value to what we were con­sid­er­ing.”

Rather than the cathe­dral-like ceil­ings in the Ster­ling, they opted for a more con­ven­tional flat ceil­ing with no por­tals, LVL or fea­ture beams. This en­abled a full-

rafted roof up­stairs with ex­ten­sive dorm­ers. There’s a mas­ter bed­room and en­suite, and an­other room with ac­cess to the en­suite.

The down­stairs living area has a nook for re­lax­ing in, and there’s a sewing room, of­fice, and two more bed­rooms.

The dining and living area open up onto a ve­ran­dah on the north­ern and eastern sides of the house. The ve­ran­dah roof pro­jec­tion is de­signed to give pro­tec­tion from the sum­mer sun, and rain, but still al­lows the win­ter sun to light up the house.

The Tay­lors went for a new ply­wood prod­uct called Tri­clad for the ex­te­rior. It of­fers a num­ber of benefits over other board and bat­ten prod­ucts: it comes in longer sheets, and is pre-primed and pre-painted with the first coat of paint. Bat­tens can also be painted be­fore be­ing nailed up.

Living in the coun­try meant it made sense to Ralph and Cathy to go with a style that looked nat­u­ral in the en­vi­ron­ment.

“To build some sort of ul­tra-mod­ern home wouldn’t suit the rustic look,” says Ralph. “This is a real area of spe­cial­i­sa­tion for Cus­tomkit; com­fort­able, warm, well-built and clas­si­cal.”

Prod­ucts Cladding: Paints:

Tri­clad ply­wood Ex­te­rior, Re­sene Bronco; In­te­rior, Re­sene Karen Walker Paints, Beryl, half Beryl, half Robin Egg,wan White and Cooled Green.

Colorsteel En­dura Iron­sand sup­plied by Franklin Long Roof­ing.


Rain­wa­ter Sys­tems:

Colorsteel and down­pipes, pow­der-coated alu­minium by Freeflow down­pipes.

Tau­rean Sec­tional Door

Garage Door: To see more Cus­tomkit build­ings and to find the one that’s right for you go to www.cus­

OP­PO­SITE PAGE: Coun­try living built to cap­ture the sun and blend with the en­vi­ron­ment. Tri­clad brings out the best in the build­ing fea­tures. THIS PAGE, TOP-BOT­TOM: An in­no­va­tive use of ply­wood cre­ates a de­sign fea­ture; an ar­ray of pen­dant hang­ing lights h

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