LIFESTYLE

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Farming In Another World -

Apure black build­ing on a green field is stun­ning. Just think of the All Blacks tak­ing the field. The two colour schemes are nat­u­ral and pure New Zealand.

Vis­it­ing Sue and Trevor Wood­ward’s new wooden home is akin to ar­riv­ing at a mu­sic or art mu­seum. Whether it is Sue play­ing a com­po­si­tion in ada­gio on her grand pi­ano, or a new work by daugh­ter and artist Sarah Jayne Kavali tak­ing cen­tre stage, cre­ativ­ity abounds.

Barn struc­tures cre­ate great acous­tics says Sue. The high studs and ex­posed beams mean they make equally su­perb places to dis­play art.

Sue and Trevor had vi­sions of build­ing a barn-type struc­ture even be­fore their paths crossed with Cus­tomkit. The web­site was the first en­counter, and af­ter a few phone calls and vis­its with staff, the rest is history.

They chose the all-black colour scheme to fit in with the coun­try ter­rain and so it wouldn’t dis­tract from their beau­ti­ful ru­ral set­ting.

Sue took an ac­tive role in the over­all plan­ning and de­sign of the house. She wanted the pi­ano and teach­ing space to be an in­te­gral part of the liv­ing area in or­der to al­low a good space for stu­dent work­shops and con­certs.

Through ini­tial con­cepts to fi­nal plans, Sue says she found Cus­tomkit ex­ceed­ingly ac­com­mo­dat­ing and help­ful.

“Hav­ing the huge LVL por­tals erected was won­der­ful, it was vis­ual proof that a barn-type struc­ture can make for a beau­ti­ful home and liv­ing space.

“It was also great see­ing the Tri­clad board and batten erected. The ma­te­rial is very tex­tu­ral and has in­ter­est­ing shad­ows. We love it.”

Now that the pro­ject is fin­ished, Sue says one of their bet­ter de­ci­sions was to leave the ex­posed por­tals in a nat­u­ral wood fin­ish. It helps to ham­mer home the barn her­itage of the bulding, and it’s an in­ter­est­ing fea­ture in its own right.

The cou­ple are de­lighted with their new home, but the bonus is they have the op­tion of ex­pand­ing their hori­zons should they need more mu­sic or art space.

“What I liked about the Cus­tomkit con­cept was the fact that if the need

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