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