THE URBAN RURAL EXPERIENCE
A new home south of Auckland blends city chic with rural rustic.
If there was a word that defined the home that Mark and Manyu Woodward have created on the outskirts of the South Auckland community of Tuakau it might well be ‘rurbanisation’. It’s the hybrid word that explains how contemporary edginess can feel right at home in the country.
It helps that Mark’s job as a concept design consultant requires him to test new ideas and push the boundaries of what works where people come to eat, drink and play.
Although there is a city slickness to their home, the Woodwards love the ‘completely off the beaten track’ land they’ve built on.
“We have north-west views down the valley with Tuakau township in the distance. It is a truly rural setting so we felt the rustic look of board and batten would suit the location and outlook.”
For that and other reasons, Customkit came on board as a building partner.
From the outside the home looks like a pleasant rural home, but it is on the inside that things really come alive. Customkit’s LVL portals provided the means to create dramatic living and entertaining areas. Mark and Manyu used this to their advantage in designing their own decorated exposed trusses and raking ceiling.
Eat, drink and play
Entertaining and enjoying wide open spaces came very much to the fore in developing the plans for their four bedroom home says Mark.
“The Customkit building system gave us the means to create areas that flowed together but that also functioned on their own. We went after an industrial feel to the interior design with the open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge. This is accentuated with the polished concrete floors also being a feature.”
Bathrooms have been fitted with bespoke, classical English-style butler sinks. A secret garden outlook for the main bathroom and a recessed front deck area adds to the modern feeling that Mark and Manyu cherish.
While much of the overall project was big on detail and scale, two episodes in particular will remain in their memories. One was the on-site installation of the exposed trusses which, from both an engineering and transport perspective, was no mean feat.
The other, and perhaps with the most pressing lifestyle outcomes, was installing a cast iron, 250kg claw foot bath tub in the main bathroom through the window.