With an outlook from every angle, the vision for this Bay of Plenty plot has finally been realised
IN THE BEGINNING
2003, Andy and Sally Lines bought a 6.4-hectare gorse-covered block of land up high in the Pahoia hills, just north of Tauranga. It took them a while to live on their land, with a house built only three and a half years ago, but it was worth the wait – this concise yet spacious home is ideally situated to take advantage of glorious views across rolling countryside, bush, and water beyond. White Island, Mayor Island, Bowentown, Waihi Beach and the Kaimai Ranges frame the vista.
The family says it’s easy to be mesmerised by that view. Andy, a keen hunter, finds the rolling green outlook appealing, too. He says he now has an ideal vantage point, although an increasing number of critters are off limits – the quail families, the cock pheasant and a soaring white hawk have become favourites of the family.
When the Lines family bought their property, it included a sheep shed, complete with dirt floor and dipping pen, Sally tells.
“We put a deck on, hired a Portaloo, hoisted the hammocks and then camped out of that shed over a few Christmases and had lots of fun,” she says.
The property includes a stream, as well as glow worms, a majestic copse of gums, bush and punga galore. Following extensive gorseclearing endeavours, an orchard of 200 lime trees was also planted.
By the time Sally and Andy finally committed to pushing play on the house project, their architectural vision had been through several iterations, with three sets of house plans drawn up over a period of 13 years.
“Each time, it got scaled down,” Andy says. “By the time we got to the final plan, we had created something fit for the view and lifestyle. Our plan for our architect – Idea Architecture – was for view maximisation, open-plan living, plenty of outdoor flow and a pod design. It has definitely stacked up well.”
Sally says super-slick, contemporary, apartment-style living wouldn’t sit well in the country; what they have is a modern farmstyle home that is hard-wearing and sleek.
“We wanted a home to suit family living (gumboots, quad bikes, firewood, muddy clothes) and the surrounding landscape. There needed to be an element of simplicity about it, too,” Sally says, adding that they are not into “fluffy, decorative finishes”.
The exterior is a deep-grey stained ply and baton with horizontal cedar. At the gable ends, slats of varying thicknesses are randomly placed, creating a feature.
The old sheep shed still has a part to play in family living. While daughter Georgia was still living at home it was a fantastic studio and creative space for her and fellow budding musician Mack. The space was also perfect for teenage hangouts, with Georgia even using it to host songwriting retreats on occasion. But nowadays the shed is a selfcontained bed-and-breakfast, and Mack’s music-making zone has been shifted to a spare bedroom.
The main living pod comprises the home’s entrance, open-plan kitchen, dining and family spaces (along with an office nook behind double doors), the master bedroom suite, and an area the family call their night lounge or snug.
The second pod is home to the remaining three bedrooms and a bathroom. An internal courtyard is an integral part of the design and means the view can be enjoyed from several vantage points around the house. Stacker doors form walls of glass in the main living pod, ensuring a lookthrough perspective from the courtyard. The garage has been designed with the same effect so that it, too, could one day become a games room or a granny flat with full visibility of the commanding view.
Sally acknowledges that interior design trends can change rapidly so it was imperative she chose items and finishes she has always liked, rather than those that are the height of fashion. That’s why her love of raw materials has come to the fore.
“I like the idea of using honest materials, so we have concrete floors (not cut and polished, just lightly burnished), raw sisal carpet, natural fibres such as linen, and we have earthy colours,” she explains. “I have always loved natural fabrics and crisp white to keep things fresh. We are determined to be quite comfortable in our home.”
> The Lines family home has no passageway ceiling lights. Instead, they opted for wall illumination so light is thrown down onto the art displayed there.
> Window dressings in bathrooms don’t have to be conventional. In Georgia and Mack’s bathroom, Sally has had a shower curtain in a Marimekko print made into a Roman blind.
> Knobs that would traditionally be seen on chests of drawers have been used as coat hooks in the home’s front entrance.
> Hang a favourite garment on the wall as a piece of art. Sally has done this with a black dress with feather collar she found at a market. When not being worn, it adorns a wall in the master bedroom.
> Bar stools at a kitchen island are not mandatory. Sally and Andy don’t have any at all as nobody would want to sit with their backs to the view.
> Sally likes to keep her duvet covers quite simple
(ie not patterned) but then changes out the sheets, pillowcases and euro pillows to create all kinds of different combinations. Her clients know this is a signature Sally Lines look.
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> Two antiques – Sally’s grand piano (a 40th birthday present) and Argentinian dresser – both live in the snug room.
> The contemporary chaise by late NZ designer
Bob McDonald – this favourite of Andy’s lives in the main living area and converts to a daybed. Above it hangs art by Tauranga artist Leana Buxton.
> The couch in the snug – Sally and Andy’s 27th wedding anniversary present to each other combines leather and fabric, forming a patchwork.
> The kitchen’s Patricia Urquiola splashback tiles by Mutina – Sally has mixed two different colourways as she wanted warm ginger in the mix.
> The kitchen lamps – reminiscent of Tom Dixon designs, purchased from a roadside pop-up store.
> Flamingo wallpaper – in Georgia’s former room.
> The studio’s indoor swing, which Mack made for Georgia for Christmas.
MEET + GREET Sally Lines, late 40s, and Andy Lines, early 50s, (owners of Urban Lounge Interiors), Georgia, 22 (now living independently), Mack, 18 (student), plus Mavis the black Labrador and a handful of goats and lambs.
KITCHEN The kitchen splashback tiles are by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina. Sally blended two different colourways as she wanted a hint of ginger in the mix.
Using a base of neutral bedlinen allows youto have fun with pillowcases, top sheets and maybe even a feature wallpaper.“I have always loved natural fabrics and crisp white to keep things fresh. We are determinedto be quite comfortable in our home.”
LIVING Large windows in the living room look over an internal courtyard, designed to bring light into the home and allow spectacular views to be glimpsed from a number of vantage points.
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