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Wal­ter’s Bluff House

De­signer

Tony Karsten

Lo­ca­tion

Nel­son

Brief

A new home de­signed to max­imise spec­tac­u­lar sea views

The bolt­hole of a busy cou­ple in Wal­ter’s Bluff, Nel­son, this seav­iew home fea­tures large win­dows to lap up the vista, an en­closed deck for drinks, and an ex­te­rior hardy enough to weather the breeze.

“Ev­ery room had to have views if we could,” says the de­signer, Tony Karsten of Karsten Ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign The home is com­prised of two sto­ries, but four split-lev­els. The garage makes up the ground floor, with two bed­rooms, a laun­dry and bath­room set slightly above this. The up­stairs fea­tures the open-plan kitchen and din­ing area, while the lounge area and master bed­room (com­plete with en­suite and walk-in wardrobe) in­habit the top split-level, soak­ing up the evening sun. Ev­ery view has been op­ti­mised thanks to north- and west-fac­ing clerestory win­dows and a care­fully can­tilevered roof. A cov­ered sun­deck in the west cor­ner of the liv­ing room opens the in­te­ri­ors fur­ther to the el­e­ments, with bi-fold­ing doors set into the floor. “You haven’t re­ally got a lawn so you’ve got to add out­door liv­ing some­how,” says Karsten. Faced with a steep site, Karsten’s de­sign called for a hefty con­crete re­tain­ing wall to re­tain the bank and cre­ate a flat build­ing plat­form; the con­crete blocks of the re­tain­ing wall then carry on around the base of the house, which con­trasts with the up­stairs ex­te­rior of dark James Hardie Stria Cladding and smooth white plas­ter re­cesses. “One thing I al­ways like to do is cre­ate a con­trast of ma­te­ri­als to add some in­ter­est,” he says. Given Nel­son’s high sun­shine hours and the salty breezes of the lo­ca­tion, ma­te­ri­als had to be par­tic­u­larly durable. The Stria Cladding, painted in Re­sene Iron­sand, has the tac­til­ity of a wood grain but is stur­dier than typ­i­cal tim­bers, says Karsten. The boards have been fixed ver­ti­cally to the upper floors, with the house’s win­dows and open­ings de­signed specif­i­cally to match up with the ends of the pan­els. “There aren’t many claddings that al­low you to do a ver­ti­cal pro­file like that. It makes every­thing sim­pler and cleaner.” The James Hardie ‘Vil­l­aboard Sof­fit’ lin­ing is used most no­tice­ably on the ceil­ing of the cov­ered sun­deck. “It can be plas­tered to achieve a smooth fin­ish.” With liv­ing as easy as this, the own­ers love their Nel­son home, says Karsten. “They say it’s a good place for a glass of wine on a Fri­day night too.”

1 —The upper sec­tion of the home is clad with Stria Cladding by James Hardie. 2 —The cladding is painted in Re­sene Iron­sand. 3 —Dark Stria Cladding by James Hardie con­trasts with other ma­te­ri­als in the home, in­clud­ing white plas­ter and con­crete block. 1

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