Graphic de­signer Clare Cato

Homestyle New Zealand - - HOMES -

Clare, what do you like most about your home? I love all the open space; ev­ery sea­son brings a dif­fer­ent light to the kitchen/liv­ing room. We’re re­ally pleased with the lay­out too – there’s a lovely sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the mas­ter bed­room and the guest wing that means we can have plenty of peo­ple stay­ing and still feel like ev­ery­one has per­sonal space and pri­vacy.

I also like that the house is split-level. This was some­thing we didn’t have a choice about given the steep sec­tion, but it cre­ates a lot more in­ter­est­ing space in­side the house. Plus we en­joyed the chal­lenge it brought to the build too.

How have other peo­ple re­sponded? The ex­te­rior of the house doesn’t give too much away, so we gen­er­ally get a great re­ac­tion when vis­i­tors step into the liv­ing area from the en­try­way – the ceil­ing height and open trusses are al­ways a sur­prise and a high­light.

How does the in­te­rior of the house re­flect your

per­son­al­i­ties? We both have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for mid-cen­tury fur­ni­ture and an eclec­tic se­lec­tion of de­sign ob­jects, but we also strive to­wards a sim­pler life with­out too much stuff. Dec­o­rat­ing this house has helped us to de­clut­ter a bit.

Is there any­thing you’d do dif­fer­ently? Em­ploy painters, tilers and floor­ing ex­perts to help save our san­ity!

What ad­vice would you give those who are

think­ing about build­ing? Don’t be afraid to share your wildest dreams with your ar­chi­tect – they may not be as out of reach as you think.

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