ASK THE OWNER:
Graphic designer Clare Cato
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.
TOP, FROM TOP LEFT Ambient pendant light, $189, cittadesign.com. Arrow basket, $99, freedomfurniture.co.nz. Potted fiddle-leaf fig, $208, plantandpot.nz. The Swan 1 print by Evie Kemp, from $39, eviekemp.com. Daddy Long Legs chandelier, $399,...