View mas­ter

With an out­look from ev­ery an­gle, the vi­sion for this Bay of Plenty plot has fi­nally been re­alised

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Monique Balvert O’Connor. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Rachel Dobbs.


Back in

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.

> Find the things you love from this home on page 176.


> 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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