Behind the scenes

Capturing the essence of the Balinese style is just as much to do with the product selection as the design, says Masonry Design Solutions

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View of contemporary home with light-toned and beige interior and swimming pool.

The open pavilion-style architecture that helps make a Balinese resort holiday so memorable is well suited to our laid-back New Zealand lifestyle. But it does need to be specifically tailored to suit our climate and conditions.

For this project, designed by Mark Wilson of Masonry Design Solutions, the masonry construction helped achieve a sense of solidity and permanence.

"It reinforces the concept of a high-end boutique resort hotel," Wilson says. "Other design features that contribute to this look include the open, lanai-style living area, and wide openings to the outdoors."

The attention to detail is reflected in the construction. Glover Developments, a specialist builder of high-end houses, was contracted to build the house. Wilson says the company was chosen for its extensive experience in both masonry and timber-framed construction.

"In a project such as this, the quality of the construction and the finishing makes the difference. Every feature was custom built a job that required ingenuity as well as skilled craftsmanship and appreciation of the architectural style."

Another key element contributing to the traditional Balinese look is the shingled roof, which has a 37° pitch. The designer specified Oakridge 30 fibreglass-reinforced asphalt shingles from Shingle and Shake Roofing.

"These shingles enhance the character of the home they are also a highly durable option," says Wilson.

The landscaping also helped determine the tropical feel. Landscape architect Robin Shafer of Shafer Design was contracted to design a pool and garden that would be in keeping with the theme.

"The landscape is an integral part of the house, and Shafer Design has ensured the Balinese influence remains, while providing a planting scheme that fits with the climate and conditions," says Wilson.

Peter Fell Coloured Concrete was specified for many of the outdoor living areas and the pool surround.

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View of a custom-designed carved sandstone wall at the entrance.

"Using Peter Fell Coloured Concrete made it easier to create the large modules we required," Wilson says. "The concrete was laid to resemble elongated flagstones, which provides the size and scale needed to balance the architectural features."

The designer says the coloured concrete was also specified for its durability. As the colour is an integral part of the concrete, it can't chip off or wear away.

Peter Fell Coloured Concrete comes in a wide range of colours, including terracottas, sandstones and earthy tones. This project features colour No 155 a subtle grey-brown tone.

The door and window joinery was chosen to complement the architecture, and to provide a seamless flow between inside and out. Vantage Windows North Shore provided Vantage Metro powdercoated aluminium joinery from Architectural Profiles (APL). This included large sliders.

APL's Metro Series is a versatile range of heavy duty windows and doors designed to be used in New Zealand's demanding environments.

Providing a high-quality finish to the interior was another priority for the design team. The Gib Ultraline Plus plasterboard walls are painted in Resene paints, with colours chosen to complement the setting. Resene Akaroa and Triple Akaroa from The Range Whites & Neutrals fandeck feature in the living areas.

The master suite is painted in Resene Windblown Green from the Karen Walker range. This colour palette, compiled by one of New Zealand's leading fashion designers, presents a collection of subtle hues that reflect the latest colour trends.

Colours in other bedrooms include Resene Secret Garden from The Range fashion fandeck, and Resene Dark Rum from the Multi-Finish collection.

Wilson says he specified Resene Zylone Sheen VOC-free paint to ensure a professional, smooth finish. This Environmental Choice-approved paint is a low-sheen acrylic well suited to interior broadwall areas.

Timber floors further enhance the character of the house. American white oak with a chocolate stain was supplied and installed by Wood Floor Concepts.

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View of a bedroom with couch, lighting, four-post bed, windows, carpeted flooring.

"American white oak has a distinctive grain particularly suited to the Balinese-style architecture," says Wilson.

The kitchen cabinetry also features dark-stained American white oak. Manufactured by Fyfe Kitchens, the kitchen incorporates a bank of cabinets, a 5.4m-long island and a large scullery.

Wilson says MDS frequently specifies Fyfe Kitchens for its new home projects.

"We have an ongoing working relationship with the company, which prides itself on great attention to detail."

Fyfe Kitchens also manufactured the bathroom vanities and laundry.

Benchtops feature CaesarStone Osprey from Stone Warehouse. The designer says CaesarStone, which is made from natural quartz, was chosen for its clean-lined aesthetics and durability.

"We particularly like the fact that it is nonporous, never needs sealing, and will keep its good looks for years to come."

To provide the level of comfort expected from a luxury property, the house features three gas fires from Real Fires. Two RF1000 fires feature in the formal and informal living areas, while the lanai has an all-weather fireplace made from marine-grade stainless steel.

"The Real Fires range has the look and reliability we wanted," says Wilson. "The fires provide the look of a traditional fire, but without the associated hassle."

Real Fires also supplied Solitaire gas flares from the Flameboyant range.

Credit list

Landscape architect
Shafer Design, phone
Shingle and Shake Roofing,
Vantage Windows North Shore,
Coloured concrete
Peter Fell Coloured Concrete,
Gib, phone 0800 100 442.
Real Fires, phone (09) 444 7331.
Kitchen manufacturer
Fyfe Kitchens,
Wood flooring
Wood Floor Concepts,
Glover Developments, phone (09) 447 1001.
(09) 420 4412. Website
phone (09) 444 7035. Website
www.woodfloorconcepts.co.nz Behind the scenes Capturing the essence of the Balinese style is just as much to do with the product selection as the design, says Masonry Design Solutions
16 Apr, 2009

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