Rustic cladding, a design that responds to a tricky site, and rural interior elements – this home responds to it owners needs and its setting

Designed by Fowler Homes Auckland South

From the group home builder:

A lifestyle home with modern features

An architecturally designed manor estate in Whitford, Auckland, sits across two levels and includes many elements of a lifestyle home.

The dwelling is ideally situated on the site, with main living areas facing North to maximise solar gain into the home.


  • 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms.
  • 2 garages with workshop and garden shed.
  • Outdoor living, with spa area and lots of gardening space.
  • The total floor area of the home is 347m².

Owner brief

  • Barn style with cedar and stone elements.
  • Covered deck with spa close to living area and overlooking the creek and bush.
  • Entertainer’s kitchen and large living area.
  • Vaulted ceilings.
  • Cosy lounge.
  • Feature fire with stone to match the exterior.
  • Private master suite away from the road.
  • Guest suite with its own outdoor area.
  • 2 car and 1 car garages and large workshop.
  • Landscaped garden and planting down to the creek.
  • Integrated garden shed for storage.

Challenges that were overcome

  • Wedge shaped site sloping quickly down to a creek required retaining.
  • Pavilions angled to follow the side boundaries.
  • Clever design to make the most of the northern aspect while retaining privacy to a vacant building site next door.
  • Covered deck size was restricted due to a public drain running across the site.
An overview.

Credit list

Group home builder:
Fowler Homes – Central, South, East
Kitchen manufacturer
Legacy Joinery
Landscaping by Gary De Beer
American Oak Vertical Cladding, by Innoclad; stone by Hard As Rocks; engineered Cladding, by Eurowood
Louvre system
Aurae Electric Louvres
Main flooring
Engineered Flooring by Just Hardwood Flooring; carpets from Online Flooring
Dulux, from Ultra Interiors
Enviro Gas Fire by Warmington
Living area furniture; dining table and chairs
Owner sup[plied
Lothar van Middelaar, Mia Casa Architecture
Kitchen designer
J C Designs
Interior designer
Harmony By Design – colour consultancy
Spa pool – supplied by owner
Heritage Tray Colorsteel, from Active Roofing
Bathroom tiles
Tile Warehouse
General heating
Orient Electrical
Feature light fittings
French electrical fittings plus owner supplied fixtures
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Winner

Designed by: Fowler Homes Auckland South

Story by: Fowler Homes

Photography by: Mia Wide Photography

05 May, 2024

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