Sited on a ridge which sweeps gently to a pristine native reserve, this design is an exemplar of how to settle a large home into a bush-clad section

Designed by  Design Builders Wellington

Homeowner requirements:

  • A warm and welcoming three-bedroom, two-bathroom family home that encompasses the natural surroundings
  • Two storeys
  • Maximises the sun
  • Entertaining areas that optimise the view

Design statement

Connecting with nature is good for the soul, and this home by Design Builders Wellington makes the most of its natural setting. 

The call of the wild is close by, even though this wonderful two-storey house is just minutes from the convenience of the city.

There was no single point of inspiration, we wanted to create a warm and welcoming home that felt inviting and comfortable from the get go. 

Specific challenges – how these were overcome

The site was long and narrow, and the only real anchor was a 2m wide rocky ridge – this provided a good challenge for the design team to start with and carried through to the engineering structural design as we needed to secure the home into the rock.

Collaboration between builder and engineer ensured that this was achieved 

This home is not only an exemplar of good building practice, it also demonstrates what can be achieved on a tricky site and how to beautifully settle a home into a bush-clad section.

Natural habitat

Access from the street is easy and, once you walk through the front door, you enjoy privacy and comfort in a tranquil place. 

Positioned on a ridge which sweeps gently to a pristine native reserve, the home is spacious, inviting, and a world away from the ordinary. 

A generous use of glazing throughout brings in plenty of natural light, while providing many viewpoints from which to enjoy the peaceful beauty of the environment.

Attention to detail

Light and dark timber highlights hint at the natural world. 

Highly effective lighting design means every space is illuminated for practicality and relaxation. 

Naturally, for a home with such a beautiful setting, excellent indoor/outdoor flow was a key design priority from the start. 

The home is unique as it has been constructed over a thin rocky ridge which protrudes out into NZ native bush. Every room takes in nature and the further you move through the home, the further the native bush envelops the home.

From the owners

The owners' favourite aspect is the amount of sun they get through the home, as the house is north facing and they enjoy all day sun from the morning in the kitchen through to the evening in their outdoor lounge.

Watch a video of the home

Credit list

Group home builder
Kitchen designer and manufacturer
Picasso Joinery
Resene Cerano, Resene xtherm blue with mineral finish; Abodo Vulcan weatherboard, charcoal
Window & door joinery
Altus Architectural Suite, Lowe with tint
Bedroom flooring
Ripples by Bremworth
Feature grooved ceiling and wall linings – Redline plywood with negative detailing; living room – Resene Construction Systems, Cerano; timber: Abodo Vulcan
General heating
Hydronic In slab, from Central Heating New Zealand
Feature lighting
Switch Lighting
Renee Woods
Interior design
Mark Davidge and Anna Davidge (owners)
5 rib long run steel
Main flooring
VidaSpace adventure plank 260
Bathroom tiles
Refin, Mist, Nickel, from Jacobsen
Resene half Black/white
Gas, Rinnai Linnea 1500
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly commended

Designed by: Design Builders Wellington

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Amanda Aitken Photography

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