Beautiful views over the lake and hills can be enjoyed from the private, sheltered courtyard of this holiday house and its garden

A view of the kitchen area, concrete tiled interior design, gray, black
A view of the kitchen area, concrete tiled floor, white walls, white cabinetry and benchtops, any accessories, spot lights, stainless steel ovens, fridge, sink and faucetry, black hob, ventialtion.

A courtyard with all day sunshine and great views needs one further drawcard to make it really attractive shelter from the wind.

When Bryan Stone bought this site, he could see its potential views across the lake and towards the hills, plus a sunny hilltop position. To make the most of these features, the house was built on the front of the site, with the living areas located across one side of the house and opening out into a garden.

To create an intimate courtyard that could be used for most of the year, the outdoor space is enclosed on two sides with freestanding plastered block walls. The house provides the third wall.

"The house protects the courtyard from the wind, and the orientation of the property means it doesn't block the sun. Freestanding panels rather than a solid wall frame the courtyard, allowing more light in and creating a softer and less imposing effect."

An exterior view of a patio area, grye architecture, furniture, house, outdoor furniture, real estate, table, window, gray, teal
An exterior view of a patio area, grye and white tiled ground, wooden table and bench seats, grass, trees, a house made up of a brown panel and glass windows, lights.

"We now have a sheltered and private courtyard that flows out seamlessly from the open plan living area," says Stone.

A stream of water flows along the base of the wall and under a bridge supporting the outdoor fireplace, adding another dimension to the courtyard. The low maintenance garden is planted with native hebes, lancewoods and alpine grasses.

To define the seating area, a block of square paving stones in inset into the aggregate concrete. To emphasise the connection between the spaces, the same tiles are used for the floor of the living area. And with bifold doors tucking back against the side walls, the indoor and outdoor areas feel like a single large space.

"Both spaces are designed to make it easy to entertain family and friends," says Stone.

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A view of a patio area, white and grey concrete tiled ground, wooden outdoor bench seats and table, many sqaure dark grey concrete fencing panels, many trees and plants.

The kitchen is positioned on one side of the open-plan space, separated from the dining table by an island, which can be used as a servery. Another set of French doors opens directly from the kitchen to the courtyard.

To take maximum advantage of the views, one wall of the double-height living area is almost entirely glazed, while clerestory windows give a peep of the view from the rear of the house.

The home also includes a smaller, separate living area on the upper level, and these high windows ensure the views can be enjoyed from this area, too.

Credit list

Interior design
Stuart Bateman, SB Design
Window and door hardware
Miro from
Thompson Plastering
Floor tiles (inside and outside)
Granitogres Ascot from Che Style
Riel Lighting
Ngamatau Gallery, Arrowtown
Kitchen manufacturer
Coronet Woodware
Granitogres tiles
Kiteck from Mico Plumbing
Oven, hob, microwave and dishwasher
Water feature
BA Stone Construction
Window and door joinery
Advantage Aluminium from Aitken Joinery
Solid plaster on concrete block
Skellerup Shelterbit from Williams Contracting
Home audio
Linn Classik Sonage, Pioneer plasma from Strawberry Sound
Kitchen design
SB Design, Bryan Stone
Parmco Downdraft
Fisher & Paykel
Outdoor fire
Jetmaster 900 log burner

Story by: Trendsideas

30 Aug, 2005

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