Strong green credentials, an open-plan, 3.5m high, north-facing social heart and rugged exterior come together in this character-rich home

The heart of the matter – looking from
The heart of the matter – looking from the entry area and lounge through to the kitchen and dining area.

Designed by David Reid Homes (Kapiti) Ltd

From the group home builder:

Design statement 

Set within the leafy, eco-friendly subdivision of Ferndale, the focus of this design was to embody the green principles of the Ferndale philosophy in a way that complemented the existing houses, but with a form and aesthetic that also offered a point of difference.

Encapsulating easy living in a simple yet sophisticated floor plan, the home offers style and functionality.

Plus, the home’s contemporary styling – with a mix of neutral colour tones, textures and natural materials – creates a light-filled, relaxing retreat.

Initially used as a showhome, it was important that the property met a competitive price point with wide appeal while encompassing a bespoke design characteristic.

A strong, singular mono pitch structure utilises the width of the section and provides height in the northern living area.

Textural cladding elements were specified and addressed with locally sourced macrocarpa weatherboard cladding contrasting with bagged and painted brickwork.

Integrated open plan living forms the hub of this home, featuring a 3.6m-high plywood ceiling.

The custom-designed kitchen includes soft-close cabinetry, engineered stone and stainless steel benchtops.

A stunning dark vertical timber profile feature wall extends down the hall of the bedroom wing and is separated from the living space by a full height surface sliding door. 

The hallway features a wider space at the bedrooms and this is filled with light courtesy of a carefully placed Velux skylight.

The master bedroom bedhead wall was built cost effectively with the simple use of battensovera baseboard.

The room opens out into a private courtyard space for morning sun.

The fully lined and insulated double-garage can effectively be used as a universal habitable space and features a generous workshop which leads out to a raised garden bed.

Designed to make the most of the sun, the north-west facing section is an extension of the interior living with both covered and uncovered outdoor entertaining areas.

Considered landscaping mixes natives and permeable materials to contribute to low maintenance, easy care living.

Black, white and served by large open shelving
Black, white and served by large open shelving to the right, the kitchen is ideal for family life and/or entertaining.

Sustainable features incorporated into the design include an underground 22,500L stormwater retention tank and a grey water recycling system – both of which reduce demand on council utility systems.

Insulation, well above code requirements, was incorporated into the ceiling cavity and 140 mm external framed walls.

Double glazed windows were fitted with thermal spacers and low E glazing.

LED lighting was installed throughout and the home retains a relatively moderate temperature with background heating, when required, provided by a ducted central heating system.

Credit list

Group home builder
David Reid Homes
Interior designer
Stage Three Design
Metalcraft Colorsteel Metdek 400
Studio white gloss and concrete graphite tiles to ensuite
Citta pendants in kitchen & dining
Architectural designer
Peter Davis, AD Architecture
Kitchen designer
Kitchen Creators
Macrocarpa weatherboard and bagged brick
Main flooring
SmartStrand Carpet, from Carpet Court; Oak Oiled Timber, from Creative Flooring; cork tiles, from Cork Concepts
Vertical cedar feature wall in entrance/hallway; feature panel effect wall in master bedroom; Hardie Groove walls in bathroom
Brivis Starpro gas ducted central heating system
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended

Designed by: David Reid Homes (Kapiti) Ltd

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Leroy James

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