The house, which was finished on schedule just before Christmas 2019, has a T-shaped footprint with the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area facing the view and three garages tucked in behind this on the southern end.
The bedroom wing, set at 90 degrees, runs east to west.
“It meant that the house wraps around to shelter the evening courtyard,” says Brendon.
Although it might be tempting to spend most of their time in the alfresco zone, inside is superbly connected to the environment, too, with acres of glazing and a picture window in the living room that rises four metres into the apex of the gabled roof.
Brendon: “The house was cleverly located on the site so there are no issues with privacy, but we were also mindful of not blocking the view for the property behind.”
This neighbourliness extends to the material palette.
Vertical cedar weatherboards used for cladding are stained Resene ‘Pitch Black’ which key in with the dark-brown exterior of the house next door but still have a sense of individuality.
A black corrugated-steel roof gives the dwelling a monolithic robustness akin to a shed and is a nod to the agricultural history of this area.
Leonie picked up on the barn-like theme – but only subtly – in her design for the interiors.
Rough-sawn weatherboards on the entrance wall, a window seat and the rangehood in the kitchen are follow-through elements.
But mainly the finishes are a contemporary riff on the classic black-white scheme, with walls in Dulux ‘Cardrona’ providing the yin/yang contrast.
Although the bathrooms, with their resort-like opulence and marbled tiles, would be vying for top honours, the jewel in the design crown is most definitely the kitchen.
“A kitchen is the biggest item of furniture to come with the house,” says Leonie. “But it’s more than that: it’s a piece of art.”