Stretching out to nature

Children, parents, guests – three wings and an upstairs means everyone has their space in this sprawling, sustainably minded rural home

Designed by Lee Turner, Turner Road Architecture

From the building designer:

Project description

Located in rural Waikato, this sprawling family home offers the perfect response to the owners’ wish for a “place of tranquility where family and friends could be entertained with style and ease”. 

While making a striking architectural statement on the landscape, a commitment to the use of raw textures and materials and a colour palette that complements the surrounding environment makes a perfect pairing. 

Internal and external glazing creates symmetry as well as connecting the home's occupants with its outdoor surroundings.

Design features and creative solutions

An expansive site with panoramic views provided the perfect blank canvas for a bespoke design that met the needs of a family of five in rural Waikato. 

Making the most of the north-east aspect, the main living area, open-plan kitchen, living and dining spaces all face towards a vista of established trees and foliage.

Separate wings provide space and privacy – the master suite, a guest wing and children’s bedrooms are all located in distinct and separate pods. 

A  spacious open plan design for the communal areas of the home promote inclusiveness and easy interaction.

The well-appointed kitchen has access to both the scullery and bar room with dual access from the bar to the outdoor kitchen/BBQ area. 

Perfect for entertaining, the outdoor living space is an extension of the home’s internal main living area – accessed through large glass sliding doors, it includes a fireplace and bar access. 

The cedar slatted ceiling with integrated lighting seamlessly extends from the inside out, providing a sense of one continuous space. 

Vertical louvres allow the space to be utilised for entertaining all year round.

A utilities passage creates a clear division between the main living area and functional spaces.

Sustainability was a key consideration, with the soaring glazed wall on the north-eastern elevation not only designed for the views but also to invite the sun in to warm the interior during winter. 

Conversely, to the south glazing has been used sparingly to reduce heat loss. 

The large roof overhang and the high-level vertical aluminium louvres, protect the internal space from overheating in summer. 

Other considerations include highly insulated walls and ceilings; tilt-panel concrete walls for thermal mass; double glazed argon filled aluminium joinery; and passive ventilation from well-positioned windows and doors.

The texturally rich exterior seamlessly blends cedar cladding with Eurostyle standing seam iron and precast concrete to complement the natural environment.

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Credit list

Kitchen designer
Interior design
Rupert and Marshall Interior Design – Mel Marshall
Tilt panel concrete – Wilco; western red cedar; Eurotray Colorsteel – Roofing Industries
Louvre system
Main flooring
Palazzo Clay Oak Brown timber
Accent – Décor Rugs
Resene Half Black White
Feature light fittings
Coombes & Gabbie Pendants over metal island, from Citta
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Winner
Cambridge Building Services
Kitchen manufacturer
Got it Made Kitchens
Line and Design
Trimrib Colorsteel – Roofing Industries
Window/door joinery
Bedroom flooring
Bremworth Transpire – colour, Inspire
Bathroom tiles
Tiles on Devon
General heating
Ducted heating/cooling system
Living area furniture
Sofas/chairs/dining table, by Forma; chairs by Soren Liv

Designed by: Turner Road Architecture

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Amanda Aitken

01 Nov, 2024

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