Overseas travel can fill a homeowner with inspiration for the design of their own home. European architecture is an especially rich source of design inspiration, but making these ideas work in a local setting can be a challenge.
As avid travellers, the owners of this home are particularly interested in Italian masonry style houses. They employed the skills of Mike Flooks, director at MF Design, to bring their ideas to fruition. Mike Flooks is a member of Architectural Designers NZ and has received ten design awards over the past five years. He says with the recent phenomenon of leaky buildings in New Zealand, the level of stability seen in the masonry style is becoming increasingly sought after.
"As well as being attractive, the style is very solid this house has a concrete intermediate floor."
A strong Italian influence can be seen in the use of columns, a traditional bell tower, statues, a domed ceiling, tiling, and wrought iron detailing.
For more information, contact MF Design, PO Box 51535, Pakuranga 2010, Auckland, phone (09) 533 6558. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.mfdesign.co.nz.
For homeowners Bob and Paula Menzies, this house is both the cause and the product of inspiration. With experience in building homes, they have decided to develop similar buildings in New Zealand.
"While the house is in an Italian style, it also relates to its local setting. Large glass areas are designed to take in the sea views. The house is solid and secure, which is important to the modern day homeowner," says Bob Menzies.
Although presently occupying the home, the couple plans to use it as a showhome, before putting it on the market. The house has many necessities of a modern lifestyle, such as a butler's pantry.
"The house is monitored by security cameras, so it is very safe. There is also lift access on both floors," says Bob Menzies.
Despite these modern elements, Menzies says the design of the house is very close to the traditional masonry style he is interested in.