The great escape

Westpac can help fund your new home project

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View of holiday home designed by Architect Regan Johnston of Mason & Wales Architecture featuring western red cedar cladding which allows the house to blend into the landscpae, Eurotray roofing, Doors and widnows from Stevenson & Williams and multiple outdoor living spaces.

Everyone has a vision of their ideal retreat. For some, it may be their permanent home, or for others, a place to escape the pressures of city living.

This holiday home near Wanaka is the realisation of such a dream for the owners. Designed by architect Reagan Johnston of Mason & Wales Architects, and built by his brother Scott Johnston, the house is situated on a plateau above a picturesque river valley.

"Obviously the idea was to make the most of the view from every angle, and reduce the effects of the wind as much as possible," Reagan Johnston says.

The building takes the form of a splayed H shape with two pavilions linked by a spine that separates the public, private and service areas.

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View of kitchen and living space featuring American white oak flooring, Tasmanian oak cabinetry, Quarella white bench tops, Dornbracht taps, and Fisher & Paykel appliances.

"The public pavilion, which houses the living areas, features extensive glazing on three sides, while the private pavilion, where the bedrooms are situated, presents a cedar-clad facade to the street to ensure privacy," says Johnston.

Between the two pavilions is a courtyard, which offers sheltered communal living. Glazing on the courtyard side of the private pavilion ensures there is a view from the bedrooms.

"This is not something you would do in a primary residence, as the effect of so much glazing is like stepping out of your tent in the morning," says Johnston. "But that is the point this is a holiday home. It has a different set of parameters. A relaxation of privacy within the home is more acceptable."

Materials were chosen to provide a pure aesthetic of timber and raw concrete. The design is also pared back in its approach, says the architect.

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View of lunge area featuring wooden floors, leather couches, views to deck area, white kitchen cabinets and lighting.

"Much of the building structure is exposed, giving it a feeling of lightness. This also makes for a very efficient design, as well as expediting the construction process."

For most families, the first challenge in such a project involves financial planning, and this is something that is best sorted at the outset. Just as you take time to find an architect or a design-build company that is on the same wavelength, you also need to tailor your finance to meet your needs.

One bank that knows and understands this process is Westpac. The bank can help in many ways, but it is best to talk to a Westpac consultant about the options you may be surprised to see just how easy it is to fund your new home. Westpac can advise on the different types of home loans, so your loan can be structured in a way that works best for you.

For more details, visit your local Westpac branch or phone 0800 177 277. Alternatively, visit www.westpac.co.nz

Story by: Trendsideas

17 Apr, 2012

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