EDITION 5 | June 2020

Lake Life

Inspired by the beauty of its location in the heart of the Taupo region, the owners wanted a home that had the feeling of a lodge, designed for liveability and enjoyment. A trusting working relationship between owner and architect was essential to getting the right result. The owner, Matt, recalls “We also wanted a home with real street appeal. Excellent indoor and outdoor flow was a must, and we enjoy open plan living.

“Overall, we said we wanted the feeling of a lodge, quiet and relaxed.”

The site came with its challenges. Design Builders’ architect Renee Woods says “It’s a narrow site – just 500m2 in total, so there were some limitations to deal with in order to fit all the spaces that we required, within the planning regulations.”

Outdoor BBQ area complete with inbuilt BrewMasterTM micro-brewery.

Understanding the restrictions upfront is essential. You may have to make the odd compromise. Renee says “You might want four bedrooms or a second lounge, but you find it won’t work for the size of the section, so you have to think around the problem. Knowing what can and can’t be achieved upfront means that the designer can come up with some alternative ideas.”

Once the design process was complete, the build went smoothly. Matt says “About halfway through, that’s when it really started to come together. Suddenly we could see it! And we could focus on the finer details like the outdoor BBQ area complete with inbuilt BrewMasterTM micro-brewery. Renee agrees “Yes, it’s always so exciting to see it all come together.”

The highlights include the master bedroom with its incredible views. The feature windows from the dining area to the road frontage enhance the height of the main living space and let in lots of natural light.

So how was it working together, as client and architect? Matt, the owner, says “It was great, we had a pretty clear idea of what we were after, but by having an architect involved, it made sure we got what we wanted. Give the architect a chance and the freedom to design for you.”

Renee agrees, “I think we complemented each other. These guys had lots of ideas for the interior. It’s also good to be open to what your architect comes back with.”

“We’ll provide the best interpretation of your brief that we can. ”

“From there, we will work with you to get it just right, which is why we say ‘a home built around you’.”

 This pavilion-styled home maximises space through its design. Space is used efficiently and elegantly, indoors and outdoors. Floor to ceiling windows combine with skylights to fill the living areas with plenty of natural light.

The master suite is created as a delightful retreat, nestled in the gable of the second pavilion. The views from the master bedroom are absolutely stunning and are a high-point of this home. The emphasis is on open plan living, excellent indoor/outdoor flow and quiet, relaxed enjoyment.