Coatesville Farmhouse

Residential Farmhouse in Coatesville on the outskirts of Auckland

One of the projects we’re working on at the moment takes full advantage of the idyllic surroundings our clients are going to be building in. Just on the outskirts of Auckland, in amongst lush, natural forest, lies a flat section of land ready for development. Our clients are a young couple who have chosen this site to build their first home, so we’re delighted to be part of that significant milestone with them in such a glorious spot.

The Brief

Our clients had two main requests. First, they wanted to maximise the views from the house out to the bush and the mature trees surrounding the site. Second, they wanted their house design to be, as they described it, “something similar to a farmhouse with a modern twist”. What a fantastic and fun brief to start with.

The Design

To create the “farmhouse” feel, we designed a sloped rafter ceiling and used vertical timber batons to add height to a large, central space and to give it a somewhat rustic interior finish. A folded metal roof follows the same crisp lines of the batons. The design is a beautiful combination of the rustic feel from the exposed timber rafters with clean lines that modernise the look.

This inviting central space creates the ideal entertaining zone that the owners requested, envisioning lots of get-togethers with friends in their new home. The open-plan interior extends out onto a north-west facing deck that overlooks the stunning native bush.

We designed the layout of this home to make the most of the sun and the view. With all of our homes, we consider your journey as you arrive and enter the house. Here, as you come from the driveway, you enter a welcoming courtyard that leads you to the front door. As you enter the house, one of the first things you see is a large picture window that allows you to see right through to the outlook on the other side of the house. You get a peek of the fantastic view from the deck.

Entering the house, you come upon a cosy entrance nook on the right-hand side with bench seating for casual dining or just hanging out. To the left is the large open-plan kitchen/dining/living area that opens out onto the north-west facing deck. Vertical fins and timber batons help to break up the space somewhat, without solid dividers or walls, letting the sun in throughout.

The Result

This spacious home is approximately 280 sqm, with four bedrooms, a home office/study, two and a half bathrooms, and a double garage. The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, and was designed to take advantage of the view and the morning sun. We know our clients will love their new home, whether they’re entertaining friends and family, or simply enjoying the tranquil surroundings on their own.

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