Built on the corner of two streets, this home has been designed to have a close connection with its local neighbourhood.
Developing a sense of community spirit is part of the philosophy behind the guidelines provided to builders at Long Bay. Many of the homes are designed to connect with the street so new residents can easily meet; facilities at the playground were planned to encourage community get-togethers, and some of the streets are designated as shared areas, so children can ride their bikes and play safely outside.
This new home, by architectural designer Alistair Dodds of Adoa Ltd, features a terrace downstairs and balconies on the upper level, to help reinforce the connection with neighbours.
Inside, the formal living room at the front of the house looks out towards both streets, and the family living area at the back opens up onto a more private garden that faces north.
Upstairs are three generous bedrooms and a family bathroom, plus a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. The bedrooms are light and airy, with the two larger rooms featuring pitched cathedral style ceilings and picture windows.
One of the particular challenges of this site at Long Bay was the need for the house to look good on two street frontages. Architectural designer Alistair Dodds added terraces at ground level and balconies with glass balustrades at the upper level to help connect the house with the street and to break up the structure.
A large family living, dining and kitchen area at the back of the house connects loosely with the formal living room at the front of the house. White painted walls are complemented by dark-stained timber floors. With an island breakfast bar, the kitchen is equally handy for children doing homework after school or for entertaining friends. An all-white colour scheme and cabinetry with concealed handles create a minimalist look for the kitchen.
Gabled ceilings in the bedroom let in plenty of light and offer views of the neighbourhood. A glass balustrade on the balcony ensures views are unimpeded
“These high gabled windows follow the line of the roof and have the effect of making the entire house appear visually lighter and less imposing on the exterior,” says Dodds.
Because the house is on a corner, Dodds decided to repeat the gables and balconies on both street facades to create a sense of balance and symmetry. “Overhangs on the two gables, an entry recess and mix of materials help to break up the volume of this large family home,” he says.
Architectural designer: Alistair Dodds
Roof: Elk Asphalt roofing shingles
Cladding: Weatherboard, brick
Window and door joinery: Elite Windows
Balustrade on balconies: Toughened glass
Kitchen manufacturer: Concept 2012
Kitchen benchtop: Engineered stone
Cabinetry finish: Lacquer
Oven, dishwasher, cooktop: Miele
Flooring: American oak
Paint: Dulux, British Paints
Furniture: Living Edge
About Long Bay
Just half an hour from the CBD, the development nestles alongside the Long Bay Regional Park. It offers residents the pleasure of living in a spectacular coastal environment within easy distance of all amenities that a world-class city like Auckland has to offer.
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