Gold & Gold Reserve Award 2017 - $1 - $2 million category
Belco Homes received the Master Builders Gold Award 2017
Innovation was key to creating this remarkably private, urban oasis on a tight site that presented unique challenges and opportunities. Major consideration was given to neighbours surrounding the thoroughly future-proofed cedar and clay brick family home, which sits harmoniously alongside a Catholic convent and juts onto school grounds overlooking Tauranga Harbour. Every square metre is utilised cleverly; joinery maximises views and minimises heat loss, louvres create an all-weather deck space, the garage doubles as a cosy spare room and cavity sliding doors function as both bedroom and wardrobe doors. Beauty matters here, too. So a wide, pivoting copper door opens into both exposed brick and cedar shiplap walls with negative detailing while over-height ceilings and joinery create a sensation of spaciousness. Equal thought has been given to spaces beyond the oak floors and custom copper wall linings, where ample storage and soundproofing, over-specification insulation and under floor heating ensure practicality and comfort.
And let us not forget the fun factor. The sociable owners love to share their pool, the teenagers’ concrete-floored downstairs lounging space, the gorgeous views and a highly functional kitchen and living area with its hidden-away appliances and sumptuously relaxed ambiance. All this on 463sqm.