Bespoke Private Sanctuary
Belying its age this home has a permanence – as if it has always been part of the secluded harbour site on which it stands. Thoughtful use of recycled hard wood timbers, local river stones, boulders and an earthy colour scheme add to the feel that inside and out, this home is part of the landscape.
The owners were intimately involved in the design. Collaborating with in Mike Bell they found a builder with not only the patience to realise their visions, but also the shared imagination to create truly unique features. Jewels of coloured glass bottles designed by the lady of the house are inset into a curved wall in the entranceway and the kitchen incorporates a stunning ancient six-metre-long swamp totara tree trunk.
Stones from Katikati’s Uretara River form the fireplace and surround in the dining room where doors slide back to let the outside in. The same stones also support the totara breakfast bar, at the end of which is a very large river boulder sliced to expose a polished, durable and beautiful work surface.
Two living areas, one the “quiet” room for grown-ups and one a family room, open at either end of the kitchen and dining area. Both have access to the decks and lawns and enjoy expansive views of the harbour.
A suspended staircase with deep timber treads and wrought iron balustrade leads to an indoor garden and an office on a mezzanine floor. The master bedroom with its private deck, stunning views, ensuite and dressing rooms, is also on this level. A separate wing with two harbour-facing bedrooms captures the morning sun and accommodates a family bathroom, guest room with ensuite and hobby room.
Outdoor living, a vital element of this home, is facilitated by a courtyard with a pizza oven, sunken seating around a fire. Belco’s specialist engineering and building skills were also used to construct a huge outdoor table, cantilevered from an impressive boulder.
An aquatic area to rival any holiday resort is heated by a geothermal bore. The main pool laps against a landscaped rocky shore and winding water slide. A spa pool and second smaller pool sit alongside. All are reached from a paved area with sun loungers and changing rooms landscaped with tropical plantings.
This naturally heated bore water has been utilised very cleverly and extensively throughout the property with a complex heat moderating and manifold system ensuring best temperature for purpose in every location.
Hi-tech technology abounds too enabling lights, media, sound, security, pool and water features to be controlled remotely or on-site via iPad and iPhone.
This family home is a fusion of ancient and modern materials, technology and ideas, the design and décor of which reflects the creativity of its owners.