Two years of meticulous planning went into this house by owners who knew exactly what they wanted – a traditional family home that captures every moment from dawn till dusk.
Built on a sloping site in rural Bay of Plenty, the landscape enjoys a 360-degree outlook encapsulating farmland views, the coast and the Kaimai Ranges. Future proofed by incorporating the very best of modern materials and technology the house seamlessly blends into its environment.
The owners desire to share their home with friends and family was paramount so the generous entry foyer leads directly into a large open plan dining, kitchen and lounge area. Dark stained oak tongue and grove flooring is fitting for the traditional design with its high vaulted ceilings, in which air conditioning units are discretely placed.
A solid Hinuera stone fire flanked by two narrow tall windows is the heart of the home. Double glazed doors on either side of the lounge open wide onto covered decks where outdoor living can be enjoyed at any time of the day and in all weathers.
The master suite has wonderful views of Tauranga and captures the first rays of the day. It’s extensively tiled ensuite features the `pièce de résistance’, a raised spa bath surrounded on three sides by windows framing stunning views. A remote control enables mood lighting and music to be operated while enjoying the baths `champagne bubbles’
A separate wing features two bedrooms, one with a long low horizontal window designed to afford a view of the Minden hills, even from bed.
The home has what the owners call `The Hub’; a control room in which the music system is located and from which, remotely music, cooling and heating throughout the entire home can be controlled from any room by the touch of a switch.
Building a family home is always a team effort but this one more than most with the owners intimately involved every step of the way. Thanks to that team work they have the organic, warm, welcoming and liveable traditional home they desired.
Mike and Kathy Bell and the team were wonderful to deal with. Nothing was too much trouble and in particular, Francis, foreman for our house would always take the time to explain things to me and answer any questions I had so I never felt something was too trivial to ask. I have the home I wanted. It’s easy to live in, easy to clean and wonderful for family and entertaining. Many people say building a house can be stressful but I didn’t find it stressful at all – I enjoyed the process.