Photographer: Jackie Meiring


Designed for a couple who work in academia, this versatile home in Waipu has bookends on either side of a large central living space. At one end, a private area incorporates a large office (from which to work from home) with the main bedroom retreat (with bathroom and walk-in wardrobe), media room, and laundry.

The opposite wing accommodates the entry, garage and guest/family bedrooms and bathrooms. Connecting the wings is a large kitchen, dining and living area which separates into cosy, well-defined spaces around a double-sided fireplace. It’s comfortable for two people or 20. The house nestles into its native bush setting offering distant ocean views. Exteriors reflect the tones of the surrounding landscape in the greys and greens. Yet inside, we added some vibrancy with bold shots of red, blue and orange, balanced with beautiful oak timber throughout.

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