Working on a new build project the first job on the to-do list is to decide on the exterior colours, most clients find this really difficult.
We all know the value of street appeal and, if we are honest, the desire to own the best looking house on the street is within us all. The exterior is the first impression of your home and is comprised of products that will last the lifetime of your build, the colour combination also sets the style of the interior, ….. so much PRESSURE and you haven’t set foot inside yet!!
Don’t panic, there is just one easy rule to follow; aim to use a maximum of 3 colours – simple right?
Try to package together the elements, most homes will use more than one type of cladding, for example, brick + cedar so already you have used 2 colours now combine the roof, window joinery and garage door as the 3rd colour.
Villa style homes offer an opportunity to highlight features without breaking the 3 colour rule, below I have used Resene Double Linen on the weatherboards with Resene Half Sea Fog for the trims, Pearl White window joinery and garage door, topped with a colorsteel Flax Pod roof
Established in 1951 Lockwood is a familiar part of the New Zealand building landscape, if you own a Lockwood home you will appreciate the added layer of complexity when renovating.
I recently worked on a well known Lockwood home in Rotorua, an absolute gem of a home hidden within a rambling well established garden. Owned by a creative couple, who initially engaged me to assist them with their tree house accommodation, the brief was to design a kitchen that would fit seamless into the existing home.
Original materials used in the home were a fascinatingly eclectic mix, ranging from hand made copper pelmets, solid black and white marble checker board flooring with brass thresholds, timber veneer wall linings and grass cloth wallpaper. Needless to say this was NOT a home for a cookie cutter shiny white kitchen.
Selecting Maskaratus granite for its deep green and rich gold veins gave us the visual connection to the garden, add American Walnut Crown Cut Veneer as a nod to the original wall lings, Dulux Hoon Hay for its soothing moss green depth, a dash of grass cloth wallpaper and an incredibly talented cabinet maker mix it all together and the result is magic.
Furniture is one of my ‘things’. A thoughtfully hand crafted piece of furniture is something pretty special, particularly these days as we seem to be surrounded by poorly made furniture with either a short functional life span and or something that ticks the On Trend box … for today.
Referred by a client I was delighted to discover The Earnest Workshop who craft their magic right here in Mount Maunganui. In 2012 Dan Gillingham gathered together a group of makers and began to create furniture to cherish.
The Peel Coat Rack sums it up really, beautiful and functional, take a look at this behind the scenes video to appreciate hand crafting at its best …. it’s very therapeutic
Searching for outdoor furniture I was super excited to discover Tait. A beautifully designed collection of well made, sustainable out door furniture, purpose built to withstand the Australian climate ….. so it’s got to be tough, right?
From small factory beginnings in Melbourne Tait was established in 1992 by Gordon and Susan Tait. The creative couple, Gordon a sheet metal craftsman and Susan a creative textile designer, saw a gap in the market for well-made outdoor furniture. Combining their skills they set out to fill the gap, 27 years on they collaborate with top Australian designers to produce iconic collections that are all proudly created entirely in Australia
Really difficult to pick a favorite, BUT top of my list would be ….
Trace Collection by Adam Goodrum, a stunning combination of Aluminium, Stainless Steel Mesh and Sustainable Timber. Pictured in Mokum Club Tropicalia South Beach outdoor velvet and Catherine Martin’s Tropicalia print.
Flint by Ross Gardam, is aptly described as robust yet refined extending the leg detail to the table top is a clever twist.
Take a moment to browse through the Tait projects page it’s inspiring!
Super excited to have one of my recent projects featured in the November 2019 Issue of NZ House & Garden.
The striking farm house exterior of bagged brick and board & batten has been well photographed by the locals, in fact it has caused quite a stir right from the early days of construction. On a tree lined street at The Lakes, Tauranga the H shaped floor plan makes the most of the sunshine and the quite green space on the rear boundary.
Being the second build project within a few years the clients had a very clear vision of the end result they were after. It was a pleasure to work together again refining and expanding on our original ideas.
Beautifully built by Ultimate Homes
Designed by JMAC Architecture
Go grab yourself a copy
Take a browse through the project gallery of Melbourne based Templeton Architecture and you will see refined sophistication. Their bio describes an ethos of focusing on light, colour and proportion whilst respecting the Architectural history of each project.
The Matilda project is a weekend getaway built on the clients childhood land Northeast of Victoria. The layered rawness of the Rammed Earth construction is breathtaking, it appears to hold history. While the product was chosen for its thermal properties for me the solid timeless beauty of the earth surpasses any technical advantage!
Aptly described by Templeton Architecture as “The honest warmth of the material, and the depth of its construction, grounded the project into the natural contours of the land”
Templeton’s homage to history can clearly been seen here in the Delatite Station project as well
It’s always a privilege to listen to International Industry Experts, while it can make you feel like a pretty small fish in the big sea of the Design World, at the same time its incredibly inspiring and motivating to learn first hand about the jaw dropping projects that are going on around the world.
Recently Tauranga was fortunate enough to host Kai-Uwe Bergmann, a partner at Bjarke Ingles Group BIG Kai-Uwe heads up the business development arm of the architectural practice that operates in over 20 countries around the world. The presentation covered a range of recent BIG projects, from a tiny cabin in the forest to underground gymnasiums, LEGO and GOOGLE head quarters, a new form of public transport in Dubai – non friction transport tubes and the ongoing investigation into creating living pods for Mars!! What!!
The Urban Rigger project was one that really resonated with me. Don’t get me wrong my mind was blown with all the projects but the Urban Rigger seemed to have a local Tauranga sense of scale.
The idea was a solution to a lack of student accommodation in Copenhagen.
9 shipping containers were stacked in a circle creating 12 studio spaces with a central communal space and garden. Floating on pontoons the containers were designed to be buoyant, once constructed they are moved to the harbor in the heart of the city.
Simple right? The pods were designed to connect together forming communities … with million dollar views!
These floating studio apartments were made even more appealing with the inherent paired back sophisticated Danish style.
Late last year Clarke & Clarke collaborated with designer Emma J Shipley releasing the stunning Animalia fabric and wallpaper collection … I have to admit pawing over the samples for the first time resulting in foot tapping excitement oh my goodness how I LOVE this!
Inspired by a recent trip to the Amazon Jungle the collection features the foliage and creatures Emma observed whilst there. Mixing creature sketches, a fascination with mathematical symmetry and the human skeleton Animila explores the link between all living things. Printed on super soft tactile velvet’s and flat 100% cottons the detail in the upholstery weight fabric is stunning.
BUT wait it doesn’t stop there, Clarke & Clarke have launched a range of upholstered furniture showcasing the Animilia collection.
Villa Textiles are the New Zealand agents for Clarke & Clarke.
Its always exciting to discover a new resource, my first few hours wandering around the super user friendly Patternsnap site has been like opening Pandora’s box! To share all of the new discoveries at once would risk sensory overload so you will need to stay tuned as I drip feed the goodies.
First up my favorite discovery is Timorous Beasties the multi award winning studio of Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons based in Glasgow offers a stunning collection of fabric, wallcoverings, furniture, lampshades and ceramics.
The collections are diverse, ranging from designs based on traditional copperplate engraving techniques to designs that playfully combine time honored motifs of plants and animals with a modern spin …. and a scrumptious colour pallet.
From the intricate repeat pattern of White Moth Allover Fabric.
To the pure colour explosion of Chic Blotch fabric
Kaleido Bee Custom Velvet Fabric on this foot stool is incrediable
Superwide Iguana Wallpaper is a crazy combination of birds, thistles, iguanas, and bugs
I love the tiny details that stop you in your tracks and force you to take another look.
Working on show homes is a perfect opportunity to try something a little bit different. The challenge to the Architect, JMAC Architecture, the Designer – me and the Builder Ultimate Homes is to stretch the imagination of the savvy show home punters by presenting something just outside the visitors comfort zone, something not see before but at the same time a home that is very livable.
Feedback to date on Ultimate Homes show home at The Coast Papamoa has ticked these boxes, it has become a memorable talking point in a sea of beige show homes.
The cathedral ceilings of the living area are enhanced by Dulux Rangatiki River a deliciously deep stormy blue green, daylight floods the open plan living space and the pure White ceilings compensate for the dark paint choice.