[Inara Trend Design], Trend Home Design | Farm Cove House | Lite House | ArchiPro – Enjoying a view over the Tamaki River, Farm Cove House recreates island life in the East Auckland suburbs with half of the home dedicated to outdoor living. The heart of this sunny three-storeyed home is an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area that flows out into an al fresco dining space, a courtyard lounge and a swimming pool.
Having lived on Waiheke Island for 17 years, the owners, architectural designer Bryce Ardern and his wife Jules, decided to move to the mainland for their teenage girls’ schooling. The couple spotted an 80s house on a large section on the Farm Cove waterfront, which they bought with the intention of renovating before realising that the old building wasn’t fit for purpose.
“The house wasn’t in the right place, among other issues, so we decided to subdivide the section and develop it with two houses, rather than the one,” explains Bryce. Firstly, they built the waterfront home, Farm Cove I before selling it to fund the construction costs of this home, which sits in behind.
As well as being the clients, the couple runs a design-and-build company, Lite House, and Bryce was both the architectural designer and the builder on the project. He describes the process of creating a home for his own family as “very personal”. While they were undertaking the subdivision and construction of the lower house, the family lived in the existing house for a year, which gave them time to learn about the local environmental conditions, knowledge that informed the design of their new home.
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