A waterside haven with mountain views made for family living

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15 October 2022


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Stunning vistas and a private garden oasis next to the Waimate Stream make this Canterbury home a space for the whole family to enjoy.

With a long history in Waimate, the clients of this home wanted something special – a space that would honour the town they love so much and be a sanctuary from the demands of their family-owned business.

Before even entering the front door, it’s easy to see the love that has been poured into this project. A corten steel arched sculpture stands proudly beside the home – a material that has also been used as cladding and complements the manicured landscaping that stretches beyond.

Perched above the garden in a ‘V’ formation, the home consists of two pavilions – one dressed in the stunning corten which will patina and blend into the landscape over time, and the other clad in a contrasting plaster facade system.

The home overlooks the established gardens on the property.

Brought to life by David Reid Homes Waitaki, the ‘wow’-factor continues inside the 380sqm design. Positioned on the north-west side of the property, the steel-clad pavilion is dedicated to the living spaces.

“The clients milled their own oak, which we laid in the kitchen and master bedroom,” says David Reid Homes’ Nikki Mackay. Bringing a warmth to the cooking space, this hardwood has also been used for the joists above the kitchen – the foundation for the above mezzanine level that is used as a sitting area.

A black Caesarstone benchtop contrasts with the oak and amplifies the texture of the kitchen cabinetry.

“The cabinetry looks like a flat wall, but within the cabinetry is a coffee-making station right by the window. There is also a hidden door that opens to the scullery and wine room – but the only thing you see are the handles to the fridge, which is amazing.”

The dark granite kitchen island bench has an integrated sink and cooktop.
A hidden door in the kitchen cabinetry enters into the scullery and wine room.

The rest of this space has a sense of grandeur with the steel framing of the gabled design on display. Here, the ceiling is clad in white PlyPlay with negative detailing that travels down one of the walls.

Completely open-plan, this dining and living area has polished concrete flooring and floor-to-ceiling glazing that extends to the apex of the gable to capture the view of the landscaping and alpine vista beyond.

Wrapped around the rear of the home with steps that lead to the immaculate garden and water's edge, the deck can be accessed from here. A courtyard sits between the pavilions sheltered from the wind, with a spa and pool found at the other end, built into the decking.

The plywood ceiling with shadow detailing extends down a section of wall in the open-plan dining and living area.
The home's corten cladding will age and patina over time and continue to complement the surrounding natural landscape.

Inspired by the surrounding environment, sage green walls with recessed oak skirtings feature through the home and are a canvas for the family’s art collection.

“The artwork in the home really reflects their travel together,” says Nikki, and a gallery-like space connects the two wings.

“The second wing has the utility area, and two bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom. From the hallway you then enter the master bedroom which has a walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite.

“It’s a stunning, beautiful home; a design we haven’t built before that’s unique to the homeowners.”

An office area is found in the mezzanine level, above the garage.
The entrance showcases the family's art collection.

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Words by Cassie Birrer