Gordonton Farm House

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YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFESTYLE
 

Blending a love of the old with the benefits of the new makes this Customkit creation feel even more like home.

 

Walk into Ralph and Cathy Taylor's newly-built house in the north Waikato and the first thing that strikes you is an amazing collection of pendant lighting and lamps.  Ralph is an electrician by trade and was guided in his selection of lighting options by his love of collectibles, and his aversion to downlights.

"Downlights tend to highlight one area, almost like a spotlight, but they don't give off warmth or a good distribution of light," says Cathy.

"We stepped back in time to an extent, searching our lighting from the 50s, 60s and 70s.   These then turned out to be a feature of the house and gave a sense of character and distinction."

Their new home is the Taylor's second building experience with Customkit.  They built a live-in barn in 2010 while they planned for their permanent home.  It's now 'home' to another special part of the traditional theme - Ralph's classic Mini collection - and is also his workshop.

As with many Customkit clients, the ability to shape the end-product to suit their unique needs was a real bonus and a point of difference to other housing companies.  

Rather than cathedral ceilings, they opted for a more conventional flat ceiling with no portals, LVL or feature beams.  This enabled a full-rafted roof upstairs with extensive dormers.  There's a master bedroom and ensuite, and another room with access to the ensuite.  

The downstairs living area has a nook for relaxing in, and there's a sewing room, office and two more bedrooms.

The dining and living area open up onto a verandah on the northern and eastern sides of the house.  The verandah roof projection is designed to give protection from the summer sun, and rain, but still allows the winter sun to light up the house.

The Taylors went for a new plywood product called 'Triclad' for the exterior.  It offers a number of benefits over other board and batten products: it comes in longer sheets, and is pre-primed and pre-painted with the first coat of paint.  Battens can also be painted before being nailed up.  

Living in the country meant it made sense to Ralph and Cathy to go with a style that looked natural to the environment.

"To build some sort of ultra-modern home wouldn't suit the rustic look," says Ralph. "This is a real area of specialisation for Customkit; comfortable, warm, well-built and classical

 

 

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Gordonton Farm House

YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFESTYLE
 

Blending a love of the old with the benefits of the new makes this Customkit creation feel even more like home.

 

Walk into Ralph and Cathy Taylor's newly-built house in the north Waikato and the first thing that strikes you is an amazing collection of pendant lighting and lamps.  Ralph is an electrician by trade and was guided in his selection of lighting options by his love of collectibles, and his aversion to downlights.

"Downlights tend to highlight one area, almost like a spotlight, but they don't give off warmth or a good distribution of light," says Cathy.

"We stepped back in time to an extent, searching our lighting from the 50s, 60s and 70s.   These then turned out to be a feature of the house and gave a sense of character and distinction."

Their new home is the Taylor's second building experience with Customkit.  They built a live-in barn in 2010 while they planned for their permanent home.  It's now 'home' to another special part of the traditional theme - Ralph's classic Mini collection - and is also his workshop.

As with many Customkit clients, the ability to shape the end-product to suit their unique needs was a real bonus and a point of difference to other housing companies.  

Rather than cathedral ceilings, they opted for a more conventional flat ceiling with no portals, LVL or feature beams.  This enabled a full-rafted roof upstairs with extensive dormers.  There's a master bedroom and ensuite, and another room with access to the ensuite.  

The downstairs living area has a nook for relaxing in, and there's a sewing room, office and two more bedrooms.

The dining and living area open up onto a verandah on the northern and eastern sides of the house.  The verandah roof projection is designed to give protection from the summer sun, and rain, but still allows the winter sun to light up the house.

The Taylors went for a new plywood product called 'Triclad' for the exterior.  It offers a number of benefits over other board and batten products: it comes in longer sheets, and is pre-primed and pre-painted with the first coat of paint.  Battens can also be painted before being nailed up.  

Living in the country meant it made sense to Ralph and Cathy to go with a style that looked natural to the environment.

"To build some sort of ultra-modern home wouldn't suit the rustic look," says Ralph. "This is a real area of specialisation for Customkit; comfortable, warm, well-built and classical

 

 

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You Light Up My Lifestyle
Customkit Buildings -- Barn Style Home
Customkit Home
'You light up my lifestyle'
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Gordonton Farm House

YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFESTYLE
 

Blending a love of the old with the benefits of the new makes this Customkit creation feel even more like home.

 

Walk into Ralph and Cathy Taylor's newly-built house in the north Waikato and the first thing that strikes you is an amazing collection of pendant lighting and lamps.  Ralph is an electrician by trade and was guided in his selection of lighting options by his love of collectibles, and his aversion to downlights.

"Downlights tend to highlight one area, almost like a spotlight, but they don't give off warmth or a good distribution of light," says Cathy.

"We stepped back in time to an extent, searching our lighting from the 50s, 60s and 70s.   These then turned out to be a feature of the house and gave a sense of character and distinction."

Their new home is the Taylor's second building experience with Customkit.  They built a live-in barn in 2010 while they planned for their permanent home.  It's now 'home' to another special part of the traditional theme - Ralph's classic Mini collection - and is also his workshop.

As with many Customkit clients, the ability to shape the end-product to suit their unique needs was a real bonus and a point of difference to other housing companies.  

Rather than cathedral ceilings, they opted for a more conventional flat ceiling with no portals, LVL or feature beams.  This enabled a full-rafted roof upstairs with extensive dormers.  There's a master bedroom and ensuite, and another room with access to the ensuite.  

The downstairs living area has a nook for relaxing in, and there's a sewing room, office and two more bedrooms.

The dining and living area open up onto a verandah on the northern and eastern sides of the house.  The verandah roof projection is designed to give protection from the summer sun, and rain, but still allows the winter sun to light up the house.

The Taylors went for a new plywood product called 'Triclad' for the exterior.  It offers a number of benefits over other board and batten products: it comes in longer sheets, and is pre-primed and pre-painted with the first coat of paint.  Battens can also be painted before being nailed up.  

Living in the country meant it made sense to Ralph and Cathy to go with a style that looked natural to the environment.

"To build some sort of ultra-modern home wouldn't suit the rustic look," says Ralph. "This is a real area of specialisation for Customkit; comfortable, warm, well-built and classical

 

 

Visit professional's website
Enquire about the process / fees
Contact details
You Light Up My Lifestyle
Customkit Buildings -- Barn Style Home
Customkit Home
'You light up my lifestyle'
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