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Exceptional design begins the journey to this exquisitely crafted Wanaka home, says Dean Millar of Level Construction.

“Ashley Muir of Mason & Wales Architects is an architectural icon and has designed a home that fits perfectly with the homeowners’ lifestyle and style preferences.”

Situated on an enviable lakeside section, this house sits “fat and low-slung, with expansive floor-to-ceiling glazing taking full advantage of the vista.”

Designed for a semi-retired Southland couple as a holiday home with the potential to become a primary residence, the impressive structure measures in at 430 sqm.

“It was a big project in a number of ways,” says Dean. “True lakefront sites such as these are incredibly rare, so it needed an impressive house to do it justice. Ashley’s design, with its expansive and cantilevered concrete floor and internal courtyard, certainly lived up to expectations.

“In terms of the process, it was a reasonably standard build, with only the typical council regulations of height-to-boundary considerations to take into account. That said, the large cantilever floor was a bit different from the usual, however, the skilled team of builders and tradesmen combined their skills to create what is a beautiful custom home—and we felt honoured to be a part of bringing the homeowners dreams to reality.”

The build took 12 months and Dean describes it as a “joy from start to finish”.

“Despite its size and the intricacy of the cantilever floor, the whole project truly went together easily. There is nothing I would change either, I would leave it the way it is if I was building for myself, everything in there is just right.”

Dean says the standout features for him include aspects such as the indoor/outdoor stone and how the internal courtyard becomes a part of the house.

“The area has a really broad range of housing styles and this house is a great addition to that mix, sitting perfectly—as it does—amongst its surroundings, complemented by careful consideration and detail taken with the finishing, including extensive stonework and landscape planting, completing the overall appeal.

“The finished project speaks for itself.”

Words by Justin Foote
Photography by Larkin Photography

Level Construction
Otago
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Dramatic in its colour scheme and bold materials, the solidity of the front of this home belies its almost total openness beyond the front door.
Dramatic in its colour scheme and bold materials, the solidity of the front of this home belies its almost total openness beyond the front door.
The main living area is contained within one of the two pavilion-style structures that make up the public and private spaces of the home. Off either side of the living area are multiple outdoor zones for further entertaining.
The main living area is contained within one of the two pavilion-style structures that make up the public and private spaces of the home. Off either side of the living area are multiple outdoor zones for further entertaining.
The wide pavilion design takes full advantage of the panoramic view on offer.
The wide pavilion design takes full advantage of the panoramic view on offer.
The minimal material palette has been celebrated with the inclusion of the stone cladding around the fireplace.
The minimal material palette has been celebrated with the inclusion of the stone cladding around the fireplace.
Situated off the main living area, the entertaining deck also revels in the enviable views.
Situated off the main living area, the entertaining deck also revels in the enviable views.
The internal courtyard sits between the two pavilions and can be accesss via both—as an extension of the internal living areas.
The internal courtyard sits between the two pavilions and can be accesss via both—as an extension of the internal living areas.
The main bedroom is situated in the adjoining pavilion and has a grandstand view of the lake and mountain range.
The main bedroom is situated in the adjoining pavilion and has a grandstand view of the lake and mountain range.
A pared-back colour palette gives the ensuite bathroom a dramatic, yet soft, aesthetic.
A pared-back colour palette gives the ensuite bathroom a dramatic, yet soft, aesthetic.
Situated on an enviable lakeside section, this house sits fat and low-slung, with expansive floor-to-ceiling glazing taking full advantage of the vista.
Situated on an enviable lakeside section, this house sits fat and low-slung, with expansive floor-to-ceiling glazing taking full advantage of the vista.
The cantilevered floor element extends the home into the environment, bringing the lake view very much to the fore.
The cantilevered floor element extends the home into the environment, bringing the lake view very much to the fore.

About the
Professional

As a qualified, licensed Wanaka builder Dean Millar and his crew at Level Construction have built a strong reputation for exceeding client expectations.

With more than 20 years of building and project management experience, Dean is also a trusted member of Master Builders NZ.

Wanaka Turnkey Building Services

Level Construction provides a full turnkey building service in Wanaka from assessing bare ground to the final moment when the house you have pictured in your mind’s eye becomes a reality – and your home.

Clear, on-going communication and the ability to manage complex projects and their budgets for local or absentee home-owners to their satisfaction is a key skill company director Dean Millar has developed over the past two decades.

Much of that reputation has been built on Dean’s straightforward and honest reputation in the Wanaka building industry as a builder and project manager.

Expert Building Advice

At Level Construction we have the knowledge and proven ability to offer design and general advice for a Wanaka building project from the onset.

Beginning with initial client contact, we advise and guide through the design, consent and pricing processes. This continues through the entire build process, finishing with a completed home. We can also offer advice on section location and can advise on reputable real estate contacts to find the perfect site for your future home.

Why Choose Us? 

  • Over 20 years in the Wanaka building industry as a qualified, certified builder and project manager.
  • Registered Master Builder.
  • Proven commitment to client satisfaction.
  • Strong industry relationships due to our reputation for honesty and best practice.
  • Successfully project managed over 80 residential builds and a 44 villa resort.
  • Competitive pricing and commitment to budget and time frame.