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The clients' brief was for a timeless yet functional open-plan home that would suit the needs of a busy family.

On a full yet narrow site in Mount Maunganui, we used a split pavilion design to achieve the 325sqm plan. Our challenge was to ensure strict planning restrictions were adhered to – mainly daylighting planes.

Large, open-plan living areas with feature ceilings and exposed trusses give a sense of volume. These living spaces extend seamlessly to the large lawn and pool area, and covered entertaining areas, complete with an exterior fireplace, create a very diverse layout.

The master bedroom, with its large walk-in dressing room and ensuite, is separated from the children’s rooms above the garage space.

We used a combination of cedar bevelback weatherboards with copper detailing and aerated concrete panels, which create contrast and create the timeless palette required.

Thorne Group Architecture
Bay of Plenty
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Thorne Group Architecture Ltd is a multi-award-winning practice with a core focus on residential design.  We pride ourselves on creating stunning and meaningful architecture. We strive to cover a range of architectural responses – from small efficient homes on small sites, to extensive beachfront & rural homes.

Director Jon McAlpine creates what can be called ‘conscious architecture’ – bespoke designs which have life beyond a material manifestation.

As the driving force behind Thorne Group Architecture Ltd, his impressive portfolio of striking new builds and transformational renovations have been recognised both regionally and nationally. Always committed to catering to the needs of his clients, Jon brings a humble, approachable nature to architectural design.