Rural connection: Pukemoremore House

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Imagine being able to stand at your kitchen sink, chopping carrots, and looking up to clearly see your horses running freely in the verdant paddocks just beyond your window.

In this contemporary farmhouse in Waikato’s Pukemoremore, just north of Cambridge, you can do exactly that. A constant connection with the clients’ small-scale farm from all aspects of the interior and exterior spaces of the house was one of the key design ideas in the brief to architect Matt Chaplin of Sumich Chaplin Architects.

Chaplin says, “The clients wanted a new, contemporary family home in which they could live on their rural lifestyle block and run their horses. The home was to have separation for privacy, as all good family homes do, but also allow for an easy, flowing lifestyle that was conducive to entertaining.”

Pukemoremore House is a pavilion-type dwelling that has been split into a cartwheel plan in order to open to the land from different angles and, at the same time, face the sun. The home’s mass is concrete block and stone, which, when added with its north-west orientation, means there is a lot of passive solar gain.

The bulk of the house is accommodated in two gabled pavilions of a similar scale that run parallel with the closest northern paddock and the main road. Connected by a flat-roof gallery, the front pavilion houses the living/entertaining spaces, while the rear is a two-level form, housing the master bedroom on the ground level and the children’s bedrooms, which are situated up in the roof space.

The living area is a high-volume glazed form that opens on three sides to allow for immediate engagement with the farm. Chaplin explains, “The public areas of the house are very open, with plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows. Timber louvered screens, with insect mesh designed into them to prevent flies entering, allow breezes and light to filter through this space.”

In addition to the three main bedrooms, a pool house/guesthouse is sited outside next to the inviting pool – with its own ensuite and study, it is great for additional overflow space.

There are three elements to the exterior materials that the architect has chosen. The draped long run Colorsteel metal roofs, used on the main pavilions along with the smaller garage and pool house, impart a crisp edge as well as offering protection.

Large, smooth Hinuera stone panels, which impart permanence and are typical of the area, have been used on the walls of the house, while the exterior walls that create outdoor spaces were made with rough blocks of Hinuera stone. Finally, cedar weatherboards that have been stained in a natural, weathered way complete the exterior palette.

An emphasis on creating a unified country house means that the interior finishing and detailing needed to reflect the exterior to an extent, so some of the Hinuera stone has been utilised in the living spaces, along with oak flooring and panelling to create contrast and warmth.

Interior designer Nickola Horrocks worked closely with Chaplin to create a sophisticated, modern interior. The luxe TV room features moody dark walls and a deep purple velvet couch that invites you to sink in and watch your favourite movie, while the kitchen boasts a marvellous marble benchtop that literally swirls with texture and pattern.

There are plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy in this property. Alongside the pool area, a spacious covered outdoor room has a built-in fireplace and Argentinian-style BBQ, perfect for grilling all kinds of meat.

On the eastern side of the home, an outdoor morning terrace, with its own pizza oven and herb garden, has had plenty of vegetation planted around it. In time, this will grow up to add more protection from any prevailing winds.

Chaplin says, “Moving through this house, thanks to the many different aspects and viewshafts, you are constantly aware of being on the farm. The indoor-outdoor connection here is crucial, so we have designed a contemporary, luxurious family home that really celebrates and enjoys its lush, rural location.”

Words by ArchiPro editor Amelia Melbourne-Hayward.

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Rural connection: Pukemoremore House

Imagine being able to stand at your kitchen sink, chopping carrots, and looking up to clearly see your horses running freely in the verdant paddocks just beyond your window.

In this contemporary farmhouse in Waikato’s Pukemoremore, just north of Cambridge, you can do exactly that. A constant connection with the clients’ small-scale farm from all aspects of the interior and exterior spaces of the house was one of the key design ideas in the brief to architect Matt Chaplin of Sumich Chaplin Architects.

Chaplin says, “The clients wanted a new, contemporary family home in which they could live on their rural lifestyle block and run their horses. The home was to have separation for privacy, as all good family homes do, but also allow for an easy, flowing lifestyle that was conducive to entertaining.”

Pukemoremore House is a pavilion-type dwelling that has been split into a cartwheel plan in order to open to the land from different angles and, at the same time, face the sun. The home’s mass is concrete block and stone, which, when added with its north-west orientation, means there is a lot of passive solar gain.

The bulk of the house is accommodated in two gabled pavilions of a similar scale that run parallel with the closest northern paddock and the main road. Connected by a flat-roof gallery, the front pavilion houses the living/entertaining spaces, while the rear is a two-level form, housing the master bedroom on the ground level and the children’s bedrooms, which are situated up in the roof space.

The living area is a high-volume glazed form that opens on three sides to allow for immediate engagement with the farm. Chaplin explains, “The public areas of the house are very open, with plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows. Timber louvered screens, with insect mesh designed into them to prevent flies entering, allow breezes and light to filter through this space.”

In addition to the three main bedrooms, a pool house/guesthouse is sited outside next to the inviting pool – with its own ensuite and study, it is great for additional overflow space.

There are three elements to the exterior materials that the architect has chosen. The draped long run Colorsteel metal roofs, used on the main pavilions along with the smaller garage and pool house, impart a crisp edge as well as offering protection.

Large, smooth Hinuera stone panels, which impart permanence and are typical of the area, have been used on the walls of the house, while the exterior walls that create outdoor spaces were made with rough blocks of Hinuera stone. Finally, cedar weatherboards that have been stained in a natural, weathered way complete the exterior palette.

An emphasis on creating a unified country house means that the interior finishing and detailing needed to reflect the exterior to an extent, so some of the Hinuera stone has been utilised in the living spaces, along with oak flooring and panelling to create contrast and warmth.

Interior designer Nickola Horrocks worked closely with Chaplin to create a sophisticated, modern interior. The luxe TV room features moody dark walls and a deep purple velvet couch that invites you to sink in and watch your favourite movie, while the kitchen boasts a marvellous marble benchtop that literally swirls with texture and pattern.

There are plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy in this property. Alongside the pool area, a spacious covered outdoor room has a built-in fireplace and Argentinian-style BBQ, perfect for grilling all kinds of meat.

On the eastern side of the home, an outdoor morning terrace, with its own pizza oven and herb garden, has had plenty of vegetation planted around it. In time, this will grow up to add more protection from any prevailing winds.

Chaplin says, “Moving through this house, thanks to the many different aspects and viewshafts, you are constantly aware of being on the farm. The indoor-outdoor connection here is crucial, so we have designed a contemporary, luxurious family home that really celebrates and enjoys its lush, rural location.”

Words by ArchiPro editor Amelia Melbourne-Hayward.

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Rural connection: Pukemoremore House

Imagine being able to stand at your kitchen sink, chopping carrots, and looking up to clearly see your horses running freely in the verdant paddocks just beyond your window.

In this contemporary farmhouse in Waikato’s Pukemoremore, just north of Cambridge, you can do exactly that. A constant connection with the clients’ small-scale farm from all aspects of the interior and exterior spaces of the house was one of the key design ideas in the brief to architect Matt Chaplin of Sumich Chaplin Architects.

Chaplin says, “The clients wanted a new, contemporary family home in which they could live on their rural lifestyle block and run their horses. The home was to have separation for privacy, as all good family homes do, but also allow for an easy, flowing lifestyle that was conducive to entertaining.”

Pukemoremore House is a pavilion-type dwelling that has been split into a cartwheel plan in order to open to the land from different angles and, at the same time, face the sun. The home’s mass is concrete block and stone, which, when added with its north-west orientation, means there is a lot of passive solar gain.

The bulk of the house is accommodated in two gabled pavilions of a similar scale that run parallel with the closest northern paddock and the main road. Connected by a flat-roof gallery, the front pavilion houses the living/entertaining spaces, while the rear is a two-level form, housing the master bedroom on the ground level and the children’s bedrooms, which are situated up in the roof space.

The living area is a high-volume glazed form that opens on three sides to allow for immediate engagement with the farm. Chaplin explains, “The public areas of the house are very open, with plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows. Timber louvered screens, with insect mesh designed into them to prevent flies entering, allow breezes and light to filter through this space.”

In addition to the three main bedrooms, a pool house/guesthouse is sited outside next to the inviting pool – with its own ensuite and study, it is great for additional overflow space.

There are three elements to the exterior materials that the architect has chosen. The draped long run Colorsteel metal roofs, used on the main pavilions along with the smaller garage and pool house, impart a crisp edge as well as offering protection.

Large, smooth Hinuera stone panels, which impart permanence and are typical of the area, have been used on the walls of the house, while the exterior walls that create outdoor spaces were made with rough blocks of Hinuera stone. Finally, cedar weatherboards that have been stained in a natural, weathered way complete the exterior palette.

An emphasis on creating a unified country house means that the interior finishing and detailing needed to reflect the exterior to an extent, so some of the Hinuera stone has been utilised in the living spaces, along with oak flooring and panelling to create contrast and warmth.

Interior designer Nickola Horrocks worked closely with Chaplin to create a sophisticated, modern interior. The luxe TV room features moody dark walls and a deep purple velvet couch that invites you to sink in and watch your favourite movie, while the kitchen boasts a marvellous marble benchtop that literally swirls with texture and pattern.

There are plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy in this property. Alongside the pool area, a spacious covered outdoor room has a built-in fireplace and Argentinian-style BBQ, perfect for grilling all kinds of meat.

On the eastern side of the home, an outdoor morning terrace, with its own pizza oven and herb garden, has had plenty of vegetation planted around it. In time, this will grow up to add more protection from any prevailing winds.

Chaplin says, “Moving through this house, thanks to the many different aspects and viewshafts, you are constantly aware of being on the farm. The indoor-outdoor connection here is crucial, so we have designed a contemporary, luxurious family home that really celebrates and enjoys its lush, rural location.”

Words by ArchiPro editor Amelia Melbourne-Hayward.

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