The 5th Fairway - HARO Flooring New Zealand | ArchiPro

Set in an idyllic location with views towards Coronet Peak and the Arrowtown valley, this boldly designed home is complemented by the use of HARO engineered boards on interior walls, ceilings and stairs.

The owners of this Millbrook home briefed Hyndman Taylor Architects on their wish to create a contemporary, minimalist and warm residence that used stacked stone, timber and glass - and had plenty of natural light. The architects worked within the guidelines set out in Millbrook Resort’s style guide to fulfil this brief, using local schist and cedar cladding, with sections of precast concrete to achieve that modern look for the exterior. Gable forms orient bedroom views towards Coronet Peak, while Arrowtown can be seen from the living space, and the northern aspect overlooks the action on the golf course.

Inside, a bold departure from the Millbrook look is achieved through an eclectic combination of materials, including tiles, textured wall linings and HARO engineered timber in several applications. In the dining area and entrance foyer, HARO Oak Shell Grey Markant boards create a warm glow on the ceiling.

The same boards in Oak Carbon Black are used for walls in the entrance foyer and concealed doors, where they create a soft, muted aesthetic that draws guests through into the living spaces. When choosing the timber for these applications, architect Erin Taylor says they were drawn to the HARO products for their guaranteed colour consistency and matte finish.

“Our decision was partly informed by the extensive choice of stain colours available,” she says. “Additionally, the stable nature of the product was a big driver behind our decision to use them in so many areas of the house.”

The stability of the engineered timber also made the job easy for Paul Rogers of contractors RBJ Construction. Paul says it was great to know that joints wouldn't be compromised when the house was exposed to changes in heat and humidity.

“With natural timber it's a real challenge as it tends to expand and contract, so doing stable joints and details like mitred corners is really tricky,” he says. “I have to admit I was sceptical about creating all the mitred corners for this project using the timber product, but the house has been through a summer season as well as a winter with heating on, and the timber hasn’t budged. When you're making doors and wardrobes out of the same product and you’re trying to get seamless lines with the walls, stability is really important.”

Paul also appreciated HARO’s lock-together system, which he said made for an easy and speedy install, as well as the pre-finished nature of the boards, which eliminated the need for a further trade to be factored into the build schedule.

“It’s super stable, super natural finish, easy to put down, and easy to store on site,” he says. “This is the first time we’ve used engineered wood on any of our jobs - we usually use imported solid natural wood - and it worked really well for us and was cost effective for the client.”

For the residents of the home, it is not just the beautiful outlook that makes this a special place to live. The sculptural nature of the interior spaces helps create a residence with a sense of uniqueness that is fitting with the spectacular alpine landscape.

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