Exterior detailing and landscaping
Mary and John Harris love the Canterbury landscape and were determined that the house they built here should seem as if it had always been a part of it. And with the help of Landmark Homes and James Hardie Linea® Weatherboard, this is exaclty what they have acheived.
“We didn't want anything pretentious that drew attention to itself. On the other hand, we didn't want something bog-standard either that would look as if it had just been plonked down here,” says Mary.
“The exterior look of the house and the landscaping were critical to attain that sense of place and timelessness.”
Their first project was to create the lake that sits below the house.
“We wanted to look out over water and of course to attract waterbirds to the property, which is exactly what's happened – particularly ducks and pied stilts.”
Given their desire that the house become ‘part of the landscape', the choice of cladding material was always going to be critical.
“Initially we considered ceder, to tie in with the Otago schist that we wanted to feature”, says John. “ Weatherboards are a traditional feature of the Canterbury landscape, but in the extreme climate we have here timber is always going to be a big maintenance problem. When we found out about Linea, it just made so much sense."
"We've clad the whole house and pool building in Linea and gone with the schist on the chimney and on the south-facing wall and pillars around the front entrance way and we've used the ceder for the garage door and shingles on the gables,” says John.
The heart of the outdoor living area is centred around the swimming pool on the northern side.
“We wanted a real focus for family gatherings in the summer,” says Mary.
The area has been thoughtfully designed and landscaped, with coloured scribed concrete providing a great outdoor entertaining surface, with the fence around the pool constructed from safety glass to allow an unimpeded view out across the surrounding farmland.
The gardens around the pool have been bordered with wooden sleepers and incorporate schist and washed pebble which again marries well with the landscape.
Flow between the indoors and outdoor living spaces has been achieved seamlessly with Smartwood French Doors out into the courtyard, with a timber finish on the inside and aluminium on the outside painted‘Desert Sand' to tie in with the exterior colour scheme.
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