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Canterbury Lifestyle

Solid, distinguished and timeless – a real stately home

Set on the fringes of the city, the owners of this large semi-rural lifestyle property briefed us to create a solid, stately and timeless design.

As parents of young children, they wanted their home to offer a sense of comfort for the family and a sense of privacy when they needed time alone. As hospitable people who like to entertain, it was also important to them that it evoke a definite sense of welcome.

Family life and hospitality

Effectively this design needed to incorporate separate family and adult socialising spaces, providing distance whilst still maintaining a sense of connectedness and a natural flow.

Given the challenges of the brief, one of the real strengths of the house is its pavilion style – the planning and location of distinct spaces and the way they relate to one another.

The master bedroom occupies its own end wing on the ground floor and has direct access to the pool and a covered spa bath. With the children’s bedrooms upstairs and the guests sleeping in another area again, it really does provide much sought after and appreciated privacy, and a real sense of retreat.

On the ground floor, a social and entertaining area for visitors (incorporating a theatre/TV room) leads in to impressive outdoor entertainment facilities which include a outdoor kitchen that incorporates a BBQ, an in-ground pool, spa pool and a tennis court.

The spa area is sheltered below a roof system which can open or close depending on the climate matic conditions and time of day.

Louvre shutters fold back along the length of the outdoor kitchen bench providing a servery and bar area.

Complimentary Landscape

To ensure that the surrounding environment complemented the design, we recommended specialist Landscape Architect John Marsh. Renowned for his ability with larger scale projects, John designed the paved areas, walls, pool, tennis court and driveway and provided all planting provisions.

The landscape blends perfectly with the house design, and the wide, open driveway leading up to the large entranceway succeeds in giving both family and guests a real sense of welcome upon arrival.

Design features

  • The house incorporates thermal mass construction features including solid and lightweight concrete.
  • Cedar and copper detailing is variously used as external trim and accents.
  • The roofing is from bituminous tiles.
  • Heating includes solar power, electric and with auxiliary gas and undertile.
  • There is an electrical management system that operates the house.