Property size: 128m2

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Living: 2

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Phoenix design starts a holiday home journey

Lockwood clients Chris and Kim had originally worked with an architect before approaching the local contractor in Nelson about their Marahau site. Kim’s colleague had undertaken the design and build process with Lockwood Wellington for their Kapiti Coast holiday home and the pair found themselves inspired enough to explore the possibilities and flexibilities the Lockwood system offered. Chris says, “There was plenty of scope for creativity and originality and the collaborative approach was so refreshing, it turned out really well in terms of design and value”. The pre-existing Lockwood Phoenix design was the starting point, which was then personalised to incorporate their ideas and to maximise their beachside location.

What do this couple love about their home now that they have been able to enjoy it for a few years? Chris and Kim believe that their Lockwood home design works as the spaces are delineated in a way that gives each area a feeling of intimacy and separateness and that the home is perfectly adapted for the Nelson climate, with the high sarked ceilings helping to keep things cool in summer and the north orientation bringing in the sun during winter.

Tasmanian Oak floors were added at the suggestion of the local Lockwood contractor and are a feature of the home, as well as an outdoor shower at the back of the house making an ideal spot for rinsing off after a swim at the beach. The wrap around decks 750mm up off the ground ensure a margin of safety with the prospect of future sea levels rising and the monopitch of the roofline combined with high clerestories provide this home with presence. Kim added the bold statement painted feature walls in Resene Aviator, after seeing something similar in an art gallery. The striking contrast with the timber adds another dimension to the space and is a standout feature of this light filled home with its centrally placed kitchen. The interior timber walls were given a light blonding, and the dark blue feature wall theme was carried into the bedrooms.

Wanting to simply relax during their breaks away from their bustling city life, low maintenance inside and out was important to them. Great connection between indoor space and outdoor decks, which allows them to enjoy their thriving native garden which was put down by local landscaper Simon Le Gros, specialising in locally sourced native plants and seeds.

The biggest thing they have needed to worry about? The kereru in spring! There are so many feasting on all the juicy spring growth, wonderful to have in your garden but perhaps not as wonderful for the newly established trees!

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