Blurred Lines, Hobsonville

With sustainability and accessibility front of mind, this home enhances life for its occupants in their golden years.

One of the most satisfying outcomes of a project for any architect is a happy client, and there’s no better testament to that than when they return to ask for another home. Such was the case for co-director of Strachan Group Architects (SGA) Pat de Pont when designing this dwelling in the Tāmaki Makaurau/ Auckland suburb of Hobsonville.

Pat’s clients have owned their property for 25 years, and he originally designed the building adjacent to this site, where they lived and worked. However, as the couple moved into retirement, they were keen to create a new, future-proofed base that afforded them greater accessibility, liveability and sustainability in the next stage of their lives.

Their plot of land is L-shaped, so the plan carved off the existing backyard for the new build, though retaining green space was integral to the avid gardeners’ brief. “It was important to locate the home in a way that created pockets of garden,” says architectural graduate Mikyla Greaney, who worked alongside Pat on the project. “The clients had a clear idea of what they wanted, which became a nice marriage between the built elements we designed and the planting plan created by SGLA [Strachan Group Landscape Architects].”