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A little piece of Scandinavia in Herne Bay

Hidden away in a quiet suburban street in Herne Bay is a modern wooden house. It has an understated charm and elegance incomparable with the opulent neighbouring bungalows and villas. This gem is the work of Auckland architects Creative Arch. Seemingly simple in its style, the natural wood rendering is complemented with modern aluminium joinery, which provides the right mixture of light and privacy for the occupant of the property.

Creating a dream home
When owner Blair Macleod commissioned architects Creative Arch in 2012, he was fairly clear about what he wanted to achieve with the house. Keen to avoid the traditional white double fronted Herne Bay villa, he chose instead to embrace a more natural, wholesome home with clean lines. The minimalist Scandinavian feel with natural wood throughout and large windows makes this house stand out from the crowd in this suburban landscape.

Auckland-based firm Modus Construction won the building contract and began the project in early 2013. Creative Arch was quick to recommend aluminium joinery from the FIRST® APL Architectural Series and the FIRST® APL Metro Series, supplied and made to order by Windowmakers based at Silverdale.

Bespoke joinery
Paul Keen was the Project Manager from Windowmakers who was involved with the build at the very early stages, he says, “When it comes to aesthetics and style, joinery should be considered when the architects are doing their initial drawings. Working alongside architects means that we can offer advice on functionality, configurations and abilities, long before decisions on colour and finish need to be made. No two projects are the same, so input at the preliminary stages is important to ensure doors and windows fit perfectly and provide ultimate functionality.”

Achieving minimalist, clean profiles
Working closely with Paul Keen, the architects specified joinery from the FIRST® APL Metro Series. Designed to provide an uncluttered minimalist aesthetic, the bespoke joinery was manufactured for bi-folding doors, awnings and casements.

The major design feature of the house is centred around two over-wall sliders from the FIRST® APL Architectural Series. Designed by professionals, for professionals, joinery from the FIRST® APL Architectural Series was used for two over-wall sliders to allow a seamless indoor-outdoor flow from the lounge and kitchen to the entertainment deck at the back of the house. Visually attractive, over-wall sliders have one large pane of glass that slides in front of the adjoining outside wall to tuck safely away. This style of door maximises space, providing additional room for family gatherings and entertaining.

FIRST® APL Metro Series joinery was used throughout the rest of the house, including bi-folding doors in the study to open up and inspire. Double glazing was fitted to provide insulation and sound-proofing.

The architects specified a Duratec Matt Black Powdercoat finish on the joinery which complements the wood finish featured internally and externally.

Entertaining at home
Owner Blair is happy he has chosen a unique style of house for his neighbourhood. Light fills the property and the indoor-outdoor flow means he will be able to entertain family and friends for years to come.


Suite: FIRST® APL Metro Series & FIRST® APL Architectural Series
Architectural: Series over-wall sliders
Colour: Duratec Matt Black Powdercoat
Glazing: Double Glazing
Tint: Clear
Hardware: Urbo Black


Architect: Creative Arch
Builder: Modus Construction
Joinery: Windowmakers Ltd