Paradise in the City Back

A touch of the tropics in Point Chevalier

The brief to their architect was simple – clean lines, a contemporary feel and a sense of luxury throughout. High on their priority list was a need to connect with their rich tropical garden, along with the ability to take advantage of the sea views and sunny aspect. By taking a collaborative approach with their architect, builder and suppliers, these homeowners have managed to create a beautiful oasis of calm, a mere stone’s throw away from central Auckland.

Suburbia in the city

Owners Jane and Alan are two people who clearly have exquisite taste. Walking around their recently completed new build you can tell that they enjoy the finer things in life like good food, great wine modern architecture and spending downtime in a luxurious environment.

Having lived in a house out of town in the Te Atatu Peninsula, the couple were keen to move closer to their work in central Auckland. Alan having lived in Point Chevalier some years ago, was keen to get back to the area. They set about finding a plot of land to build their dream home which they found on a quiet street, a walk away from Pt Chev. beach. Work began in July 2013, and a year later the couple got the keys to their new home.

Nestled down a long driveway on a newly sub-divided inner-city suburban site is their wonderful wooden home which includes feature windows, 3 outside decks and a luscious tropical garden. The exterior cladding of Herman Pacific Vertical Cedar Shiplap weatherboards was inspired by Alan and Jane’s insistence on a Balinese look. The concrete entry pavers lead to a striking huge red front door, manufactured by leading Auckland aluminium joinery window and door manufacturers Windowmakers. Jane comments, “We saw a door like this a few years ago at the Home Show which we both fell in love with. It’s so strong and imposing and the chilli red colour gives it standout and style. In fact we loved the colour so much we also specified this for the splashback in the kitchen.”

Creating the wow factor

As you walk into the house, light fills the atrium which was constructed by Windowmakers from the FIRST®APL Architectural Series. There is a large window and then smaller louvers and awning windows within the space which provides additional detail. The hall leads into an open plan lounge, dining room, and kitchen. The entire room is bathed in light from the four grand sliding doors from the FIRST®APL Architectural Series from Windowmakers. Two of the window doors have internal windows, including an old-fashioned sash style window which has apertures at the top and bottom of the aluminium frame.

The glass is Excel Low-E to protect the wooden floor from the sun’s harsh UV rays.

Upstairs, the wow factor continues as you move to the back of the house - which is north facing - to a private room with windows on both sides. These bi-folding windows from the FIRST® APL Metro Series open up to reveal magnificent views to the sea on one side and the outlook onto the tropical garden below from the other side. Alan says, "We wanted to create a tropical lounge in this space so that we can sit here, take in the views and enjoy the weather from up high, without having the additional cost of adding an upstairs deck. Even from upstairs we can feel a real connection with the garden.”

Back downstairs, and Alan reveals his favourite room in the entire house, a very well stocked cellar situated on the ground floor. Kept at a temperature of between 12-15°C, the door to his Aladdin’s cave of fine wines is made from the FIRST® APL Metro ThermalHEART Series and has a tinted glass panel to view what’s inside without having to open the door. Project Manager Paul Keen from Windowmakers helped with the door specifications, “We added a retracting Raven seal at the sill to help maintain the temperature control.”

Go with the flow

Every element of the four-bedroom house has been finished to the highest quality, and its owners were involved at every step of the design process, Jane comments, “We worked with a number of different suppliers to make this our forever home. Our builder Mark Dawson recommended Windowmakers having used them previously. He told us that when it comes to aluminium joinery; they are the best in Auckland. We took him at his word and absolutely love the finished look. The windows are a huge part of this house, and the wonderful indoor/outdoor flow means the garden and house merge seamlessly.”


Windows and Doors

The majority of the joinery is specified from the FIRST® APL Metro Series. The large sliding doors in the lounge/dining area are from the FIRST®APL Architectural Series.

The wine cellar door is made from the APL Metro ThermalHEART Series with a retracting Raven seal at the sill.

The joinery colours are Duratec Metro Coal Dust Kinetic and the glass component of the front door is Jalapeno Red.

Urbo Hardware throughout the house offers clean shapes with a stylish combination of square and radiused edges.

Windowmakers specified Excel Low-E glass supplied by Metro Glasstech. Low E (or low emissivity) glass greatly enhances the insulation performance of the unit, improving heat loss reduction.


Architect: Smith + Scully Ltd

Builder: Mark Dawson, Dawson Construction

Joinery: Windowmakers Ltd