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Dairy Flat is a rural district 8 km south of Orewa beach and 28 km north of central Auckland. Quite literally in the middle of nowhere is the newly built family home of Andrée and Mike. Located down a quiet rural lane, their home sits on an estate which is not quite all it seems.

Situated along a driveway leading to other properties is a stunning home which is made of brick and is painted white. The windows and doors are black and it sprawls over a generous footprint. All around is grass and countryside with stunning views for miles. Entering the home through the grand double doors, the countryside is left behind as you walk in and are greeted by a feature wallpapered wall. Everywhere you look there are knick-knacks and curiosities along with contemporary art, pieces and family photos. It’s a blaze of colour that is in absolute contrast to the black and white façade.

The hallway leads off in two directions. One wing houses a media room, separate laundry, craft room and an annex which contains a large office space for the two adult occupants of the house. The other wing holds their two daughters’ bedrooms, a playroom and a children’s making room.

Designer colour and style
At the centre of the house is an open plan kitchen, dining and living area which is full of colour and style with artwork and collectibles that Andrée has amassed over the years. The backdrop to the entire space is the stunning vista which looks to the undulating fields, resplendent in their green glory. The whole house is huge, yet cosy and very light, with splashes of colour adorning the white washed walls.

Andrée recalls, “We had the house designed by Lifestyle Architectural Services even before we found this plot of land. Mike and I wanted about 5 acres for the girls to have plenty of space to run around, with thoughts of building a swimming pool in the future. We ended up with something a little bigger!”

Indeed they did. The couple managed to find an exclusive estate in Dairy Flat which is made up of 38 separate houses, each sat on an acre section. The additional bonus is the 170 acre working farm they bought into with their surrounding neighbours. Andrée comments, “We really have made a lifestyle choice by moving and building here. The body corp. owns the land and holdings and we have a manager that runs the farm. We predominantly sell hay, but we’re also growing grapes. In short, we get all the benefits of living on a lifestyle block without having to do all the hard work.”

High-end fittings throughout
When it came to the external look of the house, Andrée and Mike wanted to build with bricks, as they had previously experienced problems with a leaky wooden building. They also wanted the added peace of mind of solid aluminium joinery to keep the water out. Andrée says, “We needed something special to frame our views, and a friend recommended Windowmakers. We visited their Design Centre in Silverdale to look at the options available and we weren’t disappointed.”

Managing Director Heidi Johnson was involved in helping with the design for the project, Andrée remembers, “Heidi came on-site to plan out the window and door requirements. She recommended joinery from the FIRST® Metro APL Series with a black metallic finish which has a fleck of glitter which sparkles in the sun.
When it came to our front door, we really wanted something a little bit different. Heidi literally sketched out 5 or 6 designs and we opted for big, impressive aluminium double doors to welcome visitors into our home.”

Windows inside and out
The window designs extended beyond the exterior to the interior of the home. With Heidi’s help, the couple were able to achieve 3 matching sets of windows at the apex of the house from the front entrance, through to the kitchen and then out of the rear of the property. Although they look the same size, it is in fact an optical illusion with the widows getting smaller in size. The finish is spectacular, and is another unique design detail in the house. The added bonus is the additional light which flows through the entire middle of the house.

Andrée concludes, “Windowmakers really did add the finishing touches to our home. Being able to look at windows and doors in situ at their facility in Silverdale really helped us with our choices. All of the staff were helpful and friendly. Even the guy who fitted the latches on the doors suggested we put them on the middle rather than the foot of the doors to save us scrabbling about on the floor when pinning back the doors. That’s something I never would have thought about.”

Windows and Doors
The joinery is specified from the
FIRST® Metro APL Series.
The joinery colour is Coal Dust.

The hardware is from the Urbo range and coloured matched to Cold Dust.

The glassware is double glazed.

Architect: Lifestyle Architectural Services
Builder: Landmark Homes
Joinery: Windowmakers Ltd