Trends New Zealand Trends Volume 31 No 8 New Zealand - Page 117

Laid-back living Wrapped in yellow birch ply, the master suite on the first floor of this new house continues the relaxed, finely crafted look of the rest of the interior Just as a holiday home will often reflect its location, so was this new house designed to maximise a beachside setting. Architect Pat de Pont of Strachan Group Architects (SGA), who worked on the project with architect-owner Rachael Rush, says the use of simple, pared-back materials enhances the beach aesthetic. “The walls throughout the house are lined with yellow birch ply that has been very finely crafted” he says. “Similarly, the built-in furniture is in birch.” To capture the best views, the master suite is positioned on the first floor, beneath a high gabled roof. “The suite was based on the concept of a pavilion – a single soaring ceiling floats above the entire suite, and the bedroom and bathroom are fitted out like pieces of furniture that sit within this space. To maintain this sens R