Symes House



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  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
This contemporary home captures a true New Zealand sense of style.

This home carefully balances its delicate and robust design components.

Cedar battens conceal one side of the house, while coarser slats line the front of the house. Wonderful cascading steps lead to the lawn, while the interior detail is crisp and consistent.

This contemporary home located in Oakura captures a true New Zealand sense of style. Situated on an elevated coastal site, the design utilises extensive glazing to maximise panoramic sea views.

Timber horizontal louvers on the seaward side protects the occupants from harsh summer sunlight, without blocking the view. Living and entertaining spaces are free of divisions, with open plan kitchen dining and audio/ visual area. Bedrooms are spacious, colourful and positioned for privacy and views.

Timber flooring from the client’s former residence, was reused in the kitchen joinery. Sanded back and blonded, these floor boards are now a reminder of memories of times past.

This home appears seamless, with similar materials used both on exterior and interior, and with landscaping that anchors the house to its site. At approximately 300 square metres, this home effortlessly blends modern style with relaxed coastal living.