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Living la dolce vita
                                                                                   With its rolling hills and distant vistas, the            positioned on the highest part of the hill – an               Preceding pages: With its
                                                                                   countryside north of Auckland is reminiscent of           architectural element often seen in traditional               fusion of Spanish and Italian
                                                                                   both Italian and Spanish landscapes. So, it is prob-      European villas. The sheer size of this central               design influences, this new
                                                                                   ably not surprising to see the local architecture         volume, and the symmetrical design of the wings               house offers a contemporary
                                                                                                                                                                                                           take on the traditional
                                                                                   taking its cue from traditional European farm-            on either side, ensure the house has a command-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           European villa. Special design
                                                                                   house design.                                             ing presence. The hill-top position also provides
Like a traditional European farmhouse, this new masonry villa wraps around the         The new house shown on these pages, designed
                                                                                   by Mark Wilson of Masonry Design Solutions, was
                                                                                                                                             expansive views from all rooms in the house.”
                                                                                                                                                 Other distinctive Spanish-Italian elements
                                                                                                                                                                                                           features include a bell tower
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and loggia.

curve of a hillside. Designed by Masonry Design Solutions, the house               influenced by both Spanish and Italian villas.            include the imported Spanish clay tile roofing,               Above: A sense of symmetry
                                                                                       “The lifestyle block presented a gently sloping       deep eaves, a weathered plaster exterior, tradition-
has a symmetry that enhances its commanding presence                               hillside, and a building site with a slight curvature,”   ally styled doors and windows, and a bell tower.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           defines the front entrance.

                                                                                   Wilson says. “We chose to wrap the house around               The house construction also reflects typical              Photography by Bruce Clarke
                                                                                   this curve, with a double-height central volume           European buildings. Firth Hotblocs provide solid,

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Above: The weathered             thick walls, with deep reveals that give the house   bridge linking the first-floor library. This room       As anyone who has been to Spain and Italy will                Wrought Iron Products director Dave Gilbert               Above: Wrought iron furniture
look of the exterior, and        a sense of permanence. In addition, the thick,       opens to a Juliet balcony overlooking the family        testify, wrought iron detailing is one of the most        says the company worked closely with Papakura                 and accessories complement
the deep reveals created         masonry walls provide insulation against tem-        living area. As with all the main living rooms and      distinctive characteristics of the local architecture.    Doors to create these doors and windows, which                the extensive use of wrought
by the concrete-block            perature extremes – the Hotblocs have their own      bedrooms, this room opens to the north-facing           For this project, several custom-designed features        have decorative wrought iron grilles sandwiched               iron elsewhere in the house.
construction, enhance the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Designed as an all-weather
                                 built-in insulation.                                 outdoor living area.                                    were manufactured by Wrought Iron Products.               between two glazed panels.
home’s authencity. Wrought                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            outdoor entertaining area,
                                     “The masonry construction provides a com-            “We have placed a significant emphasis on               The company created the decorative plant hold-            Gilbert says all the wrought ironwork features
iron detailing, custom                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the north-facing loggia also
manufactured by Wrought
                                 fortable living environment all year round,” says    outdoor living,” says Wilson. “In addition to an all-   ers on the wall either side of the front entrance – and   a special coating system that is unique to Wrought            features a large, open gas
Iron Products, is another
                                 Wilson. “It contributes to lower humidity levels,    weather loggia with an outdoor fireplace, there is a    the traditionally styled security gate (above).           Iron Products. This produces a particularly hard,             fire from Real Fires. Exposed
distinctive feature of the       and as the house is cool in summer and warm in       15m pool ,and fully landscaped grounds.”                    Inside the house, wrought iron features on the        durable finish, which is backed by a full warranty.           beams and timber sarking
front entrance. The ironwork     winter, there are considerable energy savings.”          For more details, contact Masonry Design            stair balustrading and a Juliet balcony overlook-             For more information, contact Wrought Iron                also enhance the traditional
features a custom-coloured           Inside the house, a grand entrance hall opens    Solutions, PO Box 300-252, Albany, phone (09)           ing the informal living area. Custom wrought iron         Products, PO Box 100-532, North Shore Mail                    European ambience. The
edge primer with a hard-         to a large, open-plan family living space, with a    448 1101, mobile 021 597 347. Or visit the website:     detailing is also incorporated into a glazed timber       Centre, phone (09) 444 9634, fax (09) 441 2018.               outdodor furniture was
wearing lacquered finish.        dramatic, double-height ceiling. Stairs lead to a    www.themasonrygroup.co.nz.                              double door, and two matching internal windows.           Email: nswi@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.nswi.co.nz.              supplied by LA Imports.

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Above: The material palette is   Traditional, large-profile, barrel roofing tiles         Houses in Spain and Italy typically feature                                                                Above: Doors and windows
in keeping with the European-    further enhance the European look. Designer Mark         flat-faced timber doors – a look that is replicated                                                         with a wide, flat profile
style architecture. Solerati     Wilson specified a blend of two aged, clay tiles          in the custom-designed, powdercoated aluminium                                                             re-create the look of
Lucentum and Aitana aged         from Solerati – Lucentum and Aitana.                     joinery on this house. Vantage North Shore custom                                                          traditional European joinery.
tiles were specified for the                                                                                                                                                                         The low-maintenance,
                                      Marshall Burrowes of Solerati says the authen-      built all the joinery for the project, using products
roofing.                                                                                                                                                                                             aluminium, powdercoated
                                 ticity is not only in the weathered appearance of the    from the company’s residential suite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     joinery was custom built by
Right: With their large-
                                 European-manufactured tiles – it is also in the way          Director Paul Bayer says the joinery includes                                                          Vantage North Shore.
profile, barrel shape, the
                                 they were laid. The roofing installers laid the dark-    French doors and casement windows from both
Lucentum and Aitana tiles        and light-coloured tiles in a 60:40 ratio, taking care   the 35mm and 40mm series. The 40mm suite has a                                                             Left: Bifold doors, also from
are a distinctive feature of     not to duplicate any patterns.                           wider, flatter profile in keeping with tradition.                                                          Vantage North Shore’s
the home’s exterior. The tiles        For details, contact Solerati, 320 Ti Rakau Dr,         For more details, contact Vantage North Shore,                                                         residential suite, allow the
were laid in a 60:40 ratio,      East Tamaki, Auckland, phone (09) 271 7325. Email:       58 Ellice Rd, Glenfield, Auckland, phone (09) 444                                                          interior to be fully opened up
replicating traditional roofs.   info@solerati.co.nz. Website: www.solerati.co.nz.        7035. Email: paul@vantagewindows.co.nz.                                                                    to the outdoor living area.

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Top and above: Mediterranean-    Authentic Spanish doors, furniture and                 doors to order, in either new or recycled wood.        In any interior, the paint finish is dependent on        provided the smooth, flush look required.Additional           This page: When it comes to
style doors and furniture        accessories add the finishing touch to the house.       These can be either exterior or interior doors.        the quality of the wallboards. To provide a smooth,      acoustic insulation was not needed due to the con-            surface finishes, it’s what’s
complements the home’s           Supplied by concept design company LA Imports,             LA Imports’ dining tables also offer a wealth of   professional finish for this home, Masonry Design        crete block walls.                                            underneath that counts. For
architectural styling. Items     the items complement the level of detailing evident    authentic detailing. They are made from either orig-   Solutions specified two different Gib Living Solu-           Bathroom walls are lined with Gib Aqualine®.              this project, Gib Ultraline®
supplied by LA Imports                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                wall linings were specified for
                                 throughout the project.                                inal doors, or recycled timber, with a hand-forged     tions products.                                          This lining has a water-resistant core that helps
include a solid wood hall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             living areas and bedrooms.
                                     A specialist in Spanish colonial-style doors       iron base. Candelabras, such as those supplied to          Interior walls are lined with Gib Ultraline Plus®.   prevent moisture penetration, and protects linings
table, handcrafted wood                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Gib Ultraline is a thicker-than-
doors and wrought iron
                                 and furniture, LA Imports supplied the front door,     this project, are also hand forged from iron, and      This 9.5mm-thick, fibreglass-reinforced lining           and framing from steam and moisture damage.                   standard lining, reinforced
                                 several wood interior doors, the dining suite, occa-   come in a variety of sizes.                            system has a gypsum core, and has been specifi-              Other products available from Gib include Gib             with fibreglass for added
                                 sional furniture and aluminium outdoor furniture.          Other items supplied by LA Imports include         cally designed and tested to deliver a high-quality      Noiseline®, which reduces sound transmission                  rigidity, durability and fire
Above right: LA Imports also         With their traditional craftsmanship and aged      decorative pots, bowls and candlesticks.               finish. It also meets mandatory code requirements        between rooms, and Gib Toughline®.                            resistance. The dining table
supplied the formal dining       patina, the doors are key features of the house.           For more details, contact LA Imports, PO Box       in respect to bracing and fire resistance.                   For more information, contact the Gib helpline,           and leather-upholstered
furniture, side tables and       Director Lorraine Allen says the company holds         37-759, Parnell, Auckland, phone (09) 359 9166.            Mark Wilson of Masonry Design Solutions              phone tollfree 0800 100 442. Email: info@gib.co.nz.           chairs are from LA Imports.
decorative accessories.          doors and furniture in stock, and will also make       Website: www.laimports.co.nz.                          says Gib Ultraline Plus with a Level 5 finish            Website: www.gib.co.nz.

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Above: To provide a uniform      When authenticity is paramount, it is the details       The flooring features in the entrance, and through-   windows with the wrought iron inserts.                                                                     Above: Oak parquet is a
look in the open-plan family     that make the difference. For this project, Masonry     out the open-plan family living areas                     “In any project of this size and scope, there is                                                       low-maintenance flooring,
living area, Masonry Design      Design Solutions designer Mark Wilson says the              Sourcing the right doors was another challenge    a need for one-off, unusual products that provide                                                          well suited to family homes.
Solutions specified oak,         company sourced a variety of different products         for the company. In addition to the antique timber    that point of difference,” says Wilson. “We are con-                                                       Designer Mark Wilson says
large-block parquet flooring.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the timber’s strong graining
                                 and materials to capture the European flavour.           doors provided by LA Imports, Masonry Design          stantly sourcing interesting items from around the
The oak was treated on site                                                                                                                                                                                                                               adds to its visual appeal, yet
                                     “The flooring was one of the most crucial ele-      Solutions custom designed several doors, which        world, and if we can’t find it, we will make it. From
to create an aged patina.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 doesn’t dominate the room.
Other architectural elements
                                 ments to get right, as it provides the backdrop for     were built by Papakura Joinery. These include the     demolition timber mantelpieces to furniture-style
sourced by the company
                                 everything else. It needed to convey the sense of a     large, sliding timber doors behind the first-floor    kitchen cabinetry, we know exactly where to go to                                                          Left: All in-built furniture was
include the double sliding       traditional Italian or Spanish villa, but it was also   library balcony, which hang from a heavy wrought      get the right look.”                                                                                       custom designed by Masonry
timber doors behind the          important to provide visual warmth.”                    iron rod. The doors have a patina that comple-            For more details, contact Masonry Design                                                               Design Solutions, including the
Juliet balcony. These were           The solution was an oak, large-block parquet        ments the aged look of the flooring.                  Solutions, PO Box 300-252, Albany, phone (09)                                                              furniture-style kitchen island.
manufactured by Papakura         floor, which was treated on site to provide an aged         Papakura Joinery also manufactured the            448 1101, mobile 021 597 347. Or visit the website:                                                        This also features oak, treated
Joinery.                         look in keeping with the architectural character.       custom-designed double doors and internal             www.themasonrygroup.co.nz.                                                                                 with a dark stain.

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Above: No European home          Just like a traditional Italian villa, the fireplace is   To retain the European character, natural earthy      to ensure a professional, smooth finish. This                 Above: Walls in the formal
is complete without a            the heart of the home. But for this project, gas fires     tones were specified for several rooms and pas-        Environmental Choice-approved paint is a low-                 sitting room are painted in
fireplace – and this house       from Real Fires provide all the warmth and visual         sageways. These include Resene Double Pavlova,        sheen acrylic for interior broadwall areas. As it is          Resene Double Pavlova from
is no exception. The sitting     appeal of a traditional fire – without the hassle.         which features on walls in the formal sitting room.   free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) Resene              the Resene The Range Whites
room features the Real Fires                                                                                                                                                                                   & Neutrals fandeck. This is
                                     Real Fires fireplaces with black trims feature            Designer Mark Wilson says this shade helps        Zylone Sheen can help prevent headaches, asthma,
RS900mm open gas fire.                                                                                                                                                                                         contrasted by Resene Quarter
                                 in both the formal and informal living areas. The         make the space more intimate, and works well          nausea, respiratory complaints, and allergic reac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Spanish White on the ceiling
Right: The Real Fires
                                 loggia has a 1200mm-wide outdoor fireplace with           with the timber furniture. The colour is contrasted   tions. It also provides a better working environment          and trim. The Resene The
RS1200mm gas fireplace
                                 a stainless steel trim. All fires from Real Fires come    by Resene Quarter Spanish White, which was used       for the professional or amateur painter.                      Range Whites & Neutrals
in the informal living room      with a choice of trim and grate styles.                   on the ceilings, architraves and cornices.                For more details of environmental benefits,               fandeck presents a collection
produces a higher heat               For more information, contact Real Fires, PO              For visual continuity, bedrooms and passage-      or to pick up a copy of the latest Resene The                 of the most popular whites
output. As with the 900mm        Box 100 744, North Shore Mail Centre, Auckland            ways feature Resene Pavlova – a slightly lighter      Range Whites & Neutrals fandeck, visit a Resene               and neutrals, with strength
fire, this model features fans   1030, phone (09) 444 7331, fax (09) 444 7335. Visit       version of the colour in the formal sitting room.     ColorShop, or freephone 0800 Resene (737 363). Or             variations making it easy to
and electric on/off functions.   the website: www.realfires.co.nz.                             Wilson says he specified Resene Zylone Sheen      visit the website: www.resene.co.nz.                          choose a tonal colour scheme.

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Above: A custom-designed         In years gone by, a wood-fired range would have       “We chose oak timber for its graining and deep       Fully equipped for entertaining, the kitchen              “These ovens look right at home in both traditional           Above left: De’Longhi
hood, reminiscent of a           been the cooking centre in an Italian or Spanish      textural look, which helps provide the patina.”      features the latest appliance technology. Taking          and contemporary kitchens.”                                   appliances include the Art
traditional hearth, is the       kitchen. And although modern convenience has              Other features of the kitchen include a tradi-   centre stage is the De’Longhi Art Series 120cm                Other De’Longhi appliances in the kitchen                 Series 120cm double oven.
centrepiece of the kitchen.      long overtaken the traditional range, the look has    tional custom hood, white granite benchtops, and     double pyrolytic oven, which has two 60cm multi-          include a built-in PrimaDonna espresso machine,
Manufactured by Marton Lee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Top and above: Other
                                 been recaptured in the kitchen in this house.         a brick-style tiled splashback.                      functional ovens, each with eight cooking modes.          and a fully integrated ST9AU dishwasher.
Design, the kitchen features                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        De’Longhi appliances
                                     Manufactured by Marton Lee Design, the                McRae says Marton Lee Design caters to the           De’Longhi product manager Davina Gray says                The PrimaDonna espresso machine, designed for
handpainted panel door                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              include the new, whisper-
cabinets, and a dark-stained
                                 kitchen has the aged patina of a kitchen that could   upper end of the market – all the company’s kitch-   the Art series answers the demand for commercial          coffee connoisseurs, features digital programming,            quiet PrimaDonna espresso
oak island. Marton Lee Design
                                 have evolved over time. Managing director John        ens are handcrafted to custom designs.               styled upright stoves, and recognises the trend that      automatic cleaning, and a new silent grinder.                 machine, and the integrated
works with homeowners and        McRae says the kitchen combines handpainted               The company also manufactures other joinery,     the kitchen has become a focal point of modern                For further information, contact De’Longhi                ST9AU dishwasher. This
architects requiring high-end,   perimeter cabinetry with a dark-stained oak,          and built the bathroom vanities for this house.      lives, and the centre of entertaining.                    New Zealand, 25 Carbine Rd, Mt Wellington,                    dishwasher accommodates
custom-made furniture and        furniture-style island.                                   For more details, contact Marton Lee Design,         “With its performance-built large appliances,         Auckland, phone (0508) 200 300, fax (09) 915                  12 place settings, and is also
fit-outs. The company also           “Creating the aged look for the island was a      5 Cherry Lane, Glenfield, Auckland, phone            the De’Longhi Art Series combines the professional        7281. Email: delonghi@delonghi.co.nz, or visit the            designed for extra-quiet
built the bathroom vanities.     particular challenge for this project,” McRae says.   (09) 444 7116, fax (09) 444 1112.                    look of stainless steel with solid styling,” Gray says.   website: www.delonghi.co.nz.                                  operation.

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Above: Vladimir is one of         To provide comfort underfoot, a 100% wool              Bathroom fittings reflect the design innovation                                                           Above: Designed as a private
eight earthy tones in Cavalier    carpet was specified for bedrooms and hallways.         evident throughout the house. In the master bath-                                                         retreat for the owners,
Bremworth’s Troika carpet         Cavalier Bremworth’s Troika carpet, seen here in the   room, the Kohler Escale suite provides a serene                                                           the master suite features
collection. The 100% pure         colour Vladimir, is a level loop-pile carpet, tufted   and relaxing bathing environment.                                                                         Japanese-inspired Kohler
wool carpet has a natural                                                                                                                                                                          Escale fixtures. The Evok
                                  with a three-ply yarn to give a chunky appearance.         Inspired by Japanese ceramic tablewares, the
soil resistance, and is easy to                                                                                                                                                                    freestanding tub comes with
                                      As a Residential Extra Heavy Duty carpet,          Escale suite includes distinctive flared basins, and
keep looking as new.                                                                                                                                                                               a head rest. Also shown is the
                                  Troika is well suited to busy households. In addi-     the freestanding Evok bath tub. Further luxury is                                                         Laminar ceiling-mount bath
Right: Tufted on a ¼-inch
                                  tion to its warmth, the carpet provides sound          provided by the Laminar ceiling-mount bath filler                                                         filler.
gauge, Troika is heavier in       absorption and fire resistance. It also has natural    that delivers a splash-free stream of water. The
appearance than other loop-       soil resistance, and is easy to maintain.              bathroom also features Kohler tapware.                                                                    Left: Twin Kohler Escale
pile carpets. The chunky look         For more information, contact Cavalier                 For further information, visit the Kohler show-                                                       basins are paired with Kohler
is well suited to this home’s     Bremworth, freephone 0800 808 303, or visit the        room at 133 Diana Dr, Glenfield, or freephone                                                             Symbol single-lever taps in
solid construction.               website: www.cavbrem.co.nz.                            0800 100 382. Website: www.kohler.co.nz.                                                                  polished chrome.

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Above: Furniture and              Fine-tuning the architectural design to reflect         together, and work closely with clients to achieve                                                         Above: Papakura Joinery also
accessories were chosen to        the European heritage was crucial to the success of     the desired outcome.”                                                                                      custom built the double doors
complement the European-          this project. So, too, was the interior design, which       Wilson says many homeowners today like to                                                              in the main passage. These
style architecture. The sliding   needed to be in keeping with the home’s character.      create an eclectic look, which may be influenced by                                                        timber doors feature wrought
wood doors, which were                                                                                                                                                                               iron set within glazed panels.
                                      Designer Mark Wilson says providing interior        a variety of styles.
custom built by Papakura
                                  design services for clients is a key part of Masonry        “Pulling together a successful interior for these
Joinery, are hung from a large                                                                                                                                                                       Far left and left: All rooms
wrought iron rod. The doors
                                  Design Solution’s business.                             homes really comes down to experience, and                                                                 were dressed by Masonry
have a distressed finish that
                                      “No matter what style of home a client has          having a good eye, which is why it pays to talk our                                                        Design Solution’s own interior
creates an aged look.             chosen, it is important that the interior enhances      design professionals.”                                                                                     design team. For continuity,
                                  the overall theme,” he says. “This applies to               For more details, contact Masonry Design                                                               the bedrooms feature similar
                                  colours, flooring types and furnishings. Masonry        Solutions, PO Box 300-252, Albany, phone (09)                                                              warm neutral tones to the
                                  Design Solutions consultants are experienced            448 1101, mobile 021 597 347. Or visit the website:                                                        main living areas.
                                  designers who know exactly how to put a look            www.themasonrygroup.co.nz.

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