Creating Space in a Compact Home

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Creating Space in a Compact Home

Omokoroa

This house was designed within a new residential subdivision in Omokoroa.  A square site of 400m² and a tight budget presented challenges which required some alternative design solutions.

Designed to accommodate a family of five, design emphasis was placed on creating a large, multifunctional family zone on the ground floor.  The house is in a basic L-shape configuration which allows for a northfacing lawn. This lets the house recede from the street rather than dominating the section - a rare commodity in new, smaller subdivisions which are now becoming the norm. 

The upper floor is a total kid zone. With three active boys to accommodate, the entire upper floor is essentially a loft with three bedrooms, a separate bathroom and a wide hallway-breakout space.  The loft has been employed due to the requirement for the space but onerous planning restrictions meant that a full two-story house would have meant a total non-compliant solution.  Centre-pivot open roof windows provide awesome airflow and light through the entire loft space.

This home has a smart but relaxed appearance: geometric forms clad in concrete bricks, board and batten cladding and bandsawn larch weatherboards.  It’s compact but spacious and is warm, light filled and homely.

This is a new take on modern, suburban living that is a point of difference within a Greenfield subdivision that is otherwise filled with standard volume homes.  The loft space frees up the building footprint to be smaller, which creates advantages in the form of improved energy efficiency and creating more usable land on the site.  These aspects have been reflected in the recently updated housing CV’s which has this property valued significantly higher then the neighbouring properties all with the same sized sections.

Testimonial

I just want to say to those of you who worked on our home - what a great place it has turned into. Just the feelings of space and style it gives. After a month here we have not found anything that we do not like, or anything that we think should have been different. The spaciousness is wonderful, the suitability to the site is fantastic. 

Simply, it is a great piece of design work which has brought only positive comment from all of our once-sceptical neighbours.

“Congratulations on a very good set of working drawings – the best I’ve seen for a long time.  Clear, well presented and concise.”

Grant Casey, 
Operations Manager
Shawn Williamson Building Ltd

"I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with all aspects of my renovations!

I really like your simple and functional design. I think the best has been made of my 1950's house, and we are all enjoying the open plan living space created.

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Thank you to all of you for your fantastic efforts."

Nena Rovekamp 

“We are very pleased that Creative Space managed the process of adding a family room to our home. The addition room is working well and the functionality this brings to our property has certainly been recognised by others as a valued addition and well designed. We are very happy that we engaged Creative Space to help us through the design and build of our additional family room and we feel this expansion of our home has added more value than cost. Thank you.”

Darren and Angela Hill

“Creative Space was responsible for designing and project managing the very significant modifications and extensions to our beach house at Little Bay, a remote part of the northern Coromandel Peninsula.  The outcome is excellent: a house with which we are pleased and content to live in, a house that has clever and appropriate design that we enjoy every time we live in it – it has grown on us and we appreciate the careful detail and the attention to critical issues, such as deck space, views, livability, functionality and practical features. 

Dr A.B. Cull, Retired CEO
Waikato and Melbourne Hospitals

“We are so, so thrilled with our alterations. We were sure that we could do something with the house when we bought it but what we have ended up with is a home that surpasses anything we had imagined. Everybody who visits us is blown away by the outcome of our alterations. We would both like to thank Creative Space for coming up with a design that was truly "beyond our expectations".

Linda Groenewegen & Steph Predengast

“Congratulations on a very good set of working drawings – the best I’ve seen for a long time.  Clear, well presented and concise.”

Grant Casey, 
Operations Manager
Shawn Williamson Building Ltd

"I would like to extend a personal thank you on the amazing work you have done for us in getting Papamoa through in a tight timeframe.

Thank you for your diligence and patience. And I look forward to partnering in the new year to see them come to reality."

Jessica Laing
Metlifecare Papamoa

"Some time ago I was introduced to the team at Creative space through a mutual colleague. 

When under some work pressure, I decided to give them a try to see if they could help me out. The team did what I needed and were receptive to my constant phone calls and minor adjustments. They prepared a resource consent which was granted in a few days, and now I have a building consent in process through them too.

I am happy, their work is to a high standard. I look forward to working with them again soon. Many thanks."

John-Paul Biggelaar
Arcadia Holdings Ltd
Registered Building Surveyors. - M.N.Z.I.B.S, LBP - Design 3

“As the body corporate representative responsible for liaising with all contractors employed on the remedial work, I found Andre and his staff very professional in their approach to problems and completed tasks required to ensure plans and specifications were completed and approved on time, so there were no undue hold-ups.” 

John G Hodgson, Body Corporate Representative
Victoria Court Apartments, Mt Maunganui

“The Creative Space Architectural team are our 1st choice of specialist remedial designers in our region. They have been very receptive to our specialist input over the last 3- 4 years specifically in achieving durable weathering detail solutions.”

Graham Hodgson, Director NZIBS
Preview Building Surveyors Ltd