Hidden Oasis

Hidden Oasis

Fendalton – New Build

Area : 350 square metres

Architects : Chris Wilson –
Wilson and Hill

The owners’ original plan was to renovate the 1950s brick home they’d purchased on the strength of its fabulous Fendalton stream-side location. But wind forward, and after Canterbury’s earthquakes they’d had a change of heart. Their new vision for the site featured a modern home, one ideal for entertaining as well as practical for the grandchildren’s visits.

Remarks from the owner
“Everything went really well. The builders communicated successfully with us. We always understood what was happening. The fortnightly site meeting included the builder, architect and us, and this ensured the project ran smoothly.”

Hidden
Oasis

Fendalton – New Build

The owners’ original plan was to renovate the 1950s brick home they’d purchased on the strength of its fabulous Fendalton stream-side location. But wind forward, and after Canterbury’s earthquakes they’d had a change of heart. Their new vision for the site featured a modern home, one ideal for entertaining as well as practical for the grandchildren’s visits.

Area : 350 square metres

Architects : Chris Wilson – Wilson and Hill

Works : While strikingly simple, the finished house employs subtle complexities of con struction. These make the home special. For instance, glazing channels for the high windows continue seamlessly into the ceiling. Also, small adjustments to angles down the length of the house mean the undulating site is echoed in the build. Timber is used to stunning effect. The Mackay team installed the American white oak flooring, as well as the cedar tongue-and-groove hallway ceiling. The home’s exterior is a mix of cedar and alucobond; an effective composite aluminium cladding.

Remarks from the owner  :
“Everything went really well. The builders communicated successfully with us. We always understood what was happening. The fortnightly site meeting included the builder,
architect and us, and this ensured the project
ran smoothly.”

Builder Remarks :
“Often people forget to listen to their clients, but it’s so important to understand properly what a client prefers. I’m old-school in that I prefer to keep as much of the work in-house (such as joinery) as possible. This enables my team to control the quality and timing of the finished product.”