Helensville haven

Anne and her husband, Glenn, live in a postcard-perfect setting, overlooking farmland and the Kaipara Harbour. “We wake up in the morning and there is mist in the valley while the sun is coming up. We have a beautiful rural outlook,” says Anne.

Builder Jeremy Butler took advantage of the stunning perch, constructing a new home with 250m2 of living space. The open plan design includes polished concrete floors that are level with exterior living spaces for a seamless flow to the outdoors, including the pool. “We can open it right up,” says Anne. “We are in the house, but it feels like we are outside. It’s the best of both worlds.”

High ceilings provide a grand, spacious feel, while vertical cedar cladding wraps the home in the modern style designed by architect Keith Youngman. The generous kitchen features an engineered stone bench and a scullery.

Anne found Jeremy and Butler Builders through a friend. “We knew we’d found the right builder the minute he walked in.” It was a good thing they got on well because the couple lived on-site in their barn flat during eight months of construction. “The builders would come over and use the table for morning tea. I made scones once a week as a treat and we would have a little catch-up. Jeremy’s workers were lovely.”

After living in an old villa, Anne says owning a well-built, new home affords a tremendous level of comfort, even in winter. “We barely needed the underfloor heating. The house suits us really well.”

Location: Helensville | Auckland

See other Revere projects