Orchard oasis

This Clyde home, nestled amongst fruit trees, invites you to relax and enjoy the view. The timeless two-storey property is perfectly positioned in nature, stretched out before a pond.

Architectural designer Nic Zuppicich took the homeowners’ brief to draw a 352m2 abode that is spacious and attractive. They hired builder Owen Philip of Central Blue to bring the vision to life. “I knew he had done quality work in the area,” says owner Meg. “He was a good craftsman and was excited about the features we wanted to incorporate into the house.”

Features include the cedar weatherboard exterior, extensive use of schist, polished concrete floors, and scissor trusses in the lounge. The Clyde property also honours the site’s farming past and present. “We resurrected old packing shed doors and used them for the home’s front entrance,” says Owen. The COLORSTEEL® ebony roof ties the home together in solid style. Underfloor heating and extra-thick insulation provide year-round comfort.

Hosting guests is easy, thanks to four well-positioned bedrooms and three bathrooms. Open space upstairs serves as a bunk room. “We wanted a home that our grown boys would want to come back to with their families,” says Meg. “It also had to fit with the environment, blending into the landscape rather than competing with it.”

The couple makes the most of the home’s indoor/outdoor flow, including cooking outside and watching the television, which is built into the outdoor fireplace.

Meg loves the property’s openness and its generous light. “To be able to stand in the kitchen and have views from both sides of the house is an amazing bonus. I did not realise how much I would enjoy that until it was completed.”

The build is another example of the Central Blue team’s commitment to personalised service and attention to detail. “All our referrals come through word-of-mouth,” says Owen. “We’ve got a very tight team. We work well together and we know the end game.”

Location: Clyde | Central Otago

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