Out of the Box
A minimal approach, with a nod to a modern lifestyle, means this
St Andrew’s Square home stands out from the crowd.
- O’Neil Architecture
At first glance, this build is unassuming, with a respectful profile – set in front of a row of established trees, the striking stone and cedar elements steer this St Andrew’s Square build towards an unparalleled modernist approach to kiwi living, with a heightened level of liveable style. It’s a home that makes living luxe.
The owners of this Strowan house worked closely with Daryl Hewitt and his team from DJ Hewitt Builders on construction, and Christchurch designers O’Neil Architecture.
Daryl is no stranger to a build with ‘out of the box’ features; these elevate a classic 2020’s build to something quite notable.
A dramatically dark kitchen anchors the middle of the house. With the owners striving to live a more minimalist lifestyle, the focus was simple; ‘less is more’. Any distractions have been eliminated from the space, with streamlined cabinetry leading to a butler’s pantry, and warming elements of woodgrain. Statement lighting keeps the kitchen functional yet chic and is enhanced with a flawless flow from the dining through to the outside areas and lounge – this is a house that is connected perfectly.
The main bathroom and ensuite continue on with the inclusion of black accents – Brymac Tiles provided fantastic advice on choosing the right tiles for each space, with an angular geometric treatment in the main bathroom, offering depth and texture. A stunning addition of brass accents and dark marble gives the ensuite a classic decadence, packed with warmth and drama.
With a mix of open-plan living and sectional elements provided with large cavity sliders hidden from sight, means the house can evolve throughout the day.
The inclusion of stone inlays and natural elements soften the approach of concrete and mono hues.
According to the owners, this is truly a house that gives you a sense of comfort.
“We have been striving to live a minimalist life. Less really is more. Simple visual effects have helped us eliminate distractions, focus on what we really want to do, and just enjoy life. Building a unique house always takes patience. Just put your heart into it and enjoy the process.”