Maximising the exquisite views
This exceptional design was developed as an ideal floor plan for taming an awkward site without compromising on the Central Otago style, elevating the living areas to the upper storey to showcase the one-of-a-kind views exclusive to Wanaka.
“The client asked us to design a home that would capture the views and also shelter the home from the prevailing northwest winds,” says franchisee Andrew Lawrence.
“As such, we designed a split-level, pavilion-style home with strategically placed, sized and shaped windows and openings. to suit both requirements.”
Shaped to suit
The H-shape footprint lent itself to a large outdoor space on both sides of the home, enabling the homeowner to have useable living spaces that are sheltered from the wind and elements all-year round.
The sloped site was used to create a unique two-storey style, housing the garage and storage space under the main family room and allowing the living spaces to overlook the lake and mountains.
Stepping up to the main entranceway, encased in famous Central Otago schist, this is a grand welcome to an equally grand interior space.
An expansive open-plan kitchen, dining/living and family area extends across the width of the home – a completely uninterrupted space, save for a low wall concealing the descending staircase to the garage below.
One of the Cardrona’s most popular design features is the two full-length sloping windows that allow light to stream in and offer up exquisite views of the surrounding mountains and lake.
Those who love to host friends and family at theirs will thrive as the open-plan design and extensive decking enables an increased connectivity between the interior and exterior entertaining spaces.
At the rear, a private courtyard sits beneath the site’s retaining wall and a schist fireplace makes for a sheltered casual setting, particularly in the region’s winter months.
On the opposite side, a large deck runs the length of the home, framed by a glass balustrade to ensure views of iconic Lake Wanaka remain uninhibited.
“When both windows are open, the middle section of the home is completely open from the back to the front, creating an elegant flow through the living and entertaining areas, and giving it an expansive feel,” says Andrew.
A personal touch
The Cardrona plan has been one of Landmark Homes’ most popular designs, and while it was created with a sloping section in mind, clients have since adapted the design to suit their own site and lifestyle requirements.
“One client moved the garage to the side, added an office and placed the entry next to the garage. Another opted for a sloping roof instead of the gable roof style, while another developed a smaller version with a granny flat below the living areas.
“The multiple variations that can be made to this plan are a real testament to its versatility.”
Andy Lawrence from Landmark built this house and says ...“When both windows are open, the middle section of the home is completely open from the back to the front, creating an elegant flow.”
“We designed a split-level, pavilion-style home with strategically placed, sized and shaped windows and openings, to capture the views and also shelter the home from the prevailing northwest winds,” says Landmark Homes Central Otago’s Andy Lawrence.