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Our Secret Insights

A little dose of inspiration from our world of Architectural Design

here in Central Otago...

Central Otago Design Inspiration

We understand how difficult it can be embarking on the project of designing your own home and finding truly unique inspiration that you haven't seen some before. 

So, let us take you on a journey outside the world of your Pinterest board or the latest interior design magazine. As a builder, architectural designer, homeowner, father and lover of spaces, here is my succinct guide to thinking outside the box for your next build.

4 Hartley Court - Cromwell - Garage Door - Indoor Outdoor Design NZ

Choose More Than Flow

What if you didn't have to choose between an indoor/outdoor space - or worry about linking the two?

Everyone thought I was a bit mad, but at our last home, we crafted a beautiful space that we could use year round (yes, year round). It sheltered us from the Central Otago sun in the summer, the wind in the Spring, whilst allowing air to flow from the Master Bedroom all the way through to the open plan living area. The game changer? A glass garage door. A flick of a remote and we were warm in the winter, still enjoying that outdoor feel, whilst cooking pizzas and toasting marshmallows on the fire. Needless to say it was a huge hit with the kids.

Magic Materials

How carefully are you thinking about the materials for your next build?

The cost of materials keeps going up, at the time of writing and so it is a hot topic. Now is your chance to get creative. At Hartley Court (pictured) we used recycled bricks from buildings condemned following the Christchurch earthquakes. We combined these with short lengths of cedar that would have otherwise been discarded by the building industry. Not only can this be a financially smart decision but it can benefit the environment, using sustainable building materials. 

Ask us about the possibility of sustainable materials for your home design.

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Look Local

Don't assume you have to order from big companies or overseas corporations.

For the interior of our last build, we used roof rafters from the old Alexandra Scout Hall. Modern homes don't have to be soulless and simply by asking around your local neighbourhood, you can likely incorporate parts of older local buildings into crafting your home, that with any luck, generations will live in for years to come.

Scott Ede

Architectural Designer 

We know designing and building a home can be a daunting process and that's why we're here to help. 

Ask us about your next project & see if we can help.

027 686 8032

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