Finding Solutions

Brian and Sonia Dawes are delighted with their new Auckland residence but the consent process gave them, and Architectural Designer Mark Brown, a few anxious moments.

The site had an existing 1950’s bungalow which bordered Cornwell park, Auckland, which is designated as a heritage zone. During the design and build process  Auckland City bought in retrospective compulsory Resource Consent for any dwelling to be removed that was built prior to 1940. With the title issued in 1950 it was therefore considered unnecessary to apply for consent. However, council produced an aerial photo taken in 1935 showing a small cottage on the site. “We could not prove otherwise, therefore had to obtain Resource Consent.” Says Mark Brown,” Fortunately the house had been designed in sympathy with the surrounding homes, and we were granted consent.”

As the area was within the Heritage zoning Solutions Architecture recommended their clients consider an understated, up-market, bungalow style which would fit comfortably into the fabric of the surrounding neigbourhood.

The site had a well established wooded area to the front with panoramic views over Cornwell Park to the rear. The concept takes full advantage of site and the materials and colour palette was deliberately chosen to blend with the colours and textures of the surroundings.

Bandsawn Bevel Back Cedar Weatherboards, were stained in Hackett black to blend in with the dark volcanic rock so prevalent in the area.
The Gerard Corona Shake, in Charcoal, blends well with the textures of the trees giving the home a subtle distinction from the traditional corrugated iron.

The Dawes had some very specific requirements. Brian, who has considerable experience in the building industry, was adamant that the house would be of the highest standard in both products used and the finishing.

Limited street parking options required that on site parking be provided to suit family and guests and allow easy access to the rear courtyard and outdoor/indoor living area. Site excavation was limited to minor ground work to accommodate the double garage.

Brian is a keen motor sport enthusiast and the design required the inclusion of a separate lounge space to entertain mates who regularly watch Grand Prix racing on the custom built, high end, entertainment system. The new home provides this “hide away” which Brian can enjoy with friends without disruption to family life.

The dinning and kitchen areas open at the rear to provide good access to the decked entertainment area and the Park beyond. Large glazed areas, of one way glass, provides privacy while maximising the views from the living areas and bedrooms.

Kitchen and bathrooms have been designed with state of the art facilities which facilitate the familys’ busy lifestyle.

Mark Brown, Solutions Architecture, was recommended to the Dawes by Jalcon Homes as an architect who had considerable experience in residential design excellence. “We are very impressed.” Says Brian Dawes, “The ideas and solutions the team came up with not only met our expectations but exceeded them. Our new home is a pleasure to live in, is practical, warm and fits well into the environment. We are very happy with the result. We were particularly impressed, despite the consent issue, as our home came within 3.3% of our budget. In my experience this was a first!”

Solutions Architecture

Solutions Architectures’ new name reflects the growth of their business and their function. To provide solutions no matter what the design project.
Whilst Solutions Architecture pride themselves on their expertise in residential design solutions they also have considerable experience, and knowledge in the Health Care, Hospitality and Accommodation fields.
Solutions have completed projects from $200k to over $6m in the residential bracket and have been regional and national award winners in the ADNZ competitions.
The Dawes house gained a regional award in the Gerard Roofs category in 2007.

Mark Brown is a Professional Member Architectural Designers New Zealand Inc.
Auckland/Northland Branch President.
Client: Mr. & Mrs. Dawes.

Solutions Architecture Ltd.
Telephone: 09 576 7472.
Mobile: 0274 480317.

Builder: Jalcon Homes.

Roofing Manufacturer:
Gerard Roofs.
Telephone 0800 104 868.
Profile: Corona Shake.
Colour: Charcoal.

Roofing Installer:
Harvey Roofing Centre.
Telephone: 09 978 9020.