Harrison Lane: House and Stable

With a passion for all things equestrian, this Auckland family decided to setup their own base in Clevedon. The owner of this well crafted home combines the very best of country living with stables that would be the envy of every horse owner nationwide. 

To fulfil a dream, the owner engaged Harrison Lane who have both the knowledge and expertise to bring together the aesthetic qualities of country living with a state-of-the-art stable and adjoining arena. Laura Daly, of Harrison Lane, has considerable experience in both and has brought all the disciplines together to meet the client brief and create an enchanting rural environment. 

The Owner has happy memories of days at Massey University residing in the “shearer’s quarters” and the brief was to create a similar atmosphere in what is described as an apartment style dwelling. The result was somewhat larger than what most consider an apartment to be. The combined house, stable and garage is 680 square meters, has four bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, living/dining area and 4 stables.

The decision to combine the stable with the house was inspired by Laura and is reminiscent of large country homes in the UK that incorporate a wing for the stables.

From first impressions the house fits comfortably into the country landscape with dark stained ply and batten exterior cladding with its Flaxpod corrugate roof. The entry is welcoming and practical with a covered drive in entry.

The 0.55 Endura Maxx roofing was chosen for its longevity as the property is close to the sea. The roof is made up of 4 simple gables one of which bisects the building to form the upper story and entertainment hub of the house. The pearl aluminium joinery, from MD Aluminium completes the farm style aesthetics and offers a practical solution that compliments the interior creating an uninterrupted and seamless flow from the interior spaces to the exterior.

Directly to the rear of the house is the equestrian arena which has been specifically designed to allow panoramic views of all activities from the main living area and adjoining deck. Here is where the skills of Harrison Lane are evident, as Laura is able to bring her expertise to practical use in the design and construction of the arena. The stable has direct access onto the arena which is practical, safe and convenient. Laura says, “it’s great to have the stables and arena connected even if it’s just a line of sight for safety.”

The stables, that are virtually “part of the house” leave nothing out and are specifically designed to ensure the safety, comfort and well being of the owner’s 4 horses. The stable is designed to be well ventilated, safe, and a comfortable environment, and boasts a tack room that is finished with a polished concrete floor and natural stained plywood joinery that is in keeping with the house. 

The stable is custom built and specifically designed storage for bridles, saddles and riding gear. Each stable opens onto a common grooming area with washdown facilities for both horses and riders. The stable is accessed by both internal and external stairs with the external stairs, from the deck above, providing additional covered storage.

The house has 4 self contained bedrooms with their own bathrooms/ensuites. One of the bedrooms on the lower level can accommodate 6 with 4 bunk beds and one double. Two bedrooms are situated on the lower level and two on the upper level. All are well appointed with high end bathroom fittings, double glazed, Low E Soundstop laminate glass and marble tiles and all are of generous proportions giving a feeling of space that reflects the country lifestyle. The bedrooms on the lower level open directly onto the covered patio with the arena beyond.

The spacious entry has a polished concrete floor with white washed walls that gives a sense of lightness to the area with the floating stairway leading up to the central hub of the home.
The landing services both the main living area and the master bedroom. The timber floors on the upper level provide natural warmth to the predominantly white living area which features a single span pitched roof. The clever use of battens running longitudinally along the entire ceiling length of the open plan kitchen, living and dinning area, visually lead you to the balcony overlooking the arena. This accentuates the sense of space and light in what is already a very impressive space.

The kitchen has been custom made and the beautiful natural timber cupboards and a 3.2m island bench provide a further acknowledgement to the brief. Clean, sleek lines place this elegant kitchen and home firmly in the present.

The end of the living/dining area is completely glazed with the roof extending over the exterior deck to provide shelter from both sun and rain. A generous 2.2m tall, 9m wide double siding door opens directly to the deck with self-standing glass balustrades that allow uninterrupted views of the arena, students and farmland beyond.

This is a house that has considered every possible amenity to accommodate the owner, riders and horses but the details do not stop there. “The house is built to a very self-sustaining specification,” says Scott Munro, construction director for Harrison Lane. “The home has eco-friendly high R rated insulation, underfloor heating, the concrete flooring and patio areas provide a huge heat sink, the extended eaves are designed to capture winter sun and block summer excess, the windows and doors are all double glazed with Low E Soundstop laminate glass and the building is powered by 20 solar panels that charge two Tesla storage batteries. In addition to this the water is captured from the massive roof area and the sewage and waste water is captured and circulated to provide pasture and garden nutrients.” 

Architectural designers Harrison Lane
The Master Builders Gold award and Lifestyle Awards are testimony to the skills offered by Harrison Lane. The company, lead by Laura Daly and Scott Munro, specialises in the development of rural lifestyle properties. Laura has a background in the equestrian community and is able to apply her skills to directly tailor making each property to the needs of clients.

Scott Munro provides a wealth of experience in the building industry and leads the construction team at Harrison Lane. Scott is also from a rural background and has a passion for building off road facilities for their clients to enjoy.

Harrison Lane are registered Master Builders and pride themselves on being able to offer clients a complete design and build package. Each home is specifically custom designed to each clients requirements making good use of natural materials, energy efficiencies and  meeting a balance between aesthetics, function and budget. 

Architectural designers: 
Harrison Lane
Laura Daly
Mobile: 021 722 

Engineers: Peter Hill

Builders: Harrison Lane

Roofing manufacturer: 
Franklin Long Roofing Ltd
Telephone: 09-238 9249
Roofing profile: 0.55 COLORSTEEL® Maxx® Corrugate
Colour: Flaxpod

Roofing Installer: Craig Callander Roofing