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Paton-McDonald House

Californian Bungalow meets Fishing Lodge Style House, Te Anau
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A simple and practical floor plan worked well on this lifestyle block within sight of the shores of Lake Te Anau. With lake views to the north there were no problems achieving the best available sunshine, outlook and privacy all in the same quadrant. Front entry nestled in the corner while the Kitchen box-bay window adds interest to the homes approach path.

Styled with inspiration from the owners who suggested a "fishing lodge" type look, I wanted to emphasise the flat plain with strong horizontal lines. So drawing upon one of my favourite house styles, the Californian Bungalow, I used a plinth wall up to sill height in precast exposed aggregate panels, capped with shist stone sills, that also created an anchoring to the ground effect. The concrete floor slab was raised half a metre off the ground to accentuate the panels and to allow a timber deck to work along the whole north side.

Ommitting the plinth panels under the veranda roof was more appropriate here with all joinery reaching the floor as french doors and sidelights to all rooms. The textured stained ply panelling with wide spaced battens gives a softer feel and tone here and above the panels elsewhere.

To complete the effect, horizontal weather board, bandsawn faced and dark stained for contrast complete the gable ends and of course no bungalow would be complete without its rows of false projecting ceiling beams. Timber pergola frames to the guest bedroom at right and to the garage door / entrance area also feature the concrete base panels with the local shist stone as exposed aggregate.


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