Sarsfield House

Herne Bay, Auckland
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Project Team: Graeme Wrack, Karl Fenning
New Homes

New house built in Auckland’s ‘Residential 1’ heritage zoning with upper level harbour views. This home is substantially larger than it's initial street appearance. The owner (a professional builder) provided an expansive brief and an interesting approach to the project.

This has enabled the construction of a 600sq.m house on a site of less than 380sq.m. The basement accommodates five car garaging, gym, office, wine cellar, bathroom, and large home theatre entertainment space. The main floor level takes advantage of elevated views over the street to the harbour beyond, and opens out to covered outdoor spaces at the front and rear of the house.

A significant feature of this project is how successfully this new house has been incorporated into the heritage zone neighbourhood in a non obtrusive fashion. Several technical issues were resolved to create full below ground basements with landscaping above, and the town planning process was exceptionally challenging. The new house is clearly of a contemporary design, but also blends seamlessly into the established neighbourhood streetscape.

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