Beneath a sculptural copper roof that crests and curves like waves is a home that is expansive yet intimate, crisp yet cosy.
The clients wanted gezelligheid (the Dutch term for conviviality, friendly, enjoyable and cosy), and that’s precisely what they’ve got.
The roof, a complex feat of construction, rests atop a concrete structure with myriad angles that create interest for the owners as they move through the 405sqm home.
Following the curved roofline is an expertly crafted ply ceiling, resulting in a deep sense of warmth and intimacy.
The warmth is further enhanced by the engineered timber flooring and, more practically, by in-slab heating throughout the ground floor.
Expansive curved windows fill the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home with light.
Multiple living spaces, inside and out, provide plenty of spots to relax and make entertaining a breeze.
The practical yet elegant kitchen spills into the dining room and then onto the patio, which is sheltered by another of those astonishing copper waves.
This one-of-a-kind outdoor room further links the interior of this special home to the garden and stream beyond.
The breath-taking natural flow of the home really is what gives it it’s distinctive design.
It’s well known that quality and perfection are hallmarks of the work of the Clive Barrington Construction team and this result certainly endorses the reputation.
Building the home designed by South Architects was, as Clive puts it, “Very demanding work, with its audacious freeform copper roof – but that’s what we specialise in and thrive on”.
The home won the Supreme Award at the Canterbury Registered Master Builders’ 2021 House of the Year competition.
Clive’s comments are echoed in the judges’ citation, saying, “Combining design with functionality and excellent workmanship has resulted in this fantastic home”.
While this home created some major construction challenges, the builder relished in delivering a home of supreme quality and merit.
“From the foundations, the precast concrete walls, to the complex roof structure, the accuracy of this builder is clear. This building is inspiring; it features a clever design, meticulous attention to detail and an accurate construction,” the judges say.
Clive Barrington Construction celebrated 40 years in business in 2021. Working alongside its clients and internationally recognised architects, the company has built many of Canterbury’s most admired homes and achieved awardwinning results.
It continues to be a formidable force in a competitive industry basing its ethos on honest old school values and quality craftsmanship.
This has enabled the team to repeatedly bring the clients’ visions and the architects’ designs to life, exceeding expectations time and time again.
After many successful years at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year, both regionally and nationally, the company had a break from entering after being awarded a Platinum Award.
The Platinum Award recognises builders who have won five National Category Awards – Clive Barrington Construction had 13.
As 2021 rolled around the company thought it was about time to front up again at the awards with a sample of its recent work.
The rest is history, winning the RMB 2021 Supreme House of the Year Award for their functional and well-crafted home, and also being awarded a Gold Award, alongside taking out the Resene New Home over $2 million category.