Waking up to that view was the long-held dream of Brent and Jeanette Tuohy. They bought their property in Plimmerton, Porirua twelve years ago, with the intention of bowling the existing house and building their ideal family home that made the most of the spectacular site. And that’s exactly what they’ve done.
They’ve made quite an impression
The old 1930’s home has been replaced by a very elegant and spacious 342m2 Lockwood home. Even though there were a few weather issues (it is Wellington after all) Brent and Jeanette managed to complete the entire project in just 10 months. Having their own building company certainly helped and the attention to detail in the home is simply outstanding.
All their own work
As Brent and Jeanette have spent many years assisting clients design their homes, all of what they know has been incorporated into the building of their own. Using their talented in-house draftsman they created a home that welcomed in the sun, opened out to the views and provided a warm and extremely comfortable haven. As you can see, they’re big fans of Velux Skylights!
“We’ve got them in both bathrooms too and they’re just brilliant. They let in the light, provide secure ventilation and automatically close if it rains.
Sustainability is built in
As a Lockwood Home it’s built from New Zealand grown Radiata Pine. And you can’t get much more sustainable than that. The cladding and joinery is all recyclable aluminium. The windows are all Low E (low emissivity) double glazed and the space between the panes filled with Argon gas to improve their ability to keep the heat in and the cold out.
Low maintenance is a high priority
When you’re this close to the sea and exposed to the occasional Wellington breeze your choice of building materials becomes incredibly important. Brent and Jeanette lead very busy lives so minimising maintenance was top of mind. Marley Stratus Design Series® Typhoon® spouting and RP80® downpipes was a no-brainer.
“It’s a fantastic looking product. We love the exterior brackets and the Titanium colour goes with everything, and of course, it won’t rust!”
Lockwood’s aluminium cladding is also so easy to look after. The occasional wash down and it looks like new.
Detail. Detail. Detail.
It’s the attention to detail that really makes this home special. Brent and Jeanette were incredibly particular in what they wanted in their home. They specified Lockwood ‘Pine Clear’ interior wall finishes which means there are no knots in the timber. All walls and sarking were blonded to achieve a lighter contemporary feel. The kitchen incorporates Blum soft closing drawers and doors, plus overhead cupboards have double-hinged lift up doors that self close. The floating shelves are fitted with strip lights to softly illuminate the kitchen bench. There is a second sink in the scullery. And the list of carefully thought out features included in this home goes on and on.
When asked if they would they have done anything differently in hindsight, their answer was a very succinct, “No!” Which goes to prove that this home is everything they imagined.