New House in Epsom

This new five-bedroom house in Epsom required Resource Consent for historical aesthetic control.

Accordingly we designed this house to sit politely within its historic context and yet still maintain a subtly modern character. Using traditional gable forms and timber weatherboard cladding with crisp modern detailing, the design maximises openness and orientation to the sun whilst providing a comfortable sense of privacy from the interior.

The overall intention with the design of the site was to retain a large grassy front lawn (great for family cricket matches) and the large existing cherry tree with the house set back to create a generous sense of outdoor spaciousness.

Internally the palette of materials is rich and modern, with oak plank flooring, honed concrete block feature walls and a generous use of rich timber cabinetry. With the enclosed courtyard and covered outdoor terrace areas, the planning provides a sheltered sunny (or shady) outdoor space at any time of the day.

Once again we have designed and fully detailed the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry to complement and enhance the quality of the character and mood of the house.
Architecture Smith + Scully administered this building contract on behalf our clients to ensure a smooth process and the best possible quality outcome.



“We absolutely loved working with Architecture Smith + Scully as they demystified the process, listened to our needs extremely accurately and gifted us a home that we feel extremely appreciative of and  grateful for – every day! I think their professional expertise was evidenced by the fact that we only made one minor change to the original design!

We love the fact that we can sit outside on three sides of the house, that there’s light (after a dark villa), I love my laundry (to the moon and back!) and the flow from room to room. We also enjoy being able to close the doors between spaces in the living areas – especially now that the boys have a PS4….!”

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Houses-Issue23-2012-thumb  HOUSES NZ Magazine (Autumn – Issue 23)
Houses-Issue25-2012-thumb  HOUSES NZ Magazine (Spring – Issue 25)