Whitford House


996 sqm


Country Craft

Located on the coastal Whitford site this house overlooks the Hauraki Gulf, with abundant mature native planting.
The original house suffered from numerous additions over the years in different styles which created a poorly planned house, disconnected from its context.
The bold decision was made to alter the house rationalising and extruding the floor print. Facades were opened up and walls clad with dark cedar, plaster and weathering steel.
The result is a house that is cohesive, sitting sympathetically on its elevated site with large gable ends allowing flow out to the outdoor living areas.
The interior of the house is highly crafted with timber detailing and finishing reminiscent of boat building. This is carried through the circulation spaces, kitchen, scullery and snugs with visual connections adding depth to the plan.
The house caters to the demands of a large house whilst maintaining warmth and intimacy within the space, along with more private areas such as the cinema and lookout.