Clever options make ingenious use of limited space


A home on a small section was recognised for its clever use of space when it took the national award for New Homes $300,000 – $400,000 in the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year Awards, in association with PlaceMakers. Judges felt the highlight of the Christchurch home, built by Clive Barrington Construction, lay in its usefulness. 

“We were impressed at how every available space has been used to provide the owners with a clever range of storage options,” they commented. “The thought that has gone into the planning and execution around the practical details of this home are quite extraordinary and demonstrate a high degree of skill.” 

The home enjoys ample privacy and sunshine, and was planned with the specific needs of the owners in mind. Stone, timber and concrete were used for year-round comfort and durability. Director Clive Barrington admits the project was quite an undertaking. 

“The site was small and awkwardly shaped which meant we had to be innovative in the way we used the materials on site. There were also height restrictions we needed to be mindful of.” He is proud of the ingenious use of space that has added functionality for modern living. 

“We enjoyed the process of creating areas for crafts and leisure pursuits, and taking time to minimise clutter. For example, there is a folding double guest bed incorporated into one room.” The home has a strong French flavour. Limestone walls, a stone fireplace, wrought iron, exposed timber beams and custom-made panelled doors, skirtings and architraves accent the home’s individuality. An attic hobby room completes the property. 

“When you come to this home, you think you are tucked away in rural France. It is really special to know you and your team have created a little piece of Europe in the middle of Christchurch,” Mr Barrington says. He says winning the House of the Year has been a source of pride to everyone in the team. 

“The best thing is our success gives past, present and future clients confidence that they are choosing to work with one of the best in the business. That assurance is invaluable.”

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