Koppens Road, Tamahere

Grand Yet Homely

Outwardly in a traditional style this architecturally-designed, plastered brick house with its steeply pitched, American asphalt shingled roof holds many a modern surprise.

A formal entranceway with over-size rimu door flanked by twin, schist pillars opens on to a foyer dominated by a broad expanse of floor to ceiling windows overlooking an all-weather, glass-covered courtyard.

Rimu floors sweep to left and right in the open plan family room, dining room and kitchen that make for a comfortable home.

Rimu is also used throughout the house in architraves and door and window jams while a stunning feature of the large separate lounge is a high sarked, macrocarpa ceiling with exposed beams. The extensive use of timber meant this house called for a high degree of exacting and fine finishing work from the builder.

The 300sq m home also has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two offices, a separate laundry, three-car garage, a 40 sq m attic, and an accommodating courtyard.

Built by Stevenson Designer Building in 2005 to a design by Neil Keiser Architecture, this distinctive house in rural Waikato has been dubbed locally Chateau Tamahere.