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Distinctive lines and lasting construction characterise this solid-concrete home by Ambler Masonry Homes

On a substantial scale


When space constraints are not an issue, the design of a home can really focus on the needs of the owners, with a floorplan and layout that makes the most of our relaxed Kiwi lifestyle.

Located on a 2ha property south of Auckland, this new 523m2 solid-concrete home was designed, built and project-managed by masonry construction company Ambler Homes.

The company's director, Peter Ambler, says a single-level home of this scale could only be built on a large property.

Given the home's proportions and traditional design, solid-concrete construction was the most suitable building method, he says.

"In addition to its obvious thermal and sound insulation benefits, the solid-concrete construction gives the home a look of substance and reinforces the design's strong forms."


Careful attention to detail was a key consideration in the selection of finishes and building products used on this home.

A high-performance Granosite architectural coating system from Wattyl brings both protection and visual appeal to the concrete construction and is accented by copper spouting.

Large expanses of glazing provide views of the home's surroundings, landscaped gardens and pool area from most rooms in the house. With such large openings, it was important to select a strong product for the home's window and door joinery. An Altherm profile from Premier Aluminium Joinery fulfilled this requirement while complementing the home's architectural style.

The home's interior, designed by Gaylene Ambler, contains four bedrooms, plus a separate guest suite. In addition to an open-plan kitchen and family room, there is also a study, formal lounge and rumpus room.

With the living areas, study and master bedroom opening out to a paved terrace at the rear of the house, indoor-outdoor flow is a strong characteristic of its design.

A feature of this terrace is the substantial schist chimney with a Jetmaster outdoor wood-burning fireplace. An overhanging section of roof provides shelter for alfresco dining; its large skylight bringing natural light into the home's interior.

Three flights of steps lead down to the pool area. Here, hard landscaping in the form of smooth 400mm x 400mm Sahara masonry pavers and bullnose edging on the pool edge and stairs was supplied by Slatecrete Paving.

Allan Woskett from Slatecrete says these pavers were selected for their visual appeal, high quality and ability to withstand chemicals from the pool.

Slatecrete stocks tiles in a range of sizes, textures and colours, and can organise qualified installers to lay them.

For further details, contact Ambler Masonry Homes, 18 Ben Lomond Crescent, Pakuranga, Auckland, phone (09) 577 4430, fax (09) 577 4432.

Slatecrete Paving, 102 Leonard Rd, Penrose, Auckland, phone (09) 580 1220, fax (09) 580 1250. .

First published date: 24 August 2003

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