What was once an ugly duckling of a property is now unrecognisable. Back in 2013 when Michael and Jude Anselmi discovered this sprawling rural property in Patumahoe, just South of Auckland, there was only a Skyline garage and an old hay barn with a dirt floor.
The renovation made the most of what was there to begin with. A new living area and main bedroom suite was neatly joined to an accommodation wing by a wide interior walkway and the angles of the two buildings created a sheltered, sun-drenched courtyard. Wrap-around Kwila decking also helped to make the two buildings work as one.
ColorSteel roofing, board and batten cladding, and Marley spouting are all materials that fit the low maintenance brief. And the natural colour palettes: ColorSteel Flaxpod for the roof, Resene Stonehenge on the cladding, and Marley Stratus Design Series Ironsand for the spouting and downpipes, combine to create an elegant impression that’s perfectly apt for its rural setting.
The Anselmis were very mindful of the role that spouting plays in the finished look of their home. They chose Marley Stratus Design Series Typhoon spouting and RP80 downpipes to crisply frame the house.
Because of the nearby trees in the central part of the home, they installed four Marley Curve Leaf Diverters to keep debris out of their drinking water.
Having external brackets on the spouting also made for easy cleaning and a great aesthetic. Marley Stratus has the added advantage of being easy to customise so that even tricky joins cause no problems. The tight corner shown in the images was custom made by Marley to suit the plans.
“We went for the Typhoon half round spouting profile because it can carry more water, which means we could use fewer downpipes. And that’s great from a design viewpoint.”