Waking up to that view was the long-held dream of Brent and Jeanette Tuohy. They bought their property in Plimmerton, Porirua twelve years ago with the intention of bowling the existing house and building their ideal family home that made the most of the spectacular site. And that’s exactly what they’ve done.
The old 1930’s home has been replaced by a very elegant and spacious 342m² Lockwood home. Even though there were a few weather issues (it is Wellington after all) Brent and Jeanette managed to complete the entire project in just 10 months. Having their own building company certainly helped and the attention to detail in the home is simply outstanding.
As Brent and Jeanette have spent many years assisting clients to design their homes, all of what they know has been incorporated into the building of their own. Using their talented in-house draughtsman, they created a home that welcomed in the sun, opened out to the views and provided a warm and extremely comfortable haven.
As a Lockwood Home, it’s built from New Zealand grown Radiata Pine. And you can’t get much more sustainable than that. The cladding and joinery is all recyclable aluminium. The windows are all Low E (low emissivity) double glazed and the space between the panes filled with Argon gas to improve their ability to keep the heat in and the cold out.
With buildings this close to the sea and exposed to the occasional Wellington breeze, choice of building materials becomes incredibly important. Brent and Jeanette lead very busy lives so minimising maintenance was top of mind. Marley Stratus Design Series Typhoon spouting and RP80 downpipes was a no-brainer.
“It’s a fantastic looking product. We love the exterior brackets and the Titanium colour goes with everything, and of course, it won’t rust!”
When asked if they would they have done anything differently in hindsight, their answer was a very succinct, “No!” Which goes to prove that this home is everything they imagined.