Rio Vista

As featured in November/December edition of Abode magazine

Situated above the Otematata village on a hillside mostly planted in pines is the stylish residential home. The owners, engaged architectural designer, Darren O’Neil, to design a home that would meet the challenges of the steeply sloping site. The result is an impressive and yet understated singlelevel dwelling, featuring an expansive open plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens out onto a timber deck and thoughtfully landscaped outdoor living, embracing the views.

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Wallpaper and furniture selections resulted in a restful, cohesive interior punctuated by tasteful touches of personality and flair. At the heart of the sprawling living spaces is the chic kitchen. The design is simple and clean with cabinetry along one wall and an oversized kitchen island opposite with a roomy seating area for casual dining. Manufactured and installed by Shane Boyd of Shane Boyd Granite Benchtops, the crowning glory is the Infinity satin 20 mm granite benchtop material, stunningly finished to an exceptional standard by Shane. The jet black satin granite hearth in the living room is also Shane's work.

Taking centre stage in the adjoining lounge area is the schist fireplace which features a hardwood mantel made from a local bridge beam cut to size and mitred before being transported to the site to take its place above the hearth. The design brief for GA Aluminium was to create a seamless flow between inside and out with simple, clean lines throughout. They selected architectural frames for their flat look to remain consistent with the design of the house. Sliding doors with flush tracks recessed into the foundation were chosen to create a seamless flow onto the deck. They allow a lot of light and sun in while keeping the house warm and dry and making sure it will stand the test of time.


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Architect: O’Neil Architecture Ltd


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