Old-fashioned skill bares striking results

Old-fashioned skill bares striking results
This unique, architecturally designed home nestled in Richmond Ranges boasts abounding views of Tasman Bay.

When you pride yourself with old-fashioned carpentry skills and craftsmanship, the challenging business of building an exquisite home becomes a labour of love.
For Darryl Bridge, founder of Nelson building company A.D. Bridge & Sons, watching the steep grassy bank overlooking Tasman Bay transform into a beautiful architecturally designed home has been the most rewarding experience.
Designed by Nelson architect, Ken Robinson, the two-storey double mono pitch home is nestled in the Richmond Ranges—the largest project under-taken by AD Bridge and Sons to date.
“I knew the clients from NMIT (Nelson Marl-borough Institute of Technology) who I do a lot of work for. They asked if we would build a house for them. Design commenced in October 2017 and we started on site August the following year.”
Initially penciled in as a 12 month build, Darryl says the client required a June move in date, so that is what they are working towards.
With both clients in their late 60’s, there were three very specific requirements that were critical to the home’s design.
“The clients were adamant that they wanted an internal lift. And they wanted a polished concrete upper level floor with under floor heating—which is quite unusual with a two-storey home. The owner has a good mechanical and electrical understanding and wanted the concrete floor to act as a big radiator.”
The third requirement was level entry onto the large cantilevered concrete deck surrounding the northern and western sides of the home—future proofing for when they become less mobile in later years.
The upper level of the 306sqm residence is comprised of all the main living areas including four bedrooms—master with ensuite and walk in wardrobe—family bathroom, kitchen and scullery, dining area and large lounge.
Ranch sliders open out onto the 50sqm concrete deck and glass balustrade.

Old-fashioned skill bares striking results
The upper level of 306sqm, two-storey home comprises four bedrooms, living and dining area as well as kitchen and scullery, while downstairs includes a double garage, steel staircase, the lift well and a couple of “man-cave” workshops.

Ceramic tiles on a Nurajack floating deck system over the deck ensure a smooth, even surface. “Downstairs there’s a double garage, steel stair-case with glass balustrade and timber treads, the lift well and a couple of man-cave workshops.”
While the weather has been kind during the build, Darryl gives full credit to his foreman who has kept the project well on track.
“The customer has also been fully engaged with the project, taking a very active interest, often spending five to six hours a day on site—something that the team has had to accommodate.”
Hailing from Kent, England, 15 years ago, Darryl established AD Bridge & Sons seven years ago.
Darryl explains that the name AD Bridge is actually his father’s name.Before immigrating to New Zealand, Darryl used to work alongside his father, a bricklayer.
“It was an interesting relationship—me and my dad—like all father/son relationships.  I’m very old fashioned with certain things and I just thought naming the business after him would be a nice thing to do—a bit of a tribute. He didn’t know, but he was chuffed when I sent him the business cards.”
With old-fashioned carpentry skills learned in UK, attention to detail and a strong customer focus, Darryl says word of mouth and reputation attracts his customers.
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