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The home includes four bedrooms, an office, two living areas and multiple outdoor areas all set on a rural site with sea and farmland views.

A recently completed project in Poraiti near Taradale is a good example of how Hawke’s Bay practice ArchInt listens to clients’ needs and translates these into results that reflect a client’s style and needs, says ArchInt director Melissa Burne.
The process on this particular project started with a mood board of homes the clients liked the feel of.
ArchInt then developed a concept to fit the client’s site, requirements and budget.
The result was a single storey home with a modern farmhouse style delivering an elegant, timeless look.
The home includes four bedrooms, an office, two living areas and multiple outdoor areas all set on a rural site with sea and farmland views.
Melissa says that ArchInt worked closely with the builder, Greg O’Leary from O’Leary Homes, from early on to ensure the project stayed within budget. Design features of the home, include vaulted ceilings connected by flat ceilings and over-height joinery to the gable ends.
Demonstrating the vastly different projects that ArchInt is capable of delivering, another example is Melissa’s own home in Pakowhai between Hastings and Napier.
The 300sqm home includes three bedrooms and two living areas plus a separate self contained wing. The home is designed around passive design principles and is made from a mix of precast concrete and timber framing.
Melissa says the home is warm in winter and cool in summer delivering a standard 24 degrees internal temperature year round. The large north facing covered outdoor space prevents too much sun entering the home in summer and allows the sun to hit the concrete walls and floor in winter.
The concrete stores heat which is then released in the evenings. Orientation is key to capturing the potential of the sun while providing cross ventilation with openings on the southern side. The home also includes solar panels and a wetback so electricity bills are minimal.
Melissa, whose qualifications include a Bachelor of Design, Diploma in Adult Education, LBP Des. 2 and professional membership of Architectural Designers New Zealand, started her practice in 2005, initially on a part-time basis, but found demand quickly grew.
ArchInt now offers an experienced group of architectural designers, creatives and innovators with collective experience including new homes, additions and alterations, commercial buildings and alternative building methodology and passive design.
Melissa says the practice has a strong focus on service and quality design and on connection to the community.
The Lifebox project in 2018 saw ArchInt donating over $30,000 to Look Good Feel Better.
Sister company M.Int specialises in interior design and commercial fitouts enabling clients to achieve a comprehensive result for their architectural project or a fresh look for an existing space.
The practice utilises ArchiCAD software to produce rendered 3D images and complete BIM models, which Melissa says enables not only efficient productivity and workflow but also highly detailed visual digital presentations for clients.
“We focus on an open, transparent approach delivering what we say we will in realistic timeframes,” Melissa says.
“This means everyone is on the same page and there are no hidden surprises, something our clients appreciate.”,
ArchInt has been busy in 2019, working on a restaurant in Napier, a Mediterranean home in Havelock North and a ‘green’ home incorporating a green roof in Waipukurau.
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