Contemporary style in Jack’s Point

Contemporary style in Jack’s Point
Looking good: the recently completed 295 square metre house in Jacks Point in Queenstown.

The owner of QTN Build, Sam Hutchins, describes his company’s latest residential project as a striking contemporary-meets-rustic design.
The recently completed 295 square metre house is in Jacks Point, one of Queenstown’s newer subdivisions, built for an Auckland couple.
A key feature of the architectually designed house is the ubiquitous use of timber; Siberian larch cladding on the exterior, birch ply on all interior walls, birch tongue and groove ceilings, oak flooring and a kwila deck outside.
“The architect specialises in very nice, high-end features,” Sam says.The Siberian larch is beautifully complemented by the “amazing looking” stone from Hyde, Central Otago.
The inclusion of terracotta coloured stones is a big part of creating the rustic look on the outside.
“There is a huge garage wall right on the property frontage which is all stone and so many come and stop and we’re always seeing people taking pictures of it. It’s very impressive.
“It’s slightly different to a lot of the local stone which is all grey.”
The three bedroom house features vaulted ceilings throughout. The original design specifications for these required altering to ensure the maximum amount of insulation possible, consequently the final insulation value is well above the building code requirement.
It also highlights the benefit of having a builder involved in the design process from the outset, Sam says.
“As soon as I get a set of plans and I see a vaulted ceiling I’m straight onto the architects to ensure we have enough room for the insulation and airflow to make every home warm, easy to heat and prevent condensation.”
The vaulted ceiling in combination with 2.2 metre high windows in the lounge/living area creates a lovely sense of space and light in addition to seeming to draw the dramatic view of the lake and mountains into the house.
Varying timber stains from cool to warm have been used to good effect, rather than having just one colour throughout the interior, and a large stone fireplace and bespoke timber joinery completes the effect of old and new worlds meeting amicably in one house.
The quality of the house and the detail involved in creating it is an example of why Sam likes to keep a small team.
“I’d rather have a smaller crew and have more highly skilled tradesmen, because you’re only as strong as the weakest link; their work ethic is amazing, along with their craftsmanship.”
Another strong focus is ensuring designs are cost effective for clients, something Sam is able to achieve because of his previous experience working for a company which built many exclusive multi-million houses.“
What I aim to do is add value for money.
I try to get in quite early in the design process so I can add input from a builder’s point of view, adding practicality and cost effectiveness to the design.
“By doing this on previous projects I have man-aged to save tens of thousands of dollars for my clients.”
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