Dexters Retreat

Dexters Retreat


After the site visit, I was absolutely inspired by the beautiful Northern aspect, rolling hills in the country side and the feel about this magic location, right above Raglan on the hills. Reading through the brief & sketches of my client, he dreamed off living in a large elongated home drenched in sunlight all day long. He saw himself living in a home with a great indoor outdoor flow, a very modern and minimalist open plan layout, full of glass, but at the same time very low profile. The site was sloping on average and the platform fairly narrow for such a large project but he also wanted a large u-turn & parking area.

My client desired a very simplistic roofline with lots of outdoor living areas as well as large stacker doors opening all along the Northern Eastern side. The challenge was the slopping site and the amount of glass. He also loved the use of raw material such as cedar and concrete to add a bit of flare to the design.

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The project was challenging and I enjoyed every part of it. Love the glass and the indoor outdoor flow this has helped to achieve! “Always embrace your challenges for growth and resilience”

Dexters Retreat

The earthworks required for this property were extensive but all worth it in the end, shaping a large practical platform to tick all the requirements.

We chose vertical Western Cedar for cladding and added features such as concrete fireplace structures, concrete tilt panels and outdoor concrete fireplace to give it this industrial look. We designed the space with a minimal simplistic and modern architectural approach, and complemented this with elegance and style.

The 16m Long x 7m wide room of glass walls in the living wing was structurally challenging. To make this work, we designed it with engineered steel portals. The large open cast-in concrete fireplace and the tilt concrete wall panel leaning at 12 degrees over the carport (which was the client’s idea) made the home charismatic to its owner.

The interior was featured with a negative detail birch plywood wall and ceiling, some kitchen features like a cool cast-in concrete bench, contrasting with a oak plywood cabinetry brought warmth to the space. Every part and detail of this house has been chosen carefully and the result is stunning.

A huge part of it was making sure that the right builder was in charge of this challenging project, well done Silas from Kre8tive Construction, you have nailed it!


Dexters Retreat


Kre8tive Construction Ltd
Architect Designer
Rubix Architecture
Dickeybird Create


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