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Old blends with new: A traditional farmhouse cottage reinvented

We had the pleasure of revisiting this gorgeous country home that is one of our entries into the 2022 Master Builders House of the Year competition.

We love the result of the finished home; a modern edit of the traditional country cottage that was once positioned on site. The new home and rests perfectly in the gorgeous established rural setting.

Karaka country home entrance

Our creative homeowners wanted to replicate the country feeling of the farm cottage that was originally on the site.

Modelled on the original 80 sqm cottage the newly built home is 286 square metres. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a separate toilet, large open plan living and separate media room. A large family laundry room offers plenty of practical storage space.

A view of the original cottage on site with a view from the garden

The original cottage was moved off site, less than 1km up the road to neighbours to make way for the build of the new 286 square metre home.

The original cottage the new home was modelled on
The front of the home with a view of the eastern facing deck
The front entrance leading to the kitchen and living areas

High stud throughout the home creates a warm and inviting sense of space. Two large verandahs either side of the home capture the morning and afternoon sun.

A wood burning fireplace takes pride and place centrally in the entry and main living area.

A modern take on a traditional farmhouse, this home has the best of both worlds. Romantic detailing throughout is balanced with modern features and function.

The master suite has a timber detailed feature wall leading to the walk in wardrobes.

The ensuite vanity with modern concrete tiles

The bathrooms are modern and well-appointed with generous showers, floor to ceiling tiles and a free standing bath in the family bathroom.

The ensuite tiled shower
A free standing bath in the main bathroom
Main bathroom tiled shower
Living area with timber panelling and vaulted ceilings

The wood paneling detail is a further nod to tradition along with a calming neutral colour palette; complemented by a few bold splashes of colour, we simply love the statement wallpaper!

Timber panelling through the hallway
Bright feature wallpaper in the separate toilet

A soft and neutral palette throughout is welcoming, with a clever splash of quirky feature wallpaper that brings delight to the children's room and powder room.

Feature wallpaper in the kids bedroom
Deep blue wall feature in the media room
The east facing verandah

Verandas flank the east and west sides of the home, leading down to paved patios to enjoy the morning or afternoon sun.

The large family laundry

The large laundry offers plenty of practical storage.

Entry to the country home

Project Scope

  • Earthworks and drainage
  • Design and build of the country home

If this farmhouse has left you feeling inspired, don’t hesitate to give Laura a call on 021 722 578 to discuss your ideas.