New Build – Sentinel Park, Lake Hawea

New Build
About This Project

A sun-catcher of a house in Sentinel Park; a lovely suburban area in Lake Hawea.

In late 2019, Kawhata and Amy found a gorgeous section in the relatively new subdivision of Sentinel Park. Sentinel Park was aimed at providing much-needed sections for families in the Lake Hawea area and Kawhata and Amy wanted to provide a family with a ‘house’ that felt much more like a ‘home’.

The home was built with sunshine hours at the forefront of the design, taking into consideration the building position, and design (pavilion style) and glazing to ensure there was ample sun in the winter months and plenty of space to enjoy long summer evenings. An east and west facing Kwila deck, along with another on the master bedroom, were cleverly positioned to capture the morning and afternoon sunshine. As the builder, Kawhata enjoyed the process of creating a home that made the most of the Central Otago sunshine on offer.

This larger home has plenty of room for the whole family, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and open plan living/kitchen/dining with a traditional woodfire to provide heating.  Amy managed the interior design for the build, choosing Okhume Ply as a feature material to give the home a heart and to set it apart from a run of the mill suburban house. The Okhume ply is featured throughout the home, with a feature wall in the master bedroom, bespoke vanities in the bathrooms and in the overhead cupboards of the kitchen.

The external cladding is in keeping with other homes in the region, with a textural combination of dark shadowclad and cedar cladding, also stained to a darker tone.

This home was purchased by an eager family prior to being listed and Kawhata, Amy and their team of Wanaka builders enjoyed putting the final touches on the project knowing who the new home owners would be.