New House in the Countryside

A paddock in Greytown with all day sun and views of the Tararuas was a blank slate for a new home for a retired couple on a budget.

Simple spaces and materials create a home that is cosy in winter yet can be opened up to give a more expansive feel.

A south east deck off the kitchen is a sheltered sunny spot in summer, while a window seat in the kitchen captures the morning sun when the wind blows.

A west facing verandah extends the living space out into the garden, especially on balmy Wairarapa evenings.

Alongside the verandah, a daybed with a view of the garden is tucked beside the stair up to the attic loft.

The attic loft doubles as a study and guest bedroom, with shutters opening to connect to the living area below.