A new house in the suburbs of Auckland has inspired a whole new generation of homeowners.
The house is on the market for $1.3 million and it was built in 2009 by local architect Mark MacLaren, a lifelong resident of the Auckland suburb of Pukekohe.
MacLaren bought the property in 2007, and it became a focal point for the development of the Pukepohe town centre.
He said the design for the house reflected the local culture of the area.
“It’s been a very organic area for a long time.
You could be a native, a carpenter, a horse rider, you could be part of that culture,” he said.”
You could be involved in a particular sport.
It’s not a new place to have a home, it’s a part of the local fabric.”
Mr MacLanaren said he didn’t want to be pigeonholed into a particular demographic and said he wanted the house to be “different”.
He said he had designed a “sustainable, eco-friendly” house that reflected the values of the surrounding communities.
“We wanted to do something that reflected where we came from and what we stood for, which was really the love of the community,” he told Radio New Zealand.
“If you look at the landscape in this particular place, you’ll see what’s there, there’s nature and you’ll also see the sea.”
Mr McMorrow said the home had been in the planning stages for two years.
“I think it’s got an incredible amount of community support and it’s really been a good experience,” he explained.
This is my house’Mr Maclaren said the new home had its own history.””
I’ve been involved with Pukeohe for so long and I’ve been to so many places in this community, so I wanted to build something that was very, very special to me.”‘
This is my house’Mr Maclaren said the new home had its own history.
“This is a real house, it has been here a long, long time, but it’s not what it used to be,” he added.
“So the idea was to create something that we can all be proud of and be proud that it’s ours.”
The house’s design is inspired by Pukegoe’s “big and beautiful” past, Mr MacLarne said.
He explained the home’s history and how it is different to what people today might think of as traditional Auckland.
“To be able to have that history, I think it’ll give us a lot of confidence to have it go up and be successful.”
Mr MacDonald said he was keen to see the house on the town’s main street.
“There’s a lot more of that now,” he agreed.
“When I think of a town like Pukehohe, I’m thinking of the old-school town, with the old buildings, the old shops, the good pubs and that sort of thing.”
And then I’m imagining this is the future.