Modern hill terrain

This Modern luxury home is carefully crafted into the steep hillside overlooking Nelson Harbour.

This house is a truly Passive solar designed house. The main design challenge was the site being very steep combined with a very narrow right of way to the property. To design a near level car entry into the garage, the right balance had to be found between the house level and the position on the site. Also a 4m wide non building zone is located to the north east of the site. Initially we positioned the garage below the house to have private car access to the unit below, as there is a road below the section, but this access proved to be too costly due to the steepness of the land. Another disadvantage would be having to climb a full set of stairs to enter the house. (client wanted to have the main living on the top story. So therefore we opted to have the access from the top and have the garage on the top floor. The garage is lifted half a level from the living areas to find the right balance between front yard space, cuts and fill areas. The access from the garage into the main living areas is therefore 8 steps down. We created enough flat space to accommodate at least 4 cars in the front yard.


"Maree and I started working with Stephan about two years ago . We chose him because he was the only architect we could find in Nelson who had examples of the modern style of home we wanted to build on a difficult sloping section at Walters bluff.We have found him expert but understanding of what we were trying to achieve and practical when it comes to dealing with the issues since the Christchurch EQ on far higher engineering requirements. He has been prepared to listen carefully and provide options to us. We are about 25% into the build now and going through the most difficult earthworks and foundation stages.We have confidence in Stephan as our architect and can see the good working relationship he has with Mike Callister our builder"

Craig Boyce