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119 River Rd. H F Redmond House. Peter Beaven.

Jan 13, 2010

Strange. Is this is a house, temple or the Albanian Embassy? Peter’s designs often defy categorisation and sometimes, it is what it is: Pagoda entrance, stone columns, textured cinder bricks & full-length water feature. Fullstop.

…continue reading 119 River Rd. H F Redmond House. Peter Beaven.

50 Valley Rd. Architect Unknown.

May 15, 2009

Another Mervyn Seal influenced home with the distinctive butterfly roof and geometric wall of windows. This one has been recently ‘modernised’, but the striking original form is unmistakable.

…continue reading 50 Valley Rd. Architect Unknown.

Mabers Rd. Clarkville House. Peter Beaven.

Feb 11, 2009

Why slum it in the country? This beautifully preserved 1960s modern manor sits in a beautiful setting by a stream, just out of Christchurch. Next Fox Hunt, March 3rd.

…continue reading Mabers Rd. Clarkville House. Peter Beaven.

24 Whitewash Head Rd. Stewart Minson.

Jan 16, 2009

A Home & Building award winner in 1947 and pleasingly intact. Houses like this are disappearing faster than you can say “recessed halogen downlights”.

…continue reading 24 Whitewash Head Rd. Stewart Minson.

44 Puriri St. Architect Unknown.

Jan 13, 2009

Fantastic block of bunker-like flats, 8 in total, that show some lovely design detail including the low, open fireplace that sits offcentre below the window sill. Glass panes sit either side.

…continue reading 44 Puriri St. Architect Unknown.

32 Greers Rd. Powell House. Don Donnithorne.

Jan 11, 2009

From the good people at Home & Building magazine: “This house has an area of 1500sq. ft including the double garage. The floor is concrete slab on the ground with timber framed brick veneer walls. The ceilings arw eplaster ansd softboard with a corrugated galvanised iron roof. The house was fiished in 1962 at a cost of 4500 pounds”.

…continue reading 32 Greers Rd. Powell House. Don Donnithorne.

2 Rhodesvale Tce. Millar House. Roger Walker.

Jan 09, 2009

This home was built in 1983 and is a rare example of a Roger Walker home in Christchurch. Extensive use of lattice, curves and colour mark it as a home of its time and a great example of Walker’s unmistakable style.

…continue reading 2 Rhodesvale Tce. Millar House. Roger Walker.

219 Memorial Ave. Cowey and McGregor.

Jan 03, 2009

Another 1960s gem from the pencil of Don Cowey that demonstrates his skill and versatility as a designer. The home appears flat-roofed at a glance, but the steep pitch of the central living room roof and red brick chimney add vertical presence.

…continue reading 219 Memorial Ave. Cowey and McGregor.

11 Swiftland Pl. Architect Unknown.

Dec 22, 2008

A very smart looking house with a nice entrance and some terrific steep-pitched roof forms. It’s an unassuming house that stands out in a suburban culdesac of large, bland, unmemorable dwellings.

52 Moncks Spur Rd. James Hanna.

Dec 01, 2008

Great looking, original 1970s house that seems to do it all pretty well. The eye-catching sawtooth roof creates lots of open space and light and the centrepiece stone fireplace oozes mid-century cool.

…continue reading 52 Moncks Spur Rd. James Hanna.

100 White St. Robin Smith House. Peter Beaven.

Nov 26, 2008

In an attempt to raise the tone of the site David has submitted this series of art shots entitled DSC00003.JPG.

Peter Beaven is unsurprisingly popular out in North Canterbury for his ability to design attractive homes sensitive to the often-harsh climate.

…continue reading 100 White St. Robin Smith House. Peter Beaven.

51a Dyers Pass Rd. Blogg House. Don Cowey.

Nov 23, 2008

Built in 1962 for motor dealer Bernie Blogg. Legend has it on completion of the job Bernie took out a roll of bills from his pocket, counted off a portion of the the architect’s fee and said “sue me for the rest”.

…continue reading 51a Dyers Pass Rd. Blogg House. Don Cowey.