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House Under Eaves by MRTN Architects
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The recently completed House Under Eaves is a residence by MRTN Architects in Point Wells, New Zealand that’s located in a new neighborhood not far from Auckland. The house was the first built on the flat site and with no neighbors yet, they developed a design that would feel like a retreat away from the street. At first glance, the house looks to be a simple gable style residence with a concrete wall that shields the front door.

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The exterior is clad in thick cedar planks, which contrasts with the dark, oversized roof that helps during the heavy rains.

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Once inside, you see that the home is actually a split gable with two sections – the front half, which is the garage, entrance, and guest bedrooms, and the rear half, which houses the living areas and the homeowners’ bedroom. The two halves are connected via a glass enclosed hallway at the highest roof point.

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A cedar lined wall continues through to the back garden. The wall also separates the kitchen from the dining room and living area.

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Sliding glass doors open out to an outdoor sitting room and the garden, giving the living room an outdoor feel.

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Photos by Anthony Basheer.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.