Home & Building, Volume 12 Number 6 (June-July 1950)
conservative - in brick and tile — Mr and Mrs L. G. Culpan's Home in Cathedral place, Parnell
conservative - in brick and tile
Mr and Mrs L. G. Culpan's Home in Cathedral place, Parnell.
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An interesting development of a long tapering lot with only a 40 ft. frontage, this house was originally designed as a four bedroom house for two families, with provision in the planning for converting two of the bedrooms to den and dining-room respectively at a later date.
Subsequent changes in family arrangements have allowed this conversion to take place and the addition of floor coverings and a built-in fitting in the undeveloped basement space have resulted in an attractive recreation area.
Full advantage was taken of the slope of the ground with this ultimate object in view and the garage is also included in the basement.
The house is on the high ground in Parnell and the main rooms have a north-easterly aspect looking across Hobson Bay to the North Shore.page break page break
Some ingenuity was required in the planning to achieve a screened approach to the back door and deal with changing ground levels, otherwise planning is along reasonably simple lines and has proved satisfactory in operation.
Convenience of planning, the use of brick and tiles, double hung windows and ample built-in fittings were basic requirements and as the owners had personal objections to an open fireplace alternative means of heating are employed. All the built-in furniture was designed with the house, all doors and drawer fronts finished in the natural wood and other surfaces enamelled. Fixed glazing and casement doors in the main rooms have ventilating pelmets over them to provide necessary air circulation when the weather is unsuitable for having the doors open, and a wide overhang to the eaves gives required shelter from sun and rain. Owing to restrictions on the use of other metals at the time spouting and down-pipes were constructed of a specially run lead alloy.
Kitchen and laundry are fully equipped, the latter having direct access to linen storage. Linen can be put away directly from the ironing table and the exhaust pipe from the hot water cylinder in the basement is carried up through this cupboard to provide airing space.
With large window areas light and sun control is of course essential and slat blinds are fitted throughout.
Rooms are tastefully furnished and colourful with a satisfactory grouping of plain and floral soft furnishings. The ground at the rear of the house is compactly laid out to include an orchard kitchen garden, lawns and a few native trees and with the simple treatment of the front garden, gives sufficient softening of the house to ground relationship, is easy to keep in order and provides pleasant surroundings for a comfortable home.