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Home & Building, Volume 12 Number 6 (June-July 1950)

A house which hugs the earth

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A house which hugs the earth

Architects: Wilson, Moodie & Gillespie

Site: Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Speight's house in View Rd., Mt. Eden, is built on a slightly sloping site, the position of the house being determined by an existing tennis court. Because the ground was volcanic it was possible to excavate over the site of the house and lower the terrace level to within twelve inches of the ground. There is a view of Mt. Eden to the east.

Plan: Because of this view the living and dining rooms, between which are folding doors, were located on the east side of the house, the living room opening onto a terrace to the north, which is reasonably private as the house is on a rear section. There are two bedrooms with provision made for the addition of a third. The present area is 1300 sq. ft.

Structure: The outer walls are brick veneer with a white rough-cast plaster finish and the roof is of grey tiles. All exterior woodwork page break
Photographs by Sparrow Industrial Pictures Ltd.

Photographs by Sparrow Industrial Pictures Ltd.

is painted white. Interior walls are lined with insulating plaster board with a paint finish in kitchen, bathroom and w.c., and laundry. The woodwork in the living and dining rooms and entrance hall has a clear enamel finish. An interesting feature is the reeded glass partition between hall and living-room. This adds to the effort of space and the same glass is used in the folding doors to the dining-room.