Paul Russell’s New Plymouth home is a modern space, tying seamlessly with the surrounding nature. The single-storey home uses plenty of glass, greenery, natural wood and polished concrete, creating a sleek modern oasis.

Paul found the empty site in July 2015, and was attracted to the area because of its close proximity to the ocean. He project managed the build in only eight months and his love and attention to detail shows through.

Native plants have been used to withstand the region’s harsh winds and Paul has really made a feature of them.

Opting for a see through glass feature above the stove and bench instead of a splash-back, the view is both inspiring and relaxing. The stunning feature garden in the living and dining area echoes Bauhaus design. High glass sliding doors and parallel cladding frame the tropical and native plants, cleverly allowing natural light into the space, while adding to the modern open plan feel of the home.

The Marley Stratus Design Series® Typhoon® spouting and RP80® downpipes in Copper complement the cedar cladding, and the half round Typhoon® profile with external brackets adds a reflective feature to the outside of the home. This creates a positive balance between earthiness and modern and gives a lot more interest to the eaves as they generally look bland.

Another huge benefit of the Marley Stratus Design Series® Typhoon® spouting and RP80® downpipes was their durability against the area’s rough winds and salty sea air. Being made from uPVC means that they can withstand the elements, hold their colour for longer, and most importantly – they won’t rust. This was paramount for the new build and its future as a family home.

Paul has included some modern and useful extras such as the central vac system, central gas radiators and air conditioning and a cosy Escea gas fire – perfect for staying warm in the winter months.

The Russell family home seamlessly balances the natural, the modern and the homely. From Paul’s loving involvement through the whole process you can tell that this home will help shape wonderful memories.