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Homeward bound to a brand new home

Updated: Apr 4, 2023

How Warren Adolph Homes made a Kiwi family's dream home a reality, from afar.



Tucked down a quiet Sandringham street alongside traditional 1930's bungalows and villas, is this striking new architectural build. It's the realization of a long-held dream for a New Zealand couple who were based overseas during its construction. Years earlier, a close relative had entrusted their new Auckland home to Warren Adolph Homes (WAH) so as far as the client was concerned, there was no other Auckland builder up to the task.


The family are delighted with their stylish inner-city Auckland home which they now enjoy through the seasons.


WAH managed the build from inception (including the subdivision works) and agreed on an open book contract that ultimately met the client’s budget and aspirations. After the building consent was granted, the architect stepped back, so WAH provided complete project management ensuring the design vision was realized to a high specification.


With the clients based in San Diego for long stretches, this required regular progress updates by Zoom including video footage, so they could stay across the build and make timely decisions.


The home's striking road front presence is eye-catching, prompting numerous compliments from neighbours and on social media.


Key design features include the Nuwall E100 aluminium cladding in matt black, offset by the shiplap cedar feature spine wall that runs from the exterior to the inside, creating a stunning double-height entry space.


The feature pivot entry door was specially fabricated to appear as an operable wall whilst the hidden door in the feature entry wall adds a surprise factor. The Abodo slatted timber screens create further impact, mirroring the internal timber screen elements while providing texture and shading to the front and rear elevation.


WAH’s mission is to deliver ‘measurably better homes, clients love’ so they also recommended and delivered a suite of upgrades to create a healthier, drier and more energy-efficient home without detracting from the design. The team is passionate about promoting passive house practices.


These features include:

  • Upgrading the exterior joinery to Thermally Broken.

  • A drained /ventilated roof cavity to the expansive skillon roof.

  • Use of LVL framing to eliminate the need for nogging - providing continuous insulation without unnecessary thermal bridges.

  • High-performance interior and exterior building wraps including the provision of a dedicated airtightness layer.

  • Rainwater harvesting on site by installing space-efficient fence tanks.

If you're planning to build a new Auckland home, check out some of our other new homes here and contact Warren or Andrew for a no-obligation chat about your ideas. They can provide the benefit of their 30-plus years in the industry and set you on the right track. For more advice on how to build new, check out this handy checklist.


As one of Auckland's best new house builders, Warren Adolph Homes provides peace of mind with a 10-year guarantee.


ARCHITECT: Matt Brew Architect COMPLETED: 2022


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