Residential Design and Build


Nestled into the Rolling Green Pastures of Karaka, this modern black barn home was designed with Family at its centre.

For Mum it’s the idyllic rural lifestyle she’s been dreaming of with an organised place for everything and space for everyone. For Dad, the black-on-black exterior with its lines & textures encompasses that classic kiwi cool factor with an entertainer’s kitchen to show off just how cool this pad is! For Daughter, a pool and decking provide plenty of opportunities for social time from the comfort of home. And for Brother, the kids retreat equals gaming heaven.

This bespoke design was created to capture it all, including the stunning views.

Photographer: Holly Lynch

Stylist: BlackOak Interiors


– 304m2

– 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

– High Stud, Scissor Truss to open plan living

– Ultra Glam kitchen with XL scullery

– Separate Formal Lounge + Kids Retreat

– Office Space & Cloak Room

– Covered Outdoor Living



“Building for ourselves always provides us with insight and understanding into the process. There are so many choices out there, and so many decisions to be made. We got really clear about the overall look and style of our home, very early on – so every decision we made was easier! It either added to the look, or took away from it. We used our signature Dream Book Organiser to keep our ideas together and on track. It came to ALL the shopping trips.

Additionally, Working with your spouse on a project like building a new home can be really testing on your relationship. They say it’s the second hardest thing you’ll experience as a couple. First being, raising a family. We keep this front of mind, each time we build together. And is something we remind our clients regularly. This isn’t an everyday occurrence, and not everyone does it. So be patient with each other, compromise when needed, this is a unique journey.”