LucerneContemporary Exterior, Auckland
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5. Light selectively. Be mindful of how you are lighting your landscape. Light with intention by selecting only the most important parts of the landscape to illuminate. Take it a step further by having those lights set on a timer or motion sensor so that they are only on when needed.
BeneathThis concept works well for urban lots or sloping sites where raising the living areas above the level of entry makes sense. However, raising the living levels means the garage doors will be even more prominent at the street level than they otherwise might be. In this project the designer tackled that problem by concealing them within a singular, unified wall surface of vertical cedar boards. Typically garage doors are recessed in the face of the garage wall, but here they’re set flush, which makes them barely visible when closed.
The very un-garage-like garage doors are crafted from vertical wood boards that continue around the other walls on the entry court. Or as the client put it, "Our architect designed the doors around a courtyard, cleverly disguising them so that they are seemingly part of a wall." The treatment makes for a very welcoming entrance. A closer look at the entrance door reveals a lovely custom door handle that extends from the top to the bottom of the door.