The clients, originally from New Zealand, sought to create a central gathering location for family and friends. Therefore, the first design meetings focused on understanding what the average weekend looks like including number of guests, friends and pets, where they could gather as large groups, and then to create more intimate spaces to simply relax. Attention to how sound travels through the home led to a single-story entry foyer. The staircase then moved to a quieter end of the home so family sleeping on the second floor would not be affected by guests in the large, first floor rooms.
Nearly every room in the home has direct access to the outdoors. Either going through the opening created by the Nanawall or stepping through a french door onto the terrace, the home's design emphasizes connectivity between interior and exterior. In the rear yard, the owner created a pool designed for people to lounge on the sun deck, swim laps, and enjoy the spa. Run on a separate set of equipment, the owner may elect to keep the hot tub open during the winter as well.