Swiss Family Robinson - Remuera-style
This tree house located in Remuera bordering Ellerslie and Mt Wellington, is in the classic 1980's pole house design that changed the way we built homes on sloping sites in this country.
Sturdy treated poles and gorgeous dark black cedar cladding, long-lasting coloursteel roofing and light aluminium windows and ranchsliders ensuring plenty of sunshine makes its way indoors - this is a north-facing home of lasting materials built to endure its position in the treetops.
Dappled light from the surrounding bush plays across the walls and floors in the living and kitchen - you will fall in love with nature's light show and from the level, elevated, private rear platform which hovers beautifully over the well planned and planted site, you can enjoy the helicopter view of your garden and observe the meandering walk path & steps down as your children adventure below, creating their own huts and hiding places in the garden. There is even a small wooden raft-like deck perfect for a couple to retreat in privacy to clink your glasses to the end of the day.
The truly creative soul will find a way to incorporate the massive macracarpa tree stump into this treetop hideaway - perhaps carving a spiral staircase into its sizeable girth or maybe it's the start of a treehouse for the kids? and you cannot help but see eye-to-eye with the beautiful phoenix palm swaying overhead, nor will you ever strain to hear the glorious birdlife overhead as this home takes outdoor living to a whole another level!!
Enjoy the sunshine outdoors from large decking on the north and west or equally retreat from the summer sun indoors to a very sensible family floor plan: 2 very large bedrooms upstairs with built-in wardrobes and access to the outdoors within the dormer of the home. Both share a centrally located ensuite/bathroom in the landing between. Then there are two double bedrooms downstairs both with large wardobes and access to a separate bathroom and guest toilet.
There is family sized storage under the stairs, in hall cupboards wardrobes and plenty of floor area to put extra drawers and cupboards too. And as is standard with every good pole house, there is plenty of dry storage for outdoor gear under the house too!
You'd be hard-pressed to know the treehouse is here at all actually, as it is tucked well away from the main road at the end of a right of way. Luckily your guests will be beckoned indoors by the soft glow of the very cool skandi, tri-bulb chandelier suspended above the stairway which is visible from the 2-car parking and path forming the entrance way to your private treehouse.
There is an easy, relaxed, retreat-feel to this home yet with the functional day to day features you can count on to ensure your family is well catered for like the stunning brand new kitchen complete with stone benchtop and soft-close drawers, large pantry + extra storage (and decent sized laundry discretely hidden). Not to mention the walk-through flow from kitchen to indoor dining to outdoor dining and deck seating area or through to the spacious living room where a large group can come together with ease.
This is most likely, Remuera's best kept, treehouse secret. Shhhhhh don't tell your friends or they'll all want to stay. Instead unpack your boxes, put your feet up and allow time to glide by while you leave all your worries behind.