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A Christchurch based architectural firm, with a reputation for creating custom designed homes to suit both the client and the environment, is bringing its bespoke approach to the Southern Lakes.

 Allfrey + South Architects director, Craig South, says rather than relying on preconceived designs or a specific style within its collection, their robust design process is informed by an in-depth understanding of the clients needs and their site.

“We add the most value when we have a clear understanding of your lifestyle priorities, the spaces that are most important to you and how you like to live. We explore the ‘big picture’; the aspirational outcome you want to achieve, rather than simply check off how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need.”

A glance at Allfrey + South Architects’ portfolio, reveals properties which are as different from each other as their owners. However, Craig says one common element is the use of interesting and unique roof lines which helps create dynamic interior spaces.

“We believe that architecture is so much more than just shelter or a roof over your head. It should also excite you, inspire you and add pleasure to your life. Our clients say that they look forward to coming home, they feel uplifted as they enter their driveway. This kind of response is what we aim for!”

Craig says their design of a large holiday home at the foot of Mt Hutt ski area in Terrace Downs, demonstrates Allfrey + South’s ability to create houses specifically for an alpine environment such as the Southern Lakes.

“The vertical shiplap cedar-clad home has an angular roof line that echoes the surrounding landscape and features vaulted ceilings to make the most of the stunning views toward Mt Hutt.”

A house designed for a Mount Pleasant client also has an aesthetic that could be at home in Queenstown and Wanaka, with stone walls used in the landscaping and a natural finish on the timber cladding.

Allfrey + South Architects began life in 2010 as Cymon Allfrey Architects. Cymon and Craig have a long history of working together stemming as far back as 1997 with the name change occurring earlier this year, capturing the strong partnership between the two architects.

The pair currently lead a professional architectural and interior design team, complemented by an experienced marketing and administration team, with 14 in total. The talented team have the right set of skills to create unique homes, treasured for their quality, comfort and bespoke style.  

“We work in collaboration with our clients to produce intelligent designs that reflect our dedication and passion for architecture and are effortlessly in synch with how you live.”

By Camille Khouri

Published in QT Magazine

Published on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019