The Architects brief required a modern, easy care home with hardy durable finishes on the exterior with a concrete fortress effect to the street, but open with glass, light and outdoor living to the view and the river. The new masonry residence consists of 2 main levels. The upper level is stepped 380mm to follow the existing contour line minimising excavation and creating a usable open plan internal space. The home is located on the site to maximise the view to the Tamaki river and is set back to ensure clear open space is maintained to the river edge with a 10m set back from the Mean high water mark. The existing mature willow tree was protected and no structure was placed within the drip line. The house has been situated to minimise the impact on adjoining neighbours and a clear area for planting and service has been provided with direct access from the right of way to the entry and secure garaging. The forecourt allows for comfortable vehicle turning. The ground floor consists of entry, garaging for 3 vehicles, cellar and guest bedroom with services. The upper floor main living level consisting of a central kitchen, dining and lounge area with bedrooms to each wing and services located on the western boundary. The eastern, northern and western boundary claddings are a precast concrete finish. The southeastern area facing the river is steel and glass. Roofing is a low-pitched and lightweight zincalume corrugated roofing.