The Triton House
A short drive from Matakana on your way to Tawharanui, is the new home of Debbie and Michael Jones; a stunning black and white modern-classic new build, with three bedrooms, office, three bathrooms and a farm shed and minor dwelling.
The build started in 2016, with this wonder being home to Debbie and Michael since October 2017.
Having previously lived in Havelock North, then the North Shore of Auckland, the Jones’ wanted to live in the country again and be part of a small town community. They chose Matakana to build as the region provided this. “Our dream was to live and build in the country, and Matakana was the perfect choice” says Debbie, new owner of Sotheby’s International Realty Rodney.
The house was designed by Adrian Robinson from A Robinson Associates Ltd. Architecture and Interior Design, along with draughtswoman, Sandy Rogers from SJR Architectural Drafting. “The style of the house is classical Hamptons with a twist,” says Debbie. Think of a light and breezy atmosphere that is elegant and sophisticated.
When you step through the large, dark, front door, you feel an instant warmth as you’re greeted with an abundance of natural light coming from the open plan living area, overlooking a captivating view of the countryside, Omaha and Little Barrier. The living area features a large raked ceiling, and opens out to the backyard, which is just the place to entertain, take in the views or enjoy a cuppa. Not to mention, the swimming pool which is waiting to be used come summer.
The kitchen hallmarks all the classic Hampton elements, from the beautiful white cabinetry, large island and subway tiles (installed by Jamal Brogan from Bespoke Tiling Solutions Ltd) to the dark floors and double oven. The two large pendant lights are the perfect choice for this kitchen as they add to the drama and scale of the room. There’s no competition for storage or meal prepping space in this kitchen, with the handy butler’s pantry Debbie is so fond of.
Next to the kitchen, is another living area Debbie calls ‘The Winter Room’. The room has dark walls and playful, patterned carpet. It’s small, and intimate: “the perfect space to enjoy a good book in front of the steel fireplace,” she says.
Debbie’s love of designers, Greg Natale and Timothy Oulton’s work, had a significant influence on the interior in this house, with distinctive handcrafted leather furniture adding the perfect balance of tradition and modernity. Scattered on the shelves and entrance table is a collection of glass pieces by Elizabeth McClure, specialist glass artist.
The dark, parquet floors throughout the house is a bespoke feature by Floorex Wellsford, which beautifully contrast with the white walls. As you walk through each new space, the white is elegantly broken by a selection of statement, art pieces. The set of horse photographs that adorn the secret doorway to the master bedroom, is more than just an aesthetic touch. It is a hint to the story behind the name of the property – Triton. Debbie’s grandfather, World War I veteran, bred the racehorse Triton, which means ‘messenger of the sea’. This work of art beautifully ties the surrounding landscape to the design and the centrality of family within this home.
The master suite, once again faces the spectacular view. A natural, calming room with feature wallpaper to add a bit of quirkiness and colour. “Everywhere you look in the house, you see the panoramic view, that’s what I love most,” says Debbie. “All the bespoke features make this build unique and we wanted it to be timeless,” she says.
Debbie’s husband Michael is a builder and plumber himself, so it was natural for Michael to project-manage this build with Bridgens Construction and Design as a subcontractor. Building supplies were sourced from local ITM Matakana, and Michael even built a few of the furniture pieces in the house himself “you could say, this house is a bit eclectic,” says Debbie.