Oliver Driver falls in love with Vantage Windows and Doors


Oliver Driver, wife Ella Mizrahi and their two children embarked on a project to build their first home on a riverside section on the Te Atatu Peninsula. The family wanted a relaxed home that connected with the river and found large Vantage windows and doors throughout the home hit the mark.  


In fact, once the family settled in, Oliver fell in love with his new windows and doors and wanted to show them off. Oliver and Ella invited friends of Vantage - Hamish Bond, the Cycling Elite Sprint Trio (Sam Webster, Eddie Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell), Emma Gilmour, and the Vantage Black Sticks to celebrate the form and function of their new windows and doors. Follow their journey below.


You may have seen parts of their build project in the Your Home & Garden series ‘My New Home’.


Oliver and Vantage

Part 1: We need to have a party – for the doors

Part 2: Oliver’s friends meet Al

Part 3: Love is diverted

Part 4: Left in the dark

Oliver and Ella's story

When Oliver and Ella bought their section it was a leap into the unknown with costs and decisions arising that they never anticipated but they spent hours working through the fine details and imagining each space and how they'd use them. It was clear that they wanted their home to feel open and relaxed. Just as importantly they wanted a home that will fit them for many years to come. Oliver and Ella used a number of solutions from Vantage to make this a reality.


Metro Series sliding doors are used in the main living area, the master bedroom and Etta’s bedroom to take advantage of the home’s view. The largest is the 7.6m-wide living area doors which connect to the deck. A large sliding window in the dining area floods the living spaces with light throughout the day. Oliver and Ella added opening windows above the bedroom sliding doors to allow ventilation and give the appearance of taller doors.


The Metro Series doors achieve the desired 2.4m height so Oliver doesn't have to duck through doorways in his own home for the first time. They also have a clean, flat surface for a contemporary look. To continue the modern look the family finished the joinery in Matt Black powdercoat, with colour matched Urbo hardware.


A large plasma entrance door greets visitors and the Mannex Karaka colour hints to the mangrove view behind the door. The digital lock from Assa Abloy allows easy keyless entry.


Now, three years on from buying the site, the family are settled in and are happy they took their time planning their new home.

Oliver and Ella built a home that suits them now and will grow with their family

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Metro Series

Metro Series is a stylish, heavy-duty range that achieves the family's 2.4 metre height requirement. The clean, contemporary lines perfectly suit the modern look Oliver and Ella wanted. The Matt Black powdercoat finish helps the joinery recede to let the river view shine.

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Sliding doors

Sliding doors are used in the main living area, the master bedroom and Etta’s bedroom to take advantage of the home’s view. The largest is the 7.6m-wide bi-parting doors which connect the kitchen and living area to the deck. 

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Plasma entrance door

A large plasma entrance door in Mannex Karaka greets visitors and the colour hints to the mangrove view behind the door. The Plasma entrance door is constructed from aluminium for reliability and high-performance in the changeable Auckland conditions.

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Awning windows

Oliver and Ella added opening windows above the bedroom sliding doors to allow ventilation and gives the appearance of taller doors.

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Urbo hardware

Oliver and Ella wanted a comfortable, contemporary look so chose to finish their windows and doors with Urbo hardware in Matt Black powdercoat to colour match the joinery. Urbo hardware is all about fine lines and clean shapes so fits their brief perfectly.

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Assa Abloy digital lock

The family fitted a Yale 3109 Digital Door Lock to their entrance door to make busy morning and evenings smooth as can be. The lock allows for easy keyless access with a PIN code and automatically locks the door once checking the door is properly closed.


 
Summit Windows & Doors

Summit is a Vantage Windows & Doors manufacturer with over 25 years experience. Summit worked closely with Oliver and Ella to ensure they got the best solutions for their new home.

 
Metro Performance Glass

Metro Performance Glass are proud suppliers of glass and glazing products throughout New Zealand. The family wanted glazing with better thermal performance so Low-E glass was recommended as a great option for their home.