A Home with a Difference

A Home with a Difference
February 10, 2015

Wentworth Drive, The Links in Taranaki boasts many great homes except one has a fabulous point of difference. Not only was the home built with lots of input from the owner but it was built for the conditions of the area.

5 webjpgThe beautiful, 248sqm family home is a perfect example of collaboration between builder and client.

Due to the site being subjected to prevailing winds the living areas face south and west, while the front of the house faces the wind.

The exterior gains depth and texture through the combination of the cedar weatherboard, which extends from the entry to the third bedroom; polished concrete block and what is essentially a glass wall at the front of the house to gain warmth from the North facing sun.

9 webThe team at Fowler Homes put a lot of thought into using natural light in this house; the glass wall at the front is matched by stacker doors opposite at the rear of the kitchen.  Three skylights are set in the kitchen ceiling and another three over the rear deck. This creates light and sun through the living areas. A floor-to-ceiling window at one end of the master-bedroom’s walk-in wardrobe provides extra light for the custom-built make-up station at the other end of the wardrobe. The owner has designed kitchen cabinetry to create a visually attractive, yet highly practical, unit where all beauty products can be stored out of the way. LED lights and a full mirror complete the picture. “We know that natural sources of light are the best and so we looked at getting as much in as possible. If we couldn’t get this we went for the most energy efficient option. Light helps create a sense of space so we really made this a focus and it has paid off” says Locky of Fowler Homes.

11 webThe kitchen, designed and built by Rowson Kitchen and Joinery, is the hub of the home. Everything comes off the kitchen, with the family room to the left, the dining area to the right and the lounge next to the dining area where a feature wall has been added: a floor-to-ceiling vertical slat wall which divides the lounge from the dining area. This partial wall is stained cedar evenly spaced, giving a sense of privacy without separation from the other living area.

The well-equipped kitchen boasts an enormous walk-in pantry with a mirror splashback on all three sides that reflect the feeling of spaciousness and light, plus a sink and the refrigerator. In a house planned for a family, this is another example of ensuring ‘there is a place for everything and everything in its place’.

23 webThe office is situated off the dining room – far enough away from the family room for work to be done in private but close enough to keep an eye on what is going on.

The house has three bedrooms – the owner chose to get rid of the fourth bedroom in favour of storage, the result of which is a massive, fully-shelved storage area.

All the furniture in the house was chosen specifically for their home. The owners originally intended to have this as an interim home before building elsewhere but have discovered that they love both the house and the sense of community in the area so they are staying.

This stunning family home not only won the hearts of its owner but also captured judges attention winning three awards at the Taranaki Region Master Builders Awards.

To learn more about Fowler Homes Taranaki click here or phone the team on 06 755 4045.

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