Design-and-build firm creates homes that ideally fit their owners

With solidly construction and finished with flair, this new home by Fowler Homes Christchurch was designed around its owner’s love of France

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The exterior of this home by Fowler Homes Christchurch features warm cedar balanced with a thermally efficient plaster-look finish. The owner wanted the garden, in its infancy here, to have the look of a rambling French jardin.

The hallmark of a good design-and-build firm is the ability to create homes that ideally fit their owners. This home reflects just such a marriage.Director of Fowler Homes Christchurch Ivan Stanicich says the owner of this four-bedroom home had emigrated here from France two years ago to be with her extended family.

“She had visited New Zealand prior to this, too, staying with her daughter, who also has a home built by us,” says Stanicich. “And she was so impressed with that house that she asked us to work with her to create a home with touches of France for her when she moved here.

”The post-earthquake Christchurch home has strong Allied SuperSlab foundations, a wood frame and rugged Longrun Colorsteel roofing. Inside, the house becomes ‘la maison’ with deft touches creating the French look required. The kitchen has a French provincial aesthetic with rugged appliances, cast iron cabinet handles, a wood benchtop and rustic tile splashback. The plank floor adds to the French feel, as does the crafted cabinetry in the open-plan living spaces.

In terms of functionality, the pavilion home is well organised, warm and quiet. The double garage and open-plan living spaces are to the left of entry and the three bedrooms and study on the right. The home also has two bathrooms.With gas hot water, a fire, a ceiling cassette heatpump and carpet in key areas, the home is a perfect match for the local changeable climate.

“We are very proud that 95% of our work is from repeat business,” says Stanicich. “And we want all clients, including those new to this country, to have the confidence to build with us.

”For details, contact Fowler Homes Christ- church, 506 Blenheim Rd, Christchurch, phone (03) 341 2124. Email: Website:


May 07, 2018





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