Modern Arrowtown house in schist and cedar

With its gabled, cottage-style architecture and painted cedar weatherboards, this Arrowtown home by Fowler Homes references its historic location

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Traditional materials meet contemporary design this new Arrowtown home by Fowler Homes Southern Lakes references the historic character of the old cottages in the district. The blade wall at the front features locally sourced schist. Similar schist also clads several walls at the rear of the property.

Arrowtown is not just one of the most scenic towns in New Zealand it's also one of the most historic.

Not surprisingly, new homes built in the town need to be in keeping with the heritage character. This new Arrowtown home was custom designed and built by Fowler Homes following a concept plan designed by the owners' architect daughter to meet this brief.


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Schist stone columns frame this covered deck in a contemporary home built by Fowler Homes Southern Lakes. The materials reference traditional homes in the region.

The house offers a contemporary take on tradition, however, with a long blade wall in local schist signalling the entry. John Mansfield of Fowler Homes Southern Lakes says the schist was sourced from the Wakatipu Basin.

"All the materials are appropriate to the location," he says. "The painted cedar weatherboards reference the traditional cottages in the district. And the timber-framed joinery and louvres at the front of the house were also specified to meet local regulations that dictate wood joinery for doors and windows facing the street."

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Contemporary dining in new home by Fowler Homes Southern Lakes

On the interior, the home is designed for contemporary living, with a flowing, open-plan living space. A large slider door can be pulled to separate the formal living room from the family area. Other features include plastered interior walls and full-height doors and windows to the rear.

For details, contact Fowler Homes Southern Lakes, 51 Industrial Pl, Queens-town 9300, phone (03) 441 1036. Or visit the website: www.fowlerhomes.co.nz

Jun 28, 2014
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