When it comes to building your dream home, design experience and lots of it counts. With the right design-and-build company this will be clear from a visit to one of its show homes. An intelligent design will wow you at the entry and as you stroll through the home's interior, each element from a spacious, tucked-away ensuite to French doors opening onto a private, sunny patio will feel just right, like a homecoming.
Winner of Masterbuilder's House of the Year Gold Award, this Christchurch Landmark Homes show home the Waihopai offers all of the above. Featuring dramatic living areas with high sloping ceilings for a central Otago flavour, the house has several touches that make it a joy to live in day to day. For example, a large walk-in scullery makes the Waihopai feel like a real family home, says franchisee Coralie Pollard.
"However, it is the broader plan of the home that really draws first comment from visitors," says Pollard. "The living and family rooms are separate to enhance the sense of spaciousness, while the master bedroom is set on the other side of the home for more privacy. This has an ensuite and wardrobe of a royal standard."
The Waihopai is about family but it is also about style and longevity, as reflected in the quality of the products specified for the design.
One of the first aspects of the home to draw the eye is its steel tile roof by Gerard Roofs. Milano Tile, with a classic barrel trim, captures a refined and enduring European aesthetic.