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HOUSE OF THE YE AR 2021

Welcome

to the Registered Master Builders House of the Year 2021 magazine for the Wellington & Wairarapa Region Once again, the prestigious Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition has attracted hundreds of top-quality entries from around New Zealand. These new builds and renovations have wowed our expert judges, who are all leaders in the fields of construction and architecture. We hope you enjoy this annual showcase of craftsmanship from the Master Builders in your region. The results go live at www.houseoftheyear.co.nz on July 31. Regan Powell, President | Registered Master Builders Wellington Branch

How the Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition works All entries are awarded points by two judges (a builder and an architect). The projects with the highest scores are given Gold Awards and the best become Category winners. Then, the highest points-scoring Category winners are named Local Supreme House of the Year or Local Supreme Renovation of the Year. Entries are judged on building excellence, but also on their lifestyle value, so you’ll see kitchen, bathroom, outdoor living and sustainable home awards. Excellence in workmanship is recognised by the coveted Craftsmanship Award. The Wellington & Wairarapa Region competition, one of 11 regional House of the Year events, is held on July 30. You can see all of the results at www.houseoftheyear.co.nz from July 31.

LAST YEAR’S WINNERS WELLINGTON & WAIRARAPA REGION

Local Supreme House of the Year WINNER 2020

Local Supreme Renovation of the Year WINNER 2020

Plan It Construction

Plan It Construction

COVER HOME

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Wairarapa & Wellington AUCKL AND / NORTHLAND / COROMANDEL PUBLISHER

WAIK ATO

Brydie Canham

BAY OF PLENT Y & CENTRAL PLATE AU

(Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupō, Whakatāne)

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HOUSE OF THE YEAR REGIONAL MAP

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ART DIRECTOR

Susanne Baldwin

WRITERS

Fiona Barber, Geraldine Johns, Claire Smith, Melissa Williams-King, Mary Lovell-Smith

SUB EDITING

MANAWATŪ & WHANGANUI WELLINGTON & WAIRARAPA NELSON / MARLBOROUGH / WEST COAST CANTERBURY

Jo Bates, Rod Pascoe, Christine Stride

DESIGNERS

Hayley Pearce, Emily Somerville-Ryan

PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR

MID & SOUTH CANTERBURY

Jo Seakins

(Ashburton, South Canterbury)

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Regional Awards

Tanika Goodall, Tracey Bree, Nic Maling, Campbell Gulley

EDITORIAL / SALES ASSISTANT Dylan Reid

RETOUCHING Mark Grogan

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SAPPHIRE Awarded to an entrant who has received three Regional Supreme Awards regardless of whether these homes are renovations or new builds.

GOLD Awarded to builders whose entries achieve 90 per cent of the points available and are judged to be at least 80 per cent above industry standard.

SILVER Awarded to builders whose entries achieve 82.5 per cent of the points available and are judged to be at least 65 per cent above industry standard.

BRONZE Awarded to builders whose entries achieve 75 per cent of the points available and are judged to be at least 50 per cent above industry standard.

REGIONAL SUPREME WINNER Awarded to the two Regional Supreme Award recipients from each regional event: House of the Year and Renovation of the Year.

REGIONAL CATEGORY WINNER Awarded to the highest scoring Gold Award winner from each category.

PINK BATTS CRAFTSMANSHIP Awarded to the entrant who attains the highest score out of the points available in the Workmanship section of the judging criteria.

REGIONAL LIFESTYLE AWARD Awarded to the entrant who attains the highest score in each Lifestyle category, including the APL Sustainable Excellence and the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Awards.

National Competition

Each year a maximum of 100 entries from the regional competitions receive Top 100 status and out of those Top 100 we find the national category winners. Lifestyle Award-winners are also named at the national level. The two best houses (one new build and one renovation) become the National Supreme winners, to be announced at an awards gala on Saturday, 20 November 2021.

SUPREME NEW HOME The house crowned the best of the best in the country.

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SUPREME RENOVATION The house considered the top renovation in New Zealand.

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NATIONAL COMPETITION – TOP 100 Each year up to 100 houses go on to the National Competition.

PLATINUM AWARD Recognises outstanding achievement in building excellence and is awarded to those who win five or more National category titles.

09 308 9998 PO Box 47014, Ponsonby 1144 bmedia.co.nz Registered Master Builders House of the Year is published by specialist custom publisher B Media Ltd, on behalf of the Registered Master Builders Association. Registered Master Builders House of the Year is wholly owned and managed by Registered Master Builders Association. Registered Master Builders House of the Year is subject to copyright in its entirety. The contents may not be reproduced in any form, either in whole or part, without written permission of the publisher.

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NEW HOME $1.5 MILLION–$2 MILLION

CARTERS NEW HOME $1 MILLION–$1.5 MILLION

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ALTUS WINDOW SYSTEMS NEW HOME  $750,000–$1 MILLION

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There are no entries in this category. This house is from the Manawatū & Whanganui region.

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A LTUS WI N DOW SYS TE M S

For more than 30 years, House of the Year has celebrated the very best of residential building in New Zealand. Master Builders is very proud of this competition, and the beautiful homes you will see in the following pages will inspire and motivate and show that quality can be achieved, no matter what the budget. We hope you enjoy taking a sneak peek into these amazing homes – all built by a Master Builder in your region.

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NEW HOME $600,000–$750,000

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NEW HOME UP TO $450,000

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NEW HOME $450,000–$600,000

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VOLUME/GROUP HOUSING NEW HOME  UP TO $450,000

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CARTERS believe in partnership. We know combined expertise and a focus on efficiency, pricing and supply mean a successful outcome. Shared success is key – when your business grows, so does ours. CARTERS nationwide chain of 50 building supply stores and nine manufacturing plants, long-established industry network and focus on the trade means we’re committed to you.

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VOLUME/GROUP HOUSING NEW HOME $450,000–$750,000

RENOVATION $500,000–$1 MILLION

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There are no entries in this category. This house is from the East Coast region.

RENOVATION UP TO $500,000

BUNNINGS RENOVATION  OVER $1 MILLION

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There are no entries in this category. This house is from the Bay of Plenty region.

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As Aotearoa New Zealand’s only manufacturer of glass-wool insulation, Pink® Batts® understands what it takes to build a healthy home here. We have been working alongside builders and industry stakeholders for more than 60 years and are proud to have warmed a multitude of NZ homes and hearts. We believe everyone deserves a healthy, dry, warm, safe and efficient home and we are committed to it for the next 60 years.

Plumbing World has access to the world’s leading brands and the best Kiwi plumbers and builders in the industry. The products we showcase look amazing and are made to last and designed to perform. So come and see our team in black – they can advise you on the right home solutions.

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2021 HOUSE OF THE YEAR

MASTER BUILD 10-YEAR GUARANTEE MULTIUNIT APARTMENTS / DUPLEXES / TERRACE HOUSING

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BUILDERS OWN HOME

There are no entries in this category. This house is from the Manawatū & Whanganui region.

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APL Window Solutions is the largest window solutions organisation in New Zealand and has been proudly family-owned and NZ Made for 50 years. Our products are designed and tested specifically for Kiwi buildings and conditions. We have a full vertically integrated supply chain to ensure the highest quality of product is supplied to our experienced manufacturers across the country.

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Pool 2 (top left) and Plant Study 2– Spiky Plant (left) $8 each, from Pepa.

BOLD MOVE If neutral is not your thing, consider an eyecatching throw or rug to liven things up. Claire Ritchie Perry throw, $387.84, from Makers’ Mrkt.

Get the drift The New Zealand-designed and made Drift sofa is the epitome of classic styling and is available in a range of fabrics. The cushions are filled with feathers, the pine frame comes with a 10-year guarantee and it can be made in a range of sizes. $4690, from Corcovado. LEISURE WARE Pots and pieces for your conservatory or outdoor room.

Dash ceramic planter and stand, $49.99, from Koop.

Lito Eye candle, $357, from Amara.

Night Garden square cushion, from $69.90, from Wallace Cotton. Ferm Living Hourglass pot (small), $250, from Slow.

Indoor watering can, $44.90, from Good Thing. HOU S E OF THE Y E A R 2021

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Book club Top reads exploring history, design and helping the planet Homesteads Text by Debra Millar, photography by Jane Ussher, published by Point Publishing, $75

Living Without Plastic By Brigette Allen and Christine Wong, published by Artisan Division of Workman Publishing, $49.99

Surrounded by Wood: Contemporary Living Styles Published by Thames & Hudson Australia & New Zealand, $90

Take a wander through some of New Zealand’s most impressive rural homes and gardens and discover the stories behind them. This is a beautiful hardback with more than 200 images. A coffee table must-have.

It’s easy to bemoan the amount of plastic in the world, but much harder to do something about it. This book helps readers end their reliance on the material and suggests easy swaps that are much kinder to the planet.

Wood, we are told, is style. This hardback shows how it is used in homes all over the world and guides architects, interior designers and builders in the many ways it enhances modern buildings. Even daring architecture is given warmth and cosiness.

On reflection Mirror, mirror on the floor... An arched model gives you more. Bjorn floor mirror in brass, $949.99, from A&C Homestore.

MAT FINISH

Garden bed Bring the rich hues of a flower patch into your bedroom with a duvet cover. This one is bursting with sumptuous colour. MM Linen Florenza queen duvet set, $289.90, from McKenzie & Willis.

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Here’s a rug made from recycled plastic bottles that can be used indoors and out.

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Home FRONT

Interior design consultants Tania Hussey and Kate Symes share their thoughts on creating homes of love and comfort and explain why they don’t follow trends

A Clockwise from above: A new kitchen by Tate Design; Tania Hussey (left) and Kate Symes; two bathroom renovations planned by the Tate team; a powder-room pendant light.

fter years spent in the are the hub of a home and you medical and spend a lot of your time there. commercial That being said, they are ‘Our advice worlds, Tania Hussey costly, so considerable to clients is to and Kate Symes thought and planning need to wait until you launched Tate Design to go into them. The exterior is can afford share their love of definitely important, too, as something.’ interiors, textures, colour first impressions count! and styling. Their boutique Wellington-based What’s the trend you wish would consultancy offers everything make a comeback? Nothing. We aren’t from interior and spacial design to trend-focused, as these come and go. furnishings, sourcing and a gift registry. What’s a trend you’ll be glad to see the How would you describe your home back of? Three pendants hanging above and style? Tania: Scandi eclectic. a kitchen bench. Kate: Contemporary minimalist. If money was no object, what would What inspires you about living in your you splurge on for your home? We would region? We both love the Wellington make it a ‘smart home’ (an eco-friendly harbour, easy commute to town, village home where systems can be remotely atmosphere and community feel. managed). What’s the last thing you bought for your home? Tania: My new fireplace. Kate: New carpet. What was one of the memorable first items you ever bought for your home? Tania: The first item we bought when buying our first home was a new front door. Kate: Two New Zealand-made leather sofas. What’s your favourite room in your house? Tania: My office, as it is key for me to have a creative and inspiring work space. Kate: My formal lounge, which is light and bright and has amazing views of Wellington. If you were renovating, where would you spend the bulk of your renovation budget? We would both spend it on kitchens, as they

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What would you go budget on? We wouldn’t compromise quality for the sake of budget. Our advice to our clients is to wait until you can afford something. You’ve got a day to refresh your house. What do you do? We’d try a new spatial layout and new placement of artwork. What should every home have? That feeling of love and comfort when returning home after a holiday. If you could have a ‘house tour’ of any home in the world, whose home would you choose? It would have to be any home that intrigues us from the outside and says, ‘Come in and have a look!’ www.tatedesign.co.nz


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1. Stainless steel pegs, $22 for 18, from CaliWoods. 2. Reflect daybed, New Zealand-made from renewable resources, $2500, from Lore. 3. Eco tote, $20, from Flox. 4. Legacy pan set, $400, made from recycled T100 iron, guaranteed for three generations, from Ironclad Pan Co. 5. Washed-linen queen duvet cover, $279.99, from Trade Aid. 6. Locally made hand-crafted vessel, $53, from JS Ceramics. 7. Fairtrade pot-holders, $14.50 each, made from recycled saris, from Everyday Needs. 8. Finn coffee table, from $2100, made of sustainably sourced timber, from Lloyd Brooke Furniture. 9. Brabantia Tasty+ Herbs & Vegetable Regrow Kit, $66.99, from Homeware Online. 10. Eco hand soap 250ml, $5.99; Eco dish liquid 500ml, $4.99, made by Kiwis with disabilities, from Will & Able. HOU S E OF THE Y E A R 2021

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MURAL COMPASS

Point your decor in a more exciting direction with the Resene Komar Pure Wallpaper Collection. Choose from a wide range of images – you’ll find everything from geometric patterns and florals to photographic scenes and abstract art, including this design, PO32-VD4. Furniture from Good Form. Throw from Citta.

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Colour adds warmth, texture and ambience to your home. Take a look at the latest and loveliest looks in paint and wallpaper

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Resene Wallpaper Collection KEN202.

Feast your eyes on the soothing tones of the natural world. Woodland hues, including silvery sages, muddy stone greys, jades and olive greens are popular. These are all great for tone-on-tone looks – the trick is to choose complementary Resene paint colours that also show contrast.

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EASY BREEZY

There’s something about the colours of the sea, sky, sand and scenery that evoke a sense of peace and calm. For that reason, the seaside vibe never goes out of style. Stain timber with Resene Colorwood to create a sense of cosiness and interest. RESENE Atomic

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Organic, voluptuous shapes are all the rage this season and taupe and blue are a divine combination. Walls, headboards, floors, shelves and accessories – even curved vases and decorative rocks – are all ideal recipients of a splash or two of colour. So, mimic nature’s curves and sweeps and crack out the Resene paint, brushes and masking tape.

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Welcome to the warm, fuss-free Med. Spanish, Italian and Moroccan traditions are to the fore with simple lines, natural materials, earthy Resene tones and a hand-made aesthetic. Arches are also in the frame.

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PARAPINE BUILDING CENTRE

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When you first see this 360sqm home, you get the sense it has always been there. With its rustic, yet-refined aesthetic, the roomy residence sits naturally within the rural landscape. Although this is undoubtedly a large house with luxurious features and detailing, it is also a comfortable, easy-to-live-in home. The combination of stonework, vertical cedar, and exposed beams and rafters reinforces connection to the landscape, while creating character and visual intrigue. In winter, this home really comes into its own with a choice

of two large floor-to-ceiling fireplaces embedded in stone – there’s one in the main living area and another in the den. The theme of warmth and comfort has also been woven into the outdoor entertaining areas. Two large stone fireplaces have been incorporated into a sheltered courtyard and the separate outdoor living and dining area. In the summer months, an impressive in-ground swimming pool provides the backdrop for years of fun childhood memories and family gatherings. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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CARTERS NEW HOME $1 MILLION–$1.5 MILLION

K A H U TA R A

SHEDDING LIGHT Classic corrugated iron sheds are synonymous with rural Aotearoa. Think outbuildings for storing hay, tools and machinery. It’s a form the owners of this 128sqm new build wanted to capture in terms of the materials used and simplicity of design. Careful detailing, however, ensures this is a truly sophisticated version of the shed. Gutters and downpipes are concealed to allow the roof to transition

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seamlessly to the exterior cladding and window frames are hidden. A large woven timber sliding door separates the living and working spaces and you’ll find immaculate built-in cabinetry throughout the two-bedroom home. The house explores the use of local materials and sits naturally within its rural surroundings. The simple S-shape design, which is one-room wide, captures

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pastoral and lake views as well as the sun. It also provides shelter from the area’s persistent northerly winds A wide, gabled roof is clipped off at each end, but at each side, it extends over outdoor areas. The owners can access these through large sliding doors with custom-made handles. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

BLAIR HELBRON BUILDING

South Wairarapa

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PHOTOGRAPHY SIMON WILSON, LIZ HAYES, JAMIE CHURCHMAN

‘Careful detailing ensures this is a truly sophisticated version of the shed.’

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CARTERS NEW HOME $1 MILLION–$1.5 MILLION

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What do you do when the kids are leaving home and you no longer need 400sqm of family house – especially an older one requiring maintenance? You subdivide your section and build a smaller, low-maintenance, high-quality dwelling that has an apartment-style feel to it. The sharp lines and square forms in the design of this 225sqm three-bedroom house appealed to the clients. So did the spacious open-plan living and entertaining area, plus the fact the home is designed to work beautifully on the site. One of the challenges was keeping

the three-storey property within the height restriction plans. The owners wanted to use quality, durable materials, such as painted shiplap cedar on the exterior and marble tiles and French oak flooring inside. One of the owners lent her skills to the design of the kitchen – her masterpiece. Eleven metres of dark cabinetry behind the island extend into the outdoor area, connecting it with the kitchen. The clients were deeply involved with the build and made it a pleasure to be part of the project. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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‘The sharp lines and square forms in this design appealed to the clients.’

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A blue-chip location called for a special home and the builders stepped up to the mark. Replacing an old house, this jewel at the top of the hill basks in all-day sun and takes in sweeping panoramas of Wellington, the harbour and nearby mountain ranges. All rooms have views, but the vista from the luxury of the main-bedroom ensuite is second to none. The lounge opens to a large west-facing deck. Deck is an understatement for what has been achieved here. It’s no simple extension to the 192sqm house – it is truly an engineering feat, given it sits atop a double garage that

has been excavated into the hillside. An open-plan kitchen, living and dining area means everyone can enjoy the space and grandstand position. The views are pretty good inside too. Bamboo details are used for the kitchen shelves and vertical-slat balustrade. This house may be exposed on its perch, but it’s seriously warm. Underfloor heating; double-glazed, thermally broken windows; and passive heat from the sun and a concrete slab make it light and cosy. It’s a win-win for the owners – dramatic scenery and a warm home. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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STANDING GRAND Building a home to capture panoramic views invariably comes with a few challenges, and this one, located at the top of a hill in Paraparaumu, was no exception. With its elevated position, the site is exposed, and had a significant amount of gorse to be cleared, as well as covenanted bush to consider. The build team worked closely with the homeowners to bring their grand dream to reality.

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The lower level has a double-height entry leading to an extensive living area and kitchen. With a 2.7m stud height, these areas take in 180-degree views encompassing Kāpiti Island, Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu in the north, and Rangitoto ki te Tonga/D’Urville island in the south. The separate family room is positioned to be sheltered from the prevailing wind. Triple garaging and a home

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Wellington

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family home creates instant intrigue. The interior is flooded with light through From the dark and brooding exterior to bold oversized doors and carefully positioned PRINT DATE NEARING wallpapers inside, the owners have not shied away skylights. Spacious open-plan living and more than from creating a variety of themes that work together 140sqm of exterior decking make this home a year-round in harmony. .............................................entertainer’s dream. The bold custom-designed kitchen, Of key importance to the design, the home needed with a granite-topped island, provides a central hub. to withstand the extreme elements while still sitting From the emerald-green main suite to earthy tones in comfortably within the landscape. A variety of cladding the guest bedroom, designer touches throughout make materials, including larch and schist, have been used this home truly special. in combination with a fine eye for detail to provide a For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz


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A steep slope, tricky access and unstable soil? No worries for the IConstruct builders who were able to overcome the challenges and craft this beautiful architectural home. Significant engineering was required to anchor the 149sqm house to the difficult site, but the results are stunning – and so are the views over Cook Strait. The three-bedroom house also captures all-day sun for the family in residence. It’s clear this home has been built to respect its environs – it follows the natural slope of the land and its dark tones complement the surrounding bush.

The cladding incorporates beautiful timber rain screens, one discreetly hiding the laundry door. Clever. Inside, natural light floods in through bespoke skylights. The bathroom and ensuite, which have white subway tiles, enjoy vistas, but also seclusion and intimacy. High windows in the living zones invite sun and views of treetops, but maintain privacy. The kitchen, with clean, matte-white finishes, oak accents and handle-free cabinetry, is a streamlined affair. And the deck? It’s big – for those big, beautiful views. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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Q&A HOW TO BUILD A HOME THE RIGHT WAY

Master Build 10-Year Guarantee. It gives us peace of mind knowing that if something does go wrong, Master Builders will help resolve any issues and finish our home. At less than 1 per cent of the build cost, it was a no-brainer for us. How did you find working with your builder Nate? It was a fantastic process. Nate brought a wealth of building knowledge to our project. Having someone who truly knows his stuff put us at ease. Discussing the build with him was always a highly productive experience as he is never afraid to give you his honest opinion. His focus was never about up-selling. Instead, he was dedicated to what he thought was best for us and our home. He understood our budget from the outset and helped us to ensure we got great value for money.

Building a new home can seem daunting, but Waikato’s Nicole Kara couldn’t be happier with her decision to build

Nicole Kara and her husband Kurt built their dream house in Hamilton – a home for themselves and their two young children, as well as Nicole’s parents. The project was a rewarding experience, which Nicole credits to the work of her team of Master Builders at Sentinel Homes. The build took place last year and the lockdowns certainly added to the apprehension that all homeowners feel during the building process, but Nicole says she is incredibly happy with how the project evolved and believes there has never been a better time to build. We caught up with Nicole about the process and asked her to share tips for others who are thinking about building their own homes. What would you say to those considering building a new home, particularly at this time? It’s worth taking the leap. Like anything, you can spend hours thinking about what could go wrong. Despite uncertain times, we know we made the right decision. For us, the timing couldn’t have been better – interest rates were low and our builder and his team had capacity. We were considering renovating, but convinced ourselves that if we are going to spend all that money then why not get exactly what we wanted. We found a bit of land and made the jump into building a home that’s perfect for our family.

Do you still believe this? We all know there’s a housing shortage, which means we should all be motivated to build new, where possible. One of the best assets in New Zealand is real estate. Kiwis love property – we can see it, understand it and its value holds up over time. Low interest rates have made it an ideal time to build. Everyone is trying to buy homes and they are all being snapped up. Rather than joining the race, and having to settle for something that’s not quite right, we decided to spend this time on our build. Tell us about your build. We chose a Master Builder to ensure we had the backing of a trusted organisation. We worked with Nate Alley from Sentinel Homes on our family home just outside of Hamilton. How did you go about finding a builder you could trust? We did our research, shopped around and asked friends. We took on board customer testimonials and reviews. In the end, we went on the recommendation of a friend of friends who had worked with Nate before and spoke really highly of him. Nate being a Master Builder helped us make the decision – by choosing a Master Builder we knew we were choosing quality and someone we could trust. It was also very important for us to be protected by a guarantee, especially with an investment of this size. Only Master Builders can offer the protection of the market-leading

What advice did your builder give you about the specifics of your project? From the start, Nate and the team had a real emphasis on quality and what would give us the best outcome in the long-term. Sometimes the cheapest option is the cheapest for a reason and won’t last. We had plenty of conversations specifically around what materials were best. Nate was great at explaining the cost behind certain materials and then would recommend what he’d use himself. Obviously, I’m not a builder, so we came in with no real idea of what was best. To have that expertise and advice on hand was really comforting. A big focus for us was the importance of the sustainability and durability of the house. This led to our decision to use brick for our exterior, rather than cedar, as it requires less maintenance. Do you have any tips for others about how to best work with your builder? My number-one piece of advice is to build a strong and trusting relationship with your builder, right from the start. Second is frequent and clear communication. Sentinel Homes was incredible with this, and I would be quick to recommend them to anyone. Another bonus of working with Sentinel Homes is their use of the CoConstruct app. This allowed us to stay informed about the progress of the build with regular updates and photos. It also provided us with a place to keep everything in writing, which we could easily refer to. It really helped us keep on top of things, especially when you’re trying to think of what you might have missed. It keeps the work trucking along by allowing you to be able to respond to approvals in real time. It’s great to see this kind of technology available.

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NEW HOME $600,000–$750,000

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The pavilion form was the inspiration for this three-bedroom family home that delivers the architectural style the clients wanted, plus plenty more. Split over two levels, the 209sqm house has sight lines throughout to create a sense of space, and a doubleheight living area connects the ground floor with upstairs. It’s a dramatic design move that anchors the rear of the property to its outdoor living spaces. Downstairs, you’ll find the open-plan living, kitchen and dining zone in gleaming white with black accents, such as feature lighting hanging from the lofty ceiling.

The kids’ zone is in a separate wing downstairs and also accommodates overnight guests. This area contains a separate laundry and large storage areas tucked behind sliding doors. A striking black balustrade leads you upstairs to the mezzanine where you’ll find a library, study nooks and the main bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. This was designed to be a stylish, efficient and warm forever family home that makes the most of its beachside location. It’s fair to say, mission accomplished. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

DAVID REID HOMES (KĀPITI)

Wellington & Kāpiti T 04 904 5959 • M 021 880 033 E wellington@davidreidhomes.co.nz W www.davidreidhomes.co.nz

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PHOTOGRAPHY LEWIS BROWN

‘This was designed to be a stylish forever family home. Mission accomplished.’

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NEW HOME $600,000–$750,000

GREYTOWN

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Clad in bandsawn oiled weatherboard with sleek black accents, this stunning home blends character with a sophisticated modern aesthetic. On entering through the large black alloy door, guests are welcomed into a vaulted light-filled living area. Floor-to-ceiling windows and well-placed skylights warm the polished concrete floor. In winter, a wood burner keeps the space extra cosy, and on sunny days, the large sliders open to the outdoor living and barbecue area. The sleek and stylish kitchen is located at the heart of the home. It makes a striking centrepiece – a blend

of black cabinetry and oak panelling, complemented by contemporary lighting. The central island features an overhang stone benchtop, especially designed for this space. A beautiful barn-style door leads from the kitchen through to three large bedrooms and two fully tiled, immaculately appointed bathrooms. For extra warmth and comfort, the bathrooms have underfloor heating. To complete this 230sqm home, the downstairs area has a fourth bedroom, an office and a media room. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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Greytown

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NEW HOME $600,000–$750,000

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As you stand in the beautiful bright kitchen and living area of this family home, uninterrupted lake views framed by large sliders appear as grand works of art. The 163sqm floorplan has been masterfully designed to maximise light and space. A key factor to enhancing the sense of space is being able to see the lake from the front of the house. To provide privacy from neighbouring houses, the design incorporates two pavilion structures built around a central courtyard. This serves to concentrate the view inward as well as focussing on the idyllic outlook.

The pavilion design also separates the living side of the house from the sleeping areas. The open-plan kitchen and dining area feature large sliders that lead to a generous timber deck bordering the lovely lake. The living area opens out to a separate, covered deck, which is sure to become a well-used year-round entertaining space. Attractive bevel-back Siberian larch complements black metal cladding and creates a natural exterior aesthetic in keeping with the surroundings. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

DAVID REID HOMES (KAPITI)

Wellington & Kāpiti

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NEW HOME $600,000–$750,000

TIMBERLEA

IMPECCABLE BLEND Built into a hillside overlooking Maymorn Valley, this single-level pavilion-style home blends in beautifully with the surrounding rural landscape. Clad in cedar and coated steel, the 185sqm residence is sleek and stylish from the outside in. Above the garage, a sloping roofline draws your eye to the central entranceway. Inside, the kitchen and adjoining

living and dining areas enjoy fabulous, elevated views over the rolling green valley. Double sliders open onto a generously proportioned balcony with glass balustrades to ensure the view is uninhibited. The kitchen is contemporary and bold in black and white punctuated by an eye-catching red-tile splashback. A separate snug/TV room offers a relaxing escape away from the hub of the home, and an office provides a quiet space for catching up on paperwork. The main suite has been perfectly positioned as a relaxing, rewarding sanctuary for its occupants. Large sliders open out to the deck, creating an idyllic opportunity to enjoy a weekend lie in, while taking in the tranquil outlook as sunshine warms the room. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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Wellington

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MĀK ARA

VIVA LA VILLA If you didn’t know it, you’d think this was a 1900s villa that had been lovingly maintained or restored. In fact, many passers-by have commented on the flawless restoration of the house, which looks as if it has been there for a century. But this 131sqm three-bedroom home is brand new, with all the advantages of modern-day technology and all the comforts. It’s undoubtedly a win-win for the

owners – a warm, energy-efficient house with the charm and character of a timeless classic. Clad in rusticated weatherboard and with a bay window, this replica villa perched on a hillside is comfortable and cosy. It’s also off-grid. Solar panels have been installed to the north, providing power to the house. The water is heated by solar energy and a wetback, which also warms the radiator in the bathroom. Exterior joinery with low-e coating and argon gas keeps the warmth inside and the cold weather out. Water arrives from two rain-water tanks high above the house. This is a quality, beautifully crafted home that’s true to the villa’s roots – think timber floors, covered verandas and more – but is also tailored to modern needs. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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MADE TO MEASURE They say good things come in small packages, and this 131sqm home is an excellent example. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the design is spacious, open and inviting. The client-led aesthetic reveals a masculine and modern palette of grey, black and white. Exposed concrete flooring and an attractive 2.4m ply ceiling

with negative detailing delivers definite ‘wow’ factor. The thermal mass of the concrete flooring, combined with ample glazing, means the home generates and retains warmth, which is boosted by the free-standing fire. The hub of the home is the modern kitchen with integrated butler’s pantry. The contemporary design complements the homeowners’ love of entertaining and flows effortlessly out to the patio. Both bathrooms are handsomely finished with black tapware and punches of white. This contrast against the grey walls creates strong visual appeal. On the exterior, vertical corrugated cladding is impeccably finished and blends beautifully with the decking and landscaping. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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Once it was a driveway leading to an existing house. Now with some clever calculations and planning, there’s a new home at the top of the site. And there’s still ample access to the original home. Centred in the heart of Lower Hutt, the new build is well positioned within walking distance of all major amenities. Step into the ground floor and enjoy open-plan living and all-day sun. The kitchen, which is dressed in black, is connected to the living area – a proud place from which to entertain indoors, if the outdoor living area is affected by the weather.

The two-storey design makes efficient use of space – you’ll find the laundry discreetly tucked away under the stairs and stacked sliders lead to the main outdoor area. Design ingenuity in this compact home carries on upstairs, where you’ll find two large bedrooms, plus a study that could accommodate an overnight guest. A well-appointed bathroom serves this area, while a guest bathroom serves the downstairs. A sharp contemporary look is achieved on the exterior, thanks to the contrasting use of cedar on black Stria. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

MILESTONE HOMES

Kāpiti

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TRENTHAM

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This smart 162sqm free-standing home is at the more affordable end of terrace-style options. The development has a range of homes with different facades, yet all designed to present a cohesive look within this new community. One of the real advantages of this house is its internal configuration – flexible enough to serve as a fivebedroom home, or a four-bedroom with a second living

room. The design recognises that families and their dynamics evolve over time as needs change. The positioning of the downstairs bathroom also allows for a main bedroom upstairs or downstairs – or two main bedrooms if you have a long-term guest who needs their own space. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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Upper Hutt

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You only need to step inside this three-bedroom house to recognise the clever design. It starts with the welcoming entrance – a covered area with feature pillar. At its heart, this home has a large contemporary kitchen with scullery, and an open-plan dining and living area. This space flows out to the private covered alfresco area, designed to capture the afternoon sun. With elegant landscaping and a natural flow between indoors and out, it’s a great place to relax or entertain. The owners can spend time outdoors in all weather and enjoy the evening sun as it sets over the rugged Tararua Range.

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This home has been designed with careful attention to detail. And with its brick-and-tile exterior, maintenance won’t get in the way of weekend relaxing. The separate lounge can be transformed into a home theatre for Friday-night family movies or big sports fixtures. Within the 212sqm footprint, you’ll also find a spacious main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, two more generous bedrooms with double wardrobes, an office space, a beautifully tiled family bathroom and a double garage with laundry. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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A 70s bach in a beautiful beachside location had seen better days, so the owners decided to have it completely transformed and extended for their growing family. This renovation entailed larger bathrooms, a spacious laundry, separate toilet and two living areas that open to a deck and outdoor living. The project also involved improving energy efficiency, sustainability and, given its coastal position, durability. Aluminium guttering and windows, and a corrugated iron roof do the hard work. And with energy efficiency high on the list, there’s a

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ducted heat-pump system, double-glazed windows and water-tank collection for the vege garden. The addition of an attractive kitchen and butler’s pantry ensure this family can indulge their passion for garden-to-table dining. Move from the statement entrance into the 167sqm home and you’ll notice a coastal-cool colour scheme, a feature wall and an open-plan living space that spills effortlessly to outdoor decking. Rebuilt with sustainability and future-proofing in mind, the family who lives here will enjoy it for years to come. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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These homes have been designed with professional couples and young families in mind. Each of the three double bedrooms is roomy and situated upstairs, so there’s no separation from young children. An upstairs toilet and main-bedroom ensuite make this a very practical first home. The larger floorplan also allows for a single internal-access garage.

The open-plan kitchen, with tiled splashback, has a breakfast bar that separates it from the dining area. French doors from the light, airy living zone lead out to the courtyard and rear section. All that’s left to do is clip back the doors, step outside and enjoy alfresco dining, entertaining and relaxing with the family. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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VARIETY SHOW Within The Reserve development, you’ll find groups of smart two- and three-bedroom homes designed to be value for money. The striking middle units have two bedrooms, while the end homes have three bedrooms, and a single internal-access garage. Exterior claddings were selected for their durability and quality, but also for their attractiveness. An intricate interplay between materials creates street appeal and

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roofing elsewhere. The goal was for each unit to complement the block and wider development while maintaining its identity. Architectural enhancements include aluminium louvres. Every little detail has been considered in the development – even the letterbox and wheelie-bin storage area has been architecturally designed and custom made. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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As show homes go, this is a beauty – two-storeys perched on a ridge with three sides connecting with a reserve covered in native bush. Not only an exemplar of good building practice, it also demonstrates what can be achieved on a tricky site and how to beautifully settle a home into a bush-clad section. Built to maximise all-day sun and beautiful surrounds, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home has spacious living, plenty of glass and outdoor areas that nestle into the environs. Extensive use of dark timber on the outside helps embed the 268sqm house on the site.

Inside, the timber decor dovetails with the views. Skylights crafted into timber ceilings funnel light into living spaces and glazed doors open the house to stairs and the lush, green expanses beyond. The elegant kitchen is part and parcel of the open-plan living area and has a walk-in pantry. Although this home, which also has a double garage, laundry, study and powder room, is built over two levels progressing down the site, it has been future-proofed for potential owners. Inside you’ll also find a lift. For more of this house go to houseoftheyear.co.nz

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kitchen REPORT Branch out and add your own style to the heart of your home – as much or as little as you like

STANDOUT SE RVE RS Each of these handmade resin products is distinct and colours and swirls vary beautifully. Vive la difference! Dinosaur Designs servers, $192, from Slow.

MANY FACE TE D When he designed these, Martino Gamper drew inspiration from the mountains of his Italian home region. Salt and pepper spitz, $255 each, from Everyday Needs.

Variety show Not a fan of matchy-matchy interiors? Then take a look at this kitchen that celebrates different shades, textures and styles, all in the same functional space. $POA, from Hacker Kitchens.

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Is there anything better in winter than warming comfort food? Think rich stews and one-pot meals. Living & Co 4L cast-iron casserole, $55, from The Warehouse; Cook Eat Clean tea towel, $20, from The Art Room.

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LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE Evie Kemp’s kitchen is the antithesis of the one- and two-tone examples we’ve seen in recent years. When the Kiwi designer, known for her joyous interiors, gave her own kitchen a makeover, she opted for brightly painted cabinets, a black sink, tap and lamps, and tiles that she added colour to herself.


Classic hit Take a plain space, install timeless white cabinetry, on-trend black fixtures, stylish appliances and sleek benchtops and what have you got? A classic kitchen that will never date. Add your own flair to this perfect canvas. Kaboodle kitchens, $POA, from Bunnings.

EVERYTHING & THE KITCHEN SINK What trickery is this? A U-shaped drawer that uses every centimetre of space around your sink. It’s ideal for all those need-to-have-handy bits like scrubbing brushes and detergents that can end up in a jumble. Sink cabinet, $POA, from Blum.

Pour moi? Brew yourself a cuppa, sit down, put your feet up and admire your stylish new teapot. Living & Co Tokyo teapot with bamboo handle, $18, from The Warehouse; glass teapot, $39.90, from Paper Plane; Bredemeijer Xilin cast-iron teapot $101, from Amara.

HOME & THE R ANGE Power your cooking, hot water and several radiators from one attractive wood-fired source. Rayburn 200 Series cooker, $11,495-$13,495, from Warm NZ.

NO BOLDS BARRE D Why shouldn’t your kitchen reflect your personality? This bold, custom-designed example with a solid granite benchtop is a real showstopper – and one of the undisputed stars in the Upper Hutt home built by Sentinel Homes Wellington/ Wairarapa. The owners have years to enjoy exactly what they wanted in their kitchen, without compromise. For more of this house go to page 30. HOU S E OF THE Y E A R 2021

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Add a bold-coloured towel to a pale bathroom and make an instant splash.

A flash of colour here. A sophisticated fitting there. With the right touches, your bathroom can become a blissful place of style and sanctuary

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LOOP ME IN Brass adds a touch of luxury and these stylish hooks are New Zealand-made. Fold loop hook in brass, $55, from Made of Tomorrow.

BATHING BE AUT Y Nothing says relaxation more than a nice, deep bath to soak away the stresses of the day. Urbane II Freestanding Bath, $2175, from Plumbing World.

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Serene dream If a light, calm bathroom is your goal, consider 1000x1000 Brussels white matt tiles for the walls and Helsinki Blanco matt tiles for the floor, both $155sqm, from Tile Warehouse.


SOFT SELL RISE & SHINE What every elegant bathroom needs: X-factor accessories. Compass shower caddy, $125, from Nest; Objekt small rust mirror, $69.99, from Shut the Front Door.

Muted green is always a good idea and these hand and bath towels lend a softness to bathrooms’ hard surfaces. Morgan & Finch Dorothy towels in eucalypt, $18.95 and $36.95, from Bed Bath N’ Table.

SOME LIK E IT HOT Dial up the style with mixers that also make a bold statement. Tate shower mixers, $367 to $652, from Felton.

SINK ABOUT IT The right wall basin is essential for the look of your bathroom. You can’t go wrong with a classic white rectangular style with elegant lines. Acacia Supersleek wall basin, $485, from Robertson Bathware.

T WIST & SPOUT Edgy yet elegant – give your bath an ultra-modern look. Foreno chrome open bath spout, $169, from Bunnings.

DE E P CLE AN Buy this handwash and sanitiser and you’ll also be supporting Cure Kids. Ashley & Co Cure Kids Eva Edition Soothe & Zap and WashUp set, $49.99, from Shut the Front Door.

GO THE EXTRA TILE Light colours and restful shades sometimes need a pick-me-up. In this serene bathroom, in a Roseneath house built by Scotty’s Construction, the interest is in the tiling – patterned on the floor and stacked vertically in the shower. They work a treat. For more of this house go to page 26. HOU S E OF THE Y E A R 2021

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GARDENS GARDEN

5 TREES FOR SMALL GARDENS

Seven sins of

LANDSCAPING Landscaping and establishing a new garden is fun, hard work and not without its pitfalls. Here are some of the most common garden and landscaping blunders to avoid, says Mary Lovell-Smith

THINKING there’s not enough room for trees, or even one tree. There is always room for at least one in a garden. Can it be called a garden if it is treeless? No, rather, it’s a dispirited chunk of outdoors. A tree brings shade, sound, colour, perspective and movement to a garden. It’s just about working out which is best for your situation. (And, remember, trees will increase the value of your house should you sell it.)

MISTAKING outdoors for indoors and making outside ‘rooms’ that attempt to obliterate what the outdoors is all about – nature. Embrace the elements and refrain from filling up your outdoor space with rugs, sofas, TV screens, heaters, lamps and the like. Hedges make wonderful walls, tree canopies ceilings and flagstones floors.

IMAGINING that every house, no matter the style or age will benefit from a deck. Many homes don’t suit the standard timber deck. Show imagination and design a deck (or get a professional to design one) to suit and enhance your home. Not that decks are the be-all and end-all; it may be that a concrete or tiled terrace or patio, veranda or porch will work better for you.

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FORGETTING there are four seasons – not just spring and summer – when blossom and flowers are doing their thing. Also plant for autumn and winter, with plants and shrubs that bloom late, have leaves that change colour and berries to attract the birds.

NEGLECTING the view of the garden from indoors, which is most often how we see our gardens. This may mean framing it out of a window with foliage, or placing a particularly pretty shrub a couple of metres from a window to draw the eye outside.

WANTING to control every inch of the garden. Banishing weeds, keeping hedges razor sharp, and maintaining perfectly manicured lawns is fine, but what about the creatures that live in the garden and make homes in the likes of rotting logs or long grass? Also, the price of maintaining such a tidy garden is a high cost in labour or, worse, chemical warfare and its collateral damage.

PAYING the price of impatience by choosing fastgrowing trees and hedging plants. These are wonderful

A key to choosing trees for modest gardens is not so much the size, but how dense and dark they will be in full leaf. Those with an open aspect and sparse leaves are preferable. The other consideration is getting your money’s worth from the tree, such as flowers in spring and summer, colour and fruit in autumn.

Jacaranda mimosifolia

Smothered in clusters of fragrant, purple blooms in spring and summer, jacarandas are a sight to behold. Prefers warm climates or at least a sheltered, warm spot.

Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum)

This pretty, deciduous tree has heartshaped leaves and clusters of bright pink flowers followed by showy, dark purple pods. Prefers free-draining soil.

Amelanchier canadensis

A small, spreading tree with starry white flowers, and coppery new leaves that turn green before developing brilliant colours in autumn. Tolerates wet soil and drought.

Zelkova serrata

Also known as Japanese elm, this beautiful tree has a wide, spreading habit and gently weeping branches. Its red-purple colours can be stunning, especially in areas with chilly autumns. Prefers moist, well-drained soil, in full sun or partial shade.

Kōtukutuku

Tree fuchsia, or Fuchsia excorticata, has stunning rust-coloured papery bark and its branches grow at interesting, twisted angles. Bees love its red and purple flowers. Prefers moist soil.

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