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or those of you thinking of building a new home, there are plenty of options available. You may be wondering why so many of the new home owners in this issue chose Signature Homes and what makes us so different. I’m confident this magazine will answer these questions. For 36 years, Signature Homes
ur homes are an extension of who we are. What we do within the walls of our abodes shapes our moods, affects our productivity and influences our outlook on life. So, it makes sense that many homes today are being designed using moods and experiences as inspiration. Signature Homes has been building homes for Kiwis for more than three decades. They understand that interior spaces are sanctuaries in which we relax, rejuvenate and entertain and have created house plans precisely in which to do so. They’re also creating new plans and adding these to their house collections to keep up with how
has been synonymous with design, quality and service. My wife Anneta and I were involved with the launch of the Signature Homes brand all those years ago, so when you build with us you can rest assured knowing you’re dealing with long-term industry leaders with a proud reputation for putting our clients first. We’re Kiwi-owned and operated, and our home collections are created right here in New Zealand to suit the requirements of our unique environment. We get that building a new home is a big deal and it’s our job to make the whole process an easy and exciting experience for you, so you can actually enjoy all aspects of seeing your home come to life from the plans.
New Zealanders want to use their homes. They understand that we’re all unique and within these plans, there is scope to customise our spaces. Right now the stand-out feature for home is sustainable, nature-inspired homes. Smart homes are also on the rise as many want life made easier with intuitive technology. The entertainer’s home is more popular than ever, featuring social spaces, including games rooms and outdoor kitchens. So, if you’re planning a new build, as a starting point to your dream design, think about the experiences you want to have in your home, and how you want it to 3 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
You’ll also be protected by New Zealand’s leading Building Guarantees and we’ll be completely transparent about costs before you sign a contract with us. We provide a one-stop solution for all your design and construction needs, and we can help you obtain finance. Whether you’re eager to build a cost-effective family home, wanting to make an architectural statement or even subdivide, we can work with you to create a high-quality solution at highly competitive market rates. Our mission is, as it always has been, to create a new home you and your family will absolutely love living in. GAVIN HUNT OWNER, SIGNATURE HOMES
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DESIGN NEWS Check out what’s hot in the world of home design.
THE FACTS: CONSTRUCTION FINANCE Everything you should know about financing your new build.
HOMES: SEA CHANGE A Waihi beach home makes every day feel like a holiday.
HOMES: DOCTOR’S ORDERS A contemporary Nelson home offers sleek and easy living.
DESIGN: KITCHEN WORKSHOP Smart design and planning make the ultimate kitchens.
THE FACTS: HOUSE PLANS How to make our house plans your own.
PROFILE: NEW HOME CONSULTANT Meet Simon Russell, a New Home Consultant with years of experience.
HOMES: DENIM DAYS This impressive Design & Build in Orewa, Auckland, is a perfect fit.
HOMES: ON THE WATERFRONT A piece of paradise is realised at Marsden Cove.
THE FACTS: GUARANTEES Everything you need to know about our market-leading guarantees.
DESIGN: BATHROOM WORKSHOP Create a bathroom as a place of sanctuary and retreat.
HOMES: NATURAL BEAUTY A new kid on the block in Queenstown ticks so many boxes.
THE FACTS: BUILDING PROCESS A 10-step guide to how we build your house, your way.
COVER STORY Instead of buying a first home, Monique and Nigel Houareau opted for a Design & Build in Nelson. This ensured they could tailor their home to suit their needs – and create a stunning house in the process. Turn to PAGE 16.
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HOMES: FAMILY FAVOURITE A young family’s New Plymouth home is their haven.
DESIGN: ASPIRING COLLECTION This Signature Homes range is full of inspiration.
THE FACTS: ECO-FRIENDLY 10 ways to make your new home environmentally savvy.
HOMES: STAY A WHILE A stylist cleverly creates a chic studio-cum-guesthouse in Hamilton.
DESIGN: CUSTOMISING YOUR HOME How to put your personal touch on your new home.
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HOMES: FIRST ESTATE A young family realises their dream in Glenbrook, Auckland.
DESIGN: OUTDOORS WORKSHOP Turn your outdoor area into an additional living space.
HOMES: CLEAR VISION A large, light-filled Cambridge home is sitting pretty.
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THE BENEFITS OF BUILDING 1
Get a smart, efficient, healthy home made from brand-new products that meet or exceed current building code.
Forget open homes or blowing your budget at auction, you’ll get everything you want in a home for a price determined in advance.
Get the house you’ve always wanted in the setting of your choice.
Create a space that’s perfectly in tune with your lifestyle – whether you’re starting a family, downsizing for retirement or somewhere in between.
Avoid unpredictable and costly renovations. Enjoy your home from the moment you first step inside.
Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with fixed prices, reliable timeframes and guarantees.
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PLANNING GUIDE THE
RIGHT OPTION FOR YOU DESIGN & BUILD We’ll help you plan and build a home from scratch that’s 100 per cent tailored to your wants and needs – or we can tweak an existing design to suit your lifestyle.
ASPIRING COLLECTION Simple, relaxed, open-plan living is at the heart of every Aspiring home. Built for modern Kiwi living, the eight high-spec homes can be customised with an elegant palette of materials, colours and textures.
PACIFIC COLLECTION Flexible and functional, Pacific homes are an ideal starting point for creating your perfect family home. They’re also designed to make the most of available space and reduce waste during construction.
SMART COLLECTION Modern, warm, and low-maintenance, a Smart home promises everything you’re looking for in a new build. Built using only quality materials from leading New Zealand companies, they’re also great value for money.
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BEAUTIFUL BRICK Reclaimed Original by Austral Bricks is an elegant, kiln-fired clay brick manufactured in Italy. The style features a beautiful, tactile surface inspired by recycled bricks. The result is a distinctive rustic finish that creates genuine warmth and character. Ideal for both modern and traditional homes. thebrickery.co.nz
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ALPINE Stone Composite, the latest innovation in flooring, has arrived at Tile Warehouse. Providing exceptional durability, temperature stability and impact resistance, ALPINE is available in six colours. The new, longer plank format (230 x 1524mm) is an ideal solution for kitchens, living areas, entrances, bedrooms and hallways. tilewarehouse.co.nz /alpine
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SWITCHED ON ARCHITECTURAL FINISH The new Residential Series of windows and doors from APL Window Solutions combines contemporary styling with affordability. The flat-face frame creates a clean, architectural finish and corner soaker blocks provide frame strength and superior water-tightness. Available through Altherm, First and Vantage manufacturers nationwide.
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Resene Construction Systems plaster facade makes it possible to choose durable, ultra-dark tones for your home exterior. Resene Construction Systems CoolPlast™ technology, in conjunction with the Resene CoolColour paint system, combines exclusive technology that reduces the wear normally associated with dark colours over plaster. There’s less thermal stress, which means a more durable plaster facade system for your next project. reseneconstruction.co.nz
BLOCK SOLID Embrace the elegance of premium concrete blocks from the GB Premium Masonry range. Porcelain (above), Pebble and Nickel are just a few styles that comprise the elegant and versatile range of GB Honed blocks. australmasonry.co.nz 15 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
DESIGN & BUILD
Doctor’s orders Far from the shores of the Seychelles where they were raised, first-home owners Monique and Nigel Houareau have created a contemporary haven for their family in Nelson Photography Rebekah Robinson, Grant Stirling
“Monique and I had never owned a house before as we were busy focusing on our careers,” says Nigel Houareau. Both were born and raised in the Seychelles but met at university in Christchurch. When the couple arrived in Nelson seven years ago for Monique’s career, they were attracted by the relaxed vibe – a contrast to what they’d experienced in Auckland and Christchurch – and knew they wanted to settle. “Plus it’s sunny,” says Nigel. “New Zealand is our home now.”
The site was chosen predominantly for its proximity to the local hospital where Monique works as a doctor. Approximately 10 minutes from work, she is able to quickly respond to emergencies. Rather than choosing a pre-designed plan, the couple opted to Design & Build. “We wanted our first house to have a modern, open-plan design with lots of space for our kids to grow into,” says Nigel. Connection to the outside was also important. Large, bi-fold windows that allow the inside to flow seamlessly to the outdoors was vital for the family during summer. In winter, the generous windows capture the view and sunlight.
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Land 1645sqm 17 â€” S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
Meet & greet
Monique Houareau, 40 (doctor), Nigel Houareau, 39 (quantity surveyor), Olivier, 7, and Dominic, 5
From the outset, Nigel and Monique knew that the house must have functionality for easy family living. Central heating was also high on the list of priorities. Researching different materials and bringing them together was rewarding. Seeing their vision and all their ideas come to life during the building process was incredibly satisfying for the couple. They worked closely with the Signature Homes team to create exactly what they wanted for their long-term family home.
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Spread across two floors, the ground floor is the communal, open-plan living space with easy access to the expansive 102sqm Kwila deck. The upper level is where you’ll find the bedrooms, study and kids’ area. “Three-quarters of the floor is taken up with the boys’ living and study area and onequarter is ours,” says Nigel. Their generous master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and luxurious ensuite is the couple’s sanctuary. The most satisfying element of the building process was designing the house, says Nigel, and exploring the possibilities of just what could be done in a new home.
Above Nigel at the built-in bench seat. Right The framed view from living area. Facing page from top Nigel and Monique in the kitchen; the rather grand entrance; the onyx honed feature concrete-block walls. 19 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
The modern feel of the house is amplified by the couple’s choice of architectural features. They splurged on American ash stairs, which are framed by striking vertical timber – a feature they are delighted with. The onyx honed concrete-block feature walls add texture, contrast and wow factor to the entrance. The window seat in the open-plan living area is an inviting place to sit and read. The bathrooms are decadent and indulgent escapes, particularly the master ensuite with its free-standing bath next to a fullheight picture window. With a view to the bush-covered hill, the bath is an idyllic spot to luxuriate and de-stress. The black-andwhite tiled walk-in shower is also a standout feature, ticking boxes for functionality as well as style.
Vertical timber cladding is paired with James Hardie Axon Panels for a handsome exterior. A black garage door, guttering, lighting and black-framed glazing make for a crisp, contemporary finish. Outdoor connections are made through generous bi-fold doors to the deck and a servery from the kitchen, which opens to a bar leaner and seating for easy entertaining.
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Above Access to outdoor living is easy. Below The home’s handsome exterior. Facing page, from top The luxurious bath in the ensuite has a stunning view; the tiled, walk-in shower is another of the indulgent aspects of the ensuite.
“The Signature Homes team put a lot of effort into the home and the end result is great,” says Nigel. Yes, there were challenges during the process he says but “we met them head-on as we wanted our house to be perfect”, as did the Signature Homes team.
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Design worksheet NIGEL & MONIQUE’S BUILDING TIPS
+ Rather than using conventional materials, look into alternatives as new products often come to market that may be even more eco-friendly + Find a reliable builder you can trust and who has a good team. They may not be the cheapest but their professionalism and expertise will pay off in the long run
‘BISHOPDALE’ FLOOR PLAN
KEY 1 Garage 2 Entry 3 Toilet 4 Laundry 5 Media room 6 Lounge 7 Dining 8 Kitchen
9 Deck 10 Master bedroom 11 Wardrobe 12 Ensuite 13 Living 14 Study 15 Bedroom 16 Bathroom
+ The construction value came to $975,000, including the 102sqm Kwila deck
“The downstairs area allows us to all do different things but still interact, so we spend most of our time there. The kids can play, I can cook and Monique can work on her laptop”
ROOFING Colorsteel 5 Rib in ‘Ebony’
CLADDING Axon Panel in ‘All Black’ by James Hardie
CLADDING Cedar stained in Resene Woodsman ‘Driftwood’
TILES Trento in ‘Arlecchino’ from Tile Warehouse
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At different steps in the design process, our experts can help with different parts of the home, such as kitchen and bathroom layout and interior design choices. We have a number of local and national suppliers ready to help and you can rely on our in-house designers to make those big design decisions a lot easier.
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Building a new home from pre-designed Signature Homes plans has plenty of benefits. Here’s why it could work for you
That’s what they do. They know all our house plans through and through and, once they understand the purpose of your project they can tailor a solution that is just right for your needs.
A HOUSE PLAN IS A T E M P L AT E F O R A L I F E S T Y L E
CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLAN F O R Y O U R L I F E S TA G E
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When we refer to a house plan, we’re talking about the design for the layout of a home. We’re not talking about decor or materials, which is where creating a unique home really comes to the fore. Signature Homes has a range of pre-designed plans to choose as the basis for your dream home.
This depends on many factors, such as the size of your family, the particular characteristics of your site, your lifestyle and what really matters to you. Your priority may be a connection to the outdoors and being outside for as much of the year as possible. You’ll want a house plan that recognises and caters to these needs.
This is for all our pre-designed house plans and Design & Build homes. It will cover off everything you need including all aspects of design, consents, construction and internal fixtures and fittings, so once you sign a build contract you won’t receive any nasty surprises. On some sites, there may be additional engineering requirements and costs that can’t be fully determined without further investigation. In most cases, though, we’re able to provide quotes for site works, so we can determine this cost and budget accordingly.
THEY’RE TRIED AND TESTED Thousands of New Zealanders live in homes built to our pre-designed plans, so we know they work for the demands of contemporary family living. Many of our plans started out as custom designs that became so popular we standardised them, crafting them into collections to suit different needs. We understand the workings of a functional layout and have discovered what’s most popular, fine-tuning features to suit. We also keep up with local trends and can suggest suitable features to incorporate into your home.
OUR PLANS ARE JUST A S TA R T I N G P O I N T While your choice of plan determines specifics, such as the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and the overall footprint of your house, this is just a starting point. Most home owners make changes, which could include a butler’s pantry, modifying the kitchen layout, or accommodating a wine fridge. It’s your home, your way. You have full control of every aspect such as flooring, tiling and paint colours. It’s easy to modify the look of your home through your choice of roof line, exterior cladding and window style, as well as adding a feature chimney or covered deck. 24 — THE FACTS
W E R E G U L A R LY U P D AT E OUR COLLECTIONS TO REFLECT HOUSE TRENDS We refine our plans to meet the evolving demands of Kiwi lives and currently have several plans that are proving incredibly popular. In our Pacific Collection, the Caroline, Macauley and Torquay plans all include four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms and double garage.
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Our Aspiring Collection, which is driven by the trend towards open-plan spaces and smaller footprints, has also been garnering a lot of interest. Our Smart Collection is our most efficient in terms of cost and we have many plans under 200 square metres, our most popular being Kingfisher, Weka and Waxeye. HOUSE DESIGN TRENDS GO HAND-IN-HAND WITH SOCIAL TRENDS In Auckland, there’s a growing need for two-storey and terraced homes with efficient design for smaller sections. We’re also being asked to add extra living spaces and kitchenettes to accommodate extended families and children living at home for longer, as well as people looking for additional income. The kitchen has become the heart of the home and more floor space has been devoted to this area – these days, we don’t build many homes without a butler’s pantry. Ensuites
and bigger master wardrobes are also popular as bedrooms become a sanctuary. With a focus on electronic devices and entertainment, there’s been an increase in more work stations in living areas and media rooms, or versatile spaces that can be closed off with sliding doors. S I G N AT U R E H O M E S CA N A L S O H E L P D R AW UP A BESPOKE PLAN We call this Design & Build. Custom design and building was how we started out in 1983 and it’s still a big part of our business. We appreciate that some sites require an architecturally designed home and many of our clients have unique needs. 25 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
DESIGN & BUILD
Denim days An Auckland family wanted their impressive family home in Orewa to be as comfortable as their favourite pair of jeans Photography Rebekah Robinson
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The constant to-ing and fro-ing to children’s sports and activities from their home in Puhoi was becoming all-consuming for Leigh and Jeremy Fourie. They decided to move closer to the action. “We liked Puhoi. It was all about the bush, but with Orewa, it’s like permanently being on holiday. We thought ‘we’ve done the bush, let’s do the sea’,” says Leigh. They also save a precious 15 minutes each way with after-school activities. “Plus, we can walk down to the pub on Friday-night date night.”
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Bathroom 3 Bedroom 4 Carpark 2 House 256sqm Land 609sqm
‘Faded denim’ was the phrase Jeremy and Leigh settled on that would shape their new family home – it had to feel as comfortable and familiar as well-loved jeans. And in line with the coastal location, Leigh was also determined to have a large round window, even though this addition would present problems getting approval from the local council. The house, which is located just out of Kensington Park in Orewa, sits surrounded by houses painted in a uniform palette of neutrals and soft blues. 28 — HOMES
Meet & greet Leigh Fourie, 48 (general manager), Jeremy Fourie, 50 (property manager), Adam, 13, and twins Emily and Lara, 11
This page, clockwise from left There’s ample room for the whole family in the open-plan living area; the kitchen has colonial touches; the master bedroom with its feature porthole window. Facing page dining is kept casual.
A mood board was the key to planning what the family wanted and needed. “We did a word document, pasted photos, printed it out and showed it to Signature Homes,” says Leigh. They knew the sloping site would determine much of the design and that a Design & Build home was necessary. “We knew it was going to be an upstairs-downstairs arrangement,” says Jeremy. “We wanted different zones – an open-plan zone for the family, a Mum’s and Dad’s zone and kids’ zones.” 29 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
From above The site boasts sea views; the wide staircase is a generous addition to the home. Facing page The luxurious ensuite.
As well as accommodating the sloping site, the four-bedroom, two-storey home needed to maximise sea views across to Whangaparaoa. Different family zones were also a must. “It works brilliantly,” says Jeremy. “Adam spends quite a bit of time upstairs in the kids’ lounge when his mates are over.” The living spaces open out to expansive decking. Outdoor electrical work was installed during the build for future-proofing and Leigh already knows where she’ll put her Swedish-style spa.
The front door opens to a large staircase, which was designed on the advice of Signature Homes’ architectural designer Robyn Thompson. “She said to avoid having a narrow staircase or it would end up looking like an old villa and that generosity is a luxury – it was the best advice,” says Leigh. The ground floor has an internally accessed double garage and Adam’s domain. The upper level opens out to generous open-plan family living, dining and kitchen and a discreet study. Turn left at the top of the stairs and it’s the parents’ retreat, with a walk-in wardrobe and sumptuous bathroom. Further down the landing is the girls’ bedrooms and children’s living area. Everyone has been catered for. 30 — HOMES
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“We wanted an uncluttered look and a lot of natural materials,” says Leigh. “We had laminates in our previous house and wanted solid wood for this one.” The American oak flooring and expansive staircase are luxurious features. Other extravagances include the character skirting boards, architraves and cornices that feature throughout. The kitchen may have a modern Caesarstone island benchtop in a raw concrete tone but the overall feel is American Colonial, which is also seen in the panelled cabinetry and drawer handles. In the kitchen, the magnificent vintage-look Smeg oven steals the show. “It was an extravagance but we enjoy cooking and it really suits the house,” says Leigh.
The porthole window is a nod to the coastal location. The two-storey Design & Build home is clad in Claymark Tru-Pine timber weatherboard in Wattyl Grey Pearl, which helps the house blend into the surrounding homes. The section is tight and, as a practical solution, the back yard has been completely covered in decking. This page, from above The luxe laundry; a family gathering in the kid’s lounge. Opposite, from top The light and lovely living area; American oak flooring takes this home to the next level.
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From the outset, the Fouries were realistic about cost and knew the site work expenses would be significant because of the sloping nature of the site. “We asked people for recommendations and the answer was Signature Homes,” says Leigh. The couple also appreciated Signature Homes’ upfront, open and honest approach and that the company was happy and entirely confident about taking on the challenging site. Leigh and Jeremy knew they were in safe hands throughout the building process.
To view more of this Design & Build home, search ‘Kensington’ on signature.co.nz 33 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
Design worksheet LEIGH & JEREMY’S BUILDING TIPS
+ Make vision boards and show your designer, so they know what’s going on in your head. + Make sure you have a fixed cost contract. Trust the people who know what they are doing. You are not a builder
+ The land was $475,000 and we spent just over $920,000 on the build, excluding the deck
“The views are great, as are the zones, so each of the kids has their area and we’re not living on top of each other”
‘KENSINGTON’ FLOOR PLAN 256 sqm
GROUND FLOOR 14 18
3 FIRST FLOOR
KEY 1 Entry 2 Bedroom 3 Ensuite 4 Wardrobe 5 Garage 6 Storage
7 Lobby 8 Master bedroom 9 Study 10 Laundry 11 Bathroom 12 Kids’ lounge
13 Living 14 Dining 15 Kitchen 17 Balcony 18 Deck
ROOFING Longrun Colorsteel in ‘Windsor Grey’
CLADDING Claymark Tru-Pine weatherboard in Wattyl ‘Grey Pearl’
CLADDING James Hardie Axon panel in Dulux ‘Snowy Summit’
JOINERY APL Vantage residential suite in ‘Arctic White’
SHOP THE LOOK
‘Segment’ mirror, $139, from Citta
‘Calvin’ pendant lamp, $49, from Bunnings
Oak drawers, $2185, from French Country 34 — HOMES
‘Victoria’ oven, $11,999, by Smeg
Need to know
W H AT Y O U S H O U L D KNOW ABOUT
GUARANTEES Signature Homes provides the best Building Guarantees in New Zealand, designed to give you peace of mind during the build and after the keys are handed to you. Here are the facts about our guarantees
THEY ARE I N D E P E N D E N T LY B O N D E D Signature Homes Comprehensive Guarantee Programme comprises independently bonded building guarantees that remain in place during the build and after the home’s completion. The guarantees are exclusive to Signature Homes and give our clients more protection than any other other guarantee programme offered in New Zealand. Our Guarantees cover not only home completion but other aspects, including weather tightness, structural and non-structural defects. These guarantees are indemnified by RIL (Residential Indemnity Ltd), which is independent from the Signature Homes Franchise Partner you contract to build your home. 36 — THE FACTS
THERE IS NO SET LIMIT OF HOW MUCH A CLIENT CAN CLAIM Unlike our Home Completion Guarantee, other building guarantees have set limits in relation to the total amount that can be paid out for loss of deposit and/or non-completion, and some have excesses to pay on any claim. This means that the difference in the claim limit set by the guarantee company and the actual costs to complete the home need to be paid by the client. Signature Homes’ Home Completion Guarantee has no set limit to how much any client can claim. Should there be a problem, Signature Homes simply guarantees to finish the home as per the building agreement – at no extra cost to the client. There is no excess to pay on any claim made under the Signature Homes Guarantee Programme.
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THEY PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR STRUCTURAL AND W E AT H E R T I G H T N E S S DEFECTS FOR 10 YEARS The loss of deposit and completion aspects of the Comprehensive Guarantee Programme come into effect from the date your application is accepted by Signature Homes (usually within two weeks of your building agreement becoming unconditional). The cover remains in place until the Practical Completion of your home. The structural, weather tightness and non-structural defect guarantees apply from the Practical Completion of the home. Nonstructural defects and maintenance issues are covered for two years and structural and weather tightness defects are both covered for a period of 10 years from Practical Completion. THE HOME COMPLETION GUARANTEE’S MAXIMUM COVER ENSURES THE HOUSE IS FINISHED The maximum cover available is the cost to complete the home (if any) over and above the remaining progress payments that are to be made under the building agreement. The provided cover is based on the home being finished as per the plans and specifications in the original building agreement, and any subsequent variations. OUR GUARANTEES ARE BACKED BY A PERFORMANCE BOND OF $1 MILLION, PLUS SIGNIFICANT CASH RESERVES Signature Homes Guarantees are backed by a performance bond of $1 million issued by ANZ Bank New Zealand, plus significant cash reserves. The performance bond and cash reserves are independently audited by Deloittes on an annual basis to ensure the bond and cash reserves are adequate to cover any potential claims.
THE GUARANTEES ARE TRANSFERRABLE They can be transferred to the next owner of the home, repeatedly at no cost, unlike many other building guarantees. YO U R H O M E W I L L B E S TA R T E D A N D F I N I S H E D B Y A S I G N AT U R E H O M E S FRANCHISE BUILDER In the unlikely event that your Signature Homes Franchise Builder couldn’t finish your home, another Signature Homes Franchise Builder would complete the work (in the first instance). If this was not possible, then a reputable substitute would be used. The structural, weather tightness and defect aspects of the Comprehensive Guarantee Programme would still be applicable to the home once completed. The Home Completion Guarantee ensures your home is completed as per your building agreement, with no additional cost. T H E W O R K O N YO U R HOME IS INSURED If you need to make a completion claim, Signature Homes makes sure that insurance is in place from the time the builder ceases work through to the appointment of a substitute builder and the Practical Completion of the home. This differs from a number of other building guarantees, where the guarantee company is not responsible for keeping the works insured.
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GUARANTEES Our aim is to delight our clients with every aspect of our service and every detail of their new home. That’s not just a promise, we back it up with our exclusive, independently bonded guarantees.
These include: HOME COMPLETION GUARANTEE Your payments to us are 100% secure, ensuring that you receive Your Home, Your Way, on budget, in accordance with the specification in your Building Agreement.
TEN YEAR W E AT H E R T I G H T N E S S GUARANTEE We have great faith in our builders and the products we use, so much so that we guarantee all our homes will be warm, dry and healthy to live in for years to come.
TWO YEAR MAINTENANCE GUARANTEE One of the best things about moving in to a brand-new home is the fact that you don’t have to fix anything up. You’ll receive a maintenance guarantee for two years, giving you more time to enjoy living in your home, rather than fixing it.
NO HIDDEN EXTRAS GUARANTEE We believe the price we give you up front, should be the same price you pay. We guarantee that we won’t sneak anything else into your price meaning there are no nasty surprises when it comes to building your dream home.
TEN YEAR STRUCTURAL GUARANTEE Your new home will stand the test of time.
T O TA L P R I C E G U A R A N T E E At Signature Homes, we guarantee that the price we give you when you sign your Building Agreement is the same price you will pay for your new home, excluding any authorised Variations. No nasty budget blow-outs, no surprise costs and no scary extra fees.
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YO U R S O L I C I TO R I S ENCOURAGED TO READ T H E S I G N AT U R E H O M E S GUARANTEE PROGRAMME Your solicitor will be able to confirm that Signature Homes Guarantee Programme stands up very favourably when compared with others on the market. 37 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
When we tell you when you can move in to your new home, we mean it – otherwise we pay! Knowing exactly which date you will be moving in makes it easier to organise the sale of your existing home, or the final date of your rental agreement as well as moving vehicles and the all-important house warming.
Read more about our guarantees at signature.co.nz.
DESIGN & BUILD
Natural beauty With views across to The Remarkables, this familyfriendly Signature Homes showhome in Queenstown is a showstopper in its own right Photography Michael Thomas
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There is such a thing as a Central Otago style of home, says Rhys Gould of Signature Homes Queenstown Lakes. And this showhome by Signature Homes exemplifies it. Houses in the region tend to honour the stunning environment and are built with timber and stone to maintain a connection to the landscape. They also make the most of the glorious vista, with windows and skylights that capture the mountain views. The high stud of this showhome is key to contributing to the sense of interior space.
The showhome is part of Hanley’s Farm, a new residential development nestled between The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu, and is fast becoming a thriving community for families. The house is a great example of Signature Homes’ ability to build a modern home that accommodates comfortable family living.
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This page from above The gable roof gives an alpine feel to the home and perfectly mimics the natural environment. The lofty ceiling and skylights amplify the sense of space.
Facing page, from top The Remarkables provide a magnificent backdrop for this home; a fully fenced backyard ensures privacy.
Plans & layout
The home is a Design & Build project, so you won’t see it as part of the Signature Homes plan range – yet, says Rhys. It has the functionality you expect from all Signature Homes, making it an ideal design for young families. Once through the front door, a left turn takes you into the hallway, which leads to two bedrooms, a bathroom and master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, as well as an internally accessed garage. Turn right and the communal living areas unfold. There’s a spacious living room with a gas fire for getting cosy on cool nights, and kitchen with walk-in pantry. Bi-fold doors open out onto a hardwood deck.
The modern alpine feel is a natural fit for the location. The high-vaulted ceiling and skylights in the living area are strategically placed to ensure mountain views, giving the house a sense of space and connection with the grand landscape. The low-maintenance design elegantly serves contemporary living. 40 — HOMES
Stylish, dark-stained board-and-batten cladding with cedar features, vertical windows and a Colorsteel roof in Flaxpod give a smart appearance. In an area that has an abundance of architecturally designed homes, this elegant showhome holds its own.
If you’re inspired by this stunning design, a Signature Homes New Home Consultant will help you bring it to life on your site, or help you find a suitable site in your area.
The alpine look
This home is a natural for ski-lodge chic. Layering textured cushions, throws and rugs is mandatory. Work in natural woods for warmth and comfortable sofas to snuggle into and your job is almost done. Then finish with something unexpected, such as glamorous marble coffee table for easy elegance.
To view more images of this Design & Build home search ‘Ben Lomond’ on signature.co.nz 41 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
Design worksheet WHO IS THIS DESIGNED FOR?
+ The design appeals to a wide range of people, including young families who want ample space, professional couples and retirees who want to enjoy the great indoor-outdoor flow
+ Those views + The spacious feeling of the living area with its cathedral ceiling and skylights
+ This house could be yours for $488,000, not including land
7 5 6 163 sqm
KEY 1 Garage 2 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 4 Toilet
5 Master bedroom 6 Ensuite 7 Wardrobe 8 Entry
9 Kitchen 10 Living 11 Dining
ROOFING Colorsteel in Resene ‘Flaxpod’
CLADDING Board-and-batten in Resene ‘Flaxpod’
PANELLING Shadowclad Natural Texture, 12mm
SKYLIGHTS From Velux
SHOP THE ALPINE LOOK
Wooden bowl, $39.90, from H&M
Cushion, $68.50, from French Country
Duo sofa $5,590, from Citta
Marble coffee table, $1,699, from Freedom furniture
Throw, $99.90, from Nood
Mast coat stand, $370, from Citta 42 — HOMES
Baxter buffet, $1,699, from Freedom Furniture
10 STEP GUIDE TO
THE BUILDING PROCESS Don’t dream about building a new home, plan it in 10 steps. We’ll be with you all the way. Here’s how the Signature Homes process works
DREAM IT Start by making two lists: one of musthave features, another with details you’d prefer to include, if possible. You’ll have some non-negotiables, which may relate to your lifestyle, family situation and hobbies. You may need a mandatory four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two living rooms; one for you and the second for the kids. The nice-to-haves could include a butler’s pantry or a feature chimney.
CALL IN THE NEW H O M E C O N S U LTA N T A New Home Consultant will discuss your ideas and help you find a site if you don’t already have one. Our New Home Consultants are experts at helping you create your perfect home. They’ll do this by getting to know you, your interests and lifestyle, and where you see yourself in the next five to 10 years. They’ll also take you to visit one of our showhomes and give you a virtual tour of others online. 44 — THE FACTS
DECIDE ON A PLAN OR GO OFF-PLAN As part of your first design workshop, we’ll help you select a pre-designed plan from one of our collections, or start from scratch with our Design & Build service. Our pre-designed plans have been tried and tested by thousands of Kiwis and we have a huge number of homes in our Pacific, Smart and Aspiring Collections from which to choose. Building this way can help speed
T H E FA C T S
up the design process, but still enables you to make changes such as designing a bigger garage for the boat. You can rest assured all our plans have great bones and are a fantastic starting point for you to put your mark on. Back in 1983, Signature Homes started as a Design & Build company, but quickly discovered there were many universal elements of great home design, so we grouped our most popular plans into collections. Custom design is still a specialty of ours, as some sites require an architecturally designed home and many clients have unique needs. During this stage we will also visit your site to discuss how your ideas will work on your section.
CONCEPTUALISE YO U R H O M E After meeting with the Signature team to discuss your vision for your new home in more detail, we will draw up and present concepts of how your new home could look.
THE E S T I M AT E Once you’re happy with your design, you’ll be provided with an estimate of the total cost of your build. You’ll be asked to pay a small deposit of 1 percent of the total cost to enter our Greenlight Planning Service.
FINALISE THE D E TA I L S This is where your design team comes in – your designer, estimator and franchise partner will all work closely with you to develop your design concepts into a full set of conceptual drawings that enable us to provide your final build price, and give you a better feel for how your new home will look. Once the external features have been finalised, it’s time to look at the finer details - paint colours, appliances, colour and style of kitchen benchtops, fixtures and fittings. You won’t be alone in making these decisions – we have Interior Designers and Colour Consultants to help you every step of the way. We have local and national suppliers who can help with different aspects such as kitchen layout, interior design choices and bathrooms.
T I M E F O R YO U R BUILDING AGREEMENT Once costs and design are complete, we’ll draw up your Building Agreement, which includes a firm and final price, specifications and final drawings. These documents will include the details about exactly what your investment will be and a comprehensive list of everything this includes. We are completely transparent throughout the process, so there will be no nasty surprises for you further down the road. This gives you peace of mind throughout the building process.
W E TA K E C A R E OF EVERYTHING Signature Homes’ on-the-ground staff will manage council consents for you. Our staff are local to your area and familiar with the nuances of each district council. This ensures everything is taken care of on your behalf, and you don’t have to worry about the red-tape that can go into building a new home.
M E E T YO U R PROJECT MANAGER Once you sign your Building Agreement, it’s time to meet your Project Manager, who will look after you for the duration of the build. Your project Manager is experienced in the building process and can answer any queries you may still have. They’ll be your regular point of contact during the construction process.
YO U R H O M E , Y O U R W AY Your Project Manager will update you on the progress of the build and ensure it runs on time and on budget. Once we’ve reached Practical Completion and arranged a Code Compliance Certificate, we’ll hand over the keys to your new home. We’ll keep in touch to make sure everything is perfect, and you’re delighted with every aspect of your Signature Home.
Need to know
W H AT Y O U S H O U L D KNOW ABOUT
CONSTRUCTION FINANCE Building a home will most likely be your biggest financial investment. Here’s what you may not know, but absolutely should, about financing and getting into your dream home
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T H E FA C T S
THERE IS A S I G N AT U R E H O M E T O SUIT MOST BUDGETS We know every homeowner is unique and the perfect home for you may require tweaking for different council requirements. Building Code requirements differ between the regions, and every section is different and requires individual site work. With Signature Homes, you’ll know upfront exactly how much your home is going to cost prior to signing a build contract. Your price is then guaranteed, so you’ll never pay more than what is on your contract. YO U R D E P O S I T CA N BE AS LITTLE AS 5% O N A S I G N AT U R E H O M E * That’s right, you can build your own Signature Home from as little as 5% deposit. NewBuild Finance is a preferred partner of Signature Homes and offers a solution funded by a bank at bank rates, and is able to fund up to 95% of the finance required to build a new home. You can then settle the loan upfront with your deposit paid on the land. No further repayments need to be made until your new home is built. YO U R F I R S T H O M E CA N B E A S I G N AT U R E H O M E Many Kiwis start their homeowner journey small, buying a do-up and working their way up to building a new home. But with Signature Homes, it’s easier to make your first home a new one with our range of House & Land Packages. A number of our packages are turnkey, meaning they can be secured with just a 10% deposit and the remainder due on completion, with your mortgage not starting until you
move in. Signature Homes CEO Paul Bull thinks House & Land Packages are a great option for first-home buyers. “They’re homes built to modern building standards,” he says. “They’re well insulated, dry and warm and all the electrics are new – that means lower electricity bills, healthier homes and healthier families.” YO U CA N AC C E S S A F I R S T- H O M E C O A C H If you and your partner or a friend have a combined $65,000 or more in KiwiSaver and savings, and a combined income of $90,000 or more, owning a new home could be closer than you realise. If you’re not quite at the $65,000 mark, a friend or family member could provide the equity you need, with little risk to them. One50 Group is a financial services company that Signature Homes works closely with and can provide coaching to achieve your home-ownership goals. IT IS POSSIBLE TO RENT A N D PAY T H E N E W H O M E L O A N AT T H E S A M E T I M E This depends on your financial situation, but there are options for renting or paying an existing mortgage while you build with Building Loans and Construction Finance. This is offered by most banks and mortgage brokers. It can generally be secured against the build and the interest rate is the same as, or close to, market mortgage rates, and is specifically used to fund your new home build. The main difference between Construction Finance and a standard mortgage is that the full loan amount isn’t paid out all at once, with Construction Finance progress payments made throughout the build. You should only ever pay for work once
it has been completed at pre-agreed stages of the build; this ensures builders are paid progressively and you only draw down funds as required. You won’t pay interest on the full amount until the home has been completed. When this happens, the end sum is generally moved into a standard mortgage. If you would struggle to pay both, NewBuild Home loans offer a construction loan where mortgage repayments* don’t start until you move in. T H E R E A R E W AY S T O K E E P YO U R E X I S T I N G HOME AND NEW BUILD Investing in property is a proven way to build wealth long-term and is popular with many New Zealanders, but banks won’t often use equity from an existing home to fund a new home loan. In the right circumstances, your mortgage broker or bank may be able to fund up to 100% of the land and build using only the equity in the existing home. With NewBuild, any rental income on the existing home can be used to offset the loan and treat the existing home as a rental. THERE WILL BE NO HIDDEN COSTS OR FEES After signing the contract on your new home, there will absolutely be no extra costs unless you decide to make changes. Our initial work means we’re able to provide you with a comprehensive quote and the Signature Homes design team will factor in your decisions relating to design, cladding, colour, fixtures and fittings – these will be included in the final price of your Build Contract.
If you would like to know more about Construction Finance and how it could help you build your next home, talk to your local Signature Homes team or stop by one of our showhomes today.
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DESIGN & BUILD
Sea change The Greville family left the city behind to realise their dream of modern bach living on Waihi Beach. Now, every day feels like a holiday Photography Mark Scowen
For a family formerly based in Auckland, a piece of land on Waihi beach was too good to pass up and the lure of a relaxed lifestyle too strong. Until recently, there was a 50-year-old bach on the site of what is now Belinda and Andrew Greville’s showstopper of a house. They had it removed, giving them carte blanche to design their home on the beachfront site.
It was always going to be about the views, says Belinda, which extend to Tuhua (Mayor Island). The house they wanted to build had to honour the environment and not look like a blot on the landscape. “We’d always loved the look of cedar and knew it was particularly suited to the harsh coastal conditions,” says Belinda, even though they knew it would require regular staining.
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Meet & greet Belinda Greville 55 (life coach), Andrew Greville 56 (airline pilot), Isaac and Amy both 21 (home for holidays)
Above and below The conversation and fire pit is the ideal place for entertaining and has become the talk of beachgoers as they pass by. Facing page, from top The interiors are designed for contemporary comfort and to connect with the view and outdoor living areas.
The couple decided to Design & Build their new home and worked with one of Signature Homes’ chosen designers, so they could realise their hearts’ desire. “Our New Home Consultant Jason Cook was fantastic, organised at all the meetings with Signature and got back to us extremely promptly,” says Belinda.
The couple wanted modern beachfront living, with a particular focus on outdoor living, which is where the family likes to be. The outside conversation and fire pit is where the family naturally congregates and it’s a great spot for entertaining. 50 — HOMES
Open the front door and the view extends down the hallway and all the way to the beach. The bedrooms, bathrooms and internally-accessed garage feed off the long corridor at the rear of the house, before opening out to the living spaces. The lounge, kitchen-dining-living space and covered deck happily spread out here.
“We wanted simple, clean lines and neutral tones,” explains Belinda. This translates to a predominantly white backdrop, with hits of black for contrast. Engineered timber floors in antique oak provide unity across the communal areas, while comfort was a factor in the bedroom wings, where Belinda went for “the lushest carpet I could find”.
“Everyone loves the cedar and the fire pit is the talk of the beach as people stroll by,” says Debbie Williams, co-owner of Signature Homes Bay of Plenty and Coromandel, with her husband Craig.
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Clockwise from left The entrance is a dramatic statement with views to the sea; clean lines suit beach living; the main living area is open to the view; the TV room can be easily closed off; one of four bedrooms.
“The Signature team has the whole process so well organised that we ended up having an amazing experience and wouldn’t hesitate to do it again,” says Belinda. “The house was completed exactly on the date planned and Signature Homes took care of all the worries regarding getting tradies on site. They operate like a well-oiled piece of machinery, but with a heart,” she says.
To view more images of this stunning Design & Build studio, search ‘Greville’ on signature.co.nz 52 — HOMES
Design worksheet BELINDA & ANDREW’S BUILDING TIPS
‘GREVILLE’ FLOOR PLAN 2
+ It’s never too early to start planning – you don’t want to have to make any snap decisions + Be prepared for all the supplier and tradie visits + Go over your schedule numerous times, you’ll be amazed at what you miss + Don’t sweat the small stuff
+ $1,200,000, excluding land 273 sqm
“We can genuinely say that the build was a breeze. Thank you to the team at Signature Tauranga for all your hard work on our behalf”
KEY 1 Master bedroom 2 Ensuite 3 Wardrobe 4 Linen 5 Bathroom 6 Bedroom
7 Lounge 8 Deck 9 Deck 10 Living 11 Dining 12 Kitchen
13 Storage 14 Scullery 15 Laundry 16 Entry 17 Garage
TILES ‘Liverpool’ black gloss double herringbone, from Tile Space
CLADDING Oiled cedar in WoodX ‘Mount Honey’
CLADDING Cedar stained in ‘Hackett Black’
FLOORING Engineered Smartfloor in ‘Antique Oak’ by Forte Flooring
SHOP THE LOOK
‘Adelphi’ 7-piece dining suite, $2,299, from Freedom Furniture
‘Tully’ lantern, $99, from French Country Collections 53 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
‘Contrast’ light shade, $299, from Citta
Your kitchen rules
HOME SCIENCE With cutting edge technology and renowned good looks, Fisher & Paykel cookware and whiteware will make your kitchen as highly performing as it is aesthetically pleasing.
A brand new kitchen is the stuff of dreams. Make yours a reality by utilising thoughtful design with good planning, a focus on function and a strong style statement Touch&Slide 60cm 4-zone electric cooktop (CE604DTB1).
Integrated rangehood with 3 fan speeds (HP60IDCHX2).
85L, 60cm built-in oven with 5 functions (OB60SC6CEX2).
KITCHENS BROUGHT TO YO U BY
Japanese simplicity has an ease and tactile quality to it that is held in high regard by experts. Be strict on yourself by doing away with anything that isn’t absolutely necessary – barring a simple piece of pottery for decoration. Ask yourself if you really need handles on your drawers and doors. Clean, uncluttered lines should be your goal, such as these plain slatted wooden doors. Invest in a piece de resistance, like this woven cane-front cupboard and you’ll be able to meditate on your perfect kitchen. 54 — DESIGN
1 Raffles buffet, $999, from Freedom Furniture
Who hasn’t wanted to live in a New York loft apartment at some stage? Transforming your kitchen into something you’d see in downtown Manhattan is always a classic interiors decision. A subway tiled splashback and oversize industrial pendant lights are instantly transformative, as is the genrous island that doubles as dining.
In kitchen terms, black is the new white. Rather than going all out with black walls and joinery, you can achieve a similar effect with sparing dark touches. A black splashback, door handles and dark benchtop are lightened by the white walls and wooden cupboards. It’s dramatic without being oppressive.
Light wooden joinery and white benchtops and walls are a natural pairing for kitchens that feel fresh and modern. Continue the natural theme with wood and metal bar stools. Note also, another big kitchen trend here: the trio of pendant lights suspended over the island.
1 Malene Birger framed poster, $79, from Paper Plane. 2 Platter, $79.90, from Citta. 3 Ashley & Co Bench Spray, $19.95, from Paper Plane.
1 Cila jug, $69.90, from Citta. 2 Hawthorne clock, $129, from Paper Plane. 3 Fisher & Paykel rangehood HC90PLX4, $899
1 Brilliant Pendant light, $159, from Bunnings. 2 Wooden board, $24.99, from H&M. 3 Cup, $14.99, from Citta.
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Happy to help ‘New Home Consultant of the Year’ Simon Russell reveals the vital role of a New Home Consultant
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P R OPFRI O L EF I L E
The most rewarding aspect of Simon Russell’s job is handing over the keys to a happy owner’s new home. “We’ve all worked together to arrive at that point so it’s an exciting time,” says the Nelson-based Signature Homes New Home Consultant. Each New Home Consultant across the country is an intermediary between the building team and the future home owner. They translate complicated building terminology into plain English and take the time to discuss your hopes and dreams for your new home and open up the possibilities to what can be achieved.
PDF IN “NEW Understanding DROPBOX OF a client’s vision RIGHT HAND is vital ” PAGE An obvious choice
There are so many choices available to those looking to build a new home that it can be overwhelming and confusing. Talking with an expert who understands the options and building process is vital. Signature’s longevity – 36 years and counting – is an asset to Simon’s job. The company’s commitment to quality construction methods, great franchise support and a robust guarantee programme are also reassuring for his clients.
Knowledge and experience Simon joined the Signature family nine years ago. His extensive industry experience, including his own design business, stands him in good stead as a consultant. “Before that, I took a few years out to hit the tools to better understand all facets of building a new home,” he says. “I had a stint in both marine and newhome sales prior to that, which has also been very beneficial. I’m also a qualified boat builder by trade.” All New Home Consultants have a sound understanding of the building process and receive ongoing training to assist them in their work. Perhaps his greatest skill, though, says Simon, is really listening to clients and what they want.
Understanding a client’s vision is vital. A Design Workshop takes about two hours and involves the client, the consultant and architectural designer. To help visualise their new home, New Home Consultants can also provide showhome tours and online videos. 57 57 — — S I G NSAI GTNUARTEUSRTEY SL T EYLE
Your home, your way
It is every New Home Consultant’s job to educate clients about the building process and help them understand that there’s flexibility in every build. Whether it’s a pre-designed plan or a custom design, Signature’s experienced consultants can advise you on options and costs that enable you to individualise your new home.
Once the client is 100 percent happy and has signed a contract, they’re introduced to the construction and administration teams, including their own Project Manager. “We’re there tying up any loose ends. You’ll also meet with our Colour Consultants to make your final selections,” says Simon.
Simon is proud of Signature’s quality homes. “Our class-leading two-year maintenance guarantee is testament to that. All builds, regardless of their cost, are finished to the same high standards using quality materials and qualified tradespeople,” he says.
“There should be no nasty surprises for home owners,” says Simon. Signature Homes provides its clients with marketleading Building Guarantees, protecting them from the moment they sign their Building Agreement, right through until the day they move into their new home – and beyond. Signature’s Guarantees ensure your home is completed on time, on budget, exactly how you wanted it.
PA C I F I C COLLECTION
On the waterfront The stunning views from this Marsden Cove home sold Diane and David Anderson on their piece of paradise Photography Rebekah Robinson
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Having holidayed in Ruakaka with their family for 15 years, Diane and Dave were familiar with this beautiful area. Before their move north, they had spent 25 years developing their rural lifestyle block in Kumeu, west of Auckland. “Looking after 10 acres is quite demanding,” says Diane. “And the area around Kumeu expanded dramatically over that period, so we decided the freedom and lifestyle we had during holidays at Bream Bay were too good to ignore,” she says. “The Ruakaka area has beautiful beaches, but it retains the rural style of living that we love.”
Their Marsden Cove Marina section was a dream come true. The fabulous views of Whangarei Harbour, Mt Aubrey and Mt Manaia sealed the deal for Diane and Dave Anderson. “Having Mt Manaia as an everchanging backdrop is amazing,” says Dave. “We knew we’d never tire of the view and watching the boats as they enter the marina is always interesting. Our own pontoon is an added bonus and great for a quick dip in summer.” To suit the site and their needs, the couple chose a contemporary design with lots of natural light and indoor-outdoor flow.
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Bathroom 2 Bedroom 4 Carpark 2 House 310sqm Land 858sqm
Diane and Dave opted to modify the Caloundra design from the Signature Homes Pacific Collection. This plan prioritises outdoor living, maximises indoor-outdoor flow and celebrates the stunning views. The Caloundra is also a home that welcomes in natural light with open arms. The addition of a covered outdoor portico ensures the waterâ€™s-edge location can be taken advantage of all year-round.
The focus for the home is the harbour and views across the pontoon to Mt Manaia. As a result, the communal living spaces have a vital connection with the view and covered portico. This area is where the Andersons and their guests can really enjoy the location. 60 â€” HOMES
Meet & greet Dave and Diane Anderson, both retired, early 70s
“One of my friends said if you want to live in paradise you have to expect that people want to come,” laughs Diane. “In summer, we dine alfresco, have barbecues and make pizzas out there on the Weber. In winter we can cook outside but dine indoors if the weather is poor.”
This page, from below Dave with his home-made pizza in the portico; the Andersons opted for polished concrete floors; Dave, Diane and the blissful view.
Opposite, from top Diane in the kitchen; the covered portico is used year-round.
The honed-block entrance features double doors bordered by stack-bonded block, which makes for an impressive arrival. The coastal vibe is reinforced with weatherboard cladding. Colorsteel roofing and trim in Ironsand gives a crisp finish. At the water side, the pontoon is a scene stealer and it’s where Dave keeps his runabout for fishing. 61 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
Once through the front doors and entrance, the expansive waterfront is revealed. The spacious open-plan living area is made even more grand by a 2.7m stud in the living, dining and kitchen areas. Two bedroom-and-bathroom wings are tucked well away from the communal living spaces. The master wing has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite with a large walkin shower. Level access from the master bedroom and both living areas to the portico is made easy through large stacking sliders.
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This page, from above There’s always something to watch from the portico; the contemporary bathrooms are user-friendly and easy to clean. Facing page, from top The double-front doors make a grand entrance; the double-sided fireplace warms both living areas in the cooler months.
dividing the entrance from the lounge wasn’t full height – this allows natural light and afternoon sun to flood the space. The double-sided gas fire gives the two living areas a degree of separation, while retaining the open-plan feeling the Andersons were after. A clean, contemporary look was the name of the game.
Diane and Dave worked with Signature Homes Northland to design what has become the retirees’ dream home. The couple describes the planning process as the most satisfying element of the build, although seeing their plans take shape as the build progressed was also very exciting. “Yes, there were challenges, but ongoing consultation proved vital to ensure the finished product met everyone’s expectations – and it surely has,” concludes Diane.
To view more homes built to this Pacific Collection plan, search ‘Caloundra’ on signature.co.nz 63 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
Design worksheet DIANE & DAVE’S BUILDING TIPS
+ Choose a building company with a proven history and check the quality of their work by looking at previous builds + Establish a good rapport with your architectural designer and ensure any changes made are corrected on the final working drawings + Look at solvency, guarantees, workmanship and follow-up maintenance offered by your builder
“The location is great – being able to get up every morning with the sun bathing Mt Manaia is a highlight”
MODIFIED ‘CALOUNDRA’ FLOOR PLAN
13 310 sqm
KEY 1 Entry 2 Living 3 Dining 4 Kitchen 5 Bedroom 6 Toilet 7 Bathroom 8 Garage 9 Master bedroom 10 Wardrobe 11 Ensuite 12 Office 13 Laundry 14 Carport
CLADDING James Hardie Linea Weatherboard in Resene ‘Double House White’
ROOFING Colorsteel Maxx T-Rib in ‘Grey Friars’
WINDOWS AND DOORS Altherm Joinery in ‘Silver Pearl’
GARAGE DOOR Dominator Futura in ‘Grey Friars’
SHOP THE LOOK
‘Linear 800’ fireplace with FlameTech, $9,999, from Rinnai
Weber ‘Genesis E-310’ barbecue, $1599, from Outdoor Concepts 64 — HOMES
‘Maine’ chair, $699, from French Country
A great looking roof, made to last.
A house is a big investment. So you want to make the right decision when it comes to your roof. Metrotile is proven around the world, tested in the harshest conditions from Polish winters to Texan summers. That is why we back our roofs with a 50-year pro-rata warranty, so you and your family can enjoy your home for generations to come.
Interlocking System Earthquake Resistant * Warranties may vary depending on climatic conditions.
Marine Environments Weatherproof Warranty*
Non Combustible Class A Fire Rating
UV Protection Permanent Beauty
Lightweight Easy Installation
High Wind Zones Hurricane Resistant
B AT H R O O M S
Bathe in beauty
ON TAP From classic and understated, to bold and sophisticated, the tap selection at Plumbing World is extensive and inspiring. After all, tapware isn’t just a ‘one tap fits all’ approach. Black and chrome tapware are design classics, while gunmetal or a weathered finish offer a more dramatic look. You’ll find all the inspiration you need at Plumbing World branches nationwide. plumbingworld.co.nz
With thoughtful design, your bathroom can become a blissful sanctuary. Make yours as aesthetically desirable as possible with beautiful finishes that suit your style
LeVivi Aspen Sink Mixer with Flexi Hose, $499
LeVivi Milan Basin Mixer Black, $249
LeVivi Aspen Basin Mixer Chrome, $249
B AT H R O O M S B R O U G H T TO YO U BY
If you have a private outlook, let the outside in with concertina windows or a dramatic picture window. To maximise the view, place a mirror to reflect the outdoors and amplify the sense of interior space. A well-placed pot plant will enhance the feeling of bringing the outdoors in. Nature is the star here, so keep walls and flooring neutral with tiles in earthy tones. 66 — DESIGN
1 Xtreme silver tiles, $121 per sqm, from Tile Warehouse.
Check into your own luxurious retreat at home with glamorous floor-to-wall marbleeffect tiling. Create subtle contrast with a wall of white tiles and invest in luxe fittings such as an extra-large heated towel rail to keep fluffy towels warm. Beautiful soaps and scented candles will add the finishing touches to five-star perfection.
Streamlined ease starts with a white backdrop and fittings. Work with crisp white walls, vanity and bath and play up the hygge effect with a blonde-wood or pale floor. The right lighting is key here – natural light should be welcomed, and a quality light around the vanity is also essential to keeping the room fresh and functional.
Committing to a statement feature such as a textured wall can take a leap of faith. But the rewards are worth it. These panels, coupled with Moroccan-style pendant lights bring a sense of drama. Keep everything else neutral, though, or you’ll lose the effect.
B AT H R O O M S
1 Athena vanity, $4360, from Plumbing World. 2 LeVivi heated towel rail, $256, from Plumbing World. 3 LeVivi Capri cabinet, $1199, from Plumbing World.
1 Asitvita Siena bath $1699, from Plumbing World. 2 Soap dispenser, $19.99, from H&M. 3 Felton Willo II mixer, $522, from Plumbing World.
1 LeVivi vanity, $228, from Plumbing World. 2 LeVivi LED round mirror, $810, from Plumbing World. 3 Paini Cox basin mixer, $295, from Plumbing World.
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Design for life Whether you’ve got your sights set on a small seaside sanctuary or a four-bedroom forever home, an architectural design from our Aspiring Collection will help make your vision a reality
Designed by DLM Architects, in collaboration with Signature Homes, the six plans in the Aspiring Collection are elegant, functional and in tune with Kiwi life. Open-plan living is at the heart of these designs, fostering flow and a fantastic feeling of space. Well-connected exterior living spaces make it easy to
enjoy the outdoors. Striking yet understated architecture is the perfect foundation for personal touches. Each design can be customised with a wide range of interior and exterior finishes. Whatever the setting – city, sea or somewhere unexpected – there is an Aspiring home for you.
To view the entire collection visit signature.co.nz/ aspiring
97sqm 2 2 TAKAKA Clever and compact, this 97sqm flatroofed design features a central openplan kitchen, living and dining space which flows seamlessly via large glazed sliders to decks on both sides. Two double bedrooms, each with an ensuite, neatly bookend the home. 132sqm 2 3 CASHMERE Raked ceilings bring a heightened sense of space to this 132sqm home with three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, including master ensuite, and laundry. The open-plan kitchen, living, dining area flows to a covered deck, which also serves the master bedroom. 68 — HOMES
133sqm 1 3 MT ROSA Ideal for entertaining and everyday relaxation, this 133sqm design features three bedrooms, one bathroom and a separate laundry. The open-plan kitchen, living and dining domain flows to wraparound decking. Generous storage and an outdoor shower complete the package. 145sqm 2 3 RAGLAN An open-plan kitchen, living, dining domain is central to this 145sqm three-bedroom design. The living space opens on both sides, flowing to a large outdoor space, which is bordered by the master and second bedrooms. The master is equipped with ensuite and walk-through wardrobe. 177sqm 2 4 WAIHEKE This spacious 177sqm gable home boasts four double bedrooms with wardrobes, two bathrooms and separate living spaces, all arranged over two storeys. Downstairs, the open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area flows to a welcoming deck. Mezzanine living awaits above. 184sqm 2 4 MATAPOURI Positioned on stilts, this 184sqm four-doublebedroom home (master with ensuite) is the height of relaxation. Glazed doors fold back, eliminating boundaries between the deck and open-plan kitchen, living and dining space. The main bathroom boasts a bath, separate shower and double vanity. 69 â€” S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
DESIGN & BUILD
Stay a while Stylist Erena Te Paa has cleverly crafted a stunning, light-filled studio as a guesthouse that adds income to her family home Design & Styling Erena Te Paa / Photography Kirsty Dawn
One look at the beautifully crafted interiors of Akitō studio and it will come as no surprise that Erena Te Paa is a stylist. She and her husband, who have two young children, bought a home in Hamilton that “needed more work than we imagined and more money than we could afford”. They decided to make the least-used space provide a return on investment by developing a studio that’s for rent on Airbnb.
Erena’s brief to the Signature Homes team went something like this: “concrete floors,
bare white walls… think art gallery”. She named her studio Akitō, which means ‘to be slow’ in Māori. Her vision was to provide guests with a beautiful space to take time out, enjoy the surroundings and just be.
Understated luxury describes the sanctuary Erena has created. The studio is a large, open area that gives the stylist flexibility to reorganise and reconfigure as and when she wants to. Her personal touches add artistic flourishes throughout. The flow from indoors to outdoors ensures a seamless, harmonious transition. 70 — HOMES
Bathroom 1 Bedroom 1 House 50sqm
This page The contemporary aesthetic comprises a white backdrop warmed by timber. Facing page The cedar-clad exterior is paired with a black metal trim for a crisp, clean finish. Inset Erena Te Paa in the studio.
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Who wouldn’t want to stay in a light, airy space with beautiful full-height curtains, carefully chosen furniture and a pared-back, calming aesthetic? Erena has created a gallery-white backdrop and brought in warmth through timber. “I tried to stick to light colours and furniture that wasn’t too bulky to help give a sense of light and space,” says Erena, who describes the studio as “a little bit TradeMe, a little bit custom, a little bit treat yo’self and a lot me”.
The vertical cedar-clad exterior hints at the warm-hearted modernist escape within. A landscaped area outside includes a private outdoor bathing area with a freestanding bath that’s perfectly positioned to take in views across the gully.
Erena’s creative vision, coupled with Signature Homes’ technical skills and expertise, has been an easy and successful partnership. It’s proof that if you can imagine it, Signature Homes can build it. Clockwise from above A slim pendant light is an elegant accent in the bedroom; the outdoor bath and walk-in shower embrace nature. Facing page The tall stud height amplifies the sense of space in the studio, which features modernist interior accents.
To view more images of this stunning Design & Build studio, search ‘Akitō’ on signature.co.nz
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Need to know
W H AT Y O U S H O U L D KNOW ABOUT
A HOUSE & LAND PACKAGE Signature Homes House & Land Packages are an easy, secure way to buy a new home. We bring together a block of land and a home design that suits the section, resulting in a large range of sites and homes available. We have House & Land Packages to suit budgets and tastes in some incredibly popular locations â€“ all at fixed prices for peace of mind, transparency and surety of costs
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Y O U W I L L S TAY WITHIN BUDGET
For many people, the dream of building is often overridden by the fear of what can go wrong – from cost blowouts to uncertainty about inclusions or the suitability of land. New homes offer great value for money and Signature House & Land Packages are available at a fixed price with no hidden costs.
Fact: A S A F I R S T- H O M E B U Y E R YO U W O N ’ T N E E D THE 20 PERCENT DEPOSIT B A N K S U S U A L LY R E Q U I R E House & Land Package new builds are exempt from the New Zealand Reserve Banks Loan-to-Value Restrictions (LVR), which means first-home buyers can obtain finance for a lower deposit than the 20 percent typically required of first-home buyers, or the 30 percent for property investors.
Fact: YO U W I L L H AV E GUARANTEED PEACE OF MIND With one of our House & Land Packages, your new home is built for you and covered by the best Building Guarantees in the country. This isn’t the case with a second-hand home, which is very much ‘buyer beware’.
Fact : Y O U R H O M E W I L L R E F L E C T YO U R P E R S O N A L I T Y There is no such thing as a cookie-cutter Signature Home. You will be able to personalise your home by deciding on everything from flooring to tiles, fixtures, fittings and kitchen and bathroom colours. Every Signature Homes customer receives one-on-one time with an interior designer to fine tune your ideas and make your home uniquely yours.
YO U R H O M E W I L L B E H E A LT H Y
The quality of new homes with modern building and material technologies ensure you can count on a warm, dry home for many years to come.
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Fact: Y O U C A N E X P E C T C O N V E N I E N T, MODERN LIVING House & Land Packages are often built in new developments that are planned and designed to fit modern urban design principles. They have close access to public transport and are conveniently located close to amenities, schools, green spaces and parks.
YO U D O N ’ T N E E D TO WORRY ABOUT UTILITY CONNECTIONS
Signature Homes can provide all utility connections as part of our service. Any change of address is facilitated on your behalf.
Fact: Y O U C A N H AV E A H O U S E & L A N D PA C K A G E N AT I O N W I D E Signature Homes has House & Land Packages available from Northland to Central Otago and lots of places in between. Our local Signature Homes teams are experts in matching the perfect plan to the perfect section.
Family favourite Bathroom 2
Sam and Kimberley Julian always wanted to build a new home their way, in the city they love. “We used to live in a small 100sqm 1960s house in the middle of New Plymouth,” says Sam. They renovated and used the house as a stepping stone. “We enjoy all that New Plymouth and Taranaki have to offer. There’s loads to do and most trips in the car are only five or 10 minutes,” he says. 76 — HOMES
Sam and Kimberley Julian’s New Plymouth home has been designed with family in mind. But that doesn’t mean it’s not big on style as well Photography Brooke Lean, Gina Fabish
“We wanted to have an inviting home that was light, bright, warm and comfortable for family living,” says Sam. The couple has a young family and wanted a practical home that could accommodate preschoolers, but that will work equally well as they grow up. Open-plan living areas were important but so, too, was having a separate family lounge. Indoor-outdoor flow was also a priority for the young family.
Meet & greet Sam Julian, 40 (firefighter), Kimberley Julian, 43 (registered nurse), Harrison, 3, Cormac, 5 months
Clockwise from left The smart exterior is dressed in black and white; Kimberley enjoys the new kitchen, which serves daily family life, as well as entertaining; Harrison in his bedroom.
The single-storey home sits stylishly on its site, with a white brick exterior providing a graphic contrast to black joinery. At the back of the home, timber decking adds warmth to the palette and also ensures comfortable flow from the living area, with only one step down to the lawn. The section has been landscaped with tropical plants and, as they mature, the outdoor aspect will become increasingly lush in look and feel. 77 â€” S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
Above Harrison loves his new home. Below The butler’s pantry is a godsend for keeping the kitchen free of clutter. Facing page, top and bottom The kitchen easily connects with the living areas.
Using mood boards for inspiration, the couple had a clear idea of what they wanted to achieve from the outset. Having a vision helped them realise their dream home. The good working relationship established between the Julians and their building team, including New Home Consultant Kieran Magill, ensured initial planning was meticulous. They decided to customise the Kahu house plan from Signature’s Smart Collection, allowing them to create their dream home. 78 — HOMES
“We wanted a laundry with an external entry, which is very handy for an outdoor dirt-loving preschooler to strip off without traipsing dirt through the house,” says Sam. This led them to forgo a fifth bedroom and the space works as a laundry and walk-in pantry from the kitchen side. “This proved to be a really good decision and one of the reasons we chose our particular house plan,” says Sam. The couple upgraded the bathroom fixtures and fittings to create a modern spa feel with wet rooms and floor-to-ceiling tiles for walk-in showers. 79 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
This page, clockwise from above The family bathroom; the smart black tiled walk-in shower; bedrooms are designed with comfort in mind. Opposite, from top The lawn and garden are easily accessed; subway tiles are a consistent feature.
Locating the bedrooms away from the open-plan living areas made sense for the couple. The kitchen is the hub of the house. “We love the simple black-and-white scheme, including the classic white subway tiles, with contrasting black grout covering the entire back wall. It’s a great cook’s and entertainer’s kitchen, with a large gas cooktop, double ovens and compulsory drinks fridge,” says Sam. They also added width to the garage to provide room for storage and vehicles. The insulated garage is carpeted, so it can become another room if need be.
Both Sam and Kimberley love the sense of calm inspired by Scandi-style decor. They’ve honoured that aesthetic by opting for a neutral palette of white, grey and black, highlighting it with select accent colours. Timber details, such as macrocarpa shelving in the kitchen and living area, have also been used to play up the love of natural materials favoured by the Scandi aesthetic. For acoustics, warmth and comfort, carpet has been laid throughout the bedrooms and living areas. The interior design decisions work now and will endure well into the future. 80 — HOMES
“It was made easy due to the great team of people building the house,” says Sam. “Communication between us and Signature was always open and clear. Due to the information provided to us prior to starting the build, we knew what to expect throughout the build.” Subsequently, there were no surprises for the couple, who kept a close eye on spending from the outset of the project. The result is the home the couple dreamed up from their mood boards – a light, bright inviting home that’s warm and comfortable for family living and entertaining. By tailoring a few key details to suit their wants and needs, this contemporary home suits the Julians now and will serve the family well into the future.
To view more homes built to this Smart Collection plan, search ‘Kahu’ on signature.co.nz 81 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
Design worksheet SAM & KIMBERLEY’S BUILDING TIPS
+ Have a clear plan of what you want to achieve prior to starting and ensure you don’t need to make changes once the build has begun + Stick to your budget. We found it useful to keep a close eye on what we were spending. Building with Signature ensured we had a house plan and price from day one + Spend money now on things that may cost more to do in the future
‘KAHU’ FLOOR PLAN 7 14
KEY 1 Entry 2 Lounge 3 Dining 4 Family 5 Kitchen 6 Pantry 7 Laundry
8 Bathroom 9 Bedroom 10 Master bedroom 11 Ensuite 12 Wardrobe 13 Linen 14 Garage
+ $380,000, excluding land, driveway, landscaping and fencing
“The kitchen is the hub of our house. It’s an area we spend a lot of time in as a family”
ROOFING Metrotile Tudor in ‘Ebony’
CLADDING Grande Midland brick in ‘Blanco’
CARPET ‘Dali 0626’ from Harrisons Carpet
TILES Cordoba in ‘Pearl’ in the ensuite and bathroom from Tile Depot
SHOP THE LOOK
Floating shelf, $44 each, from Citta
Yuki tallboy, $2490, from Citta 82 — HOMES
Velvet cushion $54.90, from Citta
Charging into the future
EVlink Charging Stations If you’re planning on joining the electric vehicle revolution, you can prepare your home or new build for a charging solution now! Choosing a residential EV charger that will keep your family safe and deliver longterm, reliable charging is a must. PDL by Schneider Electric’s EVlink Wallbox is robust and weatherproof for your garage or carport. Designed with safety and performance as a priority, the EVlink Wallbox offers simple “plug and play” operation and charges vehicles faster and more reliably than a socket outlet. If installed with a timer, it can also schedule charging to off-peak power rates, giving you further savings.
10 STEP GUIDE TO
AN ECOFRIENDLY HOME Build eco features into your new home and you'll reduce your energy requirements and carbon footprint
I N S U L AT I O N & V E N T I L AT I O N Prioritising the best possible insulation is vital to comfort and reducing energy costs. A warm, dry home means healthier families now and in the future. If you pair insulation with quality passive ventilation or a heat-transfer system, you’ll ensure your home is warm, healthy and efficient throughout the seasons. Not only will you see the benefit in your power bill, but your family's health as well.
SOLAR POWER Given the numerous benefits and advantages of solar power, many new-homeowners are installing solar panels during the build phase. Solar is the smart solution to slashing power bills, future-proofing your home and being kinder to the planet. The panels make no noise, produce no emissions and, once you’ve invested in the panels, storage battery and installation, they will provide 20-30 years of close to maintenance-free, no-cost power. 84 — QUESTIONS
PA S S I V E H E AT I N G Passive heating is achieved through the correct positioning of a home to capture sun and store its warmth for release, which helps keep your home temperate. By planning the size and location of windows and installing effective insulation, ventilation, flooring and soft furnishings, you can efficiently heat and cool your home with minimal environmental impact. Talk to your Signature Homes team about how to achieve this.
S O L A R H O T W AT E R Heating hot water accounts for approximately 30 percent of the average household energy bill, which makes switching to solar a smart move. Heating water using your solar panels to transfer heat from the collector to a tank through a separate circuit and heat exchanger is more economical than through solar power generation. Consider installing a solar-ready hot water cylinder in your new home – it's a great way to harness free energy to lower household costs.
T H E FA C T S
L O W - I M P A C T, S U S TA I N A B L E M AT E R I A L S The gold standard in low-impact materials is sustainably harvested local timber rather than exotic, imported wood that has a high carbon footprint. The less-travelled the material, the better. Non-toxic materials make for a healthier home and recyclable materials make for a healthier planet. Building and decorating with products that endure and are not a cheap-and-cheerful fix, are the way to go.
LONG-LIFE DESIGN A well-designed Signature Home lasts for generations. Consider using the best quality materials that will go the distance. As tempting as it is to get the trendiest, most up-to-the-minute kitchen, consider how it will look five years on. You may absolutely love the copper splashback you saw on Pinterest but will you still feel the same way in a few years? Timeless, high-end design endures over anything that is currently, and temporarily, in vogue.
GARDENS Choose plants that will thrive in your local environment. Even if it's your heart’s desire to create a tropical landscape, if your climate is dry you’ll need a lot of water to recreate those rainforest conditions. Instead, opt for hardy plants that flourish in your specific conditions. Additionally, composting household and garden waste will benefit soil quality, minimise landfill and also reduce your carbon footprint. Growing your own fruit and vegetables will do wonders for you and the family.
TRANSPORT The electric vehicle revolution is coming, which means planning the garage of your future now. Even if you’re not ready to buy an electric vehicle (EV) or bike, creating the capability for an EV charger to be easily installed will save retrofitting. Access to public transport is another important aspect to consider when planning the location of your new Signature Home.
E V E R Y D AY N E E D S It’s often the small things you do that count, such as replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. Likewise, a drying rack suspended from the ceiling (heat rises) and close to a heat source is a more environmentally sound and economical way to dry laundry than using a clothes dryer during winter.
FUTURE PROOF Think about how your family's needs will change in 10, 20 or 30 years time and plan your home accordingly. Choose a large hot water cylinder if your kids are likely to grow into shower-hungry teens any time soon. Build flexibility into your floor plan, so you can easily turn that bedroom into a yoga studio when your young adult leaves home.
Signature Homes is a proud member of the New Zealand Green Building Council. For more information visit nzgbc.org.nz 85 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
Y O U R W AY
Customising your home Take a house plan, change the cladding and roofline and you’re presented with what appears to be three completely different homes. It’s one house three ways!
The ‘Richmond’ plan has been designed for modern family living and provides you with design flexibility to suit your unique needs and lifestyle. The plan includes three bedrooms, two living areas, two bathrooms and an open-plan living area that incorporates a lounge, dining
and kitchen with walk-in pantry. There are also two outdoor areas and a two-car garage. The design is part of the Pacific Collection, which minimises construction waste and maximises livability of the floor area, ultimately reducing cost and adding value.
RICHMOND FLOOR PLAN 4
KEY 1 Entry 2 Kitchen 3 Pantry 4 Laundry 5 Garage 6 Dining 7 Living 8 Outdoor living 9 Master bedroom 10 Wardrobe 11 Ensuite 12 Toilet 13 Bathroom 14 Bedroom
Floor Area 202 sqm 8
10 9 7
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MODERN LOVE Add a gable roof to the Richmond home and cloak it in a Metalcraft Long Run roof in Colorsteel Ebony and already the contemporary look becomes apparent. Add to that the James Hardie Vertical Weatherboard with battens and an aluminium framed-glass entry door and the effect is complete.
CLEAN LINES The striking look of a monopitch roof on the Richmond home instantly creates a clean, minimalist look and feel. Factor in the vertical weatherboard and James Hardie Stria in Sandstone Grey and the exterior has a mid-century appeal. A Colorsteel Ebony front door and garage is the finishing touch.
TIMELESS ELEGANCE A favourite family home, the hip roof (where all sides gently slope down toward the walls) is a popular and practical choice. In this iteration of the plan, the Richmond home is clad in horizontal weatherboards in Sandstone Grey, and has an aluminium-framed Sandstone Grey front door as a feature.
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First estate A young couple takes their first step on the property market with style and confidence. Their family home in a brand-new development has everything they need until they are ready to take their next step
Photography Rebekah Robinson
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Meet & greet Kimberley Webster, 36 (operations – communications), Alec Webster, 36 (field services engineer), Aston 10, Ruby 8; Greta the chocolate Labrador, Amber the cat, Olive the rabbit and Monty the guinea pig Clockwise from left Kimberley with Aston, Ruby and Greta the Labrador; two weeks of meals organised; Ruby is happy to play in her bedroom.
The Websters had lived on Alec’s parents’ farm in Glenbrook for nine years, and were keen to have a home of their own. Now they do and they couldn’t be happier with their corner section in the new Kahawai Point community. It hasn’t been long but they’re already making friends in their new neighbourhood.
For their step onto the property ladder, the couple needed to keep costs down. They opted for a House & Land Package consisting of a pre-designed home with Signature Homes’ “fantastic specs”. While they plan to move in five or so years, they still wanted a great family home. 89 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
Clockwise from above Kimberley and Alec are often found in the kitchen; Aston’s bedroom is a space for him to read; the open-plan configuration works well; the practical family bathroom.
Kimberley admits she wasn’t expecting marble floors, but she still wanted a comfortable home that wouldn’t just work for her family, but for future owners. Kimberley and Alec settled on the Bellbird, a pre-designed plan from the Smart Collection. Signature Homes’ New Home Consultant Siobhan Hughes helped the couple tweak the plan to suit their requirements for family living, while still keeping it within their budget. By modifying the standard plan, the home will comfortably accommodate the family for the foreseeable future. 90 — HOMES
Some features have been customised, such as the addition of an attic for storage. “We also changed one window in the lounge to two long, vertical windows, which we believe completely transforms the look of the house for the best,” says Kimberley. The plan’s fourth bedroom was turned into a space for the kids by removing the wardrobe to make a study nook for the computer. With a couch, TV and Xbox, “the kids can be out of the main lounge when they want to blob, and the adults can have the living space with music playing to unwind and converse after work”.
Come through the front door, veer left and you’ll be in the kids’ living space. Turn right and the L-shaped open-plan living, dining and kitchen area unfolds. Keep going and the bedrooms and bathroom run off the hallway. Kimberley and Alec’s master suite has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.
Brick cladding was specified as part of the pre-designed plan. Within that, the couple had multiple choices for colour and were leaning towards red as a point of difference to the surrounding black-brick clad houses. 91 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
“On Christmas Eve last year, we ventured out to Beachlands in terrible weather with multiple road closures to look at a red brick house with white soffits,” recalls Kimberley. Having seen that, they settled on black soffits. “We’re really rapt with it.” The tiled hip roof with gable ends is also black.
“Simple, clean and focused” is how Kimberley describes her interiors philosophy. Rather than investing in architectural features, the family saw the house as a canvas, an approach that works with Kimberley’s talent for styling. Impact is also created with bold
artworks, many of which came from Alec’s artist mother. The enormous Rob Tucker resin still-life hanging in the open-plan living space was gifted to Kimberley and Alec as a house-warming gift by her uncles, who live in Devonport. “It was quite a ride getting it here over the Harbour Bridge on a really windy day on the back of a truck,” recalls Kimberley.
Above The living space has easy connection to the outdoors. Below An artwork by Rob Tucker was a house-warming gift.
“It was a very enjoyable experience and Signature looked after us well throughout. We had never built a house before so it was all new and we were uncertain about the process. With the package Signature had put together, most of the hard stuff was taken care of and we could focus on the fun stuff, like selecting colours and finishes,” says Kimberley. And with Signature’s fixed price, there was peace of mind. “Kimberley and Alec really liked that we could offer a completely fixed price, because their previous builder had not been able to do this and costs kept increasing throughout the planning process,” says Siobhan.
To view more homes built to this Smart Collection plan, search ‘Bellbird’ on signature.co.nz 92 — HOMES
Design worksheet KIMBERLEY AND ALEC’S BUILDING TIPS
+ Stay focused on the core reasons for building. This was a first home for us so we weren’t distracted by the extras that presented themselves along the way + Have a good relationship with your builders and keep the communication channels open. Home-baked treats go a long way!
+ $416,000 for the build, $230,000 for the land
‘BELLBIRD’ FLOOR PLAN
164 sqm 1 6 KEY 1 Entry 2 Living 3 Dining 4 Kitchen 5 Study 6 Bedroom 7 Bathroom 8 Ensuite 9 Master bedroom 10 Wardrobe 11 Garage
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“Handover day was one of the most satisfying parts of our building journey”
CLADDING Mezzo in ‘St Albans’ from The Brickery
CLADDING Linea weatherboard by James Hardie in Resene ‘Element’
ROOFING Monier Hacienda concrete tile in ‘Sambuca’
JOINERY Aluminium joinery in ‘Flaxpod’ from Premier Joinery
SHOP THE LOOK
Letter board, $29.99, from Shut the Front Door 93 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
‘School’ stool, $139, from Cintesi
‘Yuki’ bedside table, $890, from Citta
Backyard bliss An outdoor area is a great asset and an opportunity to create an extra living space. Working to the holy grail of good indoor-outdoor flow, you can transform your backyard into a paradise – the perfect alfresco dining area or a resort-worthy sanctuary
The luxury of a covered outdoor room that can open to the elements on three sides will get year-round use. In summer, long lunches will extend into an evening barbecue, then recline on the sofa in autumn with a good book. Decorate it as you would a part of the house and you’ll find most of your living will happen here.
1 Sina armchair, $299, from Freedom Furniture. 2 Food cover, $59.90, from French Country. 3 Carafe, $14.99, from H&M. 94 — DESIGN
A generous deck is a priority with many of our house plan because casual entertaining is a Kiwi way of life. Outdoor furniture should be plentiful for those impromptu get togethers. Bench seating works here to keep the vibe casual.
This home’s classic good looks is enhanced by a deck and timeless wooden furniture. Good indoor-outdoor flow is vital here so you can drag a bean bag outside when needed. Touches such as a vertical garden would ensure a contemporary finish.
Yes, there’s a pool in this backyard, but what makes it a tropical paradise is the greenery and furniture. Plant banana palms, bougainvillea, bird of paradise and hibiscus for the heady feel of island life. Rattan sun loungers, an umbrella and fringed beach towels complete the soothing scene.
1 Adelphi dining table and benches, $1999, from Freedom Furniture.
1 Chief bean bag, $189, from Father Rabbit. 2 Six pots wall rack metal, $199, from Nood. 3 Gawi candle, $69.90, from Citta.
1 Palm Print umbrella, $399, from Freedom Furniture. 2 Planter, $29, from French Country. 3 Beach towel, $24.99, from H&M.
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PA C I F I C COLLECTION
Building, rather than buying their first home, became the obvious choice for this young Cambridge couple
Background Bathroom 2
When Ross Fitz-John and Kate Wilson decided to buy their first house in Cambridge, their research included looking at existing homes, but “nothing really jumped out at us”, says Ross. It just so happens that Ross plays a lot of cricket with Keir Bettley, a Franchise Partner of Signature Homes Waikato. “Our connection with Keir meant we started thinking about building as an option.” While the couple admits to spending a little more than what they would’ve had they bought 96 — HOMES
an existing house, they are confident they’ll get their return down the track – although that won’t be for at least 10 to 15 years, which is how long Ross and Kate see themselves living here.
“A dead-easy, liveable home with a simple layout – nothing too difficult,” is how Ross explained his brief to the Signature Homes team. Oh, and they wanted modern lines and a floor plan that promoted good internal-external flow.
Above and below The interior design is crisp and contemporary.
Although Keir is a friend, the planning phase was similar to all Signature Homes’ projects. “We had a few discussions and took plans away to study, then went back and had a good chat to run through what would and wouldn’t work.” Kate and Ross settled on a modified Caloundra plan, which is part of the Pacific Collection. It gave them the open layout they desired and good connection to the outdoors, while making the home uniquely theirs by rearranging a few internal walls. 97 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
Meet & greet
Ross Fitz-John, 27 (account manager), Kate Wilson, 26 (lawyer), Cooper the Terrier-cross, and Bear the Labrador
The sense of spaciousness is helped in no small part by the 2.55m stud and raked ceiling. Being able to position the house on the section to maximise the north-facing aspect was a priority for the couple. The areas devoted to entertaining and living face due north. Large slider doors from the kitchen-dining area connect to the covered portico, while sliders from the living area and master bedroom lead to the deck. The deck is level with the interior, so stepping outside is seamless and extends the overall living area.
Interiors “Soul and richness” was what Ross and Kate were aiming for when it came to the interiors. “Kate did most of it, I won’t take any credit,” says Ross. The couple wanted to capitalise on the sense of space created by the raked ceilings, so they chose white walls, joinery and cabinetry. They paired this white backdrop with polished concrete floors and concrete benchtops. It’s an enduring look that will transcend any passing trends.
This page, from top Ross and Kate with their dogs; the polished concrete floor gives cohesion to the open-plan living space; light fills the scullery; the master bedroom opens onto the deck.
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This page, from above Kate and Ross can enjoy the outdoors year-round with the covered portico; the deck is a great place for a cuppa.
The H-shape of the floor plan focuses on social spaces. The living areas dominate the central volume of the house and are outwardlooking to the portico and deck. The outdoor areas are ideal for entertaining but work equally well as a place to relax with the dogs. The four bedrooms, bathrooms and laundry are located in a separate wing.
The white-painted flush mortar brick and Triclad board-and-batten cladding looks fresh. The Colorsteel gable roof in Windsor Grey gives a smart finish.
The process was pretty seamless, says Ross. “There was nothing that would scare us off doing it again.” Plus, Ross and Keir’s friendship survived the build. “We’re still talking, which is good,” he laughs.
To see more homes built to this this Pacific Collection plan, search ‘Caloundra’ on signature.co.nz 99 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
Design worksheet KATE & ROSS’S BUILDING TIPS
+ Good communication with the building company is absolutely vital. It’s a two-way street and requires input from both parties + Have a clear picture of what it is you want to achieve but maintain some flexibility as you may find new finishings you prefer along the way
‘CALOUNDRA’ FLOOR PLAN KEY 1 Entry 2 Lounge 3 Scullery 4 Kitchen 5 Dining 6 Portico 7 Living 8 Bedroom
9 Bathroom 10 Toilet 11 Master bedroom 12 Wardrobe 13 Ensuite 14 Laundry 15 Garage
1 7 8
+ The land cost $475,000 and the build was $560,000. Landscaping and decking were additional
“The open-plan kitchen and indoor-outdoor flow is the best, especially in summer – as is having the river on one side and the golf course on the other”
BRICKS Huntly clay in Dulux ‘Okarito’
ROOFING Colorsteel in ‘Grey Friars’
FLOORING Polished concrete
CLADDING Triclad board and batten in Dulux ‘Okarito’
SHOP THE LOOK
Bedside table, $399, from Freedom Furniture 100 — HOMES
Jug, $32.50, from French Country
Throw, $159, from H&M
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Our homes are an extension of who we are; what we do within the walls of our abodes shapes our mood, affects our productivity and influences our outlook on life. A well-designed home relies on creating a big-picture design where every decision relates to the next, resulting in a cohesive and considered environment.
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“What we do within the walls of our abodes shapes our mood, affects our productivity and influences our outlook on life”
Choosing colour for your home is a personal and emotional decision and the range on offer can make the choice a difficult one. For clarity, revert to the location, light and functional demands on the home. What’s the natural light like? If your place lacks light, a neutral tone will create a brighter and more spacious aesthetic. If you live in a sunny position but seek a more intimate aesthetic, investigate moodier grey tones. Consider how you want to feel in the rooms, what activities people are undertaking and what colours you are drawn to. If you get stuck, a colour wheel from your local hardware store shows one colour’s relationship to another and whether they fit together. Or, try one of my favourites, the ‘60 percent, 30 percent, 10 percent trick’. Sixty percent is the dominant paint, such as pale grey, 30 percent is the secondary tone for visual interest, like white frames, and 10 percent provides that bit of magic such as a blue front door.
If you make cohesive and considered choices for the foundation elements of your home – cladding, roofing, joinery and flooring – much of the hard work is done. Selecting a roofline is one of the most crucial decisions. If location and environment – hello snow, stormy winds, coastal elements and light – don’t help decide your roof choice, take these design cues. Hip roofs slope in a low, gentle pyramid and create a classic aesthetic. Flat roofs are subtle and recessive, reminiscent of art-deco architecture. Both are also solar-friendly (crucial when 35 percent of heat can be lost through the ceiling). Monopitch roofs feature a slope in one direction, which creates a modern or mid-century modern aesthetic, while a contemporary villa, bungalow or farmhouse look can be achieved with a triangular roof. These are often called gabled, pitch or peak. 104 — HOMES
When you draw a line down the middle of a picture, it visually separates the image. Keep this in mind when deciding on flooring. Seamless flooring throughout the living areas visually links spaces, so the home appears more spacious and cohesive. Laying hard flooring throughout living zones (living, kitchen, dining and hallways) is also a practical choice for a family home, while carpeted bedrooms create comfort and warmth. When choosing flooring colours and designs, take cues from the style of your home and its natural environment. If there are sandy dunes and a coastal landscape outside, a wide-plank in pale oak and sandy-coloured carpet will look seamless. If you can see an urban cityscape, polished concrete floors and grey carpet are a natural link to the outdoors. While herringbone and parquet are current trends, their origins are European, so these aesthetics work well in a character home.
Make a mood board or compile a file of images you love. Use this to identify your aesthetic – do you prefer modern or traditional design? A modern home lends itself to simple door profiles, contemporary shapes, clean lines and sleek finishes. A traditional look will feature more detail like wainscoting and molded trim. Show your image references to the Signature Homes team, and ask their experts to show you products that achieve this aesthetic and are within your budget. Then, create a mood board using samples of trim, benchtops, cabinetry and hardware so you can see how the finishes relate to one another. Currently, my favourite aesthetic is modern organic – a minimal and light look warmed up with pale timber floors, white woodgrain kitchen cabinetry, natural stone surfaces and brushed-brass tapware.
Rather than trends, lighting should be influenced by the activities and moods you want to inspire. Lighting has a profound effect on the way people look, feel and interact, making it key to creating a functional and enjoyable home. In the same way you layer an outfit or make a bed, layer your interior lighting. Begin with downlights to ensure good overall lighting. Add a statement pendant in the centre of key activity zones to provide general light, while also adding a feature that complements the design aesthetic. Next, add a floor lamp that throws
soft light at the mid-level of a room – an often forgotten zone. Interior designers talk about texture being a secret to good design. Light is actually a texture; if placed correctly, the way it bounces off different surfaces creates depth, visual interest and atmosphere. Dimmers are essential to adjusting the atmosphere from bright-light tasks, such as preparing school lunches, to a more intimate level when entertaining guests in the same space. Lighting can also be used to enhance design features, from a statement artwork to kitchen cabinetry or steps in a dark stairwell. 105 — S I G N AT U R E ST Y L E
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