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The bedrooms are all light and sunny with the master having a large en suite with tiled shower and roomy dressing room. Walls are Rice Cake throughout, providing a blank canvas for the couple’s art including some spectacular pieces of both the Marlborough and Central Otago landscape. “We kept the colour scheme pretty simple throughout. Donna (Ryan) was very helpful with that and any other interior fittings, especially when it came to the plumbing.” The triple garage easily houses the couple’s two cars plus doubles as storage and leads to a large laundry that opens onto the vegetable area. An office, or fourth bedroom, is to the east of the kitchen.

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Built for the sun The exterior of the house is a mix of white plaster and cedar stained with Resene Crowshead, almost black. Once the house was finished Charlie came into his own, building the large decks which run along the north side of the house, capturing all-day sun. The Leiths used purple heart, a hardwood which is purple to start with but has now bleached to a lovely silvery grey. Charlie also built raised vegetable beds from macrocarpa in the eastern courtyard, following a landscape plan done by Den Aitken of Aitken Taylor of Blenheim. The whole eastern area is covered with light pebbles keeping weeds at bay and creating a microclimate in which the plants thrive. Charlie and Janet were previously fruit growers in Central Otago so their garden contains a good selection of fruit including figs, plums, apricots and a feijoa hedge which runs along the north boundary. The Leiths found the whole building process painless. “Hamish took us to a few houses he’d built before we started so we knew we had a good builder and he took charge of everything, so it wasn’t stressful at all,” says Janet. “We are thrilled with the house – it’s lovely to live in and everything works really well.”

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14. Dark stained cedar contrasts with white plaster on the exterior 15. A separate laundry runs off the garage 16. Black and white contrast in a bathroom 17. One of three bedrooms

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