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Enjoy a new home that suits your personal lifestyle with award-winning designs from David Reid Homes
Building a new home can be a tremendously satisfying experienceas you watch your ideas take shape and solid form. There are thousands of decisions to be made along the way. So having confidence from the outset that the basic materials, suppliers and design will suit your needs is especially important.
Consistently a national finalist in the New Zealand House of the Year competition, David Reid Homes has been recognised nationwide for its designs and the standards of workmanship in the homes that it builds. From its beginnings in Christchurch 10 years ago, the company has steadily expanded with franchised branches in Central Otago, Dunedin, Auckland, Hamilton and the Bay of Plenty, says owner David Reid.
"Our success has been based on giving our clients a premium service," he says. "Our flexibility in tailoring designs to suit our customers and hand-selecting builders and suppliers based on exacting standards ensures that we can give homeowners value for money."
David Reid Homes offers a wide selection of designs to suit a range of lifestyles, including family, farm, disabled or business needs. In-house architectural designers can customise those designs or create new ones to meet specific requirements and budgets.
Colour consultants and lighting designers provide free advice on décor and styles, keeping customers abreast of the latest ideas and styles.
The company offers a fixed price contract from building consent to landscaping, so there are no hidden surprises in the cost of building your home. All homes have a MasterBuild guarantee.
Suppliers are integral to maintaining the standards of David Reid homes, and are carefully selected for their ability to deliver consistent quality in their products and services, says Reid.
"Our suppliers, our builders and our subcontractors are all part of an important family," he says. "We work as a team to support our company's philosophy that only the best will do."
The home shown here is from David Reid's Heritage Design Series, an original Central Otago style. Its rugged, historic styling suits the sweeping landscapes in the region and is reminiscent of a previous era, Reid says. In contrast, materials incorporate the latest technology.
For example, the James Hardie Linea weatherboard is designed to combine technically advanced weather-resistant materials with a style that has the look of yesteryear. Reid says customers have been pleased with the product's durability.
Complementing the weatherboard is Insulclad plaster cladding from Plaster Systems, applied by Jason Robins, over Monotek cladding from James Hardie. Homeowners can have confidence in the cladding, as Plaster Systems is an ISO 9002 registered company, with licensed plastering contractors meeting these international standards. All of their systems are BRANZ appraised, and the company offers a 15-year product guarantee.
The popular plastered finish gives additional texture to this home and contributes to its clean lines.
With extensive views to the surrounding mountains, windows and glass doors are also an important feature of the home. Natural light flows through the windows, which frame the dramatic landscape and draw it into the home. The vertical folding panels of the windows and doors open fully to offer wide, unobstructed views.
APL Aluminium Joinery, through its franchise First Aluminium, supplied all of the windows and aluminium joinery for the home. With a network of franchises throughout the country, APL specifies and guarantees its service standards in print, so that all David Reid branches are confident in the joinery that will be supplied.
The home is designed to take advantage of outdoor living, which is enhanced by the striking outdoor fireplace. From Real Fires, the double-sided gas fireplace also opens into the living room, creating an inviting atmosphere both inside and out. Fully insulated, the fireplace has controls to direct the heat to one side or the other or distribute it evenly to both.
Real Fires gas fireplaces are available in a range of styles from traditional to modern and come in a variety of sizes and surrounds, offering plenty of options for David Reid homeowners.
Creating warmth through colour is the speciality of Resene, which supplies the interior and exterior paints for all of the David Reid Homes. Available in an array of colours and textures, Resene paints can be applied to create virtually any look imaginable, says marketing manager Karen Warman.
"Colour can be a significant element in a home design, particularly to highlight architectural features," she says. "With just subtle contrast in shade, you can create a striking visual effect."
Earth tones were emphasised in this home, drawing on the surrounding landscape, with the exterior painted Resene Granite Green.
Inside, cooler shades give the living room a spacious feeling, while the feature wall around the fireplace is painted a deeper, contrasting shade in Resene Mako. More vibrant colours are used to accent the walls in the bedrooms.
The kitchen combines the cool colours of the living room with contrasting slate blue cabinetry. Reid says that the company's specifications for kitchen appliances often exceeded customers' expectations.
"Clients are always amazed when they see the show homes and the Smeg appliances and discover that they can expect the same in their own homes," he says. "Applico supplies all of the Smeg appliances and we have been very pleased with their products, in both the quality and range of appliances available. Their back-up service is among the best we have experienced."
In this home, the freestanding Smeg SUK91 range was specified. The matching polished stainless steel rangehood and microwave oven add to the clean lines and modern look of the kitchen. Each appliance offers a variety of features designed to add convenience, simplify meal preparation and produce consistent results in the kitchen.
Another David Reid design, the Royale from the Designer Two-Storey range, presents a completely different look. Its contemporary design culminates in distinctive parapet gables. The sharp architectural shapes make a feature of the two levels of roofing.
CSR Monier supplied the concrete roofing tiles for the home from its Traditional range. The dark Midnight colour was intended to provide a stark contrast to the plaster cladding, says sales manager Roger Hurley.
"Although it is a traditional style, the ordered shape of the tiles gives a modern finish to the home, and accentuates the very defined lines of the architecture."
CSR Monier tiles are available in a range of colours, shades and profiles and can be formed to fit virtually any roof shape or contour. They are attached with a compound that will move with the natural flexing of the house. The tiles are made to withstand New Zealand weather extremes, including wind, heat, snow, ice and salt spray. All CSR Monier roofs carry a 50-year performance guarantee.
Insulclad plaster cladding on this home was also supplied by Plaster Systems, this time using an acrylic plaster over 60mm polystyrene, finished in Resene Spanish White.
Plaster Systems' product range also includes Thermoclad, Duroplast and Multiplast, all extensively tested and proven systems, says Reid. They come with a five-year workmanship guarantee.
The home's interior space is bright and open, thanks to skylights and floor to ceiling windows with integrated doors. The double-height living room is anchored by hardwood floors that add warmth, as does the centrepiece fireplace.
From Real Fires, the fireplace features a modern design and a custom chimney treatment that emphasises the openness of the space and leads your eye upward toward the double height ceiling.
Resene Papier Maché increases the sense of spaciousness in the room and provides a neutral backdrop for the furniture and artwork.
The open-plan layout extends to the kitchen, which is positioned behind the fireplace wall. An island stands at its centreand a bench wraps around the back walls.
The kitchen is fitted out with Smeg appliances from Applico. The simple design and clean lines of the range and hood in polished stainless steel make them a comfortable match for this design. The bright white look of the space is punctuated with a warm red marble splashback behind the cooktop.
The CS19 freestanding range with a K7088 hood provides multiple cooking options as well as sleek looks, says Applico managing director Mark Jones.
"The Smeg appliances offer homeowners a wonderful choice of appliances to suit their own cooking styles," he says. "The variety of designs means that there are options to match any kitchen décor."
The oven is fan forced with eight cooking functions, a dual grill and an electronic clock and timer. A convenient storage drawer tucks away big pots and pans, and a continuous cleaning function means it is almost maintenance free. The rangehood features halogen lighting and a four-speed fan.
Smeg appliances from Applico include ranges, cooktops, ovens, microwaves, rangehoods and dishwashers.
In addition to the open spaces in the home, there are also more intimate rooms for privacy and relaxation. The golden tones of Resene Akaroa on the walls in the family room make it a welcoming place to read a book or put up your feet. Creating an individual space with its own atmosphere and identity is a feature of many David Reid designs. Such areas add flexibility and reflect homeowners' different lifestyles.
Bedrooms and bathrooms also benefit from finishing touches. Clearlite Platinum and Roca vitreous china fixtures are accented by a tile bathtub surround and a shower with a glass door. Tapware by Aquatica is from the new Kasassi range.
Choices and options are essential to the David Reid Homes service, which is designed to tailor every home to its owner's needs, requirements and lifestyle. Using quality products and suppliers at every step in the process adds to the likelihood that everyone will be satisfied with the final result, says Reid.
"Relationships are at the heart of our success," says Reid. "Solid associations with reliable suppliers mean we can count on them to deliver their best, every time. Clear communication and understanding of our clients mean we build the house they have always dreamed of and now can finally enjoy."
First published date: 04 May 2003