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This top award-winning residence was offered with a range of personal options – it was created by Landmark Homes

Individual lifestyle

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With a leading design-and-build company, a show home is simply the starting point – a house that indicates what can be achieved in terms of site response, interior layouts and finishes. With these ideas on board, your imagination can take over – tweaking the design until it matches your family needs and your lifestyle.

As the name implies, Landmark Homes creates houses that stand out from the crowd, says franchise holder Braden Cameron.

"The house seen here, the Aotea, won the Masterbuilders National Showhome of the Year Award last year. The residence is specifically designed to make the most of its excellent site position – to capture as much sun as possible, and optimise the views and street presence," says Cameron. "This house, with its classic weatherboard detailing, high ceiling and tall windows, has sold but it gives a sense of the individuality that can be achieved.

"Combining our extensive building skills with your own wish list of features creates a house that is a pleasure to live in day to day."

Features of this house include a master suite that occupies the upstairs level, with walk-in wardrobe and a clean-lined, modern ensuite. This creates a private realm for the owners.

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Downstairs the whole family benefits from a separate living area – important when juggling the needs of both adults and teenagers – and a sweeping open-plan kitchen, dining and family room. The light-filled kitchen area includes a cosy window nook, a place for children and parents to connect while dinner is on the way.

With an existing plan as starting point, no two houses need to be exactly the same. Options range from the substantial to the minute. An extra bedroom, cavity sliders to divide living areas and the addition of feature French doors or bifolds all reflect personal tastes. As for details, wall finishes, tapware, benchtops, and even skirting board profiles are all open to your individual preference.

"An important part of Landmark's process is not to rush your decisions. A house that lives up to your vision takes time to think through."

For more details on Landmark Homes and the broad range of plans on offer, freephone 0800 477 110. Web:www.landmarkhomes.co.nz

First published date: 05 July 2012

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