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From choosing your building site to determining what products you want to use, the choices you make for your new home can be helped by a visit to the DesignHaus show home at the new Omaha Beach estate

Investing in the future


Visiting a show home is an ideal way to appreciate the delights of living at a location such as Omaha Beach. It can also be a useful exercise if you are looking for ideas for your own building project.

Auckland-based company DesignHaus has built a new show home at Omaha Beach, which was designed to showcase products and materials as well as architecture. DesignHaus says homeowners can be frustrated trying to choose products for their project, when all they have to go on is a collection of small samples.

Being able to view a wide range of new and interesting products and materials in a show home is a much easier way to appreciate their use, the company says. Homeowners don't need to visualise the finished product – they can see exactly how it will look, or work.

As well as products featured on the following pages, the show home includes furniture from Camira@75, a new range of bed linen from Sheridan, art from Whitespace Contemporary Art and designer lighting by ECC.

Not surprisingly, DesignHaus Omaha has a beachside ambience. Designed by David Ponting Architecture and built by Apex Construction, the show home provides a modern take on the traditional holiday home. Ponting says the house is expressed as a series of linked components, reflecting the way a typical Kiwi bach evolves.


The Titan panel garage represents the original fibrolite shed, which was usually followed by a weatherboard bach – in this instance, the two-storeyed part of the show home. Other added-on elements include a family room and roofing reminiscent of a caravan awning.

DesignHaus says many companies were involved in the supply of products and materials for the show home. These included Bunnings Warehouse, which supplied the building materials, and Polymer Developments Group, the supplier of the roofing. Furnishings are from Red Current, and bathroomware from Ideal Standard. Dialock provided the keyless entry system.

Classique Landscaping was responsible for the landscaping around the property, which includes an illuminated koru sculpture garden.

For details, contact DesignHaus, 1 Kutai Lane, Omaha, phone (09) 377 7555, fax (09) 377 7553. . The home is marketed by Michael Dow of Harveys, phone (09) 425 8589.

First published date: 24 August 2003

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