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Large contemporary home on lifestyle block features outdoor room, exposed trusses in spacious living area, expansive decks

Large modern house on lifestyle block designed and built by GJ Gardner Homes


Take one picturesque building site with expansive views; add a custom-designed home that opens up to the outdoors, and you have the recipe for an idyllic lifestyle.

That's precisely what the owners of this new home have achieved, thanks to GJ Gardner Homes Hawkes Bay.

The 395m2 home sits on a flat building platform tucked below the ridgeline of the hills behind. The position of the home, and the angled wings, maximise the sun and the spectacular views from the living areas and bedrooms.

Grant Lee, GJ Gardner Homes Hawkes Bay managing director, says the owners wanted a spacious home that would be well suited to formal and informal entertaining. They also wanted to be able to have overseas visitors staying in comfort.

The open-plan living area features exposed trusses that enhance the light, airy feel of the interior. These are painted in Wattyl Dreamtime, while the exterior steel truss features Resene Black Jack for added definition. This complements the oil-stained cedar weatherboards.


To provide an easy indoor-outdoor flow for relaxed entertaining, the design team introduced decks right around the north side of the home. A large, covered outdoor room with a gas fireplace and skylight takes pride of place in a central position.

"This alfresco living area can be enjoyed through all seasons," says Lee. "Bifold doors open up the living area to this deck and another timber deck that extends out towards the view."

The monochromatic, galley-style kitchen adds further visual drama. Both the island and base cabinets are lacquered in white, while the overhead cabinets have a high-gloss black lacquer finish. There is also an adjoining scullery, and two internal doors to the garage.

GJ Gardner Homes created a separate guest suite for visitors. This features two guest bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Each bedroom opens to a private deck.

"We also provided flexibility in terms of the layout," says Lee. "There is an extra bedroom and bathroom in the same part of the home, and a separate media room that can be converted to a children's area when there's a full house."

Every home designed and built by GJ Gardner comes with a fixed contract price and pre-agreed completion date.

For details, contact GJ Gardner Homes, phone 0800 42 45 46. Or visit the

First published date: 21 April 2015

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