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New home by Fowler Homes, which has won five Master Builders of the Year Awards, features generous indoor and outdoor living areas

Multi award-winning new country house by Fowler Homes Manawatu


A spectacular setting can demand a home that has a similarly commanding presence, and that's exactly what was required for this property.

Set amid the rolling foothills on the outskirts of Palmerston North, with a picturesque backdrop of pine trees, the substantial family home was designed and built by Fowler Homes Manawatu.

Director Shane Walker say the sense of substance and permanence is reinforced by the architecture, notably the large chimney at the front, and the columns that support deep, sheltering overhangs.

Not surprisingly, the house has already caught the attention of judges in the Manawatu/Wanganui Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards 2015, winning multiple awards. The project won the Placemakers New Home $400,000 to $500,000 Gold Award, the Local Category Award, Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Lifestyle Award, Local Craftsmanship Gold Award and Lighting Lifestyle Award.

"To complement the green of the trees and countryside, the design team specified a mixed palette for the exterior," Walker says. "Off-white Rockcote plaster is contrasted with tea-coloured Linea weatherboards, matching aluminium joinery and a mid-grey roof. High gables reinforce the scale of the architecture."


The generous proportions are also in evidence on the interior, which is light, airy and spacious. The front door opens to a vast hallway that is not just the main circulation area, but also provides a gallery, library, office nook and cosy seating area.

Walker says the interior has many recesses and nooks that enhance the character of the home. It is also defined by large windows that maximise the views from almost every room, and sliding doors that lead to private outdoor living areas.

The open-plan living areas provide the pièce de résistance, however, thanks to the panoramic views and the easy flow to the large, covered outdoor room.

A high-end kitchen teams Mist Gray cabinetry with Helix Silestone benchtops and Bosch appliances. The kitchen also has a large scullery providing plenty of additional storage and bench space. Bifold windows open up to a barbecue area.

The master suite has a generous walk-in wardrobe, and a large bathroom with a freestanding tub beneath bifold windows.

Contact Fowler Homes, 661A Tremaine Ave, Palmerston North 4414, phone (06) 355 5279.

First published date: 28 July 2015

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