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Fowler Homes designs picked up a plethora of awards at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards 2016

Showhomes win big at the Registered Master Builders Awards 2016

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As diverse as the materials and layouts are, these dramatic award-winning Fowler Homes houses all reflect the design vision and attention to detail that the firm is well known for.

This grand multiple award-winning home is a case in point. At the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards 2016 the residence took out the Gold Reserve Award and Gold Award in the Carters $1 million – $2 million category, together with winning the Manawatu Local Category Award.

This attractive two-storey home has a curved iron roof that flows over the top storey like a wave meeting the shore. Below the feature roof, a mix of Rockcote Integra and cedar cladding, with floating eaves and large glass panels, offers a strong street presence.

Oversized double doors open to the full-height, light-filled entry. A staircase with a bespoke timber rail winds its way to the second storey, with its four bedrooms, study and three bathrooms.

The home's formal living area complete with media unit is perfect for movie nights, while the open-plan kitchen-dining-living area is ideal for socialising. The main bathroom has a freestanding spa bath.

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This four-bedroom Flat Bush residence is on one level for convenient modern living – its building platform neatly cuts into the gently sloping section.

Facing towards the street, two strong gables signal the home's spacious garage and semi-covered alfresco living area. The sheltered deck is great for barbecues, no matter the weather, and is effectively a continuation of the gracious, open-plan interiors. A subtle Spanish-style finish adds a nice touch to the plastered brickwork, while a solid wood front door sets the tone for the well-considered interiors.

Designed and built for a family with grown children, the semi-rural lifestyle residence is still connected to the city, with strategically placed windows offering views to the Auckland skyline.

The clever design screens out neighbouring homes from view without compromising on all-important solar gain. With two generous-sized living spaces, four bedrooms and two well-appointed bathrooms, the 312m2 home offers understated luxury on a modest budget.

A huge walk-in pantry is tucked away behind a cavity slider in the contemporary home's sleek entertainer kitchen.

This innovative home was a 2016 multiple award winner for Fowler Homes. It won National Gold Reserve Resene Award– New Home $300,000-$400,000; Category Resene – New Home $300,000-$400,000; and Gold Resene – New Home $300,000-$400,000; as well as the Lifestyle people's choice Award.

Nestled on a subdivided section, the Westown home makes great use of space. The 215m2 floorplan includes two living areas, separate dining and a large deck. There are three generous bedrooms – the master with a massive walk-in wardrobe and ensuite – a main bathroom, and a private study.

The interiors reflect modern style and attention to detail. The home's funky kitchen is a talking point – featuring a cedar ceiling, a pop-downtelevision and hidden scullery.

The formal dining area is ideal for intimate evening meals with friends, with drinks enjoyed around the built-in bar – an entertainer's dream.

The house is economical to heat over winter with a 5kW Micro Inverter back-to-the-grid solar system and wood fire. Polished concrete floors capture solar heat for release at night, while insulation ensures the home is snug all year round.

Soak up the sun inside or out – this modern Omokoroa home is awash with natural light. White walls and polished concrete floors ramp up the natural illumination as it floods into the north-facing living spaces.

The cleverly designed home won the Silver Award 2016 for Future Proof Building in the $500,000-$650,000 category.

The spacious, contemporary kitchen is designed for those who love entertaining. Positioned between the dining space and alfresco living, the central island keeps the cook connected to the action. A soaring 4.4m-high ceiling creates a dramatic sense of space. Corner glass sliders open wide, effectively eliminating a whole wall and allowing the interior to become one with the outdoor room. Here, full-height windows create a pleasant cross breeze. When you'd just rather stay in, the attractive gas fire – with its feature surrounds – forms an eye-catching focal point in the lounge.

The fully insulated RibRaft floor with heat pump also keeps the home snug and warm. Four bedrooms, two well-appointed bathrooms, a computer nook and a scullery-laundry make this a functional and family-friendly home.

This expansive home won five awards at the Master Builders House of the Year Awards in the following categories: National Gold reserve award – Nulook new home $650,000-1million; Gold award – Nulook new home $650,000-1million; the Coveted Local Craftsmanship award; the Lifestyle Bathroom Excellence Award and Lifestyle Outdoor Living Award.

The 380m2 home is ideally suited to its peaceful Pitone landscape, with ample glazing encouraging its owners to step out and enjoy the relaxed alfresco living. There they can soak up water views from the spa pool, or unwind on the deck with a built-in barbecue.

The architecturally designed home enjoys broad views of the Tasman Sea from the living area while the Katikara Stream is seen from almost every room.

Glass bifolds connect to the open-plan area with an entertainer's kitchen. Two children's bedrooms are set apart in their own area and the guest room, with ensuite, is near the entry.

The master bedroom offers a peaceful retreat, while the ensuite has a feature freestanding bath and double shower. There's a boat shed, double garage and lower deck to complete the picture of relaxation.

Peace and tranquillity abound in this home in The Lakes, Tauranga, winner of a Silver Award in the Gib Showhome category. An elegant natural palette ties the interior and exterior together, and connects the house to its surroundings. Multiple outdoor spaces offer a choice of covered alfresco dining or sun-soaked solitude.

Intelligently designed, this 208m2 modern family home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living spaces. As well as a media lounge, there's the central kitchen-dining-family hub. The scullery-laundry's clever design links directly to the garage and outdoors, keeping messy jobs behind the scenes.

The home's super energy-efficient heating includes a condensing boiler that runs radiators in the main bedroom and open-plan living spaces.

Three awards were won by this Fowler Homes residence: Category Placemakers – New Home $400,000-$500,000; Gold Placemakers – New Home $400,000-$500,000 and National Gold reserve Placemakers – New Home $400,000- $500,000.

The generous-sized family hideaway stands on a hillside facing Mt Taranaki. Blessed with panoramic views, this tasteful home presents a great addition to the landscape.

Simple, yet sophisticated, the 277m2 executive residence reflects an incredible attention to detail. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office, a separate laundry and attached double garage all serve a modern lifestyle in this remote setting.

The heart of the home is the central living area with its spacious kitchen-dining-lounge. Indoor-outdoor flow connects the interiors beautifully to the great outdoors while a second lounge is a cosy space to relax.

The master bedroom reflects excellent design with a luxurious ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and office. Both the home's bathrooms feature floor-to-ceiling tiling and a tub caters for those who enjoy a relaxing soak. This home has a continuous flow hot water system and a roof solar system.

This Ohauiti house sets the scene for harmonious family living and easy entertaining. The home took out the Silver Award in the Placemakers – New Home $400,000-$500,000 category.

Sitting serenely on a sloping site, the Ohauiti house sets the scene for relaxed family living and easy entertaining.

Linea weatherboards lend this modern-functioning home a traditional feel, while feature stonework adds interest to the slate-coloured exterior. The large garage is another bonus.

The master bedroom and open-plan living space face north, maximising natural light and warmth. The 276m2 home is snug in winter, while plenty of windows bring natural cross ventilation over summer.

The main living space is the centre of family life and opens via huge glass sliders to the spacious portico. A formal lounge is a great addition.

The extra high ceiling is a star, rising to 4m in the internal area where the kitchen, with its walk-in pantry, is a social focus. There are four bedrooms and two well-designed bathrooms, including an ensuite off the master bedroom. The latter also has a walk-in wardrobe and access to alfresco living.

This four-bedroom home won big at the Master Builders Regional House of the Year 2016 awards, taking out the Gold Reserve, Nulook New Home $650,000-$1million and Gold Award, Nulook New Home $650,000-$1million as well as Local Category Winner for the Manawatu region.

The Feilding home exudes class and comfort at every turn with double cedar front doors opening to the superb interior.

Feature wallpapers, high ceilings and plush wool carpet combine to create elegant living spaces. From the formal lounge, the eye is drawn to the rural views, with large glass doors encouraging an easy flow to a veranda. Skylights set into the extended roofline add to the home's light-filled, ambience.

Gas fires featuring floating mantels add a more traditional touch in the formal and casual living rooms. The home's study with built-in sewing station is a major plus for keen crafters. A ducted heat pump sends warmth into the garage, laundry, bathrooms and bedrooms. The master has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite retreat. The second bathroom is equally dramatic with sleek black tiles and refined fittings.

The Silver Award for Future-Proof Building – New Home $500,000-$600,000 went to this airy, well-connected home.

Nestled among established gardens, the four-bedroom Ohau home offers traditional design touches combined with modern functionality.

Two bathrooms and three living areas offer plenty of options in the 254m2 design.

The home's grand vaulted entrance with two cedar doors, copper trim and feature lighting opens to the formal tiled entrance. A pebble floor inset leads from here to the dining-kitchen area, while a separate service area connects the fully tiled laundry and guest toilet to the internal double garage.

The master bedroom's chic ensuite has a freestanding tub and double shower. Guest bedrooms are in a separate wing.

This Fowler Homes house attracted Local Category Winner in the Mid & South Canterbury region and a Gold Award, PlaceMakers New Home $400,000-$500,000.

The Ashburton abode with three-bedrooms and a study nook is designed to impress. The owners wanted to downsize – and they did so in style.

Dark powdercoated doors stand out in strong contrast to the white cladding and match the roof for extra street appeal.

The light, airy interior with over-height doors achieves a great feeling of space in the 204m2 home. High impact, low maintenance tile floors set off the entrance, bathroom, ensuite and kitchen. The bathroom and ensuite enjoy underfloor heating, while carpet keeps things cosy in the lounge areas.

And the flowing, open-plan living spaces offer plenty of room to wine, dine and recline, while handy in-built shelving means there's ample storage.

Glass sliders in the lounge and in the master bedroom open up to sun-soaked alfresco spaces for morning coffee or evening drinks.

In addition, a ducted heat-pump system keeps the whole home toasty in winter and cool over summer.

There's much to like in this energy-efficient home, which won the Silver Award in the Placemakers – New Home $400,000-$450,000 category.

Designed with simplicity and convenience in mind, the 284m2 home is clad in low-maintenance Midland brick set beneath a Corona Shake roof.

A large entrance hall leads through to the primary open-plan living spaces. Over-height doors add a touch of grandeur.

The home maximises passive solar gain and its pleasant rural outlook through ample glazing. Two living areas, two bathrooms, three bedrooms, plus a study and large alfresco area make it a perfect place to live, relax and entertain in.

To get away from it all, the master suite also has private outdoor access. Solar hot water, LED lighting, in-slab heating and a wetback fire are all kind on the planet and your power bill. A heat pump can also keep things cool when required, and this is further aided by a heat-transfer kit.

For details of Fowler Homes offices nationwide, phone 0800 4 FOWLER (4 369 537). Or visitwww.fowlerhomes.co.nz

First published date: 15 December 2016

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