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A perfect home on a perfect lifestyle block – Marie and David Watson built their own custom Lockwood home on a spectacular hilltop site overlooking Lake Karapiro.

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A perfect home on a perfect lifestyle block – Marie and David Watson built their own custom Lockwood home on a spectacular hilltop site overlooking Lake Karapiro.

Their design-and-build home is loosely based on the Trinidad and Tobago plans, with an additional room added above the double garage.

The couple had worked overseas for several years and when David, who is English, saw a Lockwood show home in Te Rapa, Hamilton for the first time he was completely smitten.

“Straight away he just loved it and said he wanted one,” says Marie. “We both love the blonded wood interior, which is very light and airy, and also contemporary. And we appreciate the low maintenance.”

Marie says the original plan was extended to accommodate a home office and to provide a spacious entry hall. The home features three bedrooms on the main level, plus the office, which could double as a bedroom. The room above the garage can be used as a second living area or another bedroom.

“We do use the whole house – the family is always coming to stay, so we are hardly ever on our own.”

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