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 resi- dence 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 312m 2 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. Top: Twin peaks – distinctive roof forms ar e all part of the dramatic street presence for this Fowler Homes four-bedroom home, entered in the Futureproof building new homes $500,000-650,000 category. Above left: The solid wood front door in vertical tongue and groove cedar creates a great first impression. Above: A hassle-free built-in feature gas fire adds to the ambience of the cosy carpeted lounge and dining area.