Top: This South Island home sports a black and white exterior with strong street appeal. The design won in two categories at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards 2016. Above: Floor-to-ceiling windows and built-in cabinetry make for light- filled, uncluttered interiors in this Fowler Homes’ residence. While floor tiles feature in some areas, the living spaces are made cosy with extra insulation and wool carpet. 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 down- size – 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 204m 2 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.