in the first of several feature walls, guiding the way to the open-plan living areas,” Walker says. A focus of the modern, four-bedroom house is the large 60m 2 outdoor living area, floored in coloured concrete. This is accessed directly from the dining area, family rooms and master suite. Drop-down screens and a wall-hung gas heater protect the all-weather space from the elements. In party mode, hors d’oeuvres and bubbles are served directly from the designer kitchen out through bifold windows to guests. Post-party clean-up is a breeze, too, with easy-care granite benchtops, generous storage and a large scullery. “This home is all about lifestyle. The master bedroom’s dressing room links to the ensuite, the bathroom has wipe-clean, dado-high tiles and the insulated double garage is carpeted.” For further details, contact Fowler Homes Manawatu, 661A Tremaine Ave, Palmerston North, phone (06) 355 5279, mobile 027 474 6131. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website: www.fowlerhomes.co.nz see more online: search 47888 at Trendsideas.com Above left: An all-weather outdoor space is a social hub of this practical home by Fowler Homes Manawatu. Landscaped gardens offer an attractive backdrop for the sheltered, welcoming environment. Top: The house features low-upkeep yet high-profile cladding and roofing. Above: Party, party – the open-air living space connects directly to the living, dining and kitchen areas.