cedar weatherboards contrast white plaster and polished concrete block, providing visual depth and texture. The front of the house faces north, and has large windows to maximise the light and the warmth of the sun in winter. But because the wind is from this direction, the living areas open up to the south and west, and the house forms a U shape around an outdoor living area. Other key features include large skylights above the open-plan kitchen, and above a second covered deck off the dining area. And there is a vertical slat wall separating the lounge and family living area. Although the house was built to a standard plan, Fowler Homes says there were many adaptations to suit the owners’ requirements, including a massive storage room. The home won Gold and Local Craftsmanship Awards in the 2014 Master Builder House of the Year Awards. For more details, contact Fowler Homes Taranaki, phone (06) 755 4045. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.fowlerhomes.co.nz see more online: search 46891 at Trendsideas.com Facing page, top: Dark-stained cedar weatherboards contrast white painted plaster and polished concrete block in this new home designed and built by Fowler Homes Taranaki. Facing page, lower and above: A large kitchen with two islands, by Rowson Kitchen and Joinery, forms the hub of the home. This space opens to a family room on one side and a formal living room on the other. It also opens to the outdoors.