A green country landscape creates an attractive backdrop for this award-winning home (above right). Fowler Homes teamed Monier Heatherstone brick and Linea weatherboard low-maintenance cladding with a Gerard CoronaShake satin roof. The design team also added a kwila deck for outdoor living. The home won two major awards in the 2014 Master Builders of the Year Awards – the Placemakers New Homes $350,000 – $450,000 Gold Award for the Manawatu- Wanganui region, and a national Gold Reserve Award. Not surprisingly, the house was built to maximise the mountain views – there are large bifolding doors in the liv- ing-dining area, and a separate stacker door opens onto the deck from the master bedroom so the owners can enjoy a morning coffee outdoors. Cold is not a problem in winter. The home has a freestanding Atlanta Bay woodburner and a heat pump. Discreet double doors conceal a pantry that runs the length of the kitchen provid- ing extra storage and a granite work bench. This leaves the main kitchen free of clutter. Top: Monier Heatherstone brick and Linea weatherboards feature on this new home by Fowler Homes. The house won the Placemakers New Homes $350,000 – $450,000 Gold Award for the Manawatu-Wanganui region, and a national Gold Reserve Award. Above: Large bifolds open up the family living area to a partly covered terrace. The luxurious, high cut-pile carpet was manufactured from recycled milk bottles.