Love at first site – this home (above right), designed and built by Fowler Homes, gets many admiring glances, but what’s on the inside also counts. With its combination of cedar weatherboard, painted plaster and polished concrete block in contrasting colours, the New Plymouth house creates a dramatic first impres- sion. This continues on the inside, which features a highly contemporary interior that’s sleek and minimalist, and well suited to modern lifestyles. The home won several 2014 Master Builders House of the Year Awards, including a Placemakers New Homes $350,000 – $450,000 Gold Award, Local Category Award, and Local Craftsmanship Award for the Taranaki region. It also won a national Gold Reserve Award. Special features of the home include its dynamic U shape – the home wraps around a central deck that is sheltered from the prevailing winds. Large sliders open up to the deck from the dining room lounge and master bed- room. A second covered deck off the dining area makes use of skylights, to ensure all living spaces are light filled. Top: A timber pathway leads to the front entry of this new home, the winner of the Placemakers New Homes $350,000 – $450,000 Gold Award, Local Category Award and Local Craftsmanship Award for the Taranaki region. The project also won a national Gold Reserve Award in the Master Builders House of the Year Awards. Above: While the house is well suited to lazy summer days outdoors, it is also cosy and warm through winter.