At one with the scenery – this new home, designed and built by Fowler Homes, maximises an idyllic waterfront site in Mapua near Nelson. Just metres from the water’s edge, the home fits right in with the natural environment. Colorsteel corru- gated iron in New Denim Blue wraps around the two bed- room wings on either side of the house – the colour provides a visual link with the water. To contrast the iron, the central volume is clad in cedar wood, while Rockcote plaster in an off-white shade features at the rear of the house. As with every Fowler Homes project, the interior was designed for easy, relaxed living. The spacious open- plan living area incorporates a feature wall that resembles natural stone. A rustic timber beam serves as a mantelpiece. These design elements caught the eye of the judges in the 2014 Master Builders House of the Year Awards. The house won the James Hardie New Homes $450,000 – $600,000 Gold Award for the Marlborough, Nelson, West Coast region. The house offers a choice of two outdoor living areas – one with a pool and deck. Top: Nestled among the trees on the shoreline at Mapua, this new home blends seamlessly with the natural environment. The house, designed and built by Fowler Homes, won the James Hardie New Homes $450,000 – $600,000 Gold Award for the Marlborough, Nelson, West Coast region in the 2014 Master Builders House of the Year Awards. Above: Accents of red enliven the natural materials, which include a stone wall and rustic mantelpiece.