bush backdrop and rolling countryside. “I love bold colours, and wanted a look that wouldn’t date,” says Turnbull. The distinctive look of the house is one of the reasons it has won three major Master Builder awards this year, says Tony O’Brien of Fowler Homes BOP. “The house won the Regional Gold Award in the Master Builders House of the Year Awards, and subsequently won the Gold Reserve Award, which meant it was a finalist in the National Awards. It also won the People’s Choice Award.” The street appeal is reinforced by a large canopy entry, with handmade honeycomb terracotta tiles. On the inside, spacious living areas open out to a sunny terrace. Cavity sliders ensure the formal living space can be closed off if required. The kitchen continues the black and white theme, with white lacquered cabinets contrasting bold black granite benchtops. Solid Indonesian hardwood tongue-and-groove floors and matai shelving help to warm the space visually. Above left: With its black weatherboards, soffits and roof, this new house designed and built by Fowler Homes BOP has plenty of street appeal. A rail fence supported by stone pillars reinforces the country setting. Top: A soaring, gabled canopy creates an inviting entry. Hand-made honeycomb terracotta paving tiles were chosen by the owner to replicate the look of an old bungalow. Above: The house, which has three bedrooms and a study, opens out to a sunny terrace that steps down to the lawn.