support deep, sheltering overhangs. Not surprisingly, the house has already caught the attention of judges in the Manawatu/Wanganui Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards 2015, winning multiple awards. The project won the Placemakers New Home $400,000 to $500,000 Gold Award, the Local Cat- egory Award, Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Lifestyle Award, Local Crafts- manship Gold Award and Lighting Lifestyle Award. “To complement the green of the trees and countryside, the design team specified a mixed palette for the exterior,” Walker says. “Off-white Rockcote plas- ter is contrasted with tea-coloured Linea weatherboards, matching aluminium joinery and a mid-grey roof. High gables reinforce the scale of the architecture.” The generous proportions are also in evidence on the interior, which is light, airy and spacious. The front door opens to a vast hallway that is not just the main cir- culation area, but also provides a gallery, library, office nook and cosy seating area. Above left and top: A high gabled roofline and large overhangs enhance the character of this new rural home near Palmerston North. Designed and built by Fowler Homes Manawatu, the house has won five major awards in this year’s Manawatu/ Wanganui Registered Master Builders of the Year Awards. The exterior features low-maintenance Rockcote plaster and Linea weatherboard. Large areas of decking create plenty of space for outdoor living. Above: When is a hallway not a hallway? This wide circulation area is also a library and gallery – and there is even an office area and cosy seating nook.