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Getting to know you Good communication is essential when you are building a new home. At Fowler Homes you deal with the same person, from the design stage right through construction to completion and handover Above: This four-bedroom plus study home was custom designed and built by Fowler Homes in Christchurch. Managing director Ivan Stanicich says the driveway needed to run along the northeast side of the house, but the firm was still able to provide a sunny outdoor living area and maximise solar gain. The house is clad in a mix of Integra aerated concrete panels and James Hardie Linea weatherboards. Textural Gerard Corona Shake roofing enhances the visual appeal. To ensure your new home build goes according to plan, it pays to deal with a licenced building practitioner that has decades of experience, not just as a qualified builder, but also as a managing director and project manager. This is a cornerstone of the Fowler Homes business, estab- lished more than 30 years ago in Canterbury. The firm has since expanded nationwide, but the core operational principles remain, says managing direc- tor Ivan Stanicich. “The personal touch is a key point of difference for us,” he says. “Clients deal with the same person the whole way through the process, so there are no communication breakdowns – everything is completely transparent, which allows for a seamless build.” The Christchurch home featured on these pages is a good example of the process in action, Stanicich says. “I worked very closely with the clients – a couple who had recently returned from living in England. The site was not ideally suited for the sun, so we came up with a concept plan to provide street appeal while orientating the living spaces to maximise solar gain.” Stanicich says that, unlike