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Vision realised With large windows and openings framing the spectacular views, this new Lockwood home is just what the owners ordered There are many ways to look for design inspiration when you are about to build a new home, but the owners of this house took a less-typical option. Bill and Janet Taylor of Nelson flew to Auckland, hired a campervan and undertook a tour of Lockwood homes. They looked at custom-built homes and show villages, and formulated their own plans for their hilltop site back home. Their new Lockwood house was built by La Grouw Builders, to their specifications. Director Andrew La Grouw says the home, which is built on solid rock, was designed to frame the 270° views. “All the main rooms, including the large, open-plan living area capture the spectacular views in three directions,” he says. “The house also has a strong indooroutdoor connection, so again the views can be maximised.” The exterior of the home is clad in cedar wood, while the interior features solid blonded pine timber walls and ceilings, which follow the gabled roofline. The visual impact of the blonded timber is search | save | share at particularly noticeable in the entry, which features a double-height void that creates a sense of arrival. Bill and Janet Taylor enjoy all the other benefits that are associated with a Lockwood home as well. For example, weather extremes are not a worry – the home is well insulated and benefits from passive solar gain in winter. The interlocking construction system has proven durability, and helps to make the home earthquake resistant. And because the wood helps the house to