Trends New Zealand Trends Volume 31 No 8 New Zealand - Page 51

Looking at this new home it’s easy to see just how much our design expectations have changed over the past few decades. Modern living demands simplicity and comfort, and the GJ Gardner Homes show home in Kerikeri provides both – and a whole lot more. For starters, the 215m2 house is low maintenance. The exterior has a plastered brick cladding and stained cedar weatherboards. A Gerard Carona Shake roof in the colour Obsidian offsets the light grey walls. The show home also features stained timber boardwalks that wrap right around the house and form a sunny deck off the main living area. On the inside, it is the sense of space that makes a strong first impression. Narrow, dark hallways are a thing of the past – this home has a light-filled 1250mm-wide hallway that allows for easy circulation. The home is a modified version of the Byron plan. Spacious open-plan living areas create