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POOL POSITION (houseoftheyear)

Perfectly positioned between The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu, this four-bedroom home has been designed with extended family living in mind. The 240sqm dwelling includes a one-bedroom self-contained flat encompassing everything needed to cater to independent young adults, grandparents, or for use as Airbnb accommodation. The contemporary interior has been impeccably finished with premium fixtures and fittings throughout. The modern kitchen is a handsome blend of black and timber cabinetry, with an island bench/breakfast bar, an elegantly tiled splashback, and pendant lighting.

A special feature is the pool room, which extends off the kitchen through double barn-style doors. This weekend haven includes a pool table and bar, plus wall-mounted bar leaners – no need to go to the pub when you’ve got this amazing space. And for the family members who prefer socialising under the stars, the large outdoor entertaining zone offers two distinct spaces – one for seated dining, the other a relaxed lounge area with the all-important pizza oven and spa pool alongside.

Regional Bronze

New Home $600,000 – $750,000

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SKY’S THE LIMIT – house of the year

These brand new central Christchurch apartments stand proud with their chic fit-out and impressive black cladding contrasting with a cedar timber exterior. Sophisticated and full of refined personality, the interior is inviting with its oak flooring and fresh light-filled spaces. Classic white cabinetry complements the sleek subway tiles in the kitchen, where an island bench doubles as a breakfast bar and overlooks the open-plan living space; a hidden scullery also offers plenty of storage space.

A ground-floor powder room is a clever addition for when guests drop by. Three bedrooms are located upstairs. The main bedroom features a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. A family bathroom services the other bedrooms. Generous sliding doors create a wonderful connection to the outdoors. A patio area and garden strips make the most of this modest site. The home is designed to be easy-care and is built with quality craftsmanship, so weekends won’t be spent doing maintenance. Just sit back and relax in an urban sanctuary.

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A new development of eight exceptional townhouses is well underway in Queenstown. Located in Arthurs Point, Coronet Grove is nestled in a quiet, relaxed village occupied by nature lovers and peace-and-quiet keepers.

Coronet Peak is a 15-minute drive away, the Shotover Jet is just around the corner and there are plenty of walking and biking trails, making Coronet Grove perfect for adventure lovers.Contracted to build the fi rst stage of Coronet Grove, Brownie Construction is an accomplished and respected building company, which covers Central Otago and Canterbury. A high standard of workmanship and professionalism has seen Blueview Developments also engage the construction fi rm for stage 2, which is expected to begin in June…


Award-Winning Expansion

Originally established in 2012, the Christchurch-based business currently has crews working on projects in Central Otago, including a stunning residential housing development at Coronet Grove in Queenstown.

From high-end architectural new builds to renovations and repairs on ‘as is where is’ properties in Christchurch, the team covers the full spectrum of services, as well as light commercial, Director James Brownie says. “Our crews are experienced across all areas and we work with trusted architects, engineers and subcontractors to provide consistency and high-quality craftmanship to every project. Through word-of-mouth referrals, we have quickly gone from strength to strength over the years – we do quality jobs so we get the repeat business.

”From design and pricing to completion and landscaping, Brownie Construction provides the complete package. Providing excellent project management, the team prides itself on saving clients’ time and money, always working around the client’s schedule. “By personally managing the project from design to handover, we can be sure it’s well managed and controlled at every stage. We take care of everything and if clients have any concerns they can come straight to me.”

The company also relocates homes, and past commercial projects include the fit-out for the recent Hornby Hub and Palms Mall renovations.

Phone James on 027 3034 810, email us for more information.

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Major Renovation a Complete Makeover

Young self employed builders are not unusual, but being just 27 and having a mega portfolio of testimonials, like James Brownie, is.

He started Brownie Homes at age 22, and now has a team of seven. He seems to turn clients into raving fans – the testimonials are so impressive it is blindingly obvious you are dealing with builders who excel with the knowhow and watertight project management skills required to succeed in this industry. The team has just completed a renovation on Dyers Pass Road. Using the original structure of the home, they staged a mega makeover, taking it from an old style 70s abode to one that looks brand new. New joinery, new cladding, re-rendering over previous brick and double glazing were part of the process, as was adding a bathroom and a new driveway with more space to park and turnaround. The property is now on the market and the vendor no doubt agrees with clients ON DYERS PASS ROADthat say, “The team are young and energetic as well as being excellent tradesmen. The site is always left clean and tidy; they take pride in their work.

They are trustworthy, well mannered and friendly. James has a very clear focus – delivering results. Our project was delivered on time, on budget.” Professionals like James Brownie make wide sweeping complaints about millennials seem absolutely absurd. Hard workers, with high standards and deep client dedication are out there. For some, the knowledge comes naturally with the passion, and this is neither about age nor a lifetime’s industry experience.“James knows what will work and what looks right. He recommended changes to our plans and we ended up with a better result.” No wonder they are up for a Master Builder Award.


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Inhabit your plans

Normally polar opposites, creativity and organisational skills cohabit within the Brownie Construction team.

With a young, energetic staff of eight, Brownie Construction is a company which tackles both the big and the little. This sets it apart somewhat. Many Canterbury homeowners have in the past few years abandoned hope of achieving their desired residential or renovation projects, assuming no-one in the construction fraternity would be available… read the full article