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.
Not many builders have a Master Builder House of the Year to their name, particularly when they are still under 30 years of age. James Brownie started Brownie Construction in 2012, at age 22, after six years learning his craft.
Cleverly laid out for relaxed socialising and luxurious solitude, this architecturally designed four-bedroom Christchurch home sets itself apart. Two striking trapezoidal volumes sit side by side on the street, connected by a central entrance and hallway. Living is to the left; bedrooms to the right. Wrapped in cedar, the left-hand block contains a smart and functional open-plan space. A high raking ceiling follows the roof line. Flooring is a mix of tiles and carpet throughout. Positioned on a spacious section, the 235sqm design provides easy flow to alfresco living.
The separate lounge opens to a choice of outdoor platforms – a deck shared with the open-plan living area and a patio shared with the master bedroom. The two modern bathrooms feature sleek tiling, wall-mounted toilets and unique grey basins. The family facility boasts a luxurious bathtub. This home is energy efficient with above standard insulation, a ducted heat pump system, under-tile heating and thermally broken windows.
Specialising in high-end architectural new builds and renovations, James Brownie leads a team of expert builders, providing a full range of residential and commercial construction services to the highest possible standard.
The qualified team were hand-picked by James and have undertaken advanced, up-to-date training. Ensuring a high standard of workmanship throughout every project is vital, James says. “Our crews are experienced across all areas and we work with trusted architects, engineers and sub-contractors to provide consistency and high-quality craftmanship to every project.”
One of Brownie Construction’s up-and-coming projects includes a stunning residential home overlooking Coronet Peak in Queenstown, currently in design stage. “Situated at the end of a 100m driveway, the north-facing four-bedroom home will feature a loft and a two-storey garage, cedar cladding, an exposed schist chimney, and polished concrete floors throughout – with underfloor heating.”
The team has also begun work on a new two-storey home on the Cashmere Hills in Christchurch. Both projects have a focus on a ‘passive living’ style, with the use of high-performance structural insulated panels. Super-insulated and airtight, the New Zealand Made Smart Structural Insulation Panels (NZSIP) help build next-generation, healthy, energy-efficient homes. “This new technology is becoming more common, while being more environmentally friendly, you are also saving money in the long-term.”
From design and pricing to completion and landscaping, Brownie Construction provides the complete package, along with excellent project management.
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…
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.
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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.
JAMES KNOWS WHAT WILL WORK AND WHAT LOOKS RIGHT. HE RECOMMENDED CHANGES TO OUR PLANS AND WE ENDED UP WITH A BETTER RESULT.”