This rural Timaru new-build oozes country cool
A young architect put his skills to the test to design and build his family’s dream home in rural Timaru. The results speak for themselves…
Who lives here?
Kate Perry (quotation administrator), Josh Newlove (director/architectural designer of Newlove Browning Architects), Leah, 6, Ella, 5, and Oliver, 1
It definitely wasn’t love at first sight for Kate Perry when she saw the rural Timaru section her partner, architectural designer Josh Newlove, wanted to build a house on. “It was so steep we could barely get the car up the path,” recalls Kate. “I told Josh I didn’t even want to get out of the car.”
The couple, who met while studying in Dunedin, had recently completed a major renovation of their first home, a 1950s cottage in Timaru. But they were expecting their second child and Josh, who was born on the West Coast, wanted to ensure his kids had a country childhood.
Fast-forward a year and the same 10-acre section was still for sale. Realising it was half the price of land in town, Kate relented and Josh lost no time in channelling the architectural skills he uses to create other people’s dream homes into designing his own.
Timaru Supreme build captivates judges with stylish and precise finishings
A striking Timaru home has taken out a Supreme Award at the Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition.
Richard Phiskie of Dimension Building Limited was awarded the Mid and South Canterbury Registered Master Builders 2017 Supreme House of the Year, a Gold Award and Category win for the New Home $550,000 to $700,000 award. Plus, the company also won the Craftmanship Award for the same Timaru property.
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