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Havelock North showhome


This is a modern home that we wanted to appeal to an older market, looking for something modern, but not too way out, and affordable. Height was used as a design feature throughout the entrance and living area to give it a bigger, lighter modern feel and to bring in natural light.

The home features unique rough sawn cedar weatherboard features on the exterior finished in Resene Woodsman Smokey Ash, which gives the home a rustic look which works well with the fresh wall finish.

The cedar weatherboards wrap around into the entrance area through into the interior so there is a comfortable flow from inside to out. A Whangamata bach finished in a similar colour helped provide inspiration for the colour choice. The chimney feature is for aesthetic appeal only for contrast against the plaster.

Resene Rice Cake was selected as the paint colour to go over the plaster as a fresh complementary colour to the weatherboards, which complement the silver joinery and roof. As the home is monopitch, the Resene Rice Cake makes it look even more stylish, spacious and fresh.

Running weatherboards into the home’s interior meant that a consistent finish was required that would work both inside and out. Resene Woodsman oil stain was able to work in both environments to provide a consistent look through the full entranceway.

Havelock North showhome exterior

The floor plan was carefully designed to provide good use of space and again, appealing to the older market, lots of storage, room for the grandchildren, good indoor/outdoor flow and a large kitchen.

Havelock North living

Havelock North lounge

Havelock North kitchen

Good indoor/outdoor flow into a large kitchen

A feature wall of Resene Elegance 1817-56 wallpaper

The interior is finished in fresh Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream, a warm white/cream colour so it creates the feeling of space without being sterile. Through the living area, this colour is used on all painted areas. In the remainder of the house, Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream is used on the ceilings, architraves and doors. The light colour complements the high stud the in entrance and living area.

Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream
Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream
Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream
Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream
Resene Smokey Ash
Resene Smokey Ash

Bedrooms include a feature wall of Resene Elegance 1817-56 wallpaper in one and Resene Inspire 47556 in another. The wallpaper is contemporary and modern without being overpowering. The striped wallpaper accessorised with dark pink is a statement room in the house and designed to appeal to the teenager market, the room in which a grandchild would stay during their visit.

a feature wall of Resene Inspire 47556 wallpaper

The exterior to interior wrapping wall of Resene Smokey Ash also provides a striking feature at the entrance.

Entrance with exterior to interior wrapping wall of Resene Smokey Ash

The home has worked well as a showhome, appealing to a wide variety of visitors.

Building contractor: GJ Gardner
Colour selection: Fiona Lee

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