House full of unusual design features


A Canterbury home built by Horncastle Homes was named national winner in the New Homes under $200,000 category at the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers. 


Full of rare and unusual design features, the wellplanned, contemporary home is not only stylish but extremely good value for money. 


Attention to detail is visible in all key elements and the judges said: “The combined effect elevates the look and feel of this property to something which is anything but ordinary.” Nothing was overlooked in this minimalist, costeffective home. 


Design features include an exposed concrete block wall between the hall and the living room, and a stunning water feature at the end of the hall which can be seen as soon as you enter the home. The spacious living room includes a gas fire, and has three large ranch slider doors that open out onto the landscaped patio area. 


The modern kitchen has an island bench, while the master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. The remaining two bedrooms have rebated wardrobes, with unique shaped windows that add to the minimalist characteristics of the house. 


Horncastle Homes has had a long association with the House of the Year competition, and enjoys being able to share its success with its clients. “The House of the Year has been instrumental in consolidating our profile and position in the marketplace,” sales and marketing manager Simon Davis says. 


“The number of enquiries we have received since winning our award has escalated considerably and we have no shortage of interesting projects to choose to work on.” Mr Davis says the extra exposure not only raises the profi le of the company but it also reinforces the quality work of volume builders. 


“Even though we build in excess of 200 houses a year we make sure every home is built to quality standards. It is great to be able to demonstrate this in the House of the Year competition,” he says.

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