House of the week: Blenheim
If there's a job to be done, it should be done properly - and this Blenheim home has been crafted with attention to all the details.
Built six years ago, the owners were after a property that offered both indoor and outdoor living, with plenty of options for entertaining.
"We wanted something that was modern and at the top-end of the market. It's a pretty high-tech property."
The house is constructed from hebel stone, and contains a C-Bus system, which controls all the electronics.
There are several heating facilities, including air conditioning throughout, European-style wood heating through the floor, under-tile heating and gas fires.
A specially designed two-lane lap pool is one of the property's prime features.
"I talked to one of Triathlon New Zealand's swim coaches who gave me advice on the depths of tumble-turning and the widths and all those things," the owner says.
"We've had some top elite athletes staying with us who were able to use it for training."
A safety-approved automatic cover seals the pool off completely when not in use, allowing it to stay clean and warm.
Linked to the pool area is the kitchen, which comprises of three areas - a scullery, main kitchen, and coffee-making space, set up with a coffee machine, hot and cold water on tap and drawers containing all the bits and pieces needed for coffee art.
According to the owner, the bathroom also deserves a mention - with the main shower area containing three shower heads, including body jets.
"In the past, my wife has mentioned the only thing she doesn't like is the shower - because it's so good she can't get out. It's pretty spectacular."
Now semi-retired, the owners are looking to spend most of their time in their second home in the Marlborough Sounds, and think this one deserves full-time occupation.
"Even six years out, the house is just like the day it was built, which is incredible, really."
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Cost: 2011 rateable value $1,660,000
Builder: John Thompson Builders
Architect: PlanIt Architectural Design
This property is currently for sale. Click here to view the listing.