Sun, space, and executive living

SARAH FOY
Last updated 15:25 22/09/2012
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4b Becklands Place Inglewood

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When the owners of this contemporary home decided to build, they sought space, easy- care grounds and mountain views. They got all three in the one package - plus a handsome, light-filled home in a tranquil location.

Situated in Becklands Place, a new cul- de-sac in Inglewood, the brick-and-tile house was built by Platinum Homes in 2009.

Explains current owners Bronwyn and Bruce: 'We had come from a house that was quite small in terms of living areas, so we decided to create a new home with large communal space.'

The family of four wanted an airy kitchen, dining room and living area. This meant when visitors came there was enough space to easily accommodate extra people for entertaining. But when it was just four at home, cosiness was maintained.

To this end, they designed a separate lounge that can be shut away for more intimate occasions. 'Certainly, we can have two TVs operating with totally different programmes and neither disturbs the other,' says Bruce.

The mountain views were also incorporated by stepping out the living areas and the three bedrooms that run along one side of the house. 'We positioned the house on the section to maximise those views so different parts jut out.'

In addition, indoor-outdoor flow was well-planned. A large terrace opens out from the dining and family room and this north-facing spot is a suntrap.

'It's great and there are times when you can just take a bean bag outside and sit in the sun,' says Bronwyn.

Sitting in the sun for peace and quiet is made easier by the home's semi-rural location. It is tucked down a cul-de-sac, which means there's no through traffic or urban pollution. On one side there's farmland, trees line the back boundary and occasionally cows are heard.

Double-glazing enhances the peaceful environment, as well as helping ensure the home is warm and dry. 'It's a real lifestyle environment out here,' says Bruce.

While they both work in town, the drive to and from Inglewood is painless: 'It's a good wind-down after work,' he says.

As the house is in a cul-de-sac, the family were conscious that parking shouldn't be difficult. There's a three-car garage as well as a big concrete turn around and flat grass for any traffic overflow.

The section is generously proportioned. There's no sense this new home is positioned on a too-small section - quite the opposite. Easy-care planting of low- growing conifers was included when the house was built, but there's ample space to expand the gardens if required and oodles of outdoor fenced land for an expanding family and household pets.

Inside, many features make this home smart and liveable. There's underfloor heating, four roomy bedrooms plus an office, ample storage, an executive kitchen and a three-way bathroom as well as an ensuite for the master bedroom.

A tour of the house begins by the front door where floor tiles lined with pebbles greet guests and residents.

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The kitchen and open plan dining-family room area is to the right. Fisher & Paykel appliances, a large bench-bar and a vast number of cupboards and drawers make this room convenient and easy to work in.

There's space for people to prepare, cook, help, chat and be part of the action. The kitchen looks out over the dining room and through to the north-facing terrace.

The living area faces west, out to a neighbouring rural property and is large enough to accommodate many guests. Next door, the lounge is comfortable and private. The bedrooms open off a long, separate hallway. Each room is spacious and there's a common theme throughout with neutral wallpaper and carpet contrasted with brightly coloured, stylish curtains. Two bedrooms are down one side, the master bedroom sits at one end of the house and a fourth guest room is on the adjoining wall.

The ensuite bathroom incorporates a shower and separate toilet, while a walk-in wardrobe is consistent with ample storage found throughout the house.

The other bathroom in the house is a three-way room, allowing someone to shower in a closed-off part, while someone else uses the vanity or toilet. This has proved essential for the owner's teenage daughters.

The study at the front of the office is large enough to accommodate someone working from home or it could be converted into a fifth bedroom.

Heating in the home comes from two heat pumps but the fact that it is fully insulated, double-glazed and well built for sun means very little in the way of extra heating is required.

Jenny Bunn and Maree Linley from Harcourt's Inglewood office say they are excited to be marketing a property of this calibre, one that combines an outstanding location and a large executive home with room to move. They believe the property will attract buyers from Inglewood, Taranaki and outside the region.

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