Brand new in New Plymouth
Building a new home can seem a daunting option for people who have not experienced the process before. The benefit, however, is a brand new home with up-to-the-minute presentation and the latest appliances and fittings.
New Plymouth’s Peter Burmester recognises that attraction and also relishes the challenges of the building processes. He’s developed a number of new properties in the city in recent years and has just completed his latest home in partnership with local builders G.J. Gardner Homes.
That provides an opportunity for someone to enjoy immediate possession of a new home without the time and effort needed to build it. And as a new build by G.J.Gardner Homes, the home comes with the bonus of a 10-year Registered Master Builders guarantee.
The challenge for Peter is to create a home that will appeal to a wide range of potential buyers. And he’s confident he has achieved that at 260 Coronation Ave. It began with the location. The address here enjoys a pleasing proximity to schools and shops and offers an easy run into town, with a choice of Coronation Ave, Brooklands Rd or Carrington St to get there. The latter two avoid the hassles of traffic lights.
School proximity couldn’t be better – this home sits next to the main entrance into Highlands Intermediate and there is a choice of primary schools nearby. Peter’s latest home is the second of two on a subdivided section and he says the buyer of the first home is really enjoying the setting, with the buzz of schoolchildren at play during the day and quiet weekends.
Those school grounds and sports fields next door would also provide a great ‘back yard’ for a family buyer here, Peter suggests.
He brings a quality approach to his new homes that is obvious during a visit.
It starts with the generous driveway in to today’s feature home and the popular exposed aggregate finish to the concrete. Peter also planned sufficient room at the front of the property to allow easy movements of vehicles. Owners can back out of the double garage around the corner of the house and then drive out forwards on to the street.
The house is low-maintenance with its earthy brick exterior, dark aluminium joinery and longrun corrugated Coloursteel roof. A feature chimney adjacent to the sheltered front door is clad in stained cedar and adds interest to the frontage.
Inside the front door is a short tiled foyer that leads visitors into the spacious sunny open-plan living areas. There’s a wealth of room for dining and lounge furniture to the right, while the wellappointed kitchen is ahead and left.
Peter points out some of the many features in here – the stainless-steel-faced Rinnai gas fire set into the wall of the lounge area, high-efficiency LED lights overhead, two wired options for locating a television set, and two sets of sliding doors opening out to a landscaped courtyard.
White-painted timber blinds are hung in the lounge and dining area windows, while tasteful grey curtains drape to the sides of the sliding doors.
There’s nothing left for new owners to do, Peter says. They can just move in their furniture and enjoy life here.
A commitment to quality is a vital element of his developments, he says. ‘‘I plan my homes as if I would like to live in them; you can’t go cheap on finishes or fittings.’’
He also plans in a fair amount of flexibility. An example of that is the gas fitting available beneath the ceramic electric cooktop in the kitchen. If new owners want to cook with gas, they just have to swap out the electric hob for a gas model.
Hot water comes via the convenience of a Rinnai Infinity gas-fired instant hot water system.
In the fridge recess, there’s also a water tap available if this home’s first or future owners have an appliance that’s set up for chilled water delivery.
Those sorts of provisions mean the home should appeal to a wider range of buyers, Peter says.
The kitchen is pleasingly finished in an offwhite colour, with timber details to add a visual warmth and texture – each corner of the island bench has a stained timber ‘post’, while floating timber shelves are fixed to the tiled splashback behind the cooktop.
Above the island bench are two striking hanging lights with an industrial design influence that sits appealingly in the room. The bench tops are light-coloured engineered stone with a subtle fleck finish that complements the lightly flecked cut-pile SmartStrand carpet that flows through the house.
To one side of the kitchen is a built-in pantry with sliding lower shelves for extra convenience and ease of use.
Kitchen flooring is the same attractive light-grey stone-look tile from the foyer that is also seen in the main bathroom, separate toilet and master bedroom ensuite. Under-tile heating adds comfort in the foyer, kitchen, bathroom and ensuite.
The home’s three bedrooms, bathroom and internal access to the double garage are found down the hallway off the kitchen. The master bedroom also opens out through a sliding door to the sunny rear courtyard.
Out here, there’s just a small portion of lawn to look after with garden areas covered with stones to minimise any maintenance. The concrete patio is neatly scribed to resemble large square pavers.
Down the sides of the property, more stones make an easy-care surface for this home’s owners with pavers placed through them for comfortable walking. The rear grounds are fully fenced and secured by lockable steel gates.
The laundry is located in the garage, which is carpeted for extra comfort and flexibility – just back the cars out and set up a table-tennis table for the grandkids. A sliding door opens to the side boundary where the fold-down clothesline is conveniently mounted on the fence.