Brand new in New Ply­mouth

Taranaki Daily News - Your Property Weekly - - Front Page - Mike Shaw mike.shaw@dai­lynews.co.nz

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.

Pho­tos: MIKE SHAW/FAIR­FAX NZ

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