Day­dream be­liever Build­ing new in Beach­lands has brought a lit­tle Scandi style to Auck­land’s east

For this savvy cou­ple, build­ing from a pre-de­signed plan al­lowed them to re­alise their vi­sion of a light, bright home near Auck­land’s east­ern beaches

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by An­nick Larkin. Pho­tog­ra­phy by He­len Bankers.

Leap of faith

Some­times just hav­ing a dream isn’t enough – you also need the courage to see it through. While liv­ing in their first home in Flat Bush, a new de­vel­op­ment in South Auck­land, Becks and Gio­vanni Luca of­ten found them­selves driv­ing to the nearby sub­urb of Beach­lands to see fam­ily and friends who lived there. The cou­ple day­dreamed of one day mak­ing a move to the area them­selves. In the mean­time, it was be­com­ing ap­par­ent that the cou­ple and their two young chil­dren – Bri­anna, now 11, and Santino, now 10 – needed a home with more space.

In early 2016, en­cour­aged by Auck­land’s hot prop­erty mar­ket, the cou­ple de­cided to sell their Flat Bush prop­erty. Buoyed by the gen­er­ous land sizes on of­fer fur­ther east in Beach­lands and ex­cited about the prospect of build­ing again, Becks and Gio­vanni took the plunge and made their day­dreams a re­al­ity.

Fam­ily in mind

Af­ter a great deal of re­search, Becks and Gio­vanni chose to build their new home with lo­cal con­struc­tion com­pany Stonewood Homes. They looked for a floor­plan that was well suited to their site’s north­east ori­en­ta­tion, and set­tled on the Linkwa­ter, an open-plan, five-bed­room pack­age with two lounge ar­eas, al­low­ing for both ca­sual and for­mal liv­ing.

“We are a close fam­ily with young chil­dren, so be­ing to­gether is im­por­tant to us,” says Becks. The cou­ple were able to mod­ify the plans to meet their fam­ily’s needs and style. “We made some changes in­clud­ing a higher ceil­ing, larger stor­age spa­ces through­out and an in­crease in size for both liv­ing ar­eas,” re­calls Becks. They also opted for a larger kitchen is­land bench which can com­fort­ably seat six. “We are so grate­ful we in­stalled a larger is­land as we spend a lot of time there as a fam­ily, eat­ing, chat­ting and do­ing home­work,” says Becks.

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