SHOP THEIR STYLE

Clean-lined fur­ni­ture and in­dus­trial sur­faces are given rus­tic warmth with wooden slabs and boun­ti­ful botan­i­cals

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CON­TACTS

+ Kitchen by Palazzo Kitchens palaz­zok­itchens.co.nz + Builder Shaun McKain, Mod­ern Bay Builders wtd.net.nz/mod­ern-bay-builders-waihi-beach

+ Tiler Brad Free­man, Price­less Tiles, Waihi Beach

BUD­GET

+ What did you spend in to­tal? The build cost $450,000 and the land­scap­ing was $90,000.

+ How did your bud­get fore­cast com­pare to your ac­tual spend? John: We were pretty much on the money when it came to the cost of the house build. We added items and changed our minds on a few things along the way and felt quite com­fort­able spend­ing money on those ex­tras. As a re­sult, we were prob­a­bly about 10 per­cent out on our es­ti­mated cost. + What did you splurge on? John: We splurged on the land­scap­ing but we wanted to get it right from the start. That in­cluded the bol­lard-like fence at the front; it is shaped in height to mimic waves, and the same look is re­peated higher up the prop­erty. We spent a lit­tle more on the kitchen than in­tended – the splash­back brick tiles weren’t ini­tially planned to reach ceil­ing height, but we love how it looks like a brick wall. The bath­rooms were al­ways go­ing to in­volve some ex­tra ex­pense as Mel was keen for them to be dif­fer­ent. And the steel canopy over the front door was an­other splurge; it adds an ar­chi­tec­tural fea­ture and in­creases the house’s street ap­peal.

+ What did you save on? Mel: Orig­i­nally the pil­lars at the front were to be made from Linea weath­er­board but in the end we opted for Ti­tan panel, which wasn’t as labour-in­ten­sive and there­fore not as ex­pen­sive. We aban­doned our idea of hav­ing tim­ber floor­ing in the main liv­ing area; it would have been very noisy and we loved the look of the vinyl plank­ing we opted for. I saw the Karn­dean plank­ing on the show­room floor and thought, “I’m go­ing to have that.”

41 Vel­vet cush­ion, $69.90, from Mood. 2 Mar­ley wooden shelf, $159, from Par­nell Agen­cies.3 Ar­madillo & Co Kala­hari rug in pewter and char­coal, from $1320, from The Ivy House4 Plim­mer­ton sofa, $995, from Mood.

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