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Selwyn Times: May 09, 2017

10 Your guide to Show

10 Your guide to Show Homes & New Sections in the Selwyn District Sizing up a house design Those looking to build a new home are likely to tour show homes, checking features, noting the number of rooms and spaciousness of each, and making mental comparisons with their existing living quarters and what they perceive they will need in their home. There is no one ideal house size. Determining square metre size depends on one’s stage in the family life cycle and lifestyle. Young couples, older people downsizing and those living on their own may want smaller homes whereas families often seek space. Visiting show homes is a good way to get a spatial impression. Many building companies have more than one show home. This allows them to demonstrate the range of work they do, the quality of their workmanship, and to feature house designs they have on their books. These homes also provide examples of the features that can be incorporated into a new home. Show homes vary in size. Some are less than 200 square metres, others may be around 210m², 220m² or closer to 240m². For example, Artisan Homes’ Prebbleton show home is 246m² and offers innovative and energy efficient ideas. The Faringdon line-up of show homes offers comparison with homes of 184m² or 211m². Other show homes can be found at Lincoln’s Te Whāriki and Flemington subdivisions, in Prebbleton, as well as in Levi Park and Goulds Road in Rolleston. A smaller home may not always feel less spacious. It depends on design and layout. A larger home may offer the opportunity for extra living area in a separate lounge, a laundry room inside the house rather than in the garage, wider entry and hallways, and larger rooms overall. Extra features such as walk-in pantries, ensuites and walk-in robes in the main bedroom, and additional storage cupboards can also be accommodated as the square metres increase. Building smaller will not necessarily equate to a significantly cheaper price. While building companies work on a square metre build figure, certain costs are still incurred such as for the drain laying, plumbing, kitchen, bathroom, toilet, and garage with the latter less costly to build. Adding extra bathrooms and the like will add more to the final price however, if the square metres are taken up in living and bedroom space or a wider hallway then the cost is proportionately less. Higher specified features will certainly increase the cost of the build. Making comparisons in both size and features when viewing show homes and house designs will help you determine the size of home to build. Weigh your needs and wants against any budgetary constraints, ensuring you have all the facts and a clear idea of costs before making your final decision. Brand New Prebbleton Show Home Open This Weekend: 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Open on Weekends from 12pm to 4pm Silver medal winner in Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards Builders of superior homes. Built to last. Office & Show Home: 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston New Show Home: 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Phone: 03 374 9172 or Rob: 021 324 876 E-mail - robin@artisanhomes.co.nz

11 Standout Homes for a Standard Price Office and Showhome 2 Harvard Avenue Wigram, Christchurch Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm New Showhome - Now Open 6 Craig Thompson Drive Flemington, Lincoln Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 4pm (03) 341 3000 or 029 201 2453 www.homesbyparklane.co.nz Show home Guide Homes By Parklane “Standout Homes for a Standard Price” Wigram 2 Harvard Avenue Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm Flemington, Lincoln 6 Craig Thompson Drive Sat & Sun 12pm - 4pm (03) 341 3000 or 029 201 2453 www.homesbyparklane.co.nz 4 2 2 2 Strategic Homes Halswell 6 Derek Anderson Drive Longhurst Estate Wed to Sun 12pm - 4pm Ph 03 963 8841 or 0274 359 333 www.strategichomes.co.nz David Reid Homes Casebrook 231 Highstead Road - opening June Prebbleton 80 Farthing Drive - opening September Ph Jason 021 514 424 or Chris 021 192 6095 www.davidreidhomes.co.nz Build 7 - Christchurch Prebbleton - Flemington Viewing by appointment only Ph 03 595 0894 or Jamie 021 783 001 www.christchurch.build7.co.nz Showhome - Viewing by appointment Phone Jamie on 03 595 0894 www.christchurch.build7.co.nz Brent loves reading the newspaper. So we designed an extra wide bench for him to stop his paper falling into the sink. Start your own story 03 348 1994 | www.peterrayhomes.co.nz Peter Ray Homes Prestons 28 & 30 TeRito Street 12pm to 4pm Tues to Sun Faringdon, Rolleston 5 & 7 Stanford Way 12pm to 4pm Sat, Sun, Wed & Thurs Wigram Skies, Wigram 32 & 34 The Runway, 12pm to 4pm Mon to Sun (7 days) www.peterrayhomes.co.nz To advertise in The Showhome Guide Contact Elaine: (03) 364 7436 elaine.moon@starmedia.kiwi