Building A Landmark

The residential building industry has seen some tough times over recent years with many home owners and suppliers being left in a dilemma. It is within this climate of uncertainty that Landmark Homes have  been able to build a reputation for stability, trust, value and excellence in the mid to top end of the residential building market.

As a group, Landmark Homes have a national network for preferred suppliers and a variety of local and national architects and designers who contribute to their design and build portfolio. The “Akaroa” design show home, at Karaka, illustrates the high standards that can be achieved and at price that represents exceptionally good value in the New Zealand market.

The 628 square meter site dictates the overall concept of this home designed to show potential home owners what can be achieved on a relatively small land area. The site slopes slightly towards the road giving elevation and imposing street appeal. The muted tones of the Linea weatherboards contrasts with the texture and colour or the Gerard Senator Shingles. The combination and style is specifically intended to give a timeless appeal which will not date and is suited to both urban and rural locations. Whilst Landmark use a variety of roofing materials in their designs the profile and texture of Gerard Senator shingle compliments the aesthetics of the “Akaroa” design. The use of lightweight Gerard Senator Shingles has several other benefits. First is the National distribution network and the range of profiles and textures offered. Second is the 50 year warranty offered by Gerard and the back up of their installer guarantee. 
And last but not least is the design flexibility and freedom offered by using lightweight roofing materials which allow greater spans, such as those in the family area, without having to use valued resources to provide additional structural support to the roof.

The sweep of the drive is generous allowing plenty of parking for guests and easy access to the double garage. Residents of the home can enter directly through the garage or the front entrance. The front entry is designed to welcome guests but also to provides privacy to the family area when answering the door. The kitchen, forming part of the open plan family area, is directly adjacent to the entry with a view of the driveway and a short distance from the car parking for convenience when bringing in family provisions. The island buffet bench increases work space in the “state of the art” kitchen and provides a handy area for breakfast and a chat while meals are being prepared. For more leisurely comfort there is a window seat opposite the kitchen which captures morning and afternoon sun.

The family area combines an informal lounge the kitchen and dinning area. The windows and french doors providing plenty of sunlight making it a warm and inviting place for family and to entertain friends. The spacious and warmth of the area is inviting. The flow of the heated tiled floor connects these traffic areas with an optional inset carpet area defining the family lounge. The central feature of the informal lounge is a two way fireplace which provides heat and ambiance to this and the formal lounge beyond.

The formal lounge and the study open directly off the family area eliminating extensive hallways. The inclusion of the study /computer area is specifically positioned to include, rather than exclude, anyone working or surfing the net. Something that families of today use constantly which has been recognised by the designer and this handy location enables parents to keep a watch full, but discrete, eye on the kids or to just stay in touch with the family when working.
A quiet space behind the family room is set aside as a formal lounge and alternative TV viewing option. This area opens onto the exterior deck adjoining the dinning room making it ideal for indoor door/ Outdoor living during summer months.

To the left of the entry is access to the two double bedrooms, separate bathroom, utility area and garage.

Directly off the family room is the central stairway to the master bedroom, the ensuite and walk in wardrobe. The location of the master bedroom is a private space away from the rest of the home but, being directly above, still within reasonable contact with children’s rooms and family life. The Master Suite is best described as being divided in two. By any standard this is an impressive space which has been well thought out and extremely functional. Reasonable to say it provides the wardrobe space most women dream of... but seldom get.

The overall impression in this family home is one of space, light and comfort. The design is well considered and the attention to details has been thorough.

This is to the credit of Harry Harris, Director of Landmark homes Counties, who says “Every home I check personally, I’m something of a perfectionist and we have worked hard to build a reputation for excellence and value in the market. Our reputation and integrity is our most valued asset particularly in today’s building market. Building quality homes is my passion and we only use the best tradesman with proven experience and workmanship. One of Landmark’s features, and perhaps the most important difference, is that the company stands by a guarantee to design and build to meet the agreed budget. Landmark Homes also offer a Seven Year Masterbuild Guarantee on every home they build, anywhere in New Zealand.”

Whilst the company offers a range of about 40 “ready to build” building options all plans can be customised to suit individual tastes and budgets. The designs are presented in a free “Landmark Homes” book or can be found on the internet together with the nationwide network. They also offer a design service from a variety of architects with whom they have established well defined working relationships.

Design: Landmark Homes.
Landmark Homes have offices  and show homes throughout NZ.
Details available  on their website

Contact: Harry Harris
Telephone: 09 237 1124

Roofing Manufacturer:
Gerard Roofs
Profile: Gerard Senator Shingles
Colour: Eclipse textured finish
Telephone: 0800 104 868

Roof Installer
Harvey Roofing Centre Auckland
Branch Manager – Alan Wilson
Telephone 0275 789 021