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First impressions really do count – as evidenced by the entrance to this striking home. The traditional Japanese method of charring timber, yakisugi or shou sugi ban, has been used on the Siberian larch of the custom gate, garage and western wing. The treatment, which blackens the wood, protects it from weather and fire damage. The remaining cladding, oiled natural larch, is a golden contrast and gives the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home a warm look and feel. There are secrets aplenty within. A concealed handle-free door leads into the guest wing, while upstairs, an in-built ladder offers access to a hidden loft space – perfect for storage or as a play area. The owners’ love of fine lighting, airy spaces and comfort shows in the all-weather patio, a soaring living-room ceiling and imported fittings. Extensive LED designer lighting showcases the home’s many architectural features. The flooring is blonded American oak on concrete ribraft. Privacy, comfort and versatility – cool in summer and highly insulated for winter – make this home ideal for active retirees.

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REGION & CATEGORY:

Bay of Plenty & Central Plateau
Altus Window Systems New Home $750,000 - $1 Million