Cheryl and Rocky Love The Redwood Park
Cheryl Brown and Rocky Hawke, owners of G.J. Gardner Homes in New Plymouth, have built their own G.J. Gardner Home to live in. The house is the Redwood Park design and the couple have come to appreciate the many features of the design. "We loved the drawings... it's a big home with lots of great spaces," Cheryl says.
The two storeys of contemporary living provide all the space and comforts that the couple and their four grown children need when they get together.
Computer technology can provide a virtual walk-through of a home before it is built but Cheryl and Rocky had the advantage of physically walking through a real Redwood Park design at another G.J. Gardner franchise. "So we knew this plan would fit this site really well."
The design sits easily on the slightly elevated section of more than 1100m². "We wanted to utilise this site with its views of mountain, farm and sea... and this house covers all of that."
Cheryl's enthusiasm for this home is obvious as she follows us around. "We built it as if we were always going to be living here. I love the entry with its high ceilings... and it's got a really nice hallway."
That hallway, with its polished concrete floor, draws visitors away from the foyer welcome to the expansive living areas. Warmth underfoot tells its own story of convenient and effective underfloor heating.
Halfway along, there's a formal lounge to the right and an office area to the left. Both areas are open to the hallway, enhancing the sense of space in this home. Cutouts in the hallway walls also let light and views through. "In a lot of homes, hallways are long and dark, so we let the sun in."
The family, dining and kitchen areas stretch across the eastern back and sunny northern faces of the home. "We get all-day sun through here," Cheryl points out. Big doors open up on the rear patio where a morning coffee can be an early highlight of the day.
Landscaping dresses the front approach to the home, but here at the back, Cheryl and Rocky have let lawn wrap around the house. Boundaries are all fenced for privacy and shelter and the space provides a blank canvas for new owners to develop gardens.
The kitchen is a minimal design with a dark woodgrain finish without handles or other trim to fuss the image. Cooking is easy with the larger cooktop and oven appliances Cheryl chose here. "Most people stick to 600mm, but it is good to have the 900 models."
A joinery variation is another feature here. "We kept the window over the sink bench low so you are not looking at neighbours and they are not looking at you."
The family friendly nature of this home's floorplan also shows through upstairs. An extra lounge space or library area is at the top of the stairs, with the four bedrooms lined up along the sunny northern side.
The master bedroom is a huge suite at the end with plenty of room for a settee or two. "This could even be a self-contained space with a kitchenette added later," Cheryl suggests. His-and-hers walk-in wardrobes flank the door into the ensuite bathroom, where you find a full-sized bath to complement the glass shower.
This article was written by the Taranaki Daily News, Saturday, April 25, 2009.