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This Tutukaka family home proves concrete and steel can be comfortable

Cosy texture, midcentury pieces and warm timber give this tough Tutukaka home of concrete and steel a comfortable family feel

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This Tutukaka family home proves concrete and steel can be comfortable

Marcelle Flude, owner of The Beauty Room, Tutukaka, Brendan Flude, forestry health and safety manager, and Marlow, 8, plus Burmese cats Boston and Poppy and rabbits Odin and Thor.

Quick Q&A

Best lessons learned?
Colorsteel is not the easiest product to clad with so do your research on installers.

What would you never do again?
We would probably not use black aluminium joinery. Although we love the look of the black, it is not very forgiving with scratches and fingerprints.

Did you have any DIY disasters?
Trying to tackle large landscaping projects ourselves in our spare time while juggling work and family. It’s taking forever to finish!

You took a lot of care over the details. Which ones are you proudest of?
The negative detail used throughout the house and the exposed blockwork.

One thing you would change about your home if you could?
We would not change anything. We love our home and it suits our family perfectly.

Most memorable experience you have had in your home so far?
Hearing the kiwi calling every night and having the incredible experience of seeing one walking across our paddock.


What areas of your home did you splurge on?
We splurged on the kitchen; it came in at around $35,000. This included all the Fisher & Paykel appliances. At the time, this was a little outside our budget but we made the decision not to compromise and we’re really happy with the end result.

Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain?
High-end mostly.

Created by: Tina Stephen. Photography by: Helen Bankers.

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