This beautiful, yet robust, family home in Nelson is built for maximum sun, catching rays all day long from its lofty spot
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Brooke Strang, 37 (owner and fashion designer for Wanoa Four), Andrew Strang, 40 (businessman), Milahn, 10, Harlin, 7, and Lenox, 4, plus puppy Koura.
Best lesson learned during the build? Brooke: Don’t get your heart set on a moving-in date.
What would you never do again? Move in before the house was 100 percent finished.
What’s your favourite spot in the home? The sunniest corner of our living room, staring out at the expansive views. I can truly unwind, watch the weather roll in and see the changing tides.
Something you discovered about yourself along the way? That we work well as a team and actually agreed on a lot of big decisions with ease. Something we thought was going to be daunting turned out to be something we loved getting stuck into.
Top styling tips? Make a Pinterest board for inspiration but don’t expect everything to be readily available. And try not to go too texture-crazy – I stick to two or three distinct textures in a room.
Any splurges? Nothing beats the natural warmth and charm of real wooden flooring and this was the one interior decision we didn’t want to compromise on.
Savings? Andrew lent a hand tiling our bathrooms. We also saved on landscaping. Andrew and I, along with our lovely family members, all got to work turning the uneven mud pit into a flat lawn. My brother-in-law (a builder) and my father whipped us into shape and barely let us stop for a coffee!
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Contacts & shops
Architect Aaron Walton Architecture & Design, 021 753 494.
Builder Lachlan Banks, Manuka Homes
Building panels Potius Building Systems
Interior design Brooke Strang, Nelson Design Interiors, @design_interiors.
Plumber Allen Plumbing
Kitchen Cooper Webley
Flowers The Greenery Florist
Lights Mr Ralph, Lighting Direct
Photography by: Daniel Allen.