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This family didn’t use a budget to build their new home near Rotorua

With no budget and a 6000-square-metre site, everything in the Needham family home is generous. We discover what they’ve done with all that space

This family didn’t use a budget to build their new home near Rotorua

Meet and greet

Todd Needham, Kylie Needham, both owners of TN Electrical, and their daughter, Blake, 4, plus Rosie the cat.

Best lessons learned?
Todd: Specify exactly what you want to all parties involved in your home, right down to the fine details. Tell tradespeople to ask, not assume, if they are at all uncertain. This is especially important with a new home as you aren’t living on site.
Kylie: If budget is not an issue then don’t compromise on what you want. Some people think things can’t be done, but often they can.

What colours did you use?
Resene ‘Ebony’ for the exterior. The interior is mainly Resene ‘Black White’ with feature black walls. There’s a chalkboard wall in the scullery, a black wall in the powder room, and a black wall surrounding the two wine fridges to accentuate them.

If you could change anything, what would it be?
Kylie: I’d possibly add another powder room – one closer to the media room. Todd: Garaging for three cars, and the inclusion of a swimming pool and a gym.


Kylie and Todd did not work to a budget on this house.

“We built when we had the luxury of not having to compromise,” Kylie says. “We never compromise quality over money so there are no regrets.”

Todd’s philosophy is: “It’s going to cost what it’s going to cost.”

Words by: Monique Balvert-O’Connor. Photography by: Rachel Dobbs.

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