The Beautiful Greendale property on the Canterbury Plains

Arrive at this Greendale property on the Canterbury Plains and you’ll see a beautiful two-storey heritage homestead. Except that this 384sqm stunner isn’t a grand old house, it’s actually a brand-new build. The homeowners wanted to create a farm homestead that looked as if had been there for decades. So the team from Heritage Homes Canterbury took its standard Fendalton Heritage Home plan and adapted it to suit their clients’ needs and their country setting.

The collaboration between client and company resulted in a win-win design: a five-bedroom, two-storey stunner with the charm of a house built in the 1920s, but with all the mod cons of a brand-new build.

When it came to creating an authentic yesteryear look, no stone was left unturned. The team’s craftsmanship is evident in every room, from the period-style fittings and detailing in the kitchen to the bathrooms with their tiles, cabinetry and fixtures.

And a classic design doesn’t mean the owners miss out on modern indoor-outdoor living. Verandas hug three sides of the homestead opening from the living, dining and kitchen spaces, as well as the formal lounge and office.

Gold won by our Canterbury team.
Top 100 National Finalist

A Modern 1900s villa

If you didn’t know it, you’d think this was a 1900s villa that had been lovingly maintained or restored. In fact, many passers-by have commented on the flawless restoration of the house, which looks as if it has been there for a century. But this 131sqm three-bedroom home is brand new, with all the advantages of modern-day technology and all the comforts. It’s undoubtedly a win-win for the owners –a warm, energy-efficient house with the charm and character of a timeless classic.

Clad in rusticated weatherboard and with a bay window, this replica villa perched on the side of a hill is comfortable and cosy. It’s also off-grid. Solar panels have been installed to the north, providing power to the house. The water is heated by this solar energy and fire wetback, which also warms the radiator in the bathroom. Exterior joinery with low-e coating and argon gas keeps the warmth inside and the cold weather out. Water arrives from two rain-water tanks high above the house.

This is a high-quality, beautifully crafted home that’s true to the villa’s roots – think timber floors, covered verandah’s and more –but it is also tailored to modern needs.

Silver won by our Wellington team