Amy and Adam Turner, and their two littlies Harper & Leo, are your quintessential cool, young family. Their first home couldn’t be more befitting.
Luck didn’t play a hand in getting them here. Amy and Adam paid their dues flatting in cold rentals, bunking down with family and they saved, saved, saved. The First Home Buyer KiwiSaver scheme was the enabler in getting into the market at just the right time.
Amy: We thought buying an older house would be cheaper but we sat down, worked it all out and it wasn’t. The first home buyers grant teamed with the market at the time meant we were able to get a lot with what we had.
The elevated corner site in Tauranga’s Lake’s subdivision came with an attractive price tag. Employing an independent architect, the pair considered numerous building companies before deciding on Classic Builders.
Adam: We weren’t sure they would take on our plans but they did and at a really competitive rate. We were stoked because it meant we could have the design we wanted from a reputable builder we could trust.
Styled off the classic New Zealand villa, the exterior of the home is black linea weatherboard with white trim. The interior is Scandinavian themed, perfectly balanced with industrial flair. Subway tiles in the kitchen are offset by a handmade rimu barndoor, which also acts as a clever divider between central living and all three bedrooms.
Amy: We wanted the home to be modern so open plan living was a must and to retain the villa feel, we lifted the roof height. We also put in an open fire. It was something we really had to fight for and there were quite a few hurdles but Classic Builders were really accommodating. The double glazing makes the house so warm, which you don’t get that with older homes. We don’t actually need a fireplace but love having the option.
Adam: We had the land for two years before we began building, which gave us a lot of time to research and work out exactly what we wanted. Some of our ideas were quite specific but again, Classic Builders were so good about it.
For Amy, with her two little ones, the home was all about nesting.
Amy: We just couldn’t wait to have our own space and when we finally moved in, we’d just walk around pinching ourselves – we couldn’t really believe it’s ours. There’s a really lovely neighborhood vibe to the area. Everyone knows everyone and it feels the way a community should feel.
Baby Harper clearly loves playing outside on the expansive front lawn and dotes on her new little brother. With summer looming, life for this little family just gets better and better.
Dreaming of Building your Dream Home from Scratch?
While it might seem like a daunting task, there’s nothing more exciting than designing and building your dream home. You might have an existing plan like Adam and Amy did, or need something that’s totally designed from scratch, bringing together all your ideas to create the perfect space.
It often comes as a surprise that Classic Builders has a team of designers who can deliver bespoke architectural plans designed from scratch to suit you and your family. But we do. Following tried and tested design principles, all our plans come with a comprehensive forecast and scope of work - factoring in things like any section work, utilities, and the home’s orientation - to then give accurate pricing upfront.
If you're interested in talking to someone about designing and building your dream home, call Classic Builders today on 0508 4 CLASSIC or visit us in one of our Showhomes.