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Considered design for maximum living: Ōtākaro Design Build

Twin companies Ōtākaro Design and Build and Ngātahi Real Estate are proud to call Canterbury home. Firmly grounded in Ōtāutahi Christchurch and with a love of beautiful real estate, the homes built by Ōtākaro as well as their house and land packages, are then marketed exclusively by Ngātahi Real Estate.



“We aim to show clients how good it is to buy a new home. We believe people like the link we emphasise about our nation’s roots, about what New Zealand really is,” says Hayden McKenzie, Manager at Ngātahi.

At Ōtākaro Design and Build, co-owners Calvin Kent and Kian Clements-Ormond work side by side to create the ultimate home building experience for their clients.

“Calvin directs the construction side of the business,” says Kian. “While I oversee both design and sales.”

So attractive to buyers have Ōtākaro’s homes proved, that the company has over thirty houses either already under construction or about to be built.

“If you don’t design liveable, workable spaces, houses will not sell,” says Kian. “We are relatively new to the market, but it was clear from the beginning what our clients wanted in their new homes. In particular, that’s spacious open plan living designed for the sun that seamlessly flows to the outdoors.”

In keeping with the company’s distinctive brand and Kian’s own tribal links, each house design has a significant Māori name. Tamahine (daughter), Tīmatanga (beginning), Pīwari (to be beautiful), and Tuahine (sisterhood) are just some special examples. Clients are free to make changes to the designs to suit their individual lifestyles or they can create a new design at no extra cost.

The use of natural materials – timber and stone – is a constant feature across many of Ōtākaro’s designs, as is their strong connection to the land they are sited on.

The company’s show home in Marshlands, open by appointment, is a stunning example of this design philosophy with its cedar and schist exterior cladding, the use of timber internally for ceilings and doors, as well as granite benchtops in the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms.

Stylish botanical-themed wallpapers complete the look in the living areas and bedrooms: The total effect is spectacular.

Meanwhile at Ngātahi Real Estate, Hayden says the overarching philosophy is to bring about togetherness throughout the whole buying and selling process.

“We are constantly asking the key questions: what do agents want, what do vendors and purchasers want? This is real estate that’s totally local and connected to New Zealand.

“Clients feel as if they are part of the family, not just another number in a real estate deal to be quickly expedited.”

“We established our two companies to bring beautiful real estate to people in a seamless way,” says Kian. “Our clients love what we have done, and we are excited about the prospects for 2021 and beyond.”