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A stand-out showhome

Hallmark Homes invites you to visit their outstanding new show home at Te Whāriki. Co-Director of Hallmark Homes Mike Bonne says that, while this home is built to executive standard for the homeowner ready for the finer things in life, the company can vary all its plans to suit your needs and budget.


* Find the showhome at 162 Southfield Drive Lincoln, open Wednesday to Sunday 12pm-4pm or by appointment.*

Presenting an airy room-to-breathe 2.55 metre stud, the home has four bedrooms with two living areas.

The whole home is ‘smart’, with lights, curtains and blinds, doors and the garage door able to be controlled remotely by voice activation.

With interior design plus exterior colours and tile selection by Sandalwood Design, the icing on this very desirable cake is provided by the al fresco room, which could easily be classed as the third living area.

Temperature, moisture, shade and air movement are all yours to control in this entertainment or personal escape space.

At 40 square metres, this amazing room features a raking ceiling, three solar controlled Velux skylights, a full outdoor kitchen with rangehood and fridge, television, speakers, outdoor heating and barbeque.

Sliding stacker doors retract into the wall, opening onto the private garden with a water feature and green wall. “The al fresco room is next level,” Mike says.

“It’s a standout; a real favourite for me.”

The entrance is lined with cedar sarking and beamed with dummy rafting. Lighting is provided by designer LED fittings.

In the lounge, a cathedral ceiling framed by a large picture window provides plenty of light.

A metallic charcoal Venetian plaster wall with gold flecks along with a frameless Rinnai fire create ambience together with the extensive LED lighting.

Drama is created by a vaulted ceiling, found in the open plan dining and family room, and wellbeing is enhanced by a built in TV cabinet and circular timber shelving on a Resene Fuscous Grey backdrop, which certainly makes a statement.

The oversized Caesarstone kitchen bench runs to 6.5 metres, hosting twin sinks, a pair of Bosch ovens and a scullery with plenty of shelving hidden but easily accessible, while a study recess spells productivity combined with easy access to refreshments.

The master bedroom is a palette of soft neutrals and earthy tones combined with a bespoke Nordic pine geometric headboard dimly lit with LEDs, creating a cosy and restful atmosphere to unwind.

An elegant freestanding bath elevated on a plinth and flanked by Italian feature tiles is positioned beneath two Velux windows, allowing for stargazing while you soak.

Outside, 100 square metres of decking meets a fully planted and irrigated garden.

“It represents our commitment to excellence,” Mike says.


City’s first 7-star showhome: Pringle Homes

Award-winning design and build company, Pringle Homes, has built Christchurch’s first 7-star Homestar-rated showhome and you can find it at 9 Falcon Road, Falcons Landing.



Homestar is a rating tool which measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses, and is administered by the Green Building Council.

Pringle Homes has a qualified assessor on their team to help you design a home that meets your efficiency and sustainability goals. This house was designed and built as a response to the growing demand from clients looking for a warm, dry and healthy home, built to consider its environmental impact. An increased level of insulation, thermally broken, low E and argon-filled windows, and a ducted heat pump, creates a gorgeous living environment in all weather and water efficient tapware, and a mixture of cork wood flooring and carpet created from recycled materials considers the environment in this stylish home.

Their very experienced team can expertly guide you through a comprehensive building process, partnering with experts in interior design and architecture, and securing only the best trades for your new home. Pringle Homes are committed to providing you with high quality showhomes to demonstrate their impeccable workmanship and showcasing the latest in design flair and technology.

If you’d like to visit the team for a chat, both 9 Falcon Road and next door at 2 Amur Crescent are open Wednesday to Sunday 12pm-4pm. For a virtual tour of these houses and previous showhomes, visit



Defying the odds

Marty Murchison, owner of Master Builder Murchison Homes, lives his life defying the odds. When you meet this rather enigmatic character, a feeling of ‘anything really is possible’ is immediately impressed upon you. It might be his signature laugh. Perhaps it’s his smarts and gumption. It could be his zest for life. More than likely, it’s a combination of all of these things that makes Marty so genuinely likeable and trustworthy.




A man of his word, Marty has lived his life giving his ambitious goals the wings to fly. At 20, he bought his own house, which in itself is a remarkable feat for someone earning $30,000 a year at the time. But then you add an intense case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome into the equation and herein lies the knack for defying the odds.

Chronic Fatigue is a disease characterised by profound exhaustion, among other symptoms, that are exacerbated when the person suffering exerts themselves. In spite of this, Marty found reprieve and rehabilitation by chipping away at renovating his new doer-upper. “When I found I had the energy to get on the tools, there was no place I’d rather be.”

Restless to challenge himself further, at 22, Marty declared his intent to be mortgage free by 23. The plan that he concocted and cleverly executed was nothing short of genius. He negotiated with the former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) to buy an otherwise derelict red zone property which he relocated and renovated.

“The only limitation is what you believe is possible. When you decide what you believe, you will see what you can achieve.”

The best part of this story is that Marty is about to help someone else defy the odds. Enter The Great Build Up, an inaugural initiative that will change the life of one deserving individual or couple.

If you are a first home buyer, and meet the right financial criteria, Murchison Homes wants to hear from you. Marty is offering to build one individual or couple a beautiful home in Ravenwood, Canterbury and will pay the mortgage on this home for a whole year, up to the value of $25,000.

In return, this individual or couple will agree to their home becoming a showhome on weekends, with one weekend off a month. “First and foremost, it is a privilege to be able to help an individual or couple get ahead in life. It’s also an opportunity for us to reimagine the showhome experience.”

Entries close 5pm, Sunday 10 November 2019 with shortlisting, interviewing, and selection taking place by Saturday 7 December 2019. Building will commence Monday 20 January 2020. Visit to enter and for full terms and conditions.




Seriously special showhome: Versatile Christchurch

Versatile Christchurch is thrilled to introduce its latest showhome at Prestons Park. As one of New Zealand’s most trusted companies, Versatile has a strong history in Canterbury with more than 40 years locally in business, building a variety of homes and out-buildings.



Research undertaken by Versatile last year gave some compelling insights into what Kiwis really wanted in a new home, and their new architecturally design home plans reflect exactly that. It shows in the Prestons Park home; at 218 square metres, it delivers a lifestyle and feel of a home twice its size.

Broadly appealing, families or couples will be drawn to its standout stylish exterior. Inside you’ll find not just touches of luxury but a full-blown embrace. With three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and media room, kitchen with butler’s pantry and sink, plus double garaging, this house exceeds expectations for amenity.


Paula Price, Versatile’s National Housing Manager who oversees all of Versatile’s showhomes throughout New Zealand, says this one is a real knockout. “The feel and flow of this home is special. It’s compact to suit the section yet it feels beautifully spacious”.

The home layout and design are complemented by décor by local Interior Designer Paula Comber, resulting in every room being warm and enticing. Sophisticated rich tones of blackened blues and dark moody greens are offset with soft shades of bronze and blush. The stunning kitchen displays top of the line appliances by Fisher and Paykel in their new black colour finish, and the brushed gold tapware and door hardware are a gilded touch. Help from Paula Comber is part of every Versatile home package.



The rollcall of heavenly touches include a high stud, underfloor heating, gas fire, ducted heat pump, wine fridge, inbuilt sound system, extensive storage, automated curtains, and skylights with automated blinds for light control.
Visitors say the home feels like you could just walk in and live – and it’s not a pipe dream to afford this.

The showhome is open Wednesday to Sunday, 12 to 4pm. Call in and talk to Lee Brown or Gary Longhurst, the New Home Consultants, or contact them on 03 348 8704 to discuss this home or any of their house and land packages.



Orange Homes

Out of the Ordinary: Orange Homes

Orange Homes does not build ordinary homes. Style, substance and quality are the company’s by-words. That is exactly what potential clients will see when they visit its newest showhomes.

Orange Homes

Opening 21 July in Prestons Park is a striking home clad with the new White Euro Brick from Midland Brick, featuring cedar detailing. “The house is a new design,” Orange Homes Managing Director Aaron Morrison says. “Our sales team have collaborated to include a range of innovative design aspects. These demonstrate not only how our house plans can be customised, but also the nature and quality of detail and workmanship invested in each of our builds.”

The house is pavilion-style, with three bedrooms, open plan dining, kitchen and family living, with separate lounge. Of particular note is the use of scissor trusses in the living areas to create ceiling elevation and the sense of augmented space. Custom built-in joinery, a walk-in pantry and a useful window seat in the living area demonstrate what is possible while remaining cost effective.
With Rolleston now well-established and still growing, Orange Homes has recently opened a four-bedroom display home there, which will be the company’s base in the town. “It’s very central, right by the shopping centre and convenient for people to drop in to learn more about what we offer. It is a nicely designed house featuring the currently popular materials – plaster, schist and cedar; great family living and really appropriate for the area.”

Find Orange Homes at 245 Annex Road, phone 03-343 3955 or visit