Winning build flow

Contemporary Homes of Nelson won the 2022 Master Builders’ House of the Year National Outdoor Living Excellence Award for a new build titled Let the Flow Begin.

Sweeping views, a sumptuous interior, swimming and spa pools, and sustainability – this home truly has it all. The three-bedroom cedar and weatherboard residence stretches long and low across the Tasman clifftop, taking in the views from Rabbit Island all the way round to Abel Tasman, from virtually every room.
Features include expansive outdoor living areas, and glazed atriums, designed to make the most of outlooks to the sea and the pools.

The covered outdoor kitchen and lounge is an impressive gathering place for get-togethers with family and friends, or for quiet meals. The home has been designed to be both a hub for entertaining, and a sanctuary in which to relax and soak up the scenery.

Inside and out, meticulous workmanship is on display in the 305sqm home, with each space flowing fluidly into the next.

More than just a clever design, the home is an excellent example of sustainability. It harvests its own water, processes its own waste, and produces enough power to run itself, plus charge a battery pack. Judges described it as a “fabulous, contemporary, and modern home”, designed for relaxed outdoor living and positioned to maximise the stunning views.

Looking out towards the sea there is a sheltered area, which features a double-sided gas fire to ensure the view can be enjoyed no matter the temperature. On the other side of the home, the expansive outdoor living area includes a covered outdoor lounge, dining space and an outdoor kitchen cooking area, along with three heated swimming pools and a sunken seating area warmed by another outdoor fire.


A family business run by Nelson couple Paul and Melissa Richards, and son Jacob, Contemporary Homes delivers design and building excellence.
Established in 2008, Contemporary Homes is a multi-award winning company, dedicated to creating unique, sustainable, architectural form and function solutions to meet a growing demand for affordable modern housing.

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