Business South | Volume 29 | Issue 2
Breenhomes bespoke-built house which was temporarily showcased to the public wowed 300 viewers late last year.
Sales consultant Cara Woods says the overwhelmingly positive feedback on the design and finish of the Alexandra Pines subdivision show home is an endorsement of the quality of workmanship and attention to detail that goes into every Breenhomes build.
“We only had the [temporary] show home open for four weeks; it looked amazing, we had a lot of people through and really positive comments. “It was about showcasing to the public what we can do for them, but all the choices in the house were the client’s choices.”
Viewers were quickly impressed with several key features of the design of the generously proportioned 246 square metre home with three bedrooms, two living areas, office nook, two bathrooms and double garage. “It is a perfect size for the ever-growing and changing family, with plenty of room indoors and out.”
Exterior cladding is Integra light-weight aerated concrete panels with a smooth plaster finish, painted in a near white, grey James Hardie Stria board and warmly toned cedar weatherboard on the garage gable. The Ebony coloured-steel roof and black windows, entrance door and garage door create an instant impact of strong contrast to the walls.
On entry into through the front door, a sense of spaciousness is immediately created by the light interior colour scheme, the 2.55 metre ceiling height and the eye being drawn towards the large kitchen/living area. In the entranceway dark floor tiles balance the white walls and ceiling as does floral patterned wallpaper which returns around the left wall to the laundry.
A “stunning” and clever design feature is the recessed ceiling with a height of 2.7 metres above the kitchen/living area which creates facets of light and shade. Combined with textured, neutral toned wallpaper on a feature wall which houses the grey tiled fireplace, this creates another stylish foil to the light walls and ceiling, Cara says. “The styling is amazing.”
The home has many lifestyle and practical features. The kitchen includes a scullery and a sliding window to the outdoor living area, there is a very spacious walk-in wardrobe and more-than-ample storage areas provide for every family’s needs. Indoor-outdoor flow is well catered for with large stacker sliding doors from the living/dining and lounge areas helping to maximise the enjoyment of Central Otago’s long hot summers.
By contrast, an electric heat pump powers the heating for the Max Raft insulated floor for efficient warmth in the frigid winters. Cara says the Alexandra property market remains buoyant, but the lack of urban land is a problem. “A lot of the enquiry we receive is for the lifestyle properties. “There’s not a huge amount happening residentially at the moment and that’s mostly from the lack of land.”
Breenhomes manager Saul Bedford says the business has successfully build its reputation on the back of its eight-decades-strong parent company Breen Construction.
This business structure means both companies are very well resourced, with Breenhomes established as a separate brand. This division employs two designers, four sales consultants, five project managers and two estimators. The site employees and contractors fluctuate to suit the workload.
Breenhomes offers a wide range of house designs, but most people choose to bespoke build, Saul says. “Most of our clients draw from scratch. Central Otago is quite unique because most sites are different so it’s hard to have repeat builds. “Most clients need bespoke designs for each site, not repeat designs across multiple sites.”
Alexandra Pines is currently the only subdivision in Alexandra.
Breenhomes are happy to cost a house from any design, including architectural designs, to create a dream home from a client’s brief and ideas, or for a renovation.
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