The Classic Kiwi Villa


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.

"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.

"My friends' dad was selling sections here and basically said, if you want one you’ll have to be quick. It was just a massive paddock when we bought it!"

Employing an independent architect, the pair considered numerous building companies before deciding on Classic Builders.

"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 really good building company."

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 an 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.

"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."

"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.

"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 neighbourhood 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.

Whether you have architectural plans already drawn up, or need someone to take on your ideas and make something from scratch, Classic Builders can guide you every step of the way. Get started by browsing some of our standard plans here.