13 November 2011



A contemporary home crafted from timber enjoys a relaxed, holiday ambience.

Words Soraya Nicholas      Photography Craig Roberston

Mindful of how stressful the building of a new house can be, Coastwood Homes Ltd – the Lockwood Coromandel Peninsula franchise – approached the development of their new show home with their customers in mind. “When there are so many things that could go wrong and so many decisions to make, some people might wonder why they should build,” explains Katie McDonald from Coastwood Homes. “This was something we were mindful of when we started the process of building our Otama show home, because we wanted to include design features and make decisions to show how fantastic a new Lockwood home could be.”

As soon as they decided to proceed, their “original scribble on paper” turned into an impressive new project. As a company, Lockwood has over 60 years' experience, and with a product they believe in so implicitly, they could not be happier with the final result and the look they have achieved. “The powder-coated aluminium exterior provides true low maintenance, and the cedar feature walls allowed us to add some colour and texture too,” says Katie. The solid Lockwood wall structure was used, which is a key feature of every house they build, to ensure it is strong enough to stand up to any weather condition and even natural disasters. This is the only similarity to the Lockwood Homes of old, which were characteristically dark inside and often creaky; they are all still built via a “locking” system rather than with nails.

To make the home contemporary in appearance, the internal timber was blonded, with the media room painted in a solid colour to establish a unique effect. The result is a light, breezy home that is reminiscent of a luxurious holiday retreat, ready for a family to walk through the door and move in.

“Home” is an important concept to many New Zealanders, and it is something that Coastwood Homes takes very seriously. “Your home, your way is our motto,” explains Katie. They believe that a home is where you create family, togetherness, memories and a future. It’s a reward for hard work, a refuge from the world, and a place to express yourself, and that’s what they like to achieve for every single person they build for.

For this special Lockwood home, Coastwood Homes has created a restful, stylish abode that they are understandably proud of, and they love the response they have enjoyed to date from visitors.

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