A Hanmer Springs haven

Rife with alpine-style chalets and mountain-inspired homes, Hanmer Springs has its own distinctive character. To protect its unique identity, the township’s new builds need to adhere to a range of guidelines – ensuring they complement the rugged South Island landscape.

For the owners of this warm and inviting Hanmer Springs home, sticking to those guidelines was no trouble. “We’ve always loved the alpine style of Central Otago houses,” the couple explain. “We wanted to create a home that would fit within that look, but also be classic and timeless.”

When it came to choosing a builder, the homeowners’ long-time friend David, from D M Wilson Construction, was the natural choice. “I love to build with natural timber products,” David says, “so this project was right up my alley.”

The home’s majestic surroundings were the inspiration behind its unique Y-shaped design, created by Kaikoura-based M C Fearnley Design. “It’s shaped like an elbow, with two separate wings,” says David. “It really works for the section and the uninterrupted mountain views.”

The four-bedroom, two-bathroom family home features a double lock-up garage and architecturally-designed kitchen. The open living space’s already breathtaking views are made even more so by the raised height of the stacker doors.

As the homeowners’ first new build, David and his team’s work surpassed every expectation. “We’d heard it can take building five or six homes to finally get everything 100% right,” the couple say, “but we wouldn’t change a thing.”


Builder: D M Wilson Construction Limited

Location: Hamner Springs | Canterbury

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