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Linea Lifestyle Takes Gold

This spacious, award-winning Signature Homes house features a mix of Linea™ Weatherboard and schist that's perfect for its rural setting.

When Greg and Mary Brady were looking to build a family home in the Matamata District, they wanted something large enough for their four sons and suited to their busy dairy-farming lifestyle. They were also after a low-maintenance house that wouldn't require too much upkeep.

Adapted from the Signature Homes 'Picasso' design (part of the Executive Collection), not only is their ranch-style house everything they'd hoped for functionally and aesthetically, it also appealed to the judges of the Master Builders House of the Year Awards, winning a Regional Gold Medal in the New Homes $450,000 - $650,000 category.

The house features five bedrooms, spacious open-plan living areas with a large fireplace, a games room, and a covered outdoor dining area - all on a single level.

'It's the first home we've built ourselves, but we had a few ideas about what we wanted before we began,' says Mary. 'We'd seen some Signature Homes show homes and really liked the combination of Linea™ Weatherboard and schist, with a steep roof and portico, which are very appropriate for the rural setting.'

Both Mary and Greg were very keen on the classic, rustic appearance of Linea™ Weatherboard teamed with schist used on the portico columns and chimney.

'We love the look of Linea, and painted a grey-brown shade, it fits really well with the landscape.'

One of Mary and Greg's favourite features is the entry portico with its HardieGroove™ Lining over exposed rafters. It's a feature that complements the lines of the Linea™ Weatherboard and adds to the rustic farmhouse appeal.

When it came to choosing building materials, durability was another very important factor for the Bradys. As busy dairy farmers, there's little time to spare for home maintenance, so they needed a cladding product that would keep its good looks for years to come - and be able to weather the scorching summers and heavy winter frosts of the Waikato.

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