A home with heart

A home with heart

Earthy tones and natural materials combine with beautiful results in this new home by Montrose Design and Build

Having found their dream section, Alison and Steve Bush set about creating their dream home. The couple had little to draw on when it came to local building knowledge, having recently moved over from the United Kingdom. ‘It was a rocky road to find a builder’, recalls Alison. ‘Then one day Steve arrived home to say he had found the one.’ 
The one came in the form of another Steve – Steve Reeves from Montrose Design and Build. When he visited the Montrose show home in Lincoln, Steve Bush knew instantly that he had found not only the builder, but also the foundation of their design. 
‘Viewing a builder’s previous work is important: it indicates whether they have a true respect for construction’, explains Steve Reeves. ‘The show home offers our clients a tangible space in which to gain an understanding of who Montrose is, and what we can do for them.’ Which is exactly what captured the attention of Steve and Alison. 
‘We didn’t want to build a massive house’, describes Alison. ‘But we did want to maximise the potential of our site, while capturing a sense of space’ – concepts mirrored in the show home. 

‘We didn’t want to build a massive house’, describes Alison.
‘But we did want to maximise the potential of our site, while capturing a sense of space.’ 

Stepping inside the Bush residence there are apparent similarities with the show home, with the striking cathedral ceilings, exposed beams and beautifully executed spaces. Yet this is a home with heart and one which captures the essence of those who live there. 
Involved in both the design and build aspect with his client, Steve Reeves worked alongside Gravity Architecture and Alison and Steve to achieve the perfect floor plan. ‘What really impressed us was that Steve listened to what we wanted’, shares Alison. ‘Along with the team at Gravity, he was able to take what we wanted and translate it into a reality, all while enhancing the aesthetics and practicality of our home. The finished product exceeds our expectations’, she enthuses. 
Having spent a number of years building high-end residential homes in New York and Connecticut, Steve and his team bring an unsurpassed professionalism to the local construction sector. 
‘It is our aim to ensure the building process is about transparency and sound communication’, he explains, ‘and Alison and Steve really entrusted us to do the right thing. Weaving the fabric for a successful build involves having a team of professional contractors and forming a solid relationship with the clients.’ 
Built in less than six months, the home is testament to both those who live there and the team who built it. ‘Our friends don’t believe us when we say we had a wonderful build’, shares Alison with a smile. ‘But Steve and his team were absolutely fantastic.’
03 260 0333  |  montrose.co.nz 

Photography: Jason Berge      Styling: Armstrong Interiors

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