A Modern Family Retreat

Distinctive Designs

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David Reid Homes Canterbury’s (DRH) three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has a practical and modern touch that would suit many homeowners.


Located on Kirkland Crescent, Highsted, the show home showcases a spacious design with immaculate materials and strong workmanship.


A single-level home designed to be family-friendly and gives a homely feel. It has a V-shaped section and high-pitched ceilings, which provides space and light to the home. The entry has Corten steel and a wood front door to also show simple earthy tones.


The Making of the Canterbury Show Home

DRH Canterbury sales consultant, Diana Creighton, helped design the home and says the team was lucky enough to be offered a section by Highsted developers to build a show home. One of the DRH Canterbury owners, Carl Fordyce, built and helped design the home too.


The build took over six months once they obtained building consent and DRH Canterbury had a firm idea about what the design would look like. “We had a great team of builders, contractors, and project management that made the build an enjoyable process,” Diana says.


Design Inspiration Behind the Build

What inspired Diana and Carl with the design was that, “Originally the section shape and layout determined the design of the house. It is a splayed section – narrow at the front and wide at the back, which worked out perfectly, as all the living areas face the wide aspect with great North, North West sunshine.


“We wanted the design to be something different from the surrounding houses – it needed to feel like a DRH home and at the same time, fit in a price range that would reflect our Canterbury market,” Diana says.


The team used high-end products in key featured areas and pitched ceilings in the living and master bedroom “to give the house a comfortable wow factor”.


By: Jamie Quinn