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Sunshine haven

Relocating from Auckland to the Bay of Plenty for a more relaxed lifestyle, Murray and Joyce Patten found a perfect section in The Lakes to build their retirement home.



Choosing a design-and-build package with Classic Builders, the retirees set about designing their ideal home on a good-sized section, positioned to make the most of the sun. The end result has great indoor-outdoor flow, and all the features on the couple’s wish list.

“We built it so we could live here for a long time” says Murray.

The 708m2 section became available when the previous sale fell through. The spacious 233m2 brick and tile home features three large bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two separate living areas, including an open plan kitchen-dining area that opens out into a curved patio with beautifully manicured garden and lawn. There is also an extra-large garage and separate laundry.

A short entrance hall leads past a high-tech multi-media room into the main living area. This is cleverly crafted so that whoever is cooking is still able to socialise with others in the casual lounge or dining area.

A huge kitchen designed by HK Kitchens features handle-less cupboards and drawers with a high-gloss white finish. A designer splashback with metallic tiles shimmers magnificently under the LED strip lighting, and is enhanced by engineered stone bench tops which sparkle with paua-like flecks through it.

“We upgraded everything. Classic Builders didn’t mind. Whatever we wanted they were happy to do for us,” says Murray.

The bedrooms are separated from the living area by a hallway. Two spacious guest bedrooms with a modern tiled main bathroom and separate toilet are situated at the front end of the house, while the spacious master bedroom sits separately at the opposite end.



Complete with a fully-tiled en suite and walk-in wardrobe, this area features a sliding door allowing Murray and Joyce to view their beautiful garden from their bedroom.   

The outside garden feature is a covered pergola – a tranquil setting for outdoor relaxation and entertaining friends. It is positioned under palm trees and surrounded by beautiful raised gardens. The decking floors are stained white to match the house exterior and the garden furniture is protected from rain.

“This is a wonderful feature of the property. We wanted it easy care, with grandeur palms, azaleas, vireyas, cycads, along with flowering pots for seasonal colour changes” says Joyce.