20 Jul 2018Stunning Views Meet Sumptuous Design
ENTER THE NEWLY BUILT HOME of Don and Jess Francis and be prepared to swoon. The exquisitely spacious sanctum, built on the golf course at Pegasus Town, is set amongst the most breathtaking scenery.
It is the second time the couple has built at Pegasus Town, just north of Christchurch. This time they have built a 380m2 house that features five bedrooms, three lounges, a large kitchen, two bathrooms and an additional toilet. Then there are the laundry room, 25m2 al fresco area and a three-car garage.
Thanks to Don’s expertise, the home was built in just six months as he spent weekends and evenings putting in extra elbow grease. A builder by trade, he’s a director of DNA Structures, a Christchurch-based, boutique architectural design and building company.
“We moved to Pegasus about eight years ago, where we rented for the first four years,” says Jess. “After building our first home, we saw the land on the golf course and snapped it up knowing it was our ideal location.”
With three boys—Conor (12), Luke (9) and Jacob (7), space was high on their list of priorities. “All the boys have their own rooms and we’ve utilised the attic space as a sixth bedroom/rumpus room,” says Don. “It means everyone has their own space and we can use the spare bedroom for any overnight guests.”
“When we’re entertaining, people seem to naturally gravitate to the kitchen so it’s great to have the extra island where people can pull up a pew. We also use the kitchen as an informal dining area for family dinners,” say the couple.
Wooden flooring and the soft tones of a grey and white palate are complemented by three copper-toned circular light fittings that hang from the ceiling. The couple opted for matte black sinks with matching taps rather than the traditional stainless steel. A built-in scullery provides ample storage space and a purpose-built bar with sink and wine fridge sit just around the corner.
Many of the walls in the house have been painted in Resene Stack, a dark grey shade. “People are really drawn to it and we often get asked for the name,” says Jess.
“I also love the drapes we chose for the master bedroom. They’re made from a sheer fabric, so they have a bit of a romantic feel—they’re designed to be longer, so they bunch nicely on the floor.”
The two bathrooms are fully tiled in a gloss marble, with the ensuite featuring a modern stone bath. “The ‘Powder Room’ or additional bathroom is a little more blingy,” says Jess. “We’ve used a raised copper wallpaper and other copper accents.”
Don has been involved with the build of around twenty homes at Pegasus and he is passionate about guiding people through the process. “We pride ourselves on building homes of impeccable quality and we have our own craftsmen. This means we can closely monitor the quality and standard of the finish in our homes.”
Since moving to Pegasus, Jess’s parents have followed suit. “Having them close by is wonderful,” she says. “We’re able to spend time together, share more family dinners and the boys are nice and close to their grandparents.”
“Pegasus is a really short drive from Christchurch, so if we’re looking to head into the city for the night, we’re lucky to be able to call on my parents to babysit.” Their three boys attend school in Rangiora and both Don and Jess work in Christchurch so neither see the drive as a ‘commute’.
In addition to their al fresco area, Don and Jess also have a 150m2 landscaped yard. They’ve opted for an easy-care area with an automatic irrigation system and Kwila decking.
“We love the lifestyle at Pegasus Town and the opportunity to build on such a prime space has been amazing. It’s exciting to see the growth of the town and we expect to see more retail and business development as more homes are built.”