Rural outlook, yet still close to town

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This home would fulfil a dream for many people.
It sits on 8.8 hectares of land but is just minutes from central Ashburton. Views from most windows are rural, but just a short journey away are all the amenities Ashburton offers.
When Craig and Joanne Wakelin moved here five years ago, they decided to take the house on the property back to concrete and build to suit the needs of their family.
That meant enlarging the house to its completed 420 square metres. It also meant adding some extras for the family to enjoy.
Step into the large entranceway and there is a feeling of light and spaciousness, a feeling gained throughout the two storeyed home. Good use has been made of natural light.
There are five bedrooms and with Craig working from home, a large office.
Daughter Hannah has completed her first year studying at the Performing Arts School, Brockus Conservatory, in Los Angeles and has just headed back to begin her second year. She has benefited from hours of practice in a versatile dance studio at home.
Then there is the heated outdoor swimming pool, which was used six months of last year. An indoor spa and sauna complete the ultimate relaxation and therapeutic package.
Furniture is gathered around a large outdoor fireplace giving a wonderful setting for entertaining friends, whether they be teenagers toasting marshmallows or adults gathered to relax.
Inside, at ground floor level is a modern kitchen with sleek lines and a large pantry with space for an additional refrigerator and bench to prepare breakfast or to bake.
The adjacent dining area can accommodate a large dining table which will seat ten. This flows into a large living area.
Beautiful rimu flooring adds warmth and glamour throughout the home.
Heating in the house is a mixture of a log burner, heat pumps and underfloor heating in tiled areas. Triple glazing ensures heat is retained.
Also on the ground floor is a spacious double bedroom with access to the sauna, spa, swimming pool and a shower.
There is also a large separate laundry and a triple garage.
Upstairs are more bedrooms, the dance room which can be adapted to many uses and another large living area.
A balcony gives stunning views over the surrounding countryside and pool.
The home suits its rural environment with its exposed timber and stone exterior. But not all is as it seems.
The natural-looking stone is aveneer. It looks like the real thing but it was much easier to install, less expensive than real stone and of course, much lighter, enabling it to be used where real stone would be too heavy.
The Eldorado Stone, manufactured from cement and lightweight aggregates, is installed over timber framing.
The home is the first the couple have built. They enjoyed the process and are now deciding whether they will do it all again.
They have made the decision to list the home next month with Hastings McLeod Real Estate and are now weighing up the options of building again.