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GIB Living Solutions Award - for a better living environment Builder: Adobe Enterprise Ltd Site location: Bethlehem Heights, Tauranga 

From the moment you step into this home you will be transported to rural France. Lime washed exterior walls in soft terracotta and massive hand-made wooden doors open onto Flagstone fl ooring. A rusted iron fi nish balustrade leads you left up the wide stairway to the second level. 

Leading from the entry is the large family, dining and kitchen area with three sets of French doors opening onto a terraced veranda with exposed roof beams, with the underside featuring old Spanish Roof tiles. 

There is aged American White Oak cabinetry in the kitchen, but the large black Aga Rangemaster takes centre stage. 

Each bedroom has its own personality, with walls in soft washed colours and all using furniture, drapes and shutters from rural France.

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