Authentic French living features in award-winning house


A beautifully fi nished Tauranga home saw Adobe Enterprise Ltd named national winner of the GIB Living Solutions Award at the Registered Master Builders 2005 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers. 


Evoking rural France, the lime-washed, terracotta exterior, hand-made wooden doors, flagstone flooring, rusted, iron-finish balustrades, White American Oak cabinetry and large, black Aga reflect the owner’s love of interior design and authentic French living. 


Adobe Enterprise Ltd director Peter Roden says the challenge with this home was meeting the exacting standards and design requirements of the owner. 


“Most of the furniture had been specially bought for the home, and we had to ensure everything was precise for a perfect fit,” he says. GIB Living Solutions were used for every aspect of the interior, and judges noted that the builder exhibited great foresight and careful attention to detail. 


“The teamwork between us and the home owner was the most satisfying aspect of this job. Particular credit goes to my foreman Billy Purua who stood shoulder to shoulder with the home owner solving problems as they arose. 


“Ensuring our clients are happy is the most important part of our business,” Mr Roden says. Before he became passionate about building Mr Roden was based overseas as a professional cyclist, representing New Zealand internationally and winning several world championships. 


House of the Year has allowed him to refocus his competitive drive and test himself against the competition’s quality standards. Although used to competition he concedes that attending the House of the Year national event was more nerve-wracking than any race. 


“Being judged by your peers is intimidating, and to then be selected as a national winner blew us away,” he says. With awards success, the company’s profi le has lifted nationally and locally. Just recently Mr Roden took a call from a home owner in Putaruru who had a copy of the House of the Year magazine which featured the winning property. 


“They simply said: ‘We need a house like this,’ so we are busy working on plans at the moment,” he says. While his biking days are behind him, the pace shows no sign of slowing down just yet.