Building a home from the ground up means you can truly make it your style, not someone else’s. Kristina Levings, co-owner and creative behind building company McBrimar Homes, has created a stunning semi-rural open plan home in Oamaru. Alongside partner Mike Lowe, also co-owner of the family run business, they’ve worked hard to dispel the myth that new builds lack character. In fact, they’ve perfectly highlighted how building your first home means you can design a home that suits your needs best and allows your interior-based dreams to become a reality. 

Throughout the carpeted areas of the home, Kristina opted for the Limelight range in the colour in ‘Drama’. The dark blue wall panelling and the jewel toned cushions and throws pop against the dark grey in the master bedroom. The guest bedroom feels warm and cosy with the comfortable carpet, heavy curtains and linen bedding. Limelight carpets are a fantastic allrounder with great stain and fade resistant properties. Made from strong and durable synthetic dyed nylon, this is a great option for a family home. Additionally, for new homes maximising sunlight with large windows and doors, Limelight is UV fade resistant.

In Kristina and Mike’s home, the Nova sheet vinyl in ‘Pinnacles 599’ installed in the bathroom and the laundry room creates a sleek look and fits in effortlessly with the modern bathroom fittings and cabinetry. With new, more modern designs mimicking tile, timber and concrete looks, finding a great vinyl that will have everyone fooled is becoming easier and easier. Vinyl is certainly making a big come back in our books! We recommend picking a design that you can live with for some time; a design that’ll suit any changes in furnishings or wall colour.

Kristina and Mike’s new build cleverly doubles as a showroom for McBrimar Homes; with a dual wing design, they can partition off the living and bedroom wing from the kitchen to ensure privacy whilst welcoming guests. It’s a stunning example of what can be achieved when working with a company that offers a flexible range of building solutions to bring any vision to life - admittedly very handy when you own the company yourself! Taking the time to learn exactly what you want from a new home and having a supportive design and build team is certainly a dream combination.

Who: Kristina Levings & Mike Lowe
Where: Oamaru
Store: Simpsons Flooring Xtra Oamaru
Instagram: @mcbrimar_homes
Carpet: Limelight in 'Drama'
Vinyl: Nova in 'Pinnacles 599'



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