Meet Omaha-based Paul and Debbie Brett, bringing the house down with fantastic ‘design and builds’. From traditional to cutting-edge modern, the Bretts are franchise owners of Landmark Homes and are rolling out high-quality houses across the North Shore and Rodney areas.
Backtrack a number of years and Paul was a qualified builder running a successful business and Debbie was reaching career heights in Human Resources. Home for the pair was Mt Eden. Progression called for Paul; he was dying to get off the tools so a move was made into project management. When the opportunity presented to lock in a franchise with Landmark Homes, the pair jumped at the chance – for Paul, the company met his brief of staying clear of cookie-cutter housing, and their reputation was solid. Debbie relished the thought of bringing people’s dreams to fruition, and the rest is history.
Paul grins when asked about working together. He says, “we’ve kept our roles nicely defined and it works well – I don’t go near the financial forecasting nor attempt to manage the admin side, Debbie has this buttoned up! I stick to overall direction and strategy along with leading the sales crew and staying close to the construction team.”
More recently, Debbie and Paul have experienced the importance of getting it right when they set about crafting their abode in Omaha. Why Omaha? A chance visit – staying with friends hooked the couple in, they were blown away by the beach life. Swapping city chaos for Matakana’s vineyards was dead easy too.
In a business sense, Landmark Homes was a missing factor here and Debbie and Paul loved the contemporary architecture in the neighbourhood. When trawling local streets they saw scope to showcase something a little ‘out there’. 2 Patiki Place was purchased along with a design brief to push the boundaries. Style would meet function in terms of maximum sunshine, four double bedrooms and plenty of entertaining options.
Arriving at the site, landscaping is robust and simple – well matched for a coastal environment. What stands out is the bold contour of the house, proudly jumping out at all angles with contrasting cladding; vertical cedar and white painted brick. Industrial sized black joinery really sings against oversized ceilings and walls in pure white.
Designer lighting from Lighthouse adds drama and texture, and the couple’s love of colour can be found throughout the house – vibrant art is everywhere. Alfresco options sit either side of the dining room – a courtyard on one side and a Vitex timber deck on the other means shelter and sun can be chased throughout the day.
The Bretts are big on entertaining and find the house can happily handle their adult children and a hoard of guests. Paul says, “We laboured over the design and it’s paid off, we had a goal for how it should look and we are proud of the results – a little different yes, modern and beachy at the same time!”