Methven & Foothills House & Garden Tour 2020 Saturday 28 November. Take a look inside these two fabulous properties, whose owners have generously opened them for viewing as part of the fundraising effort for the Methven Care Trust new building development. Tickets are available from Methven i-Site. Group bookings email: 
words & images: Judy McAuliffe


Moving from an old villa into a brand-new build was always going to be a big change, but Daile & Graeme Jones say it’s been surprisingly easy.

Who wouldn’t feel comfortable in this gorgeous home? Built in cedar and Linear weatherboard, this three-bedroom plus office home is eye-catching, to say the least.

The original plan was to build a three-bedroom/one lounge home but with Daile working from home at the time the plans were drawn up, another room was included. A four-bedroom home needed another lounge, and so it grew. “It’s not actually a lot smaller than our old place, but it’s a way better floorplan.”

“Coming from an old villa, we knew it was time to downsize and look to the future, but we loved the character of our villa and really wanted to retain some of that,” Daile says.

One outstanding feature of this home has to be the solid matai timber flooring, which they sourced from Harihari, in South Westland. “We were visiting friends in Hokitika and really liked their floor which was quite a bit lighter than this. Coming from an old villa with solid rimu floors, we really love wood, and it allowed us to bring our furniture in. There are some things you spend money on and others you can save on. This is our feature. We probably got a bit more colour variation than we expected, but now we’re really happy with it,” they say.

Moving through, high ceilings, the centrally located kitchen and glorious views of the mountains create a light, airy home with a lovely flow.

“We had a bit of a dilemma deciding on heating,” Daile says. “We finally settled on radiators, which are fantastic. I used to be the one to stand in front of the fire, now I stand in front of the radiator. It’s a good spot.” 

The separate lounge painted in a deep, moody blue is Daile’s favourite room. “I could sit here all weekend. It’s a really relaxing room. “We’ve always liked character. We really didn’t like new homes with white walls. We wanted more personality in our home, and we have it”

The couple say that it was harder than they thought, going from an old house to a new house. “Once pictures were put on the walls we felt settled. We’re really happy here. There’s nothing we would change.”  

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Judy McAuliffe is a writer, and publisher Essence Mid Canterbury. Her experience in media is extensive and includes approximately 15 years as Creative Director for The Radio Network, writing, and managing the writing of radio advertising, mainly in Invercargill and Greymouth. In the late 1990’s she transferred to Christchurch, moving into an Account Management role with 91ZM. In 2007 she and a business partner set up Essence Mid Canterbury, very quickly adapting her radio-writing skills to print media. Judy became sole owner of Essence Mid Canterbury in June 2014. Judy is a ‘people person’ and has found her niche writing feature stories about the community she lives in and the people who live there. She is also available for freelance writing assignments.