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5-Star Lifemark® – Universally Designed family home

Burrett & Associates designed this 5-Star Lifemark® rated family home in Pokeno, Waikato. It allows a young family to remain in the home for as many years as possible without modification.

Why Lifemark®?


Liam Beuth, Director and Principal Designer at Burrett & Associates, said: “I designed this house using Lifemark®’s design standards because of the population demographic in the area.

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Family-friendly Lifemark™ home

We wanted more than a house, we wanted a home that would fit us now and into the future

This 5-Star Lifemark™ home belongs to Melanie and Jeremy Allen and their two young boys, aged six and three.

The Allen family, from Lincoln, Canterbury, used Higham Architecture to design their dream Lifemark™ home.

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5-Star Lifemark® rated home: the Cummings House

Janet and Bernie Cummings’ new 5-Star Lifemark® rated house in the Selwyn District, Canterbury, was designed by Higham Architecture.



Why Lifemark®?

“My wife and I had a few ideas for our new home, but were confident in giving Jason a lot of freedom with the design. Once we began to discuss incorporating the Lifemark® Design Standards into our new home we didn’t look back.

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Smith house in Christchurch: 5-Star rating

When Mike and Julie Smith began to research and plan their ultimate new house they knew they wanted a builder and a designer that could use their vision and work through their design concept with early engagement. Their dream design was an open, spacious and level home with good indoor – outdoor flow. Any issues around the constructability of the home were resolved and the Lifemark® design elements only enhanced what The Smiths wanted from their new home in Christchurch.

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The High Street Cohousing Project from Urban Cohousing

The High Street Cohousing Project, from Urban Cohousing Otepoti Ltd, plans to create an inter-generational cohousing neighbourhood in Dunedin. It is designed to provide a sustainable and social alternative to the traditional NZ subdivision.

40% of homes within the community will be designed to a 4-Star Lifemark™ rating. Why? because the company see the importance of creating homes which are suitable for all stages of life.

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Accessible Bathrooms by Goman

Accessible bathrooms

For years, elderly people and disables have lost their right to normality. They have been constrained to use objects and environments which are visibly “different” from others. Therefore, accessible bathrooms are essential.

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Star home from Ecostar

This could well be New Zealand’s most sustainable house. The first house in the country to receive both a 5-Star Lifemark™ rating and a 10 Star Homestar rating, from Belvedere Group’s Ecostar Homes range.

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Waikanae Home build – an accessible house

A Waikanae Home

It is hard to find a home that works adequately for accessibility. After struggling with minor alterations of existing homes, these clients wanted their own Waikanae Home. First, they realized that the only way to address their particular accessibility needs was to create a purpose-built home from scratch. Even this proved difficult because no fewer than three companies presenting sketch schemes that didn’t stack up to the clients’ requirements.

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Enjoy your later years by the water

Marlin Waters is perfect for the early or pre-retiree and is like nothing else offered in New Zealand, and will unreservedly deliver an enviable lifestyle.

Marlin Waters is coastal living at its best and upon completion will include a total of 60 villas, including shared private beaches, jetties, boat ramp, and more.

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Blum kitchens cater to all

Blum kitchens are clever kitchens. Blum drawers, for kitchens, bathrooms and living areas, are universally designed to be easier to use. Blum drawers use smart mechanisms to allow them to be effortlessly opened and closed with your foot, knee or hand – perfect for a whole range of people.

Blum drawers also allow for maximum storage and easy organisation of kitchen items.

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