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Top building trends from South Auckland's newest development

10 November 2016

Montgomery Park offers new home buyers the perfect mix of town and country living on the outskirts of Papakura, only 30km from Auckland’s CBD.

It’s ideally located to take advantage of nearby train and motorway transport links to the city. A well-established and vibrant community surrounds the residential development with the Southgate Shopping Centre and Papakura township providing supermarkets, a library, theatre, aquatic centre, farmers markets, sporting and education facilities for all age groups.

With so much to offer and growing interest from new home buyers, we asked Generation Homes Auckland South Director Jess Lalich to lift the lid on the latest design trends emerging from the region’s new-to-market Estate.  

Two storey homes  

Montgomery Park is located on an elevated site, providing home buyers with sweeping views of surrounding farmlands, the city and Manukau Harbour. Its prime location is driving enquiries for two storey homes designed to maximise indoor-outdoor flow, capture natural light and take full advantage of the natural landscape.

Large windows and doors can be great ways to bring the outdoors in by connecting a home’s interior to an alfresco patio or outdoor entertainment area.

Generation Homes has a range of architecturally-designed house plans to choose from, with no design fee. We support our customers to put their own personal stamp on a property by selecting different façades (the exterior appearance of a property). Some façades which could work well for properties in Montgomery Park are the hip, gable and mono pitch. Selecting a different façade is a great way to make your home stand out from the crowd.

Open plan kitchen, dining and lounge

Large kitchens with open plan living and dining areas are a must-have feature for many new home buyers looking to build in Montgomery Park. People love home entertaining and are drawn to the idea of creating one expansive space that the whole family can enjoy. Closed off areas to minimise mess and clutter will always be a kitchen necessity, but whether a family chooses a walk-in pantry or scullery generally comes down to personal preference and budget.

In small to medium-sized properties, walk-in pantries are perfect for concealing the big bulky cooking appliances and dry goods. The average dimensions of a walk-in pantry are 2m x 1.4m and usually feature open shelving, ample draw space and a bench area.

If cost is not a factor, a scullery is a popular option for those wanting to hide food preparation. A good sized scullery will measure around 3m x 2m and functions as a miniature kitchen. It usually contains a sink and larger household appliances such as fridges, dishwashers and ovens with benchtop space for food preparation and extra shelving.

We recently built a long bench island which doubles as the family’s dining table in the kitchen to save space and increase the size of the living area. We’re happy to work with our customers to achieve their goals, within a set budget.   

Multiple generations under one roof  

Auckland’s overpriced market and sky-high land values are making the dream of homeownership much harder for young families. We are seeing friends team up to share the mortgage burden, and young families building a home with their parents or grandparents is increasingly common.

The need for creating privacy and flexible living spaces within a home is driving demand for properties with dual living areas, separate laundries, extra bathrooms and large outdoor entertainment areas that are ideal for socialising or family gatherings. People are also carefully considering landscaping for two reasons: the first being to create an extra level of privacy between neighbouring properties, and the second to establish quiet outdoor retreats which friends or family members can escape too.  


Generation Homes was established in Tauranga in 1997, and is focused on providing affordable houses to Kiwis expecting a quality home without compromising on design.

Jess is the co-owner of Generation Homes Auckland South with her husband Rod, who has more than 15 years experience working in the building and construction industry. They partnered with Generation Homes in 2008, and have built more than 150 properties in Manukau and Franklin/Papakura region.  

The Auckland South team has 10 house and land packages available in Montgomery Park, with a minimum asking price of $899,000.

For more information and to make an enquiry, contact the Generation Homes Auckland South team today or view our House and Land packages here.