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We’re excited to announce the opening of our brand new display village, featuring three new custom-built display homes, all developed by talented and trusted South Australian builders with the Newenham ethos in mind – nature, nurture, freedom. These display homes are completely unique to Newenham and cannot be found on display anywhere else in South Australia.

We want to shine the spotlight on our three custom builds, introducing you to the designers and the homes. First up, we speak to Darren Turner from TEK Building & Design about their striking contemporary Newenham home – Sapphire. Read our interviews with Aspire Homes and Shire Homes.

“We were thrilled to be approached by Newenham to partner with them as a builder’s guild member in their new Display Village in the Adelaide Hills,” Darren says. Newenham’s Marketing Director Olivia Burke felt from the get-go that their design ethos and their spacious, beautiful surrounds make this a perfect partnership and a good fit for TEK.

“The beauty of Newenham is its larger and wider blocks. This allows us to have the freedom to design something a bit different. When you’re in a standard sub-division, where you’ve only got a 12-metre wide block to work with, then there’s only so much you can do,” Darren says.

The TEK team, like Newenham, are passionate about delivering a unique product for their clients outside of the cookie-cutter mould offered by much of the development and building industry. According to Darren, Newenham’s focus on natural beauty and lifestyle presented the perfect partnership for their brand, allowing TEK to deliver their beautiful Sapphire home to the house and land market in a project they could feel proud of.


“We’re very custom-design driven, that’s one thing we’ve always done well and will always continue to do. Sapphire, and our other designs are not just run-of-the-mill houses, they all have a creative and architectural flair that we are proud of. Part of our process includes an in-house interior design service for every build,” Darren says.

The two-storey Sapphire (335 square metres) features three bedrooms, an open-plan living area and state-of-the-art kitchen which flows through to a spacious alfresco area. There’s also a separate dining room for entertaining, a theatre room and an upstairs retreat – perfect for kids or guests.

The master bedroom on the ground floor has its own large ensuite and walk-in-robe, as well as aluminium french doors to service an outdoor living space – a design feature which encapsulates Newenham’s vision for outdoor living. Complimented with a second bathroom upstairs, the design is ideal for a family environment and privacy. The extra storage area attached to the garage provides some sneaky solutions for those pesky belongings, and the extended laundry-meets-powder-room adds a little bit of luxury.

The distinct style of this home, however, is really represented in its clever detailing and finishes, including raked ceiling and a feature brick fireplace perfect for chilly hills nights. To make the most of the warmth and the light, North facing hi-lite windows nestled into the raked ceiling along with large sliding glass doors add to the architectural flair.

“A lot of people comment that they know when they see a TEK home because of our contemporary, almost post-modernist architecture. We love to work with stone, timber and always try to incorporate large windows and free-flowing design. Timber and stone are timeless – it will look good forever.”

“We always try to think outside of the square so we can offer our clients a home with a distinct style and point of difference,” Darren says.

While many home-owners-to-be might worry about the cost of building a unique custom home, Darren says “When it comes down to it, an ‘architectural look’ doesn’t have to cost more. TEK put a lot of thought into the design process to ensure cost-effectiveness without compromising on the finish, and ensure that pricing is fixed upfront so there aren’t any hidden and nasty surprises. Our customers appreciate the transparency that TEK offer during the costing process”.

TEK’s standard specification is of high quality and Darren suggests “It’s important to consider the quality and level of specification being offered if comparing pricing to another builder”.

Winners of the HIA ‘Spec Home of the Year’ award in 2017 for the ‘Jasper’ (the first design in the ‘Artisan Living’ range), TEk Building & Design are experts in custom building and passionate about developing a unique home for each individual client. 

TEK Building & Design’s display home officially opens to the market on Saturday 19th January. You can view TEK Building & Design’s Sapphire display home on Rochfort Street in Newenham every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm or by appointment by contacting 08 7324 5834.

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