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Popular New Zealand House Designs in 2023

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If you’re in the market for a new home, you’ll be glad to know that Stonewood Homes offers a massive range of New Zealand house designs to suit all preferences. Building from the plan is more cost-effective, so why not check out some of our incredible house designs below?

Smaller homes

Building a smaller home is all the rage in NZ at the moment. NZ house designs are getting smaller, in response to changing demands. Space is limited, meaning blocks are smaller and house designs need to follow suit. Also, housing affordability and the cost of living play a part in people’s choice of a smaller home. So, whether you just want something smaller as a preference or you’re downsizing, here are some great smaller NZ house designs.


If you want something compact, affordable and still visually striking, the Azure is a house design you should consider. At just 106m2, the design uses clean lines and open-plan living to maximise the space inside. With 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a single-car garage, the Azure is perfect for a single or couple building their first home, and just as good for people looking to downsize for retirement.


The Chelsea home design is excellent for couples or small families. If 2 bedrooms aren’t enough, the Chelsea comes with 3, as well as 2 bathrooms, a beautiful open-plan design and a single garage with internal access. Despite only being 125m2, all bedrooms have built-in robes and the layout is very sensible. Plus, the main bedroom is at the opposite corner of the home from the smaller bedrooms, which is perfect for parents who want some peace and quiet in the evening.

Mid-size homes

If you’ve got a growing family or simply need a little more space, there are plenty of mid-size 4-bedroom homes to choose from. A couple of favourites among the Stonewood range can be found below.


The Belmont house design is perfect for metro and suburban areas, with its 225m2 sizing being suited to most level blocks. With 4 dedicated bedrooms and a study, plus beautiful open-plan dining and family areas, this home really maximises the available space. The double-storey design also includes a double garage on the lower level with internal access – perfect for arriving home on those rainy days.


Another popular mid-sized home is the Sorrento, which is a 4-bedroom home that can be built up to 264m2 depending on your specific configuration. Built across one level, this home is great for entertainers and large families. The lounge, dining and family rooms are all along one end of the home, with access to an alfresco dining space from all three areas. A double garage is also included, and the 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms make it perfect for a growing family.

Larger homes

The reality is that smaller homes and even mid-sized homes simply aren’t right for everyone’s lifestyle. You might have a larger, growing family, or you might just love entertaining a lot of guests. Even if it’s simply a personal preference to own a larger home, well, you’ve earned it. From acreage homes to two-storey, there are plenty of larger homes in the Stonewood Homes catalogue to choose from.

Forest Park

The Forest Park house design from Stonewood Homes features 5 bedrooms. The long design of this home gives everybody plenty of space. With 4.5 bathrooms and a triple garage, this is the ultimate rural family home. It’s definitely one for the entertainers too, with the family and dining areas opening up to a large covered outdoor entertaining area. At 470m2, it’s a big home, but the narrow design ensures very little space is wasted, giving you more room for your dollar.


If you’re looking for something larger and more suited to a suburban environment, the double-storey Orakei house design is definitely worth considering. Available in 3 different facades, this 6-bedroom home also comes with4 bathrooms, 3 living areas and a double garage. Most of the bedrooms are on the top level, with a guest bedroom downstairs along with living areas, kitchen, dining and more. The entertainers will also love the butler’s pantry. At 306m2, it takes up a lot less space than other 6-bedroom homes, but the double-storey design is perfect for metro and suburban areas.

Looking for beautiful New Zealand house designs?

Here at Stonewood, we have numerous house designs to choose from. Best of all, there’s something for every type of family. Whether you want smaller homes or larger ones, we’ve got something for everybody. Plus, we specialise in custom homes too, so if you’ve got your own ideas we’d love to explore them with you.

Take the hassle out of building a new home, and contact the experts at Stonewood Homes today. We’ve got the best New Zealand house designs, and we can’t wait to share them with you.

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