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Fred Stevens was born in Boxmeer,  Holland in 1958. He came to New Zealand with his parents and his two  brothers  when they emigrated here in 1963. After living briefly in

Auckland and Hamilton the family eventually settled in Tokoroa .    Following  his High School  education at Tokoroa  High Fred left  to study  at Waikato University where he

attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences.    He then went on  to  complete  the first  professional  years  study towards  a  Bachelor of Architecture degree at

Auckland University. Subsequently Fred gained employment  as a Forest Engineer with N Z F P Forests Limited  where he was involved in engineering,    soil conservation and

town planning work associated with the company's forests throughout New Zealand .  After several years employment Fred completed the second professional years study

towards the Bachelor of Architecture degree at Victoria University in Wellington and was awarded a Bachelor  of  Building  Science.   He then  left for an extended overseas

working holiday which took him to the United States, South America and Europe, and ultimately to London where undertook design work for with a practice that catered

to wealthy middle - eastern clients with  properties  in  the  Hampstead  Heath/  Bishop's  Avenue  area  of  the  city.  In 1990 Fred returned to New Zealand to complete his

architecture studies and after a further two years study gained a Bachelor of Architecture degree with Honours from Victoria University in Wellington.

In 1985 Fred  purchased  a  property  at  Lake  Tarawera near Rotorua  and  began  what  has  been a  20  year  journey of design and construction that has  resulted in the

creation of a unique award-winning home. Construction is on-going today with the addition of three bedroom units together with a guest house, gymnasium and sauna.