Coastal Haven

New home

The site is in an idyllic old beach area on the Kapiti Coast.

The clients have owned the property as a holiday Bach for many years. With the pending sale of their business and wanting to enjoy more of the Coast lifestyle, they decided to redevelop the property to become their permanent home.

The brief required comfortable open plan living for an active couple, with space to enjoy the view from a the Main bedroom, private sheltered outdoor living with a swimming pool, an office area (they still needed to keep working!), guest rooms (as the house was still to be hub for family and friends holidays), extensive garaging (for cars, bikes, kayaks, boat, and storage) and an outdoor utility area for fish cleaning, clothesline etc. Higher ceilings in the living areas and main bedroom were desired along with an interesting entrance and feature stairs. They liked rich timber as a material both externally and internally, but also wanted limited maintenance given the coastal environment. With pets and preferring radiant heat, they like the idea of a heated exposed concrete floor.

The main constraint on the site was fitting within a 2.1h and 45deg height into relation boundary envelope on a relatively narrow site. Given the length of the site, the design of the house lent itself to a long raking mono pitch form, starting from single level over the garage to extra height 2 storey levels at the western end. This approach enabled stepped heights for interest and impact with a very efficient form. The flow from the living area to the outside is seamless, with easy access to all day sun, BBQ space, sheltered sitting and recreation space beyond including a swimming pool.

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  • Location
    / Waikanae Beach
  • Designer
    / Peter Davis
  • Builder
    / Jones Construction
  • Floor Area
    / 304m²
  • Features
    • LMA Recycled Ironbark timber cladding
    • Nuwall random width Aluminium Cladding
    • Recessed double glazed thermally broken windows
    • High insulation values
    • Polished concrete floor with underfloor heating
    • In-ground pool
    • Solar power
    • Custom kitchen joinery