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Currently under construction
Upper level decks with views and sunny Northern living Doors open onto decking with no corner support post
With lounge doors opening onto deck

Modern Kiwi Bach - WAIPU COVE BACH

Currently under construction

For this elevated section overlooking Waipu Cove, our clients wanted a modest home in the 'kiwi bach' tradition, designed with environmentally sustainable principles and using materials and detailing to reflect the coastal location.

The result is a split-level cedar weatherboard and corrugated zincalume home, anchored to the land with local Waipu stone, which also forms the chimney and twin fireplaces linking the lounge and outdoor living areas. The large deck off the lounge wraps around a mature Pohutukawa tree, which provides privacy, shade and connection with the natural environment.

Upstairs, the two bedrooms and bathroom have been designed with maximum flexibility in mind, allowing plenty of storage for bedding and mattresses to accommodate a variety of occupants. The utility area on the lower level behind the kitchen fetaures a polished concrete floor with funky coloured glass inserts, and plenty of rinsing and washing facilities for removing the sand from surfers and their gear before entering the house.

Rainwater is collected from the roof for washing and toilet cisterns, and a solar hot water cylinder ensures that there is plenty of free hot water on sunny days. Inside, natural timber floors and cabinetry work with passive heating and ventilation to provide a low-toxic environment.