The clients desired to transform their Waikanae bach to a warm & relaxing weekend getaway, to escape the strain of the city. The project involved alterations on the upper floor, re-cladding the house, the addition of a bedroom, outdoor spaces and replacing the rusty fireplace with a new heating system.
By converting the upper floor to open plan living and kitchen, light flows in freely and the space is overwhelmed with a warm and soothing atmosphere. The bi-folding doors enable the living area to be opened up to the vast expanse of decking. The deck is crucial to the small house, allowing numerous activities to be performed; it is where BBQs take place, where the family gathers for dinner, where a good book is enjoyed and the kids have fun.
The bach was re-clad to achieve consistency among the numerous types of materials used in previous additions. Stained black ply is used allowing the house to have its own identity while subtly nesting in its natural surroundings. The Pohutukawa tree is celebrated as the timber steps leading to the upper deck wrap around it.
The bach is a lovely retreat for escaping the city, cleansing and refreshing the family’s spirit.
“ In 2005 we undertook a major renovation of our beach house at Waikanae Beach and engaged Jon Ambler to provide the Architectural Design component.
Working alongside Jon to make our vision of how our house could be altered, a reality was a straight forward process and we felt that he listened to our desires and concerns to produce a fantastic family beach house to meet our original design brief.
Having had many memorable family holidays at the house since construction, we are as thrilled now with the outcome as we were in 2005 and always look forward to our next break at Waikanae Beach. ”
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