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Kiwiana Bach

This property sits in the “Old Beach” area of Waikanae Beach, Kapiti Coast. It was purchased by our clients, a family of four with two teenaged boys, in 2013 as the classic kiwi bach. The plan was to develop it further while not taking away from the simple charm of the bach by creating an environment of casual living surrounded by Pohutukawa trees and Macrocarpa hedges for those long hot kiwi summers.

The central lawn was a huge priority for those impromptu games of cricket and being able to have family and friends stay for a few days by pitching a tent.

The original property featured a dilapidated shed / garage which required removal. In its place, we planned a new multi-purpose rumpus room with laundry and bathroom.

This new building needed to be able to be used not only for the table tennis / pool table, games etc. for teenagers and friends but also needed to be able to open right up to the lawn and outdoor socialising areas.

The configuration of the original bach was to remain as existing except for the addition of a new ensuite and wardrobes to the master bedroom.

The interior of the house was transformed by an interesting use of eclectic materials, finishes and furnishings to create a warm and inviting environment where the magic of countless kiwi family holidays could continue with a new generation.

The black and white with plywood ceiling theme continues throughout the interiors even through to the cute sleep out that was constructed nestled between the Pohutukawa trees.

At the front of the site a new garage was constructed to house a family heirloom. A classic wooden speed boat, once owned by the client’s grandfather, was being painstakingly restored and bought back to life.

Summers are good at Waikanae Beach.

Location: Waikanae Beach


Highly Commended, Residential Alterations, ADNZ Regional

Builder: Moana Construction

Tags: alterations Kiwi Bach Addition

Photographer: Jason Mann

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