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Built in the popular seaside town of Waihi Beach this Hamptons inspired weatherboard home celebrates it’s coastal environment and gives a home away from home for a busy family of six to escape city life.

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The previous bach had served its purpose and was cleared to make room for this exciting new home project. The two storey five bedroom home was built over a long 809 m2 site. The flood zone in the coastal area meant the homes floor level had to be raised to allow for the new 100 year flood zone requirements.


The new home build is 345m2 plus has extensive deckings of 100m2 to enjoy the views from the top level out to the Pacific Ocean. Set off both fence line boundaries the design maximises the site width creating a definitive back yard space with privacy for the family. From the streetscape the definition of the pitched elevation on the top level, the louvres and custom fencing create visual interest while the homes exterior is elegant and refined with the colour palette cohesive across cladding, louvres and joinery.


With the project having a sustainable focus timber cladding was chosen for it’s natural insulating properties, which helps regulate indoor temperatures. Radiata pine cladding can act as a thermal barrier, reducing heat transfer through the walls. This can lead to a more stable indoor climate, reducing the need for artificial heating and cooling. The home also features a solar power system reducing the energy footprint.


A focus on the Indoor/outdoor connection across each of the

two levels offers multiple spaces and zones for the family to enjoy year around, extending the internal living spaces for the family to enjoy those long summer holidays. 


Upstairs the home has a large open plan living space, powder room, study and the master bedroom suite. Downstairs are four bedrooms, main family bathroom, rumpus and double garaging.


Inside the home has classic character detailing with a sophisticated edge. Raked ceilings with skylights flood the top floor with natural light creating a sense of spaciousness in the open plan living area. Cool whites and coastal hues with feature tongue and groove wall panelling meet rustic timber flooring giving that quintessential coastal vibe.


The state of the art kitchen and scullery has been designed to integrate between the main living spaces and connect to the outdoor living space. There’s a relaxed feel across the top level with various seating areas for lounging and togetherness, including an inbuilt bay window seat at the end of the kitchen.


Graypants lighting pendants in the kitchen and stairwell provide impact and delight over two key spaces and are captured within eyeline of each other to give sense of drama within the upper level. The entry and stairwell have two storey rendered walls for textural interest and timber stair treads, balustrades and slat walls.


Each of the bedrooms have character wall panels in various designs painted in darker hues and wool carpets underfoot to enliven the sense of rest in this getaway home.

Architectural Designer: Jon McAlpine

Merchant: Placemakers

Wall Linings & Bracing Systems: GIB

Waterproof roofing membrane: Arid Technologies

Interiors: Shaw Design

Kitchen Manufacture: Vekart

Window systems: Alitech

Roofing: Mason Roofing

Electrical: Guild and Spence

Tiling: High Level Tiling

Balustrades & fencing: Abbas

Flooring: Gerrand Floorings

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