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In a prime Mount Maunganui location set just back from Marine Parade, this playful home blends in with the iconic pohutukawa trees on the street, being both striking and sympathetic of the streetscape.

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From the outside the design brief of fun can be seen in the form of a custom designed and fabricated slide that snakes out of the upper floor connecting it with the lower floor.

Art was the client’s other focus and this is first seen in the home’s surrounding fence. A community art project, the client’s friends, family and neighbours along with Calley Home’s builders and subcontractors created pieces of art from the build’s waste which were inserted into the fence panels.

Punctuating the exterior cladding are yellow, green and red coloured glass windows that match the lemon, lime and raspberry colour theme, whilst a local street artist was commissioned to paint the shadow of the corner pohutukawa tree onto the exterior.


Resource consent conditions means that the home sits above the floodplains on a timber piled subfloor so as to maintain the flood level overland flow path. This ensures the home can withstand coastal inundation surges and, in the case of a large-scale natural hazard, can be relocated entirely (in fact there are no permanent structures on the site), thereby ultimately improving the life cycle of the home far beyond New Zealand standards.

Further extending the home’s life is a removable cedar batten rain screen that envelopes the superstructure providing protection and allowing for future maintenance to the exterior ply and batten cladding system beneath.

Robust materials were used both for the exterior and the colourful art inspired interior. Informal and lively, it’s described by the client as a ‘series of accidents’. The main living area and kitchen feature birch plywood ceilings whilst solid Venetian plaster walls make up the entry, living areas and stairwell.


Steel is used throughout juxtaposing with the natural timbers and adding an industrial air. Corten steel cladding surrounds the chimney and coated raw steel checker plate floors line the kitchen, hallway and laundry. The custom steel stairs also feature check plate treads and a criss-crossed steel balustrade.

Custom cut tiles were used to create random patterns and above the island bench in the Eastwood designed kitchen hang light shades made from recycled washed up drinks bottles. 

Architect - Adam Mercer from Mercer & Mercer Architects

Merchant: Placemakers

Wall Linings & Bracing Systems: GIB

Waterproof roofing membrane: Arid Technologies

Steel framing: Steelworks

Cedar: Hermpac  

Kitchen Manufacture: Eastwood Kitchens

Slide: EPS Fabrication

Stairs checker plate flooring: Boshier Engineering

Window systems: Alitech

Roofing: Mason Roofing

Plastering: Tauranga Plasterers

Tiling: Black Tiling

Flooring: Gerrand Floorings

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Other key design features: 


  • The exterior cladding has a ply and batten cladding system with a removable cedar batten Rain-screen, this was designed to protect the super structure, and building envelope whilst creating a 3D floating affect to the battens. The removable rain-screen also allows for future maintenance.

  • Robust materials used with for critical functions, stainless steel spouting, down pipes and custom aluminium flashings. cedar rain-screen.

  • Birch plywood ceilings in the main living area, kitchen & bathroom cabinetry.

  • Corten steel clad chimney surround.

  • Custom steel stairs with checker plate treads and Criss cross steel balustrade.

  • Coated raw steel checker plate steel floors in the kitchen, hallway and laundry.

  • Recycled washed up soft drink bottle light shades above the island bench.

  • Solid Venetian plaster walls in the entry, stairwell and living areas.

  • Yellow, green and red coloured glass to match the lemon, lime and raspberry theme.

  • Custom cut tiles to create random patterns.

  • APL Metro series Aluminium Joinery

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