The site sits in top of a small dune, one block back from the sea on the Kapiti Coast. The client’s interest in modernist architecture, combined with 270 degree views was the basis of the brief which included 3 to 4 bedrooms and plenty of external deck areas.
The site is buffeted by different weather conditions throughout the year so it was important to design a number of external spaces that could be enjoyed for a number of uses throughout the year. These include a covered area off the dining room, an un-covered area off the lounge, a full roof deck and a ground level external kids area.
The living space is on the second floor and comprises a big open plan area that flows onto a covered deck. This deck is linked both to the ground floor and the top deck by a steel spiral staircase.
The house is a holiday home for a family of two adults and two children (plus friends) so the bedroom layout included a ‘flexi-room’ between the two childrens’ bedrooms. These rooms could be opened up via sliding partition doors to create one large open play space, or closed to create two bedrooms with a third room between.
The material and colour palette is intentionally recessive given the beauty of the surroundings. Dark-stained rusticated, bandsawn cedar weatherboards form the cladding and complement the smooth, dark and angular engineered beams and posts.
Internally, the floor upstairs is American Oak and the kitchen and bathroom cabinetry is Okuplex ply, from the BOX™ standard range. The red unit of kitchen cabinetry ties in with the red front door to add an accent of colour.
Hitchens Protea Duo torch on membrane
Rusticated cedar weatherboard, dark-stained
American Oak, Tiles, Carpet
Modular house system, glulam external posts and beams, plywood cabinetry, vitex decking and balustrades
The four-bedroom Peka Peka home was designed and built using the Box™ engineered timber framing system, where all post and beam components are cut, drilled, routed and painted off site. Box™ tailors designs using a common building system, cutting architectural fees and giving certainty to build costs.
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