We find our clients in all sorts of ways. Traditional means such as advertising and word of mouth work well, but we’re not averse to mining our connections.
The couple who own this bach in Waipu are old family friends of Construction Manager Nat Jakich: “My dad used to coach the client when he was in the first XV at St Peter’s,” he says.
With grown-up kids who like to visit regularly, the owners wanted a holiday retreat that was easy to get to, a breeze to maintain and could take the hard knocks of being very well used.
The house is configured as a standard Box™ H plan – but, of course, it’s not quite standard. The long branches of the H are staggered so the master bedroom is pushed forward within the plan to enjoy a better view.
Between the two wings, a glass pavilion contains the main living zone. A glazed corner here accommodates a built-in dining nook with the magnificent vista of Bream Head, always popular on the breakfast menu.
The external cedar walls of the wings wrap indoors to become a backdrop to the pavilion and warm up the textural palette. To keep the cohesiveness between structural elements and the interior, stained gaboon-ply cabinetry in the kitchen matches the cedar cladding while radiata pine ceilings are picked up on the island bench.