House of the week: Rangiputa

Last updated 10:44 05/06/2013

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Dave Webb had promised himself retirement at 60, so he could kick back and enjoy life with the family. His goal was to be able to relax at Rangiputa beach on Northland's Karikari Peninsular.

Once he and wife Robin found the "perfect" section - a northwest-facing piece of land 60 metres above the beach and just two hours' drive from their home in Whangarei - the retirement plan began to take shape.

The Webbs chose Whangarei architect Chris Howell to turn their dream into a reality, telling him they wanted a "place to relax".

Howell's brief as to maximise living inside and out depending on the direction of the wind and time of day, while capitalising on views.

"The design had to reflect the informal nature of living at the beach but still with a degree of comfort," Howell says. "This beach side home was simply designed to play its part in their family life."

The Webbs requested a one level build with an infinity look, so at the arrival point guests could look through to the view. The bach has three double bedrooms, 100 square metres of open plan lounge, dining and kitchen, a master bedroom with en suite and a second family bathroom. A double garage houses the laundry, essential boat and tow vehicle.

"It's worked out really well, whether we have a lot of guests or we're just here on our own, and it's so simple to look after and keep clean," Robin says. "We enjoyed working on the kitchen design, interior colours and furniture."

The monopitch roof required a special run of 25 metre long marine grade Coloursteel and the stud height varies from 2.4 metres to 3.4 metres in the spacious living and kitchen area.

The flooring in the living areas is golden-toned American white oak, while commercial woollen carpet is used in the bedrooms. Resene's Double Thorndon cream colours the ceilings and walls, Caesarstone Nimbus benchtops set off the kitchen units in Resene's triple Akaroa.  A gas hob and double wall ovens ensure cooking facilities for a crowd. LED lighting is throughout the house with additional strategically placed spots.

"I retired at Christmas and I've found living here is just so good," Dave Webb says. It's what you work for and dream about and here it all is."


Build cost: Under $1 million.

Architect: Chris Howell, Main4 Architects Ltd, Whangarei.

Size: 240 sq.m plus 100 sq.m decking.

Materials: Monier brick cladding with plaster finish, Linea weather board, long run Coloursteel roofing, aluminium joinery, purple heart decking.

Energy efficiency: Natural cellulose wall insulation and Greenstuff ceiling insulation, gas jetmaster fire, underfloor heating in the bathrooms.

Done right: The way the build sits on the section, which means views from every room.

Done Wrong: The electric gates do not open to a full 180 degree arc, which means there is less room to move along that side of the garage. We could have fixed that by taking a metre or less off the house width.

Unexpected: We put a plastered concrete wall around two sides of the section for privacy, security and wind protection. It's been a real bonus.

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Recommend: Being in constant contact with the builder as it's easy to miss out on decision making over the finer details.

Next time: I'd do it all again but be more hands-on and more vigilant when it came to decision-making.

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