House of the week: Whitianga

Last updated 05:00 14/05/2014

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With magnificent sea views and clever future-proofing, this Coromandel holiday home was conceived as the perfect base for easing into retirement.

The spacious four-bedroom home is located in Whitianga, right across the road from Buffalo Beach. 

"We wanted a holiday home, but one where we can spend a lot of time in retirement," says the Auckland-based owner.

"It's an easy-care, one level home. We wanted something with a timeless design so it wouldn't date."

The home's picturesque location has been paid tribute to through the use of natural, top quality products such as cedar, schist and clear NZ pine.

It has been laid out so family can use the space, but with privacy in mind. The owners' bedrooms are located up the front of the house, with the rear reserved for visiting relatives.

The home's crowning glory is its two large decks, designed to make the most of the fine weather at any time of day.

"We have a deck in the front where you can have breakfast in the morning in the sun, and a deck out the other side which gets the evening sun," the owner says.

"We have a barbecue and table out there so you can have your meals outside."

The owner says they wanted a builder they could rely on, and chose HAMR Home Building Contractors based on their reputation. They say they are extremely happy with how it all worked out.

"It's a very enjoyable place to live."

This home was a Gold Reserve Award winner in the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year for Nulook New Homes $600,000 - $1 million.


Build cost: Over $600,000

Size: 320sqm

Architect: Darren Peacock of IZBA Architecture

Builder: Richard Warwick of HAMR Home Building Contractors

Materials: Vertical grain cedar and Otago schist cladding, timber floor, fully lined with clear New Zealand pine with a blended finish. All interior joinery is custom-made with granite tops. 

Energy efficiency: Gas fireplace, underfloor heating, C-Bus lighting system in living and entertaining areas, extensive exterior lighting.

Done Right: "It's such an easy place to live in," the owner says. "It's very convenient and user-friendly." 

Done Wrong: "We're very, very happy with the build. I don't think there's anything I would honestly change."

Unexpected: "The process was seamless - I had been hesitant about building because you hear all these stories, but I'd be happy to do it again tomorrow."

Recommend: "Take your time and get the design right at the start," says builder Richard Warwick. "The right design and the right builder are the recipes for success for any job."

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