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Taking in the breathtaking views over the Motueka estuary, back towards Nelson City and the Richmond ranges, this house of raw materials has the ultimate relaxed feel of contemporary living.

The clients wished to have an existing house converted to their holiday batch. The original idea was to extend the northern aspect of the home by removing the existing conservatory and replacing it with a large, open deck. After a few iterations (and a few more additions to the design) the house brief was extended to include a full interior re-jig, the addition of a formal entry, the addition of an in-ground swimming pool and exterior landscaping.

The bathrooms have stunning tiles and fixtures, with skylights running the full width of the bathroom. The clients commented on the “experience having a bath while gazing at the stars”.

Full LED lighting throughout the house compliments the aesthetic, interior and exterior, swimming pool and landscaped areas. A truly stunning home with all the qualities of modern building.

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Waka Group is an Architectural Design practice based in Nelson, New Zealand. We are a team of experienced,  qualified designers with a wide range of skills in the residential, industrial and commercial sector. We work closely with our clients to provide a customised personal service in Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch, Auckland and Waikato regions.

Our design culture is about responding to the client brief and site specific conditions. Over time the practice has developed a unique style that emphasises and expresses the individuality of each project. Our approach is a methodical, step by step process and we spend a large amount of time in the design zone, resulting in the quality expected of an architectural service. We are a small practice and have a limited number of projects so the most concentrated level of detail is applied to each one. 

Over the last few years we've been focused on the development and expression of cultural architecture. This has been an exciting space and has led to design for marae facilities, public sculptures and school works. We've also been developing models for 'small' and 'tiny' homes, another exciting area of architecture that has grown in popularity, giving people access to home ownership as affordability becomes an issue in the current climate. 

The name 'Waka Group' emphasises our group philosophy as a practice. We work together as a team, with the same values, aims, goals and aspirations in our commitment to architecture.