Waihi Beach House - Bay of Plenty, New Zealand - Abodo | ArchiPro

Waihi Beach House - Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Located just a few surfboard-lengths from Waihi beach, this contemporary bach was built for rugby legend and mental health advocate, Sir John Kirwan. A keen surfer who wanted a low-maintenance holiday base for his family, JK’s brief to designer Chris Tate included ensuring the house merged with its natural surroundings.

This was achieved through the use of steel cladding in a matte finish, with Vulcan Rhombus Clip Screening for the baseboards and decking balustrades. The warm wood tones provide a sense of contrast against the horizontal lines of the steel.

A carefree, dune-style look is created through the addition of a boardwalk that runs alongside the house, accessing the deck to the rear.

Vulcan Decking finished in Clear Protector Oil was chosen for this exposed environment. This low-maintenance finish will silver off over time and also has the benefit of being made using a waterborne formulation, which means it is safe on bare feet and won’t leach chemicals into the environment.

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