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Coastal House

Built on a slightly sloping section near Opotiki, this multipurpose home has stunning views out across the ocean views of Bay of Plenty.

A new house was needed as this house was a to be the retirement home for the owners.The  plan was to have extensive vegetable gardens, a large garage workshop, boat storage, and a pool. The house was to contain semi separate accommodation for guests as well as a compact living space for themselves with a large study. The key focus to the design was to utilise wood that had been milled from a family members farm near Rotorua.

The owners required two distinct sheds that had a rural feel. The pavilion nearest the sea contains the living areas and bedroom for the oand lifts upwards to a second storey overlooking (and hearing) the sea, as well as looking toward the range of East Cape.  The second pavilion is a single storey and houses the workshop, garaging and guest accommodation.


The pavilions are clad in bandsawn 175 x 30mm thick Macrocarpa board over battens, allowed to weather and grey to a silver sheen. This offers a taut and visually simple exterior surface, with the benefit of a drained cavity . It has been allowed to weather. The pergola structure, garden shed and stained cladding to the pool are also all in Macrocarpa from the family member’s Reporoa  farm forestry block.

The design follows the rural feel into the interior using timber, concrete and steel. The floor structure to the second floor bedroom is of 75mm thick Macrocarpa beams on an exposed steel structure and the flooring throughout is Saligna, sourced near Tauranga. All timber was milled locally at Tauriko Sawmill in Tauranga and had been milled and stacked for over a year in advance of construction starting.

Timber used

  • Locally milled Macrocarpa from the family farm forestry block
  • Macrocarpa slats from same source
  • Cedar front door and Saligna frames and finishing trim
  • Solid laminated Saligna shelving
  • Saligna floorboards
  • Sustainably grown hoop pine plywood linings and joinery
  • Radiata pine plywood linings to the workshop and benches
  • Macrocarpa solid beams to second floor floor structure from the family farm forestry block