Designing Dreams

After an opportune meeting with a local farmer who was subdividing, AO Builders owner Ashley Andrews and wife Kayte landed the perfect site at WaikukuBeach. The next challenge? Building a dream house to accommodate their growing family and overseas guests, all before the birth of their second child.

The North Canterbury couple’s collaborative effort is evident in the 498m² four bedroom, three bathroom property, which balances spaciousness and modern design with family comfort. The warm and inviting open-plan living area at the heart of the home features impressive six-metre-high ceilings with cathedral windows to capture the rural outlook.

In the modern kitchen, the macrocarpa wrap around dining island and custom wine room, speak to the couple’s love for entertaining, while strategically placed David Trubridge pendants add a touch of effortless elegance.

Two corner sliders peel back from the main living space to an all weather outdoor area, which features two rustic jarrah bridge beams. “A huge 27-metre steel beam and supporting floating beam were upgraded from the original plans to support the floating corner and outdoor trusses,” explains Ashley.

Wide corridors, a cleverly designed Jack and Jill bathroom, plus a powder room with a shower for guest overflow, cater to the evolving needs of the family. The home also features an attached five-car garage, a workshop, and a 70m. fully self contained flat, all built by Ashley within a calendar year: an impressive achievement considering the scale of the project.

“As we sit in our kitchen to watch the sunset, we feel immensely proud of our home. It is a beautifully functional space that reflects teamwork and our shared vision,” says Kayte.

Location: Waikuku Beach | North Canterbury

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