Long-distance collaboration pays off

Sitting on the deck outside this Taupo Bay home, built by Circle D Construction, is like visiting  a cool Auckland café. “You enjoy water views, complete with swimmers and surfers at the beach and boats in the distance. You can watch the world go by but still have absolute privacy. That’s what life is all about,” says builder David Crabb.

The homeowners, who moved from the United States to the Far North in January 2020, worked with Circle D Construction remotely for 10 months of the build. They say their small home makes a giant impression.

“The height of the ceilings transforms the tiny footprint into a space that feels big,” says Mary Kay. The retired hotelier and her husband took inspiration from New Zealand B&Bs and lodges when planning the gabled pole-house. “We started with a very different idea for the property, a much more modern design, but the original architect had health issues and needed to back out of the project.” Designer Mark Christiansen stepped in to create an old-schoolmeets- beach home of 130m², plus garage, two handy sleepouts with en suites, and a massive timber deck surrounding the main building.

Outside, a four-metre-high, burly retaining wall protects the homeowner’s investment.

Inside, beams are patinaed white; walls are tongue and groove timber, and huge bifolds yield stunning views across the turquoise waters of Taupo Bay. The owners integrated touches like stained glass in the windows and trusted David and his team to recommend other fixtures and finishings.

“It’s not easy from 8,000 kilometres away. But everything went according to plan. David and Tori from Circle D Construction spent a great deal of time getting to know us and that made all the difference,” says Mary. “Without that level of trust, the project truly wouldn’t have been possible.”

Location: Mangonui | Northland

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