Mercury Bay beauty

This magnificent seaside home in Wharekaho, near Whitianga, was two weeks from completion when New Zealand’s national lockdown hit. “The homeowners were living with family in Auckland, all packed up and ready to go,” says Coastal Construction Whitianga owner Peter McGrath. “Then lockdown came, and the build was held back by two months.”

Delay was a familiar theme for building, and life, in 2020. But the homeowner says she and her

husband are now happily settled in their seaside pad with views of Mercury Bay. “We look at what the sea is doing and decide whether to go fishing or not.”

The couple spent years studying features they liked at open homes and chose Chris Smith of Architechnics to design their house. Then, two acquaintances recommended Coastal Construction Whitianga for the build.

It was smooth sailing from there, as the couple entrusted their retirement home dreams to Peter. “Nothing was too much trouble. Every step was planned and organised to perfection,” says the owner.

The result – a beach beauty with gravitas. Schist pillars flank the front entrance of the 320m2 home. Ceilings are nearly three metres high, and full-length cavity sliding doors create a flexible space, transforming one wing of the house into private guest accommodation. Extra-wide hallways and level thresholds, with no lips or steps, flow out onto the deck.

Accoya weatherboard and a solid plaster finish enhance and protect the exterior. “The end result; a stunning home the owners are proud of,” says Peter.

“It met all of our expectations,” says the owner. “Building was a lot less stressful than I had anticipated. Peter and his team were fantastic to deal with.”

Location: Wharekaho | Waikato

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