Story by Colleen Hawkes
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Beach house inspired by traditional boat sheds
Even seaside villages can be built up, just like residential suburbs in the city. But the likelihood of obtaining a water view means there is always an added incentive for architectural innovation.
Maximising the view and providing privacy from neighbouring houses were key design drivers for this new beachside house. Designed by architectural designer Chris Tate for owners Andrew and Katie Graham, the house was built by the family's own company, ADG Builders.
"Essentially, the site dictated the form of the building," Tate says. "Setting the house as far back as possible was a way to avoid overlooking other properties. And this allowed plenty of space on the north side for a large, sunny terrace."
Privacy is also created by two large gabled forms on the east and west side of the house, which semi-enclose the terrace. The gables, which are reminiscent of traditional boatsheds, have fully glazed ends and are connected by a single-level pavilion-style element. This houses the kitchen-dining area.
Additional interest is provided by the visual tension of the flat versus steeply pitched rooflines, and by the black and white colour palette.
"The two-storey gable ends are clad in black-painted cedar with black joinery, while the low pavilion features white-painted cedar shiplap and white joinery," says Tate. "This combination continues on the interior. The kitchen, for example,features a 4m-long, white stone island and matching stools, while the cabinets at the rear are in matt black."
To accommodate the slope of the site, the house is built over four levels, with garaging and an office on the lower level. Above these rooms on the western gable are two symmetrical bedrooms for the children, and a small mezzanine living area. The kitchen is also on this mid level.
The main living room within the east wing is several steps lower, and the master suite is above this room beneath the pitched roof.
"The ceilings in the bedrooms feature painted grooved plywood sheeting that is another reference to the boatshed look," says Tate.
Textural detailing is also provided by a natural timber batten screen beside the stairs. This adds visual warmth, which helps balance the crisp, polished concrete floor and steel staircase.
Louvre windows ensure there is plenty of cross ventilation to keep the house at a comfortable temperature all year round.
First published date: 28 December 2012
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|Architectural designer||Chris Tate, Chris Tate Architecture (Auckland)|
|Interior designer||Katie Graham|
|Builder||Andrew Graham, ADG Builders|
|Kitchen design and manufacture||Silverdale Kitchens|
|Construction||Impact steel and timber framing|
|Cladding||Cedar; Hermpac painted weatherboard|
|Roofing||Longrun ColorSteel in Ebony from Rodney Roofing|
|Flooring||American white oak by Hermpac, finished with black Osmo oil by Floor Finishers|
|Paints and varnishes||Resene CoolColours in Black|
|Tiling||Tile New Zealand|
|Lighting||Douglas + Bec; Beacon Lighting Australia|
|Heating||Daikin heat pump from Thermal Solutions|
|Doors and windows||Windowmakers|
|Window and door hardware||Assa Abbloy|
|Curtains||Freedom Furniture decorating service|
|Hand rails||National Glass|
|Fireplace||Fires By Design|
|Home automation||Adam Barber Electrical|
|Kitchen cabinets||White lacquer; matt black|
|Benchtops||Composite stone from Silverdale Kitchens|
|Oven, ventilation and dishwasher||Smeg|