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Lockwood holiday home at Snells Beach freatures custom design, solid blonded wood walls

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Contemporary Lockwood beach house with custom design, monopitched roof, clerestory windows, blonded wood walls, flooring, white kitchen

Lockwood holiday home at Snells Beach freatures custom design, solid blonded wood walls


Modern holiday homes are all about free-flowing, open-plan interiors that have a great connection to the outdoors.

That's exactly what was required for this new holiday home at Snells Beach, north of Auckland.

The owners say they had always liked the idea of a classic Lockwood on the beach, and wanted a design with a large, open-plan living space that ran the full length of the house, opening up to the view and the sun.

"We didn't mind having the bedrooms not looking out to the best view, because the family living space is where everyone gathers," says one of the owners.

To achieve these aims, the couple commissioned a custom design from the Lockwood Rodney/West Auckland franchise – Coast to Coast Homes.


The couple chose a solid blonded wood interior, which they have teamed with neutral furnishings and a galley-style kitchen with white lacquered cabinets.

"The people and the view provide all the colour we need," they say.

Large sliders open up the entire living space to a long veranda that wraps around the house. The glazing, including a band of clerestory windows, ensures there is plenty of natural light coming inside.

The couple say the finished home has exceeded their expectations.

"It is a simple design, and we are thrilled with the result. We also appreciate the low-maintenance factor – this is why we opted for the traditional Lockwood aluminium sheathing as opposed to a cedar exterior, which we also love."

The couple also praised the expertise of the Lockwood team.

"We found Coast to Coast Homes was really great to work with," they say. "Owners Davrin and Mandy Collocott ensured the whole process was very easy for us, even though we were usually arranging things from a distance."

The project is one of the first to be completed by Coast to Coast Homes, a new franchise operation based in Kumeu. But the Lockwood building system has been enjoyed by thousands of homeowners for more than 60 years. Most recently, Lockwood received the Readers' Digest award for New Zealand's Most Trusted Home Builder – two years in a row.

For further information, contact Lockwood West Auckland/Rodney, 12 Shamrock Dr, Kumeu, Auckland 0810, phone (09) 412 6993. Or visit the

First published date: 28 July 2015

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