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Living large at the beach

A modest-sized section doesn’t have to stop you from living large.

Tauranga’s Cullen Keiser Architecture and Project Builders Ltd proved this by combining their talents and expertise to create a stunning, family-friendly beach house that belies its 235sqm floor area.

With four bedrooms, three living areas and two bathrooms, the architecturally-designed Papamoa home offers unexpected spaciousness and functionality.

“It was a very tight site,” says Daniel Cullen of Cullen Keiser Architecture, “but we were able to utilise the floor area with pleasing results.”

Just one street back from the beach, the Range Road home has separate spaces for all ages and stages of family life, with an open-plan living area and self-contained media room downstairs. Upstairs there is another generous lounge.

On the ground floor, large sliders open out onto a wraparound deck, further extending the living space to
the outdoors.

“As everyone knows, land is of a premium in Tauranga, so we wanted to make use of the entire site,” says Daniel. “Not a scrap of land was wasted.”

High ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows feature throughout the house, making the rooms look light and spacious.

“I love glass,” admits Daniel. “It’s a great material for making spaces feel open. A lot of thought went into it.”

Project Builders Ltd prides itself on building high-quality homes with a difference. Their expert craftsmanship ensures every detail is finished to the highest standard. “We love working with Cullen Keiser Architecture because they have fresh, modern ideas and each home is unique,” says director Carl Garas.

“We work closely together to create homes that are both beautiful and liveable, incorporating architectural features with a point of difference.”

With increasingly busy lives, there has been a move away from the ‘quarter-acre dream’ in favour of low maintenance living, says Carl.

“A comfortable, healthy home is a priority for many people, and the design is an expression of their identity,” he says.

“By combining our architectural and building expertise, we make the magic happen.”