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Coastal Chic

When living near the sea it's tempting to go for a nautical theme when designing a house, but it doesn't have to be all anchors and blue and white stripes.



Coast NZ Construction has worked with the owners of this Mount Maunganui home to create some coastal chic that won’t make you feel seasick.

The original house - a 1980s, 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom unit - was demolished to make way for an extended 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home that takes full advantage of its beachfront location.

The exterior cladding of the house is Taranakipine bevel-back weatherboards (painted blue) with timber facings, sills and scribers fitted around the modern aluminium windows, creating a contemporary beach look combined with old worlde charm.

Coast NZ Construction owner Jimmy Dow says timber weatherboards stand the test of time.

"Although they require painting every 7-10 years you can’t deny the quality of the look."

An extended roof covers a wrap-around timber deck that looks out over the Mount Maunganui coastline and features solid pillars in white with boxed corners.

A paved courtyard has been created for outdoor living, with a spa pool to soak up the view and a custom-made copper outdoor shower to rinse off the sand.

New grey board and batten timber fences angle the eye towards the ocean, with a boardwalk leading across a luscious green lawn which is ideal for backyard cricket and only steps from the beach.

The gardens are framed with old railway sleepers and planted with hydrangeas, English box hedging and zinnias to create a colourful backdrop to the ocean.

An existing Pohutakawa tree with a bench seat underneath provides a tranquil spot to sit and soak up the ambience.

Inside, the house features raked, white grooved ply ceilings with exposed rafters, which help create a sense of space as well as oozing character and charm.

The kitchen, lounge and dining areas are tiled with timber-look tiles complete with under floor heating, and the bedrooms carpeted for warmth underfoot.

Design details are absolutely everywhere in the kitchen: port holes sourced from an old American ship are set at eye level above the Carrara marble splash-back, and the island bench has an intricate, floral, tin façade, giving it a vintage charm.

The bench itself is topped with cool Carrara marble with a butler’s sink looking out to the stunning ocean view and Mayor Island.

The German-style cabinetry, assembled and installed by Coast NZ’s joiner, features clean white lines and immaculate finishes, and is off-set with black Smeg appliances.

Light floods in from glass frontage from the beach side and brass pendant lights over the island bench.

The bathrooms feature floor to ceiling marble-look tiles, including walk-in tiled showers, laid by Coast NZ’s tiler, with under floor heating installed for those cooler months.

The bespoke vanities created by Coast NZ Construction are topped with Carrara marble and stone vanity bowls.

Black tapware and fittings off-set the natural look of the stone and are teamed with vintage inspired metal mirrors.

Natural light floods the bathrooms through louvered shutters and is complemented with beautiful glass light fittings.

In the laundry, the front loading washing machine and drier have been built into the cabinetry at eye level for ease of access.

Among the other design features built by Coast NZ Construction is the book shelf in the lounge, internal wardrobe systems, a headboard for the master bedroom and a set of timber bunks in the bunk room that features two double beds on the bottom and two single beds on the top.

"The bunks are designed much like those in a yacht with a ladder going up to the top beds," says Jimmy.

The headboard in the master bedroom includes in-built shelves with a colonial style-finish. Large barn-style sliding doors create a chic entry to the master bedroom and hallway areas.

Internal shutters have been installed between the master bedroom and living room so the owners can take advantage of the ocean view beyond. They can be closed again for privacy when they have visitors.

The entire construction of the house - from floor to ceiling, roofing, joinery and tiling, paving and landscaping - has been completed by the team at Coast NZ Construction.

Among the team of 14 builders are a former joiner and a qualified tiler, so the company is able to provide a comprehensive, one-stop building service.

"It’s a unique team. You can throw anything at us and we’ll come up with the results," says Jimmy.

Jimmy says the company prides itself on honesty and quality workmanship, and keeps clients up to date on progress and costs throughout the build so there are no unexpected surprises.

"We like to keep an open book with our clients to keep everything transparent. We find this is easier for both parties, especially during a renovation as it enables clients to keep a good hold on their budget."

Jimmy is so pleased with the completed Mount Maunganui house that he has entered it into the Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition.

"I’m really proud of all our boys. The workmanship and attention to detail in this home is visible at every turn. The client is over the moon with the new home we have been able to create alongside them and that is the best outcome of all."