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The Aplin has fl exible and integrated living all under one roof. The large central open plan kitchen, dining and living space provides an area to entertain and to relax as a family. An offi ce near the bedrooms creates a space to ensure your home also supports the way you work and the master suite provides a getaway and space to relax. The Aplin fl awlessly combines home life, social life and work life all within a rectangular frame.


The Bowen is a home that welcomes everyone. The indoor and outdoor living spaces are centrally located in the home and create a spacious integrated hub for just the family to relax or for family and friends to join together. The master bedroom is at the front of the home, off ering the ultimate privacy. The other bedrooms conveniently surround the main bathroom and are off a hallway on the opposite side of the living area. The Bowen off ers relaxing and stylish living at any budget.


The Brunton off ers a complete package as a three bedroom family home. There is plenty of entertaining space with an open plan kitchen/dining area looking out to outdoor living space and a separate private lounge perfect for when the family comes together or when guests come around. Situated near the entry is the master bedroom that promises privacy and relaxation complete with an impressive walk in wardrobe and inviting ensuite. The Brunton sets a new vision for family living.


The Cashel is a great entertainers home with well positioned living spaces and bedrooms that deliver comfort and style. The living and bedrooms are split between an oustanding foyer into two private wings. The main living space enchants the eye and delivers your family and friends the lifestyle you have always dreamed of living. With plenty of light from the large windows and doors that lead to outdoor entertainment on both the north and southern sides of the living area. This home delivers many ways of practical, aff ordable and exciting family living.


The Huron is an ideal home for a family that needs plenty of room. The master bedroom is privately located to the right of the living area with the secondary bedrooms located off a hallway and are conveniently clustered around the main bathroom. The 4th bedroom could be either be a bedroom or rumpus room making this the ideal house for anyone with young children or teenagers wanting their own space. The kitchen is the perfect backdrop to entertaining guest with the addition of a scullery allowing plenty of space. This is a home you will fall in love with.


The Lloyd is a stylish single storey home that all the family will enjoy. An open plan kitchen and lounge fl ow seamlessly through to the outdoor entertainment area giving you extended entertaining space and the three skylights brighten the already sunny living areas with more natural light. For ease of access and convenience the laundry is located near the kitchen. With the bedrooms close together and located away from living areas the Lloyd is the perfect home for young families.


The Marbella is a truly lovely single story home that provides space and amenities for any lifestyle while also giving maximum living fl exibility. The kitchen, lounge and master bedroom all overlook a beautiful central outdoor living hub. The master bedroom has an impressive ensuite with walk-in wardrobe, and the addition of a formal living area adds at touch of class to this home. This home is designed to support a modern, relaxed family lifestyle. Perfect home for a growing family.


The Minto is a stunning home that incorporates a delightful and spacious living hub, providing plenty of room to relax as a family. Large windows let the light fl ood in and there is covered outdoor entertainment areas on either side of the living hub, providing an entertainers dream. The kitchen features a walk through pantry which also leads to a hidden and private laundry. Near the front entrance is a gorgeous master bedroom featuring a large walk in wardrobe and ensuite. The secondary bedrooms even share their own ensuite meeting the needs of any family. The Minto delivers the full family home experience you need.


The Orton is a spacious three bedroom home with a smart layout. An elegantly designed master bedroom tucked away at the far end of the house off ers a peaceful oasis that features a large walk in wardrobe and luxurious open ensuite. The living spaciously combines an open plan kitchen, lounge and dining that seamlessly opens through to the outdoor living, extending the living and entertaining area beautifully. This stylish home has ample storage throughout to make everyday living a breeze and with the living space cleverly separated from the sleeping area's it makes this home particularly ideal for families with younger children. The Orton is a home that delivers practical, flexible living for all.


The Sefton has a bright, open design with an abundance of windows that let plenty of light into the home and the outdoor living areas are seamlessly connected with the indoor living spaces via sliding doors. The living areas are separated from the bedroom, allowing for privacy and seclusion. The master bedroom has the luxury of a walk in wardrobe and ensuite and the library and study nook makes effi cient use of space in this home. The Sefton features all you need for comfortable living.

Kiwi Homes

The entrance foyer of the Alton fl ows into a lounge that is ideal for welcoming visitors. The lounge, open plan kitchen and dining are surrounded by large windows right at the back of the home. The bedroom's fl ow seamlesslyoff a central hallway with the master bedroom being complete with an ensuite and walk in robe. There is a powder room off the garage which is perfect for freshening up and plenty of storage though the house. The Alton is a house just waiting to be turned into a home.


When you fi rst step into the private foyer of this three bedroom home it will instantly become a favourite. There is a private study perfectly located off the foyer right by the entrance. The bedrooms are all neatly arranged on one side of this home with living on the other. The Astor's open plan kitchen is complete with a scullery and a walk in pantry. The kitchen, dining and lounge fl ow through to the outdoor alfresco living space and the master bedroom comes complete with a large ensuite and the must have walk-in wardrobe. The Astor has everything you could ever need.


The Burbank is designed speci cally with families in mind. From its cleverly zoned lounge and bedrooms, which allow each family member to enjoy their own space and privacy, to the communal kitchen, dining and double family spaces designed for multi-purpose living. Bedrooms in this home are large in size and everyone gets to enjoy a walk-in wardrobe. The Burbank is the ultimate family home.


The smart and sophisticated Byron makes the whole family feel welcome. You enter the home via an welcoming open plan kitchen, dining and lounge room which opens out onto the private outdoor living space. A second lounge is well positioned at the opposite end of the house and there is plenty of storage space throughout this home. The Byron continues to impress with a secluded upstairs master bedroom o ering a generous walk in robe and ensuite. The second and third bedrooms are cleverly set away between the living spaces with their very own shared ensuite. Enjoy life with the Byron.


The Cody is a modern design that off ers a seamless flow from the entry foyer to the open plan living area located at the opposite end of the home. Featuring three generous bedrooms, including a larger private master bedroom with ensuite and a walk in robe. The Cody combines practical family living with personal comforts. Relax in the open plan living area or enjoy the seamless transition from indoors to outdoors with the alfresco outdoor living. The Cody is a practical home design for the growing family.


The Evatt is a three bedroom home designed for simple family living. The master bedroom is complete with an ensuite and walk in robe. This home has a well appointed open planned kitchen and dining space on one side with the living area located at the opposite end of the home, both opening out onto the outdoor living hub, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor fl ow, ideal for casual entertaining and relaxation. The Evatt gives ample personal and entertaining space for everyone to enjoy.


The impeccably designed Jarrow has a winning way with space. This outstanding home is impressive on all fronts. Appreciate the fi ner things in life with this intelligent, bold and highly refined, modern home. A secluded master bedroom is close enough to be connected but private enough to retreat to and in hidden away behind an ensuite and walk in robe. Two more bedrooms open out to a study nook which then leads out to an enticing open-plan living area, dining and lounge creating a true sense of togetherness. Want to live in style, live in the Jarrow.


The stylish Malvern is a beautifully modern home with great features and a distinct family focus. This home provide's each family member with individual space, while off ering a commercial open plan kitchen, dining and living that bring's people together in a relaxed and comfortable way. There is an offi ce space near the entry and the bedrooms flow off a central corridor including a luxurious master bedroom and ensuite. The Malvern is your sanctuary.


The Sager off ers practical family living with a unique sense of space. This home includes three bedrooms that effectively offer privacy from the open plan living when needed, with the highlight being the rear positioned master bedroom with walk in robe and ensuite. The open planned living/entertaining hub off ers something for all members of the family as well as easy accessibility to the outdoor living area. The Sager delivers a practical design to support modern family life.


The Vega has been designed to build lasting family foundations. One side of this house is dedicated to bedrooms and bathrooms allowing for a superb entertaining and gathering space on the other. The open-plan kitchen flows out onto a dining area with the lounge being separated by an in-built bookshelf. The lounge fl ows out to the outdoor living from all sides and the master bedroom has both a his and a her's walk in robe and an ensuite. You will want to settle into the Vega for life the moment you walk in the door.

Bach Box


Sometimes you have to look beyond the gorse, the possums and the winding gravel roads to discover your dream story: Lise Strathdee l photographs: Matthew Williams

The desire to counterbalance a busy inner-city lifestyle with some pastoral downtime brought advertising exec Kate Heatley and her architect husband Matt Brew to the far north in search of their slice of paradise. Pristine coastal views and "enough space to wander around in" were at the top of their wish-list and friends and circumstance soon lured them off the beaten track to the Hokianga Harbour, further north of their first hunting ground around the Kaipara. On a weekend recce up north, the couple spotted an ad in the paper for a subdivision and, although it wasn't an idea that really inspired, they went to have a look anyway.

Upon arrival they were thrilled to find that the average size of the sections for sale was eight hectares. And there, jutting out at the end of a winding gravel road that meanders through farmland and kiwi country, lay their dream site. "It was a stormy day but, even so, when we got there it just grabbed us," says Matt. With a wide-angle view looking out over the water to Motokauri Pa, this hillside section – with its track past an ancient puriri tree and down through a nikau grove to a pebble beach – was the ultimate getaway they both had in mind.

These pages clockwise from right: Matt Brew, holding baby Tallulah, and Kate Heatley look out over the peaceful Hokianga harbour. Three sides of the open-plan dining and living area are glass, maximising light and views year-round. The concrete fire surround is a strong point of visual interest in the living area. The kitchen is contained in a simple single structure. Previous pages: The couple's Bach Box, designed by Matt, is tucked unobtrusively into the hillside on the eight hectare section.

Undeterred by the rampant gorse and toetoe dotting the terrain, Matt began by literally camping out on the land. He soon realised that the existing clearing intended for a house site at the top of the hill would be far too windy.

So he decided to shift the house site downwards, finding a spot where he could tuck a building unobtrusively into the hillside.

Inspired by the rectangular shape and "lock up and go" potential of a shipping container, Matt came up with the idea for his Bach Box. It expands on the container concept and references the classic Kiwi bach through its elegant metal chimney pipe and 21st century version of the corrugated roof. "The powder-coated metallic silver cladding reflects the sky and water and is low-maintenance," he explains. In the interests of getting a little more space inside, he added width and length, "because the inside of a container isreally narrow". And what is the result?

It's a beautifully simple open-plan kitchen, dining and living space with a short corridor leading off to two bedrooms and a bathroom. At the back end of the dwelling is Matt's "bloke shed", with separate access.

The size of the interior space is almost doubled by a slim sea-oriented veranda that merges with all the rooms – including the shower. More outdoor living comes via a sun-drenched, lowlying deck that projects itself out into the horizon like a ship's prow.

Decorative elements, such as the floating cement box for the fireplace, which is in the style of American minimalist artist Donald Judd, are kept deliberately spare. The oversized spherical wooden bowls and jars that grace the decks were brought back from a trip to Bali. "We thought these round shapes would contrast well with the straight lines of the building," says Kate.

Full-height glass doors and windows throughout the bach frame the surrounding landscape. It takes a good dose of conviction and a fair amount of determination to complete an ambitious prototype project in such a remote location. The pair operated as a team, with Kate handling finances and Matt working closely with a great local builder introduced to them by a mutual friend. Other help was also at hand: the neighbouring farmer lent his tractor on occasion and the building team embraced negative detailing with a vengeance. It took two and a half years from buying the land, followed by two crucial decision-making Christmases camping out on it, to finish the building.

Naturally it wasn't all plain sailing but the bumpy parts are now recounted with great peals of laughter. The biggest surprise, according to Matt and Kate, was "how fast the weeds grow compared to all the natives we planted".

The ongoing maintenance (which includes keeping numerous possums at bay, though they may yet learn to keep out of Matt's way) could have overwhelmed them but they've developed a pragmatic philosophy. The weed trimmer is pulled out on arrival and the overgrown lawn at the front of the house is quickly knocked back into shape.

During their downtime, Kate and baby Tallulah love lounging outside under a huge umbrella, absorbing the breathtaking views.

Page above left: Every room in the bach has access to the outdoors including the serene master bedroom.
Page above right: Double doors in the bathroom open out from the shower onto the front lawn.

This page clockwise from above: Elvis (in curtain form) greets visitors to Matt's shed. The bach exemplifies hassle-free holidays. The north-facing sun deck has spectacular views over the Hokianga landscape.

Other sections at this subdivision have since sold and Matt has been asked to design Bach Boxes for a couple of neighbours.

"It is not a prefab design but rather a design concept that is low cost and totally site-specific," he explains, as he gets out of his four-wheel drive and ambles down to a celebratory roof party.

Earlier in the afternoon there was talk of wanting to find a way to balance time spent in the city with time up north and Matt says he's keen to expand his architectural practice in Northland, based in the Hokianga.

"We love it here and feel that there is no place like it – both spiritually and geographically. It has become more than just an escape – we feel a strong connection to the land."

Back to Basics

A simplicity of form and materials has long defined the classic Kiwi bach. The modern interpretation further streamlines these elements.

It's about as close to nature as you can get without sleeping under canvas. But the contemporary Kiwi bach is also about comfort and simplicity. Simple architectural forms and pared-back interiors are the order of the day, as this project illustrates. For architect Matt Brew of Cantilever, designing a beach house for his own family was an exercise in restraint – a simple, modernist design was the most practical, aesthetic and cost-effective option. "The house is placed half-way down a hill, so that it nestles on an elevated ridge, but is buffered from the southwest winds," says Brew. "A simple, timber-pile foundation makes the house appear to float above the ground – an effect enhanced by the cantilevered deck that stretches out towards the Hokianga Harbour and the view to the west." The house itself is not unlike a shipping container, with both the walls and trapezoid roof wrapped in powdercoated, long-run steel. "The matt, metallic silver of the cladding is quite a soft colour that reflects the sky and the water, which helps the house blend in with the landscape," says Brew. "Opting for the powdercoated cladding and anodised joinery was also a way to ensure the house would be low maintenance." Brew provided a courtyard beside the entrance on the southwest side of the house, which is sheltered from the northeasterly winds. A fireplace is also positioned on this side, its concrete form pushing out beyond the wall. "The concrete mass of Preceding pages: With its streamlined container-style architecture, this new Hokianga bach appears to wrap around the interior spaces, providing a simple, yet comforting retreat.

Above left, top and lower: The powdercoated steel shell is punctuated by large expanses of glazing. The west-facing doors open to a cantilevered deck.
Above right: Light-coloured wood flooring flows throughout the interior.

The fireplace is an additional volume that breaks up this elevation, adding visual interest," says Brew. "It was also a way to keep the flue outside of the roof, which helped reduce building costs.

Another feature of this elevation is a timber bridge that leads across the courtyard – its form reinforcing the sense of a floating platform.

Inside, the open-plan living area, bedrooms and bathrooms all open up to the view. The sloping ceiling, which follows the roof line, helps bring extra light inside and enhances the spacious look of the interior.

"The house was designed to catch the light all day," says Brew. "With doors and windows on three sides of the living area, there is also plenty of cross ventilation to keep the house cool in the summer."

Far left: Sculptural pots and vessels, like much of the furniture in the bach, were sourced in Bali.
Left: Even the master bathroom opens to the outdoors. To maintain a seamless look, the shower area is separated by clear glass. A cantilevered vanity contributes to the spacious look, while concealed storage is provided behind the mirror.

Architect:Matt Brew NZIA, Cantilever (Auckland)
Engineer:Holmes Consulting
Builder:Richard Waldegrave
Kitchen manufacturer:Terra Firma Joinery
Doors and windows:Vantage from Bay Aluminium
Cladding and Roofing:Longrun steel from Dimond Industries
Decking:Kwila hardwood
Flooring:Woodworks oak accent 3 strip from Jacobsen Creative Surfaces
Lighting:Astrum Lighting
Kitchen cabinetry:Silver Haze Melteca
Splashback:Stainless steel
Tapware:Caroma Liano
Oven, cooktop and dishwasher:Indesit
Bathroom vanity:Custom timber
Shower fittings:Franklins
Basin:Sourced in Bali
Bathroom tapware:Caroma Liano
Wall tiles:Heritage Tiles
Toilet:Vitra from Franklins
Photography by Jamie Cobeldick

The desire for simplicity is reflected in the fixtures and fittings. The kitchen, for example, is simply a bank of cabinets positioned against one wall – the benchtop, sink and cooktop are recessed within the silver Melteca cabinetry. A large stainless steel splashback with integral display cabinets reinforces the strong horizontal lines evident throughout the house.

Brew says the wood dining table provides additional work space if needed, and outdoor barbecue facilities beside the kitchen are most commonly used for cooking.

"The house has been pared back to provide the most simple, basic living arrangement. It is still a bach in the traditional sense – a very casual, carefree place where the family can unwind."

Top Left:Balinese water hyacinth furniture enhances the casual look of the open-plan living area. The large fireplace extends out beyond the wall, ensuring it doesn't encroach on the space inside. The kitchen, on the far wall, features silver Melteca cabinetry, and a stainless steel splashback.
Bottom left:A gently sloping roof line allows more light into the house, and provides a more expansive view.
Right:The bach is nestled on a ridge below a private road. Steps lead down from the car parking area to a bridge across a courtyard. Architect Matt Brew designed the house so it appears to hover above the ground – an effect reinforced by the semi-cantilevered decking.

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