A rundown bach at Waikanae Beach, owned and used by the same family for 30 years is one of Chris’s most rewarding builds.
The owners had been visiting and using the bach regularly for those 30 years, practically living there during summer, but rarely using it in winter, due to its lack of insulation and inappropriateness for winter living.
Chris executed a sympathetic design, by Wellington architect Gerald Parsonson. Gerald owns a local bach and has worked on a number of similar restorations, where retention of a bach look and feel was important, but the adoption of more modern materials, and the creation of a year round destination was important. With his extensive experience in this area Chris was a natural selection as the builder to make this restoration come to life, and to create the comfortable and affordable living environment which was central to the original brief.
Beyond the 75 square metre original footprint, an additional 35 metres was added, part of which includes the new main bedroom. Extensive insulation helps with warmth, whilst larger windows afford views backwards to the Akatarawas, or forwards to the ever changing coastal landscape of Kapiti. Two decks permit the owners to be outside much of the time, offering sea views from both decks, whilst still being sheltered from Kapiti’s strong nor’wester.
The end result is a classic kiwi bach, renovated and restored to be sympathetic to its beach environment, but creating a comfortable, relaxing and year round destination, for owners, family and friends.
The result was so impressive that New Zealand Institute of Architects awarded the project its “Renovation Award” 2014 and it also received a Resene Colour award, for the extensive use of Resene paints, working into the minimalist design.