How do you convince your out of town family to visit you more often? One sure way is to build a beautiful bach that will act as a magnet, a call to return home. Or even better – ask your son to build it.
That’s exactly what the owner of this incredible Banks Peninsula holiday home did. And architectural designer Ben Brady of Linetype Architectural helped him turn his dream into a reality.
“The owner is a real family man, he was also an easy-going client and we had fun coming up with the design concept and seeing it through to completion. He turned up for our first design meeting with a sketch that basically drew lines from council setback to setback and along a ‘no build’ easement. I gave guidance on scale and aesthetics and made it work. It’s a treat working with clients that understand a site so well, the result is a great collaboration.” says Ben.
Having owned the section for a while before the design started, the client had a clear direction of where he wanted to take the design.
“He wanted a home that made the most of the view to the bay waters on one side, but that also created a sheltered private courtyard that captured evening sun and valley views on the other. As it was a gently sloping site, with the best views from the upper end, we generated this simple form with a single floor level that sweeps across as the ground drops away,” says Ben.
The cladding chosen complements the rough sea side location and the client’s requirements for a low upkeep bach.
“Siberian larch was chosen for the cladding, it will be left to silver off to limit maintenance requirements. Corrugated Colorsteel Maxx roofing was selected as it works well in a sea spray environment. I am very happy with how the colouring of the larch mimics the tones of the hill backdrop,” says Ben.
One defining element of the design is the pure zinc fully insulated custom industrial front door. Once slid open, a chef’s kitchen and the evening deck with views right through the house to the sea provides a dynamic space for entertaining in a sheltered spot. It is a viewpoint that pulls you in and will bring visitors back to the home again and again.
Ben’s love of designing baches shines through in this project.
“Designing holiday homes tend to be great projects to work on. No one is uptight, ideas flow freely, the buildings are smaller and therefore a little cooler. This also means builders are happier and everyone has more fun. This project was no exception.”