This custom-designed David Reid Homes project shows how location can lead the way

Come with us to Waikanae to see how letting your site inform your plans can reap some serious rewards. 

In association with David Reid Homes.

Homes in harmony with their surroundings possess a particular kind of cohesion that goes beyond the visual to encompass feel and functionality as well. This dwelling is one such place, custom-designed specifically for its setting in Waikanae on the Kāpiti Coast. 

MAIN IMAGE Made from garapa timber, even the wrap-around decking and boardwalk-style entry have a coastal quality. ABOVE Extra height afforded by the 3.6m stud in the open-plan kitchen/dining/living area creates a relaxing sense of spaciousness ideal for a beach town. The kitchen by Kitchen Creators features soft-touch acrylic cabinetry, stainless steel and Uniquartz engineered stone benchtops, and oiled engineered oak floorboards from Creative Flooring.

By David Reid Homes, the mono-pitch structure has been expertly crafted to work with the site’s established native trees, and includes pillars and a pergola that’ll deepen the link with nature when new planting winds its way over them. Utilising the full width of the section, it’s orientated to make the most of the sun and outlook (dramatically captured by opening skylights and tall windows in the living area that also increase the home’s thermal efficiency), while taking into account practicalities such as the prevailing wind and the owners’ need for privacy. The extensive glazing in the living spaces further champions the connection to the landscape by drawing in a view of kānuka that’s enjoyed from the main bedroom as well. 

ABOVE One of three sleep spaces, the main bedroom has an artful panelled wall that connects to the walk-in wardrobe sitting between here and the ensuite.

The textural exterior cladding of this bespoke home also speaks to its coastal position. Locally sourced macrocarpa weatherboards contrasted with bagged brickwork, it has an appealing tactility that continues inside, where plywood ceilings, cedar and brick feature walls, oak and cork flooring, and engineered stone are natural additions to a colour scheme that’s based on neutral and earthy hues.
This design- and location-driven home fits its site to a T — and, like all David Reid Homes custom or pre-designed plans, it could be tailored to suit yours too. Get the lowdown at:

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