Jackie and Tim Feather give Vaughn McQuarrie a detailed brief for their bush bach on a south-facing Waiheke site.
Vaughn McQuarrie masters a tricky bush site
“Vaughn said we had given him one of the most comprehensive briefs he’d ever had. We didn’t realise it was comprehensive. This is the first house that my husband Tim and I – either of us or together – had built. When I was a child my parents built houses and moved quite a lot and I grew up with Home and Building magazine, so I’ve always been interested in architecture and Tim’s a landscape architect. Together we are interested in design and I suppose we had some ideas we wanted to portray. Tim, being a landscape architect, knows about briefs and that it’s important to put all your ideas across at the beginning. Vaughan really delivered on the brief, he really listened to us. We approached him as we loved the bach in HOME (December 2011/January 2012) that he designed in Miro Road. This is a retreat, a holiday home, a bush treehouse in a way. We wanted to make the most of the natural environment and for it to be a place where family could spend time together. The idea of a traditional Kiwi bach was definitely in mind, with references such as corrugated iron. We’ve owned the section for about 15 years: it’s actually on a walking track that goes down to the beach [at Hekerua Bay]. I remember my mother talking about going to Hekerua Bay; I took my children there and now we take our grandchildren. We wanted the bach to connect to the environment. We wanted sun and views into the bush but weren’t