Kiwi bach DIY project

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - PROP­ERTY

You can pretty much guar­an­tee the scenery will steal the show when you fea­ture a hol­i­day home on Grand De­signs NZ. Or to be more ac­cu­rate in this in­stance, a good old Kiwi bach.

And the lat­est episode doesn’t dis­ap­point. We even have storm surges, which are al­ways go­ing to be a prob­lem when you build just me­tres from the high tide mark.

Vic­to­ria Univer­sity School of Ar­chi­tec­ture lec- turer Guy Mar­riage has teamed up with cousin Bri­ony El­lis, an event man­ager, and her sports ad­min­is­tra­tor hus­band Roger Wood, a sports ad­min­is­tra­tor, to build a fam­ily bach at Pukerua Bay north of Welling­ton.

El­lis speaks for all of us when she talks about want­ing a bach: ‘‘I think it’s a dream that ev­ery­one has.’’

This lo­ca­tion has spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance and a lot of nostalgia for the fam­ily – El­lis’s fam­ily have owned four baches at Pukerua Bay, all built by her great grand- fa­ther in the 1920s. ‘‘I have al­ways felt like I be­long here,’’ she says. ‘‘In the tran­sient life that we lead, the only con­stant has been Pukerua Bay. This is where I come from.’’

But, as ar­chi­tect nar­ra­tor Chris Moller says, this is a beach renowned for fe­ro­cious north­west­erly storms and a surg­ing ocean that’s for­ever chang­ing the coast­line.

It’s all DIY for these troop­ers, from start to fin­ish. Oh, and it’s a tsunami zone in an area prone to earthquakes.

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