Jackie and Tim Feather give Vaughn McQuar­rie a de­tailed brief for their bush bach on a south-fac­ing Wai­heke site.

HOME Magazine NZ - - Contents - Text Jackie Feather Pho­tog­ra­phy Simon De­vitt

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

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