This Orewa fam­ily used clever bud­get­ing and plenty of plan­ning to build a be­spoke beach­side house for the price of a stan­dard de­sign

Your Home and Garden - - Your Homes - Text by Jes­sica-Belle Greer. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Sa­muel Hart­nett.


A cost-e ec­tive cladding op­tion was re­quired due to

bud­get con­straints.

The home needed to be tough to with­stand the wear and

tear of fam­ily life.

The home’s po­si­tion close to the coast called for prod­ucts that

would per­form in harsh con­di­tions.


James Hardie Ea­sy­lap and Axon pan­els helped achieve a qual­ity look and feel with­out us­ing more ex­pen­sive prod­ucts.

James Hardie Se­cura In­te­rior Floor­ing is durable for fam­ily liv­ing and comes with an added acous­tic ben­e­fit.

James Hardie HomeRAB Pre-cladding was used in­stead of build­ing pa­per for its brac­ing and weath­er­tight prop­er­ties.


When you have a grow­ing fam­ily, it pays to plan ahead. That’s ex­actly what Kirsty and Tim Wal­ters did when they set out to de­sign an af­ford­able yet be­spoke house that would suit their lifestyle both now and into the fu­ture. “We bought the site with the in­ten­tion of build­ing our for­ever home as it’s per­fectly lo­cated for rais­ing young kids into teenagers,” says Tim. As a de­sign and build con­sul­tant for Re­fresh Ren­o­va­tions, Tim used his ex­per­tise to en­sure his fam­ily’s new-build would be unique to their way of life. “We love that it is de­signed by us, suits our needs and will see us into the fu­ture.”


Orig­i­nally from cen­tral Auck­land, the cou­ple moved north over a decade ago, to Hat­fields Beach first, be­fore set­tling in Orewa. “We moved here about six years ago for the flat walks to the beach and town cen­tre,” says Kirsty. They’re just 800 me­tres from the beach and a short stroll to the shops, where new eater­ies are al­ways pop­ping up.

They feel very grate­ful to live in one of Auck­land’s best beach towns, she says. “We have the ad­van­tage of liv­ing in a small sea­side com­mu­nity while be­ing able to en­joy the spoils of a large city at our feet. We can quite lit­er­ally hol­i­day in our own home!”


The up­per level of this home is based on the chil­dren and their fu­ture needs, in­clud­ing two equal-sized kid’s rooms, a bath­room with a dou­ble van­ity, and a rum­pus. The open-plan down­stairs is also de­signed for highly func­tional fam­ily liv­ing. The in­door and out­door ar­eas were con­ceived as linked zones to make the most of a mix of both open and per­sonal spa­ces.

“We can be do­ing dif­fer­ent things in dif­fer­ent zones but are ac­tu­ally all still to­gether,” says Kirsty. “It’s great for kids at this age; they don’t like to be too far from the ac­tion, but when they do need to spread out there is plenty of space up­stairs.”


Through­out the home be­spoke de­tails make it that lit­tle bit ex­tra-spe­cial; for in­stance, spa­ces be­tween win­dows were specif­i­cally de­signed to ac­com­mo­date favourite pieces of art, and al­lowances were made for DIY shelv­ing to dis­play Kirsty’s mum’s Royal Doul­ton.

On the ex­te­rior, James Hardie Axon panel cre­ates a wood-grain look, which, un­like some tim­bers on the mar­ket, is hardy enough to be painted black for a sharp, con­tem­po­rary feel. The nat­u­ral tex­ture of this ma­te­rial softly off­sets the James Hardie Ea­sy­lap pan­els on the ground level which de­liv­ers de­signer-look con­crete for a frac­tion of the price.

“We didn’t want our house to look like an off-the-shelf spec home,” says Tim. “We both felt that if we were go­ing to spend money on a new-build, there were sim­ple things we could do to help it stand out from the rest.” •

EX­TE­RIOR The com­bi­na­tion of two claddings and an art­ful ar­range­ment of win­dow shapes gives this home a clean, con­tem­po­rary edge. The cost-e ec­tive Axon panel used here has a wood-grain tex­ture and is tough enough to wear black with­out warp­ing or crack­ing.

KITCHEN, LIV­ING, DIN­ING Kirsty and Tim love their open-plan liv­ing area which makes en­ter­tain­ing so easy, and there’s lots of space as daugh­ters Eva and Is­abella grow up.

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