Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland

Riversdale Beach House

Wairarapa

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In the holiday settlement of Riversdale, on the Wairarapa Coast, we added a new low-maintenance holiday house to a seaside section that already had an older house on it. The new house is sympathetic to the original, sitting lower on the land and using similar exterior materials. Space is maximised to suit the client’s eleven adult children and an ever increasing whanau who will enjoy summers at the beach. Bunk rooms sleep ten people each, with the house sleeping sixteen in total. Ample storage allows beach and boating gear to be kept out of domestic spaces, and multiple decks are designed for sun and shelter.

Photos: Jason Mann.

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