Cook Drive

Project Details

Architect: Diana Blake Design
Richard and Hannah managed the whole project, while I was stuck in Auckland with Covid restrictions. Their communication and online customer portal were invaluable. There were no significant delays with Covid, as Richard planned sourcing well ahead of time, and managed to keep costs in line with his original projections. Richard and Hannah’s building team and contractors have built my house to very high standards, and have submitted it to the Master Builders House of the Year competition. Everyone, including those with trades and building experience, have been very impressed and complimentary regarding the quality of the build and finishing.
Julian Waters

This stunning beach house was designed and built with entertaining in mind. Its good street presence and indoor-outdoor flow provide the perfect setting for gathering and enjoying good company. With protection from the wind and sun, the house is also thoughtfully designed to be comfortable in any weather. The interior is light and airy, complete with good airflow throughout and a neutral colour scheme that incorporates the owner's love of Africa.

The claddings of the house were carefully selected using quality materials that are suitable for the harsh marine environment. Additionally, the house is future-proofed with solar energy that powers the home, heats the water, pool, and spa. With a level of automation, the owners can remotely control their beach house from anywhere. For those with mobility needs, a lift has also been installed for future requirements. Good insulation has been done for both temperature control and sound proofing.

Rainwater is also collected for use in the garden and for the pool, which perfectly complements the eco-friendly theme of the house. The floor level is raised to future-proof against any potential sea level rise. The beach home even features a separate boat shed with good access and is spacious enough to store kayaks, dive and fishing equipment. The outdoor fish filleting area adds a touch of convenience for those who love to cook and enjoy fresh seafood. Overall, this high-spec beach house was designed and built with an innovative, eco-friendly mindset, keeping comfort and entertainment at the forefront.

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