Our new design challenge is a dream location and site for a New Plymouth residential architect. Located on absolute waterfront, the site overlooks the west coast of New Zealand.
The existing home is a single storey timber weatherboard cottage with a tiled roof, on a triangular block, with the longest boundary onto the waterfront and 13km coastal pathway which leads to town.
The brief from the clients was to add a new kitchen, feature fireplace, new double garage, new entry and wrap around deck with outdoor area to sit with a vantage to look out to the ocean. The upper floor addition was to be a generous single attic space with raked ceilings, a room to be used to enjoy the ocean views in two directions. The new chimney provides an upper floor fireplace to keep away the winter chills.
A secondary dwelling adjacent to the home, with its own facilities and views, will be used by family and friends.
It is also noted for being a coastal city with a mountain within 30 minutes drive, where residents and visitors to New Plymouth can snowboard, ski, water ski and surf all in the same day.
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery shows contemporary exhibitions. Close by, Pukekura Park has botanical gardens and birdlife. Subalpine forests and waterfalls characterise Egmont National Park to the south.