Sophisticated Coastal Retreat for a Young Family in Eastbourne, New Zealand

Sophisticated Coastal Retreat for a Young Family in Eastbourne, New Zealand

Architects: John Mills Architects
Project: Sea-Change Coastal Retreat
Location: Eastbourne, New Zealand
Photography: Courtesy of JMA

From the architects: The previous home on this site was a lost outpost of Spanish suburban sensibility, that was beached on the Eastbourne coast. This was an opportunity for the builder to show his craft-work with virtually a complete rebuild on the same footprint.

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The clients commissioned John Mills Architects to design this home to suit there busy lives as a scientist and a building contractor. A sea change was called for as they left their big rural home on a lifestyle block up in Whitemans Valley, for this coastal retreat … little did they know that the delivery of this lovely new home would see an even more special delivery as baby Amelia arrived to delight all.

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The home was planned as two bedroom wings framing a central living space. The kitchen is centered in the home with an elegant dart shaped ceiling, immaculately lined with maple sarking that has a high triangular window looking up to the bush and skyline to the east. A light filled garden lounge with slide-away doors and a folded roof, opens out west to the deck and to the origami outdoor fire. This is a warm, relaxing and sophisticated coastal garden home.

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