It's costly enough to take a break from the day-to-day grind alone, never mind with a spouse and five children. This is why the owners of the Shoal Bay bach commissioned Parsonson Architects to design this sweet minimalist retreat. Familiar with the designer's own bach, which by definition is a modest holiday house with none of the convenient trappings associated with city homes, they knew they could expect something attractive and inviting that would also enhance their ultimate goal of soaking up New Zealand's beach life.
Comprised of two interconnected gabled structures in a paddock backed by rolling green hills, the Shoal Bay bach is located in a new development complex that used to be an old sheep farm. In fact, Parsonson minimalistic design was inspired by a nearby woolshed that is no longer in use. There’s just one bathroom for the whole family and the home is lifted off the ground, which expands interior space while providing a great area to collect kayaks and other recreational accouterments.
Concerned with sustainability, the family asked to make their holiday bach as eco-friendly as possible. Consequently, it was built with responsibly-sourced timber, the water is heated by the sun, and a low emission wood-fired stove keeps the home warm. Louvers diffuse daylight and manage solar gain, and a pocket of other clever interventions maximize space and a sense of continuity with South Hawkes Bay.