Fishing, relaxing, and being with family

Surrounded by exquisite views of Manukau Harbour, David and Brenda Banks’ holiday home in Big Bay, Awhitu is a relaxing, welcoming retreat 

With a busy lifestyle and a business to run, having time out with family away from the hustle and bustle of Auckland is important to the Banks. 

The couple, David and Brenda, had a holiday home in Waihi, but with the area getting busier and more built up, they decided it was time to take their family holidays somewhere new.

Having made the decision to build a new holiday home, the couple searched far and wide across the North Island looking for the perfect spot. 

It was while motorbike riding in Awhitu that David came across the ideal site in Big Bay, right by the water with amazing views across the Manukau Harbour.

Why Landmark Homes?

Having drawn up plans for their holiday home with an architect, the next step was to find a builder. 

“We had just finished building our own home using a private builder,” says Brenda. “But his costings for the holiday home were much more than we expected.” 

That’s when the couple decided to look for a building company. 

“I rang three different companies – one didn’t return our call, one wasn’t interested in adapting our existing plans, and the third was Landmark Homes Auckland-South East, who were full of enthusiasm about what we were trying to achieve.”

Soon after their initial phone call, the Banks sat down with franchise owners Michael and Colleen Walters to talk through their plans. It was at that point that Michael Walters suggested the couple take a look through Landmark’s Whitianga showhome.

“We took a drive out to the showhome and found it was very much along the lines of what we wanted to build,” says David. “Michael Walters made some great suggestions on some changes that could be made to make it even better – his ideas were perfect – we ended up with exactly what we wanted.

“One of the great things about working with Michael and Colleen Walters is that they really listened and took the time to understand our wants and needs,” says Brenda.

Creating the dream holiday home

With incredible views across the harbour, one of the big must-haves for their new holiday home was a large outdoor living space that flowed seamlessly from the indoors.

Beautiful timber decks wrap around the rear of the home providing the family a relaxing haven to unwind and enjoy quiet time out together. 

“In summer, we can open up the living areas to the deck and it feels like one big room,” says Brenda. “And when the weather is cooler, we have a fireplace with a beautiful full-height chimney plus a hot tub for a soothing soak as you look out over the harbour."

Another must-have for the couple was having the space to accommodate their big family, but with flexibility to close off some of the house when it was just them. 

The 291m² floorplan encompasses five generously sized bedrooms, three bathrooms, an office, and three living areas. 

“The design places the bedrooms all down one side of the house – so if we have friends or family, they have their own bathroom and privacy," says Brenda. "We also worked with Michael Walters on the plans to create a bunk room for the grandchildren which is near our room.”

The master suite is a private, peaceful retreat and, like most rooms in the house ...

This is only half the story of this relaxed holiday home – read the full story here

The Landmark Homes Auckland-South East Whitianga Showhome is now open to view and inspire – to view, contact us today to make an appointment. 

Alternatively, explore other refined Landmark showhomes here

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