An open plan blurs the indoors with the outdoors for this kitchen in a house by the sea

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View of the outdoor living space which features Insight Glass ranch-sliders, wooden decking and outdoor furniture.

A successful holiday home lets in plenty of sunshine, has wonderful views, a degree of privacy and the space and facilities to entertain family and friends with ease.

Builder Russell Campbell, of InHaus, had all these factors in mind when he built a bach on a sloping site near the ocean.

Following concept plans and consent drawings by architect Richard Sellars, the two-storey house was built into the hillside and oriented towards the sea. On either side of an open-plan living, kitchen and dining area is a terrace. Ranchsliders open the full length of each side, creating an almost seamless flow to the outdoors.

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View of enclosed rear courtyard and living space featuring stained oak floors, white cabinetry.

InHaus designer Tanya Campbell says the rear terrace is an enclosed dining area that is private and sheltered.

"To make the dining experience as convenient as possible, it was crucial that the indoor kitchen was near this courtyard," she says.

"We designed the kitchen island to run flush with the outer edge of the house. When you roll the sliders right back, this island doubles as a servery for the courtyard."

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View of the bathroom featuring white cabinetry and sink, black wall tiles and open shower.

Enhancing the connection between inside and out, the cabinetry and handles on both sides of the island are at the same height. Both benches are topped in white CaesarStone. Two sides of the island are wrapped in the same stained marine plywood as the outdoor cabinetry, while the third side, in the interior, is finished in white.

Credit list

Russell Campbell, InHaus
Kitchen cabinetry
Prestige Joinery
Insight Glass
Vickie's Originals
Kitchen designer
Tanya Campbell, InHaus
Fisher & Paykel
Inside, stained American oak from Herman Pacific

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jamie Cobeldick

02 Feb, 2010