Tucked beneath the spreading branches of a pohutukawa with a vista the length of a half-moon, white-sand beach – could it get more quintessentially Northland than this?
Our homeowners know they are blessed to have discovered this Woolleys Bay site wedged between sea and bush; now, with the house built, they can sit at their dining table and watch rainbows arc over the landscape.
For decades the previous owners had pitched tents on a grassy platform adjoining the steepish drop-off, enjoying family holidays where, against such a backdrop, the rudimentary became luxury.
When, in 2017, our owners stumbled upon a magical private sale on the Tutukaka Coast online, they took the three-hour drive the very next day.
They immediately recognised the benefits of having such an elevated panorama combined with a two-minute access down to the beach so made a handshake agreement with the vendors that evening, without any idea when or what they'd be able to construct.
It was a simple decision to purchase – getting to go with the house build was a lot more complex, however.
Our owners had consulted two other firms prior to signing with Box.
They particularly admired the work of Herbst Architects – "it has the wow factor" – and had paid for a design before the realities of the build process became apparent.
“We would have had to find a builder and get consents – the idea was overwhelming,” says one of the owners.
That’s when the turn-key aspect of Box won them over.
“It was just such a relief.”