When All Black Great John Kirwan and his wife Fiorella decided to rebuild their family bach in Waihi, they wanted an easy-care and stylish space that they could enjoy with family and friends.
The result is an attractive and durable summer home with a distinctly relaxed coastal vibe and great indoor-outdoor flow.
Low maintenance and hard-wearing floor coverings from The Tile Depot feature throughout the entire build, chosen for their aesthetics, ability to withstand the wet and sandy footsteps of a surfer’s lifestyle, and for the easy care demands of relaxed holiday living.
Featured on Choice TV in late 2020, ‘The Bach that JK Built’ followed the entire design, build and decision-making process – from the removal of the original bach built in 1991, to the construction of a new contemporary structure by Barrett Homes NZ.
Renowned architect Chris Tate worked closely with the Kirwans to design a simple and yet eye-catching bach that fulfilled their lifestyle and design objectives.
Situated within a hop skip and a jump of the waves, where John Kirwan has surfed for much of his life, this home had to be able to withstand the coastal elements and meet the practical needs of a keen surfing family.
The result is a stylish and contemporary holiday home, characterised by elegant and durable materials.
A key feature of the dwelling is the real blurring of lines between indoors and out.