Seaside Getaway

The Brief

The owners of this seaside property have worked with Stephen Ansley on several projects and approached him to design a family holiday home on their hill site, South Bay, Kaikoura. The brief was to maximise the magnificent coastal view to the south west and mountain view to the north west. This presented a challenge in design as the stunning views were in the opposite orientation to the sunny aspect. The brief asked to site the house as high up on top of the site as possible to optimise the views and connect with the adjacent bush reserve. It was also to provide a sheltered, sunny outdoor living area, closely linked to kitchen and living rooms, three bedrooms with one large enough to accommodate extra guests. The clients specified stack bond concrete block and corrugated Colorsteel cladding.

Design Solution

The house has been designed with minimal cut and fill to naturally step up the site. The entry, sheltered by a porch, is on the lower level and leads up a light filled stairway/gallery to the open plan living area. The kitchen and dining area open out to a sheltered, sunny outdoor deck/ living area. All living areas have a sunny aspect, panoramic views and open onto the surrounding timber deck.

Two bedrooms are located on the upper level with bedroom 1 opening onto the deck leading to the outdoor area with views of the mountain and bush. Bedroom 2 has a coastal view. Bedroom 3, with a coastal view, is on the lower level. A bathroom is located on each level. A minimalist kitchen features a macrocarpa slab island bench top and a stainless steel bench top to the outdoor servery. Clutter is relegated to a pantry cupboard. The subtle interior is paint finished Gib board walls, trim and ceiling.

A stack bond concrete block wall provides a feature to the entry foyer and provides thermal mass in the family room. The entry, bathrooms, kitchen and dining have tiled floor areas. The remaining areas are carpeted.


Lower level: insulated reinforced concrete slab floor with stack bond concrete block retaining walls strapped, lined and insulated. Upper level: combination of insulated suspended timber floor and insulated reinforced concrete slab floor. 140x45 mm exterior wall framing. hyJOIST purlin mono-pitch roof structure with ColorCote® ZRXTM Plumbdek profile Roofing and Ardex Butynol on ply sarking to flat roof areas.
Exterior cladding; Concrete block stack bond to lower level,ColorCote® ZRXTM Corrugated profile cladding on cavity battens, macrocarpa board and batten cladding to entry and kitchen servery bay. Double glazed,
aluminium framed exterior joinery by First. Vitex decking and Vitex framed glazed balustrade structure. The home is designed to be passively energy efficient and insulated above code requirements. High level windows located on the east wall of kitchen provide passive ventilation.

As the site is in a Sea Spray Zone materials and fixings where selected to comply with the requirements for this environment. The building of the project was completed earlier this year. Mark and Margaret are thrilled with the completed project from the design capturing the sun & the view to the workmanship & quality of finish by Murray Paul and his team on the site.

Mark and Margaret are spending as much time as possible in residence. Unfortunately they do not have
much time for fishing at the moment as they are busy completing the landscaping. However they do make
time at the end of the day having a well earned beer/wine watching the sunset.


Working with his clients Stephen offers creative design solutions specifically tailored to the site and client requirements for quality residential, commercial buildings, alterations and new kitchens. Hill projects, character house renovations & kitchens a speciality. Passive solar and energy efficient principles are incorporated into the project design.

Stephen operates a one man practice which ensures clients of personal service throughout their building project. Stephen provides a complete design service from initial concept to working drawings, specification, tender documentation, liaising with consultants, councils, lodging of applications for resource consent, building consent, calling of tenders and contract administration to completion of construction. Stephen has a long history in the industry, in 1982 was a foundation member of the Canterbury Branch of ADNZ, in 2010 was honoured in being made a Life Member. Stephen holds a Licenced Building Practitioners Design Licence. Over the years Stephen has been rewarded with a number of ADNZ regional and national design awards for a variety of projects.

Design: Stephen Ansley Designs
Telephone: 03 384 3986
Mobile: 027 204 7541

Main Contractor: Murray Paul Building,
Telephone: 021 615 495

Roofing and Cladding manufacturer: Pacific Coil Coaters
Steel and Tube Roofing
Coil-on clear cut edge protection
lacquer to roof and wall cladding.

Roof: ColorCote® ZRXTM
Plumdek Profile,

Colour: Metallic Gunmetal

Walls: ColorCote® ZRXTM
Corrugated Profile,

Colour: New Denim Blue

Cladding and roofing installer: Murray Paul Building

Interiors and Landscape: Mark and Margaret

Engineer: Stephen Barrow,
Lewis and Barrow Ltd,
Telephone: 03 372 4330