Designing a new home to sit right on the shoreline brings its own challenges, and this project was no exception. The waterfront home, designed and built by Fowler Homes Nelson, replaces an older house that was long past its use-by date. Manager Lisa Stevenson says the new house needed to fit in with the landscape, and it had to sit mostly within the original footprint. “It was not only essential to maximise the great views across to Rabbit Island, but also to provide extensive decking so the owners could relax outdoors. To this end, we created a central living volume that opens to decks on both sides. If an onshore breeze is blowing, the owners can use the sheltered deck at the rear, which is where we placed the swimming pool. With large glass sliders front and back, the owners can still enjoy the water views – there is a sightline right through the house.” The cladding is also a design response to the location. Colorsteel corrugated iron in New Denim Blue wraps around the two bedroom wings on either side of the Above left and top: Nestled among the trees on the shoreline at Mapua, this new home blends seamlessly with the natural environment. The house, designed and built by Fowler Homes Nelson, features a central, cedar-clad living area, with the bedroom wings on either side clad in New Denim Blue Colorsteel corrugated iron. Above: A second, sheltered deck at the rear of the house incorporates a swimming pool. The glass sliding doors are positioned to allow a view right back through the house to the water beyond.