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plans, but none was entirely suitable for this building platform. So we talked with Tuohy Homes, the Lockwood franchise for the Wellington region, and decided a custom house was the best solution.” Theo van Schoonhoven says they had many discussions with the team at Tuohy Homes, and the house was designed and built to their requirements. “It is loosely based on Tuohy Homes’ former Phoenix show home – we stole a few ideas from that, and made many adaptations. The powdercoated aluminium exterior will weather well in the exposed coastal environment, which is subject to salt-laden winds. For maintenance, all we do is wash the house down once a year. “We installed many large windows to maximise the views, but we didn’t want these to be overpowering, so the aluminium joinery is a slightly lighter tone to the Pottery colour of the exterior. This ensures the windows don’t stand out too much.” On the inside, the owners opted for the popular blonded wood interior, which is enhanced by a vast raked ceiling over the Above left: This new Lockwood beach house was custom designed by Tuohy Homes to suit a relatively compact building platform on a levelled sand dune. Ground-floor rooms open out to a large timber deck that wraps around the house, creating a natural transition between the house and the sand dunes. Top and above: A raked ceiling allows for clerestory windows, so the interior is light and airy. The interior is particularly well insulated and windows are double glazed to keep the home warm in winter and cool in summer. A wood fire provides additional warmth on bleak winter days. search | save | share at 57