Tairua is a town that many only drive through, hurrying deeper into the Coromandel Peninsula as fast as permitted along the main road, never getting any real sense of the beach and the estuary and the picturesque hill that lies between them. Situated on top of the Paku Hill, with views across to Whakahau (Slipper Island) and, in the far distance, Tuhua (Mayor Island), the 860 square metres of land was dead flat. Although dead flat, they hadn't factored in the volcanic bedrock or the fact the site was in New Zealand's highest wind zone. This three-bedroom home has been designed to make the best of the views with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to the hero landscape in the picture and the L-shaped blueprint allowed a sheltered outdoor entertaining area on the north-west elevation.
Externally, vertical cedar cladding and a dark-toned steel roof is a subtle palette that gifts the scenery and greenery top billing. Internally, the couple was bolder yet still disciplined, choosing neutral tones with black accents and finishes with a sense of vertically. That includes slender finger mosaics for the bathrooms and laundry, a long rectangular plywood pendant for above the engineered stone bench, and timber strips (vertical of course) as decorative detailing on one side of the island. They also opted for wall paper as a feature in the bedrooms and the laundry, where a tropical print in metallic amps up the vacation vibe.