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New Zealand’s best new baches

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Showcasing five fantastic new designs for summer

There’s a particular art to designing the perfect bach, and HOME magazine’s brand-new issue has plenty of advice on how to go about it. Included in the new issue is this bach on Rakino Island, designed by architect Malcolm Walker. It’s a place where the architect and owners have identified the essentials for successful summer living: compact, well-designed space and a big deck from which to take in the views.

A Rakino Island bach by Malcolm Walker features in HOME's new issue

A Rakino Island bach by Malcolm Walker features in HOME’s new issue. Photograph by Duncan Innes

 

The Rakino Island bach by Malcolm Walker opens onto a large deck with sea views.

The Rakino Island bach by Malcolm Walker opens onto a large deck with sea views. Photograph by Duncan Innes.

 

The Rakino Island bach keeps its small interior simple with built-in window seats allowing big sea views.

The Rakino Island bach keeps its small interior simple with built-in window seats allowing big sea views. Photograph by Duncan Innes

 

Also in HOME’s new issue: Further south on the Kapiti Coast, Gerald Parsonson of Parsonson Architects helped transform a couple’s near-decrepit bach by adding 30 square metres of extra floor space and livening things up with a mid-century-inspired colour palette. This bach was all about keeping things simple, with a single shared living, dining and kitchen area located beside a compact main bedroom on the upper floor.

Architect Gerald Parsonson added 30 square metres to the upper floor as part of the renovation of this near-decrepit Kapiti Coast bach. Photograph by Paul McCredie

Architect Gerald Parsonson added 30 square metres to the upper floor as part of the renovation of this near-decrepit Kapiti Coast bach. Photograph by Paul McCredie

 

Built-in seating offers a view of the Kapiti Coast beach outside this bach renovated by Gerald Parsonson of Parsonson Architects. Photograph by Paul McCredie

Built-in seating offers a view of the Kapiti Coast beach outside this bach renovated by Gerald Parsonson of Parsonson Architects. Photograph by Paul McCredie

 

The bach's refurbished interior was brightened up with a mid-century-inspired colour palette. Photograph by Paul McCredie

The bach’s refurbished interior was brightened up with a mid-century-inspired colour palette. Photograph by Paul McCredie

 

You want summer simplicity? HOME magazine’s 2015 Home of the Year winner, Richard Naish, designed this bach on the Coromandel Peninsula to respond to the owner’s desire for it to feel like a tramping hut. Like many of the other baches in HOME’s new issue, this shows there’s pure pleasure to be had in paring things back.

A holiday home on the Coromandel Peninsula by Richard Naish of RTA Studio. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds

A holiday home on the Coromandel Peninsula by Richard Naish of RTA Studio. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

The central area of the shed-like holiday home by Richard Naish is a covered deck with roller doors that open to allow the breeze in. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds

The central area of the shed-like holiday home by Richard Naish is a covered deck with roller doors that open to allow the breeze in. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

The interior of the holiday home is lined in simple ply. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds

The interior of the holiday home is lined in simple ply. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

On Auckland’s wild west coast, the owners of this coastal home (which also stars in HOME’s new issue) by Julian Guthrie had initially planned a much bigger house, before they realised that 130 square metres would be more than enough for them.

The home's living space features large windows looking towards the horizon, and a low window offering views to the south. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds

The home’s living space features large windows looking towards the horizon, and a low window offering views to the south. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

The home's living area extends onto a sheltered north-facing deck. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds. (black house with deck

The home’s living area extends onto a sheltered north-facing deck. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

You can see all these incredible summer homes and more – including the amazing pool house on the cover by Herbst Architects – in the new issue of HOME magazine, which is on newsstands now.

HOME's new cover features a pool house by Herbst Architects. Production by Sam Smith and Catherine Wilkinson. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

HOME’s new cover features a pool house by Herbst Architects. Production by Sam Smith and Catherine Wilkinson. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

 

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