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This bold bach makes a strong case for red subway tiles

Article by Home Magazine

There’s a wall of red subway tiles, a few red furniture accents and an exterior painted in (you guessed it) red. This bold bach is bringing red back in vogue

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Project
‘Takatu’ house

Architect
RTA Studio

Location
Tawharanui Peninsula

Brief
Build a bach for family and friends, one that will be passed down through the generations.

The view from this long, low red bach isn’t of white sand and pōhutukawa, but paddocks and sheep. It’s a bucolic, sheltered little spot, close enough to the beach yet far enough away that it doesn’t get gusts of afternoon wind. There’s a long, shared driveway and a handful of baches; the owners all know each other well.

The owners bought the property seven years ago – a tired weatherboard cottage painted ‘Pioneer Red’. It had tiny bedrooms off the living area, and faced the wrong way on the south-facing site. They were fond of it, but after five years, it was time to build.

Over the years spent holidaying at the cottage, the owners had learned a few things. North is behind them, so mornings are cold and afternoons are roasting – accessing morning sun was critical. They also learned that having bedrooms close to living spaces with four teenage kids (their eldest is now 23) wasn’t ideal, though the sociability that comes from cramming in together is actually quite fun: they recall seven teenage boys cheerfully rammed into a 1960s caravan on the lawn.

“You’ve got to be pretty relaxed with baches in terms of the future,” says Architect Richard Naish. “Having those flexible spaces is really good, you can just adapt – you don’t want to hem it in too much or be too specific about the design.”

Words by: Simon Farrell-Green. Photography by: Patrick Reynolds

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