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See inside a modular, pod-bach designed for simple holiday living

After spontaneously purchasing a dreamy section on Awhitu Peninsula, this family planned and built a modular bach designed for many summers to come

modular bach

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Andrew, 36, and Emma Macdonald, 36 (owners of an import and distribution business), Flynn, 5, and Sienna, 4, plus Ollie the dog.

“Our bach on Awhitu is still in the Auckland region and less than an hour for us to get to from home,” says Emma Macdonald. “This works really well as we can maximise the time we spend at the bach while juggling our work and the kids’ activities at the weekends.”

Best lessons learned? Go with your gut.

What would you never do again? I would do it all again.

One thing you would change about your home if you could? Put an extra bedroom pod on now!

How did your budget forecast compare to your actual spend? Spot on! We ensured we had fixed quotes to work with.

What areas of your home did you save or splurge on? We saved by planning the rooms out and buying only to that plan. Then, once we were in, we added to the basics.

Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain? Seek out a bargain. I definitely didn’t want the bach to feel precious (or to worry about something being ruined or damaged!).

Best advice when it comes to spending money on a home? Ask for advice.

How did you keep track of costs during the build? I love Excel spreadsheets!


How much have you spent on your home altogether? The section was $360K and the build cost $310K including site works like the septic system and tank.

Any cost breakdowns? $200K for the pods; $55K for decking; $40K for the septic system, tank, plumbing and electrician. The balance went on fees (architect, council etc) and landscaping.

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Words and styling by: Tina Stephen. Photography by: Helen Bankers.

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