Liz revives a Kiwi classic bach

08 Mar 2018

The term ‘Kiwi classic’ is at risk of being over-used, but this old-timer bach on Auckland’s rugged west coast is just that. Built in the 1920s when Piha would have been a day’s journey from central Auckland, the bach features in early photographs of the area. It’s made mostly of New Zealand kauri with a flat corrugated iron roof. 

It’s owned by Kiwi expats who are currently based in New York, who asked kitchen and interior finishes specialist designer Liz Kerby of Lizzie K & Co to refresh the interior layout, replace the kitchen and bathroom and update the fittings, finishes and furnishings, including a new paint colour scheme.

Liz tells us more:

What was the clients’ brief and how did your colour and design choices respond to that?

My clients wanted to honour the simple functional character of the bach, therefore no major building works were done. It was brought up to standard, and some renovations completed.

The owners have a busy schedule so during precious New Zealand holidays, they wanted to be able to fly in and arrive ‘home’ for a nostalgic, classic kiwi holiday.

I wanted to echo the colour-scape of the west coast, and in particular the vegetation that covers the hills that come down to the black-sand beach. So we chose modern muted greens like Resene Bluegrass and Resene Half Mantle, along with Resene Quarter Foggy Grey and a main neutral of Resene Wan White. The original floorboards are painted Resene Quarter Foggy Grey.

The furniture and décor brief was to bring contemporary pieces with a Scandi or mid-century vibe. Eclectic and comfortable pieces were chosen to create a homely, welcoming feel. The owners have a very confident aesthetic so had a lot of input into those choices.

What was your overall design philosophy?

To keep the fittings and finishings simple and textural, and celebrate the quirks and irregularities of the original bach while maximising the awesome view.  

What part of the design are you most happy with?

The Resene Bluegrass tongue and groove feature wall.

 What was the biggest design challenge for this project?

The distance from Auckland city and the tight time frame. The project from concept to completion was a six-week turnaround! This included design and development with floor plans, elevations, kitchen and bathroom plans, fittings and finishes, mood boards and specification documents. Then there was the project co-ordination and fit out, contracting the builders and sub-trades, sourcing and procurement of furniture, liaising with clients in a different time zone, deliveries and styling. All in just six weeks!

For more about Lizzie K & Co, see www.lizziekandco.co.nz or on Facebook.

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

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A tongue and groove wall in Resene Bluegrass is a stand-out feature for the designer Liz Kerby. It extends from the entrance way into the dining/living area. The floorboards throughout the living areas and bedrooms were resurfaced and painted in Resene Quarter Foggy Grey.

Liz and the owners concentrated on finding an eclectic mix of furniture with a relaxed mid-century vibe. The tongue and groove wall is Resene Bluegrass, with other walls in Resene Wan White.

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The new kitchen has a simple aesthetic in keeping with the age and character of the old bach. The cabinets are finished in Resene Half Mantle, with matt black fittings, while the walls are painted in Resene Wan White.

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Resene Quarter Foggy Grey was chosen for the walls in the bathroom where the vanity has a simple retro look in marine ply.

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The bach sits on the bush-clad slopes that lead down to Piha beach, so the interiors echo the surroundings, rather than fight with them. The main neutral used is Resene Wan White, and the floorboards are Resene Quarter Foggy Grey.

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The bedrooms are simply furnished with painted tongue and groove walls in Resene Wan White.

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The 1920s bach has a view of iconic Lion Rock at Auckland’s Piha beach.

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