Tropical Island Escape

This fantastic Landmark homes testimonial from Gulf Harbor will inspire you to begin designing your own Landmark home!


With Auckland cityscapes to the east and pristine coastal beauty stretching towards Northland to the west, this cliff-top home in Whangaparaoa Peninsula boasted the kind of million-dollar views many only dream about. 

However, this incredible location didn’t have the house to complement such a stunning outlook.

The original home on this one-of-a-kind site was an 80m2 brick home, built in the 1930-40s. Badly positioned on the site, the flow of the house didn’t take advantage of its seaside outlook – so owner Kerry Bradburn decided to create something worthy of the location.

“I had been looking for suitable properties on the Peninsula that offered the kind of sea views I wanted, but, after having no luck, I decided to find a section instead.

“When I came across this one, I saw it as an opportunity to remove the house, and design and build a new home that suited me.”

With the property purchased, but unsure what to do next, Kerry visited a Landmark Homes showhome in Gulf Harbour. Its timeless design caught her eye, and once inside she was impressed by its aesthetics and the considered use of space throughout the home.

It was here she got chatting with New Home Consultant Steve Garvey, who became her guiding light from their first meeting through to the finished build.

“After that first chat, he popped by my house and had a look at what we were working with.

“He was great. Steve identified we needed a geo-technical report as the home was on a cliff-top – he organised it all, came back with findings and recommendations, and helped me through the design process to bring my vision to life.”

Landmark Homes’ Remove and Rebuild process presented the perfect opportunity for Kerry to develop her dream home, as it enabled her to retain the home’s unique location, and design and build a new one on the same site.

Everyday escape

For the new home’s design, Kerry wanted a lavish beach bach that mixed shabby chic with a contemporary industrial design.

“I did a sketch on a piece of paper, and showed Steve and Landmark Homes designer Wendy King what I had envisioned. I wanted a real Cape Cod feel, big sweeping windows and just plenty of opportunities to take in those views. I wanted a place I could truly relax.”

Wendy took this guidance and developed a concept plan that ticked all the boxes – and some. One of the biggest issues with the existing home was its inability to showcase the views in its current position, so Kerry was thrilled to be able to collaborate with Landmark Homes to develop a home that did just that.

“Landmark Homes took all the geo-technical site considerations into account and came back with a floor plan that was a perfect fit in the site space, orientated in such a way that there is privacy from any neighbouring homes and unlimited sea views either side.

“It was wonderful. Wendy, Steve and the Landmark Homes team held my hand through the whole process. All I did was remove the existing home and they took care of the rest.”

Design Expertise

“Landmark Homes took all the geo-technical site considerations into account and came back with a floor plan that was a perfect fit in the site space, orientated in such a way that there is privacy from any neighbouring homes and unlimited sea views either side.”

Practically perfect

With those east and west views the key feature of the home, a J-shape design was created to establish a long, open-plan central area and living quarters at both ends.

This enables the master suite to be located on the opposite wing to two guest bedrooms – perfect for additional privacy and noise-proofing if Kerry has her grandchildren coming to visit.

Taking a forward-planning approach to her forever home, Kerry also wanted a space installed next to the kitchen for a lift to be added at a later stage, which would rise up from the garage into the living area.

It’s ‘big picture’ additions like these that are a result of bringing together Landmark Homes’ design expertise with their client’s unique vision.

“When I look back, I can’t believe how easy the whole process was when there are so many challenges and factors involved in building a new home,” Kerry enthuses.

“The team were so honourable. They always did what they said they would do, and nothing was ever a problem for them.”

Holiday at home

While the exterior is modelled on a Hamptons-esque retreat, the interiors embrace Kerry’s love of shabby chic and industrial modernism.

Mixing painted brick with recycled flooring, the main living zones have been styled to feel as if you’re inside an up-cycled warehouse space, and a 1960s retro vibe is created with the use of strong monochromatic toning.

As a personal touch, Kerry sourced recycled railway sleepers to use as the flooring throughout the home. Washed in matte midnight black, it gave the interiors a look she describes as ‘rough and ready’.

It’s a new home, but the way in which it has been constructed and designed gives it an old feel, the sense it has always been there – an effect Kerry wanted to achieve.

“I simply love my new home and the relaxing lifestyle I can enjoy in there that’s true to me.”

“Kerry’s home is in a unique position - cliff top, which meant the build was complex. The outcome is a home with views to die for.”

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