Cape Cod Inspiration

Coastal Construction

Timeless and elegant – this Whitianga Waterways American bungalow-style home by Coastal Construction Whitianga is truly one of a kind. It even has an American shingle roof and Perma Deck composite decking imported from the States as well.

The old family bach that had been onsite for the past 40 years had to make way for this beauty, so the couple could build their dream home. Featuring Accoya timber weatherboards with boxed corners and pillars off the main deck, the entire house has been built to be timeless and maintenance free, and to stand the test of time.

The weatherboards make the perfect choice for a seaside location such as this, due to their stability and durability for a coastal environment. Inside, you’ll find curved walls, radius corners and ornate timber scotia mouldings that demonstrate craftmanship of the highest standards.

Tongue and groove panelling on the ceilings in the kitchen, lounge and dining room is all representative of the old Cape Cod-style of housing seen in the USA.


Coastal Construction owner Peter McGrath said the owners wanted their home to look like it had already been there 100 years, and to last another 100 as well. The two-storied villa has all the modern-day features of a luxury home including engineered timber floors, a farm-style kitchen and even an internal lift. “The whole house has been designed around entertaining,” Peter said.

Established in 2006, Coastal Construction is one of the leading builders of custom design houses and commercial properties on the Coromandel. Beachfront properties, commercial cafes and beautiful landscaped properties – such a wide range of services from one very diverse company. Peter said they mostly build custom-build houses nowadays around Whitianga and surrounds. With six dedicated staff, his bespoke company loves to make dreams become a reality, and works with the clients on every individual build.

Concentrating just on one build at a time, the team prides itself on completing complicated projects in sometimes half the time of a standard build. “Our last job should’ve taken 15 months but the owners were stoked when we finished it at Christmas, eight months after we started. “We just get stuck in and get it done.”

Peter also gives back where he can, supporting local charities such as GlowKids – a charity that provides intensive therapy for young children with motor disorders, and also FabFeb – non-profit organisation fundraising for charities that support young children with disabilities.

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