Coastal Lifestyle

JBH Building

Located on a prime section within the boutique subdivision of Coast Papamoa lies this very impressive multi-storied beach house.

Maximising generous site covenants and drawing on the client’s wish to integrate strong geometric shapes, the house is a fusion of stacked traditional and functional forms using a sophisticated style of design. This was JBH Building’s first entry in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards, already making it into the top 100 National Awards.


Tauranga-based owner Justin Horler said this was completely unexpected, after winning the Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau regional awards ($1.5 -$2 million category), and a Gold award to match. Emphasis has been placed on multi-functional zones across all three levels of this modern home, with superb views over to the beach and west towards Mount Maunganui.



A durable palette of Oamaru stone, Sto plaster and cedar cladding helps connect this house into the coastal environment, with the owners bringing in South Island influences from their holiday home in Wanaka. Justin prides himself on an extremely high level of attention to detail with his workmanship, and this was what impressed the judges.

Custom made rafters with timber sarking were detailed to showcase a seamless look with the absence of timber trim to hide any joins. The same process has been used around windows, walls and doors, with architraves and skirtings all removed to give the home an uninterrupted ‘less is more’ look.



“We used a 3mm shadow line to the floor with the detail of removing skirtings, leaving no small ledge for dust to sit on, because nobody likes cleaning skirting boards right”?

A well-defined entrance at ground level leads to a generous guest suite in one direction, or towards the feature stairwell which provides access to the floors above. There is also three car garaging, ample storage and plenty of utility space.