Harris Road House

Designed by the owner, this deceptively simple shed-like structure is an outstanding addition to its rural landscape near Whangarei. Its slender 162sqm footprint treads lightly.

Optimal solar gain is just one of the striking black-clad home’s eco-friendly features. Concrete floors embrace natural warmth, restraining heating costs. Splashes of colour breathe life and light into the interior spaces, giving each a distinct personality. The kitchen is a fantastic case in point. Stainless steel benchtops add an industrial edge. Flipped on its side, a shipping container end has been repurposed as a wall-hung slider in the living space.

Two beautifully designed, tiled bathrooms, including a master ensuite, are a pleasant surprise on the modest footprint and budget. The master bedroom is a true sanctuary, with corner sliders opening to a wraparound deck and views. A barbecue deck off the dining area caters to the summer crowds.

Highly personalised and low-maintenance, this is a perfect design for its work-from-home owner.

Year of Completion: 2016


“We have recently had Pat and the team at Manaia Construction build our new home. Without hesitation we recommend Manaia Construction to anyone considering a new construction project.

Our overall experience with Pat and his team was both empowering and reassuring. Pat ensured we were involved in the decision processes throughout our construction journey, and knowing that he and his team were there to guide us through each stage made for a smooth, informed process.

With some demanding design requirements from us, the Manaia Construction team rose to the challenge. They delivered results of high quality, fine detail, and constantly took the utmost care throughout, whilst accommodating our requirements. The whole build was a collaborative effort, with Pat and team bringing plenty of great ideas that became a part of a home we are proud of.

Pat’s team have a culture of excellence and respect. We truly appreciated the honesty and professionalism upheld by everyone – Manaia Construction were a pleasure to deal with and we would do it all over again!”

Dean & Dale Halvorson, Formable Fire Safety Design