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Meet Adam Taylor of ata

March 29th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Meet Adam Taylor of ata”

We recently got in touch with Adam Taylor of ata, who’s work we’ve admired for some time now. Adam has a way of blending together beautiful architecture with practicality and the bare essentials. His works are often simple in their design yet he seems to bring in many of the key components and personal touches that make a home. Be it functionality, sustainability, quality or aesthetics, Taylor knows how to design a beautiful and liveable home for his clients. We thought we’d get to know him a bit better and find out what he thinks is essential in Bach design… 

How did you get into Architectural design, did you always know this would be your career? 

At high school I enjoyed design and art classes but really enjoyed Graphics and the technical nature of Graphics. This has a lot to do with how we work today within ata, as we are an extremely technically geared practice.

What are 3 important things you like to consider when designing a home for a client?

It’s hard to narrow things down for consideration as every brief is unique. What is very important for one client may only be somewhat important for another. So the one key thing to resolve on all projects is the brief. We spend significant time in pre-design in simple discussion with our clients. I prefer to brief conversationally versus direct questions as you’ll find little nuggets of information about a clients lifestyle and expectations that inform the direction of our design.

Teranui by ata

We noticed you’ve designed a lot of Baches or coastal homes, what do you love about Bach design, and what are some key components you think are a must have for every Bach?

Being from Mt Maunganui, I’ve grown up living a permanent holiday lifestyle & outlook. Whether it be a Bach or Home or Communal Apartment I think an outdoor shower with a foot-wash tap is a must have! In simple terms though a true coastal Bach strips away everything except necessities. We are trying to create a permanent camping emotive and focus. Each client has their own view on what this means but often it’s geared around family, socialising and enjoying our environment. The outdoor living spaces get particular attention being a social hub through warmer months. For me personally this space needs to feel (Architecture is a lot about the feels) attached but must provide that sense of being outdoors and within nature. 

What are some of your favourite materials to use in Bach or coastal home design?

New Zealand has a real architectural affinity with timber cladding and so it should. It’s been used as a material for as long as we’ve built in NZ and it looks beautiful. Mostly what we love about timber is its weathered and organic qualities it brings to a home. The patina it creates with time is warm, weathered and natural, qualities you’d envisage in a permanent camping abode.

Coast. Sherris House by ata

Rangitahi residents must build a home with a minimum of 6 Homestar rating. How do you incorporate sustainability into your designs/work?

Sustainability luckily is moving from a buzz word to mainstream across all areas of society. And it’s so good to see housing and design in New Zealand following suit. Budgets play a role in how far this can be taken but we have a few baselines we implement across all projects; Build smaller – being efficient with space is an obvious solution. We will always do this but also target room reductions. i.e. do you really need a 4th bedroom because the neighbour has one?

Passive Heating/Cooling – window placement is an integral part of design at ata and proven through solar studies in homes. The sun’s energy is free so it should inform decisions around room and window placement.

Thermal Envelope – We call this the low-hanging fruit. To add extra layers of insulation to your roof or upgrade glass to Low-E types does add cost but against a total project the percentages are very small.

We love the simple, functional designs of your projects Stanley Bach and The Shed, can you tell us a bit more about these two projects?

The Stanley Bach is close by another project of ours – Teranui – Our clients loved this home and wanted something different but with a similar brief. The clients are a joint family ownership, Mum and two sons, and come with connections within the industry. We have a lot to share about this project but this will be revealed on completion & after photography. We are proud of the Prefab approach we took though, achieving a water-tight envelope within 10 working days.

The Shed build is a real passion project. It’s for my father-in-law who is an absolute jack of all trades. We are not letting too much away as of yet but are quite excited. Doug has accumulated 20+ years worth of salvaged timber and items from all corners. We are going to be using these throughout and it’s going to be a rich and textural dwelling.

Stanley Bach by ata

The Shed by ata

What’s been your favourite project to date and why? (if you have one!)

All of our projects are favourites. But certainly each new project becomes the new favourite as we explore new ideas and locations.

Any advice for those building a coastal home on Rangitahi?

My advice for building new would be to be clear around your brief. Focus on this and have some core objectives. In design always ask “is this adding to, or taking away from our objectives”.


Mt Maunganui. Goodchild by ata & Tui’s Nest by ata

ata is a specialist architectural practice committed to the creation of sustainable and practical design solutions. They are a multi-award winning firm based in Mt Maunganui. Find more of their projects here, or get in touch here if you’re interested in working with them on your coastal Rangitahi home. 

Your local Raglan Builders

March 17th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Your local Raglan Builders”

Looking for a reliable local builder for your home on Rangitahi? We’ve put together a list of Raglan builders we can recommend! Any of these builders would be a great option to consider building your home. From bespoke to high end to local experience to designer, find details on some great local builders and their work below (in no particular order).

Kre8ive Construction

Kreative construction are a tight, efficient, friendly team of builders who specialise in high quality new homes, renovations, fit outs and maintenance. There are various background specialities amongst the team ranging from new homes to commercial high end interiors, and they are committed to delivering a high end finish on every project. Call Silas today or find more on their website here.

Contact: Silas 027 667 4527 or


Mathers builders

A family run construction company that’s been operating in Raglan for over 60 years, these guys are as local as they come! They know what it means to build in Raglan in our unique coastal environment, and are best known for their quality workmanship and classic contemporary homes. They specialise in new builds so would be a great option to consider for your home on Rangitahi! Give Luke a call or find more details here.

Contact: Luke 07-825 8776


MRA Construction

MRA Construction are Raglan based residential and commercial builders. Run and operated by Mark Allen, with 18 years of experience in the industry, they offer a number of services including new builds, alterations & additions, steel frame construction, roofing, concrete driveways & paths, and fences & decks. No job is too big or too small for MRA Construction, they take great pride in the quality of their work and satisfaction of their clients. Feel free to give Mark a call or find more details on their website here.

Contact: Mark 027 941 1089 or

Baxter Build

Fairly new to the Raglan building scene, Baxter build bring a refreshing approach to “building better”. They strive to deliver the highest quality results with tight cost controls and work efficiency to reduce labour costs. And they specialise in all aspects of bespoke residential building needs, including new houses, re-cladding, renovations and additions, maintenance, fences & decks. They’re known for their tidy work and quality craftsmanship, and they have recently started selling wholesale hardwood; sustainable Brazilian Teak or “Cumaru.” Find out more & check it out on their website here.

Don’t hesitate to give Billy a call! Or find more of their work on their website here.

Contact: Billy 02102964404 or


Hoult Construction

A strong team of construction professionals, Hoult Construction specialise in new builds, renovations, maintenance and fit-outs. They are committed to quality outcomes for their clients and actively advocate for sustainable alternatives wherever possible. Another great option! Give Jack a call today or find more info on their website here.

Contact: Jack 027 625 3147


Fitzgerald and Gillard building contractors

These guys have been building in Raglan for over 20 years, and have built many high quality Raglan homes! They pair their quality building with quality workmanship, and offer new builds, alterations, fences, decks, plus plan services. Great reliable Raglan builders! Give Rob a call.

Contact: Rob 027 550 6080 or

KDH Kiwi designed homes

If you prefer a full design & build service, KDH offer a range of house designs from contemporary to transportable, and give you the option to modify or simply design your own! With 35 years in the construction industry, they’d be a great design and build option! Give them a call or find more of their designs here.

Contact: 027 555 8453


Wainui construction

Raglan based Wainui construction love helping their clients to achieve great outcomes in all aspects of construction. They bring together construction, engineering and architectural services, and are bound by a common ethos of ‘integrating with the land’ to bring each project to life. They’ve built some beautiful architecturally designed homes in Raglan including award winning “Raglan two sheds” below. Don’t hesitate to give these guys a call and find more of their work here.

Contact: or 021 875 862

Malachi Farant Homes

Another great local builder, Malachi Farant Homes specialise in new builds & alterations and offer a Master Build 10 year guarantee! They are a reliable and honest team who strive to make your next dream project a reality, and tailor their services to meet each client’s unique needs. We can guarantee you’ll receive a comprehensive start to finish service with Malachi Farant Homes! More on their website here, or call Malachi today.

Contact: Malachi 021 843 444 or

Rangitahi Sales update

March 4th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Rangitahi Sales update”

As you can see from the latest Rangitahi stage 2 map, it’s been a busy summer season for the Rangitahi team!

Looking back, with 88 sections previously being sold in 2017 on Stage 1, this stage quickly sold out. 60% of purchasers were local residents and some sections have gone on to resell through various local agents. With construction of stage 1 slowing due to council restrictions last winter, we’ve been working hard to get the construction complete over the summer. With titles soon to be released, we’re looking forward to seeing the first homes go up on Rangitahi in the coming months!

It’s been great working with our new contractors Hick bros since they started construction on Stage 2 in October 2019. They are well on schedule to complete construction of stage 2, The Retreat in April this year with titles due soon after in June 2020. We released a number of new sections in February 2020 on Stage 2, which have proven to be popular with land buyers. These new release sections (lot 169-188 see map) opened for viewings on the 18th of February and we’ve sold 3 so far, with 7 under enquiry. The sections are all at finish level and pegged out so interested buyers can get the full picture of the sections at completed stage. A lot of interest has come from Hamilton families this time round looking to build a family Bach. More people are getting out of the city and finding themselves enjoying the laid-back beach lifestyle Raglan has to offer. Whether they travel for the consistent surf, good weather or monthly food night markets, there are more and more reasons to come to Raglan. Rangitahi is proving to be a great spot to buy and build your next home away from home.

So if you’ve been thinking about making the transition to a slower pace of life, and like the sound of waking up to views of the mountain and the sea, then we’d recommend you book in a viewing today, sections are selling quickly! We’d love to show you our beautiful new sections and help you create your dream laid-back lifestyle on Rangitahi, so don’t miss out!



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