Cherry Bay Bach


Homeowner through Irving Smith Jack Architects

Project Typology:

New Residential Build

Build Timeframe:

Sept 2006 - Jun 2007

Date Completed:


Significant Stats:

Set amongst the lovely native bush of the Marlborough Sounds, this family home away from home blends in beautifully with its surroundings. Like its owners, this bach is very unassuming. The design is so appropriate for its setting that it won the 2008 Residential Nelson Marlborough Architecture Award.

Single storey, long run iron roofing, timber piles to home, concrete floor to garage, cedar cladding, and ply interior linings.


Floor Area (m 2)


Decking (m 2)


Being in the Marlborough Sounds, the site had boat access only. The four building staff and sub-contractors lived on site in a small existing building.

All materials had to be barged to site. Barge space was used to maximum capacity to keep costs down. From four truckloads of concrete and concrete pump, to plywood linings, all had to be barged. These materials were ordered months in advance, to avoid delays. Storage and handling of these materials also had its own problems with temporary covers needed.

Proportion of Resources:

Robinson Construction delivered the Overall Project Management, and the traditional Concrete, Carpentry and Finishing trades.

Using subcontractors for Structural Steel, Roofing, Electrical, Hydraulic, Mechanical Services, Joinery and Painting.

Key Personnel:

Nick Robinson (Project Manager)

Brian Hooper (Site Manager)

Colin Wood (QS)


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