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This pink bach in Papamoa is filled with unique, eclectic finds

Cane furniture, potted palms, beachy bits and a stack of National Geographics capture the easygoing essence of the 1970s bach

Meet + Greet

Rachel Dobbs, 33, Jared Dobbs, 33 (both photographers at Swift & Click), Charlise, 14, and Joy, 2.

A dated A-frame right on Papamoa Beach was the perfect project for this creative couple, who have transformed it into a nostalgic holiday retreat

Honesty box

Best lesson learned during the reno process? Stop cutting the water mains.

What would you never do again? Try to remove old vinyl from concrete.

Is there one thing you would change about your holiday home if you could? I’d love it if the house could jump forward 100 metres and be right on the edge of the beach.

Most memorable experience you have had in your A-frame? Big family events and hanging out with good people.


How much have you spent on your home? About $90K. The outdoors got the bigger half of that sum, with the new roof, deck and landscaping. The kitchen and the interior design got the rest. We went roughly $15K over budget – the electrical, building and flooring costs all blew out because of additional problems we encountered once we delved under the surface.

What areas have you saved or splurged on? We got good prices from builders and roofers by shopping around. We also used friends, who did an excellent job, too. We didn’t overly splurge.

Best advice when it comes to spending money on a home? When buying furnishings, keep looking everywhere and slowly collect the things you like the most. Don’t just get everything all at once.

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Words and styling: Tina Stephen. Photography: Helen Bankers.

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