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Grand Designs NZ: Extreme Piha beach-house build highlights stress of underestimating cost

REVIEW: There’s a lovely story at the start of this Grand Designs NZ episode – Joseph and Sooz Hardie used to jump the fence with a bottle of bubbles to sit outside an old bach on the clifftop at Piha.

They would lap up the view and pretend it was theirs. And then, lo and behold, the bach came on the market, and it did become their home. (See, dreams can come true.)

Six years later they demolish it to build a better one on the “perilously steep site”. This time, the living areas will be on the lower level, so there will be a flow out to the landscape, because Sooz says the old house felt more like an apartment, with no connection to the “whenua”.

Joseph and Sooz Hardie demolished an old bach that was their first home to build a stunning contemporary home high above Piha beach. They are pictured with Grand Designs NZ presenter Chris Moller (right).

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Joseph and Sooz Hardie demolished an old bach that was their first home to build a stunning contemporary home high above Piha

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