Waikanae Beach Home

Case Study: Waikanae Beach Home


Huiawa Street, Waikanae Beach


AD Architecture for The Loyalty Initiative

Prolam Product

PLX Portal
Pergola posts, beams + rafters

The strong, lightweight design and unique bracing capability of the Prolam PLX Portal provided the perfect solution for a compact but stylish dwelling on the Kapiti Coast.

Designed by AD Architecture as the display home for The Loyalty Initiative’s residential development in Waikanae Beach, the home is an inspired example of small lot design.

According to AD Architecture Director Peter Davis, the home’s contemporary beachside aesthetic will set the tone for the rest of the development – a look and feel achieved with the use of Bevel back weatherboard cladding, strong gable forms, decks and patios.

Seeking to maximise the home’s internal living spaces and functional areas such as the garage in a compact plan, the AD Architecture team was drawn to the PLX Portal.

“We specified the PLX Portal because its steel-reinforced glulam beam and neat, simple and effective bracing system provided the strength and stability we needed without the need to compromise the garage door width,” Peter says.

Cost-effectiveness and ease of installation were also key factors in the decision to specify the PLX Portal. While the proven dimensional stability and durability of Prolam’s glulam structural timber solutions in coastal environments, made Prolam Pergola posts, beams and rafters the ideal choice for the pergola over the home’s entrance and one of its outdoor living areas.

In tune with the Kapiti Coast District Council’s sustainable development goals, AD Architecture prioritised the selection of more environmentally friendly building products like the Prolam PLX Portal and Pergola, which are made from timber sourced from renewable New Zealand plantations.

“We are a long-term specifier of Prolam products and appreciate the technical back-up and support provided by the team.”
- Peter Davis, Director, AD Architecture

Renders courtesy of AD Architecture.

West view with portal
East view HQ
North view HQ