Coastal properties are highly sought after and generally don't stay on the market for long. When such properties do change hands it can be an uneasy time for neighbours as they await any development of the site.
For Harvey and Kaye Dunlop, development of their seaside block was a long time coming they have owned the property for 10 years. In that time, the couple were able to establish a good rapport with their neighbours, which they wanted to preserve when they eventually set about building a new home.
"When we bought the property it had a 1920s American bungalow and a small 1970s-era bach. We on-sold the bungalow and retained the bach as a holiday home," says Harvey Dunlop.
"About six years ago we moved into the bach full time and thought long and hard about the home we would build. Local planning allowed for up to three dwellings on the site, which as a commercial developer, I have to admit did appeal to me. However, that would have required each to be multistorey, blocking the view for the properties behind."
That's where friend and architectural designer Michael Mansvelt stepped in.
"I had visited Kaye and Harvey several times over the years and had formulated in my head what I thought would be the perfect house for the site, and told them so. One day, I ran into Harvey in town and he basically told me it was time to get something down on paper.
"Later that day he called round and I showed him my design," says Mansvelt.