River Retreat kitchen and patio

A New Zealand Architect Brings a Beach Shack Sensibility to His Family Home2/5

"Light and volume is key to the design of a small home, and we prioritized living spaces with great views," says Daniel. "The island bench is designed to feel like a piece of furniture, somewhere to sit and have a conversation. The back units have been integrated into a larger timber wall, seamlessly hiding utilities and doors within it."