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Pauanui Waterways

Stunning from every angle.  A combination of black cedar vertical weatherboards & woodgrain precast concrete panels a holiday home to stand the test of time.  Seamless flow between interior space & exterior on both waterway canal & harbourside through stacking retracting doors.


Strong modern clean lines with natural vertical cedar & precast concrete panels it is a stunning home anchored on a sloping sweeping corner site with magnificent ocean views.  Cedar features continue in the interior creating warmth and exquisite detailing.


Designed for summer and winter holidays this stunning lakeside home nestles down on the site with a combination of honed concrete block panels and cedar weatherboards.

ADNZ Regional Award 2016 Resene Colour in Design Award & ADNZ Regional Award 2016 Residential New Home between 150m2 & 300m2.


Crafted timeless coastal retreat. The epitome of quality where care has been made to limit the scale of building and maintain a sense of the traditional bach.

Mary Road

Traditional design with a modern twist.  Beautiful vaulted exposed rafter & grooved plywood ceilings and plywood & vertical batten exterior cladding with white & black brick features.

Pauanui Boulevard

Beautiful timeless transformation of a 1980's beachfront home with a modern fresh combination of cedar cladding, river stone features and metal roofing to compliment its stunning coastal setting.

Blake Residence

Robust and simple materials, combined with strong forms, to produce restful spaces with enduring qualities and dramatic connections to the outdoors.

Architectural Designers of NZ Residential Interiors Regional Award 2013.

Architectural Designers of NZ Residential Outdoor Living Regional Award 2013.


State of the Art Design replicating the yester year of relaxed bach living. Simple rooflines and open plan living opening on to generous decks with natural materials including stained cedar, schist and aluminium louvres combine to create a stunning result.

One Seven Three

Schist, concrete panels & titan board create a beautiful solid home. Protected internal afternoon courtyard with glass front to the stunning whangamata harbour.

Whangamata Kindergarten

A functional and stimulating environment for our future leaders. Clever use of natural materials including Gabion Stone Walls, Natural Timber and corrugated Zincalume combine to create a beautiful but robust building. Lots of different interesting spaces for the children and their activities.

Architectural Designers of NZ Residential Commercial/Industrial Regional Award 2013.

Judges comments: 'This is a refreshingly modest and unpretentious approach to a building type that is of great importance to local communities. The designers have made an excellent covered outdoor space linking seamlessly to the interior and exterior of the building. Planning solution is also refreshingly simple with all the room spaces stacked along the back wall and a generous activity area fronting towards the covered patio and lawn.'

Cliff Road

The design needed to reflect the close proximity to the city in a bold urban statement.
Apartment style home to fit in the current neighbourhood which included a high rise block of flats on the southern side and intensive infill housing on the northern and western sides.

New Homes over 250m2Award 2012.

Whangamata Projects

Various Projects: Hunt Road, Whangamata Esplanade, Tangaroa.

Diana Blake Design Studio

New Architectural Studio opened in 2006 and is located on an Avocado orchard in the resort town of Whangamata. Simple functional yet stylish design constructed from natural robust materials.