A site positioned on the edge of the Whakatane and Ohope headland came with many constraints. Set-back lines to the cliff edge required by geotechnical and restrictive covenants to protect neighbors sight-lines. The irregular footprint dictated a long house. The living areas are placed at the headland end to enjoy the views from White Island across to the East Cape. A Palm Springs aesthetic was adopted with a low slung profile, contemporary white brick punctuated with windows and cedar cladding highlights. The plan subtly steps down with the land contour creating three split levels. A no fencing policy required careful thought to maintain privacy for the home owners. An internal courtyard creates a private and protected outdoor alternative. This is a clean lined contemporary home built for a modest budget.