The Brae

When Auckland construction company  Jalcon Homes were building  a series of 12 Cape Cod-style family homes on ‘The Brae’ at Pine Harbour, situated on Auckland’s eastern seaboard, they chose COLORSTEEL® MAXX® for the roofing and cladding. 

A contemporary take on the traditional Cape Cod.  

The team at Jalcon Homes chose COLORSTEEL® MAXX® for several key reasons, including its ability to withstand the demands of harsh coastal environments, and its colour palette, which was in keeping with the ‘Cape Cod’ design concept.

Cape Cod homes have their origins in 17th Century America, where colonists in New England built their new homes in the traditional English style; a style that could withstand the harsh winters and vicious Atlantic storms, and would allow them to make the most of the limited sunshine.

The typical Cape Cod cottage was steep-roofed and clad in unpainted cedar shake shingles which weathered over time from a warm tan to a silvery grey – the very shades of subtle grey incorporated in the COLORSTEEL® MAXX® colour range.


Inside, the early Cape Cod houses were spare and simple, with pine furnishings and floors, their wide planks often painted in pumpkin orange. Warmth from the kitchen stove lay at the heart of this austere yet practical design.

Today, The Brae’s more sophisticated versions also feature cedar and pine, but the traditional cedar shingles have been replaced with COLORSTEEL® MAXX® pre-painted steel.

Facades and roofing - in ‘Smokey’ and ‘Thunder Grey’ - interspersed with wood finished in paint or stain reference the original homes, while vibrant splashes of burnt orange hint at the warm tan of fresh cedar.

Material: COLORSTEEL® MAXX® in Thunder Grey and Smokey

Builder: Jalcon Homes