The most obvious architectural variation is expressed through the gable roof and its orientation with the waters edge, which differs from the mainland. The verandahs and porches provide sheltered enjoyment of the forest, rock and sea. They form the transitional space of the colonial building between the inside and outside world. The style also mirrors the bungalow that was taking over from the villa at the time.
The Rangitoto Baches are a rich source of building techniques, and demonstrate methods that range from the totally orthodox through the inventive to the casually improvised. Materials were not always salvaged from conventional building sources. The sea provided some bach owners with an ever-changing selection, with deliberate wrecks another source of useful bits and pieces. This recycling and adaptation of salvage material adds to the architectural individuality of the baches and contributes to their local historical importance.