At home amongst the Trees
A damaged house post-earthquake has brought about the need for a new, well-designed, good quality home on a beautiful, bush site in Waikanae. Predominately North facing the site is surrounded by common reserve land and a stand of tall Miro trees are a haven for bird life. Only minutes from the town centre it is rare to find a site with this level of tranquility.
This is to be a fully accessible house for a family who like to spend time in each other's company... but who need their own individual spaces too. In essence, this will be two homes under one roof.
Designed to maximise natural lighting, passive heating and cooling, and the specification of energy-efficient fittings & appliances minimises the home’s reliance on resources. Then by taking advantage of the natural resources available on site: through rainwater harvesting and solar energy generation, the house moves towards self-reliance, making as little impact as possible over its lifetime.