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The First Light Home

 

 

 

A new dawn

The First Light Home is our first pre-designed home, crafted with the same elegant design, livability and unmatched energy efficiency and performance First Light Studio is renowned for.  Based on the original award-winning Meridian First Light House, this 100 square metre, two-bedroom home is more spacious, better performing and more affordable than its predecessor.  Let us take you on a journey through the next generation First Light Home!

 
 

Bach lifestyle all year round

A summer spent at the bach incorporates all the greatest things about being a Kiwi: living in and with the outdoors, making the most of the long sunshine hours, stoking the barbeque and spending quality time with family and friends. Wouldn’t it be great to live like this all year round? With the First Light home you can!


100

metres of living space

2

double bedrooms

3

reconfigurable plan options


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Small house, big space

True to its name, the First Light home takes advantage of the sun’s heat, light and energy. Open plan with warm, natural materials, this home feels great to be in. Sun fills the house from one end to the other, providing light and warmth and keeping you comfortable all day, all year round.

To create a comfortable, flexible interior we’ve used space sensibly to minimise the overall size of this two bedroom home. There’s no room wasted on corridors and circulation. Every part of the home is well thought out to allow you the flexibility to live your life as you please.

With efficiency as a core philosophy, all spaces are fit-for purpose and highly functional. The house is perfect for a couple, young or old, and can be modified quickly and easily to accommodate friends and family. The compact footprint belies the spaciousness and functionality of a much larger home. 

 

  Life of the party At the heart of the home, where outdoor socialising and entertaining meet, is the kitchen and dining area. Entertain small and large groups around a large kitchen island that will become a natural gathering point for all of your friends and family. Full height, glass bi-fold doors on either side of the space open up to a large timber deck that functions as a bridge between the indoors and the natural environment.

 

Life of the party

At the heart of the home, where outdoor socialising and entertaining meet, is the kitchen and dining area. Entertain small and large groups around a large kitchen island that will become a natural gathering point for all of your friends and family. Full height, glass bi-fold doors on either side of the space open up to a large timber deck that functions as a bridge between the indoors and the natural environment.

  Relaxed living The living area is a comfortable and laid-back social space. A custom-built furniture unit can be used as a relaxed seating area or can be transformed to accommodate overnight guests. The materials used are warm, honest and homely and have been chosen for their durability and ease of maintenance. Wide, full height windows provide sunshine, natural light and outlook all day long.

 

Relaxed living

The living area is a comfortable and laid-back social space. A custom-built furniture unit can be used as a relaxed seating area or can be transformed to accommodate overnight guests. The materials used are warm, honest and homely and have been chosen for their durability and ease of maintenance. Wide, full height windows provide sunshine, natural light and outlook all day long.

  Space for the whole family With two double bedrooms, the First Light home is bigger than its predecessor, comfortably accommodating a couple or small family. Located at either end of the house are two spacious bedrooms. At one end the master bedroom enjoys its own walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. At the other, the guest bedroom has easy access to the main bathroom and laundry. At both ends, you’ll enjoy a warm, quiet night’s sleep.

 

Space for the whole family

With two double bedrooms, the First Light home is bigger than its predecessor, comfortably accommodating a couple or small family. Located at either end of the house are two spacious bedrooms. At one end the master bedroom enjoys its own walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. At the other, the guest bedroom has easy access to the main bathroom and laundry. At both ends, you’ll enjoy a warm, quiet night’s sleep.

Powered by nature

The new First Light home is a small house with a warm heart. With ultra-thick insulation, thermally efficient glazing and an air-tight building envelope you will be snug as a bug all year round. The home uses the sun to keep you warm and the breeze to keep you cool so you will always feel comfortable, naturally. 

The First Light Home is extremely energy efficient, using only a fraction of the energy of a new home built to New Zealand’s building code. With rising electricity prices costing you more and more each year why not build a net zero energy home that generates its own energy from the sun?


10,000

kWh energy saved per year

100%

more efficient

0

$ paid to the power company


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  Intelligent wall construction Developed for its thermal efficiency, the wall construction allows maximum insulation from the cold outside. An innovative double stud wall system developed specifically for this house, and over 160mm of insulation, reduces heat lost to the outside, keeping the warmth inside where you want it.  

 

Intelligent wall construction

Developed for its thermal efficiency, the wall construction allows maximum insulation from the cold outside. An innovative double stud wall system developed specifically for this house, and over 160mm of insulation, reduces heat lost to the outside, keeping the warmth inside where you want it.

 

  Air tight building envelope Poor air-tightness results in a draughty home, wasting energy on heating air that quickly escapes to the outside. First Light achieves a level of air-tightness not possible with traditional timber framed construction. Before you move in we will test your new home to ensure it meets our high standards of air-tightness and energy performance.

 

Air tight building envelope

Poor air-tightness results in a draughty home, wasting energy on heating air that quickly escapes to the outside. First Light achieves a level of air-tightness not possible with traditional timber framed construction. Before you move in we will test your new home to ensure it meets our high standards of air-tightness and energy performance.

  Naturally ventilated Ventilation keeps you cool and your home healthy. We have opening doors and windows located to draw air across and through the home to provide you with natural, fresh air all year round. You’ll never have to worry about condensation again!

 

Naturally ventilated

Ventilation keeps you cool and your home healthy. We have opening doors and windows located to draw air across and through the home to provide you with natural, fresh air all year round. You’ll never have to worry about condensation again!

 
  Solar Hot Water Heating water accounts for one third of residential energy use in New Zealand. Specify solar hot water collectors on the roof to harness energy from the sun to heat your water… for free!

 

Solar Hot Water

Heating water accounts for one third of residential energy use in New Zealand. Specify solar hot water collectors on the roof to harness energy from the sun to heat your water… for free!

  Solar energy Living in your new First Light home will also more money in your pocket on a day-to-day basis. Energy efficient construction, LED lights & solar water heating means the home uses less than half of the energy of a new home built to the New Zealand building code.

 

Solar energy

Living in your new First Light home will also more money in your pocket on a day-to-day basis. Energy efficient construction, LED lights & solar water heating means the home uses less than half of the energy of a new home built to the New Zealand building code.

  Bill the power company We not only endeavour to reduce your energy bill, we can help you to eliminate it completely! We work with local suppliers of photovoltaic panels to provide you with an economical means of generating your own power - yours can be a net zero home, or even an energy-positive one!

 

Bill the power company

We not only endeavour to reduce your energy bill, we can help you to eliminate it completely! We work with local suppliers of photovoltaic panels to provide you with an economical means of generating your own power - yours can be a net zero home, or even an energy-positive one!

Built for speed

We have adopted a system that is set to revolutionise the New Zealand house building industry and our design team will customise this, and the build process, to best suit your site and your timeframe. Whether this means building traditionally, pre-building panels off site or fully finishing your house in the factory we'll utilise the most efficient build process near you to reduce time on site, cut down on construction waste, and eliminate errors and delays.

 
  Factory Built Building houses on site from scratch is messy, wasteful, and outdated. We build all our houses in a carefully controlled factory environment and we are working at the leading edge of the industry. By making the most of the latest in construction technology, we build efficiency and quality right into your new home, from day one.

 

Factory Built

Building houses on site from scratch is messy, wasteful, and outdated. We build all our houses in a carefully controlled factory environment and we are working at the leading edge of the industry. By making the most of the latest in construction technology, we build efficiency and quality right into your new home, from day one.

  Precision engineered By designing our walls, roof and floors on the computer, and constructing them as individual panels in a factory, we take the hassle and room for error away from those working on site. Engineered panels are delivered direct, made to measure.

 

Precision engineered

By designing our walls, roof and floors on the computer, and constructing them as individual panels in a factory, we take the hassle and room for error away from those working on site. Engineered panels are delivered direct, made to measure.

  Speedy construction The First Light process ensures that your new home is not just built for life, it’s built for speed. All the hard work is done prior to arriving at site and final assembly is easy and fast. No expensive delays – we keep the building process in-house and under our control.

 

Speedy construction

The First Light process ensures that your new home is not just built for life, it’s built for speed. All the hard work is done prior to arriving at site and final assembly is easy and fast. No expensive delays – we keep the building process in-house and under our control.

Treading lightly

We build environmental sustainability into the very soul of your new home. We cherish our environment and have taken a scientific approach to how we design, build and operate.

 
  Low embodied energy Throughout the home we use locally sourced, low maintenance materials with low embodied energy. We use plantation-grown FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified pine for all our timber framing, and thick insulation with high recycled content. Inside the home the walls are naturally finished in plywood for strength and longevity. We use low formaldehyde products and low VOC paints, adhesives and sealants. Many of our materials are recycled, made of recycled materials or can themselves be recycled at the end of their life.

 

Low embodied energy

Throughout the home we use locally sourced, low maintenance materials with low embodied energy. We use plantation-grown FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified pine for all our timber framing, and thick insulation with high recycled content. Inside the home the walls are naturally finished in plywood for strength and longevity. We use low formaldehyde products and low VOC paints, adhesives and sealants. Many of our materials are recycled, made of recycled materials or can themselves be recycled at the end of their life.

  A home for life The new First Light home will last you a lifetime. It has been designed to adapt to your changing lifestyle as you grow older. Every home rates on the Lifemark scale, which is New Zealand’s highest standard for accessibility. Your new home will be a place you can be comfortable in for the rest of your life, no matter your age, stage or ability.

 

A home for life

The new First Light home will last you a lifetime. It has been designed to adapt to your changing lifestyle as you grow older. Every home rates on the Lifemark scale, which is New Zealand’s highest standard for accessibility. Your new home will be a place you can be comfortable in for the rest of your life, no matter your age, stage or ability.

  Reduced waste In the factory, design optimisation and precision engineering reduces our material wastage by up to 60%, when compared to traditional construction methods. Using the latest in technology, the home is constructed to precise measurements making the most of every last inch of material.

 

Reduced waste

In the factory, design optimisation and precision engineering reduces our material wastage by up to 60%, when compared to traditional construction methods. Using the latest in technology, the home is constructed to precise measurements making the most of every last inch of material.