What we had in mind was a modest sized, “modern but rustic shed” that was “off grid”, as eco-friendly as possible and within our budget.
The North and South sides and the roof will be clad in zincalume corrugate iron. The East and West gable ends will be NZ native or recycled timber board and batten. The Western side will include shading to keep the high summer sun from overheating the house. The Northern side includes a pergola for shading and it provides mounting space for solar panels. The house will have triple glazed wooden joinery to keep the warmth in during winter and cool during summer.
For the interior, we envision clean and uncluttered spaces with white or neutral colours. We will make the most of the grey colour of the concrete floor and add to this with concrete bench tops and similar coloured ceramic tiles. The timber joinery, stairs and visible timber collar ties in the ceiling will provide some natural timber highlights.
We have been enjoying researching and designing our home, we wanted a small understated structure on a vast landscape, a monopoly shaped small house with an open living area, big windows and doors to enjoy the landscape. Its modest at 65m2, with only one proper bedroom plus a loft for visitors. We are currently building a barn for storing ‘stuff,’ creating projects, housing horses etc!
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Some of our inspo!
Hopefully, council consent doesn’t take too long and we can start sharing pictures of our build process shortly.
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