MACKIT HABITAT

Interior Design Reveal | A Walkthrough to the Open Plan Space

Back in February we wrote a post revealing the exterior design, as well as our design direction and brief for our creation of Mackit Habitat. This included showcasing the form of Habitat with some photo realistic exterior renders that we produced in-house. Since then we have explored and chosen our materials and specifications for all [...]

By |2018-12-12T11:46:05+00:00November 22nd, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

View to the Tararuas | An Update

The weather is slowly (albeit slightly inconsistently!) warming up which has provided us with an ideal setting for the construction of the second storey of Mackit Habitat. Not only will the second storey capture the beautiful view to the Tararua ranges, it will provide a private master bedroom retreat with ensuite and walk in wardrobe, [...]

By |2018-11-22T15:33:45+00:00October 18th, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

Flooring | Carpet and the Return of Cork

In the early stages of designing Habitat, we knew that we wanted to showcase a range of natural materials. For flooring, this meant selecting products that are derived from natural fibres or materials. We have specified a combination of carpet, for the bedrooms, and hard flooring for the hallways and open plan space. There are [...]

By |2018-12-12T12:01:42+00:00August 30th, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

Wall Framing | The Mackit Way!

The floor is down so next comes the walls! While our last update showed the completed subfloor structure and a portion of flooring laid in the downstairs bathroom, progress has been swift and we can now walk the entire lower floor of Habitat! Being able to experience the full scale of the dwelling is thrilling, [...]

By |2018-08-30T18:22:32+00:00July 26th, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

From Foundations to Flooring | An Update

The winter months on a building site always prove challenging, with an immediate, steady and constant stream of rain. However, at Mackit we are lucky enough that winter has brought our new builder, Hayden. Since his arrival on site, progress has been strong and steady, and up out the mud our blockwall and subfloor structures [...]

By |2018-09-04T11:34:00+00:00June 21st, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

Foundations | Looking beyond the slab

NZ houses are typically constructed on one of two methods of foundation. The first is a concrete slab on the ground, which are usually 100mm thick with reinforcing mesh, and a perimeter footing. The second is a system of timber piles and bearers. Conventionally, all are constructed out of simple, treated, radiata pine. Habitat uses [...]

By |2018-06-21T13:35:32+00:00April 19th, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

Watching the Clock | Obtaining building consent – and what to do while you wait!

A pitfall of being your own client, is that sometimes your project gets pushed to the bottom of the list. We were so busy with client projects towards the end of 2017, that we didn’t manage to get the Habitat plans submitted to Council, for building consent, until January. Meanwhile, we had our team of [...]

By |2018-06-21T13:35:38+00:00March 22nd, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

The Design Brief | How does it work when you’re the client?

One of the biggest motivations for undertaking this project, was being able to really explore our own creativity, on our own terms. We all had so many ideas about design elements we wanted to try, or materials we wanted to use. But of course, this still needs to be an economically viable operation. The idea [...]

By |2018-06-21T13:36:19+00:00February 9th, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|

Resource Consents | Are they as scary as they sound?

The short answer is no. Resource Consents aren’t scary IF you have the right people involved. Each one is unique – essentially you are asking Council to let you do something outside a District Plan ‘rule’ or subdivide land. The purpose of the Resource Consent application, is to persuade Council that they should let you [...]

By |2018-06-21T13:36:26+00:00January 17th, 2018|MACKIT HABITAT|