Being at the front of the section, means that the west facing views from the upstairs will focus on the Tararua Ranges in the distance, rather than overlooking neighbouring properties.
The cladding will change to charred larch, which is a charring process applied to timber using a traditional Japanese method called Shou-Sugi-Ban.
The continuous roof folds and slopes down to a single storey and stretches west towards the rear of the section. Two bedrooms, a bathroom, and guest powder room form the front of the lower floor, before the building fans out to the open plan space. A floating plinth housing a window seat, entertainment unit and fire will hug the northern wall. Generous glazing will look out to the beautiful established trees on both sides. Looking up, the ceiling will be intricately folded panels reaching a centre point.
One of the key features of this home, is a unique pile foundation that allows a high earthquake resiliency (will sustain a 1 in 1000 year event), as well as protecting from flooding. Additionally, a warm roof will be installed, which is a well established construction technique commonly used in Europe, which increases thermal efficiency, and negates condensation issues in roofs.
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