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The Ferndale home had to be designed to meet the requirements pertaining to eco responsibility set by the tough Ferndale covenants and design guidelines, which were established to retain as well as enhance the character of the site. These guidelines were put in place to promote sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable resources. All homes in the subdivision must meet minimum energy efficiency ratings as well as adeptly integrating hard and soft landscaping in the design.

The design had to meet the following criteria to be approved for construction:

  • Positive relationships between buildings, landscaping, and landform
  • Recognition of natural processes (e.g. sun, wind, rainfall) and utilisation/provision for them
  • Outstanding performance in respect to energy and water efficiency
  • Materials that respond to the environmental context of the site and embody principles of sustainability
  • Colours and finishes that are compatible with the landscape
  • Site layout and landscaping that engages with public spaces and adjacent properties
  • Respect for existing development and levels of privacy and amenity
  • Minimal areas of hardstand

It was built for a young family, as well as being a builder’s own home. Hence we needed to showcase his skill to a wide audience, and it had to be equally appealing to young couples, families and retirees.

Builder: David Reid Homes Kapiti

Photographer: Leroy James

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AD Architecture is an architectural design company, specialising in high performance homes. Based on the Kapiti Coast, AD Architecture provides architectural services for new builds and renovations across the greater Wellington region, and all around New Zealand.

Founded in 2008 by directors Peter Davis and Jon Ambler, their unique approach incorporates style, budget, environment, and function to achieve desirable, high performance architecture.

We are in touch with modern trends and materials, including weathertight home resolutions and are committed to promoting sustainability and energy efficiency to ensure your next home promotes a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle .

Proud members of the Architectural Designers Inc., NZ Institute of Architects, and the Superhome Movement, AD Architecture are also Licensed Building Practitioners.