Murphy House - Hawke's Bay, New Zealand - Abodo | ArchiPro

Murphy House - Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

This natural looking timber home, nestled amongst an array of natives including Pohutukawas and Nikau palms, is rich in heritage and tells an endearing story. The house, in Abodo’s Vulcan Cladding, sits on the original site of what Willie and Annabel refer to as the “old shack” – a rundown Kiwi bach that the couple lived in for five years after returning from working overseas and prior to building.

But both Willie and Annabel wanted the house to be as environmentally benign as it was subtle. “Being from the Hawke’s Bay we really like the idea of using materials with low embodied energy. So not a lot of transport, using locally grown timber, something that weathers well. We also wanted strong timber products that weren’t unsustainably milled”. Abodo’s carefully crafted timber fitted the bill nicely. 

One and a half years into the new home, Willie says the cladding has weathered beautifully. Even in the heat of the summer with brisk easterlies blowing in off the ocean. “It’s performing and weathering really well. We haven’t seen any movement or shrinking. It’s just the same as when it went up". Further, Willie says the mixing up of Abodo’s wood profiles have allowed for a more authentic looking timber clad. “The grains and different wood profiles show through really well which we really like, and because the cladding has been thermally modified it definitely gives you that deeper, rich timber finish look. We are very happy with it”.

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