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The house is an earthquake rebuild. It replaces the owner’s much loved triple brick home that had its structural integrity shaken away. The owners pro-active approach saw them opt out of rebuild options offered by the insurance company. They engaged the architect as soon as the rebuild option was confirmed and worked quickly to complete all planning and documentation. The build started just 8 months after the February 2011 quake, and was completed within 5 months.

The aim was to build a strong and modern home whilst incorporating the key elements which gave the existing home its character. This was done by orientating the new home to match the original and keeping a similar footprint. The layout of the new home maintains the master bedroom in the same location, with the bed placed exactly over the same spot as previously – offering an unchanged outlook.  The gardens were protected and maintained throughout the build, with large trees causing difficulties importing materials into the site, but on completion creating a feeling that this house belongs on the site and has always been there. Cedar screens over the windows facing a shared driveway offer complete privacy.

Post-earthquake it was crucial to employ building systems that had a proven history of survivability. Firth Rib-raft concrete slab was chosen for its strength and suitability for this site. Timber framed walls with 150mm thick exterior framing and lightweight roofing and cladding were used. Above code insulation and thermally broken exterior joinery, with Argon filled, low E glass ensure that the clients seldom need to turn on either of the 2 floor mounted heat pumps, making this home more efficient than the un-insulated triple brick of the predecessor.

Quality materials and fittings combined with a building team dedicated to the highest levels of craftsmanship mean that this home is a delight to enter.

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Waimea Terrace

The house is an earthquake rebuild. It replaces the owner’s much loved triple brick home that had its structural integrity shaken away. The owners pro-active approach saw them opt out of rebuild options offered by the insurance company. They engaged the architect as soon as the rebuild option was confirmed and worked quickly to complete all planning and documentation. The build started just 8 months after the February 2011 quake, and was completed within 5 months.

The aim was to build a strong and modern home whilst incorporating the key elements which gave the existing home its character. This was done by orientating the new home to match the original and keeping a similar footprint. The layout of the new home maintains the master bedroom in the same location, with the bed placed exactly over the same spot as previously – offering an unchanged outlook.  The gardens were protected and maintained throughout the build, with large trees causing difficulties importing materials into the site, but on completion creating a feeling that this house belongs on the site and has always been there. Cedar screens over the windows facing a shared driveway offer complete privacy.

Post-earthquake it was crucial to employ building systems that had a proven history of survivability. Firth Rib-raft concrete slab was chosen for its strength and suitability for this site. Timber framed walls with 150mm thick exterior framing and lightweight roofing and cladding were used. Above code insulation and thermally broken exterior joinery, with Argon filled, low E glass ensure that the clients seldom need to turn on either of the 2 floor mounted heat pumps, making this home more efficient than the un-insulated triple brick of the predecessor.

Quality materials and fittings combined with a building team dedicated to the highest levels of craftsmanship mean that this home is a delight to enter.

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Waimea Terrace

The house is an earthquake rebuild. It replaces the owner’s much loved triple brick home that had its structural integrity shaken away. The owners pro-active approach saw them opt out of rebuild options offered by the insurance company. They engaged the architect as soon as the rebuild option was confirmed and worked quickly to complete all planning and documentation. The build started just 8 months after the February 2011 quake, and was completed within 5 months.

The aim was to build a strong and modern home whilst incorporating the key elements which gave the existing home its character. This was done by orientating the new home to match the original and keeping a similar footprint. The layout of the new home maintains the master bedroom in the same location, with the bed placed exactly over the same spot as previously – offering an unchanged outlook.  The gardens were protected and maintained throughout the build, with large trees causing difficulties importing materials into the site, but on completion creating a feeling that this house belongs on the site and has always been there. Cedar screens over the windows facing a shared driveway offer complete privacy.

Post-earthquake it was crucial to employ building systems that had a proven history of survivability. Firth Rib-raft concrete slab was chosen for its strength and suitability for this site. Timber framed walls with 150mm thick exterior framing and lightweight roofing and cladding were used. Above code insulation and thermally broken exterior joinery, with Argon filled, low E glass ensure that the clients seldom need to turn on either of the 2 floor mounted heat pumps, making this home more efficient than the un-insulated triple brick of the predecessor.

Quality materials and fittings combined with a building team dedicated to the highest levels of craftsmanship mean that this home is a delight to enter.

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