Showcasing the Tirimoana Development in Wanginui

In its role of being the ‘gateway’ to stage one of the Tirimoana subdivision in Wanganui, this home, with its 30-degree pitch, u shaped roof was a good benchmark for the homes to follow in the Otamatea development.

Built by DML Construction Ltd for sister company Tirimoana Developments, the design brief for registered architect Sophie Ross was to maximise sunlight and outdoor living spaces on a limited site, while also creating a degree of privacy. 

These features in particular were a drawcard for the home’s owner, Claire Hoare when she moved to Wanganui from a farm north of the city along the Wanganui river. She says the home is warm, inviting and easy to live in with appealing open plan features. The piece de resistance for Claire since purchasing the show home has been the dry river bed, stone planting created out the front, designed by local artist friend Chris Gulley.

The single level home, with a 260sqm footprint, features three double bedrooms, a single bedroom/study, a walk-in wardrobe, en suite and one bathroom and separate toilet. There are two separate living areas with a fully open plan kitchen, dining and lounge. 

The roof design is two front gables that run parallel to each other and are linked by a hipped section over the spacious double garage at the rear of the house forming a u-shaped roof.  Inside the two gables are a courtyard and an outdoor living area that features an outdoor fireplace with a cedar canopy above for those chilly winter nights.

Another feature of Sophie’s design includes light-filled hallways with full height openings to the bedrooms. 

Materials specified by the client, Tirimoana Developments included board and batten wall cladding in harmony with cedar weatherboard for areas of the home facing the road. The plans originally called for a Heritage Tray type profile but the switch to corrugate for the show home matched the client’s quest for simplicity. With a 30 degree pitch the roof was quite challenging to install and the roof installer was extremely fussy on the fine details. 

The product was .40 Colorsteel Maxx Corrugate in Slate, DML Construction opting for the best performing Colorsteel on the house to maximise the lifespan of the roof and taking into account Wanganui’s generally severe environment. 

This home made quite a statement at the entranceway to this new area of Wanganui and the dark colour complements the use of cedar panels to break up the dark wall cladding. Stage 2 of this subdivision is now underway in a partnership between DML Construction Ltd and Platinum Homes.


Sophie Ross Architect

Sophie Ross Architect is a boutique architecture studio, creating personalised and unique homes. Sophie offers a friendly, relaxed service where the client will always receive the personal touch as she likes to ensure the design process is enjoyable with any concerns the client may have being removed to the satisfaction of both parties. 

Architect:  Sophie Ross
Company: Sophie Ross Architect
Telephone: 027 306 6710
Builder:  DML Construction Ltd
Roofing and Wall cladding manufacturer: Wanganui Steelformers
Roofing and Cladding Installer: Gullery Roofing
Roof profile: Colorsteel® Maxx® Corrugate in Slate