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Wyllie Cottage, Gisborne

As the first colonial home built on the northern side of the Taruheru River, Wyllie Cottage holds a special place in the history of Gisborne. 

The city’s oldest surviving European house, Wyllie Cottage is thought to have been either built on the riverside site or moved there between 1871...

Texture, colour, convenience and flair:

This house has it all.

Amy and Lance Vincent love coming home. It’s like finding a box on the doorstep, gift-wrapped in textured black and tied with the sunniest orange ribbon you ever did see.

That’s in some measure a gift from the architect. Architect John Chaplin of Chaplin...

A WORK OF ART

It takes imagination without limits, a personality stimulated by challenge, and a combination of engineering skills and experience to turn a utilitarian roofing material into an ingenious work of art.

Steven Clothier has been making iconic landmarks around New Zealand from corrugated iron...

The Smithy

In the 1880’s a blacksmith shop opened at Outram, the Taieri river ferry crossing, to service the horses and wagons belonging to streams of hopeful prospectors heading for the Central Otago goldfields.

Architect Reece Warnock, architectural designer, recalls the building from his...

The Smithy

In the 1880’s a blacksmith shop opened at Outram, the Taieri river ferry crossing, to service the horses and wagons belonging to streams of hopeful prospectors heading for the Central Otago goldfields.

Architect Reece Warnock, architectural designer, recalls the building from his...

Southland Tavern, Invercargil

As a community-focused organisation, the Invercargill Licensing Trust knew that in the interests of its customers it was time to replace the Southland Tavern.

The old building, which had become outdated and exceeded its serviceable life, was demolished to make way for a more modern and...

Simple form, impeccable detailing

When Dravitzki Brown Architecture was approached to design a family home near Queenstown, the brief was straightforward: “A simple form, with impeccable detailing”.

The owners wanted something that sat elegantly and easily on the land – a flat site with a northwest aspect at Speargrass...

Metrotile overcomes common leaks found with typical roof penetrations

Experienced roofer Scott Harris from SH Roofing, a member of RANZ, attended a leak complaint at a 4-year-old metal tile roof in Pukekohe in February 2017. Heavy rain, leaking through a roof penetration, resulted in a wet patch forming on the home owners ceiling.

Investigations resulted in...

Richard Wilden: house in a hill: 44

Architectural designer Richard Wilden has a fondness for the home that he conceived overlooking the Otago Harbour – and not just because 

it won him an award. 

As he explains, the Broad Bay home that earned an ADNZ national award in the under 250sq m category helped to push his...

jack’s point:44

Jack’s Point show home wins awards with Espan® 

On a working farm 15 minutes from Queenstown, just past Kawarau Falls and Frankton and facing Lake Wakatipu, is the Jack’s Point residential and golf development. It’s been 15 years in the planning by international planning practice Darby...

Reaching new heights

For South Island roofing installer Courtney McDowell, this was no ordinary job. His team were flown by helicopter to the building site each day, in a remote location in the Southern Alps, where they worked against the clock in sub-zero temperatures. And given that all materials were arriving by...

Epsom villa re-roof

Joining two homes together created an impressive 600sq m character villa in the Auckland suburb of Epsom.

But it also created a problem where the two homes were joined.

As Josh Barnes, director of Roofing Works Services Limited, explains. “Where the two homes are joined there are...

Waiheke Island

Having lived on Waiheke Island for more than 20 years, architectural designer Claudia Lapp is familiar with its often challenging topography.

But for this Oneroa site the challenge was more in getting the most out of a home that would have a west-facing orientation to capture the sea...

Wharekai, Unitec Marae

 

When Auckland’s Unitec opened a marae on its Mt Albert campus more than seven years ago, it was a milestone for the institution.

Te Noho Kotahitanga was officially opened on Friday, March 13, 2009  with the wharenui (meeting house), called Te Ngãkau Mãhaki, at its heart.

...

The Dacha: Russian meaning for a home away from home

Mt. Gold Place, Wanaka

At the first meeting on site, between the client and architect, they could hardly see the lake view due to the dense vegetation. They had to climb to the roof of the architect’s car to see the potential outlook. It was breathtaking. The brief for...

Volunteer Nepal

At last year’s Roofing Association conference (2015) Richard Vetter stood up and said, “I was in Nepal just before the earthquake and loved the place and the people.  One of the Villages where I stayed has been flattened by the earthquake and I am going back to help them rebuild their community...

EPL Building Christchurch

As a company that makes cutting edge products, EPL wanted a Christchurch head office and manufacturing facility that embodied its drive for innovation.

Elastomer Products Limited (EPL) was founded in Christchurch in 1974 and its extruded rubber and polymer products are...

Taupo holiday home

For a young Kiwi/Belgian family living in Hong Kong, having a holiday home on Lake Taupo provides an antidote to apartment living in the fast-paced financial hub.

When Dan Kirton and Sylvie Doclot approached Fraser Cameron Architects, they wanted to build a holiday home on a site at...

Stonewood Homes wins regional Supreme award 2014


Stonewood Homes picked up two prizes: the New Homes $350,000-$450,000 category in Manawatu-Wanganui and then went on to take out the region’s Registered Master Builders Supreme Award for the 2014 House of the Year. As a new home consultant for Stonewood Homes in Palmerston North, Kaye...

Metrotile Shingle Reroof Whangarei house

 

When a winter storm with 150km/h winds hit a Whangarei home, sections of its asphalt shingle roof were blown off.
With only the plywood substrate left to protect the two-storey home, water began making its way through the joins in the plywood and into the home, damaging wall...

Designing smart with profiled metal roofing.

 

It is easy when designing a building to leave the roof cladding until last; however, consideration should be made at the outset of design of the Kℓ pressure coefficient factors, which apply to roof cladding and the purlins at the periphery of all buildings.
Some engineers are now...

Pumphouse Theatre Restoration

In a history that spans almost 110 years, the building that we now know as the PumpHouse Theatre has had its ups and downs.
Sitting on the shore of Takapuna’s Lake Pupuke, it began life in 1906 as a water pumping station, a more sophisticated version of the original pumping station that was...

Simply spectacular

 

When Mary and John Washer were designing their home on the Taranaki coastline, they wanted to do justice to the site and the sea views.

They also wanted something befitting the work they had put into their development of Tapuae Country Estate, where their home is on one of 30...

East Coast Bays Leisure Centre

 

When you have an asbestos roof over a community gym and kindy with a playground outside, it’s best not to take risks with it.

That was the view of Auckland Council when it became apparent that lichen could be degrading the asbestos roof on the East Coast Bays Leisure Centre in...

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