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A Winning Combination

Unfortunately Doug and Gill Price’s Halswell property was one of the many that had been seriously effected by the September 2010 and February 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, and they had to call upon their Insurance Company to remedy the damage.

The list of rectification work included...

Recreating A Community Icon

In early 2010 a fire at the Raglan Wharf and adjacent building all but destroyed a much loved community facility. Following strong community sentiment, the Waikato District Council committed not only to reinstate the whole facility but to enhance its functionality and upgrade the wharf structure...

Exploring Sustainable Design

By Graham Hepburn

75 per cent of the existing wall framing and subfloor was retained in keeping with the principle of re-using.

As the owner of a family construction business, Andrew Pepper has become keen on exploring sustainable design and materials.

He sees those...

Rainbows End In Auckland

ColorCote® Steel roofing is often a practical choice but Rainbow’s End wanted to add a fun dimension when it came to providing cover for its Kidz Kingdom precinct.

With that in mind, the Manukau-based theme park wanted a curved, multicoloured canopy that would not only keep the area...

Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies for use with steel roof and wall cladding : Solar

New Zealand has long been a home for the use of “alternative” energy generating technologies, both because of the scattered nature of settlement and the Kiwi DIY attitude. Photovoltaic electricity has...

Timbercore

The brief for the Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus (EPIC) project specified - “In considering what is ‘best’, EPIC, amongst other things, designers should take into account the build cost efficiencies, an inspirational and innovative design, efficient use of land, room for growth, and...

Grand Designs House

Star Quality Shines On TV. Partners Daniel Leipnik and Andrew Preston always imagined their dream home would be great for entertaining. But over two
million people? Who would have thought…? Their Asian inspired tree top home at Trinity Beach in north Queensland was featured recently on...

Working With Contrasts Textures And Light

The client’s brief was to create a multi-levelled home which included the use of bleached cedar, exposed masonry and modernist cube forms.

The home was to accommodate 3 bedrooms, providing privacy an ensuite and generous storage options for the master bedroom. An open plan kitchen/dinning...

Falcon: Life At Home Parade

FALCON: LIFE AT HOME PARADE

The Falcon Homes ShowHome is one of eight Show Homes in the Life at Home parade of Show Homes at Karaka Harbourside in Auckland.

The concept behind the Life at Home parade of ShowHomes is to create a platform from which quality Master Builders can...

Silver Fern Farms

Two years after Silver Fern Farms’ Te Aroha beef processing operation was destroyed by fire in December 2010, a state of the art facility is up and running in its place.

Silver Fern Farms’ new Te Aroha plant is a hot boned beef processing operation designed for best practice processing of...

Family Planning For Extended Family

How do you go about designing a home that can cope with sleep overs for ten grandchildren from two to sixteen – plus their parents – and still enjoy your own space with peace and privacy?

Retired farmers John and Beverly Lundy think they’ve got it just about right. Their brief for their...

Move To Modular Building Systems

The face of building is gradually evolving in New Zealand, with one notable shift being a move to modular buildings constructed with cold formed steel.

With the development of software technology that incorporates both architectural and engineering design, larger scale commercial...

Purotu Beach

Purotu Bach (Purotu - Maori means "Beautiful") dreamers nest at Bay of Many Coves Marlborough Sounds

Architect Davor Mikulcic admits he sometimes feels conflicted when asked to design a home that is going to sit in an area of natural beauty such as the Marlborough Sounds....

French Bay Yacht Club

One of west Auckland’s iconic buildings, the French Bay Yacht Club’s clubhouse is also a testament to community spirit.

The modernist-style building hugging the shoreline of the Manukau Harbour is part of the scenery for those who drive down the hill from Titirangi but it took a huge...

Hobsonville Point Primary School

The release of government owned land near the Hobsonville Airbase in Auckland’s North- West, has allowed for the development of Hobsonville Point as one of Auckland’s newest satellite communities.

Numerous projects have been approved and are in the process of being constructed, including...

Making A Mark

When it comes to building showhomes, Landmark Counties has taken a somewhat novel approach compared to other group home builders. Instead of building a showhome using one of their range of standard plans, in this instance, they started from scratch and created this striking one-off designer home...

Metrotile The Perfect Solution

The Bardell’s, from Dannemora in Auckland, had installed an Asphalt Shingle roof on their new home and after 8 years were becoming increasingly frustrated by the asphalt tiles failing, lifting from the roof, and ending up in their gutters and garden. After 8 years, as a result of the lifting...

Re-Thinking Home Building

Thinking outside the square has always been natural for John Donovan, an Xpat Kiwi, who has returned to New Zealand after 25 years abroad. A clean green lifestyle close to family members in Auckland was the primary goal. The house he designed and built is definitely green, and certainly not...

Swimming Pool Complex

“I’ve got a small job for you.”

A chance airport meeting led Queenstown designer Graham Roebeck to one of the most challenging and rewarding projects to date, enclosing an existing pool and water feature in a slate tiled courtyard.

The hilltop pool is sheltered by landscaped walls...

A Little Piece Of History

Without the generosity of Metalcraft Roofing the restoration of the Whitford’ Pony Club’s iconic old brickworks workers’ cottage might never have happened. The cottage provided accommodation for workers at one of the first brick foundries in Auckland which was established on a 640-acre block of...

Innovative Design - Agile Learning

Hingaia Peninsula School is New Zealand’s first school to be built to meet Green Star Built specifications. It is rated 5 Star Green Star Certified by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC).

This Karaka school has also taken a lead nationwide with its fresh approach to design....

Floating In Space

Young Dental Centre + Kidz - Teeth, Meadowbank

The brief was to design a dental surgery that offered specialist care and facilities on a site that had a variety of residential and zoning restrictions. The site had already been developed and subdivided
which presented...

Best Pacific Institute Of Education

The owners of the property requested a face lift to transform and update their building which caters for both a Private Pacific Education Centre and a WINZ office on the ground floor.

The brief also required a maintenance upgrade due to years of neglect, all to be carried out within a...

Clever Thinking And Innovative Solutions

Strachan Group Architects This small project is unique in many ways, including the project team consisting
of Dave Strachan, in conjunction with 16 third year Unitec architecture students, John Cocks and Marshall Cook. This team not only designed the Onemana Bach, they built it.

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