The winner of the New Homes over $2 million category and Pink Batts Ultra Energy Efficient Award is Lindesay Constructions second Supreme winner in three years. The owners wanted a sustainable, energy efficient, environmentally friendly home with natural tones and textures and a life expectancy equal to that of the original kauri homestead, moved to another site.
The council wanted a treated radiata frame and the owners, who had been living abroad during the early years of New Zealand’s leaky home nightmare, where strongly adverse to chemicaally treated wood. The protracted, frustrating process of convincing the council to allow a frame of untreated heart-grade Lawson Cypress, grown in the central North Island and processed at ATS Timber in Levin, fell to the project manager Hamish Craig who worked with our technical support team to provide the proof and secure an amendment to the building consent to allow the timber to be used. Judges comment “In a year of exceptional craft and workmanship, this property simply blew the judges away.”
Summary of the project from Lindesay Constructions website:
“Coming down the driveway you know you’re arriving at a very special place”
– Panel Judge, Graham Anderson on the 2010 Registered Master Builders House of the Year Supreme Award winner.
The owners of the property approached Lindesay Construction to help realise a dream – an eco, energy-efficient home built with chemical-free timber, sensitive to the natural contours of the property and its 150 protected trees.
Lindesay Construction’s experience and commitment to working with delicate environments and unusual materials meant we were able to create just such a building.
This home was literally handcrafted from 13 varieties of untreated timber. With the doors open, the natural tones and textures of the house and decking seem to become part of the landscape. Between wings of the house is a tranquil “inner sanctum”. This open, but private space adds to the home’s sense of peace and airiness.
The home doesn’t just look like part of nature, it looks after it too. Built throughout with energy-efficiency in mind, the home is as well insulated as possible and the exterior joinery features high specification double-glazed. A Heat Recovery Ventilation system also helps maintain air quality and an advanced automation system manages the lighting and other electrical systems throughout the house.
Site Manager, Hamish Craig worked tirelessly to bring his clients’ vision to life. Every plank of wood was sourced from Mills that could provide Verified Legal Origin and are monitored by sustainability accreditation authorities like the Forest Stewardship Council. Sourcing the timber was one thing. It then took months to convince the council that it would stand the test of time.
The judges said the property’s craftsmanship and attention-to-detail blew them away, with its “symphony of rich textures and tones, providing a warm living environment”. The craftsmanship of the stonework in the home’s powder room was of a level they’d not seen before and that overall the house boasted “superb detailing and quality – rarely seen and experienced”
Hamish and his team says the real award is seeing the completed home and knowing their client got just about everything on their wish list.