Castle Rock Beach House

This amazing beach house at Whangarei Heads used Kingfisher SG8 products as a very important design component. Highly visual, structural members on both the interior and exterior.

A ‘Home of the Year’ Finalist, designed by Herbst Architects demanded hand picked grades and custom sizes that were installed by construction firm, Lindesay Construction. The 100m2 build including decks is a masterpiece and ulitmate showcase of the capabilities of the Kingfisher SG8 Range. For exterior timbers, H3.2 Copper Quat (CQ) treatment was chosen for its environmentally friendly properties. In the words of architect Lance Herbst ‘We play with whats inside and whats outside to create a different experience to the city with the strong engagement with nature.”

“Here at Castle Rock Herbst Architects were asked to design a holiday home for a family of four from Auckland. The site, as you can see from the photographs on, was gorgeous, but came with a number of challenges. The building platform on top of the ridge was already prescribed by the rules of the subdivision, and was exposed to wind from every direction. The views out to sea and to the Whangarei Heads were to the south, but the views north to the top of Castle Rock were, in their own ways, just as worthy of contemplation.

The home has a fabulous openness: it feels at times as if it is little more than a series of casual shelters on the way to the beach. In reality, the entry level of the home is made up of two decks and two rooms, each of them with an array of doors, shutters and screens that offer a variety of configurations between openness and closure. The entry deck faces north to the view of Castle Rock, and is therefore perfect for sheltering from southerly breezes. Like most of the doors on this level, the slider separating this deck from the kitchen disappears into a wall; so does the door on the other side of the kitchen, which connects to another deck with a fireplace and a view of the ocean. The idea is that there will always be a covered outdoor space to hang out in, but if the weather is truly terrible, access to both these decks can be closed off, and the owners can move easily between the kitchen and the snug living area, with its deep built-in seats and corner window overlooking the trees beside the beach…..”

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Urba Apartments, Auckland

Currently under construction, Urba Residences are one of the most awaited developments to be brought to the City of Auckland, located only 3 minutes from Ponsonby Road. Beautifully designed by award winning architects, Leuschke Group Ltd to meticulous detail for the owner occupier.

A 10 storey high rise with 143 apartments, which are predominantly 55m2 with 8 ‘sky terraces’ at the top of the building that are two bedrooms and 70m2.

Most apartments offer stunning views overlooking Auckland’s enchanting skyline and the development also has a spacious courtyard, gymnasium and large heated swimming pool for the residents.

With a big emphasis on sustainability, our Timber Consultants worked in conjunction with our local Approved Reseller to come up with a solution out of our Kingfisher SG8 range for a specific structural application in the high rise building.

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Tea Tree Lane, Woodridge Estate, Wellington

Woodridge is a new residential suburb located at the northern end of Newlands in Wellington. Homes are built on flat sections, nestled in the Hills between Newlands and Horokiwi. Seemingly a country mile from the hustle and bustle of city life, tucked away in a quiet pocket of Wellington’s northern suburbs, the place that encourages pride of ownership, peace of mind and a sense of belonging.

With gorgeous views, reserve outlooks and flat building sites, it’s little wonder that Woodridge is fast becoming one of Wellington’s most successful new residential neighbourhoods, and all only minutes from Wellington CBD.

An impeccable eye for detail is a  hallmark of the team working on this development that ranges from stylish town houses to architectural homes.

Over recent years ATS Timber has worked in close conjunction with the developers and local Approved Resellers to provide customised timber products to a large number of these homes. A lot of them feature band sawn face weatherboard and fascia’s out of our Kakapo Cladding range that is pre-stained in Resene Woodsman colours and then finished on site. A range of profiles from bevel back to rusticated to shiplap and different colour options are chosen depending on the clients tastes. Custom designed pergola’s and entryway’s commonly incorporate band sawn timber products that serve both a modern an functional purpose.

Development of Woodridge Estate began when the landowning family of Woodridge Farm, the Wrights, began to cut a portion of their farm into lots in the 1980’s. Woodridge is still actively growing under the guiding hand of the Wright family members in the form of Woodridge Developments and Wrightway Homes.

Mr Wright took the ‘wood’ theme from the family farm and named many of the streets in keeping with this theme. Examples are Peppertree Lane, Cedarwood St, Ashwood St, Kentwood Drive, White Pine Ave, and Cabbage Tree Lane.

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Architectural Home, Mangawhai Heads

This beautiful architectural home is situated in a private, gated community in Northland’s, Mangawhai. Featuring two main structures, joined and surrounded on three sides with large decks, with a stunning view to the coastline. The couple were personally involved extensively on not only the design but also the build of the home. A far cry from the cramped urban living the couple were used to in their home town of Wellington.

Wanting an exceptional residence, there was no expenses spared it seems. Recycled Oak from Europe that was 100’s of years old was imported to create an incredible set of doors for the front entryway. The Queenstown style of design with the two detached buildings meant the use of exposed timber was a very important feature.

Exposed ceilings throughout with hand made feature trusses, all painted in white complements the design style very well. Kingfisher SG8 Pine timber was chosen with a custom band sawn face finish on all faces for the structural truss timbers. These protrude out to the sofit edge giving the property a great look from the outside.

Kakapo Radiata Pine Clears TGV was chosen to clad the complete roof structure including internal exposed ceilings and exterior sofits. This sarking was also painted white to achieve a mix of the traditional timber look with light modern finish that makes it have a very roomy feel.

Huia St, Waikanae, Kapiti

Nestled into the steep slopes on the edge of Hemi Matenga Memorial Park with a commanding view over Kapiti Island, this dwelling is and exceptional residence.

Very tastefully designed for a successful local businessman, this showcases some beautiful timber applications. Built in a chalet-style with interconnected units with exposed ceilings and decorative trusses this is an architectural and construction masterpiece.

White washed solid timber Macrocarpa trusses in the main open-plan living and kitchen area are accompanied by a whitewashed finished ex 150 x 25 TGV sarking. This same sarking product has been used tastefully on the exterior soffit’s and looks great in the outdoor easting area nestled between the living area’s wing and the sleeping quarters that overlooks a infinity pool and beyond to breathtaking views of the Kapiti Coast.

On the coastal side of the house a wide apron borders it with architecturally designed pergola’s using the same whitewash finish that the interior feature timber used.


Lake Papaitonga Mansion

This mansion overlooking the Lake Papaitonga Reserve in the Horowhenua has been built over a number of years for a successful local businessman. This one-of-a-kind build has luxuries such as stainless steel garage doors, large wine cellar, tennis court, lap pool, underfloor heating through out, in built home system for heating cooling, sound etc.

ATS Timber supplied a lot of timber for this project. One of the main exterior features is a large pergola that flows down from the main out door eating area, down dozens of steep and joins up with a large gazebo overlooking the beautiful grounds, tennis court and pool.

The timber used was a D4S Kakapo Clears in H3.2 with the main pergola timber being 138 x 19 and then 65 x 19 for the slats on the gazebo top.

Macrocarpa RS 100 x 25 timber was used as a feature ceiling in the wine cellars.

Point Howard Pedestrian Bridge

This beautiful structure across a steep gully, connecting a home to the road in one of Wellington’s secluded suburbs on the east coast of the harbour.

This is a luxury entry to a get-a-away near the city that’s prior access was on a step path that zigzagged  down and up a bushy gully to the home.

Our Timber Consultants worked extensively with our local Approved Reseller and the contractor to come up with solutions for this one-of-a-kind elegant curved bridge.

Spanning approx 40m and constructed using a range of ATS Timber products, including Weka SG8 for the cross-members on the round poles and Kakapo Clears products for the hand rail and balustrades, this bridge is a stunning structure tucked away in Point Howard, Wellington.

Supreme House of the Year 2010 Winner

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.