Kokatahi, West Coast

A project with love at its heart.

In the making for over 4 years from the concept to completion, this home has a special place in the hearts of the owners. Set in the beautiful Hokitika Valley with the steep native bush clad foothills as a backdrop, the low profile construction doesn’t quite disclose the superb design detail within.

A feature entry leads to the focal point of the home, a multiple function ‘living’ area of almost 200m2. The featured double fireplace of natural stone combined with exposed trusses are the character in this space. The kitchen is set in at the end of the room, giving a commanding view through the room and the raw West Coast scenery through the large windows and doors leading outside.

The use of the Kingfisher Spruce range adds warmth and feeling to this space. Massive trusses spanning over 8 metres form a stunning conversation point. The ceiling between, including the kitchen and entry, are lined with the matching Kingfisher Spruce TGV to complete the design to an exceptional finish. The final touch is the LED lighting set into the bottom chords to light up the trusses from below, highlighting the bold lines which signify the heart of this home. A light stain coating over these brings a warmth of colour to the room, while complementing the polished floors and stone fireplace.

The man behind this mammoth task took the every challenge in his stride, Hayden from Simpson Residential Ltd. The Kingfisher Spruce was a first for him, but he commented on the ease of working with it and the even better result once it was finished. Hayden has already got another two projects using the Kingfisher Spruce and is excited about the future for his company and this product range.

Castle Rock Beach Bach

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. Featured in September 2014 issue of the Home Magazine.

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…..”

See more photos Read the full article on Home Magazine website

Huia St, Waikanae

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.

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 Clears Radiata Pine 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.