Karangahake House - Kaimai Ranges, New Zealand
Hugged by the Karangahake forests and the Kaimai Ranges, this farmland home bravely holds its own on the hilltop
Masterfully designed by MAKE Architects, whose brief was to design a new house for their client’s existing farmland, to a tight budget and at no larger than 100m2.
The homeowners wanted to construct their new home through a prefabrication process, whilst maintaining the simplicity of a “tramper’s hut”. Sustainability was a key criteria throughout the build.
As a result, MAKE challenged wasteful and often costly construction processes - and the prefabricated floors, walls and roofs were assembled on-site within only 4 days.
The sustainability focus was further achieved through the carefully selected materials and finishes, weathertight linings, and smart efficient ventilation systems.
Abodo’s Tundra timber cladding was chosen for the exterior to further meet the sustainability eco-brief. Tundra Cladding is made from douglas fir, sustainably grown in New Zealand from FSC® certified plantations.
Finished in Sioo:x natural wood coating, Tundra Cladding has a rustic look which completes the tramper’s hut brief and integrates beautifully into the natural surrounds.
Sioo:x is a 100% natural wood treatment, which silvers off to an attractive, low maintenance grey over time.