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Armstrong House

Mahitahi Way, Nelson.

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This delightful little 2 bedroom (plus Study) home in Nelson's Wood area, was built on a site of just 320 sq.m. Traditional Japanese styling has always been a personal favourite and my client luckily shared such taste. Rockcote Literock cladding was chosen with a mineral finish to emulate traditional lime washed plaster. Stained timber battens are fixed over the plaster in an effort to emulate structural post and beam timbers. Further efforts to reduce modern material appearance include the unpainted zincalume roofing and spouting, the plain metal window joinery and grooved plywood soffits.

This home faces due north and is designed as a simple direct gain passive solar home utilising a polished exposed aggregate concrete floor (fully insulated) and an Adobe feature wall doubling as an art gallery in the Dining space. Velux roof windows aid direct gain onto the adobe wall and another provides natural light to the internal bathroom. All other floor coverings are natural cork tiles.

(Photos by Emma Heke, Red Heke Productions)

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