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Blackman House

Greymouth
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A young couple in Greymouth approached me for a house design on their rural / bush clad site on Welshmans Road , Rutherglen, just south of Greymouth. The site was restricted by covenants and easements which severely limited the scope for a house design, not to mention a passive solar home!

The site forced the house alignment into a long narrow shape facing north east so my solution to achieving solar gain was to snipe off a big corner of the living space at 45 degrees to achieve a north facing glazing element; this also doubled as being a main view aspect and deck access too. The site restrictions also forced a narrow double garage on the south side but one up side was the fact that all bedrooms and living spaces could be connected by a long veranda/deck along the north east side all with nice views of the native bush; a much needed feature in the wet West Coast region. Shelter from rain also shades sunshine so a solution was to design clerestorey windows for all main rooms, each with a high sloping ceiling, to receive much needed natural light. Local milled timber weatherboard will be used for cladding, a Maxraft 100% insulated concrete slab will store sunlight as well as an adobe feature wall behind the backup log burner. Terralana wool insulation will fill up the wall and roof cavities and double glazed low E windows will reflect radiant heat back into the space.

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