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Here you can get a sneak preview as to the very latest projects that the Ecotect team are working on. Click on the project title or the thumbnail in the gallery to be taken to find out more about that project.
 


Coddington Eaton House

A couple growing hops in the Upper Moutere area had a small area of steep ground on their land with good sun and views down the Moutere Valley. Their needs and budget was modest with a design brief for just a single bedroom home with a loft space.


Coddington Eaton House

Cameron Rawley House

A couple had purchased a large site with regenerating native bush at a subdivision just outside of St. Arnaud in the Nelson Lakes National Park. The site already had a small building platform created by a previous owner but several restrictive covenants imposed were set to limit a new house design. The clients wanted an attic style second storey for bedrooms, bathrooms and a mezzanine office area; all to reduce the house footprint for fitting the site platform. However the 5.6m height restriction made it very tricky to fit this 2 storey house under it.


Cameron Rawley House

Lampen House

Some clients in Auckland approached me to design a new family home for them on a steep lifestyle block at Mahurangi West near Puhoi north of Auckland. The building site was a gently sloping ledge between the road and the edge of the steep bank with expansive north east views to the Pukapuka Inlet, Mahurangi Peninsular and Kawau Island beyond.


Lampen House

Williams Coston House

A couple in New Plymouth asked me to design them a modest passive solar home at their bush clad lot at Pukeiti on the north slopes of Mt Taranaki; a nicely elevated site with great views of New Plymouth's Paritutu Rock and big chimney stack at Port Taranaki as well as the rugged Kaitake range and Tasman Sea beyond.


Williams Coston House

Blackman House

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!


Blackman House

Stephens House

A client approached me to design her a very low cost home, but one without compromise on comfort and energy efficiency. The resultant design for the flat building site in Atamai eco village also had to be completely off grid as no services were provided except a single water tank.


Stephens House

Holmes House

Some Nelson clients had purchased one of the most difficult hill sites left in town, the highest site still available on the Grampians hill with great views over the Nelson South area but also high enough to get excellent views to Nelson Haven and Tasman Bay beyond. They engaged me to design their new home but also to design an access drive so the home and garage could be reached from the existing right of way many metres below.


Holmes House

McAra-Cowie House

A couple relocating from Christchurch to Lincoln after the earthquakes approached me to design a new passive solar family home on a new flat greenfields section in the Liffey Springs area at the edge of town. They also needed a large separate garage and workshop which a garage company supplied to my design with the aim of matching the house style and materials. The site allowed for a longish plan facing north for winter solar gain and, by articulating the plan into a living wing and bedroom wing, a large patio and garden area could also be provided in the private north east quadrant.


McAra-Cowie House

Freeman House

This large family house, designed for a builder client's own home, was designed primarily to maximise all the spectacular features of this prime Nelson hill site in the Panorama Heights suburb. Facing north west for the best Tasman bay views and to align better with the land contours, this modern executive home boasts 390m2 of floor area encompassing 5 bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms, spacious open plan Living (with double height space), Dining, Kitchen and Family room area and a massive 4 car garage.


Freeman House

MacKenzie Bauer House

A young family in Rangiora approached me with interest in a simple passive solar home for their flat lifestyle block on the banks of the Cust River. They liked my modular Solabode Mk2 designs and after some plan adjustments to suit their requirements we finished with a 3 bedroom plus study with attached double garage and large workshop. The clients preferred a tall steep pitch roof style building with vertical board and batten cladding, the dual-pavilion nature of the building worked well with those choices.


MacKenzie Bauer House

Odell House

Christchurch refugees Geoff and Gill Odell purchased a flat lifestyle block in the Wairau Valley village near Blenheim, they liked the look of my simple 2 bedroom Solabode Mk2 design and made some modifications of their own to customise the plan. A simple lean-to carport was added with sheltered alcoves for firewood and a chest freezer etc. The modular Solabode Mk2 design is based on a 1.2m internal grid layout to minimise material waste and labour costs.


Odell House

Osmond House

In Cambridge 2016, a client sought my help to develop a small in-fill subdivision of their existing property; I suggested the Solabode Mk2 3 bedroom home as ideal for the small north facing site provided that a single width garage was adopted due to site restraints. This was the first of the Solabode Mk2 modular designs to be built after being originally designed a few years ago as a prefab solution. Conventional 140mm exterior wall framing was used along with lightweight timber I-joists for rafters for the sloping ceiling structure.


Osmond House

Solabode Starter Home v1.2

Built in Flaxmere, Hastings, on an 800m2 flat site, this modified Solabode Starter Home was easily able to face due north on its angled site. The polished concrete slab floor will still provide excellent and adequate thermal mass, to keep this super insulated home cosy in winter. Building costs were reported by the builder to be around $235k in late 2016, not bad for the warmest new 3BR home in Hawkes Bay!


Solabode Starter Home v1.2

 

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