Cleveland Terrace, Nelson
Ecotect now operates from our home studio at 'Riverwood' - 163 Cleveland Terrace, Nelson East - choosing the eco-friendly option of working from home. Working towards an Urban Eco Home-Stay, clients and guests may inspect all manner of eco-home / lifestyle options such as extensive organic vege gardens, composting toilets, recycled greywater system, solar water heaters (for home and greenhouse), and of course a solar tempered home made largely from natural and recycled materials.
My current abode and another stage
in my search for the New Zealand vernacular...
A modest sized family home built on a great
little north facing site near
Nelson City and overlooking the beautiful Maitai
View from south west. A fair attempt in
1997 to build a sustainable house on a steep site; all timber framing is untreated
Fir except poleand bearer foundations and exterior joists.
A ready finished maintenance free
cladding was needed to avoid perching on a 6m high ladder. Onduline was the solution, a
bitumen impregnated recycled
cardboard corrugated sheet cladding . Macrocarpa facings
around the doors and windows and zincalume roofing/accessories complete the scheme.
View from the North East, The steep
narrow site demanded that there be no heavy mass in the building, its north aspect
provides lots of solar gain which is
retained quite well through all but the coldest
evenings, due to high levels of Woolbloc insulation throughout.
Street View, all internal and external doors are hand made TG&V / ledge
and brace doors in knotty macrocarpa.
Kiwibog composting toilet at back porch.
Rain barrels for garden and drinking water
Waterguard filter and UV steriliser for drinking rainwater
More rain barrels for garden
Eco-Plus recycled greywater tank (not yet plumbed)
Lounge Interior; recycled Oregan
timber glazed doors to Dining room.
Lounge Interior; Solar gain through
north glazing shown and Lawsons Cypress TG&V ceiling lining.
Just a 2kW heater is all
thats required to heat the living room on winter evenings.
Dining Room with recycled Rimu timber
overlay flooring and furniture. All wood trim is Macrocarpa with a Rimu coloured stain.
with recycled Rimu flooring and cabinet door frames with Opalite glass. Bench tops and toe
spaces are black 'Art Glass'.
with recycled Rimu flooring and Toilet cistern made of recycled copper and Rimu. Wall
panelling is Hardigroove to emulate T&G.
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