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McAra-Cowie House

Lincoln, Canterbury
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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. By maintaining a constant northern roof plane over both wings, costs were reduced and a higher roof overhang was possible over the main living spaces which in turn provided for 2.7m ceilings and high glazing units for maximum winter solar gain. A fully insulated Maxraft exposed polished floor slab coupled with 140 thick wool filled exterior walls and a double layer of wool insulation in the ceiling; provide this passive solar home with all the comfort it needs for cold Canterbury winters. The backup log burner with recycled brick backing wall allow for additional heat storage. A wetback, solar water heater and rainwater storage complete the range of eco features.

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