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Odell House

A Solabode Mk2 in the Wairau Valley
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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, the grid effect is emphasised architecturally by using ply wall linings with negative joint details. Facing near to due north (slightly angled for better views of the Richmond Ranges), with wool insulated 140 thick exterior walls and a Maxraft 100% insulated exposed concrete floor slab, this modest home will achieve better performance than any other home in its category. An adobe feature wall behind the backup log burner will store additional heat from both the sun and fire.

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