When you build a house in the mountains, you want it to appear as natural as possible – to become a part of the landscape, rather than distract from it. You also want it to be warm, healthy and sustainable in an environment that can be climatically challenging.
This Regional Gold Award-winner happily achieves all of the above. It sits unobtrusively on the land and uses a raft
of energy-efficiency strategies to keep it comfy all year round.
The 210sqm two-bedroom house has thermally broken joinery, a ventilation system, an insulated sub-floor, Intello intelligent air-barrier ceilings, and smart panels in exterior walls. It’s also clad in sustainably sourced reclaimed hardwood – a
durable and good-looking material that’s ideal for the local environment. As if that’s not enough, the interior exudes low-key loveliness, too. Negative-detail ply lines interior walls, and the pitched ceiling in the living space is crafted from Southland beech. Custom joinery and European oak flooring add to the comforting, natural vibe.
The bedrooms and bathrooms serve up more lodge-style luxe, and the view of The Remarkables from the mezzanine floor is breathtaking.
Completed March 2022
Rafe Maclean Architects