Creative Space Showcase Home

This project is an exercise in simplicity and an experiment in high performance.

In the past I have designed my own homes with complexity in mind. In this situation, and on reflecting on what’s now important to home owners, we reversed those requirements. The challenge was to create a home that was as simple as four walls and a roof, while not losing any aspect of appeal, function or performance.

The objective was to also create an exceptionally high performing home (in substantially reducing energy requirements and increasing comfort) whilst also reducing the budget that would be expected of an entry level brick and tile home.

In regard to performance, we have almost tripled the NZBC requirements with the use of concrete reinforced Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls.  The roof structure has then complimented the wall construction with air barriers (rigid and flexible) and high level insulation.  I am constantly measuring internal/external temperatures and, as an example, can come home in the middle of winter with limited sun and it is 10 degrees outside yet 26 degrees inside.  With no additional heating through the night, the internal temperatures will drop to 21-22 degrees and be 1 degree outside at 6am.

When it is bitterly cold for a few days, and some degree of internal heating is required, the home can almost be heated with a candle.  Often it’s simply a case of showering the kids and cooking a meal on the oven to bring internal temperatures up to 25-26 degrees. 

Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home
Creative Space Showcase Home

Testimonials

I just want to say to those of you who worked on our home - what a great place it has turned into. Just the feelings of space and style it gives. After a month here we have not found anything that we do not like, or anything that we think should have been different. The spaciousness is wonderful, the suitability to the site is fantastic. 

Simply, it is a great piece of design work which has brought only positive comment from all of our once-sceptical neighbours.

“Congratulations on a very good set of working drawings – the best I’ve seen for a long time.  Clear, well presented and concise.”

Grant Casey,
Operations Manager
Shawn Williamson Building Ltd