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BIM 3D Models

We now provide BIM 3D models with every concept design we produce. While our clients enjoy the fun of interacting with their dream design and simulating walk-throughs, the advantages of this service are much deeper than a pretty video

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Tiny Homes No Longer Just for Hippies

The tiny home movement, as it was coined in the early 2000’s, came from a rebellion in the US to the disproportionately large average size homes which exploded to over +230m2 despite family sizes getitng smaller.  The same appears to…

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Understanding Saddle Flashings

Saddle flashings can be a complex and high risk junction which, if not designed and built correctly, can be a key contributor to water ingress. This is a typical example of the end result of our in-depth detailing and it’s also a…

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2018: The Year in Review

2018 has seen plenty of exciting changes here at Creative Space... Our main studio office has undergone a major refurbishment and we now have a dedicated reception/entry area. We will be completing the second stage of the renovation…

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What We're Specifying: Solitex Extasana Wrap

Solitex Extasana is a synthetic non porous wall underlay produce by Pro Clima. Pro Clima is a German based company that specializes in air and watertight building systems.  Solitex Extasana is a superior building wrap that has high…

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Project in Progress: Omokoroa Compact Home

This stylish new compact home in Omokoroa is all about minimising the footprint and maximising space. Featuring four bedrooms and two bathrooms packed into a generous 205sqm home, yet the building footprint is a modest 145sqm.

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Senior Creative Space Designer Qualified Homestar Practitioner

We are excited to be part of the growing requirement to provide better performing buildings. Combined with well-considered passive design principles, we see Homestar as a framework to ensure our clients are provided with healthy, smart…

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What you need to know about Critical Flashings

Flashings play a key role in the performance of any building exterior building envelope. Together with a cladding system installed over a drained and ventilated cavity system, flashings form the primary line of defence deflecting liquid…

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New Waterproofing System Provides All Round Solution

Over the past 10 years, WeatherAll Solutions has been waterproofing window and door perimeters and complex junctions on residential, commercial and historic buildings with its CodeMark approved TRM WeatherAll waterproofing membrane.

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Insulated Concrete Forms - How do they work?

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) are very large format polystyrene blocks with a hollow core in which concrete is poured to form the wall structure. The polystyrene walls of the blocks then provide an additional barrier system which adds…

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Fundamentally Correct Residential Architecture

I would encourage you all to find a designer or architect that values the fundamentals of good design. I would then encourage you to afford them the time they require to get it right for the best interest of your family. Great design…

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The Modern Take on Privacy Screens

With the availability of lightweight alumium and access to laser cutting technology, privacy screens are no longer limited to the basic wooden slats of recent times. These days you can add that real 'Wow' factor to your home, in a…

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Understanding Why - Great Design Creates Great Value

When investing large sums of money into your future by way of building new or renovating, the biggest opportunity to create more value than you are spending is through good design. We know that ‘great design creates great value’ and…

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Why use synthetic plaster systems?

The typical exterior plaster system for most NZ homes has been cementitious or cement-based plaster. These plaster systems are fine for simple homes associated with a low ‘design complexity’. However, when more complicated homes are…

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Preventing Leaky Home Issues Starts with Basic Home Maintenance

Ask any builder, designer or building inspector, and they will all confirm that keeping your home well maintained is the best way you can prevent leaky home issues.  While we are all doing everything we can in the industry to prevent…

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Introducing Laminam - Large Format Tiles

It's not that often that we get excited about a new material or construction technique - not since ICF systems, at least. Primarily we want to be sure of anything we recommend before we shout about it here. Laminam is another story. We…

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Why Critical Junctions are Critical

Critical junctions are areas of a building where construction materials and construction methods intersect. They are the areas of construction that most designers turn a blind eye to and they are also the areas that will make your…

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Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Systems

ICFs are basically very large format polystyrene blocks, comparable to traditional masonry blocks.  However, for one ICF block you would need 4-6 traditional masonry blocks (due to the size of most ICFs).  The ICF is laid (like…

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The Importance of Pressure Balanced Cavity Systems

Cavity construction was introduced with the change in the Building Code in 2004.  Two of the 4 Ds are covered with these Pressure Balanced Cavity Systems, that is ‘Drainage’ and ‘Drying’. The idea with a Pressure Balanced Cavity System…

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Rigid vs Flexible Air Barrier Systems

The first layer of protection is the seal around your home, then you’ve got your cavity system and then you’ve got the deflection layer.  The seal around your home is the Air Barrier System which is critical.  To help you understand…

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What is the Building Code Really?

The first and most important point that everyone needs to understand before starting any building work is that the Building Code is the BARE MINIMUM STANDARD.  It’s as simple as that.  It’s not an elevated level to reach.  The…

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