Okaramio Adobe House

  • Year: 2015
  • Location:
    Queen Charlotte, Marlborough
  • Type:
    Residential Projects
    New Builds
  • Floor Area: 300 squ. metres
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The clients had a very clear image of what the wanted to achieve on this project and we had to be sympathetic to their ideas in order to achieve this.

The homestead was created using 6700 adobe bricks for internal and external walls. Consideration had to be given to the time of year they were laid and the speed at which the roof was completed to ensure integrity of the adobe bricks.

A two and a half meter wide veranda supported by recycled telephone poles gives a large outdoor living space and protects the adobe bricks further.

Locally grown and milled timber was the other main material used. Macrocarpa, Totara, Matai and Oak were all used in the construction. No treated timber, gib-board or mdf were used in the house.

A gallery to the North uses Italian porcelain tiles to catch the sun and warm the house passively in the evening. Under floor hot water pipes were installed as well as a gas fire for the chillier nights. In addition solar panels heat the water for the kitchen and bathrooms. The showers of which are lined in mini corrugated iron, which had to be cut, shaped to the curve of the wall and glued in place to avoid mechanical fixings.

A superb building where even the smallest detail was thought through and helps execute the desired result.

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