Gunn Builders’ most personal job yet

Gunn Builders’ most personal job yet
Nathan Gunn’s current project is his own home in the Abbotsford subdivision of Grand Vista.

Nathan Gunn is part way through building his own beautiful home in the Abbotsford subdivision of Grand Vista. Nathan and his brother Hayden own Gunn Builders, a small Dunedin-based residential building company they established in 2016 after 20 years’ collective experience within the construction industry.
For Nathan, he was never going to be anything but a builder.“Building isn’t just a job for me—I love it. If there were more hours in the day I would be doing the same. There’s something different every day and it’s seeing the client’s face when you finish a job—it just makes their day.”
Having promised his wife their new house would be finished for Easter 2020, Nathan is now his own client, applying the same magic, attention to detail and forward planning he always does for others.
Designed by Dunedin practice, Lewis Architecture, the 217sqm single-storey home is comprised of two wings sitting length ways on the building platform, joined by a small atrium linkway. The linkway provides the home’s front entrance along with space for the master bedroom’s en-suite and small study area.
Three bedrooms and the garage form one wing with attic and loft spaces overhead providing a games room and office and adding a further 53sqm to the overall floor space.
But the larger open plan area covering 60sqm and encompassing kitchen, dining and lounge wing is where the home’s drama comes alive.With a raked cathedral style ceiling 4.7 metres at its highest, two steel I-beam portals rake with the ceiling, supporting the ridge beam.
“Those I-beams will be exposed, giving the area an industrial look, which will be enhanced by large Italian porcelain 1200 x 1200 floor tiles. One end of that space is all glass and with the way the sun goes down light floods through the whole house.”
The home’s heating will be a combination of an in-built wood fire, ducted heat pump unit regulated for each room and some under floor heating.Ground was broken at the end of July and the structure is now at a stage where it’s about to be closed in.
Gunn Builders’ most personal job yet
“The roof is alpine tray which will come down the walls of the bedroom and garage wing. Then on the kitchen, living, dining wing vertical shiplap cedar will be used with four different width boards. The linkway and chimney is a Viblock brick.” Nathan says knowing exactly what you want and the detail needed to get the job done is a key to success.
“Experience, forward planning and being a good communicator with all the trades is always important.” Likening the co-ordination of subcontractors to being the conductor in an orchestra, Nathan says if someone doesn’t turn up when they are required it’s a bit like a broken string.
“All of a sudden that effects the next person and there’s a big snowball effect. “We’ve built up a good rapport with our subbies and tend to use the same guys which is handy because when you need something they tend to put you up the list.”
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