Beautiful home makes a statement in timber

Beautiful home makes a statement in timber
The stunning timber clad and timber lined home boasts open plan living with impressive sliding glass doors shrouding the external walls on the ground floor.

John and Nikki McNamara are loving living in their new modhouse home in Hastings.
The former Auckland couple, an architect and interior designer respectively, had been drawn towards modular prefabricated construction processes and to homes leaving a smaller and greener footprint on the land.
John first began designing and making models of the home’s unique two-level design in 2006 and despite the passage of time the original timber post and beam concept has remained true, albeit with some tweaking to work through the detailing and consenting process.
“We pretty much haven’t changed any major design elements of the actual plan,” says John.
“Over the years I must have bored the family to tears talking about how we would someday build this home.”
Called ‘modhouse’, John says the 165sqm home makes a real statement about what is possible when good design and sound ESD principles meet with talented engineers (Flux Collective) to explore the emerging engineered structural timber industry and offsite construction.
The modular nature of its construction and by utilising the advantages of off-site construction such as the stable factory conditions to produce the parts, meant the building process on-site went very quickly and relatively smoothly. “The next one will be even faster to build”, John says.
“The technology’s evolving and the materials being created are more and more sophisticated and can be beautifully crafted.”
The stunning timber clad and substantially timber lined home boasts open plan living with impressive sliding glass doors shrouding the external walls on the ground floor which contains the double height entry space, dining room, guest toilet and a beautiful modern kitchen crafted by Kakapo Joinery in Napier.
Nikki’s design flair as owner and lead designer of Interiors business Stylemaker is imprinted throughout the interiors in the choice of colours, furnishings and fixtures.

Beautiful home makes a statement in timber
Nikki’s design flair as owner and lead designer of Interiors business Stylemaker is imprinted throughout the interiors in the choice of colours, furnishings and fixtures.

The interior space of the two upper levels which contain a bedroom and bathroom on each side is tied together very cleverly with a timber bridge connecting one side of the U shape to the other.
Additional features include a hammock suspended beside the bridge and a floating stair made from perforated steel that allows the sunlight directly through to heat the exposed concrete slab below.
This acts as an effective passive thermal mass, absorbing sun that also streams in through the double-glazed windows and doors from First APL.
“The cupolex concrete pad is a great source of radiant heating inside and when the colder months arrive we have a Pyroclassic fire box which burns extremely efficiently.”
What speaks to John most about the choice of materials is his philosophy to source New Zealand’s sustainably grown timber, where through the application of technology the value is added here in NZ rather than the logs being shipped offshore and sold back to us as flatpack furniture and suchlike.
Known as “Logs for Jobs”, the milled NZ Pine is further processed into green building materials with the added value and employment opportunities.
“In our case we used floor and ceiling panels made from CLT (cross laminated timber from XLAM’s Nelson factory), exposed laminated timber posts and beams from Techlam in Levin and a 30mm thick Triboard panel for the internal walls by Juken NZ available through Placemakers Napier store.
“We also used structurally insulated roof panels known as SIPs from Metalcraft who are also based in Hastings so there was quite an input from businesses based here in the Hawkes Bay which appealed to us very much.”
“We love it here and there’s already been strong interest in the showhome and the principles that sit behind its design. It’s our home now but we will continue to hold open home days advertised through our website.”
And the cherry on the cake must be in being awarded as the Architectural winner this year in Hastings District Council’s Landmark Awards.
This award acknowledged the contribution modhouse makes to the Hastings landscape and the city’s sense of identity and pride. John has recently completed the design for a single level modhouse, this time with a smaller floor plan and a smaller budget.
“It will offer all the benefits of our design and materials while delivering a cost-effective solution to people who value timber and green building processes.”
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