Complex home a triumph for builder

Complex home a triumph for builder

For the past two years, Auckland’s RH Builders has been working on its most detailed and challenging project to date, a 360sqm Nashdesign Architecture designed home, with three split levels, a mezzanine floor, 6.5m frames, and one of the most complex roof structures RH Builders owner Rick Hassett has ever built.
This is a return client for RH Builders, with the company having completed an office fit-out project for them in 2012.
The new home at semi-rural Coatesville is a turn-key project with RH Builders starting with a three acre bare paddock and completing driveways, fencing, landscaping, and planting as well as the new home build.
The first challenge on site were the foundations, with different levels and lines to cater for three ground floor split levels.
The huge framing came next, with some timber frames going up as high as 6.5m and extensive amounts of structural steel to form the high walls of the home.
The roof was a huge challenge for the RH Builders team, which had to make a twisted roof out of square bits of steel to allow the roof to fall across two different planes.
Constructed out of structural steel beams and posts, it’s like a commercial roof construction method with steel purlins used because of the span from one place to another. “We’ve never used that on a house before.” On top of the structure went 20m lengths of roofing.
More than 5000m of cedar was used in the home, with the cedar exterior cladding flowing through to inside with tongue and groove cedar on the ceilings, feature walls in cedar, and the mezzanine floor wrapped in cedar.
The internal walls follow the same random line as the roof, so the detail in the interior matches the challenges RH Builders faced while constructing the external structure.
Rick even went as far as to recess the track lights in the living room ceiling, and perfectly grain match all the cedar boards as they wrap down from the mezzanine wall to the ceiling below – a huge job but an amazing looking result.

Complex home a triumph for builder
The cedar exterior cladding flows through to the inside with tongue and groove cedar on the ceilings and feature wall.

 
“For us this is the biggest residential house we’ve done and by far the most complex and detailed across the board,” Rick says.
“We’ve previously built an apartment building in the city, which was bigger and more valuable in stature, but nowhere near as complicated in structure. “This by far exceeds anything we’ve ever done before.”
He says the project has broadened the skill set of the RH Builders team, and made them aware of what they are capable of. “The high end finish that we know we can achieve has really been put to practice,” Rick says.
As a business owner who is on the tools more than 80% of the time, Rick keeps a really good handle on each project, helping the smooth running of the whole process. “It works really well when you’re hands on,” he says.
“That’s why our work is always by referral and people are prepared to wait for us because they want us to build their project. “That has been the way it has worked since we started back in 2010.”
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