‘Simple’ home a complex build

‘Simple’ home a complex build

A striking, seemingly simple home, which won silver in the new homes $1-2m category for the Auckland/Northland region in the 2018 Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition, belies the complexity involved, says Matt Munro, director of Steadfast Construction.
The home was designed by engineers PvG Design in conjunction with Steadfast Construction.
The extremely modern 215 square metre three-bedroom home offers two bathrooms and an open-plan living area. The lower level contains its own open-plan kitchen and covered deck.
All the precast concrete panels that make up the structure were fully finished inside and out with all the power points, water connections etc contained inside the panels before they were erected.
This meant extreme precision when positioning the panels on site, says Matt who says a lot of time was spent on the shop drawing phase. Inside extremely detailed finishing also meant precision of the highest degree.
For example the lines of the panels in the raking ceiling had to line up with wall panels and also line up with soffits in the exterior. The interior staircase was another distinctive feature.
It was designed by Steadfast Construction who had been looking for the right project to implement it on and involved reinforcing steel threaded between different levels of timber stairs then connecting to the ceiling beam.
From hidden doors to precise negative detailing, the project has been hand-crafted to a high degree and is the result of collaborative effort between engineer, clients and builders.
Matt and business partner Josh Dickson started Steadfast Construction in 2012. Both had worked together previously and bring a combined 20 years plus experience in construction.
Although Steadfast Construction focuses on residential builds – high end new homes and renovations – it is the commercial construction background that Matt and Josh bring that sets Steadfast Construction apart.
‘Simple’ home a complex build
“Our large-scale commercial projects background means we understand programming and how this needs to be suited to the project. So we tailor the programme of each project we undertake to suit the project and the client,” explains Matt.
“We also involve all subcontractors from day one. This ensures everyone is on the same page and really speeds up the project and helps mitigate problems. This is not usual in residential construction in New Zealand but it really makes sense.”
Presently Steadfast Construction is working on a range of projects including an architectural new build in Mt Eden and is working towards starting another couple of larger scale projects in Northcote and Kumeu in the New Year. “We believe the process of building a house is a personal one.
Often what separates our work from others cannot be seen because it’s in the way we build the house as evidenced in the House of the Year award winner.
“We take time to get to know our clients and to craft a process capable of delivering to their exact requirements.”
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