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Auckland couple Paige & Jack can’t wait to build their dream eco home on Rangitahi

October 25th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Auckland couple Paige & Jack can’t wait to build their dream eco home on Rangitahi”

We recently chatted to young couple Paige & Jack, who have relocated from Auckland to start their new laid-back lifestyle in Raglan and build their dream eco home on Rangitahi!

We understand you both have relocated from Auckland recently, what inspired you to make the move to Raglan? How did you find moving from the big smoke to a small town?

The pressure of Auckland living and financial strain due to high rental prices and lengthy delays on every commute eventually made the decision to move out of Auckland a no brainer. Paige grew up in the Waikato and Raglan was always the town to get away to enjoy the relaxed and happy vibe so seamlessly. Jack loves to surf and grew up in West Auckland near Piha. The west coast feels like home to him so Raglan was an easy choice for the both of us. It has everything we need to settle down and Rangitahi seemed like a great opportunity to buy a section that would give us the chance to build our new home right by the water… We wouldn’t be able to afford that in Auckland! Moving to a small town has definitely simplified life and we still pinch ourselves at how great life has become since moving here and are super happy with our decision to do so.

What do you love most about living in Raglan, and what do you get up to in your spare time?

We love the community feel, the open minded people here and getting involved with community driven events. We have two dogs so always make time to explore new walking tracks with them. We have recently got involved with a great community driven group Karioi Project and have been trapping the Indicators area. Jack loves to surf and Paige has a new found love for Pilates, thanks to Eden at Lifted. We enjoy the simple things in life, especially a coconut flat white from one of the few coffee spots in town.

You made the great decision to buy a section on The Rangitahi Peninsula, what was it that attracted you to our new subdivision?

When we first started looking at moving to Raglan this is one of the first properties we heard about. Buying into a new urban sustainable neighbourhood really appealed to us and we like that the developers are encouraging interesting buildings that steer away from the ‘norm’ to fit with Raglan’s ideal. We also felt that this would help protect our asset hoping we wouldn’t be amongst substandard suburban homes and would encourage people to think outside the box when designing their homes to make every home unique.

What type of home are you planning to build on Rangitahi? How many bedrooms and what kind of materials are you thinking of using? E.g. Cladding materials

We are planning to build a pretty basic 3-bedroom home that is fit for purpose, no unnecessary spaces and necessary luxuries only. We like the idea of utilising every bit of space in a home and building a house that works for us. Entertaining is on the top of our list, so a kitchen, living and outdoor space that flows seamlessly will be our aim. We are really keen to make our home as energy efficient as possible to reduce the building’s ecological footprint. Would love it to be an ultra-low energy building that requires little energy for space heating and cooling (a lot of research yet to be done on building style and materials).

Who will be building your home for you?

Hoult Construction of course, along with our great team of builders and sub trades.

Tell us a bit about your building business and how you started in Raglan? What kind of homes do you build?

Before starting Hoult Construction Jack was a project manager in Auckland managing large commercial jobs. Once the decision to move to Raglan was made we got underway with planning to start a residential construction company here. An opportunity to do an eco deconstruction in Raglan as our first project was a great way to meet members of the community, sub trades and the team doing amazing things up at Xtreme Xero Waste. Now we are taking on most types of construction work, from residential new builds, renovations, fit outs, and commercial work. We are proud to have recently become members of the New Zealand Builder’s Association and offer a 10 year building guarantee with our work. We believe building up a good support network with sub trades and suppliers around the area has been key. We look forward to supporting other small businesses making their living in this beautiful coastal town.

Get in touch with Hoult Construction if you’re after a local trusted builder!

Jack Hoult: 027 625 3147

info@houltconstruction.co.nz

facebook.com/houltconstruction2018

Rangitahi project feature in Stuff for green housing guidelines

October 15th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Rangitahi project feature in Stuff for green housing guidelines”

“A housing development in Raglan is encouraging purchasers to design energy efficient homes by using guidelines from the New Zealand Green Building Council.

And the council says the New Zealand building code is shockingly bad at ensuring homes are liveable and more people are realising standards need to be higher.

The Rangitahi project is a 550-section development on a Raglan peninsula that pokes out into the harbour.

It is incorporating the council’s six star Homestar rating into its design rules.”

The Rangitahi Project featured on Stuff.co.nz recently for encouraging sustainable, energy-efficient homes. Read the full article here.

Want to know more? Download our Design Guidelines for Rangitahi here, which outlines our vision for Rangitahi and our energy efficient building guidelines.

Interested in joining our new sustainable neighbourhood in Raglan? Head to our explore page here, and see what exciting things we’ve got planned!

Our favourite Raglan walks

October 10th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Our favourite Raglan walks”

There is so much to see and do in Raglan, and one of our favourite ways to explore it is by foot! You can explore beautiful farmland, visit hidden waterfalls, climb a mountain and get some of the best views of the West coast all by foot! You’d be silly not to pack your walking (or running!) shoes if you come for a visit, and if you’re making the move to Raglan, a healthy active lifestyle will be right at your doorstep.

There will be a range of walking tracks throughout the Rangitahi peninsula that will allow you to explore its beautiful surroundings, from native bush to the sea. But Raglan already offers a variety of great walking routes, and we thought we’d share with you a few of our favourites.

Bryant Memorial Walks

Ngarunui track is one of our favourite most accessible walking tracks in Raglan. It offers some stunning views of Ngarunui beach and the west coast beyond, and is a great way to extend your morning or evening beach walk! You can access this from Wainui Road beside the Bryant Home Children’s Bible Camp, where you’ll be taken down a coastal track with tree ferns, Nīkau palm, Kawakawa and Kōwhai all in abundance, and on the way down you’ll find a lookout with extensive views of the beautiful raglan coastline and beyond. You’ll be able to get a good view of the surf at the points too! You’ll end up on the beach where you can continue your walk along the seashore and enjoy the smell of the ocean air!

If you’re looking for an even longer route and through more forest, you can access the Water Race track from Upper Wainui Rd which adds another 20 minutes or so but meets up with Ngaranui track on Wainui Rd. Here you’ll be taken through dense coastal forest, perfect for a weekend walk with friends!

Wainui Bush Reserve 

If you love your bush walks and New Zealand natives, then we recommend you explore a network of paths through beautiful native bush called Wainui Bush Reserve. Located just before the beach turn off on Wainui Rd (you’ll see a carpark to your right coming from town), you can access a variety of tracks here that will take you on a journey through New Zealand’s native plant life. A great way to improve your knowledge too as many are identified for you! The reserve was created by a team of hard-working volunteers, and you’ll notice little manmade structures as you explore the area.

Mt Karioi Summit tracks 

If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, you can in fact trek to the summit of our beautiful sleeping lady – Mount Karioi. The views from the top are breathtaking, and on a clear day you can see Mt Taranaki, Pureora, Maungamangero, Te Aroha, Pirongia and Maungatautari. There are two tracks to the summit, from two separate sides, so you can choose to either do a crossing or a return trip.

Mt Karioi track is closer to town, steeper and probably the more scenic of the two tracks. It also takes a little longer than the other route. You can access this route from the Te Toto Gorge lookout on Whaanga Rd, which will take you through an open grove of Kanuka to a main ridge with beautiful sculptured vegetation from the westerly winds. It may be the steeper route, but it sure does offer beautiful views on the way up!

The Wairake track is accessed via Ruapuke Rd, and is the shortest route to the summit. This track climbs steadily through native forest to the summit, but starts with a 40 minute walk across farmland. This takes a little bit longer to drive to if you’re coming from town, but shaves off about an hour from the other route.

Those are only a few of the many ways to explore Raglan, we don’t want to give away too many secret spots! Now that the days are longer and the weather is warming up, there’s plenty of opportunity to get out and explore our beautiful coastline and bushland!

We can’t wait to introduce you to all the walking tracks on Rangitahi, but for now, make sure you check out our vision for Rangitahi here, and keep up to date with the project via our socials!

Instagram: @rangitahipeninsula

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