Monthly Archives: November, 2019

Upmarket Raglan shed by Wainui Construction wins ‘Building of the Year’

November 24th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Upmarket Raglan shed by Wainui Construction wins ‘Building of the Year’”

The COLORSTEEL® Awards recognise and celebrate New Zealand’s best architects, designers, roofers, and their projects, and Raglan’s Wainui Construction won the first Colorsteel Building of the year Award this year for their innovative ‘Two sheds in Raglan.’

The sheds are located at Nau Mai Industrial Park bordering the Raglan-Hamilton state highway, and were designed to suit both commercial and residential purposes. Builder Peter Wolfkamp said it was the innovative design that really impressed the judges.

“It has been built with versatility in mind, so the spaces can be matched to the needs of future tenants,” he said. “The simple details provide a functional and artistic element that transforms a ‘shed’ into an upmarket commercial destination.”

Designed by Red Architecture, the building displays Raglans strong connection to Architecture & design.

The judges thought the clever detailing of the recesses and the use of stained timber to define and draw the eye into the inhabited spaces were standout features. Along with the combination of colours and textures that anchors the building to its site and ties in well with the native landscaping. Read more about the award winning building on the Coloursteel website here.

An incredible effort by all accounts! Special mention to local businesses Next Level Roofing and Shedboss Waikato who also contributed to the project. You can find local Raglan building company, Wainui Construction on facebook here where you can get in touch if you’re interested in working with them. A great local company if you’re looking for a builder for your home on Rangitahi.

Paua Architects Concept home for Rangitahi

November 21st, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Paua Architects Concept home for Rangitahi”

PAUA Architects in Hamilton created this concept design on a Rangitahi lot, and chatted to us about their philosophy behind the design, what they loved about the site, and some advice on building more sustainably. We love this home!

Can you tell us a bit about your design philosophy and what was the inspiration behind your concept for Rangitahi?

Four key factors shaped our design. Our first approach is always connecting to the nature of the site. In the case of the Rangitahi site, the land slopes down to the north, towards a beautiful view of the harbour. So the house steps down the slope, keeping connected to the land. We believe it’s important to extend living areas onto outdoor courtyards, so we situated decks either side of the living areas (family, dining and kitchen) to make the most of the northern aspect of the house.

The third consideration was making an interesting journey from the front door of the house through to the living area. This required a generous hallway through to the living areas, with a direct visual connection to the destination while maintaining some intrigue. And lastly we wanted a form and materials that respected and responded sculpturally to the landscape, so settled on the soft hues of natural cedar, coupled with the simple geometry of the architecture.

What are some of the eco or sustainable elements to your concept home? How did you incorporate these into the design?

We employ a handful of fundamental environmental strategies that work together to enhance how our homes feel to live in. We look to invite morning sun into the house to warm it up, but then we look to mitigate the direct sun from mid-day on, so the house doesn’t overheat. We employ use of the ‘stack effect’ to make sure the house is well ventilated in Summer, by having high level opening windows or skylights that allows the warmer air to escape, which at the same time draws in cooler air at a lower level from the outside. That slight cooling breeze is a real treat in summer. Open skylights with insect screens are an easy way of cooling houses through the night. Ultimately we’re looking to create a home with comfortable temperatures and fresh air, and a variety of special places to relax.

What did you like about the site on Rangitahi and how did you work with the landscape?

Undoubtedly, one of the best attributes of the Rangitahi development is that the natural landform is largely left unscathed. Too many subdivisions bulldoze the land into terraces and retaining walls, whereas here, the houses are allowed to follow the shape of the landscape, and that’s a wonderful thing. And of course the variety of views is a key attribute of Rangitahi. So our design responds directly to these things.

 What would be your advice for people aiming to incorporate sustainability into their homes on Rangitahi?

Target the low-hanging fruit first. A well-considered design process at the outset to get it right is the best thing you can do to future-proof a home. Changes to the building in the future can be expensive, and are also an environmental cost. So get the functional things right, designing for sun and shade in the areas where people live most, designing well for natural ventilation, and – for outdoor spaces – providing options for shelter from wind. Deliberating designing a small house is a challenge, but it makes people think of the essentials in creating a great environment. It also makes for an environmentally efficient construction, and reduces maintenance and operating costs. Thirdly, a thorough insulation strategy balancing the cost priorities for the insulation spend is worthwhile, noting that the time of design and construction is really the only chance in getting these right. The thermal mass provided by the concrete slab and foundations conserve energy and moderate the temperature fluctuations, so the slab-edge insulation is a particularly important aspect. Try and design without depending on heat pumps for cooling or heating.

Lastly, it’s important to love the home you build. Living more sustainably often also requires a change in mindset. We notice that natural claddings such as weathered cedar are becoming increasingly popular, which is a sign that people are thinking more about what their houses are made of and where those materials are coming from. However, these materials need regular love and care – cedar should be re-stained every two to three years, by doing so it will last far longer than it is just left to weather. Living sustainably is to understand there are always considerations such as this to weigh up. As architects, that’s what we at PAUA feel is one of the more important and interesting services we provide to our clients who may be considering such issues for the first time.

You’ll find PAUA Architects on Anzac Pde in Hamilton, and can contact and check out more of their projects via their website here. If you like their Rangitahi design and would like something like this for your own home, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with them via email or phone here. They’d love to help make your dream home a reality on Rangitahi!

Harrisons X Rangitahi: Making it easy to go solar!

November 6th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Harrisons X Rangitahi: Making it easy to go solar!”

We recently chatted to the country’s #1 home solar provider, Harrisons energy solutions, about the benefits of investing in Solar power and what they can offer Rangitahi residents. Hint: it’s a great deal! Julie from Harrisons Waikato was kind enough to answer a few questions for us…

Why Solar?

See immediate savings on your household power bills and take charge of how you generate, use and store your energy. 

Solar system prices have reduced significantly since 2007 and now with a much shorter payback period, solar provides a fantastic return that in many cases is better than money earning interest in the bank. 

New Zealand is perfect for solar with about 2,000 hours of bright, radiant sunshine each year. Plus Raglan sure can boast plenty of sun so why not use it!

What’s the basic solar set up for a standard (150m2) 3 bedroom home?

Solar has never been more affordable. Below is an indication of what a solar system is likely to cost, based on lifestyle.

Lower Power User – retired/at home or for a starter to expand later – $4,900-$7,000

Average Power User – Small Family or able to divert power usage to daytime – $7,000-&10,000

High Power User – Large Family, multiple appliances(spa/pool), Lifestyle Block, Small Business – $10,000 plus

Are there different types of solar systems?

Harrisons have systems to suit almost any home and we will design the perfect sized system working closely with you and your individual lifestyle needs.

Up to how much can homeowners save on power costs with Solar?

How and when you use your power is different for every household. So, the best way to see how much you can save is to work through an energy assessment. Greg and Julie from Harrisons Energy Solutions Waikato can measure your usage and show you how to maximise the savings from your system.

What are the steps towards getting Solar energy installed in your home?

Step 1: Consultation

Picking the right type of solar system for your household can dramatically reduce the impact of the electricity you use at home and maximise the return on your investment – that’s why we carry out a personalised energy audit and work with you to find out how you use your power and work out the best option for you. It’s easy, effortless and free.

Step 2: Planning

After calculating your household and energy needs, we will design a personalised system purpose – built to lower your power bills.

Step 3: Installation

Our team of solar accredited registered electricians are passionate about their work. Depending on the size of your system and your type of roof, the installation can take anything from 4 – 8 hours – or a couple of days.

Step 4: Grid Connection

We will arrange for your lines network installer to replace your meter with an import/export meter (yes even on a new build this will be done!) to gauge any credit you might be owed for feeding power back to the grid.

What can you offer Rangitahi residents, and how do you think Solar will benefit this new community?

We have negotiated with our suppliers on behalf of all prospective Rangitahi Residents and will offer a free upgrade from our Panasonic panel with a 10-year product warranty, to the outstanding REC Twin Peak 2 Panel (featured in the first 2 images below) with a massive 25-year product warranty. Alternatively, if you are choosing the premium LG Neon 2 panel with a massive 25-year product warranty we’ll throw in a free LG TV!

And lastly, Why Harrisons?

Harrisons has become New Zealand’s #1 home solar provider by using our more than 50 years’ retail experience.We are a large established national company, but with local owners so while our buying strength allows us to offer more competitive prices we are able to combine this with the passion and commitment of us – your local business owners – a personalised approach from start to finish.

We believe that using premium products and brands will deliver noticeably better performance and greater reliability in the long run.We are proud to say we have been chosen as the New Zealand distributor by some of the world’s leading solar companies – Tesla, LG, Panasonic, Fronius and Solar Edge.

Our highly skilled solar accredited electricians take pride in their work and have obtained the highest possible best-practise training standards in installing solar.

Check out our more detailed FAQ page on our website here for more on Solar!

If you’d like more information and are interested in using solar energy for your home on Rangitahi, you can get in touch with Julie or Greg at Harrisons Waikato, they’d be happy to help!

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