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What to do in Raglan this winter

July 23rd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “What to do in Raglan this winter”

Instead of a winter getaway to the tropics this year, a winter getaway to Raglan is well worth the effort. While we’re all still adjusting to the new normal, there’s so many great opportunities to get out and travel your own backyard, and Raglan isn’t limited to it’s places to visit or things to do. We thought we’d share our pick of wholesome, valuable and adventurous things to do in Raglan while you’re planning a weekend trip to our little coastal town or simply keen to get out and enjoy your own backyard a little more!

Learn to surf at Ngarunui Beach

We’ll get the obvious one out of the way first, because you can’t really go past a surf lesson at one of our world-class surf breaks. Yes, it may be a little cold, but you’d be surprised how quickly you warm up paddling against the Raglan current in a thick wetsuit!

Head to Greenwave Raglan here, or Raglan surfing school website to book your lesson!

Enjoy some Yoga in the heart of Raglan

As you can imagine, Yoga is a popular pass time here in Raglan, which means we have some great studios to choose from! The Space is a popular spot as it’s right in town so you can grab your Raglan Roast flat white on your way out, and the Yoga Loft is a studio slightly out of town, but offers a larger space for their classes. Both warm and welcoming studios with amazing teachers. They also have a yoga studio at Raglan’s famous eco lodge Solscape, set up on the coastal hills of Raglan with an incredible view of the coastline. Check their timetables online via the links below.

Yoga at the Space.  Yoga at the Yoga loft. Yoga at Solscape.

Raglan walking tracks

You can explore some of New Zealand’s dense native bush, visit hidden waterfalls, climb a mountain and get some of the best views of the West coast all by foot in Raglan! Raglan offers a variety of great walking routes and trails, including the Te Ara Kakariki which is a mountain bike and horse riding trail that you can access near the beach at the end of Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive. Visit our Favourite Raglan walks blog post here for all the best walking tracks in the area.

You can also now access some of Rangitahi’s new walking tracks on the peninsula, which can be accessed on the western side of the peninsula linking through to Te Hutewai Rd.

Treat yourself to a Massage set amongst nature

Raglan’s a little spoilt when it comes to massage therapists! You won’t regret booking a massage with any of our lovely local therapists, who are each unique in their offerings. Haven Massage offer a variety of treatments whether it’s a massage for injury, stress or just pure relaxation, you will be treated in a beautiful little studio perched right amongst the bush. Here you will relax and unwind to the sounds of cicadas and all the surrounding bird life, it’s truly magical!

Rain massage is another beautiful zen studio space perched right next to the harbour, where you will be able to restore your being with a Relaxation or deep tissue massage and a personalised essential oil blend. You also have the choice to incorporate 10 minutes of Reiki during your session. Brodie at Rain massage has a truly beautiful presence and spirit that will take you away to another place during your treatment. Highly recommend!

Raglan Seaside massage is another beautiful clinic set amidst nature on the coastal hills of Raglan. Michelle has been specialising in healing through massage based out of her Raglan clinic for over 20 years!

Spoilt for choice! Head to their websites via the links below.

Book a Haven Massage. Book a Rain Massage. Book a Raglan seaside massage.

Experience Raglan’s coast on Horseback

Looking for something a little more adventurous? If you’ve got an adventurous spirit and want to do something a little different, you can explore our beautiful coast on horseback! Wild Coast Ruapuke offer incredibly unique horse treks over their farm and up Mt Karioi where not only will you have amazing views, you’ll get to ride through native bush, over streams and on the beautiful Ruapuke beach! They cater for all abilities and will provide a unique experience you won’t forget (or regret!) Book via their website here.

Visit our local Galleries

Our beautiful little town boasts creativity, a variety of local artists and galleries cluster around the place and are a great weekend activity. You can access a handy map to the various artists studios here, otherwise there are a few in town we would recommend visiting (and maybe purchasing something) while you’re here. One of our favourites would have to be local surf and landscape photographer B.rex photo design, a local of 45 years, Barrie captures Raglan at its best. His open studio is located right in town on Volcom Lane.

The Monster company are another local art studio well known for their quirky handmade ceramic treasures. A creative collab between 3 artists who work from an open workshop and gallery at 58 Wallis Street, Raglan. Definitely worth a visit!

Head to the wharf for fish and chips

There are a great selection of local businesses down at the Raglan wharf that are also worth the visit, including local potter Tony Sly, and it’s a picturesque spot to spend your afternoon while enjoying some local fish and chips! Try and time it with high tide as it’s beautiful at sunset on the high tide.

Why not come and check out our beautiful sections while you’re here, and make this a part of your lifestyle. Book a viewing via our booking page here. Available every weekend.

 

Our latest video and project feature in Stuff.co.nz

July 20th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Our latest video and project feature in Stuff.co.nz”

A recent article featured in Stuff.co.nz talks about the project and the lifestyle The Rangitahi peninsula has to offer. Plus what you’ll expect to see with the impending homes to be built by our new residents and what’s in the works over the next few months…

“The Peacockes want the development’s residents to be inspired to build good quality homes for their families on the Raglan land, and create a life that promises beauty, nature and simplicity. Indeed, the Rangitahi Project has already attracted young families seeking a relaxed coastal lifestyle in a close-knit community, and also those after a holiday home at the beach.”

It features our latest marketing video, filmed at the completion of Stage one and two. Have a read of the article here, and check out our new video of the peninsula below!

NZ made building products we should be using in our homes

July 9th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “NZ made building products we should be using in our homes”

We’re big believers in building homes for the future at Rangitahi. Be it sourcing sustainable building products, supporting local and buying NZ made furniture, or building an energy efficient home, there are so many ways you can work towards building a healthy home for yourself and for future generations. We thought we’d list our pick of sustainable, NZ made building and home products where not only will you be supporting local, but you’ll be building a home for the future.

Cavalier Bremworth: NZ made wool flooring

Cavalier Bremworth was recently voted NZ’s Most Trusted Brand in the carpet category of the annual Readers’ Digest poll for seven years running (2014 – 2020), and you can see why. They’ve been producing wool flooring in NZ for 50 years and are committed to making the world’s best from the factory to the floor. They produce beautiful woollen carpet of exceptional quality that comes from well looked after New Zealand farms. Their unique felted yarn technology that locks the woollen fibre together results in strong, chunkier textured carpet with intricate designs. Cavalier Bremworth are a great NZ product leading the way in beautiful, inspiring and naturally biodegradable carpet in New Zealand. Find their full range of carpet flooring on their website here.

Abodo: Carefully Crafted Timber

Abodo produces high performance architectural and structural timbers that are not only beautiful, but NZ made, sustainable and durable. At Abodo, they believe the lasting benefits and beauty of timber can be fully realised when the environment is treated with the respect it deserves. Their timbers are sustainably grown in NZ forests, whose rich soils and high annual rainfall ensure rapid growth and only take up 7% of NZ’s land mass. One of the coolest things about their philosophy is they apply what they call the 30/30 principle at harvest time, which means they ensure every tree milled will provide at least 30 years of service, as that’s how long it takes to grow a replacement tree.

They’re all about long lasting, beautiful timber with tomorrow in mind.

Because of its exceptional durability and weathering characteristics, Abodo wood is an excellent choice for coastal regions, and would make a great addition to your Rangitahi home. Find out more about their products on their website here.

Mammoth Insulation

If you’re looking for high performance, sustainable insulation, Mammoth are your guys. Mammoth insulation is made in NZ from 100% recyclable materials, and are designed to create warmer, healthier home environments. Their 100% polyester insulation is non-itch, non-toxic, safe to handle and made in New Zealand by a carboNZero certified manufacturer including fibres from recycled plastic bottles.

Mammoth polyester insulation products help create warmer, healthier, more energy efficient environments which helps to improve people’s health in addition to reducing carbon emissions. A great sustainable, kiwi-made option for your new home! Contact them on 0800 626 668 to find out more, or head to their website here.

Motide kitchens

Kiwi joinery company Motide use their love for natural materials and traditional craftsmanship to create beautiful, sustainable kitchens and furniture for your homes. Born and bred right here in Raglan, the team at Motide are passionate about creating beautiful kitchens and bespoke furniture that are unique to you and your home. They are committed to creating a product that will bring you joy daily, and envision healthy everyday living. Check out their stunning designs and projects on their website here, and get in touch for a consult!

CHH Plywood

Manufactured from sustainably-grown New Zealand plantation pine, CHH Plywood offers a range of appearance and performance rated plywood products, with familiar brands, such as Ecoply®, Shadowclad®, Handiply® and Pinoli.®

They’ve been operating in New Zealand for over 30 years and are highly regarded and trusted within the NZ constructions industry, offering a range of plywood products to support most projects, whether used alone or accented with other building materials.

All their manufacturing happens at the Tokoroa Mill, from sustainably-grown New Zealand plantation pine and is distributed across New Zealand and further afield. CHH Plywood is proud to manufacture products that offer durability, strength and design flexibility.

Browse their product range and request a sample on their website here.

Forma

Forma offers contemporary furniture that is proudly designed and handmade in New Zealand. Their unique products are the result of integrating a European influence with the NZ lifestyle, where you can be confident your home environment with reflect one of comfort and style. Not only this, but the timber used in all their furniture is from renewable resources, and they supply the offcuts to the local community. So by purchasing a Forma sofa that is built for a lifetime, you are also investing in the future of our planet.

Check out their beautiful range of products on their website here!

An interview with James Hardie: NZ fibre cement cladding products

July 3rd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “An interview with James Hardie: NZ fibre cement cladding products”

We recently had a chat with building product manufacturer James Hardie, a global leader in fibre cement products. Now operating in its 132nd year, the company continues to challenge convention within the construction industry and leads the way in delivering innovative building products and solutions. We chatted to them about the benefits of their products in the kiwi environment, and their commitment to sustainability.

I’m sure many already know you are a leading manufacturer of building products in NZ, specialising in exterior cladding, what are the various forms of cladding you produce in New Zealand?

James Hardie produce a wide range of panel and weatherboard fibre cement cladding products.  The variety of options gives greater design flexibility, from the large format panels to the deep shadow lines of Linea Weatherboard. You can also mix and match products allowing a combination of vertical and horizontal looks. 

James Hardie Stria Cladding and Linea Weatherboard

What makes these unique and suitable for the NZ environment?

Innovation is vital to maintaining our leading position in the fibre cement industry. We invest heavily in research and development, with a special emphasis on product quality and production efficiency to develop durable and low maintenance products that can stand the test of time.  Our products have been engineered to stand up to harsh conditions, including coastal conditions which make them ideal for the NZ environment.

What would you suggest is important to consider or take into account when choosing cladding for your home?

Choosing the right cladding for your home doesn’t just come down to the look, ensuring you select the right material is essential for a durable low maintenance home.  Important benefits of James Hardie fibre cement include:

  • Weather resistant – engineered to stand up to harsh conditions, including coastal conditions
  • Easy to clean – Fast and effective using just low-pressure water and a brush
  • Easy to paint – You can paint our cladding any colour you like.  From traditional white to darker, more contemporary shades.
  • Fire resistant – James Hardie claddings are classified as non-combustible materials
  • Durability – Resistant to fire and damage from moisture and rotting when installed and maintained correctly

 

What kind of cladding would you recommend for a modern coastal home on Rangitahi, that would be exposed to the elements?

We have a number of products suitable to the coastal environment on Rangitahi, but one that stands out is Stria Cladding. 

Stria Cladding is an ultra-sleek cladding option that plays with definitive lines and shadows. It has distinctive deep grooved lines and can be laid horizontally or vertically, introducing an interesting design feature to the walls of your home.

You can paint it the dark modern colours and laid vertically it makes a bold, architectural statement.

James Hardie Stria Cladding

What are some of the features and benefits of this particular product?

  • Engineered to stand up to harsh conditions, including coastal conditions
  • The interlocking edges allow for quick and easy installation
  • Wide panel format allows faster installation
  • Can be painted any colour, even the darker shades.
  • Cost effective and long lasting
  • Resistant to damage from moisture and rotting
  • Up to 60 minute fire resistance rating (FRR) can be achieved when installed as per the James Hardie Fire and Acoustic Design Manual
  • Classified as non-combustible material
  • Low maintenance
  • 15 year product warranty

 

Why should someone choose James Hardie over other NZ cladding options?

The benefits that come with choosing a premium fibre cement product:

Engineered for durability, fibre cement is resistant to fire and damage from moisture and rotting, making it the ideal low maintenance alternative to traditional building materials.

Fibre cement offers both contemporary and flexible design options and is used by many New Zealanders to create stunning facades. The simple combination of cellulose fibre, sand, cement and water, give the product its strength to stand the test of time.

How do you incorporate sustainability into your brand & products?

Our products are manufactured with a focus on reducing their environmental impact, using sustainable and low toxicity products with minimal volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). We have continued to invest heavily in the development and design of fibre cement products that are durable, low maintenance and energy efficient.

We are committed to ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principles. As part of this commitment we measure ourselves against the following criteria:

  • Water and resource conservation
  • Energy consumption and management
  • Use of renewable and recyclable resources as raw materials
  • Avoiding the use of environmentally damaging raw materials
  • Pollution reduction e.g. treatment of water before its disposal into public storm water
  • Protection of the natural environment

The programs we’ve put in place to focus on these ESD principles have considerably improved the resource and energy efficiency of our operations and building systems. They will also ensure an ongoing improvement in the environmental performance of our products and services.

Head to their website here to find out more about their products and how they can assist in building your new home!

The Rangitahi Project, 14 years in the making

June 25th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “The Rangitahi Project, 14 years in the making”

We were incredibly pleased to hand over the first stage of the Rangitahi sections to their new owners last week. It is the biggest milestone to date and we are very proud of our efforts to get the project to where it is today. We can’t wait to see the sections be developed with homes and gardens over the next 2 years. 

There have been challenges along the way with our project, and we have learnt a lot, which we will take into the future of our project. Ticking off stage one is a huge accomplishment for our family business, though we couldn’t have done it alone! We sincerely thank those that have contributed their expertise to the project or supported us along the way, including local iwi, the Waikato district council and the regional council. We have also had some very hard working local guys Andrew Dyer and Brendan Carroll who deserve a special mention (from Harrison Grierson), they lived and breathed the project alongside us! There were many others within the community as well who we so appreciate their endless support! And last but not least, a massive thank you to the stage one buyers who believed in our project and wanted to be part of the Rangitahi community right from the start, they bought sections in 2017 and patiently waited for the works to be completed. We couldn’t have started this project without you!

“We have created a subdivision with views from all sections and a range of sizes to meet different budgets, with links to open spaces, harbour edges and walkways around the peninsula.”


David Peacocke, the man on a mission, started working on this project 14 years ago, when he dreamed up the idea of creating a beautiful place for people to live here on the peninsula when it was merely a farm. He wanted others to enjoy the unique lifestyle that Raglan has to offer, one that celebrates a lifestyle close to nature. And so it began, with the idea to build the Rangitahi bridge to replace the old causeway and allow better access to the peninsula, the Rangitahi Project was born. The biggest challenge to date David says was getting consent to build the bridge, so the completion of that alone has been a major milestone for the project.

“The biggest challenge was getting consent to build the bridge and causeway.”


Since starting the project, over 10,000 native plants have been planted on the Peninsula annually. These natives come from a local seed source, grown locally by Dylan and Reuben Brown at Whale bay
with the goal to help restore biodiversity in the area, and provide a sanctuary and home for many native birds on the cat-free peninsula.

What does the future hold for Rangitahi? Stage two of the project is now complete, with titles due to be released in the next 6 weeks. The goal long-term is to develop a total of 550 sections across the farm, whilst still maintaining the natural form of the land. Rangitahi is an extension of the Raglan community, a place where you can build a home for yourself and for future generations with great respect for the land and sea. We can’t wait to see the homes become established over the coming years, and future stages that will provide more options for people to build their dream home.

We look forward to welcoming you to Rangitahi whether just for a visit or to check out the sections as we are now officially open!

 

5 things we’re doing to support our local businesses

June 10th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “5 things we’re doing to support our local businesses”

Many of our local businesses are working really hard to adapt to the new ‘normal’, and deserve to be recognised and supported now that New Zealand is COVID free. Many of us were lucky enough to still receive our daily milk deliveries and weekly vege boxes during lockdown, due to the efforts our local businesses put in to provide a safe, valuable service for our town. Now that their doors are open again, let’s continue to support local and help keep our community thriving. Here are 5 things we’re doing to support our local businesses…

HERBAL DISPENSARY ORGANIC/SPRAY FREE FRUIT & VEGE BOXES 

The Herbal Dispensary were busy safely packing and delivering a local, spray free/organic fruit & vege box service during lockdown, something they were able to exclusively offer local residents throughout the Level 4 restrictions. Due to ongoing demand and great feedback, they’ve decided to offer an ongoing subscription to their fruit & vege box service! We’ve been loving the seasonal, fresh produce in these boxes, and are happy to be able to limit our trips to the supermarket. What’s even better is there’s no obligations with the subscription, and you can include whole foods, refrigerated or frozen items too. Order in store or head to their website here for more!

RAGLAN FLORAL CO.

I’m sure we can all agree flowers are a great addition to any home. They bring colour & joy, and help transform a room. We’re lucky enough to have talented local florists and flower farmers here in our own backyard, one of our favs being Raglan Floral co. Her beautiful roadside flower stall is well known around town, but that’s not all the lovely Kristel has to offer! She’s a small scale flower farmer who does weddings & events, runs a range of workshops and makes every day flowers. Jump on her website here and be inspired by her beautiful work, or treat yourself (or your friend/partner/mother) to a bunch of her beautiful homegrown blooms from her stall at 494 Wainui Rd.

DREAMVIEW MILK

Another unique local service our little town offers is the Dreamview Creamery, an ethical & environmentally conscious creamery delivering milk to your door daily. What we love about Dreamview is their milk and cream comes in re-usable glass bottles, and once you buy one, you then return the bottle and get a refill for just $3! If you head to their website, you can see how many plastic bottles they’ve saved and what they’re doing to protect the environment, and their cows. Another great contactless service, that’s just like milk deliveries in the olden days! Order your milk online here, buy in store at 4square Raglan, or find them on Facebook here!

RAGLAN ROAST

The local brew. Raglan Roast coffee is known amongst locals to get you ready for that early morning surf, or post yoga flow. And for only $3 a pop, or $2.50 for black, it won’t break the bank and seems almost reasonable to make it a daily ritual. Grab it from their hole in the wall down Volcom Lane in town, with a B&E roll from their cafe at Raglan West or at their Tu Uku Roast office where you can literally smell it roasting. Or if you can’t get to any of those, you can buy it online from their website here!

RAGLAN SHUTTLE

Raglan Shuttle were kind enough to deliver groceries & essentials to those that needed it during lockdown, and operating private taxi services for shopping and restaurant dining during level 2. They have also been delivering social enterprise Foodtogether Fruit & vege boxes locally, and have a number of new initiatives coming to their small business, including a local Arts tour in the Summer! Raglan Shuttle are a great service & small business to jump “on board” and support in our special little town! Head to their Facebook page here for regular updates, or head to their website here for a full list of services and online booking system.

There are also a number of other amazing small businesses and ways to support local in Raglan! Here are just a few more…

Anthem Homes & Rangitahi

June 2nd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Anthem Homes & Rangitahi”

Many of us are familiar with Anthem Homes, a homebuilding company in the Waikato who have been in the business for over 15 years. They recently put forward some beautiful house designs for the peninsula, and with the recent issue of titles in stage one, we thought we’d share these to help give you more of an idea of the kind of homes you’ll be seeing! We spoke with Anthem Homes Sales Director Douw, and asked him to go into a bit more detail about the designs for us. Have a read and check out some of the designs below.

Tell us a bit about yourselves, how long have you been in the home building business?

Anthem Homes is a Hamilton based homebuilder, that has been partnering with Waikato homeowners on their new home journeys for over 15 years.

What differentiates you from the rest?

Our founding belief is that true value comes from partnering with our clients. This remains the core foundation to the way we work at Anthem Homes. We have a strong heritage in collaborating with clients to deliver their new homes within the reality of a budget and with focus on an enjoyable building journey.

You’ve designed a beautiful looking home for Lot 40 on Rangitahi, what kind of lifestyle does it offer and what makes it a great coastal home?

We have partnered with Team Architects in designing this beautiful home. The home beckons… “just relax”

An exquisite interior includes luxury fittings and finishes along with smart storage designs specifically aligned with coastal lifestyle requirements, such as a garage sized for the boat and room to store the kayaks, bikes and surfboards!

Easy landscaping highlights your masterpiece and allows you to simply enjoy the pristine views.

Find this Rangitahi House & Land package with Anthem Homes online here.

Have you got any other designs for Rangitahi in the works? Can you tell us a bit about these, like what kind of materials you’re using?

We have also teamed up with Team Architects for the unique architectural designs on Lot 9, Lot 11 and Lot 40. The guiding principles being “do not fight the land”, “get the view”, “harness the sun” and “keep the Westerly in mind”. Timber materials feature strongly in the interior and exterior linings producing a warm and natural compliment to more modern construction materials.

 

What do you like about the Rangitahi subdivision, and why do you think it would be a great choice for a couple or small family?

Rangitahi, as part of Raglan, offers easy connectivity to Hamilton, Cambridge and Te Awamutu. That makes it possible for families to live in Rangitahi and work in these centres. Living and enjoying family time in Raglan’s unspoiled coast is a dream come true for families.

Why should a home buyer choose to work with Anthem Homes?

Anthem Homes has been building homes for families in coastal regions, including Raglan for many years. We have high confidence around our ability to build in Raglan based on our experience in this location. We’re also upfront around costs and work with good quality suppliers and contractors whom we have a long standing relationship.

Get in touch with Anthem Homes here if you think they can help build your dream home in Rangitahi! And follow them on instagram here to keep up to date on all their latest projects & designs.

Rangitahi Sales update

May 24th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Rangitahi Sales update”

It’s been great to get back to normal on the peninsula! Since construction resumed in level 3, we’ve officially completed stage 1 with titles due in the next week. We can’t wait for building to commence!

Stage 2 is also near completion, with the final roading and landscaping to take place in the next couple of weeks. See our video of stage 2 below.

Site visits have also resumed on the peninsula, and we’ve had a number of interested buyers come to check out our beautiful new neighbourhood. It’s evident that more and more people are wanting to escape city life and live a more self-fulfilling, sustainable lifestyle. What’s become clear since the global pandemic is that community spirit and an environmentally conscious lifestyle is important now more than ever, and is what’s going to help us live long, happy, healthy lives! We believe the new Rangitahi neighbourhood can provide this for all of its residents.

In stage 2, 23 out of 48 sections have been sold, with 4 currently under enquiry. Please see our updated map below with available sections and their prices. If you’re interested to learn more about our new neighbourhood and keen to check out what’s available, please book an appointment with Sam online to come and view the peninsula, available 7 days a week. All available sections have beautiful surrounding views of the mountain and sea. It really is a great time to check it out, as all sections are at finish level and the weather has been particularly beautiful this autumn! We hope to see you and show you our beautiful new neighbourhood soon!

BOOK A VIEWING HERE

 

StopDigging NZ, the new Ground screw for solid foundations

May 15th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “StopDigging NZ, the new Ground screw for solid foundations”

We recently spoke to Adam from StopDigging NZ, a company that’s changing the way we know foundations in NZ with their Swedish developed concept; the Ground screw for solid foundations. It’s said to be a lot quicker, a lot more economical and a lot less mess than your usual concrete posts. We are using these foundations for our new office on Rangitahi, and thought we’d help you get to know them a bit better, as we were very impressed with their work! (You can check it out in the video below).

Tell us a bit about StopDigging, what do you do?

We design and install groundscrew foundations, for many applications, and have options for full house foundations, cabins & sheds, decking & boardwalks, fencing and signposts, as well as commercial applications like solar panel mounting systems, noise barriers and street furniture. We have a network of region partners around the country and offer nationwide installation.

What’s different about StopDiggings foundation methods?

Our groundscrew system as a whole is designed to be portable, quick and clean. This is generally the opposite of most foundation methods. The lack of ground disturbance and speed of installation means we are also extremely cost effective.

Where did this revolutionary idea come from?

Most people don’t realise that screw piles were first used in the 1840’s for Lighthouse foundations off the east coast of Ireland and North America! Screwpiles are widely used in large commercial construction worldwide (including in NZ) , and this concept was taken by our founding company in Sweden and applied to shallow pile foundations. They realised this was a fast and clean way to create foundations, but that it also offered a superior solution to shallow concrete foundations in areas where frost heave was a problem. We have similar conditions in parts of New Zealand where expansive clay requires a suitably designed alternate foundation. Groundscrews are a perfect option for this, and can also be combined with concrete slab or raft foundations to reduce construction time and costs.

Why use this kind of method?

Simply put, Groundscrews are a superior solution for a shallow pile foundation. They save time, eliminate ground disturbance, waste and the associated site run off and pollution. They are also designed to last longer than a timber pile, and have the advantage of being easily removable and recyclable – they are therefore perfect for temporary applications also.

Is this an Environmentally friendly alternative?

Our ISO9001 certified design / manufacture / distribution and installation process has a lower carbon footprint than concrete for sure. The removal of the need for excavation on site and the associated logistics and mess of transporting fill away and getting concrete in are also eliminated. According to the MBIE there has been an issue in some parts of New Zealand with run off from building sites getting into the stormwater system and affecting the ecosystems in rivers and estuaries – although we are never going to stop using concrete in construction, it makes sense to use an alternative solution where possible!

What can someone expect to pay to use these foundations for a small / average size 3 bedroom house, and how long does it take?

A typical timber subfloor based on NZ3604 has approx 1 pile foundation for every 2 or 3 sq/m of floor space. So perhaps a house of about 120sq/metres would have between 50 and 60 piles in total. On a flat site, with good ground, our groundscrew foundation, including our engineers design and producer statements would be between $10k – $12k +gst.
We work on a simple fixed cost per groundscrew basis that includes installation.
We would have this foundation size installed in just 1 day, and the groundscrews are ready immediately to be built on.

Check out this video of the StopDigging NZ team inserting their Ground screw foundations for the new Rangitahi office! Find out more and get in touch via their website here. Or follow them on instagram for updates on all their projects! @stopdiggingnz

 

The Rangitahi Sales Office

May 10th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “The Rangitahi Sales Office”

We are excited to have construction underway of our new sales office on the peninsula!

The office will be located in the stage one village, and will be a transportable building. It was designed by Hamilton architects RED architecture, and is being built by local building company Wainui construction.

We are using a new kind of foundation by Swedish company Stop Digging NZ for the office. They use the newly developed Ground screw, which is a fast, economical, robust & low mess foundation that provides a stable foundation and lets you begin construction immediately, as opposed to waiting for concrete to set! Check them out & more about what they do here.

We can’t wait to open the new office to visitors later this year! Stay tuned!

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