The clients had been talking with Mike for a while, looking for a site in the Garden District of Waikanae intending for Mike to build them a new home. Frustrated at the lack of available land, the couple happened upon an old home and asked Mike to take a look. The section was great, with mature, well established trees. The same could not be said for the house, which was found to be in poor repair and sinking into the ground.
Mike recruited AD Architecture and a plan was developed to use the existing footprint and put the house onto piles, to create a more suitable foundation. They set about building essentially a new house on the existing footprint. This was a major re-build, taking away most of the existing building, putting a on a new roof and adding a garage.
An additional challenge, given the couple’s desire to live in a really warm and comfortable home, was the north facing aspect of the existing building. Thermally broken double glazing was selected, along with special high performance glass. R2.8 insulation was used, being the thickest that would fit in the standard 100mm frame, with R5 insulation in the ceiling. After underpinning the base of the house, a major challenge was fitting complete underfloor insulation and polythene. However the result has proved worth the effort and the clients are delighted with their brand new build, on an established section, providing a warm and comfortable home, exactly where they want to be.