Karangahake House - Kaimai Ranges, New Zealand - Abodo Wood
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Karangahake House

Hugged by the Karangahake forests and the Kaimai Ranges, this farmland home bravely holds its own on the hilltop

Masterfully designed by MAKE Architects, whose brief was to design a new house for their client’s existing farmland, to a tight budget and at no larger than 100m2.

The homeowners wanted to construct their new home through a prefabrication process, whilst maintaining the simplicity of a “tramper’s hut”. Sustainability was a key criteria throughout the build.

As a result, MAKE challenged wasteful and often costly construction processes - and the prefabricated floors, walls and roofs were assembled on-site within only 4 days.

The sustainability focus was further achieved through the carefully selected materials and finishes, weathertight linings, and smart efficient ventilation systems.

Abodo’s Tundra timber cladding was chosen for the exterior to further meet the sustainability eco-brief. Tundra Cladding is made from douglas fir, sustainably grown in New Zealand from FSC® certified plantations.

Finished in Silicate natural wood coating, Tundra Cladding has a rustic look which completes the tramper’s hut brief and integrates beautifully into the natural surrounds.

Silicate is a 100% natural wood treatment, which silvers off to an attractive, low maintenance grey over time.

Project Details
Completion date:
Late 2019
MAKE Architects
Carl O’Neill Building
Tundra Cladding in Silicate Wood Coating
Waihi, New Zealand
Photography credit:
David Straight


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Timber: Vulcan Cladding

Type: Rusticated 90x20MM

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