Materials were chosen to complement the styles of the designs we created – for the take on the Ponsonby cottage we opted for materials that evoked that style: corrugated roofs, shiplap weatherboard, expressed timber rafters, louvres to evoke shutters, pale colour paint finishes.
For the modern version of the same plan, we opted for dark painted bevelback weatherboard to the side elevations with matching glazing colour, and a feature wall of brick on the front elevations with one large window punched in. Roof material was trapezoidal coloursteel coloured to match the side elevations, emphasizing the tube style design. Construction was all timber frame, including timber trusses, to minimize steel framing. Concrete ribraft was used for ground floors as it was most cost effective.
Internally, each unit offers great natural light and warmth. With the benefit of added privacy and spacious indoor and outdoor flow, there is plenty of room for outdoor living and entertaining in the afternoon sun. The extensive sliding doors further allow natural breezes to flow throughout the internal spaces, keeping the building cool and ventilated.