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Island Bay House by Alex & Corban: Part 1

Engineered timber flooring installed in a residential home in Auckland

We are very excited to be involved on this project and have been working with Alex and Corban from A&C Homestore and formally known as the winners of The Block NZ 2014. Over recent months we have collaborated with them at our Parnell showroom to finalise a beautiful timber floor and we will update you more on Part 2 with the selection and how the project has progressed. Stay tuned.

Extract from project website:

The Design Process

With all the waiting around for council consents and also the limitations imposed by neighbours and our environment, we went through many design stages in this time. However, we’re going to take that as a win, as the more time we spent understanding the land and the opportunities for view and outlook, the better the final design became. What we decided on is so different to the initial concepts that we first had for this house, but we couldn’t be happier.

Have a read through our House Design Blog Posts to understand our process.

The Design Team & Stages

Fraser Horton completed all aesthetics, visuals and overall concepts of the design in consultation with Alex and Corban

Corban then worked with Fraser to get the overall house footprint, form and finish perfected. Then leading Corban on to project manage, research and source all building methods and materials that would enable us to build this home to be sustainable and durable as the two priorities.

Murray Walls (Corban’s Dad) was our Draftsman, and worked tirelessly to get every millimetre perfectly accounted for to finalise the constructions details and consent drawings. This took what seemed like a million phone calls and emails as the detail around this design was very complicated

Once that was finalised, we submitted to council and then waited/battled them for three years over details, engineering and building methods.

The Design Objective

There is a luxury that comes with choosing to build your own home, and that is you get to choose the brief around how you personally want to use it. For us, these were the key points that needed to be considered in the design.

  • A house designed around entertaining both indoors and outdoors
  • Being able to operate the house off the grid
  • Great storage for the family, everything has a home
  • Kitchen as the hub of the home
  • A place to relax
  • A place to retreat
  • Privacy from the main road
  • Capitalising on the 180 degree views

According to the Architect Fraser Horton, this site was probably the most restricted he has ever worked on and designed for, so our objective and challenge has not been straight forward and took a great deal of time to come to our final plans.

The Evolution of The Design

by Fraser Horton

This design, as with any, went through an evolution process. Working with the client, the site, the brief and the budget, you test and refine and test and refine.

The key thing with this particular site was knowing exactly what the restrictions were so we could maximise the outcome.

The initial concepts were an exploration into the possibilties of the site. I tested out ideas of form and layout and together with Alex and Corban we reviewed the pro’s and con’s of the site. Eventually we arrived at a concept that we felt had a lot of important elements confirmed. This had an additional wing for a separate master bedroom, and slightly-too-complicated geometry. We decided to try and pair this back to save money, but also, an important consideration was having a decent amount of usable outdoor space. So we decided to lose the additional master wing and make the main space more efficient in its planning.

I then developed this concept to test material options and refine the planning layout. During this stage we moved the kitchen and living spaces around, tried different stair arrangements, and started to refine exterior details. We also engaged an engineer at this point to start to develop the structural design of the house.

At the end of this, all of the key parts of the design are decided and drawn, and we could then apply for a resource consent.

Once the resource consent was granted, we could then move to the detailed design stage where the construction drawings are documented.

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