Wood you believe it?

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You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve stumbled into a fairytale. This log cabin-style home in Oamaru is reminiscent of a picture-book gingerbread house. Outside, the pitched gables and logs stacked to curve demand a closer look. The approach is, in fact, very down-to-earth – all  locally sourced Douglas Fir logs. You won’t find a splinter of treated timber on site. And despite its heavy-duty look, the 300sqm, two-storey structure treads lightly in its environment. Fully self-sufficient, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home takes care of its own power, water and heating. It’ll deliver the goods for five days without solar gain, at which point a back-up generator kicks in. A Rayburn cooker powers underfloor heating and radiators, while baking bread and boiling the kettle. Bright red accents – from cabinetry and appliances to the freestanding bath – break up the widespread use of wood. High bi-fold windows open wide for that outdoor-bathing effect.

NATIONAL AWARDS WON

National APL Sustainable Exellence

Top 100

REGIONAL AWARDS WON

Regional Supreme House of the Year

Regional Pink Batts Craftsmanship

Regional Category Winner

Regional APL Sustainable Excellence

Regional Gold

REGION & CATEGORY:

Mid & South Canterbury
New Home $1 million - $2 million