Barn style home with loft– completed July 2015

The Redel Home was designed by Carin Wilson from Studio Pasifika as a 3 bedroom barn with loft.
The client brief was to create a modern industrial barn with a central walk-around kitchen and large open living space.

This unique design used steel portal construction to create the large open spaces, broken up with ply ceilings and feature walls to define the different spaces within. Parahaki Engineering created the steel bones of the structure. The exposed concrete floors and exposed portals provided the industrial look, with cedar battens over a black ply base and negative detail for the wall linings giving definition.Hermpac supplied the cedar elements.

Main challenges

The site was the main challenge, due to its sloping platform and wet ground conditions. Carefully placed drainage and rock wall features were introduced to divert water run-off away from the building in a controlled way. The shingle roof helps gives the barn its unique visage, taking it further beyond the classic barn building style.

Collaborative approach key to success

Smith Construction worked with the clients alongside Carin Wilson of Studio Pasifika from early in the design process. This helped to create a design that succeeded both visually and practically.
Other suppliers and contractors who were pivotal in making this unique concept work at as a practical, functioning open plan home were Phoenix Windows, Wilson Plumbing, Emerson Electrical and B&H Design.

From the client:

We were recommended to Nick Smith the owner of Smith Construction Ltd, at the same time as we bought our land on Coal Hill Rd Mangawhai. At no time did it occur to us to look anywhere else for a builder.

We are experienced at home renovations and have built our own house in London so we are reasonably confident in the processes however we had not done anything of this scale in NZ.

Nick was aboard immediately and along with the Architect Carin Wilson, all of us labored to construct our beautiful house on the top from the hill. The design stage was around 6 several weeks and Smith Construction were a part of all of our discussions and labored with Carin to create the ultimate plan and documentation for Building Regs.

Nick and his team are professional, courteous and extremely well informed on all aspects of the trade including the current Building code requirements.

We prefer a modern finish, the details needed to achieve this were in some instances new to the team, they embraced the ideas, we worked through the possibilities and the results were flawless.

Megan & Ron Redel