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Timber Design Awards

Dwell Homes mod 3

Dwell Homes is an innovative architectural design build company based in Christchurch which has developed a unique range of cleverly designed, environmentally-sensitive houses using natural products and materials and bringing architectural detailing to a wider market.

Set some 20 kilometres west of the city in a semi-rural subdivision the mod 3 comprises of a bedroom wing and a separate lounge linked by an architecturally designed kitchen/dining area with feature monolithic stone bench. High thermal mass properties and a passive solar design ensure year round energy efficiency and sustainability.

The exterior is clad with a mix of durable complementary materials and is integral to the design. Manufactured by Carter Holt Harvey from sustainably grown NZ plantation pine the grooved Shadowclad is darkly stained with Timbakote in Ebony and forms a protective film to weather the harshest conditions of the South Island. Structural dimensions are specifically tailored to correspond with those of the Shadowclad sheet sizes thus addressing concerns of environmental footprint by minimising waste and reducing construction time.

The rusticated Western Red Cedar from Herman Pacific offers a balanced contrast and is treated with Resene Woodsman Oilstain in Honeycomb. This environmentally friendly cladding encases the boxform garage, chimney and entrance foyer in double and single horizontal profiles.

The Shadowclad is carried through to the interior lining, the bandsawn sheet surface providing a compelling tactile finish.

Internally finishes have been carefully selected to give the impression of continuing walls of timber with full height flush kitchen joinery in Walnut veneer.