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Strawbale house in Clutha
listed by David C M

New Zealand > Otago > Balclutha

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Property Details

Land area:   12 acres
Building area:   185 m2
Date built:   2011
Bedrooms:   2
Bathrooms:   1
Living areas:   1
 
 

Description

Positioned on the northern edge of the Catlins Tourist area at the beginning of the Southern Scenic Way is a recently completed straw bale home. Set in an elevated position, it is 14 km south west of Balclutha. The house has a northerly aspect enjoying all day full sun with expansive views from the sea at Kaka Point to the east, through the lower Clutha Valley round to the snow capped mountains of Fiordland to the west.

The house, designed by Richard Wilden Designs of Dunedin, was drawn to create a warm, comfortable and quiet refuge is a rural setting.

The rearmost, or southern aspect is constructed of filled concrete block to provide thermal mass for heat storage and is backed up with a soil berm for additional insulation. The front of the house is built of timber frame in filled with straw and rendered both inside and out. All timber, from laminated step nosing to ledge and brace doors to cathedral ceiling is of macrocapa and grown locally as is the barley straw for wall building. Windows are all double glazed and most are argon filled for additional energy saving. Roof insulation throughout is in excess of building requirements.

Heating is provided by an auger fed coal fired McKenzie boiler of 32 kW capacity. This boiler, remotely situated, heats domestic hot water and a three zone under floor central heating system, each being independently controlled. Floor coverings are a mix of carpet and ceramic tile. An Escea gas fire provides back up heat when rapid temperature changes are encountered.

Domestic water is provided by roof catchment, 185 sq mtr of roof area collects rain water and stores it in a 25,000 ltr tank. Additional garden water is available from reticulated spring water. Waste water is directed to an Oasis Clearwater 2000 system and then onward to irrigate lawns and shelter belt trees.

This is an easy maintenance, low energy home, the monthly running costs being $120 for heating and the same again for electricity. Unlimited high speed internet connection and VOIP telephone services are available and free of charge.

Overall land area is 12 acres, part of which is fenced off and maintained as lawns and vegetable garden, the remainder, approximately 10 acres being available for stock.

For a close look at the location go into Google Earth and search for 176 Gunn Road Warepa 9273 NZ, this view taken about seven months ago.

 

 

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Posted 9 Jun 12 1:53 PM
if you have this house for sale could you contact me
email k.gjones@xtra.co.nz interested . thanks

 

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