Explore profiles of eco-friendly and sustainable builds throughout New Zealand.

Keyword Search
Eco Features
Share an example eco home
Home > Example Homes > NZ's First Ever Straw Bale Home

NZ's First Ever Straw Bale Home

Home Details

4 bedroom(s), 2 bathroom(s)

This spectacular home, with its superb proportions and thick, mellow Tuscan gold plaster walls, is located in a tranquil country setting, it's positioned for all-day sun and unobstructed sea and mountain views.

Pasture and woodlots of mature trees, the sheltered, north-facing home fits well into the natural environment. The outlook is breathtaking, as it sweeps across lawn and tree-studded pasture to the wide expanse of Tasman Bay and the Western ranges, extending to Separation Point and the sea beyond.

Architect designed by Ian Jack, construction of the substantial, 300 square metre, split-level home commenced in October, 1996 and was completed to a liveable standard within 12 months. Work continued on the property during the ensuing years, with a high standard of workmanship evident in the building's finish and detail, resulting in a home which combines strong design elements with natural materials and lifestyle requirements.

It comprises a open-plan living room and dining area, a kitchen with a bar and breakfast bar, four double bedrooms, a spacious mezzanine floor, two bathrooms, a separate toilet, laundry, a wine cellar and a remote controlled, double garage. The stunning kitchen and bathrooms are all brand new.

This was the first straw bale house in New Zealand and is an excellent example of the genre, with its 700mm thick walls, deep sills, arched recesses and moulded seating. There is a sense of permanence in the building's solid structure and sheltering walls. Exterior construction combines thick, adobe-finished concrete plaster walls and warm-toned, Lawson cypress upper walls with deep aqua aluminium joinery and a karaka Coloursteel roof. Three separate covered verandahs, with hardwood timber decks, extend around the house.

Thick, insulated walls ensure the house remains warm in winter and cool in Summer. A raised, Jetmaster open fire, in the open-plan living room combines with a new Raeburn wood burning cooker, with a wet-back facility, to provide additional warmth, as well as water heating

You need to be signed in to post a comment.

If you have an account you can login here, if you haven't registered yet you can register here.