Bad dream becomes eco-home
A housing nightmare is being transformed into an eco-dream home for the Stadler family.
Red Beach couple Peter and Charlotte Stadler bought their home in 2008 and discovered the foundations weren't level and the problem was irreparable.
They decided to tear down the home and start again.
During deconstruction they found a weatherboard nailed into a wall cavity with a mysterious hand-scrawled message that confirmed their decision to rebuild. The message said, "This house was stuffed from start to finish."
The couple had 72 concrete piles installed to help secure the foundations, readying the site for a building.
Their new home under construction is a passive solar house and was especially designed by Ebode.
"Our house has a number of features, including a solar panel on the roof for water heating and power production," Mr Stadler says.
"We will still be on the power grid, but will also be feeding back into it.
"The frame of the house is made out of Douglas fir from Nelson, which doesn't need to be chemically treated. The frame of the house is wider than normal which will help with insulation."
Mr Stadler says the home is more efficient, which means it is cheaper to run, warmer, and the temperature more regulated.
"You spend a bit more money on the architect side because the home is all about design."
The House Company builders are well on their way into construction with the framing and first floor up. "We hope it will be finished by next April," Mr Stadler says.
Ebode designer Niel de Jong has worked on a number of houses designed for the New Zealand climate.
"Usually eco-home designs come from the UK, but we design homes especially for what elements we face in this country, like changeable weather and high humidity," Mr de Jong says.
THE MESSAGE ON THE BOARD
This house was stuffed from start to finish!
The foundations were poured on topsoil
The top floor was not tied to the block base in any way.
The roof had to be taken off and replaced
And just about everything was changed during construction.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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