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Kahuranaki Road 2009/10

Our first foray into natural building


This house was built for Pats parents in-law. The first project we worked on together 



  • Concrete ring foundation with suspended timber floor.

  • Strawbales on edge and direct plastered with clay and lime.

  • The exposed south wall clad with ply over the straw for extra weather protection.

  • Clay sourced on site

  • Timber staircase built with salvaged Oregan timber.

  • Internal walls lined with Gib or carpet and plastered with clay.

  • Recycled Timber Windows and doors.

  • Extensive use of locally milled finishing timber.

  • Worm based flushing wastewater system.

  • Vented skillion roof, with soffit and ridge vents.

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