Located in the North Island of New Zealand, only a few minutes drive to the beach, this family home was constructed through a local prefabrication process with ecofriendly materials, on a tight budget and under 100m2.

Hugged by the Karangahake forests and the Kaimai Ranges, through the last bridge towards Waihi from Paeroa, this farmland home reminds us of the essence of living simply, the importance of our environment and quiet family moments. It signifies a humble architecture bravely holding its own on the hilltop, a return to our collective necessities of shelter, gathering and freedom.

Warm cross-laminated-timber floors, along with fully lined ply walls and ceiling, create a cosy enclosed atmosphere reminiscent of classic tramping huts. We wanted to create an intimate and easy family home, complete with mezzanine loft space for impromptu friends and family. The ‘outdoor room’ provides a protected interstitial space connecting the Eastern and Western environments, with soft filtered light above, the large barn slider closes you off to a sense of solitude towards the forest below.

Rebelling against wasteful and arduous construction processes, the cost-saving and efficient prefabricated floors, walls and roofs were assembled on-site within only 4 days. The crucial idea of sustainability was further achieved through the carefully selected materials and finishes, weathertight linings, and smart efficient ventilation systems. These ideas continue our increasing awareness towards an architecture that leaves the landscape untouched.

Photography by David Straight

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Prefab Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Gable RoofLine, A-Frame RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and Farmhouse Building Type. Sustainbly constructed through a local prefabrication system, the Karangahake House earns its place within its beautiful natural New Zealand landscapes.  Photo  of Karangahake HouseView Photos

Sustainbly constructed through a local prefabrication system, the Karangahake House earns its place within its beautiful natural New Zealand landscapes.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Side Yard, Trees, Back Yard, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Front Yard, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Fences, Wall, Walkways, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Vertical Fences, Wall. This Outdoor Room connects the two ends of the house, with timber-battened clear roofing above, it perfectly frames the forest views beyond creating moments of uninterrupted connection and stillness with nature. Photo 2 of Karangahake HouseView Photos

This Outdoor Room connects the two ends of the house, with timber-battened clear roofing above, it perfectly frames the forest views beyond creating moments of uninterrupted connection and stillness with nature.

Modern home with Outdoor, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Back Yard, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Garden, Side Yard, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Walkways, Field, Trees, Vertical Fences, Wall, Wood Fences, Wall, and Front Yard. Carefully proportioned, the simple gable form is reminiscent of a humble Tramper's Hut externally lined with Abodo Tundra Timber Cladding that is sustainably and locally grown and sourced.  Photo 3 of Karangahake HouseView Photos

Carefully proportioned, the simple gable form is reminiscent of a humble Tramper's Hut externally lined with Abodo Tundra Timber Cladding that is sustainably and locally grown and sourced.

Modern home with Living Room, Light Hardwood Floor, Chair, Recliner, Pendant Lighting, Plywood Floor, Coffee Tables, Medium Hardwood Floor, Bookcase, Accent Lighting, Console Tables, Ceiling Lighting, and Wood Burning Fireplace. The interior is fully lined with plywood, creating a simple yet cosy and warm atmosphere  Photo 4 of Karangahake HouseView Photos

The interior is fully lined with plywood, creating a simple yet cosy and warm atmosphere

Modern home with Kitchen, Metal Counter, Cooktops, Undermount Sink, Wood Counter, Range, Refrigerator, Metal Cabinet, Pendant Lighting, Microwave, Open Cabinet, Wood Backsplashe, Drop In Sink, Dishwasher, Plywood Floor, Wall Oven, Ceiling Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. With a rustic wood-burning fireplace to match the sleek black steel kitchen, this family home is designed for the essentials of easy New Zealand farm life.  Photo 5 of Karangahake HouseView Photos

With a rustic wood-burning fireplace to match the sleek black steel kitchen, this family home is designed for the essentials of easy New Zealand farm life.

The mezzanine loft was designed to accommodate for impromptu friends and family, a flexible space that can adapt freely as required. Photo 6 of Karangahake House modern homeView Photos

The mezzanine loft was designed to accommodate for impromptu friends and family, a flexible space that can adapt freely as required.

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Landscape Lighting, Back Yard, Shrubs, Rooftop, Walkways, Planters Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Fences, Wall, Side Yard, Front Yard, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Gardens, Woodland, Trees, Vertical Fences, Wall, Garden, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, and Grass. Ecofriendly vertical timber cladding by New Zealand company Abodo Wood LTD, a Tundra cladding with a natural sustainable finish that will silver with age. Photo 7 of Karangahake HouseView Photos

Ecofriendly vertical timber cladding by New Zealand company Abodo Wood LTD, a Tundra cladding with a natural sustainable finish that will silver with age.

Modern home with Exterior, Small Home Building Type, Cabin Building Type, Prefab Building Type, Tiny Home Building Type, Farmhouse Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Beach House Building Type, Camper Building Type, Gable RoofLine, Barn Building Type, and House Building Type. The large barn slider closed in the Outdoor Room, with the timber-battened clear roofing filtering light through from above. Photo 8 of Karangahake HouseView Photos

The large barn slider closed in the Outdoor Room, with the timber-battened clear roofing filtering light through from above.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Shed Building Type, Barn Building Type, Cabin Building Type, Small Home Building Type, Farmhouse Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Prefab Building Type, Gable RoofLine, Beach House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, and Shed RoofLine. The simple form of this humble family home bravely holds its own on the hilltop, a warm glowing light welcoming you home. Photo 9 of Karangahake HouseView Photos

The simple form of this humble family home bravely holds its own on the hilltop, a warm glowing light welcoming you home.

Credits

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Architect
  • MAKE Architects
Photographer
  • David Straight
Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Farmhouse
  • Year
  • 2019