The clients had long admired the Queenslander with its first storey living, louvre ventilation and wide verandahs. The style suits New Zealand’s climate nearly as well as tropical northern Australia so when they came to build this was their brief albeit with the constraints of a suburban section in one of Auckland’s eastern beach suburbs.

The resulting house used some of those core aspects of the Queenslander while adding others like a double garage, passive solar heating and an outdoor room behind the verandah with bifolding shutters to keep out the worst of Aucklands winter.

Without the extreme humidity of Queensland the lower level need not be open to the breeze so was utilized as garage and a bedroom with concrete floors to absorb the winter sun. The warm air is directed to the first floor living through the central stair well.


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  • Winter has officially ended and we are now hoping the weather gods have taken notice. Despite the (self induced) gloom in some sections of the economy and construction in particular, there appears to be no slackening in the demand for our services. Clevedon is set to explode with Watercare signing up to have sewerage ready by April 2020. Clevedon Cares, a local intuitive, with aims to develop Clevedon in a stylish way along the lines of Matakana and Hobsonville, have done great work establishing design guidelines for buildings and putting bridal/ walking and cycling paths around the township. We are set for an exciting 2019, 2020 and beyond.