Lake Hawea Barn-Style Home

Lake Hawea Barn-Style Home
Designed and built using natural and sustainable building products, this barn renovation was created around the concept of healthy living environments.


In this build we used NZ-grown Larch weather boards, barge boards and soft-fit linings which is an extremely durable timber which requires no treatments and it has a beautiful grain similar to cedar but the timber is a lot denser. We used Macrocarpa timber extensively, inside and out, as it is such a versatile timber which can be used from exterior posts and beams to interior joinery.

This home has a high level of insulation to every wall in the house including in between the floor upstairs to help control heating, we used terralana natural wool batts throughout. We made sure all glues used in the construction were non-toxic to reduce off-gassing into the interior. Double glazed argon filled aluminium windows, and timber double glazed exterior doors with Macrocarpa frames and cedar doors were also featured (there’s nothing like walking into your house through a solid timber door with a proper timber sill).

As timber joinery is more expensive than aluminum, the decision was made to do the exterior doors in timber, making it an affordable option. The house is set out for maximum solar gain and features solar hot water heating wetback heating and radiant under floor heating to the bedrooms.



Hawea Flat


April 2007

Type of work

Barn-Style New Home