The creation of my house was driven by my kids who said “why don’t you live in a real house dad?” as at the time we were living in a nice warm apartment, which was starting to look too small. I had earlier rebuilt my yacht in foam sandwich construction so was most impressed that a house building technique using SIPs could deliver similar benefits.
The house was designed to be warm and sunny when I came home from work, be a healthy environment for me and my kids, use solar power as much as possible, provide organic fruit and vegetables, act as an inland marina for my boats, and so much more.
The insulated panels are stable, they won’t rot, and they won’t burn. The panels’ insulation is stable and won’t slump, are suitable for TC3 land, and thus was an eminently sustainable choice.
There is a sheltered front garden with maximum light to grow lemons, herbs, spinach, and some frost adverse decorative plants for both function for the kitchen and decoration from the living area. The remainder of the garden is more fruit and vegetable orientated. Rainwater capture seemed like a very good idea to me so the house has the maximum size tank permissible without getting resource consent, which is 2000L. This is adequate for irrigation as it is only required during dry spells for smaller plants and the citrus trees. Because we are close to sea level the bigger trees tap into the water table thus don’t require irrigation.
One element of the design is the house has 10% of floor area devoted to storage. This enables great efficiency when going sailing for example, as all the sailing gear is one cupboard and mostly on one shelf. Similarly going on holiday with the water ski boat is easy too – the appropriate cupboards get emptied into the boat, then the boat gets towed through the garage and off to blue water and sunshine. – Vince Williams, Owner