duxford residence, new zealand



project details

Mr. And Mrs Duxford

c. £185,000

Design start Early 1996. Site Works July 1996 ­ February 1997


Chris worked as an Architectural Assistant on this and other projects whilst employed by Martyn Evans, an Architect in Keri Keri, New Zealand. After leaving, Chris joined the 3-man joinery team (and main contractors) for about 2 months, working as a semi-skilled joiner and labourer, returning after travelling to take the completed photos!

The all timber design was intended to match the original house exactly. The house was one of the ten oldest properties in New Zealand, built using Kauri wood ­ now as hard as steel and impossible even to nail into. The scheme involved extensive re-working of an unsatisfactory modern extension, with a new connection building providing a spacious and well-lit new entrance way, with a new wing providing a luxurious master bedroom and ensuite for the owners over a garage and utility rooms downstairs.

High quality timber finishes inside and out complemented the original finishes to the old house.



view larger image