So that all-black house I mentioned last post? Here tis. Morning tea with Atlanta provided a whole bunch of inspirational sparks, as well as the opportunity to let Fox and Huxley mess up her house good. Viewing their place again, along with looking at our budget, has reconfirmed to us that Black Corrugate is the direction we'll be heading in. However, with a splash of Cedar. Can you have a splash of Cedar?
As part of our build we'll self build a small studio space and my hubby came up with the great idea of having the two "speak" to each other with that splash of Cedar. It felt odd to just have one end of our black box being coated with timber, but if the two boxes each have that little bit of interest - facing each other, and with complimentary designs, I think it might just work. And If you're interested in checking out some of the lush light fittings on the inside of all that black. Check out our Instagram page.
Cladding. It's a tricky one. We love timber and in New Zealand, it's a material that makes sense. There's a bunch of it around, and it does well in the sometimes salty, often sunny and even shaky environment (love to any rebuild folk after the Christchurch earthquake). But it comes at a cost. It's expensive and it needs maintenance to keep it looking good with all that nature has to throw at it.
Down in the Coromandel, a friend has a place that has been hammered by the ocean and wind and its cedar cladding looks great despite of it all. It has silvered to a soft tone and fits right in with the Pohutekawa along the shore line.
Trouble is, we're not sure we can afford it.
In contrast, other friends have just built on the outskirts of West Auckland and their whole place, top to toe, is clad in black corrugated iron. It's bold. Demands attention. Screams modern, it's cheap and it needs zero maintenance.
So we're contemplating...and might even combine the two. We'll let you know what we decide.
What about you? This or that? Wood or tin?
A family of four: writer, scientist, lego engineer and destruction specialist. Our previous home is featured in New Zealand Interior Style and this new project promises to provide plenty of great, green, smart and maybe madcap solutions to new building in New Zealand.