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.