Scenic and sustainable

A modest frontage belies the space and scenic enjoyment in this energy-conscious holiday home with an upper level that can be sectioned off as an apartment

Designed by Maurice Regeer, MnM Design

From the home designer:

The homeowner's brief was for a maximum size holiday home that catches the mountain views, but has minimal energy consumption. 

At entry level (which is the top level) the house looks modest, but opens up towards the mountain to catch the views over 2 storeys. 

The concrete basement anchors the house into the bank.

At street level, a generous hallway leads to the dry room / laundry, so people can get rid of their gear before entering the living area. 

The open plan dining / kitchen / lounge area is completely focused on the view of Mount Ruapehu. 

The lounge extends onto a balcony with mountain views. 

The dining area opens up to a small afternoon sun deck on the side of the house. 

The master bedroom is hidden away on the side of the lounge with its own ensuite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, balcony and of course mountain views. 

As per the owner's request, the whole upper storey can be used as a separate apartment. 

The down stairs, with 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, separate toilet and rumpus (tv) room, functions as an ‘overflow’.

The interior of the house has a mountain chalet feel to it, with lots of wood and mountain views from most rooms.

We have incorporated passive house principles into this design to make sure the energy use is minimised. 

The orientation of the house towards the sun is optimised and we have made a thermal envelope to make sure the house has minimal fluctuation of temperature throughout the seasons. 

The joinery is thermally broken, basement walls are ICF wall system (highly insulated concrete), and the mid-floor is a concrete floor – to absorb and maintain heat, and radiate this heat slowly.

The whole thermal envelope is upgraded to secure a very ambient interior climate.

The top storey of the house has oversized timber framing to accommodate double the insulation required. 

Another part of the upgrade is the installation of an intelligent vapour control membrane, which enhances the performance of the thermal insulation as it keeps all the moisture out of the walls. 

Good ventilation measures are applied in conjunction with this system.

We have designed this building with an aesthetically pleasing interior and exterior and a high energy efficiency.

Credit list

RT Construction
Kitchen manufacturer
Kitchen Contours Wanganui
Landscape design
RT Construction
Roofing Industries RT7
Main flooring
Karndean vinyl Flooring
Bathroom tiles
Ceramico Te Puke
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended
Co-designer (interior design + material selections)
Marije Hoornstra-Regeer, MnM Design
Kitchen design
Marije Hoornstra-Regeer
Interior designer
Marije Hoornstra-Regeer, MnM Design
Hermpac DuraLarch from Roofing Industries RT7
Window/door joinery
Omega, thermally broken, aluminium, from Rivercity Wanganui
Bedroom flooring
Rhino carpet

Designed by: MnM Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Glyn Hubbard Photography

02 Oct, 2022

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