Last week I was fortunate to travel back to one of my favourite destinations. The Central Otago Region of New Zealand…….Right down the bottom of the South Island.
Yes it was rather “refreshing” to say the least with flurries of snow commonplace as we walked and drove around..
On one of our tourist drives we headed down to a small town called Glenorchy located at the bottom of Lake Wakatipu. Not a great deal there except mountains but I came across a building site that caught my eye.
An innovative young builder by the name of Mat Rusher of Aspiring Log homes was building a nw home in the shadow of the Majestic Mount Aspiring.
I was instantly impressed with the sheer bulk of the building materials being approx 450mm diameter logs of the introduced Douglas Fir.
These were all hand sawn and cut to fit with a bead of insulating foam providing a complete seal between the logs. The insulation capacity of this material must be truly incredible.
Window openings were cut using a chainsaw and the major structural elements were “joined” together without screws, bolts, or metal plates.
I was impressed with the skill and craftmanship of this guy and his ability to get away from the “block mentality”. When I asked him about the cost of construction he said that it was a labour intensive way of building and mot the cheapest………That just means you don’t get a house as big……………”Size isn’t everything”.. apparently
When dealing with an alternative material good, efficient design is critical. Wasted space in the form of long corridors or huge bedrooms just push the price up. How many of us grew up is a 100 sq/m home with 4 kids 2 dogs and a budgie??
If you want to know more about this interesting building material have a look at Mat’s website http://www.aspiringloghomes.co.nz/
Should you require any further information reagarding alternative building materials such as mud bricks, rammed earth, post and beam, or straw bale construction feel free to contact us for an obligation free design consultation.