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New Old

Woolshed 'Renovation'

New Build, Old & New Building Material

Recently completed in the Waikato, this Precast Panel project is a weekender for our clients.

An invitation to MRA to design a Precast Panel Weekender, the fourth project for a client family group was a welcome opportunity to work again collaboratively with talented and knowledgeable clients on a shared vision. Compact accommodation, with country living spaces and a committed workshop garage, the design 'imagines' conversion of an early rural building. 

Precast Panels have a creosote ‘aged patina’ weatherboard aesthetic, exposed re-cycled timber beams, doors, bricks and old-school plumbing fixtures provide connection to the 'old' building elements. The Open-plan country family living space is centred around an over-scale concrete fireplace with adjacent sheltered outdoor eating.

So many recycled features in this build. Our client was intrepid in her pursuit of the right elements to add to the design. We are loving the choice of recycled timbers as sarking and feature cladding.

The country building is found as you would expect, against a tree-line windbreak, across a concrete panel footbridge at the bottom of the paddock.

The Landscape Consultant is enthused with created an 'aged' garden - complete with the old picket fence feature which will be planted with a rambling rose. We wonder who will be the first to suggest it's time to 'paint the fence'.

For more information about this project, or to begin a special project of your own please contact us.


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