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Three striking homes with award-winning exteriors

Article by Homes to Love

The COLORSTEEL® Awards recognise and celebrate New Zealand’s best architects, designers, roofers, and their projects. See the three exceptional winners below

Architectural form in Christchurch:

This Christchurch home was designed by architect Tim Dagg of Sheppard & Rout Architects for himself and his family. 

Located in the leafy suburb of Strowan, the contemporary house features a complex series of gables, with the Metalcraft Espan® tray roofing draping over the eastern wall to create a homogenous cladding.  

The roof work, completed by the 2019 COLORSTEEL® Roofer of the Year Matthew McDougall from The Roofing Company Canterbury, was complex and detailed. 

McDougall prepared two alternative mock-up samples for the detail supplied by Dagg’s drawings and one of these was used in the execution of the design.

“The metal roofing and cladding is one of the leading external design components for this house, so it was critical for me that the design intent of the folding roof form, which starts as a half gable at the street end and folds to a full gable to the north, was carried through to the details on-site,” says Dagg.

A pre-engineered shed turned up-market destination: 

This innovative commercial development by Wainui Construction is the recipient of the first annual COLORSTEEL® Building of the Year award. 

Located near the heart of Raglan, the development signals the town’s evolution from a sleepy surfer’s getaway to a thriving art and tourist centre. 

Designed by Red Architecture with versatility in mind, the spaces can be matched to future tenants needs, whether they be for residential or commercial use.

The buildings make use of a Ribline profile giving a strong architectural finish over large areas of cladding and roofing, carried out by Next Level Roofing.

This choice also provides a reference to the rural roots of the area and contrasts nicely with the Abodo Tundra weatherboards. The combination of both colours and textures anchors the building to its site and ties in well with the native landscaping. 

The judges thought the clever detailing of the recesses and the use of stained timber to define and draw the eye into the inhabited spaces were standout features. 

A tired bungalow transformed:

Sometimes all it takes is a change in material and colour to give an old home new life. This project, completed by the 2019 Young Roofer of the Year at the COLORSTEEL® Awards, Vaughn Cook, transformed a tired bungalow into a modern home by replacing the concrete tile roofing. 

Now with Steel & Tube’s Euroline® Seamlok in COLORSTEEL® FlaxPod® on the roof, this Milford home has a sleek new look that’s easy to maintain and still fits aesthetically with its more traditional neighbours. 

This complex roof design was a worthy challenge for Cook, who works for Cowperthwaite Roofing Ltd. 

“The attention to detail and workmanship was excellent,” says judge Rod Newbold.  “Much hand-folding was necessary and minimal stretching was observed, and difficult intersections were achieved in a tidy manner.”

The result is a home that appears newly built, but still carries a sense of history. 

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