Up until now rebuilding on TC3 land has been uncertain territory, but no longer thanks to this architecturally designed, innovative, stylish response to the challenge at hand.

The Cantabrian concept home is structurally robust, affordable, appealing and an attainable solution for the average TC3 land owner.

In April 2013 Southern Response, in association with the New Zealand Institute of Architects, launched a competition among registered architects to design a house for the next generation of housing in Canterbury.

The design brief asked entrants to meet a set of requirements including structural integrity, land conditions and principles of modern living.

Nelson based architect Richard Sellars took out first prize with his design of a modern take on the quintessential New Zealand bungalow.

His design was built as a showhome to promote the award winning design and since opening earlier this year it has welcomed hundreds of visitors through its door.

The three bedroom home has been wowing guests with its light, simplicity and spatial comfort.
Richard says he enjoys building better homes rather than bigger homes and that concept shines through in this design.

The contemporary design uses space in creative and clever ways not always found in houses with such an affordable price bracket.

The home not only looks good and feels warm and comfortable, but it has been specifically designed to perform under seismic activity holding its structural integrity.

The home is constructed out of lightweight materials with specifically engineered foundations for TC3 land.
What began as a technical response to building on vulnerable land has developed into a very real and feasible solution for safer and smarter homes in Canterbury.

Now the public can visit the concept home six days a week and take inspiration from the winning design and even use the plans for their own rebuild.

The Cantabrian concept home has pre-approved multi-proof building consent which delivers great efficiency in the entire building process and a shorter construction period overall. The multi-proof design means the home can be built anywhere in New Zealand only requiring site-specific foundations.

The design can be easily personalised to suit your individual style and requirements.


The home features:

• Double-glazed light well which provides plenty of natural light all year round. The electric-opening high window ventilates the house in summer. With a built-in bench seat this beautiful feature will be a focal point in the home

• Expansive north-facing windows to ensure plenty of winter sun, and the deep eaves provide shade in the summer months

• Pitched ceiling in the living area is lined with timber giving a warm and comfortable feel to the house. This finish carries through to the exterior with the soffit being finished in a similar manner

• Six options for the layout of the bedroom area, enabling people to arrange the space to suit their needs

• A choice of claddings including vertical grooved fibre-cement board; board and batten; Linea weatherboards, and vertical cedar weatherboards.

The Cantabrian concept home is open to the public at
81 Cranford Street, St Albans Monday to Saturday 12pm – 2 pm.


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