Company: James Hardie
Built by David Reid Homes and designed by AD Architecture this new home is situated in a prime city location boasting spectacular views overlooking the Miramar Links Golf Course, Lyall Bay, and Wellington Airport. The two-level, three bedroom plus study home fits cleverly into a typical sloping Wellington site and is perfectly orientated to maximise the views, sun, and landscape.
Challenging site constraints and client requirements — a sloping, small site in an extra high wind zone with a southerly aspect, combined with demands for executive-style living at a restricted budget – required a smart, well-designed solution that was both tough and beautiful.
The James Hardie Solution
Linea Weatherboard by James Hardie was applied to the external wall framing over a rigid air barrier to accommodate site challenges, and provided a number of benefits.
“The client’s budget excluded designing a high-end architectural home, but they didn’t want a standard, off-the-shelf design either, as this wouldn’t suit the site,” says Project Designer, Peter Davis. “Linea Weatherboard provided the aesthetics they were wanting with its clean, bevel back profile at the right cost.”
Weatherproofing was also a major concern.
“The external cladding needed to be able to withstand the high winds and harsh climate. Linea Weatherboard was an appropriate solution for this high risk site.”
Linea Weatherboard has been tested for weathertightness in New Zealand’s complex coastal and alpine climate and is resistant to the damage from moisture and rotting in the harshest conditions. It is also tested for a fire resistance rating of up to 90 minutes, which makes it suitable for use on external walls close to boundaries. “Buildings are situated quite close to each other in Wellington. Linea Weatherboard provides good peace of mind with respect to fire risk.”
The constrained access and a relatively small site also required a low maintenance solution. Linea Weatherboard offered both ease of maintenance to the client and ease of installation to the builder.
“We specified a complete James Hardie solution including, cladding, soffit and tile underlay. It is a proven system. The builder has installed Linea Weatherboard before and understands the product well.”
David Reid Homes Project Manager Tim Sunderland says, “Installation was quick and easy – the weatherboard comes pre-primed and with tongue and groove ends so there is no need to use back soakers at the joint.”