DIY videos to help explain various facets of natural and earthen building.
Focusing on ecologically sensitive design. Specialist in earthen & natural materials, & heritage restoration & renovation.
Various sketches of original house designs.
Off-grid, hempcrete home to be owner built in Waipu, Northland.
Off-grid, straw bale, buck and beam home in Te Arai Point, Auckland.
Storey and a half, adobe, tiny home in the central plateau of the North Island, New Zealand.
Viking longhouse inspired, multipurpose, community whare in Pūponga, Golden Bay.
Light earth cottage on Great Barrier Island to be owner and community built.
Restoration of the classic Chapman-Taylor cottage “Ehuma”, built in 1933 in South Wairarapa, with an Adobe studio adjacent.
Hempcrete home on the outskirts of town to be owner buit.
Rammed earth home on a hill with amazing pastoral views, to be owner buit.
Traditionally proportioned home on the rural outskirts of Auckland. The design has been split into three sections or ‘mini houses’ to better reflect the scale of petite historic cottages.
Rammed earth and light timber frame home with guest house on a ridge line overlooking Bream Bay. The house is being built in two stages.
Internal adobe veneer home on the rural outskirts of Auckland. The home was designed by Graeme North about 8 years ago and we are now developing the concept into construction documentation.
Affordable light earth duplex in the central Auckland suburbs with charred cypress rainscreen cladding and an edible garden.
Straw bale and timber frame home outside of Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands. The home is based on permaculture principles and uses passive solar design.
Timber cruck frame home in the central Auckland suburbs. The curved cruck frame may be formed out of local pohutukawa. The house will have double stud walls insulated with expanded perlite.
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Natural building techniques for conventional timber frame homes.
Outside of Architecture I like to engage in other creative endeavours such as gardening, fermenting alcohol, working with wood and playing with clay.
Appropriate design in a temperate climate booklet.