Healthy Hut feature

Our Healthy Hut was featured in the Sunday Times and on Stuff in the weekend click here to read the article. Georgia Easter was a pleasure to work with and we definitely share her values around non toxic material use. We hope to include of the Hurley Huts in the upcoming Superhome Tour. Watch this space for further updates.



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Not Kit Set Homes / Healthy Hut Update

As we kick in to a new year we have started taking a close look at who is visiting us here on the Black Hut website. One thing that stands out is the google searches being associated to Black Hut Designs one in particular is ‘Kit Set Homes’. As much as we believe that panelisation is the future for construction and we would love to offer kit set options, it is not a space we are currently involved in. Black Hut are designers who offer plans, we are happy to recommend builders for your project as we know a few who love building Huts! We will always keep you updated in our progress in this space as it is something we would love to offer at some stage.

On a lighter note! One of Black Hut’s projects mentioned in a previous post is approaching the finish line! The Healthy Huts in Christchurch have been documented through their journey by the team at IC Builders. Click the name to go to their Facebook page and check out the progress updates.

Take a look at a few shots taken this morning of the stunning charred Siberian Larch by Chartek and crisp white paneling interior walls. The ceiling are lined with Strandboard oiled black which gives a textured effect when hit with light. Interior paints and oils supplied by The Natural Paint Company. The combination of skylights and vaulted ceilings give an immense feeling of space in these 70m2 homes. Lighting is simply an LED strip down the ridge giving an overall clean finish to the ceiling. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as we post more about the materials and finishes as the vision comes to life!

If you would like to learn more about the Healthy Huts please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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The Parklands House achieves Homestar 8

The Parklands house homestar built rating of 8 has officially been approved. Thank you to Julie Villard from Eco Advisor for acting as our assessor and the Christchurch City Council for supporting the Superhome participants to achieve a green star rating. 

We have achieved this without any real planning around the green star framework.   How high do you think you could go if you consider the greenstar framework in your initial brief to your designer?

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Cost effective foundation designs for Hurley Street Huts

Work on the Hurley Street Huts is progressing - bad weather in June has slowed things down but because we have a very simple foundation solution we are still progressing nicely.  The construction method on Hurley is different to anything we have used before and it's fantastic to have consultants committed to spending money on quality buildings above ground by creating innovative solutions below ground.     Below some pics of progress and a blurb from our structural engineer.

Sensible and lightweight building design combined with some lateral thinking to deal with the challenging ground conditions resulted in an efficient foundation solution for the Healthy Huts on Hurley Street.    

Technical Category 3 sites typically require large mass bulk excavation with thick gravel rafts and concrete slabs, diverting funds away from other areas of the build. A thorough site investigation and a pragmatic assessment by LandTech Consulting allowed the structural engineers, Lewis Bradford, to explore a more traditional and straightforward posthole foundation system, tied together with reinforced concrete ground beams. This directly addresses the soft soil at shallow depths and mitigates the lateral spreading potential
— Robert Lane - Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers

 

 

 

Front and centre our dedicated builder Drew Ison from IC Builders.  www.icbuilders.co.nz

Front and centre our dedicated builder Drew Ison from IC Builders. www.icbuilders.co.nz

Concrete poured on Unit 3

Concrete poured on Unit 3

unit 2 progress

unit 2 progress

Floor joists finished ready to take our flooring.  As you can see our site is very narrow with no room for Cars!  The adjacent driveway is not our land.

Floor joists finished ready to take our flooring.  As you can see our site is very narrow with no room for Cars!  The adjacent driveway is not our land.

Healthy huts on Hurley are underway

The construction of three healthy huts on Hurley Street in the Avon Loop is underway this week.   Below a photo of the bare site and an image of the finished development.  

 

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Healthy Huts on Hurley have been designed with functionality and personal responsibility at the forefront of our minds. We have foregone the commodity of onsite parking in favour of liveable spaces that promote health and happiness for the occupants. We favor materials that interact with the natural environment to create a naturally warm, dry and healthy living environment. This is a future proofed project. Watch this space!

Healthy Huts on Hurley have been designed with functionality and personal responsibility at the forefront of our minds. We have foregone the commodity of onsite parking in favour of liveable spaces that promote health and happiness for the occupants. We favor materials that interact with the natural environment to create a naturally warm, dry and healthy living environment. This is a future proofed project. Watch this space!