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Minor Dwelling + Loft - Dairy Flat

Updated: Jul 6, 2022

Maximising space for a young family 2021


This Minor dwelling or Minor Housing Unit (MHU) creates a moderate family home by coupling a main dwelling with a SIPs double car garaging plus loft / storage space.

In close proximity to the extended family home, this independent semi off-grid home was achievable on family land, and utilises a high-performance envelope and efficient plan to create comfortable affordable family living.



DESCRIPTION


Location: Dairy Flat, Auckland

Building Footprint: 125m²

Size: 180m², 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom + loft studio

Foundation/floor: Insulated waffle slab with warm edge

Cladding: Profiled sheet metal roof & walls + thermally modified pine

Windows: Thermally broken aluminium with laminated double glazing

Power & Heating: Mains connected. Under floor heating (hydronic in-slab)

Wastewater: On-site black & grey water treatment

Freshwater: Filtered rainwater


COSTS (2022)


Original budget: $700,000

Fit out: Interior painting and cabinetry in partnership with client


Excavation and slab preparation


Slab preparation


Slab pouring


Midfloor is craned into place


Building starting to take shape


SIP construction


Loft during construction


Final stages


Cedar and metal cladding


Large gable end opening out to the garden


Ambient LED strip lighting and underfloor heating warm the space up on a

gloomy winters day

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