Off-Grid Home - Makarau

Updated: Oct 4, 2021

Gibbs Farm Park meets Hobbiton 2021-2022

This stunning and dramatic landscape is home to an extended family farm. The perfect location for a sculptural building that sits comfortably within the scale of this landscape, while performing in an ‘off grid’ mode.

Draped around a natural knoll, 4 split levels follow the contours, views and the sun, providing shared plus private spaces and the farm office. 28 solar panels and battery array power this home, with rainwater collection tanks plus Black & Grey water treatment systems located on site.

Polished concrete slabs will enjoy underfloor heating, and the super-insulated SIPs enclosure will be complemented by large high-performance thermally broken double glazed windows.

Completion 2022.


Size: 330m² 4 split levels. 5-bedroom/office, 3 bathroom + open plan

Foundation/floor: Concrete edge piles, insulated

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

Windows: Thermally broken double glazing aluminium suite with Toitū

carbonreduce Product Certification

Power: On site PV and battery array (28 panels)

Heating: Passive solar + heat pump UFH + wood burner

Wastewater: Black water & grey water on site treatment

Freshwater: Filtered rainwater

Above: Virtual fly through of proposed design

Above: Excavation and slab preparation

Above: Progress shots of the waffle slab

Above: Progress shots of the first SIPs going up

To see more process shots and information of this build,

check out Sue and Kaaren's build diary here