Vineyard and B&B on the Banks Peninsula
Our clients on the Banks Peninsula have a love of European barns and planned to build a new one on their vineyard at French Farm near Akaroa. The 6-bay barn was based on the Timberworks designed English barn and was to provide storage for vineyard equipment, a home office and a wine tasting area and B&B accommodation upstairs at one end. There was also to be provision of a wood storage area at the back of the property under low eaves. Timberworks supplied the concept design and building consent drawings as well as crafting and installing the timber frame. Bandsawn heart Macrocarpa was used and treated with a salt solution stain which gave an immediate aged, weathered look as well as being a wood preservative. The cypress weatherboards were also treated with the salt solution and together with the red barn roof mean the building fits in to its surrounding perfectly.
To see this property first-hand, go for a wine-tasting or stay a night; Valley Road Vineyard.
Cruck Hall at the Rippon Winery
The family who run Rippon winery, overlooking Lake Wanaka, had a vision to create a wedding and events venue to take advantage of the spectacular setting amongst the vines looking to the Southern Alps. They had grand ideas. The resultant Rippon Hall is stunning.
Four enormous portal frames were crafted from larch grown on the farm and together with the exposed purlins, ridges and hip rafters, provided the framework of the Main ‘Cruck’ Hall. A combination of mortise and tenon joinery and hidden and exposed steel hardware were used for the connections. Recycled native rimu was used for the floor, which complements the majestic timber trusses perfectly. This is one of Timberworks’ more unusual projects, a truly dramatic building and a lasting legacy for the next few generations of the family who have worked the land here since the early 1900s.