Pool House

Pool House in Mapua

Activekidz Swimschool in Mapua wanted to extend their teaching season by adding an indoor pool to their existing outdoor facility.  Sitting on the hill above the village of Mapua, overlooking Tasman Bay and the Richmond Ranges beyond, the new building needed to be in keeping with the self-catering chalets on site and nestle unobtrusively into the landscape. Our clients wanted a contemporary look with plenty of exposed timber to frame the views through the large glazed areas.  The roof and end-wall cross-bracing added a fun element to the design which worked well for an area that was to be used for teaching.
Hire the pool for an hour and see firsthand how the poolhouse looks; go to Activekidz Swim School for more information.

Vineyard and B&B on the Banks Peninsula

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.

A ‘Cruck’ Hall at Rippon Winery

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.