New Zealand's love affair with weatherboard

In recent months we’ve completed a significant number of weatherboard clad homes. Our clients choosing to use this versatile cladding for each of their home builds for a variety of reasons but predominantly for it’s character and timeless style.

The advantages of weatherboard are unmistakable being low maintenance and sustainable it is effectively an organic choice for home cladding. After the “hangover” felt from the leaky building issues, weatherboard is a trusted material that provides security and assurance when making the investment in your new home.

With this resurgence of interest it’s important to acknowledge the historical significance of the weatherboard home in New Zealand’s architectural landscape.

From the heritage homes built pre 1900’s which still endure within the older suburbs of established New Zealand cities such as Auckland’s Ponsonby and Onehunga to the large mid century Californian bungalows inspired by the American greats such as Architect Frank Lloyd Wright which are still prominent in the older streetscapes of Tauranga.

Or the small weatherboard clad beach bach dotted along New Zealand’s coastline which inspire fond memories of long hot summers and the quintessential connection for many kiwis with the great outdoors.

Today notable influences for weatherboard home designs are inspired by the American inspired coastal classics of Cape Cod and the Hamptons both in colour and styles. Ultimately nothing beats the charm and character that appears intrinsic with a weatherboard home.

One of our most recently completed weatherboard homes (which is featuring in the National Master Builder Awards) was built in the established Tauranga Avenues. Weatherboard was the perfect choice for a sympathetic look within this established and character filled neighbourhood amongst homes built predominantly throughout the late 20’s and mid 50’s.

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