Amberley Family Home - Canterbury, New Zealand
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Amberley Family Home - Canterbury, New Zealand

Designed for robust family life and with low maintenance as a key criteria, choice of materials was top of mind for this build.

The Amberley home is a family home with style.

As the client is also the designer and builder (Keane Building), a discerning choice in materials was made to endure the rigours of everyday family life (including three small children) while balancing style and design, alongside sustainability credentials.

The outcome is a stylish balance of simple shapes and contrasts, featuring Abodo’s rapidly renewable, low maintenance eco-timbers.

Polished concrete floors in the interior contrast with the striking Vulcan Charred Cladding on the feature wall behind the fire, including a hidden door into one of the bedrooms.

Vulcan charred timber is also used for the bulkhead and kitchen surround, creating an impactful feature in the living areas. This will no doubt be a talking point, not just because of the beautiful finish of the charred cladding, but as the clients charred the timber themselves.

Similarly on the exterior, steel cladding contrasts with the natural pre-weathered look of Vulcan timber cladding in Sioo:x Finish. The contrast of dark and light reinforces the simple design aesthetic, with a feature wall in the same Sioo:x finished timber brought through into the home.

Both the Charred and Sioo:x finished timber cladding are low maintenance. Sioo:x weathers to a beautiful silver grey, and can last up to 10 years before a recoat is required.

Read more about Sioo:x low maintenance natural wood finish here - and read more about charred timber, or shou sugi ban as it is also known, here.

Project Details
Completion date:
Mid 2020
Design & build:
Keane Building
Vulcan Charred Cladding
Vulcan Cladding in Sioo:x Wood Coating
Canterbury, New Zealand
Photography credit:
Lightforge Photography


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Timber: Vulcan Cladding

Type: Rusticated 90x20MM

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Note: The figures given here include 10% wastage and are approximate only. Final order quantities are the buyer’s responsibility and should be checked and verified prior to order placement. Abodo will not accept liability for over or under-ordered items. Thank you!


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