The New Zealand Villa is probably the first English influenced home to arrive into New Zealand. These grand homes are set amongst the more older neighbourhoods of the cities they reside in. Many villas were built for the more dignified communities of their time. Many of the Villas we see today that have stood the test of time are very well loved and are homes the owners generally are proud to own. Today we see these areas still in good demand for housing in New Zealand as the area and location is generally a good one to live, and well established. Here is a quick overview of the New Zealand Villa
· Durable native hardwood construction, usually built by craftsman.
· Wide construction with at least 600mm eaves over windows and doorways to defect rainwater.
· Wooden Weatherboards, durable and easily replaced individually.
· Pitched roofs of about 30% to deflect rain, made from sturdy corrugated iron. If painted would last approx 40 years unlike today’s thinner roofing iron which usually only give a 15 year warranty.
Not So Good Points:
· Draughty, but easily modified with modern insulation materials.
· Fairly compact, simple designs with little thought to indoor outdoor flow.
· Northern aspect placement was usually not considered. So be careful to know where its sun goes as it could get cold.