Christchurch Recycled Brick Home Takes Rubble to Ritz [Photos]

When the Christchurch earthquake hit in 2011, it left mass destruction. It also left more bricks than the city Government could deal with! Christchurch has been long known for it’s rustic and antique buildings, built with bricks in rich hues. So what happened to all these bricks, you may ask? A little bit of good ol’ kiwi ingenuity.

Four years and nearly 1000 kilometers later, Urban Homes used these bricks to create a new show home. The Hamilton master builders are proud of the use of recycled bricks, saying they “add a touch of character and compliment the other claddings used.”

Brick by brick

HNCK9261 (1)The roofing is Eurostyle cladding that runs down the walls in certain areas of the home. This black Eurostyle is a natural fit with the rustic Christchurch brick. Adding to the rustic charm is the use of these bricks in the interior as well. This meticulous attention to detail really ties the home together and gives the home a cozy feeling that is somewhat timeless.

Back to the barnyard


Another key feature is the scissor truss ceilings through the main open plan area with a floating cedar ceiling feature. The cedar helps set off this area and also acts as a great acoustic buffer in what would otherwise be a large area. It’s also a pretty unique design point of difference.

Barn doors are also used in the main area. These share a common track system which is hung by a horse shoe style bracket. All of this compliments this rustic architecturally designed home superbly.

An entertainer’s dream


The covered outdoor area links the three living areas together making this home an entertainers dream. Simply set up a few seats outside and enjoy the night breeze, easily ducking between the kitchen and lounge as you need.

But it doesn’t just look good

Beauty meets brains in this show home. The home was designed around the sun maximising the amount of daylight that enters the home. As a result this reduces heating costs. The insulation was also upgraded as per the St Kilda requirements.

Urban Homes took this a step further by only using LED lighting throughout. They also installed a full solar system to help offset the power usage.

To take take a virtual tour of this show home, visit the Urban Homes website. Otherwise you can visit the show home located at 12 Alan Livingston Drive, St Kilda, Cambridge from Tuesday to Sunday 12-4pm.

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