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Golden Triangle, Queenstown

Situated in what's known to locals as "the Golden Triangle", is the Ebbinge House, a home that called for a design with simple form and impeccable detailing. The roof to wall of this stunning home is encapsulated with Eurotray® Angle Seam, the perfect choice for capturing the homeowners straight forward design brief.

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Eurotray® Angle Seam
Dravitzki Brown Architecture
RoofingSmiths Queenstown

When Dravitzki Brown Architecture was approached to design a family home near Queenstown, the brief was straightforward: “A simple form, with impeccable detailing”. The owners wanted something that sat elegantly and easily on the land – a flat site with a northwest aspect at Speargrass Flat, part of what is known locally as, the Golden Triangle, with views of Coronet Peak."

As Alister Brown, of Dravitzki Brown Architecture, explains, “The Ebbinge House is an uncomplicated gable pavilion with attached garage, and true to the client’s brief maintains clean, elegant lines and simplistic form. The wow factor comes from clever detailing, impeccable workmanship and smart cladding choices.”

With that in mind, Alister chose to wrap a large proportion of the house in Dimond’s Eurotray Angle Seam profile.

“We chose Eurotray® due to its durability, low maintenance and because it can be seamlessly transitioned from roof to walls to give the look of a single, pure form”.

This philosophy is best illustrated on the northern face of the home, where the roof flows down to the walls with the seams of the Eurotray® lining up beautifully with the frames of the recessed windows and doors.

“It’s incredibly difficult to do and requires huge attention to detail when you are setting it out,” says Alister. “You can make different cuts of sheet so that not every sheet has to be exactly the same so you do have a bit of tolerance in a material that might seem inflexible.”

Alister continues, “The reputation of a good product is only as worthy as the tradesmen who install it. On this occasion, the RoofingSmiths Queenstown were awarded the task of bringing the intricate detailing to life”.

To ensure everything lines up with the building, from windows to corners; and to ensure the look is symmetrical and balanced from every angle means a lot of thought, measuring and setting out is needed before the job can even begin.

Jeremy Harrison, project manager at RoofingSmiths Queenstown, says, “One of the beauties of the Eurotray® is it is such a flexible product; you can cut the sheets to fit so what you end up with is a custom-made roof.”

He says the roof/wall junction is crimped together with a little bit of overhang to create a knee that allows water to drip from the roof to the ground.

The thermally efficient home sits on a double concrete slab and its perimeter is cantilevered so that it appears to float above the ground. Large, offset concrete slabs are used as steps front and rear and also appear to float.

Alister says, “We have used steps like that at our house and the owners saw them and liked them.”

There are other detailing touches such as vertical LED strip lighting that sits between the textured concrete and the vertical cedar cladding. Once you move past the detailing, the other part of the equation – the simple form – becomes apparent.

Alister says his clients loved the finished product, and RoofingSmiths Queenstown have since been commissioned to do work on other Dravitzki Brown Architecture projects, a credit to the exacting standard of their workmanship and attention to detail.

Alister concludes, “The Ebbinge house is an outstanding example of what can be achieved with great design and product selection, as well as craftsmen who can bring the vision to life.”