When Dravitzki Brown Architecture was approached to design a 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 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® Roofing’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”.
That 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 says selecting a Dimind® Roofing architectural profile came with the assurance that they also had certified installers with a high degree of training capable of achieving flawless detailing. “The reputation of a good product is only as worthy as the tradesmen who install it. 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 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."
Many people think the roof & walls is one sheet, but doing the detail in one sheets creates leaking points on the rib. He says the roof/wall junction is actually two sheets crimped together with a little bit of overhang to create a knee that allows water to drip from the roof to the ground.
It is a real art and takes an experienced installer to master the detail, the roof and wall sheet must align perfectly while there is no room for error in making the cuts to the receiver and hook.
To maintain the uncluttered look and manage rainfall internal membrane gutters have been used – the only evidence of which is a narrow slot towards the bottom of the roof along almost its entire length. The flashings were made slightly bigger so as to conceal the membrane from view and minimise the visual impact of the gutter.
Alister says his clients loved the finished product, and RoofingSmiths® Queenstown has 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.
He says, "The 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."
Roofing material: Eurotray® Angle Seam in "Slate".
Roofing installer: RoofingSmiths® Queenstown.
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25 November 2018