housing system based on modular elements.
houses built on the design of early colonial cottages
Easily erected and taken
Ideal for first homes,
studios, garages, eco-villages & holiday homes
Last century early
settlers often came to New Zealand and Australia with the
basics for a small house: doors, windows, latches, etc.
When they arrived the first house was often quickly built
with these elements installed.
As resources were acquired, the home was often retrofitted with timber
sawn from the surrounding bush. Over the years more units were added and
the dwelling matured.
Many of these houses can be seen today in most of New
Zealands major cities. Their charm remains and
there is a growing interest in their preservation and
These houses had another virtues. Their aesthetics have a universal
appeal and their
simplicity hides a sophistication of design and ease of construction.
has two separate modules, that can be put together in any number of
combinations. These modules can be de-constructed into their components and shifted
The houses lend themselves to upgrades
with the addition of recent innovations: solar power, greywater recycling, and
Some years ago I built a
studio-workshop with a dim idea of the difficulties of
permanence. I invested a number of years building the
thing and I now have an irrational attachment to it.
I would like to take it down and move it to another
location but it is fixed, rock solid to the site. For me
it functions with such efficiency that the thought of rebuilt
ding or shifting it is not a prospect I like to
What if it had been designed to be taken
down and reconstructed easily? It is full of fittings
easily unscrewed and removed to access the wall cavities.
Some of the actual building is screwed and bolted for
For example, the main entrance of French
doors is assembled for easy removal so a whole car can be
taken in for restoration. When the restoration is
finished, the door can be removed in a few minutes and
the complete car or large project can be taken out
without major disruption.
After finishing the
building I decided to research the history of house
construction especially in New Zealand. That lead to
revisiting the early construction designs with new
materials, features and fittings.
UpDown Housing was the result.
This research has continued
and I have given some thought to the nature of a house and I think it is
time to return to smaller houses for a variety of reasons.
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UpDown Housing History
Last updated November 23, 2008
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