Woodfort Estate

Raglan Rural
Woodfort Estate


Standing on this section felt like being on top of the world. The extensive 270 degrees views, beautiful northern aspect and elevations are incredible. We needed to pause for a moment just to take it in. 

This was a very sloping, exposed site in a very high wind zone with a tricky oval-shaped potential platform. There was no driveway, little parking, difficult access, no services and it was totally off-grid. A blank paddock with a herd of cows!

We chose to design and build a high-performance home* on a passive approach, as environmentally-consciously as possible. But it was also important that the house had character, elegance and style with access to protected outdoor areas.

* (high performance defined as a home that uses an alternative building system to achieve a NZ construction building standard well above minimum, resulting in a home that is warm and cozy, has low energy consumption, is dry, healthy and comfortable to live in)

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There is nothing more magical then watching the day unfold over the Raglan Peninsula from our dream home.

Woodfort Estate

The rain was harvested in 2 large 25 000l water tanks and gravity-fed back into the house providing great pressure without using power for a large pump. With our expertise, we selected a solar power system to support the consumption of the large 280 sqm home, with under floor heating, 24/7 mechanical ventilation, a security system, LED lights throughout and even a spa pool. 

Using extra Terra Lana sheep wool insulation, double glazed Totara timber joinery as well as using Pro Clima Intello for an airtight home to provided a greater insulation level, we mechanically ventilated the property with the Zehnder heat recovery system. The timber Macrocarpa shiplap and board and batten used for the cladding was also sourced and milled locally from trees grown on the neighbouring farm. Every part of this project was carefully thought out with sustainability and "eco" in mind. This included recycling and waste management during the construction process.

With the intention of up-cycling old Oregon Imported beams as features, we designed the space with high ceilings to create openness, mirroring the expansive surrounding views.  This afforded a large mezzanine, reminding us of childhood, which became a dual purpose kids playroom/ sound-proofed media room. 

If you want to find out more about this home, this is the current Rubix Architecture Show-home and main office.

For booking accommodation go to Air b n b Link: https://www.airbnb.com/h/ecoluxuryraglan

To access the website for this property: https://raglanaccomodation.wixsite.com/mysite


Woodfort Estate


RYSE Construction (Luke Lennox was the builder in charge)
Architect Designer
Rubix Architecture
Anne Paar


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