Local Rangiora Architectual Designer, Jason Higham of Higham Architecture, has been recognised for his achievement. He was given The Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design award for his major revamp of a Rangiora bungalow at the Canterbury Westland Regional ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards in August 2017. The bungalow was also recognized in the Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) for NZ Kitchens 2017 and Bathrooms 2017 and given Highly Commended.

A key feature of his design is the extensive use of reclaimed materials – reclaimed timber boards wrap the walls and the ceiling of the large, open-plan family living area. But the look is kept contemporary with LED strip lighting, modern cabinetry, and a long niche that forms a shelf.

The judges noted Jason’s ability to declutter. “Rather than walls, clear material composition, lighting and furniture delineate between the differing uses of the larger space created.” The use of smaller spaces is noted as a design trend to save space and money in recent years. The below before image of the bungalow is a stark contrast to the above after images, and a comparison shows the efforts made to save space for a more spacious home.

Rangiora.co.nz caught up with Jason to talk about the home, property renovation, architecture and his business.

1. We understand the bungalow used reclaimed materials extensively. Where did you mainly source reclaimed materials while ensuring they were fit for purpose?

The reclaimed materials came from the house itself, so wherever things were taken out as part of the renovations (eg. wall framing, door frames, skirting boards, tray roof panels, etc), they were kept aside, checked for suitability, then cleaned up and repurposed within the house in a new way.

2. What general advice would you give someone in the initial planning stages of property renovation?

Don’t rush it – you’re probably about to spend a large sum of money, so it’s important to get it right, not just aesthetically, but also in compliance with the Building Code and local council planning rules. If in any doubt, seek professional advice and/or services, it will be one of the best investments you make on the path to a successful renovation.

3. It looks like we’re seeing a trend of more simple, decluttered and smaller, self-contained spaces. How would you describe the main current trend in residential architecture?

There is definitely a trend towards smaller homes and this is something I have been encouraging my clients to do for some time – build only what you need. Clever design and creative use of space can result in a smaller home with a feeling of spaciousness well beyond it’s physical size.

4. We understand your quarterly email newsletters have been running for about 8 years now, so what’s been the key to their ongoing following amongst your readers?

People are always on the lookout for creative ideas to inspire their own new house or renovation, so showcasing our projects with professional photos is an important aspect, but so too is the offering of tips and general information about building and consents. Our competitions are also eagerly awaited – we always have a great prize up for grabs in the newsletter!


To receive Jason’s free e-newsletter (only 4 per year), simply email your name to: jason@highamarchitecture.co.nz

To get in touch with Jason or to learn more about his business, check out his website. Jason can be contacted by email or phone.

Website:  www.highamarchitecture.co.nz

Email:   jason@highamarchitecture.co.nz

Phone:  03 365 6368       Mobile:  027 229 3929

Postal address:  Po box 353, Rangiora 7440

Physical address:  level 1, Admiralty building, Conway lane, 176 High st, Rangiora

See more of the fantastic bungalow in the gallery below: