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Welcome to Adobe South

Adobe South offers a boutique innovative design and mentoring service to our building clients with a focus on natural building materials utilising passive solar design practices as we design your home.

Natural building encompasses the principals and practices of eco-healthy and sustainable (aka green) building. Passive solar design principles form the basis of all our designs, - even south facing homes can be designed to trap winter solar sun!

The most common eco-healthy and sustainable building methods use:

Earth building, be that mud bricks, rammed earth or adobes.
Strawbale building, with load bearing or infill strawbale walls that are plastered over.
Timber frame, of wither post and beam, or the light timber framed homes. Light timber framing is used in the bulk of New Zealandís housing stock.
Or a combination of these.

An underlying philosophy of sustainability is to minimise the impact on the environment, whilst preserving our resources for the future generations ie walk lightly on the land, and use only what you need! e.g small is smart.

Adobe South has works extensively with OWNER-BUILDERS by providing easily built and innovative architectural designs. We also offer our well proven and successful mentoring service to our clients. We have LBP contractors who can assist or undertake the build. eg concrete slab, wall framing and detailing of the roof.


Many clients have been successfully owner-building their homes using Adobe South as their building mentor (advisory and on site "how to") for parts that are foreign and somewhat technical in detail.

Abode South designs homes that are simple to build by folk (women too) who have the desire and enthusiasm to build their home.

The Department of Building and Housing (DBH) has embedded the OWNER-BUILDER into the regulations, in recognition of the national psyche and historical role in building ones home, as an essential part of the building landscape with a simple raft of regulations to ensure healthy and safe outcomes. please note (May 2015) that the Building Act sets out clear pathways for owner / builders and defines minor building work that is exempt from needing a building work thath is exempt from needing a building consent. These buildings must still be built to the code requirements and local district plan rules so we recommend employing the services of a professional Architectural Designer to prepare a good set of clear plans and specifications.

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