It takes a certain kind of sensitivity to design a country home that is both rustic and modern, but Fearon Hay has a lot of experience striking such a fine balance. Located on the eastern side of New Zealand's Great Barrier Island, the self-sustaining Storm Cottage operates entirely off-the-grid. Powered by the sun and protected by it with a series of operable metal screens, the north-facing home stays cool in summer and warm in winter.
Clad in black rough sawn timber that makes the home fit in so beautifully with its bucolic surroundings, the Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects has operable metal screens that are perforated. These permit both natural light and ventilation and can be shut all the way when necessary. The internal walls and floors are clad with sustainably-sourced oak boards.
The home features two en-suite bedrooms organized around a living area, all of which face the sea. Furnishings are simple but fresh, and energy to power the home is derived from solar panels. Rainwater is harvested and stored for use, and wastewater is treated on-site. We find this home simple but gentle on the earth and still welcoming enough that the neighbors will want to stop by for a visit!