Design and Plans: Benchmark Homes
Design input: Client and Ben
Location: Fairlie, South Canterbury
Built on time: Yes
Built to budget: Yes
Size: 220sqm
Materials: Cedar and stone exterior, on a concrete slab with a coloursteel roof
Standouts: The exposed trusses in the lounge were a standout which made for careful planning having to make sure the roof angles were accurate. The timber for this was sourced from the clients farm.

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Design and plans by: Desmond Prisk with Client
Location: Blue Cliffs, St Andrews, Timaru
Built on time: Yes
Built to budget: Yes
Size: 375sqm
Materials: Timber Weatherboard, stacked stone and Solar Rib roof
Standouts: The house set out was splayed providing interest with angles – its not your average square box house. The joinery was solid oak timber providing unique feature and the ceilings were coved as opposed to flat – which meant we had to pay huge attention to detail.

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Design and Plans: Draftline
Design Input: Ben and Clients ( A family project working with 4 parties)
Location: Lake Alexandrina, MacKenzie Country
Built on time: Being a family project it was completed over 6 months- there was no time deadline placed
Built to budget: Yes with lots of variations throughout
Size: 120sqm
Materials: Cedar weatherboard, coloursteel corrugated iron
Standouts/Challenges: After two years of planning amongst the family and getting the design right- the process ran smoothly for having so many parties involved. The main challenges were battling the weather elements like snow and strong winds. The first floor was basement style so we had to make sure the water proofing was spot on. As this was the first new build on this settlement, it was important to have the consenting and be clear about council regulations. It was a successful build and now enjoyed by all in our family.

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Design and Plans by: Nic Zuppicich Architect
Location: Omarama
Built on time: Fairly close being a renovation there were variations long the way
Built to budget: Yes
Size: 305sqm
Materials: Retained look of old homestead with plaster cladding; Euro style window timber joinery
Standout/ Challenges: The central heating system is run by a wood boiler. I designed a bar area with the client using old timber wool presses. All solid timber joinery and flooring. The biggest challenge was trying to integrate the old areas with the new additions and retain the homesteads feel. We also worked on their historic schist hut and bring it up to a earthquake standard for use by guests who will stay and fish in the magical Omarama stream.

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Design and Plans by: Draftline
Design input: Client and Ben
Location: Timaru, South Canterbury
Built on time: Yes
Built to budget: Yes
Size: 280sqm
Materials: Linear Weatherboard, Plaster cladding, Schist stone, coloursteel roof
Standout/Challenges: We built three levels on quite a narrow site. The first floor was a tilt slab basement/garage area requiring cranes and heavy machinery to manoeuvre around the site. They planned for the future with an internal lift and the interior scillion ceilings are a really nice feature. The deck and floor support are stolton floor beams (Fulton Hogan engineered design) handy for fire proofing downstairs storeys and insulation values-especially street noise.

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Design and plans: Draftline
Design input: Client
Location: Fairlie, South Canterbury
Built on time: Yes
Built to budget: Yes
Size: 330sqm
Materials: Plaster cladding; oregan facia and timber beams; coloursteel roof
Standouts/Challenges: The interesting doors are interesting being over height at 2.1 as opposed to average height of 1.9- this makes it seem more spacious. The rusty corrugated iron features around fire add to the country feel.

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Design and plans by: Module NZ
Design Input: Client and Ben
Location: Levels, Timaru
Built on time: Yes
Built to budget: Yes
Size: 270sqm
Materials: Corrugated iron and cedar cladding; internal stonework
Standouts/Challenges: The stepped floor down from kitchen to lounge is a nice feature. The splay set out along the front maximises the views and traps the sun. The scillion ceilings added sense of height and allowed for views. It was a pretty narrow access way to the site for cranes etc but we made it work.

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Design and Plans: Draftline
Design input: Ben and Kate
Location: Timaru
Built on time: Ben spent his weekends and brought the team in for the big stuff- but it took about a year to complete the project.
Built to budget: yes!
Size: 230sqm
Materials: Concrete block cladding, cedar weatherboard, zincalume roof and chimney
Standouts/Challenges: Mainly the time to complete it over and above running the business. It was a sloping site so had to be accurate with earthworks and design the layout to suit the space.

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Sue and brian testimonial Web"We are extremely pleased with Home built by Johnson Building on our farm. The house has excellent presentation, is spacious, and the quality of workmanship has exceeded all expectations. the professionalism and user friendly approach... .Ben Johnson and his team made this build an enjoyable and positive experience. The build was quick, came in on budget and within agreed timeframes - what more can you ask?" 
- Brian Tremewan and Sue Reid - Rangitata, South Canterbury. 

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