NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 30 Apr, 2021 18:30 am

Hastings architect designs an infill home for the future, in his own backyard

Hastings architect designs an infill home for the future, in his own backyard
John McNamara decided to build a model for the city's future in his own backyard.

Video Warren Buckland An architect is so passionate about creating new infill housing in Hastings, he decided to build a model for the city's future in his own backyard.Photo / Warren Buckland The couple bought the Jervois St property, which included a 410sq m section, about 18 months ago.Photo / Warren Buckland Infill homes built on subdivided sections are required to sit three metres away from the boundary under the Hastings District Council plan.Photo / Warren Buckland John wouldn't be drawn on the cost of the build or how much he hoped to sell it for as it was currently on the market.

Reporter Gianina Schwanecke talks to Hastings architect John McNamara who has designed and built a house for infill that he says could be the way houses are built in the future in Hawke's Bay.Having moved to Hawke's Bay from Auckland two years ago, they hoped to avoid some of the housing "ills" seen there, specifically stopping the spread of urban sprawl onto productive land.

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