Falconer Rise, Jacks Point

This multi level architectural home was built on a sloping section in Jacks Point, Queenstown. The design was a team effort, utilising ideas from Deavoll Construction, architect Jeremy Kingan and the clients as well. The brief was to create a traditional style home, with modern bespoke features, and to maximise the stunning lake and mountain views.

The home consists of 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Uniquely, two of the bedrooms are ‘Master’ bedrooms, with walk in wardrobes and an ensuite each. This suited the clients needs of hosting family and friends, as well as short term accommodation guests.

The open plan living area has high ceilings and a built in window seat. A second smaller media room is situated off the main living area, and also has a built in office area.


The home was constructed using 140mm framing and additional insulation to create a warm insulated home. On the lower level we used concrete block. We used prefabricated XLAM inter-flooring between the garage and living room for a structurally solid, pre fabricated solution.

Window joinery was Low E glazed and Argon Gas filled to provide energy efficiency.


The home is clad in vertical cedar and black shadow clad ply with black cedar batons.

The garage door is made of Corten Steel which we pre-rusted using a solution of hydrogen peroxide and salt. We love the way it contrasts with the ply & baton, as well as matches the same tone as the cedar.

A 50sqm Kwila deck finishes off the outdoor area and provides a great sheltered spot to enjoy the all day sun.


The Kitchen and living area lay out was designed by interior designers Heidi & Me. We love the marble bench top, brass fittings and dark cabinetry of the kitchen and matching laundry. The scullery also features a open pantry constructed out of steel pipes and wooden planks.

We used Haro engineered wooden flooring throughout the stairs and living area, including custom built kick boards in the kitchen, and an integrated window seat.

Scandinavian style beams line the open plan living area’s scillion roof, as well as white grooved plywood.

The bathrooms are fully tiled using a combination of white and wood style tiles on the walls, with concrete tiles on the floor. The marble theme from the kitchen has been carried through to the vanity tops. Matt black tap ware is used throughout, including the showers.

Finally, the two Master Bedrooms have feature cedar walls and lights. Master 1 cedar to match the exterior, and Master 2 whitewashed cedar for a softer finish.


Deavoll Family Home

The Deavoll Family Home is our expression of everything we love about building: Bespoke features, energy efficiency, practical spaces and sun & view maximisation.

The home is located in Shotover Country, on the edge of a terrace that looks out to the western mountains. We came up with the initial layout ourselves, then had Rob from The Draughting Company further refine our ideas into working drawings.

The cladding and roof is Alpine Tray in Bracken, with vertical cedar on the gable ends. The house was constructed from triboard prefabricated panels to make the building process quicker. This also gives us an airtight home with hardy walls. We have lined some of the interior walls with ply. This not only is a feature theme throughout the house, but also is hard wearing against 4 pairs of kiddies hands and feet.

For more details, Hana blogged about the building journey on her building blog Build me. You can read The Building Diaries here.

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Campden Court Home & Income

The Campden Court Home & Income is a design we have built three times in Shotover Country. We designed this home to have all the features for the modern family: 4 bedrooms, separate media room, 2.5 bathrooms and double garage.

The north facing building consists of a 186sqm family home plus a separate, self contained flat. Two of the homes had a 1 bedroom 36m2 flat and the third had a 42m2, 2 bedroom flat. Michael Wells Design was the Architectural Designer who helped bring our vision to paper.

The buildings were constructed from Triboard, a panel system that is engineered from 100% sustainable NZ Radiata pine. The benefits of Triboard include strength and durability, no wall studs, no need for gib and most importantly a fast build time – each of these homes was built in approximately 12 weeks.

The houses are clad in cedar and alpine tray iron. Inside features include a modern IKEA kitchen, Haro wooden flooring and custom made concrete benches.

Two of the homes were built with a monopitch and parapet roof, while one of them was built with a gable roof.

These plans are available to clients building with Deavoll Construction. They can be easily altered by one of our contract designers to suit your needs and section. Talk to us today about building a property that can generate income and help pay your mortgage.


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Lake Hayes Estate Home

This home consists of a 4 bedroom, 2 living, office, 2.5 bathrooms, double garage, single garage (250m2) plus 2 bedrooms, 1 living, 1 bathroom (80m2).

The building is cladded in ply and baton, and cedar. It has polished concrete floors, tiled bathrooms and blonded ply ceilings in the living/dining/kitchen area.

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Oturehua Strawbale House

In the early days of Deavoll Construction, Sam built this strawbale home for Writer Jillian Sullivan in Oturehua, Central Otago.

A strawbale home has many tasks that labourers and the community can help out with. So on this build, Jillian herself was the main builder’s labourer. In addition we had a host of family members, neighbours, friends and strawbale enthusiasts to assist with the strawbale and mud stages.

The home was featured on the building website Build me. Below is an excerpt from the original article

Writer Jillian Sullivan’s strawbale cottage looks towards the Hawkdun mountain range from the outskirts of Oturehua in the Ida Valley, Central Otago. It’s red roof and thick straw walls provide shelter from some of the most extreme weather conditions in New Zealand, both hot and cold. And they tell a story too, of  having a dream, working hard, persistence and community.  Back in 2012, this self proclaimed “(then) unskilled, unfit and 55year old Grandmother” took on the project of building her own home. The result is a natural and energy efficient home that provides a base for an extended family and the odd Central Otago Rail Trail biker as well. Read more…



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Jillian has a book coming out in October 2016, a memoir that writes about the strawbale build and working with Sam. A Way Home: Building a new life and a strawbale home – One womans inspirational story. 

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For videos, radio interview and more information on the building of this unique strawbale home, please visit Jillian’s website.

Jillian’s home is also available on Airbnb for guest bookings.

Builders Sam and Jillian. Video Links on website HERE.

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Most photos by Michaela Cox


Lake Hayes Estate Commercial Building | Graze

The Lake Hayes Estate commercial building consists of a cafe, small bar, grocer, and 2 upstairs apartments/offices. It is currently run by Hamish and Jana Macpherson operating as Graze.

Deavoll Construction undertook all building work, including landscaping and most of the interior fit out. Michael Wells Design developed the overall design. Graze contracted Paul Izzard Design for their interior design, with Complete Construction manufacturing interior joinery.

The building is clad in a combination of cedar, schist, alpine tray and plaster. Interior finishings include recycled rimu, Decortech grooved ply, Muros wall panels, tiles, and a custom wall in herringbone wooden tiles. Eco features of the building include a fully insulated MAXraft slab, and a 9.2 kilowatt solar system installed on the roof.

The outside courtyard features a playground and large sandpit for kids built from Macrocarpa.


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