This part of the project has now come to an end, we would like to show this crucial part of the process by making it public on this website.

By embarking on the design and making process of Whole House Reuse, you are signing yourself up as a storyteller of this home’s history and future, a proponent for the cause of reuse. When you receive the materials to make your work, you become one of the guardians of the home. We hope you’ll join us in revealing the beauty and function inherent within the material of this cherished home.

It is a monumental task to undertake the transformation of an entire house. We know the reuse of these materials is not an easy thing. They are not predictable like the fresh, straight, un-punctured timber at the hardware store, they are not all obviously functional like a new light bulb straight from the box. To justify the hard work and creativity demanded of participants in this project, we are required to occupy the mindset that there is not actually an endless stream of new resources to be consumed, to imagine every last piece of this house being crucial in some way – and for this project it is.

Thank you for getting this far. We hope that the care and attention that will be shown to this one home will lead to a greater realisation of the value of the resources we have around us.


How to start designing

The catalogue of resources comprises the list of materials available for works to be designed and made from. After the allocation of materials for Design Round 1, there is now an updated catalogue that shows the materials that are available for Round 2. To view the catalogue, download the updated Round 2 catalogue of resources PDF.

The work should be designed, and made entirely, or as much as possible from the materials in this list. If you need to introduce other materials for fixing or functionality, we encourage that you first consider a reclaimed option wherever possible, and new materials only when deemed necessary. The guideline we are suggesting for maximum amounts of introduced materials is as follows:

- Introduced reclaimed materials: maximum 15% of volume of work

- Introduced new materials: maximum 5% of volume of work.

We will consider higher proportions of introduced materials in accordance with your justification of the reasons for this.

When developing your ideas, we ask you to think about the considerations that we have included in the design brief. The only requirement that is placed on works is that they must in some way have a purpose or use. In your submission, you will be required to define your parameters regarding:

- percentage of new material or other reclaimed material added to the work (please see materials section for guidelines on adding other materials)
- innovation
- reverence and truth to material(s) / elevating and highlighting the inherent beauty of materials
- longevity, durability and a sense of stewardship regarding the future of the work
- feasibility of design concept and ability of the participant to actually make it, or have it made
- intended use or recipient of object e.g. a community recipient (see section 6. of the design brief -Outcome of works)
- cost of making and relative saleability in auction at the end
- social or environmental role of the work
- reproducibility / marketable nature of product
- uniqueness
- utility
- respect to the house as a home
- logistics regarding safe transport, durability

You may select as many or as few of the materials as needed for your design. Each catalogue listing contains the quantity of that item. You are able to request any quantity within what is available for each listing, you do not have to request the entire listing.

Eg. You want to make a stool

In your design, you choose to use:

Reference #502 – Slats
Quantity – 15 (of 15)

Reference #444 – Timber
Quantity – 5 (of 11)
(You have included one more piece than required in case of splitting. You are required to return any unused and off-cut material with the finished work)

Reference #067 – Oven shelf
Quantity – 1 (of 1)

Introduced materials – wood glue, polyurethane sealant for any lead-based paint.

Participants are responsible for the cleaning (and specifically de-nailing) of their own materials. Participants are also responsible for the collection/transport of materials and finished works. For this reason, we suggest that participants outside of Canterbury consider whether this should inform the size of their work. Depending on the number of entries in different areas of New Zealand, we will attempt to arrange a low-cost group delivery of materials and collection of finished works.

There are some notable materials from which dedicated works for the previous homeowners will be made. We have asked the homeowners to identify an item that is significant to them. Anyone may choose to make one of these works, which will be given to the respective recipient after the exhibition period. The makers’ costs for these will be reimbursed despite not going through the auction process. The specified materials are as follows:

- The ladder for the father, he will reuse himself, Catalogue reference #130

- Something made from any of these parts of the ‘baby’s’ room for the mother, Catalogue ref. #211 #134 #147 #027 #210 #108 #112  #551 #552 #553 #554

- Something made from/with the house key for the son, age 8, Catalogue ref. #222

- Something made from the leadlight door for previous home owners, Catalogue ref. #032

- Something made from any other aspect of the home for the son, age 6, Catalogue ref. any #



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