Hempton Mews
43-45 South Road, New Plymouth, New Zealand

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Phase 1 - 1st "Code of Compliance" hemp house in New Zealand
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The first healthy hemp home build will commence Aug/Sep 2014 with consents from New Plymouth District Council after ground works have been completed.

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Specifications include (but are not limited to):
Universal Design
Double attached garage
9mm
Magnum Board (MgO) interior wall liner instead of drywall
10” (250mm)
Hempcrete walls = R-25
4” natural wool floor insulation = R-18
8” cross-ply natural
wool roof insulation = R-45
Natural
lime plaster (stucco) at 20mm (3/4")
New Zealand grown engineered "Red Beech" decking
Classic American recycled white oak flooring
Faraday Cage
Solar PV (5.2kW)
Tankless hot water
Eco-Sac (8000 ltr = 2000 gallons) potable rainwater storage
Double glazed solid wooden windows with EMF protected mesh screens
Long-run metal roofing


Aug. 18th, 2014 - foundations being laid out
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Sept. 10th, 2014 - backfilling raised garage floor
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Sep. 10th, 2014 - pre-nailed wall framing almost done
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Sept. 19th, 2014 - scaffolding and netting installed for roofing
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Oct. 2nd, 2014 - roof installation under way
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Nov. 14th, 2014 - garage wall almost completely Hemp busted
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Nov. 19th, 2014 - hemp busting in progress around south wall
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Nov. 21st, 2014 - south walls almost complete
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March 18th, 2015 - door frames made for full-height tempered glass
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August 28th, 2015 - installed the first of our solid wooden French doors, Y.A.H.O.O. !!!! we are finally on the move again with this project after waiting so patiently for all the wooden windows/doors. Notice the flashing detail back to the header? We will primer the galvanised flashing before hemping.
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Sep. 14th, 2015 - the windows are finally in and house locked-up. Now waiting on exterior plastering guys to do their lime-based color-pigmented (20mm) 2-coat rendering on outside; that should be fun with a pump :) Notice the adobe-style (rounded) reveals on the windows?
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Sep. 16, 2015 - time to lay-out "soak holes" (1 for house and 2 for driveway). City will allow us to replace 2 of our soak holes with the 8ooo ltr EcoSac and re-size diameter as long as our volume remains the same or greater. We will drill for 3 soak holes instead of the planned 2 to allow for MORE Taranaki rain.

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Sep. 24, 2015 - 4 soak holes completed to a depth of 5 meters each by 900mm diameter. We then place an oversized, 60" x 6" (1500x150) reinforced concrete lid over top and run 4" flexible plastic piping level between each hole and backfill. These lids had to be specially made for the right of way to carry a cement truck but the rich clay substrate meant we didn't have to line the holes.

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October 9th, 2015 final color lime plaster to a depth of 1" (25mm) finished. Needs to be water sprayed every day for another week or so to help the curing process and not let the lime dry out too quickly.
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You too can look like this if your walls are not straight and plumb for affixing MgO/drywall/gib/plaster !!
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Dec. 5, 2015 acoustic ceiling panels installed and primer coat of mineral paint applied
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Rob's first time on stilts to caulk gaps in the panels - not bad eh?
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Dec. 19th - grinding the crap off the subfloor to install solid Rustic American Oak
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Jan. 30th, 2016 - Graphite stained solid wood bench tops - amazing look
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Feb. 7th, 2016 - Driveway into garage roughed and compacted ready for sealing
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Mar. 24, 2016 - Final "Code of Compliance" received from Council. HOOYA - we passed !!!


Now we start the next phase of the village - more hemp homes….


Phase 2
Subdivide 2 lots into 3 with 16' shared driveway

- ground level needs to be raised 300mm (1ft)
- Stormwater drainage with soak holes
- Services (easement) trenched and backfilled
- Sealing, curbing, lighting
- Resource Consent completed for 3 titles


Phase 3
220m2 (2 x 1100 f2) Hemp Town Homes

- Modulo foundation system
- Internal access single+ garages
- 250mm Hemp/Lime solid walls for thermal mass, insulation and sound absorption
- Master bedroom, ensuite, walk-in robe
- Extra bedroom/Office with universal design wheelchair access
- Natural wool (Terra Lana) ceiling cross-ply insulation (R4.5)
- Solid lime paster cladding and natural wood
- Solid wooden windows/doors
- EMF protected
- Grid-tied Solar pv system
- Solar tube natural lighting
- Recycled solid wood flooring
- Natural wool carpeting in bedrooms
- Infinity (tankless) hot water


Phase 4
320 m2 (2 x 1600 f2) Duplex with basements

- Modulo foundation system
- Internal access single+ garages
- 250mm Hemp/Lime solid walls for thermal mass, insulation and sound absorption
- Master bedroom, ensuite, walk-in robe
- Extra bedroom/Office with universal design wheelchair access
- Natural wool (Terra Lana) ceiling cross-ply insulation (R4.5)
- Solid lime paster cladding and natural wood
- Solid wooden windows/doors
- EMF protected
- Grid-tied Solar pv system
- Solar tube natural lighting
- Recycled solid wood flooring
- Natural wool carpeting in bedrooms
- Infinity (tankless) hot water