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The Big Cottage


Davis Ogilvie is proud to have worked alongside Bob Burnett Architecture and Dan Saunders Construction on “The Big Cottage” project. Our involvement on this project has included a range of geotechnical and structural services for this stunning new two storey home.

Our geotechnical team carried out geotechnical investigation and reporting to aid with the foundation design of the home and subsequently carried out construction monitoring during the construction of the foundation.

Our structural team have designed and undertaken construction monitoring for all specifically design element throughout the house which includes the following items:

  • Design of the glue laminated timber roof panels, all connections and support structure.
  • Bracing design including a mixture of timber framed bracing walls, steel portal frames and foundations.
  • Design of the floor and roof structure which involved a combination of steel and timber beams, SHS columns, timber internal framing and exterior timber posts.
  • Foundation design for a TC2 Option 4 Waffle Slab as recommended by the geotechnical team.

This new two-storey home has been nominated for both the Master Builders House of the Year and the ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards 2022.


Greg Clark

Technical Director, Structural Engineer
021 255 2287