Providing Construction Plans for Smarter Buildings

Black Hut Ltd have designed and erected a number of buildings throughout New Zealand and are now making their construction drawings available for purchase. The drawings are ready to go, but can also be customised to suit your site and requirements by one of the Black Hut team.

Black Huts have been designed for New Zealand conditions while making the best use of New Zealand’s resources, with a timber-focused, contemporary New Zealand aesthetic.

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Black Huts have a small footprint, are low maintenance, warm and comfortable. Thickly and fully insulated, solar panels or photovoltaic cells are able to be added as required and all windows are double-glazed. They can be easily modified to optimise sun capture no matter how your site is oriented. Built from sustainable, natural and attractive New Zealand timber, Black Huts are durable, safe and offer good acoustic performance. They are lined internally with ply which can be either grooved or flat and whitewashed or painted.


Black Huts have been designed by two leading contemporary architectural designers working together to create a modern yet timeless aesthetic. The choice of lightweight cladding is at the discretion of the owner, with the black cedar cladding proving popular for its contemporary look. Variations in the colour of roofing allow each Hut to be individualised to the owner’s preference.


Engineered well over required specifications, Black Huts are strong and flexible. Their simple design allows for easy customisation to suit different usages, sites and budgets. The piled sub-floor has been designed to accommodate the demands of a diverse range of sites and soil conditions, and because the floor level can be raised they are also suitable for flood plains. As happy alone as they are in groups, Black Huts allow owners to design tailored living and working spaces on one site.


Black Huts are predominantly built of timber – the most sustainable building material – and use their space cleverly to maintain a small footprint. Their design lends itself to increased energy efficiency measures: i.e. rainwater harvesting, solar power, grey water collection and passive solar.

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Plans are available for the Huts below

Construction drawings for the Hut designs below are available for purchase. The drawings range in price from $2,500 – $10,000 (+GST). If needed, for an additional cost, any of these designs can be customised to fit your site and/or requirements.

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The Team

Fiona Macpherson

Architectural Designer

Fiona is one of Black Huts' architectural designers. As such she is responsible for co-developing the designs with Case Ornsby and for their customisation. With 20 years in the building industry, locally and internationally, Fiona’s work as an architectural draftsperson has seen her oversee a diverse range of building applications specialising in commercial projects which have included retail, industrial, educational, theatre and rest-home facilities as well as residential work. A strong advocate of universal design and barrier-free living, Fiona’s expertise in this area has ensured that the Huts fulfill their requirements as both residential and business premises. Fiona’s company is Fiona Macpherson Architecture.

Carolyn Hughes


Carolyn is Black Hut Designs’ Director. She brings 30+ years of experience in property and real estate to this project. It was her experience of rebuilding her own home after the Christchurch earthquake that set Black Huts in motion.

Case Ornsby

Architectural Designer

A Christchurch expatriate now based in Sydney, Case has a dedicated interest in realising the exciting design challenge the City rebuild presents and hopes to use his design expertise in influencing the new aesthetic of Christchurch. Formerly a director of an architectural practice in Christchurch, Case is now building on his portfolio of published projects with the international experience he has gained.

News & Media

Black Hut a Timber Design Award Finalist

The Kepler Hut Design in Merivale, Christchurch has been nominated as a Finalist in the Residential Architectural Excellence category of the 2012 NZ Timber Design Awards. Timber was fundamental to this project – providing structure, surfaces, internal and external joinery, access and […]

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Black Hut wins Gold!

The Kepler Hut Design in Office Rd, Christchurch has won Gold at the 2012 Registered Master Builder’s House of the Year Awards in Canterbury for “Best Home under $250,000”. All credit to its ‘Master Builder’, Clive Barrington.

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NZ House & Garden feature

The house that started it all in Office Rd, Christchurch (based on The Kepler Hut Design) is featured in the February issue of NZ House & Garden. The article is not yet in the NZ H&G archives, but it can […]

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Our Kepler Hut Design (in Merivale, Christchurch) was extensively featured on Seven Sharp’s recent program titled ‘Houses of the Future’. As the presenter said, “You could compare this house to Richie McCaw – it’s not flashy, there’s no sidesteps happening […]

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One of the Black Hut designs, The Kepler Hut in Merivale, Christchurch has been featured in Claire McCall’s new book, Green Modern and is the subject of this recent article in the The Press. “… A Christchurch house built in just […]

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Check out the extensive TC3 foundations on our recently started Hut project.    Hut is great for all sites including the most challenging.

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Recently included in the NZIA sustainability seminar series and designed to meet the Living Building Challenge seminar, work has started on the Parklands House. Our low energy house has been registered in America with the Living Building Challenge team to achieve Net Zero Energy. The building needs to generate enough energy to meet the needs of the occupant. To find out more about the challenge visit their website

Follow us here on the website as we share our journey building the house, and then monitoring the performance for 12 months to achieve certification. Plans for the house will soon be for sale on the website for anyone else keen to take up the challenge.

Parklands House Foundations

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The Magroc floor is now complete on the Green Hut at Parklands.  Although we haven’t had great weather, progress is going well.  The floor achieves an insulation value of R5.4, well in excess of the building code minimum. To find […]

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The Green Hut at Parklands is the first time I have used SIP’s – structural insulated panels.  So far, the experience (if you don’t include the frustration of not understanding how to deal with something new) has been a positive […]

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    I started the week with jokes like how many men does it take to stand a piece of Magroc but now that the guys have got the hang of the SIP’s it’s amazing how much happens in one […]

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