Standing the Tests of Time: The Endurance of Weatherboard Homes

Weatherboard Homes in New ZealandWeatherboard or clapboard houses started getting noticed by residents in New Zealand when settlers began creating small bedroom cottages. These structures have long thin wooden boards that connect with one another horizontally outside the wall.

‘Clapboard siding’ originated from the Dutch word ‘klappen’, which means ‘to split’. Builders used to split the logs by hand in a radial manner. They either painted it or left it untreated and the timber would lose its colour over time, giving it a more greyish soft timber look. Instead of the manual manufacturing process, mills now create the timber boards and residents prefer to paint their weatherboard homes for a more contemporary look.

Villas in the 1880s

Villas were the most preferred home types or designs since the 1880s until World War I. Builders mainly used 100% timber throughout the whole house with a metal pyramid roof. As a replacement for central valley roofs that were common back then, the transitional villas had pyramid roofs, along with verandas, wider eaves and rafter eaves.

Bungalows in 1910

Homes in 1910 featured widespread Californian bungalow inspired by global trends, specifically the west coast of the U.S. The demand for these was so great that Canada and the West Coast of North America had to import the 1918 kit-set bungalows to New Zealand. They now looked less formal and most layouts usually have a couple of separate verandas on the front and back.

This design then developed through the years with extended bargeboards on large verandas, a lower pitch roof and weatherboard cladding.

State Housing

Nu-wall Aluminium Cladding notes that by the 1940s and 50s, influences on homes were more modest for they primarily featured brick or weatherboard and tile construction. Despite its high price, residents still opted for this because of its dependability and solid builds, which can be customised to form a more contemporary design.

Weatherboard homes have continued to withstand the tests of time. This is the reason residents still prefer these homes to other options.