Building a new home for their own retirement with three generations of family, Auckland couple Allen and Marilyn Welch needed a large space and plenty of power supply. They’ve turned to solar power and a Gerard roof, which together are delivering on looks and sustainability.
With two families to be living under one roof in the rural Auckland suburb of Whitford, Marilyn explains they desired a well-thought, functional space: “We needed an expansive home that could handle both families and visitors, and give us spaces for being together as well as space for each family member to retain a sense of separation and privacy. We love having our family around, though it can be intense at times especially when we’ve had as many as ten living in the house.”
Had to be Gerard after show home visit
The Welch’s home sits in a ‘very high’ wind zone, but Marilyn explains the Gerard Corona roof in a satin finish in Ocean Blue was chosen on looks entirely: “Part of the reason for me in choosing Gerard was that, when we went into our builder’s office, they had a picture up on the wall and I said ‘Wow – I like that!’ They told me it was Gerard and I thought ‘that’s the roof I want for my home’. If anyone said to me that they were considering Gerard, I’d say ‘go for it’. We’ve been completely satisfied.”
Solar powers high consumption appliances
Their generously apportioned 518m² home includes five bedrooms and four bathrooms, with an orientation and layout that takes full advantage of their elevated spot.
Allen explains that with large numbers of family and guests, they’ve called on solar power to supplement some large energy needs: “The first thing is obviously the design, but collectively we decided we needed a cheaper source of power to run the house. We put fourteen (solar) panels on the roof which run things like our freezer, our fridges, washing machines, and those types of high consumption appliances. There are times where we wish we’d installed a few more panels if anything, but most of the time when there’s a few of us here in the house it serves us well.”
These eco-minded Kiwis have shown neighbours the way with their Gerard roof and solar system, with two nearby homes adopting the same combination.