Hang­ing on to heritage

NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

Be­cause of the home’s lo­ca­tion in a heritage zone, de­mol­ish­ing and build­ing new wasn’t an op­tion, even if they kept to a sim­i­lar style. The Clay­tons also couldn’t build up, be­cause it would change the roof line. In­stead they added a base­ment, which meant the house had to be lifted then shifted back to make way for con­struc­tion.

Hav­ing to pre­serve the build­ing seemed crazy at times, be­cause so much of it was rot­ten and couldn’t be saved, says Greer. In the end the only thing they could sal­vage was part of the build­ing’s skele­ton. The home’s frontage was “pretty much just copied and re­placed”. How­ever Greer man­aged to find fret­work to match the orig­i­nal style. “It was a bit of a wild goose chase to find the one bit of fret that was a match.”

In­side, Greer wanted to ref­er­ence the home’s orig­i­nal fea­tures. When pan­elling in the hall­way was ruled out (“It was too in­con­sis­tent with all the door­ways.”) they de­cided to repli­cate the look of the orig­i­nal pan­elling on the kitchen, bath­room and laun­dry cabi­netry. “It echoes the look and feel­ing of the pan­elling,” says Greer.

‘This reno was a test of pa­tience. You’ve got to re­mem­ber when things don’t hap­pen, don’t get wound up. Oth­er­wise you could be stressed about ev­ery­thing’

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