On the edge of dis­as­ter

NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

Greer and Roger copped their fair share of sleep­less nights dur­ing this ren­o­va­tion. It was a dif­fi­cult site to be­gin with. Win­dows were sil­i­coned shut, it was damp and “grotty” and the site was so over­grown it took three days to clear.

The Clay­tons lived in the house for a year be­fore ren­o­va­tions started. “We just gave it a quick lick of all-white paint so it was bear­able,” says Greer, re­mem­ber­ing the peel­ing wall­pa­per and rot­ten wood. “It was a bit like camp­ing out.”

As soon as the house was jacked up and the base­ment dug out, the storms and heavy rains of March 2017 hit. “It was pretty ter­ri­fy­ing for us and our builder; ev­ery­thing was col­laps­ing.” They were on high alert as the bank their house was rest­ing on be­gan to crum­ble and their base­ment filled with wa­ter, ru­in­ing all the steel­work. “When the con­crete fi­nally went in and we could put the house back, it was a huge re­lief,” says Greer.

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