This historic home in Christchurch was badly damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes.
Built in 1887, this 700sqm, 3 storey Victorian mansion has undergone a number of face lifts to present day. Our involvement came in directly after the September 2010 quake, with three of our staff members on site almost immediately to help preserve this amazing structure. The quake caused extensive initial damage, the four brick chimneys collapsed with one falling through an upstairs bedroom, and another falling down the roof and through the front verandah. Sections of the house moved 50mm off the foundations, making the whole structure unstable. Windows broke, internal plaster and cornice cracked and fell and the entrance way arch collapsed.
The repair was made all the more difficult by the ongoing aftershocks, especially when working on the roof.
We worked closely with the owners to ensure that the house was not only repaired, but restored and reinstated to its former glory. Great attention to detail was taken to make sure that the work undertaken reflected the important historical details associated with its construction. This included period scotia and hand making 3m finials for the roof details. Full credit has to be given to the owners for not compromising on finishing touches.