Our approach is to conserve, restore and retain original heritage fabric where possible, recycle reconditioned heritage fabric from other sites (largely Christchurch) and order new custom replicas only where necessary. All products were either sponsored or donated and the sales from the Coffee Hut helped fill in the gaps for items such as scrapers, replacement blades, sand paper, nails, paint brushes, extension chords and operational costs. All work was completed either by sponsors and/or volunteers. According to the job required professional volunteers worked alongside those wishing to up skill or provide a general helping hand.

Matthews and Matthews, heritage architects, did preliminary concept drawings and Blacktree architects picked up the ball in providing further detail for extended Resource Consent Amendments and Building Consent Construction drawings for the project’s future use. Bungalow and Villa advised on various possible balustrade re-instatement designs and will provide future replica product. Encompass Design consulted on various concept designs for the gardens, to be realized when full restoration and additional consented work is complete. Thorburn Consultants provided their consultative services.

Camelspace provided the scaffolding for the just over year and half period required. Wrap-it wrapped the site to prevent lead contamination, to contain restoration debris. We also quite liked the idea of the villa being wrapped like a gift, so when the building was unveiled it would be a dramatic surprise for the public.

Ward demolition supplied a large quantity of recycled replica timber. Others came from demolished sites here in Auckland and various community donators. South Pacific Timber, Tim-Spec and Northpine supplied the new pine custom cut replica timber or raw material to be custom cut; new timber was also supplied to us from various community donors. Botica Timber custom cut the decorative pillar lace for both upper and lower decks. We had on-site crafter builders, who hand crafted replica decorative features, backing boards, beading, pillars, fence posts and their decorative features, fretwork boards, fretwork, skirtings, scribers, fascia, column molds, bull noses and spliced timber replacement replicas to fit as required for both re-construction and rot remedial. St Lukes timber will be supplying the native timber for the internal staircase when we are able to complete this which is on hold until the landlord has remedied the repiling and releveling issue.

James Hardie provided the backing board while CRC provided various products to help with the preservation of the villa including solvents for oil based product, builders fill for finishing wood spliced fills and flexible sealant for all areas. Mitre 10 Onehunga provided heat guns and other safety gear, ensuring we were we were protected when removing paint from those corner hard to get to edges. Active Safety supplied an industrial First Aid kit, overalls, safety glasses and masks, exit signs and fire extinguishers for each exit. Storage King in Parnell provided storage for the project and have done so since the beginning of the project to allow items to come and go as needed. For example when working on removing lead all furniture was put in storage to ensure no contamination.

Metalcraft supplied new custom-cut replica flashings, valley tray and spouting for the entire house (except for the west side lower add-ons, which is to be demolished). They also supplied new corrugated iron and ridging.

COTEC (who wholesale to About Colour and supplied our coffee hut paint) provided the paint for the entire site for both the villa and fencing, including the special oil protective sealer. This paint included oil protectant to cover the entire house twice over, including two coats of primer and two coats of colour. Sea2Sky supplied all the specialized gel for safe lead paint removal to cover the entire house twice over (bar West side add-on to be demolished).

Rubbish Direct took care of lead contamination waste for special disposal and Pink Bins took care of ongoing debris and rubbish. Hirepool Grey Lynn gave us access to specialized equipment.

Glass Direct replaced the windows for us with new glass where necessary alongside various community volunteers who used recycled glass from Ward Demolition. Firstpoint Electrical undertook wiring for us including the placement of a three-phase plug to the house alongside community professional volunteers who helped to ensure the whole house had working safe wiring. Whatpowercrisis supplied us a Gas Califont so we could have access to hot water and Collins Plumbing installed it for us.

Emmitt Consultants provided us with a fundraising estimate post-restoration stage. To take the property to the next level they provided estimate costings to ultimately have the site serving food and providing other community requirements including back decks for all day sun and a disabled lift to the top floor where workshop space and dinner discussion rooms will be. They have also provided estimates of value of work put into the villa to-date.

Beacon Pathway will be helping with the next stage of the project in regards to taking the house off the grid, using renewable energy and cost-efficient practices. They will provide input into amending the Building Consent drawings to allow for their suggested innovations. The building team at the council are prepared for these innovative alterations, the heads up given at a preliminary building consent meeting. Beacon will also help harvest future sponsors for the sustainable approach. They will enter the stage once the landlord rectifies the re-piling and re-leveling issue, we look forward to this moment, so we can get on with getting things on.

Tactical approach was;

  • To take all paint work back to wood so all rot was apparent and structural deficiencies made known. Two coats of specialty Sea2Sky gel product painted on all areas of house, except West add on, which required hand scraping to safely remove lead paint on each coat. A further hand scraping of entire site required to get into grooves of wood joins and a further sanding of entire site afterwards to smooth. All rot removed and made good.
  • All decks uplifted and structural supports. Approach main structural remedying with experts on hand. We used Rhys Darby as our main advisor who has spent a lifetime involved with Heritage Projects. He oversaw the pulling in of the main decks to the house to rectify out of place, miss-aligned structural beams and associated work.
  • Recondition removed wood where possible – nail removal, removal of lead and paint with oil protective sealer before priming coats and top-coats.
  • Custom make wood replacements where original reconditioned fabric could not be replaced or splicing was required or reconditioned replicas could not be found
  • Custom make beading, decorative features and wood splices on site from both native and pine
  • Bring in recycled and recondition the timber
  • All areas covered in protective oil primer before priming and painting (lower deck T&G not included due to re-working from no re-piling and re-leveling resulting in house movement)
  • Treat areas with anti corrosion where old nails had been, oil based protective sealer, special timber glue for insert, minor crack filling from splicing with builders fill and finishing with permafill
  • Reconditioned timber required the use of builders fill on natural knots and permafill to even out to straight line and over old nail holes ready for painting.
  • Flexible gap filler was used where major joins existed to allow for natural expansion of wood. Entire area sealed after remedial work with protective oil sealer to prevent future water damage.
  • Because of the miss-alignment of the building , choosing to recondition original fabric, bring-in heritage replica items that required reconditioning and to custom make, rather than take anything off the shelf, the labour time was immense to complete any section of work. Often the remedial work on one area led on remedial work in another. Domino effect in corrective work.
  • Builders who have been involved with Heritage projects for many years oversaw, advised and were involved with the work

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