The house that previously stood here surrounded by established gardens was damaged beyond repair in the Canterbury earthquakes. Its replacement needed to be within the old 248sqm footprint and sympathetic to the original residence. The redesign perfectly fits the bill. The rebuild meant the second level could be reorganised for a more efficient configuration. The four bedrooms and three bathrooms now have a vastly improved layout and the exterior proportions are more handsome than ever.

This brand-new home is crafted in traditional materials that are in step with the original weatherboards and cedar shingles, only now there are double-glazed windows and a smart Colorsteel roof. Interior finishes include oak timber floors and a charming oak staircase, while joinery replicates the original look but in a more contemporary way. The rebuild has also managed to preserve the existing planting and landscaping, so the new home appears to have been in situ for many years. It’s all charm.

The home was awarded Gold and Overall Category winner in the House of the Year competition. The judges said: “flawless workmanship with traditional materials & joinery make this house an exceptional example of style, finishing and craftsmanship that the team should be justifiably proud of.”

Category: Building, Interior