A heritage home renovation in Wellington

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This heritage home received a complete interior and exterior upgrade for $432,365.

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Carrying out a renovation generally comes with the territory of living within a 120-year-old heritage home. This particular Wellington home was in need of some TLC and, in the process, homeowners Dean and Rose decided to take the opportunity to personalise it. They contacted Refresh Renovations specialist Jeff Clark to discuss their ideas. From there, every detail of their renovation was managed for them.

Cottage renovation theme vs. contemporary renovation

An important aspect of the project was its timeline - it needed to be completed by Christmas. So working with a company that followed an effective design and build process was essential. 

“This renovation is not something we had the time to manage ourselves”, tells Dean. “We really wanted a design, build and project management company”.

Jeff and project manager Melissa Mentz led Dean and Rose through Refresh’s 5-step process, ensuring the design and plan was just right before beginning the project.

A new home design

Once Rose and Dean had made their selections, Jeff and his team moved on to the project’s working drawings and council consent applications.

“The location of the house is designated historically significant by the Wellington City Council”, explains Jeff. “This meant we needed to retain the facade completely but it did allow room for artistic license for the extension, which isn't visible from the road. Also impacting on this was the fact that the neighbour's dwellings are very close - 1 metre, which complicates things from a town planning and fire perspective -  coupled with every other dwelling sharing sewage and water.”

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The updated home design

New timber-look vinyl planks lead through the hallway and to the kitchen’s new polished concrete slab flooring - a challenging part of the installation, due to requirements surrounding temperature, humidity and curing timing. The modern, clean finish is stylistically cohesive with the kitchen’s new high gloss cabinets, engineered stone benchtops and smokey reflective mirror splashback.

The home exterior also has a completely new feel, with new stained and painted light grey weatherboards. An exterior concrete slab was established to create a spa pool area and additional paving and landscaping work was carried out to enhance the home’s indoor-outdoor flow. 

Completed within seven months, Jeff and Melissa were delighted to be able to present Rose and Dean with their finished home before Christmas - a result that Melissa puts down to careful project management and a great team of tradespeople. 

“We really enjoyed working with Jeff and the team”, says Dean. “Jeff, Melissa and Michael (architect) understood our vision and what we wanted to achieve. We loved that they were almost as excited about the build as we were! Our renovation was completed on time and any issues were resolved quickly.”

“Dean and Rose had great taste and design flair, so they made it easy to make the place look amazing”, concludes Melissa. “They were very lovely to deal with.”

When asked about her favourite features, Melissa finds it difficult to choose. Between the tiled bathroom, a stylistic blend of heritage and modern interior design and the inviting outdoor area - there’s a lot to love. However, for Dean and Rose, one update stands out among the rest.

“Our favourite feature has to be the floor to ceiling windows and doors, creating a seamless transition inside to out. The final result far exceeded our expectations and we absolutely love it!”

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The Refresh® Renovation Process in Wellington

Refresh® Wellington is your local partner for stress-free home renovations. Our renovation services are tailored to your needs, and we're here to transform your vision into reality. As a trusted home renovation builder in Wellington, we're committed to delivering outstanding results that enhance your living space.

Step 1: Initial Consultation with Home Renovation Specialists

Our expert Wellington home renovation specialists will meet with you to discuss your vision and goals. We'll listen to your ideas, assess your needs, and provide valuable insights into the renovation process. As your local renovation builder, we aim to understand your unique requirements.

Step 2: Design and Planning with House Renovations in Wellington

Our team of renovation specialists will work closely with you to develop a design concept that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences. We'll create detailed plans and provide realistic budget estimates. Our goal is to ensure your renovation is well-planned and tailored to your needs.

Step 3: Approval and Project Kick-off

Once you're satisfied with the design and budget, we'll help you secure any necessary approvals or permits. As experienced housing companies in Wellington, we'll handle all the paperwork to ensure a smooth start to your project. Our home renovation specialists are committed to making the process hassle-free.

Step 4: Construction and Renovation Services

As your trusted home renovation specialists, we'll execute your renovation project with precision and care. Our dedicated team will manage all aspects of the build, from sourcing quality materials to coordinating skilled tradespeople. We aim to deliver high-quality workmanship and keep you informed every step of the way.

Step 5: Final Inspection and Handover

Before we hand over the keys to your beautifully renovated home, we conduct a thorough final inspection to make sure every detail meets our high standards. We take pride in being one of the top renovation companies near you, and your satisfaction is our ultimate goal.

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This project was completed in
September 2020
Project description
Heritage Home Renovation
New Zealand
Dean and Rose
Project duration
7 months
Cost estimate
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Jeff Clark is Renovation Consultant of JWB Ltd, a franchisee of Renovation Franchise Ltd, doing business in Wellington.

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