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Case study: Putting new life in a 120-year-old Taranaki villa

Restoration on a 120 year old villa from top to bottom. Renovating the inside of the old girl to modern standards including an entrance way Chandelier.

Restoration of 120 year old villa

“It’s a pretty old building,” says Bruce Overden of the Taranaki villa he and his wife bought in the 1970s. The challenge in renovating it was that the house had gone through a number of changes in its 120-year life including relocation, recladding and an extension – none of them coordinated.

 


 

Restoration of 120 year old villa

 

Bruce had struggled to find building professionals who shared his vision for his home until he came across Pzazz Building at the 2015 Taranaki Home Show.

 


 

Restoration of 120 year old villa

In order to minimise any disruption to Bruce and his family, the owner of Pzazz Building Taranaki, Isiah Reynolds, applied the 80/20 rule to the renovation – that is, 80% planning and 20% doing. The project was completed in four stages, starting with the kitchen and dining areas, moving through the hall and bedroom, and finishing with the main bathroom.

 


 

Restoration of 120 year old villa

 

“You’re very easy to get along with,” Bruce says of Isiah and his experienced team of builders. “You’ve got the whole lot under control. We just sit back and let you go for it.”

 


 

 

Restoration of 120 year old villa

 

The main objective of the project was to create a more comfortable, stylish, warm and modern living environment – built to last for another 120 years – while retaining the original character and charm, of the villa’s exterior.

 


 

 

Restoration of 120 year old villa

 

One of the features of Bruce’s renovated home is this stunning bronze-and-crystal chandelier in the entrance foyer.

 


 

 

Restoration of 120 year old villa

 

Because traditional villas normally lack storage, another key objective of the renovation project has been to add stylish yet practical wardrobe and storage space to the master bedroom and hallway.

 


 

 

Restoration of 120 year old villa

 

“We’re very happy the way it’s turned out,” says Bruce. With Isiah and his experienced and dedicated team at Pzazz Building Taranaki on the job, who wouldn’t be happy?