Christchurch homeowners Allan & Megan loved the location, size and layout of their family home, but the exterior look was dated and some aspects were in need of repair. With intentions to stay long term, they sought Brewer Builders’ help to embark on an extensive facelift in conjunction.
The most obvious and striking of the changes is the new Hermpac vertical cedar weatherboards replacing the old plaster wall cladding. Amongst other upgrades, roof tiles were replaced with modern rib profile metal roofing, some dormers were replaced with skylights, various questionable roof details were vastly improved, and the awkward-shaped upper deck was replaced with a wider, more open and visually appealing one that ensures it will be used far more often.
Whilst the interior was left relatively untouched, this project was much more than just an exterior facelift, it was also a thermal performance overhaul. Removing roof and wall claddings (except the stonework) offered the rare opportunity to significantly increase insulation in these areas. The single glazed windows were also replaced, with new thermally broken double glazed ones a great improvement.
Allan & Megan reflect on their recently-completed renovations…
“We always had in mind a ‘Central Otago’ house and the look of cedar with the original schist brought that to life.
In addition to this, we are very happy with the choice of products to bring the house up to current building specifications.
We love the bright and welcoming entrance way as well as the skylights which open up the rooms.
The deck with the glass balustrade will also be spectacular for entertaining in the Summer.
Overall, we are very pleased with the final result and we will enjoy it for years to come.”
We engaged with Brewers Builders to modernise our large two-storey family home in early 2019. The job involved cedar cladding, a new roof, double glazed windows, a new deck and balustrade, and skylights. This was a large project which took 8-9 months to complete and we lived at home while this was happening.
The communication was superb and the daily logs on builder trend showed us exactly what was going on. Liam and Josh were always available via mobile while Marc and the building team were always happy to chat about the current tasks they were doing.
The team was super considerate and kept the site very tidy.
We are very happy with the overall result, and have even had a few comments from people thinking the house is a new build! We really love the cedar and matte black metalwork which compliments the existing schist.
Overall, we highly recommend Brewer Builders to anybody looking at taking on a building project and are happy to be a reference for anybody interested.
Megan & Allan Taunt
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