Wellington renovation gets top award

HOME SWEET HOME: The interior of the home renovated by Wilson Building.
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HOME SWEET HOME: The interior of the home renovated by Wilson Building.

An expensive renovation of a Mt Victoria villa has won a supreme award in the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year Awards. 

Wilson Building’s four bedroom-home makeover also won the future-proof building renovation award for houses over $500,000.

Judges said the renovation was made even more of a success given the level of difficulty and challenges which arose during the build.

"A large amount of structural work was required, including undermining, underpinning and tunnelling under the building - further complicated by the proximity of the neighbouring properties.

"Completed while sitting on temporary piles seven metres off the ground, the home is finished with recycled timber floors throughout and a panelled ceiling through the kitchen and living area.

''Where possible original features have been restored and retained, as well as adding custom-made window sills, colonial skirting and architraves. 

The result was a beautiful home which retained all of its turn of the century character while incorporating modern technology.

"This is a wonderful achievement and a lesson in renovations by a fantastic builder."

The other supreme award went to Phil Benton Builders for a new $2 million plus home in Christchurch. 

The Dominion Post