I was born in the early 1920s and I have enjoyed nearly 100 years of life by the beach with the township of Takapuna just a 5-minute walk away. With my special elevated position above the street, I am one of those houses that everyone looks up to.
In 2015 my new owners asked renowned Devonport Architect Fraser Gillies to draw up plans for a complete restoration. I was put under a ‘tent’ for nearly a year and my builders worked through 19 pages of very-detailed council approved plans to give me a new look which turns heads as people passing by admire my amazing street appeal.
I have full ‘code compliance’ for everything that was done to me and I am now standing proudly above the street, ready to enjoy another 100 years of living in this amazing location.
For the next phase of my life I am looking for a new owner.
I am 100% ready for you. There is absolutely nothing that needs doing. You can move in and start appreciating what a complete restoration has done for me.
So, if you would like to live in one of Takapuna’s most beautiful character homes that is just 2 minutes away from the beach and 5 minutes easy walk to Takapuna, come and check me out. Imagine waking in the morning to sunlight streaming through the windows. If I can’t impress you with the many features that make me what I am, nothing will.
Let me tell you about some of the features that make me so special.
I am a 4-bedroom 4-bathroom home which includes a special self-contained guest suite. I have a separate office, large formal lounge, separate dining area with an informal lounge area, a great kitchen with an ‘Aga’ style range built into one of my two brick chimneys. I also have a separate butler’s pantry/laundry.
I have really nice views from two upstairs bedrooms. I love watching the ships entering and leaving the port of Auckland. My master bedroom has a lovely sunny balcony which complements the large deck on my northern side which enjoys all day sun.
I have an electric awning that extends over my deck to help keep me a bit cooler during the summer.
I am fortunate to have plenty of useful storage in two attics on the upper level. Both are lined with timber and are warm and dry. Chandeliers in the lounge, dining area, kitchen and mid-level hallway and bathroom add a lot to the feeling of ‘heritage’.
My garage accommodates two cars and it has an electric panel door.
Underneath my floors: I am sitting on H5 treated timber piles that were installed around the external walls. All other piling is amazing hard native timber. I am incredibly well-ventilated underneath. The soil is dry and free of dampness and smells, even when it rains hard. My floor joists are also native hardwood timber that is so hard it’s difficult to drive in a nail. My guest suite is supported with steel RSJ beams. I am very proud of how I look under the floorboards.
I am one of the best insulated homes one could find. My builders thought my owners were too fussy, but I don’t think so. I am now an incredibly warm and dry home. I have Mammoth insulation throughout. Mammoth is made with recycled plastic bottles. It’s totally non-toxic and there is nothing that compares to it. Each piece was cut to shape with a special saw and fitted into place with a friction fit. It never sags and it has remarkable thermal properties. I am fully insulated under my floors. This was a painstaking process, but it was well worthwhile. My external walls were done the same way, and in some places, my builders allowed for double thickness (180 mm) just to be sure that they did the very best they could. It may surprise you to know that almost as much insulation was installed in interior walls and ceilings. This was done to improve acoustics and to avoid heat loss. Under my roof I have 165 mm Mammoth pads between all my rafters.
My original native timber floors have been covered with 20 mm of solid American Oak timber which has been glued and secret nailed. The floors in my guest suite were professionally waterproofed prior to having the new floor glued down. On the mid-level dining area my original floor was raised. To do this, battens were screwed to the original floor, and the entire area insulated before 20 mm of treated ply was glued onto the battens. The solid oak flooring was glued, and secret nailed on top of the ply. The overall thickness of the flooring in this area is 60 mm. On the upper level my owners wanted to retain some of the original floor, so it was sanded stained and coated with water-based polyurethane. My 3-bedrooms on the upper level are carpeted using the highest quality Rhino carpet from the U.S.
The original ‘lath and plaster’ cladding system that was used when I was first built was removed to reveal amazingly preserved 12-inch Kauri wall lining. I think that the very thick original ‘tar’ paper on my walls, deterred borer. Another surprise for my owners was discovering 20 mm kauri boards underneath the original shingles. This kauri looked like the day it was new.
My new cladding is rough sawn cedar weatherboards. After a thorough clean of the walls, I was wrapped in the best quality breathable building ‘paper and my new weatherboards were nailed to new battens with phosphor bronze nails.
Wherever internal walls ceilings were removed, I was lucky to have 13 mm high density, noise-line, brace-line gib fitted. This special ‘gib’ has good thermal and acoustic properties in addition to providing excellent bracing and strength.
The ceiling in my dining room features 20 mm tongue and groove timber that is fitted over 200 mm of Mammoth insulation. My owners wanted to re-create the ‘veranda’ look which was a feature when I was first built.
My new joinery for all windows was made with cedar sashes and treated pine frames. My owners specified copper flashings for all windows and external doors. It’s really good to know that I will never be bothered with leaks due to the failure of flashings. The special ‘capping’ under the handrail on my ‘balcony’ is also copper.
People who come to see me comment on my beautiful ‘leadlight’ windows which were re-designed and made from the original glass that was removed during my restoration. I am very proud of these special windows as they add a lot to my good looks. For all other windows, I have 6.8 mm laminated glass installed. This glass is not only very strong, it was chosen for its excellent acoustic properties. It really is amazing just how much this glass reduces sounds from outside. My owners chose Sante Fe shutters as window coverings on most of my windows. These are beautifully made and are a feature to be admired. This is especially true of the large curved shutters fitted over the opening to my upstairs balcony.
My roof was originally heavy tiles. I was so relieved when these were removed and I had the highest quality ‘marine’ grade, long run ‘iron’ fitted. This special roofing is known as ‘True Oak’ and it’s made using the profile of roofing iron from the ‘olden’ days. It can easily be walked on without denting it.
Instead of the lead headed nails found on roofs of older homes, my new roof is screwed with long stainless screws onto new 100 mm x 50 mm purlins which are fixed to the original hardwood timber rafters. My rafters are amazing. Some are 7 metres long without a join. My owners were very surprised after scraping the paint off the soffits, to find beautiful timber in pristine condition. I think that the many layers of paint had protected them. On the upper side of the soffits (under the iron) two coats of wood preserver were applied.
My original chimney was given a lot of love. It was fully restored by an English master-craftsman. The roughcast cladding was chipped away, and it was re-plastered using special ‘mesh’. The brickwork was re-designed and new copper chimney pots were fitted. 3 coats of X200 membrane paint over Lime-lock, completed the restoration.
I am an incredibly warm house. Whenever the sun shines in the morning I am warmed naturally, and my insulation retains the warmth. In addition to what the sun offers, I have a heat pump fitted in every bedroom and in the lounge and kitchen. Three of my four bathrooms have underfloor heating. Upstairs the heated floor in the ensuite off the master bedroom is sufficient to heat the entire upper floor in all but the very coldest of conditions. A very special feature in the lounge is the ‘Living Flame’ gas fireplace. Not only does this throw out a lot of heat, it’s really lovely to look at and it’s hard to tell that it’s not a real fire burning.
My restoration included completely rewiring me, so I have all new wiring to every connection.
All of my painting was done by professional painters using the highest quality Resene paints. My cedar weatherboards were treated with 3 coats of a special ‘cool’ colour Resene stain. This reduces heat build up from the sun. Visitors are often surprised to see that even the piles underneath the house are painted.
Not many people think about drains when looking at a property. Drains can however cause an owner many headaches. I am very fortunate that my owners knew how important fully functioning drains are. Pre and post my amazing restoration, all of my stormwater drains, and the main sewer line were upgraded. My new owners can relax in the knowledge that blockages won’t ruin the enjoyment of living in their lovely new home.
Included in my purchase price, my new owners will have my top of the line Miele washing machine and dryer, a Miele steam oven, a Miele dishwasher, a Miele bar fridge and a Fisher and Paykel French door refrigerator/freezer.
I was very pleased to have a security camera system installed. This can be accessed from a cellphone while my owners are away. I also have an alarm system installed in the guest suite and on the mid-level.
All of the water piped into me from the road is filtered through an American filtration system installed under the house. This makes having a shower or a bath in my new 155 kg cast iron bath, a very pleasant experience.
Houses like me are extremely rare. Many people make purchases knowing that they will need to spend a lot of money in addition to the purchase price to achieve what they want. This is not so with me. My owners have done it all for you.
Your forever home awaits, be sure to make it yours.
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