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From Derelict to Delightful in Dairy Flat

This quaint 1920’s bungalow has had a very adventurous life. It was built in Park Ave, Takapuna where it stayed until 1977, at which time it was shifted to a beautiful site in Dairy Flat. It’s had many renovations over the years, the most recent a top to bottom refurbishment to create the now stunning home it is for Ed Aitken and family.

Ed bought the home five years ago in a seriously tired and lived-in state. Renovations started by adding 25m² to make a total of 230m² for the four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two living spaces. The aim was to totally modernise the home for comfortable living while still retaining the classic charm of the era. This includes wide skirting boards, solid timbers and using the high ceiling space to maximum effect.

The exterior has been lovingly restored from top to bottom. Weatherboards were stripped back and painted in Resene Sonyx 101 Double Foundry which is basically a dark grey with a blue tinge. And windows and trim were painted in Resene Waterborne Enamel white gloss for contrast. The build is framed perfectly with Marley Stratus Design Series Typhoon spouting and RP80 downpipes in Grey Friars.

Ed was keen to have external brackets which look amazing with traditional homes and are also great for high wind zones, like this site. However, rather than having them positioned every 300mm as recommended, Ed opted to alternate between internal and external brackets. This means every second bracket is external and positioned 600mm apart with the added strength from the internal ones. It looks great and is super solid.

Typhoon is a stylish yet functional half-round profile which has excellent capacity and flow characteristics. It’s available in a range of colours with matching RP80 downpipes from the Stratus Design Series; Grey Friars, Ironsand, Black, Copper and Titanium. Also, the well known and loved white range.

Ed and family are over the moon with their home and have future plans for more expansion to finish it off exactly as they hope. This home definitely doesn’t look like a 100-year-old property anymore.

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