This 1911 historic villa, Huntly House, was relocated from Palmerston North to the edge of the Manukau Harbour. It was in very shabby condition. The owners decided to fully renovate, instead of going through the pain of ongoing renovation over many years. They were overseas when the bulk of the renovation was done and able to keep fully informed on progress through the use of BuilderTrend, the project management software Heineke Builders use.
Although the exterior is essentially the same, the interior has been extensively remodelled, whilst maintaining the integrity of the building. The living areas and kitchen have been opened up to create a wonderful flow suitable for large gatherings. The original six bedrooms upstairs were converted to four bedrooms and three ensuites. The original bathroom was modernised while using most of the original fittings. The back of the house was also remodelled, converting the original generator room into a self-contained bedsit. An extra veranda was added on the north-facing side, built to exactly replicate the existing verandas on the same storey.
The house is now fully insulated, with radiators providing excellent heating throughout the house.