Run-down Grey Lynn transitional villa gets award-winning renovation

There's plenty of life left in Grey Lynn's tired villas, but they do need a bit of work, and sometimes an extreme makeover is called for.

That's what happened to this run-down transitional villa, which has just won the 2017 TIDA NZ Architect-designed Renovation award.

Designed by architect Paul Leuschke of Leushcke Kahn Architects, the 13-month renovation was undertaken by Andy and Kiri Blyth of VillaVilla, who knew exactly what they wanted to achieve. And it was all about that "wow factor".

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House lifter uses computerised technology to raise commercial buildings

It may seem surprising six years after the Canterbury earthquakes that House Lifter owner Rod Moore is busier than ever.

But he said work is ramping up for straightening commercial buildings, while his residential work was also the busiest ever, and he was looking at contracts in Wellington too.

With the increase in contracts Moore decided to invest in a synchronous computer-controlled hydraulic jacking system from Netherlands company Holmatro.

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The future of one of Christchurch's oldest buildings is up in the air as part of a restoration project in the centre of the Meadowlands subdivision in west Christchurch.

Meadowlands is currently a work in progress between Hendersons, Halswell, Sparks and Milns Roads.

Rod Moore of House Lifters said he believed the technology used to slide Spreydon Lodge to its new position was unique to his company.

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Earthquake damage could be hiding under the floors of pre-1970s homes in Christchurch, an earthquake lawyer says.

Peter Woods, a partner at Anthony Harper, held a meeting for affected homeowners on Monday night, with the invitation specifying that no insurance company affiliates could attend.

Strategies used to repair such homes following the Canterbury earthquakes were failing and causing additional damage, he said.

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