Historic cottage left high-and-dry

Albert Park's historic caretaker's cottage is on the move, but don't worry it's not going far.

The 136-year-old heritage building has been hoisted two metres into the air in order to replace its crumbling foundations.

The vertical move is part of a council plan to restore its heritage buildings but instead of using traditional methods, the council has opted for a company that uses cutting-edge lifting technology developed after the Christchurch earthquakes.

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Building lifter takes post-quake technology to rest of NZ

Commercial lifting company Meccanico is harnessing the experience it learned from the Christchurch earthquakes and putting it into practice in Auckland and Wellington.

With contracts tendered for re-levelling Wellington's Town Hall among others, the company has had the benefit of some unusual jobs, including lifting a castle that was subsiding.

One of the most obvious advantages of lifting a structure is saving buildings that might otherwise be demolished, including heritage and historic buildings.

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 Thousands of Christchurch homeowners 'in limbo' over unknown quake damage


The Earthquake Commission has admitted to 1 NEWS there could be thousands of homeowners in Christchurch whose homes have extensive quake damage, that they're unaware of. 

Mike Stewart and Julia McEntyre are one of a growing number of Christchurch families who've bought homes since the earthquake, with documentation from EQC stating the property had been fixed.

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Grey Lynn villa renovation involved moving the house, twice gallery video

Character villas line most streets in Grey Lynn, Auckland, but time isn't always on their side.

The owners of this century-old villa had loved it for years, but they knew it needed major work before they could move in with their young family.

Dougal and Faye Swift, with children Rocco, 2, and Adan, 1, now have a house that looks and feels like new, but it's been a long, hard slog to get there.

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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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