The two year renovation of a Merivale, Christchurch, house could justiﬁably be regarded as the pinnacle of Takahe Construction’s portfolio.
With nine 2018 Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards and a near perfect judges score to its credit, there is no argument about the quality of Takahe Construction’s work.
However; directors Tim Forman and Calvin Cocks explain that the workmanship put into the absolutely impeccable house was foundational to the business model determined when the company was formed 10 years ago.
“Our business model was to build a company that had longevity based on reputation; we wanted to make sure we had a point of difference and the Master Builders awards was that platform of difference.”
Clients spending $1 million and upwards needed to know a building company was “well heeled” and reputable, and Takahe Construction’s alignment with the House of the Year awards has been part of its success story, the directors say. Takahe Construction has accumulated ﬁ ve annual titles comprising four gold and one supreme award.
The Merivale house, built in the 1990’s on a 1754m2 site, was severely structurally damaged in the February earthquakes.
The renovation involved close collaboration with the client, engineer TM Consultants and MAP Architects, and included the addition of an alfresco patio featuring a bespoke chef’s barbecue with integrated fridges with glazing and roof louvres that can be opened.
The house was originally designed by Kerry Mason of MAP Architects, but the client was very closely involved in the renovation and extension and left “no stone unturned” in the detail of what he wanted and spared no expense to achieve this. “It was a privilege for us to work with him. It was a perfect team.”
The sumptuous mansion comprises six bedrooms, six ensuites, two powder rooms, a library, separate upstairs lounge, indoor squash court, gym, and pool house to ensure plenty of space for ﬁne contemporary living.
Dining spaces ﬂow seamlessly to the property’s leisure luxuries, which include a pool, spa and tennis court. High ceilings are complemented by expanses of marble ﬂooring and a sleek feature skylight; the main entrance is breathtaking.
With a complete transformation of all ﬁnishes, the home was so perfectly reimagined it won the national Supreme Renovation Award as well as the national Renovation Over $1 Million and Outdoor Living National titles in addition to four regional titles. The directors described the workmanship of their tradesmen as “simply perfect”.
A key aspect of the result was some builders who had a joinery background were deliberately placed on the construction team because of their high level of ﬁnesse and attention to detail.
Takahe Construction is currently undertaking a property development project, Parkdale Estate, also in Merivale, which involves construction of high-end “cutting edge” architecturally designed homes, with two planned for completion late this year.
It comprises three stand-alone houses, two single story and one two-story, ranging between 330-380sqm; single-storied dwellings of this size are regarded as uncommon in today’s urban market.
All three houses adopt strong passive energy principles, are orientated to capture maximum sunlight, have thick exterior walls to allow for increased insulation and where possible windows are recessed to reduce overheating.
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