Seamless addition a stand-out at awards

Seamless addition a stand-out at awards
The six-month project included a 40sqm extension to the front of a classic 1910 era villa in original condition.

For Tim Moriarty, managing director of multi-award winning TMT Construction Ltd, his company’s success at the Master Builders House of the Year Awards is a reminder that it’s not just about doing something, it’s about doing it well that brings the rewards.
Winning the 2019 Canterbury award for Renovations up to $500,000, TMT Construction was one of the New Zealand’s top 100 finalists from 15 national category awards competing at the National House of the Year Awards in Auckland.
Tim says when TMT was announced as the national winner in his category he was humbled by the recognition from the building industry.
“My wife Tamara and I went up to Auckland feeling as though we’d already won just by making it to the nationals—that was a pretty big thing in itself. But to win the national award shows that our craftsmanship and ability is recognised by the industry as being of exceptional quality.”
Completed in July 2018, the six-month project included a 40sqm extension to the front of a classic 1910 era villa in original condition. The client’s brief to Tim was that the extension had to be seamless with the existing home and without the builder’s footprint.
Judges commented: ‘The addition is so beautifully in keeping with the original home, it’s hard to tell where old meets new.’An existing lounge was transformed to a fourth bedroom while the extension became a spacious and airy new lounge. A study nook was created and the existing lounge’s wood burner relocated to the new lounge.
Describing the level of craftsmanship required with the extension, Tim says all new cedar window joinery and four-panel rimu doors had to be hand-crafted to match the existing joinery.
“The internal joinery was a key feature and we use an old-school English joiner from Picton for that—he is just a wizard. He came down and man-aged to create the windows and doors to match seamlessly with the existing house.”
Rimu panelling, architraves, skirting boards and picture rails down the hallway required Tim to handcraft one-off pieces on site using rimu board while the painters worked their magic to match the varnish tints perfectly.New decking and veranda was added to match in the existing external features, increasing the alfresco area.

Seamless addition a stand-out at awards
The internal joinery was a key feature of the homes’ addition. Rimu panelling, skirtings and architraves created spicifically to match seamlessly with the exsiting house.

“The veranda’s ceiling was made of rimu tongue and groove and we were able to get new rimu run and tied into the existing veranda, with veranda posts made to match. Non-standard kwila boards had been used for the existing decking timber so we had to hand make each board to match.” Giving praise to his team for the craftsmanship that went into the extension, Tim extends that praise to his subcontractors.
“We have a really good team of subbies that we’ve worked with over the years who we definitely class as part of our team. Without them jumping on board, believing in the quality and doing the best they can we would not have got the award. It’s a full team effort.”
TMT Construction was established in 2011 when Tim and Tamara returned to from Sydney to Christchurch to be closer to family after the earth-quakes. Operating in and around Christchurch, Tim and his small team enjoy renovation and extension work, specialising in older homes.
“There are so many beautiful old homes getting knocked over in Christchurch but we really like the villa styles and old bungalows with all the features they have—we enjoy the challenges they present. Over the last few years we’ve done a lot of architectural new builds and there’s nothing we won’t touch.”
Thrilled with the progress TMT Construction has made in such a short time frame, Tim says you are only as good as the product you produce. “Communication with our clients and subcontractors throughout the project is absolutely key to the success of our business. I will always put the client first and take the time to finish the job to perfection.”
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