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See how The Block’s Alice and Caleb transform a dilapidated 1960s house

This story was originally published by Your Home and Garden and is republished with permission. Renovating a rundown home can take far longer than you think – even for The Block NZ veterans Alice and Caleb. PROBLEM The rooms felt dark and closed-in. The decks were unusable and therefore no indoor-outdoor flow. The foundations...

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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...

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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...

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Big lift for historic lodge in Christchurch

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...

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Rubble foundations could be ‘multi-billion dollar problem’ for Canterbury homeowners

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...