Character Home Common Issues

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Do any of these sound familiar with your home:

Layout – The design quirks of homes built in these era’s are no longer desirable among modern families. Often the layout of character homes is inadequate for family requirements, where large open spaces are more desirable.

Cold and Dark - Does your Villa or Bungalow feel cold, dark and damp? 

Minimal Storage Space - Often Villa's and Bungalows were built with out wardrobes and minimal storage space, our clients often find this to be a frustrating aspect of owning a Character home. 

Lacking Indoor/ Outdoor Flow - Nowadays we crave open spaces in the heart of our home, the living area and kitchen area is the space where the whole family congregates.  

Common problems you may not be aware of:

Structure – The original framing of your Character home could be undersized, these are important components of the home such as ceiling joists, floor joists, rafters, insufficient bracing. Typically brick chimneys with lime mortar could be potentially dangerous.

Foundations and Subfloor – Settlement resulting in unevenness in the floor, subsequently this could result in door and window openings to be sticking; dampness under the building; insufficient ground clearance and subfloor ventilation.

Internal walls and ceilings – often lacking insulation such and are in need of to as incorporation of double glazing into existing sashes; incorporating hard lining; walls that are out of plumb or corners not square, cracked plaster ceilings, draughts or jammed windows and doors.

Brickwork - Common for cracks to appear in masonry, increasing dampness around brick chimneys and the walls of brick bungalows. 

Health Risks – Existing asbestos or lead requiring removal.

Wiring – Unsafe wiring, inadequate number of electrical outlets.

Plumbing – It is common that the water pressure system will be low, and often terra-cotta and storm water drains are damaged due to fracturing, failed joints in pipes and intrusion by tree roots.  

With over 24 years experience in the building industry and 90 projects under our belt, we have worked on numerous styles of homes and catered to a variety of clients tastes and styles. Our guarantee encompasses your complete and individual satisfaction, guaranteeing to build your home exactly the way you want.
We carefully consider the structure and integrity of the home prior to starting the project as there are many factors and common issues among period built homes. 



Haven Renovations was formed in 2005 after Ray Sale returned home to New Zealand from an 8-year stint traveling and managing high-end residential construction in London. Ray decided to establish a building and renovation company that would provide unsurpassed quality of craftsmanship and high-end construction knowledge to the local market. Haven Renovations have been in operation since then and we've completed numerous renovations and new builds around Auckland City Central and North Shore City. READ MORE


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