A grand transformation: Jim The Builder

What would you add to the home that has everything?

One Christchurch house already possessed a premium address, an important historical pedigree, and a fabulous modernisation and refurbishment process that enhanced both its form and function. The only thing left was to recreate the outdoor living with a home gymnasium, a pavilion space for entertaining, and an overhaul of the pool and surrounds.

Undertaken by acknowledged experts in architectural building, Jim The Builder, the result is spectacular. “A standout feature for me is the new paving around the pool,” says director Jim Stenberg. “We have used honed stone ivory quartz pavers, and this combines with schist brought from Central Otago, and Tonka hardwood decking.” The pool cover is a work of art in itself, “We devised a cunning plan in aluminium that cantilevers over the pool.”

The Chapter Street home opens to the new entertaining area topped with a pavilion system and flows onto the gymnasium. The transformation is superb and creates the type of dream home most of us will only be familiar with via the silver screen. “It’s hard to believe the before and after change. It’s like chalk and cheese,” says Jim. “It adds considerably to the value of an already amazing home.”


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