Restoration is not for the faint hearted, but with the right approach, knowledge and professional guidance it can be one of the most satisfying experiences.

At Era, we love buildings. Every old building is unique with its individual architectural style and history. We believe that the changes which have occurred over the years (be they good or bad!) all help to tell the story of its evolution. And more than that, we believe that buildings can change our lives – the way we feel, the spaces we use and the way we live.

Older properties have the benefit of character and often unique architectural elements and features that can be brought back to life and showcased. A restoration or renovation project can provide the opportunity to incorporate modern-day facilities into a building whilst still retaining its important heritage features. However depending on age, location and history, they may have heritage protection and if so only limited, if any, alterations can be undertaken without consent – it is therefore always advisable to be fully aware of any heritage status before starting work.

      Breathing life back into older properties

Era can provide advice and practical restoration guidance – including identifying important features be to be retained, suggesting appropriate methods of repair, and providing optimum layout options. Every decision that you make, from the physical layout of the rooms to the location of electrical points, can affect the spatial integrity and in the end determine how you use the space. We can assist with all aspects of decision making (including all the issues you hadn’t even thought about!) and can provide illustrative plans to help you visualise the end result.

Whatever your style preferences, it is important to balance form and function. Renovations can provide a blank canvas where the possibilities are endless and a well considered design and clever fit out can turn an empty shell back into a vibrant space.

 Feel free to  contact us for a no-obligation chat and site visit.

best conservation practice

We work under the ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites) New Zealand Charter, which provides guidelines on cultural heritage conservation.

adding value

Renovations are usually undertaken for aesthetic or practical purposes, but don’t under-estimate the financial benefits. Even a basic makeover can add thousands to the value of your property (if done well!). Check out our top tips for adding value to your property without breaking the bank.

design trends

In design there is no right or wrong. Individual styles and tastes can vary, change and evolve over time. And elements of past fads can be found reinvented in current trends.

Take a look at some of our favourite looks of the moment & some never-changing basics.

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