This young couple used their love of character homes to turn a prefab house into a unique family home filled with vintage treasures
This Christchurch family home is a vintage lovers paradise
Meet & Greet
Angela Fairmaid, 33 (founder of Miss Vintage), Julian Fairmaid, 34 (civil construction operations manager), Georgia, 2, and Cleo the cat.
Things I love
The solid mahogany vintage sewing cabinet under the television that has been converted into our entertainment unit. The quality of this kind of piece often surpasses a lot of new items available these days.
Our antique valve radio. Georgia and I listen to it while eating breakfast every morning.
The layout of the home. All rooms are easy to get to without a long hallway to trek down.
Our large kitchen. A lot of new-builds have a small kitchen that is not in proportion with the house. Ours is about one-third of the total open-plan living area space. And our kitchen island bench is 3.5 metres long! It’s great.
Things I’d change
I would increase the width of the hallway by 200mm and have a fourth bedroom/office. At the time of building, we didn’t think it was necessary, but now, working from home, it would be nice.
I would upgrade the carpet. It would have cost about $3000 at the time but will cost us much more if we ever want to change it.
I would have a locking handle on the door through to the garage so when the garage door is open I wouldn’t need to worry about Georgia getting outside onto the road.
- Land purchase price $175,000
- Build contract $265,000
- Landscaping (hard and soft) $40,000
- Window treatments $5000 (through McKenzie & Willis)
- Furnishings Around $30,000 for the entire house.
Angela’s top second-hand shops
- Vintage Wonderland (Phillipstown)
- Seaside Vintage (New Brighton)
- Twine Antiques (Waikuku)
- Revamp Vintage Market (Christchurch Girls’ High School, Merivale, every 3 months)
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Words by: Ady Shannon. Photography by: Kate Claridge.