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This Christchurch family home is a vintage lovers paradise

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.

Total $515,000

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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House and land: GJ Gardner Homes
Electrical work: Christchurch Electrical
Site works and hard landscaping: Hunter Civil
Kitchen design: Sandy Eagle

Words by: Ady Shannon. Photography by: Kate Claridge.

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