18 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa. Restoration and renovation project, 2011-2015
Banksia Cottage. 'For Sale'
18 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa. November 2011. Sitting unoccupied since 2001
Sea shell path
Previously owned by Jessie Mould, the path leading to the front door made of sea shells Jessie collected from the beach.
East wing and shop
The two storied addition added (circa 1880) on the east side of the original cottage circa 1860. On the far left is the 'cobblers shop', home based shoe repairer in Akaroa
Looking down from the hill.
We were excited to take on the restoration of one of Akaroa's most original historic cottages.
First peek inside
Jesse planted many dozens....
Enter back door
1950s coal range and laundry
Interior still very original just a little neglected
Bedroom veranda doors
Describe your image here
Now the lounge
Stairs to attic bedroom
This staircase, circa 1900 sits atop of the original steeper ladder stairs from 1870
150 years of wallpaper layers
Attic circa 1860
Probably used as a mezzanine bedroom for the children
Scrim was held on with linen tape
Autograph upstairs bedroom wardrobe
Nellie Parsons, daughter of Banksia cottages first owners. circa 1890
Revealing the lower layers of wallca
Lots of interesting history on original Totara lining boards
Work begins, Jan 2012
Removal of brick chimney- mortared together with clay circa 1870
Repiling and levelling
Old laundry frames up to become new kitchen
Reproofing the lean to
Courtyard doors 2014
Two single Doors recycled from the kitchen, reframed to make french doors facing to west courtyard
A good day during the renovation
All but finished . December 2015
Now situated in old laundry/toilet area
Pressed tin splashback
Not original to the house but a great Trade Me find
Really comfortable original cast iron bath
North facing entry. Sandberg wallpaper
My favourite Colefax & Fowler wallpaper in lounge
Exterior painting finished at last.