The bones starting to come together, thanks to Wellington City Renovations (WCR) | Photo: Christine
It’s true that not all renovations are smooth-sailing; once the work commenced the speed bumps continued, with the biggest challenge being the actual build itself.
The flattened area of the existing car park still needed major earthworks, and it created a much bigger job than Christine and Petrus had initially thought.
“There were a lot of added costs and elements that we didn’t anticipate, including drainage, a new pathway, and a retaining wall built around the side,” Christine says.
And due to delays with one of the subcontractors, the pair questioned whether they could have done a smaller part of the project themselves, like the pathway.
“We realised how big a job it was, and the people that did it in the end knew exactly what they were doing.”