Brothers Andy and Greg Brown (wearing hat) paint the ceiling of the Gebbies Pass
Gebbies Pass Road, Gebbies Valley

The list of earthquake damage at this c1870s villa included internal cracks in the corners and around windows, jammed windows and leaky plumbing.

After the building repairs were completed, brothers Andy and Greg Brown carried out the finishing work for main contractor Richard Hill.

Inside, the house was replastered and painted throughout. The exterior received a full repaint.

Brothers Andy and Greg Brown (wearing hat) paint the ceiling of the Gebbies Pass
Dan Chamberlain (black cap) and Karl Helms fix down a sheet of flooring on compl
Jeffreys Road, Strowan

Two brick columns either side of the porch entrance to this 1920s bungalow were badly damaged by the earthquakes, as were its foundations.

Dan Chamberlain and Karl Helms carried out the rebuilding part of the remedial work for managing contractor Jon Weir Homes Limited.

Some piles were replaced and the house was relevelled before the columns were dismantled and totally rebuilt.

There were cracks throughout the interior of the home. The walls and ceilings were plastered and repainted.

Dan Chamberlain (black cap) and Karl Helms fix down a sheet of flooring on compl
Gary Harwood and Peter Mountford brush on the finishing touches at the Hawkesbur
Hawkesbury Avenue, St Albans

Two exterior brick firewalls were toppled at this St Albans property by the Canterbury earthquakes. These walls, on the east and west sides, were replaced and clad in weatherboards during the remedial repair work carried out by managing contractor Miles Construction Limited.

Inside, old lath and plaster walls were replaced with plasterboard. Other cracked wall linings were repaired.

The house was fully repainted inside and out. Painters Peter Mountford, Gary Harwood and Paul Manuel, working for subcontractor W & S Painting Contractors Limited, carried out the finishing workNew carpet was also laid. 

Gary Harwood and Peter Mountford brush on the finishing touches at the Hawkesbur
Normans Road, Strowan

This 1920s weatherboard bungalow suffered little exterior earthquake damage.

Inside, however, the original lath and plaster lining had to be removed from all walls and ceilings. It was replaced with plasterboard.

During the remedial work process, an external window was removed and an internal wall was shifted.

Isaac Temo-whatuira, from subcontractor Christchurch Interior Plastering Ltd, carried out some of the finishing work. The managing contractor was Buildright Homes.

The owners vacated the property while repairs were carried out.

Orkney Street, Strowan

This Strowan home sank during the earthquakes leaving it at a lower level than its deck. Inside, the damage was mainly cosmetic.

This posed a particular problem for the wheelchair-confined owner whose main access into the house was via a ramp onto the deck and through patio doors.

Tom Davidson and Mike Keenan carried out some of the remedial work for managing contractor Morel Construction Limited. They stripped the deck back to its framing and lowered and levelled the structure so that the new decking was again flush with the internal flooring.

Packing was added to some piles under the home’s living areas to relevel the floor.

Inside, cracks in the plasterboard were repaired and the surfaces were repainted.

Pururi Street, Riccarton

This late-80s three-bedroom townhouse was left with cosmetic earthquake damage throughout its interior.

As part of the remedial repair work, all wallpaper was stripped and the plasterboard walls were repaired.

Hassan Sadeghi, working for managing contractor Craig Rogers Building Limited, repapered the house.

Whites Road, Ohoka

The mortar in the Summerhill stone exterior of this 1970s home cracked and fell out in places during the earthquakes, leaving the brickwork in need of repointing.

Inside, the earthquake movement cracked the wall and ceiling linings. These were raked out, taped and plastered over. A new plasterboard ceiling was fixed over the old stippled one in the lounge, which was too difficult to repair.

Managing contractor Longsilver Construction Limited brought in subcontractors Jason Townsend and Nicole Gentleman to carry out some of this interior finishing work.

During repairs, the owner remained in the house with most of her furniture stored in the garage. Her bedroom was the last to be repaired just prior to completion of all remedial work.

Mark Burrows sands a small area of new plaster next to a lounge window.
Hawthorne Street, Strowan

The plaster exterior of this 10 year-old, two-storey home was left cracked by the earthquakes, along with the plasterboard interior.

Scaffolding was erected outside to allow easy, safe repair work at the upper level. The heat pump was removed to give painters access to the wall behind for a full house repaint.

Managing contractor for the remedial work was Southern Decorating & Maintenance Limited 

Subcontracting plasterers Mark Burrows and James Skinley repaired damaged parts of the interior and Rob Hurrell, of Owen Todd Painters, followed up with new paint.

The owner remained in the house during the repair process.

Mark Burrows sands a small area of new plaster next to a lounge window.
Mill Road, Clarkville

The mortar throughout the walls of this 1970s Summerhill Stone home was left full of cracks by the earthquakes.

Longsilver Construction Limited managed the remedial contract. The exterior brickwork was repointed. Steven ‘Redgie’ Small finished off the walls with new paint.

Inside, there was typical cracking at the edges of the plasterboard sheets. The cracks were raked out, replastered and the rooms were repainted.

At this Kaiapoi home, Cindy Staines and Issac Fruean paint a bedroom pale pink.
Otaki Street, Kaiapoi

As a result of the earthquakes, the plasterboard lining this three-bedroom home ended up with the usual gaps and cracks, especially around doors and windows.

The walls and ceilings were repaired. However, the dining room ceiling had to be replaced, along with the cornice in the main bedroom.

John Berlinski, Issac Fruean and Cindy Staines, from managing contractor Longsilver Construction Limited, then painted the interior.

The homeowners moved themselves and their furniture out during the repair process.

At this Kaiapoi home, Cindy Staines and Issac Fruean paint a bedroom pale pink.
Darryl Lye and Ellie Mansfield paint the exterior of Ohoka home.
Whites Road, Ohoka

This two-storey California mission style home, featuring ground floor verandah arches, was originally finished in thick plaster applied in the typical half-round pattern. The plasterwork was left full of cracks after the earthquakes.

 Longsilver Construction Limited managed the repair contract. Scaffolding was erected along the front of the home so the repairers could easily and safely work at the upper level.

 Some of the cracks were raked out; all were carefully filled so they were no longer noticeable in the highly textured finish.

 To make painting easier, metal planter boxes were removed, and the windows and shutters were masked with plastic sheeting. Darryl Lye and Ellie Mansfield repainted the exterior.

Darryl Lye and Ellie Mansfield paint the exterior of Ohoka home.
Kevin Reaney hangs wallpaper at the Apollo Place home.
Apollo Place, Papanui

This 1960s Summerhill Stone unit, one of a pair joined at their garages, was damaged inside and out by the earthquakes.

The brick veneer was loosened up and the back steps separated from the house. Inside, plasterboard movement caused the wallpaper to wrinkle and tear, and there were gaps beneath the windowsills.

The remedial work was managed by Southern Decorating & Maintenance Limited. The exterior brickwork was mortared back into place. Interior walls were stripped and repaired. Ceilings and window surrounds got a new coat of paint.

Near the end of the process, Kevin Reaney was sent to the house to hang new wallpaper – more of a challenge than usual as the paper had to wrap around deep window reveals.

During repairs to her bedroom, the owner moved into the spare room. She said that even though all the tradespeople had been very considerate throughout the four weeks leading up to the wallpapering stage, she was looking forward to completion of the work.  

Kevin only recently emigrated from the UK to Christchurch. Work for paperhangers had dried up there, he said, and he was doing just one small job a month. Working for Southern Decorating & Maintenance, he is happily papering one home after another and, with his wife and 12 year-old daughter, very much enjoying the Canterbury lifestyle.

Kevin Reaney hangs wallpaper at the Apollo Place home.
Nick Hextall chips off old glue from the bathroom framing.
Thornton Street, Mairehau

Southern Decorating & Maintenance Limited managed the remedial repairs at this 10-year-old brick home in Mairehau. The exterior brick cladding had survived the earthquakes well, but damage to the paving and driveway – especially by the garage door – was evident. Paths around the property had sunk 50mm in some places.

Working for subcontractor Delta Builders Limited, Peter Ward and Nick Hextall removed everything from the bathroom except for the bath. They then stripped the tiles and plasterboard from the walls and cleaned up the wooden framing in preparation for new wall linings and tiling.

The owners stayed in the home as the work progressed. There was little disruption as the repairs were only to the bathroom, with only the hall and entranceway carpets covered with protective plastic.

Nick Hextall chips off old glue from the bathroom framing.
Paul McFarlane paints a wall by the front door of the Redwood home.
Willowview Drive, Redwood

The earthquake damage to this 1990s two-storey, brick and timber home was largely cosmetic. The shaking cracked plasterboard walls and ceilings, and the interior was being repaired and repainted throughout.

Paul McFarlane, Stephen Retu and others from managing contractor Southern Decorating & Maintenance Limited carried out the remedial work. Scaffolding was erected in the double-height entranceway to enable the team to work. An ornate chandelier above the stairs was carefully covered to protect it.

The owners stayed in the home during the repair process, first moving downstairs to allow the upper floor to be redecorated. The repairers happily respected the family’s ‘no radio’ policy.

Paul McFarlane paints a wall by the front door of the Redwood home.
Raymond Frew uses a jackhammer to break up floor tiles at the Bennett Street.
Bennett Street, Papanui

At this 100-year-old weatherboard house in Papanui the plaster walls and ceilings were left cracked by the earthquakes, as were floor tiles in the open plan kitchen/dining area.

Working for subcontractor John Cooper Flooring Limited, Raymond Frew used a jackhammer to break and lift the tiles. He also removed the underfloor heating wiring in preparation for new flooring.

Southern Decorating & Maintenance Limited managed the remedial repairs. The home was freshly painted inside and out when work progress was checked.

Raymond Frew uses a jackhammer to break up floor tiles at the Bennett Street.