The most common house design a century ago, villas are popular renovation subjects today.
Villas were the most popular new home design in New Zealand from the 1880s through to World War 1.
Common problems and remedies
A wide range of problems and issues – affecting design and structure – will need to be considered as part of any villa renovation.
Villas were typically constructed without insulation. Even with modifications, most villas fall below current insulation standards.
Wooden villa floors often lack insulation, and some boards will be affected by borer, splitting or other damage.
Interior features and finishes
Villas were typically finished with timber lining or wallpaper, and a range of machined timber mouldings.
The earliest villas had no electricity. Instead, candles, paraffin lamps and gas were used for lighting, open fires for heating, and coal ranges for cooking. Electricity became available early in the 20th century.