Stoney Homestead | Historic Building Refurbishment

Category: Projects and Construction

Stoney Homestead is a historic farmhouse located in Millwater, Silverdale and is one of the oldest surviving homesteads in the region. Construction of the building began in 1858 by Major Henry Butler Stoney and his son Harry. In 2012, Auckland Council was gifted the property. The Council's objective for the homestead was to restore the property to become a functioning community hub. 

Access | Partners in Property were involved in Stage 3 of this project, interior refurbishment. This involved careful and meticulous planning and a multitude of tradesmen replacing and salvaging this important piece of New Zealand’s history. Carpentry work involved repair, reinstating and/or replacing floor, wall and ceiling substrates and repairing and reinstating the notable fireplace hearth. The windows and doors were made of timber which needed to be repaired and/or replaced as necessary. This joinery work spread across the property, from the reception and kitchen to the main room and the mantelpiece. One of the challenges with working in this project involved restoring the building material, safely as well as the management of several trades working simultaneously to achieve programme milestones. Trades included insulation, glazing, drainage, plumbing and gas, fire protection, painting and electrical services.  

The project took approximately four months to complete. Access | Partners in Property had carried out a labour of love. As of October 2016, the homestead was unveiled for the public to enjoy.

It is a privilege for Access I Partners in Property to have refurbished this rare example of early pioneering and farming life in the Orewa District for Auckland.

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