During the 1880s the Railways Department provided homes for some of its workers. The Department established a factory at Frankton, Hamilton, where timber from its own forests was fashioned into prefabricated houses before being freighted to sites for erection. This home is amongst a settlement of similar cottages in Moera, Lower Hutt. It is a typical example of one of the departments standard designs, containing three bedrooms, central hall and a kitchen space located toward the rear of the building.
This is a modest sized project including a new deck and outdoor living space and a new addition to accommodate the kitchen and laundry spaces. The kitchen opens both inward toward the existing living and dining spaces and outward to a new deck and BBQ area creating a central focus and social hub for the owners growing family. A notable aspect of this project is the careful attention and consideration that has been given to achieving an effective plan and good value within the available budget. Economical solutions have been sought from the smallest detail through to planning the proportions of the new addition to allow for prefabricated and flat packed kitchen components.