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Fastwrap Wall Underlay ticked all the boxes as an easy-to-use and dependable weather-proofing solution in this Waimauku renovation by Logan Architects.

“With renovation projects we try to retain as much existing formwork as we can as this makes sense from both a budget and sustainability perspective” commented Logan Reilly, Director of Logan Architects.  “However this does sometimes bring challenges when it comes to the build so we look for products like Fastwrap Wall that are easy for the builder to work with and deliver labour savings.”

The original home was a typical 1970s fibre-light structure, with small spaces and an added wing that was out of proportion with rest of the house. The owners wanted to improve its flow and usability to suit their blended family while achieving an exterior form that sat more comfortably on the lifestyle block location. Outdoor living was important and the new swimming pool was to be a key feature. The improvements also needed to make the home more marketable so they could be confident of a good return should they decide to sell.

The team from Logan Architects opened-up the interior, removing walls to create larger spaces and a natural flow to two distinct outdoor living areas. Outside, an entry canopy was added, creating a visual transition between the two wings and helping to integrate the disparate roof lines. The team also replaced the old fibre-light cladding with cedar weatherboard, achieving a look more in keeping with the rural setting.

“When we removed the cladding, the original building paper was damaged so we opted for Fastwrap Wall because we knew it would deliver the long-term weather-proofing we were after, even in Waimauku’s rural high wind zone” said Reilly.  “The Fastwrap synthetic wraps are great – longer lasting, fire-retardant and easier to work with which is important in a renovation.”

The results of the renovation speak for themselves in a stylish and welcoming home that easily accommodates the demands of a large and busy family.

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