This story starts with Colleen Dicks winning a settlement against Waitakere City Council and the original builder of her leaky home.

After paying consultants and legal fees, Colleen did not have sufficient funds left to rebuild her home.  HOBANZ stepped in and facilitated the rebuild project. 

This project took considerable effort to bring together sponsors and donors at a time when the building industry was suffering one of its most severe downturns in building activity.

The project would not have been possible without the 53 sponsors who helped rebuild Colleen’s home.  These companies and individuals provided their goods and services free of charge or at significantly discounted prices and HOBANZ is deeply grateful to them.

Here’s Colleen’s story:

In mid 2009 Colleen Dicks home was demolished.  It had suffered from serious moisture ingress and the resulting damage had got to a point where the only viable option was to bowl the house and start again.

When the new house plan was designed the original intention was to retain the existing concrete floor and rebuild from this footprint, with changes to the exterior and roof lines to create a more modern and liveable home. 

Unfortunately when the existing slab was checked it became apparent that the poor quality of the original construction extended down to the foundations.  It was decided to remove the slab and start afresh. 

Given that the building consent had already been issued and in order to save time and any additional expense the old slab was replaced with a brand new foundation and raft slab incorporating the latest technology, including an under-floor hydronic heating system. 

The site was levelled, compacted and hardfilled.  The framework was erected quickly and efficiently due to the frame being pre-made off site, along with the roof framing being pre cut to the required lengths. 

The installation of a sound flashing system around all windows and doors, together with a cavity cladding system, ensured water ingress was prevented.  To give Colleen the warm, dry environment her previous home had failed to provide, the house was fully insulated and fitted with double glazed joinery. 

With the installation of the spouting and downpipes the exterior was water-tight and work could begin on the inside.

Plumbing and electrical services were laid, wall and ceiling linings installed, the kitchen and wardrobes were fitted,and tiling was laid prior to the painting taking place.  Blinds were then installed and the furnishings delivered.

Features of the house include a fire sprinkler system; the ability for Colleen to control all lights from a single switch in her bedroom; and an alarm system which allows Colleen to set the outside lights and leave some inside lights on for her return.

Colleen was also given a beautifully landscaped garden.

The Close Up team from TVNZ filmed the day when Colleen was given her new home, click here to view.