Restoration Phase 3 2010 +
Distracted by other BPHT projects, Highfield
was receiving just basic maintenance and the odd "cob
day" by Jane and Graham. We were also well aware that the
building needed some form of formal protection. Water was leaking into the kitchen and
bathroom areas and it was also obvious that the woodwork
needed attention. It could not stay unpainted forever
with out deterioration. Funding was an issue!
Under the auspices of the The Burkes
Pass Heritage Trust, Jane applied for a grant and also
to Resene Paints for assistance. The initial thought was
to replace the whole roof and to paint any woodwork. A
budget or $10,000 was applied for. The Lion Foundation
granted $5000. That was great, but not enough to do what
we intended so after consulting a few key people a plan
within the budget to further protect it and make the
outside look attractive was formulated with all the work
to be done by voluntary labour. The key tasks included:
- Paint and repair the windows and
doors. Re-glaze the old dairy window and reinstall.
- Paint the wooden add-on
- Put drainage along the back and
side walls to take ground and roof water away from
the house. Water had been running under the house.
- Add spouting to the back roof
- Replace the worst part of the
main roof iron - basically from the main
chimney to the east end where at present there is
iron on iron!
- Replace the iron on the lean-to
(kitchen, bathroom and back porch area) where it
has been leaking.
- Repair the back walls where there
is rot damage - new plates and rebuild in the
kitchen area. The present ugly porch area to be
lowered to the lean-to height.
- Replace the lean-to roof with new
or good second hand iron.
- The remaining roof to be checked
and all the roof painted.
That lot could take a year or two!
There needs to be a bit of cob work done too!
Progress so far:
- Graham has repaired the windows
and trim around the front door.
- Graham and Jane have water blasted
and scraped the
woodwork in preparation for painting.
- Jane has painted the windows -
and they are looking good.
- Jane ,Graham, Shona Bell and
Calum McLeod spent an afternoon on cob repair
especially around the areas under windows.
- Graham has "explored" the
drainage system or lack of it with a drain cleaner -
As a result it was decided that new drains are
- The iron has been removed from
the back wall to evaluate repairs needed.
Workday 7 April 2010 was a bit of a
washout with cold and rain. However, Shona Bell (from
Timaru) and father Calum McLeod (Oamaru) arrived ready
for work! It was amazing to have them along because they
are connected with the cottage - Calum's great
grandfather and great grandmother (Donald and Helen
Bain) were the first occupiers in the 1870's. The rain eased
by the after noon and we had a productive afternoon
working with clay.
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