March 31, 2012
Bedroom 2: Damage Yes, Walls Yes, Ceiling No, Floors No.
All walls have cracks that have been exaggerated from EQ.
Earthquake Commission accessment 16 November 2010
Mostly this is not Earthquake wreckage but the beginning of repair work begun in Autumn last year. Elwin and I were such purists. We wanted so much, to retain the structural integrity of the old houses we have owned. And in our fondest dreams of restoration we imagined new scrim-hung wallpaper. Elwin died ten days before the above accessment and the accessor pointed out that current building codes require the replacement of scrim with fire-proof plaster board (known colloquially in NZ as gib from its brand name). Without my own personal and dedicated handyman, and with the offer of an up-grade it was time to change my priorities. I could possibly have pressed for a heritage exemption to avoid the installation of plaster board, but I was in no state to fight battles...
So a start was made on these walls. The most obvious damage was the parting of the wallpaper from the ceiling, an audible process noticeable during the aftershocks following the September 2010 earthquake. Off came five layers of paper including the original wallpaper shown above. This probably dates to 1909 when Mowbray was built.
Rimu, probably milled from the Oxford forest, was once a plentiful and lowly timber. Now its protected status and rich colouring make reclaimed rimu a sought-after building and furniture material. It seemed a pity to cover up this sarking.
For all sorts of reasons, once the plaster board had been fitted and stopped, the work slowed to a halt. My own inertia and unwillingness to move out of the house - as most people have done, combined with work overload for the contractors and confusion about Earthquake Commission process, not to mention re-curring 'Events' and subsequent re-accessments, have all contributed to halting progress.
In the Spring Andy came and prepared and painted all the trimmings since the EQC insurance does not cover them.
And this week the paperhanger arrived!
And - Oh joy - now Bedroom 2 is finished.
Kitty chose this wallpaper. It is from the A.S. Creation Chateau II range, serial number 64014 although I understand this has now been discontinued. She also decided that one panel of the boxed corner should be a blackboard. The space above the picture rail is painted with Resene low sheen Karry. The picture rail, window and door frames, skirting and other trim are painted with Multiversal multi-purpose Cream of which there is a plentiful supply in Elwin's workshop! The full cost of this work, is not completely covered by Earthquake Commission insurance.