KARAKA CHURCH SHOP CONVERSION - ADDITIONS & ALTERATIONS

This historic church in Karaka was purchased to be converted into a shop. It was originally built at nearby Pokeno in 1890 and transported to its current location by a team of bullocks in 1917. A church hall was added to the rear of the property by volunteer parishioners in the 1950s. 

The property was then purchased in 2007 with a vision to transform the church into a shop. This was a nine month renovation and landscaping project. The new owner tried to retain as much of the church's original character, transforming the property into a boutique homewares shop.

The project included the front of the church rebuilt, the roof replaced, the exposed cathedral-style ceiling beams taken back to their native state, the matai floors polished, and the residential component added to what was the hall.

Project stage:                       Completion 2015

Project Architect:                Belinda George

Project team:                        Belinda George + Grant Johnson

Contractor:                            C J Spurr Builders Ltd

Structural Engineers:        Lautrec Technology Group Ltd

Photographer:                     Belinda George