Papakowhai Renovations: Householder experiences and perceptions

Rachael Trotman.

This report presents the findings of post project interviews in March 2009 with three of the nine households involved in the Papakowhai Renovations Project in Wellington.

Positive reported impacts of the renovations included physical and mental health benefits, increased warmth, cost savings and greater energy efficiency. Less positive aspects were some poor workmanship, the need for stronger project management and quality control of the renovations and better communication with householders. Overall, however, the renovations had significant reported positive impacts on the quality of life of occupants, their house values and on the ‘look and feel’ of these houses.