Saints of Tai Tapu

The brief was to was to capture its beauty and scale but make the spaces feel warm and inviting for people to relax and enjoy. In our approach to this project, we decided to make every room a unique experience.

Built in 1881 with Gothic influences a Methodist church then decommissioned in 1990 and converted into a dwelling. Heather & Sven Berger purchased the church in 2002 and lived in the chapel next door while designing the current layout. The project started in 2011 with Sven project managing, Heather sourcing materials with a well seasoned English carpenter Alan Bellwood along with their son Luke Berger. Peter from Majestic Doors made the one off joinery pieces and LHDesign had the pleasure of assisting at an early stage with exterior rendors & colours leading onto lighting, interior finishes, bathroom fit outs, paint schemes and furnishings from restoring the old to sourcing the new, selecting fabrics , making curtains, bedheads, bedding & cushions, right down to the art work and sourcing the crystal accessories.


Design Features

- Front doors salvaged from the Prebbleton Union Church.
- Quatrefoil windows in kauri in the bedrooms & bathrooms.
- Fully insulated with a central heating system of radiators and a fire keep        this building cosy.
- Cornices in the downstairs bedrooms originally from the UK.
- Upstairs lounge floor in Kauri from Sir William Sefton Moorhouse’s home.
- Upstairs bedroom kauri floors from the Little Police station. 
- Bathroom tiles sourced from Europica Tiles.
- Bedheads designed & made from LHDesign.

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