Turakina street, Grey Lynn

The rear of this villa faced north and had a beautiful big back yard. However the old lean-to was badly built and did nothing for the indoor outdoor flow of the property, so the scope of work consisted of a full demolition of the old lean-to and then a full newly built contemporary extention to the villa, This opened up the rear of the house to the sun with the living / dining and kitchen flowing out onto a beautiful north facing deck.


The split levels from the old kauri floorboards down onto the new polished concrete added a nice point of interest and a good break point for the old to flow into the new.

There was a budget and a timeframe to work with on this project both of which were met.


We contacted Brent and the Evolution Builders team for a large-scale renovation on our villa in Grey Lynn in 2011.

Brent came to us on recommendation from our architect, Studio John Irving, as they had successfully completed a number of projects together. It was important to us that there was a strong and established working relationship between our builder and architect as this collaboration is crucial to a great outcome.

From the very first meeting with Brent, we knew that Evolution were the right team for our project. Their approach was open and very transparent and we had immediate confidence in their ability to get the job done.

We had heard nightmare stories from prople who had built and renovated in the past, so we went into the project with a little trepidation, but with Brent on board, these fears were completely unfounded.

Throughout the project, Brent worked really collaboratively with us and with our architect and we felt we knew what was going on at every stage of the build. The team was true to their word on timing and budget and the end result is a fantastic home to live in, delivered to our high standards around quality.

For budget reasons, we chose to live through much of the renovation so we couldn’t have been much more active on site. The guys at Evolution were really accommodating throughout and would always leave the site tidy to ensure we had a good experience and minimum disruption (despite liging in a construction zone with a makeshift kitchen).

We couldn’t recommend Brent and the Evolution team more highly. They are open, honest, and pragmatic, and we would definitely look to use them again in the future.

Rob and Kelly Harvey