In 2009, MK Builders began work on one of the biggest heritage restoration projects in the Southern Lakes district. The restoration of the Paradise Homestead saw the team restore this grand old building to its former glory.
Originally a retirement home, the homestead was built in 1883 and designed by New Zealand’s first architect, William Mason of Mason and Wales Architects.
The building was of great historical significance and was a Category 1 heritage listed building. Mike Kingan won the job to undertake the major project, as he is one of only a handful of builders in the district who is certified to restore Category 1 historic buildings. The project involved the complete restoration of the building and took 12 months to complete.
Mike feels greatly privileged to have worked on such an important project. Sadly, Paradise Homestead suffered catastrophic damage after a fire gutted half of the building in 2014. MK Builders was soon back on site to help restore the site. The Paradise Homestead is one of nine Category 1 heritage buildings located at The Paradise Trust, for more information, visit the website.