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This family have redefined DIY with their hands-on home renovation

From run down to remarkable, this special home shows what’s possible with a bold vision — and hard work

Meet & greet

John Price, 40 (works in landscaping and construction), Brydie Price, 39 (flight attendant), Miila, 17, and Spencer, 15, plus dogs Pedro and Chica.

If there’s one thing to take from hearing Brydie and John Price’s renovation story, it’s that this couple are not afraid of hard work. Their to-do list to turn their 1967 Mount Maunganui property into a dream home was eye-watering; and included making the house watertight, replacing the roof, sorting out the plumbing, electrics and gas, and repainting the entire exterior.

Do you have any advice for would-be home renovators?
Brydie: Renovate it for yourself and no one else. You are cleverer than you think. Everyone has a creative side so don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and do it yourself. Also, you need to invest in great tools to have any chance of doing a good job.

Do you tend to go for high-end or bargain buys? High-end when it comes to permanent fixtures like tiling and tapware but bargain buys when it comes to furnishings.

Any regrets? We wish we’d saved some money from the budget to put a little plunge pool in. Maybe one day!



  • Kitchen: $57,500
  • Living and dining: $10,400
  • Rumpus: $15,700
  • Bedrooms: $9000
  • Bathrooms: $40,000
  • Outdoors: $:49,000
  • New roof $9000
  • Total $190,600: (excluding labour except for bathrooms)


The Axe in Wellington
Our mustard velvet sofa and some smaller homeware came from there.

This is where we got our very cool goat-hide chairs and Noguchi-style coffee table.

Vintage Industries in New Plymouth
They have amazing vintage lighting and other quirky stuff.

Tauriko Sawmill
They supplied our outdoor table and all the timber bar tops and leaners around the property.

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Words by: Debbie Harrison. Photography by: Alice Veysey.

This article was first published in Your Home and Garden. Follow YHG on Instagram, Facebook and sign up to the fortnightly email for inspiration between the issues.

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