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Last year when we returned to Nelson we set about renovating our old 1914 villa.  The master bedroom was a priority: it still had its original sarking and scrim on the walls,  which had to be replaced with wallboard;  there was an ugly art deco fireplace (its chimney had been sealed off long ago); a couple of shallow, poorly designed wardrobes; the list went on.

Our builders were great, fast and very quality conscious.  I was working next door in my office when I heard excited shouts from Harry, the foreman.  Behind the art deco fireplace, they had uncovered a wonderful old cast iron fireplace in remarkably good condition.  Here’s the scene minutes after the discovery:

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