Holly Cartmell had been running her successful boutique hair salon in historic Tinakori Road for 5 years when the growing customer base out grew the tiny workspace. After reviewing the options the decision was made to take over the residential tenancy behind the original workspace converting it to commercial use.
Careful management of RMA and Building consent approvals processes allowed this to be done within the framework of the heritage rules of the Thorndon Heritage precinct. The original workspace became the reception/ retail/ waiting space with coffee bar while the residential tenancy was reworked to accommodating 8 cuttings stations stepping back on two levels before opening out to a private rear courtyard. The hair wash area is located in a separate room away from the bustle of the main salon where a more relaxing peaceful atmosphere can be created. The result that has been created is very much a boutique salon for luxury and pampering reflective of Holly’s style.