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Understanding energy efficiency

A repair, a renovation and a new build

Step inside innovative designs all about timber



bode was born from a passion for architecture, design and interiors, and driven by a desire to share knowledge and advice. 2012 was a year of recovery and repair as we began to rebuild our lives and homes in the wake of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes: it was also the year that we began. Over the last few years we have imparted information on foundations, engineering, plumbing, sustainability, and more. We have inspired with features on kitchens, bathrooms, wallpaper, paint… and the list goes on. Since 2012 I have sat at the helm of abode, with a team of incredible women at my side. We have juggled rebuilding and renovating, with the mayhem of raising children, and still managed to produce a high quality, beautiful publication all about new home ideas, advice and product information. However, it is now time for someone else to take the reins for a new wave of inspiration and advice. Many years ago I had the pleasure of collaborating and working with the talented Majka Kaiser and I am delighted that it is she who will now call abode home. To those who have loyally read, followed and supported abode, and me, thank you. It has been an absolute pleasure. And I hope you enjoy the next chapter. The pages before you are filled, as always, with content designed to inspire and inform. Enjoy reading it – I have enjoyed creating it for you.




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14 a lifespace

A picture-perfect backyard designed for family living

16 simply epic

The latest in roofing materials transforms a contemporary abode

18 all about wood

Step inside the Canterbury Finalists of the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards

27 insights into eco

Delve into the world of energy efficiency, and understand why it’s so important

28 shades of green

Create a sustainable interior


30 the perfect conditions

We put the spotlight on ducted air conditioning

32 infinite hot water

An endless supply of hot water – without the price tag

40 black is back

50 a love affair

34 beyond expectations

We talk to a local building company going above and beyond – every time

36 through the looking glass

A solid black exterior opens up to reveal a light, bright modern interior

Substantial, yet delicate, this repair job has enhanced the home’s original character

56 going to town

The perfect home to complement a new lifestyle – in every detail of its design.

Improve the performance of your home with the right windows and doors

38 modern flames

Warm your home with gas



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6 interior trends

A showcase of the best of the best in homeware and accessories

10 colour crush

Colour trends for 2017 – part three

12 the push of a button

The latest in kitchen appliances

69 places we love

Our picks for places to visit this month

71 diy

Revitalise an old-fashioned plant stand

72 food

Cheesy goodness

75 etcetera

Diary dates, online inspiration and books

80 last word

Expert insight into prefab construction



2 editor’s note 76 shop window & directory

Behind a striking black exterior lies a bright, white, modern interior. Designed by Chris Prebble and built by Moore Builders, see more of this home on p40. Photography: Charlie Jackson








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The latest and best in homeware, furniture and fittings for the home

MMLinen’s new Autumn/Winter 17 Collection will bring an elegant, timeless sophistication to your bedroom.

Beautiful in a young child's room, sitting in the kitchen or on the bookcase in the living area, these white wooden jointed rabbits are available in three sizes. Hand-carved and painted, each has a unique look. An ideal alternative to chocolate this Easter.

The occasional chair continues to be a must-have accessory! Designed for relaxation, our pick is the French Country Bodine Armchair from Hubbers. 6

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Some kitchen and bathroom projects call for softer, more natural tones. Pairing a more organic, earthy-coloured stone, like Caesarstone Shitake, with natural timber flooring or furniture (as pictured in this design by Eterno Design) creates a great combination that will complement your project.

Shades of grey are all the rage and we can’t go past these textured bowls from Global Living.

Create order in your kitchen drawers with the Ambia-Line inner dividing system from Blum. With its slim, minimalist design and diverse setting options, this is organisation at its best.

Bring an international flavour to your living space with the Hamptons Sofa, directly imported by Tussocks Homeware in Wanaka. The slipcover in natural Italian Linen is completely removable and washable, making it the ideal piece for the family home or designer apartment. 1091 ferry road 384 9602


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Robert Gordon’s new Stardust Latte Cup is glazed in a speckled matte white, offset by a beautiful pink metallic base. A must for the discerning coffee drinker!

Meld is the idea of qualified Industrial Ceramic Designer Amanda Hare. With a desire to create beautiful, bespoke ceramics, she works with you to develop and design your unique piece, creating a surface pattern that is not only eye-catching, but personal.

The right piece of art can transform a room. Intricate and intriguing, this piece of feather art is all about wow factor.

With a touch of shimmer and playful patterns, these cushions from Le Forge will be at home

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The Curious wall mural collection is bold, quirky and fun. Within the collection you will find designs filled with personality and history. Embrace your inner explorer or collector, and create impact.

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The concept of ownership is changing – we don’t have to own everything we use. We can borrow, share, donate and barter. Reinventing the way we see possessions and space is a key theme where anything can become multi-purposed and multi-used. We change and evolve as we age, and the things we own take on a new look and a new purpose. Just as our families grow, and then disperse as children leave the nest, the things we own have journeys of their own as they change hands.

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Following on from Part One and Two, we look at two more colour palettes taking 2017 by storm It is important to remember that the latest fashion colours don’t mean you have to completely reinvent your home every year or two. Think of them as fresh inspiration that add to your options. Just as you might add a new jacket or shoes in the latest colours to complement your wardrobe, you can add a touch of new fashion colour to freshen up your home. 0800 RESENE (737 363) | 10

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Neutrals are dusky and earthy too, with grey and beige co-mingling, and blackened whites, such as Resene Black White, popular as a backdrop. If you love the feel of grey, but need a touch more colour, look to the dusted tones of grey blended with blue for a timeless look that can be easily accessorised to suit each season. Our love of greyed browns has been put to one side as truer greys emerge, from silvery shades to slate-like charcoals – paving the way for browns to become earthier and richer, and for bronzed hues to emerge.


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the push of a button Sandra Mclay from Total Food Equipment shares her top picks when it comes to mixing and blending


ince introducing their first electric kitchen appliance in 1952, Bosch has played a key role in the development of kitchen creativity. And now their most recent appliances bring an energy-efficient focus to the kitchen, while being easy to use, personalised to meet your needs and, of course, aesthetically pleasing.

With an improved planetary mixing system, Bosch Kitchen Machines mix your ingredients perfectly every time, while the simple-to-use accessories ensure you have all you need at your fingertips, whatever your culinary requirements. Including a mincer, a blender, citrus press and shredder, you can go from making cakes, to sausages, to smoothies, to orange juice – all in one day! A number of accessory kits are also available ensuring you can tailor your machine to your needs. Whether you opt for a Baking Sensation, complete with pastry attachment, the Pasta Passion or Tasty Moments, it is all about making your culinary journey easier.

food processors

As with the Kitchen Machine, no kitchen is complete without a Food Processor: whether you use it daily, or occasionally, having something on-hand to chop and mix ingredients at the push of a button will make life in the kitchen that much easier. While they might all look the same, when investing in this accessory staple, it is important to consider the power and size you are buying to ensure it is going to suit you and your culinary needs.

hand blenders

An immersion blender, stick blender, wand blender or hand blender – whatever you want to call it – is a must-have. Transforming the way you cook, the blade grinder allows you to puree or blend your ingredients in the container in which they are being prepared, saving on dishes. Powerful, quiet and with a low vibration, we can’t go past the MaxoMixx and ErgoMixx from Bosch. 03 366 6912 |

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A LIFESPACE An inspired design by Goom Landscapes has enhanced the natural beauty of the surrounding area, and delivered a series of beautiful spaces for family living



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hen they purchased the large family home, the potential of the 250sqm space out the back – cushioned on all sides by mature trees and bordered by a stream – was not lost on this couple. But, perceiving the latent beauty of a space is not the same thing as having a clear vision and carefully-delineated plan; and whilst these homeowners are no strangers to hard work or ambitious projects, they needed someone to envision how the space might work. In Goom Landscapes, they found a landscape architect and a dedicated team who were able to reimagine and utterly regenerate the space. ‘We knew of their great reputation’, they explain. ‘For the quality they deliver, you really can’t go past them.’ Landscape architect, Emma Johnston was ‘excellent’, they share. ‘She was able to see exactly how the space could work. We really liked her vision, and decided to just go for it.’ Arriving on the scene, Emma was struck by several issues. The badly damaged, unfenced pool needed to be dug out and replaced, and brought up to compliance – which was no insubstantial task. And, with only one outdoor living space, this languishing landscape was neither inviting nor inspiring for the couple and their three daughters. At Goom Landscapes they are passionate about creating ‘lifespaces’ that complement their clients’ homes and that have been designed for yearround enjoyment.


As the homeowner comments, Emma’s design has given their family ‘so many options for a small space’ – which with three teenage daughters is a real bonus. Emma’s design has also reclaimed the black shed that opens out to the garden. ‘When we bought the place, you should’ve seen the shed’, shares the homeowner – adding that it had a ‘boat-shed feel’, even in its unloved state. Ripe for transformation, the ‘shed’ is now a hangout space for the couple’s teenage daughters and their friends. Everything here is smooth and seamless, to enhance the sense of fluidity and openness. Folding around two sides of the pool, a sleek glass fence with mini posts delineates the space in the most elegant, unobtrusive way. Meanwhile, the back wall is now a feature in its own right: ‘we just knew the kids would want to jump off it!’, remarks Emma. Gone are the untidy, skinny pavers around the pool, replaced by 50mm-thick, square-edged, granite paving stones all the way from Melbourne. The homeowner recalls Emma’s passion for the pavers. ‘She convinced us to get them; and they are fantastic: they have a sparkle to them, but it’s not obvious.’ When it came to the planting, a Planting Manager – a horticulturalist specialising in plant knowledge – from Goom Landscapes met with the couple to discuss what they wanted, and to devise a plan that would bring form and texture, and life, to the space. In the plans, there was one small apron of grass. ‘A painful piece to mow’, Emma acknowledges, ‘we


decided to use artificial turf for the area, which means it’s always green’. Looking at the space now, it is difficult to believe what it was like when the couple first purchased the property, or for that matter the mud that covered the backyard throughout the transformation. This carefully-integrated area offers a series of beautiful spaces for the family to enjoy – over summer, of course, and throughout the year. (Whatever side of the proverbial fence, whatever time of year, the grass is always green.) ‘Every part of the space can be, and is, used’, says Emma – ‘there’s a lot going on’. ‘We love the whole thing – how it all flows’, echoes the homeowner. ‘Emma was excellent; the whole team were – and we are getting them back to do the entranceway now.’ 0800 466 657 |

The homeowner talks glowingly of landscape architect Emma Johnston from Goom Landscapes. ‘We loved Emma’s vision for the space, and decided to just go for it and trust her completely. She's so definite about things, which gave us confidence. At the same time, she was really easy to talk to, and nothing was ever a hassle.’

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simply epic With the design world continuously searching for the very latest in products, inspiration, and sound engineering practice, Roofing Industries answered their call with a new roofing solution 16

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ituated in Coatesville, a semi-rural location on Auckland's North Shore, this 1120m² contemporary masonry home is a grand scale remodel of an existing 400m² single-level postmodern masonry house. Grant Bindon from Bindon Design Group referenced the original three-gabled home in the new European-inspired design, which is characterised by rectilinear gable roof forms on two axes, and a strong symmetrical connection linking the entry and garage with the kitchen, informal living area, pool and pool house.


SOLUTION Roofing Industries’ Eurostyle Epic in Snaplock profile was specified in ColorCote's Zinacore Ironsand, providing the visual impact Grant was after and delivering significant benefits to the project. ‘Snaplock's wide pan profile was an obvious choice for me. It enhanced the linear nature of the house design, while the strong ridge lines running through the wide pan helped connect the roof ridge to the guttering, tying the house and the roof together’, explains Grant. A key advantage of the Snaplock profile, as with the recently launched Eurolok and Spanlok profiles, is that they can be installed without the need for a ply substrate or drainage matting (subject to purlin spacing). A key factor for Grant. ‘Working closely with Roofing Industries, we were able to close the centres of the trusses and remove the need for a ply substrate, resulting in significant cost savings in both labour and materials’, explains Grant. Snaplock is manufactured using 0.55mm BMT steel, can be supplied with or without swaging, and the slotted grooves allow for fast and simple installation by a competent roofing contractor.

OUTCOME ‘While the gabled design harks back to a traditional roof form, selecting Eurostyle Epic Snaplock has strengthened and enhanced the modern European look of the house’, concludes Grant. ‘We think it's an outstanding product and we have specified again.’


CHALLENGE With a vast roof area of 1180m², the project required a roofing solution that would provide ease of use and construction efficiencies, while delivering a modern, clean expression of the roof's traditional form. The original roof was corrugated Colorsteel, but Grant’s idea was to break away from the convention of a normal roof profile. ‘I wanted something that would stand out and deliver a sense of opulence while complementing the steep gables that were in line with the original roof's design’, he explains. M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 7




ALL ABOUT WOOD The NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards are about celebrating innovative uses of timber in our public and residential buildings. Step inside the Canterbury finalists for 2017



For the innovative use of engineered timber, resulting in a distinctive technical/structural impact on a residential, commercial, industrial or public building environment.

FINALIST: Bealey Lodge DESIGNER: RM Designs PHOTOGRAPHER: Hedwig Photography The original 1500m 2, three-level travellers’ lodge was damaged and subsequently demolished as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes. A 2000m 2 replacement building was decided on, based on required bed numbers. Through a project offshore, the design team learnt of a cross-laminated timber system, and formed an association with XLam who manufacture the product in New Zealand. At around 20% of the weight of previous structures, the lightness of the product immediately attracted the design team’s attention, working as they were with peaty land. The building was subsequently designed and built in a true collaboration between architecture, engineering and services. A benchmark in timber engineering, the building showcases uniquely Kiwi timber to tourists. 18

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For the innovative use of timber resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a residential building, either stand-alone or multi-unit/multi-storey project.

FINALIST: Salisbury Street Townhouse DESIGNER: Warren and Mahoney Architects PHOTOGRAPHER: Dennis Radermacher One of the first projects using cross-laminated timber technology in Christchurch, this tight building site on a busy street gave little working space to its design and construction team. The prefabricated panels allowed for quality control, speed of construction and less waste produced, when compared to cutting timber framing on site, whilst also providing cost benefits. A rich combination of beautifully-crafted zinc and cedar highlight the individual units, enhancing the interplay of forms, and responding to the scale and texture of neighbouring heritage Victorian villas. These townhouses provide an exemplar for medium-density central city living. The acute angular forms define the buildings’ presence in the new Christchurch.

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For the innovative use of timber resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a residential building, either stand-alone or multi-unit/multi-storey project.

FINALIST: Bradnor Road BUILDER: Homes by Maxim DESIGNER: Cymon Allfrey Architects PHOTOGRAPHER: Stephen Goodenough ‘This home is special’, declares Scott Taylor, Sales Manager at Homes By Maxim. Indeed, this build is a stunning product of the clear vision, expert craftsmanship and complete dedication of everyone involved. The homeowners sought a home that would evoke mid-century modern architecture, which for architect Cymon Allfrey opened up manifold possibilities for embracing timber. As Cymon explains, ‘the design anchors to the notion that no structural steel was to be used’, and this ‘guide[d] the aesthetic and materiality’. Enveloped by trees and bordered by a stream, the home is perfectly settled in its surrounds. There is nothing to show of the disruptions that have occurred here: first during the 2010-11 sequence of earthquakes, and second the subsequent engineering required on the TC3 land. From the road, this home is intriguing and inviting, with a gentle, yet decisive monopitch roof sitting atop a stretch of interlocking glazed timber portals. Throughout, Rusticated Western Red Cedar has been used in different ways, horizontally and vertically, in a wide range of finishes. The exquisite assemblage of timber features creates an interior that is fluid and dynamic, as well as elegant. Vertical wooden slats inside the entrance afford glimpses into the open spaces beyond, whilst shelving and storage solutions have been integrated into the sleek, linear composition. Glass has been used extensively to accentuate the timber forms and to create a seamless threshold between inside and out. This 310sqm home has at its heart two kitchens. A large open-plan kitchen-dining-living, along with a formal lounge, accomodates the comings and goings of family life, while offering dynamic spaces for socialising. ‘This really is an entertainer’s M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 7



dream’, enthuses Scott, ‘yet it also has a family feel’ – the spaces taking on new character when the grandchildren come to stay. It all fits together so organically, apparently effortlessly. But Scott recalls what was the ‘mission’ of craning in and positioning the large exposed beams. ‘It had to be precise, within a millimetre or so.’ As with every project Homes By Maxim undertakes, precision was paramount as each of the pieces came together. As Scott says, ‘you can’t put any builder on a job like this’ – it requires a special builder and line-up of subcontractors. ‘We stick with people we know and trust’, he adds – people with exacting standards of workmanship, who share the company’s ethos of professional integrity. ‘What stands us apart is the fact that we don’t build 100 houses a year: we are very selective about the homes we build. With fewer homes, we can guarantee much higher quality.’ Elemental to the process is ensuring that clients are comfortable at every step, that the details match their vision exactly. ‘We spend more time with our clients to really nail it down.’ As Scott explains, the homeowners had some distinctive things they wanted – in particular with regard to the landscaping. ‘We were able to work with them, and with our subcontractors, to ensure they were perfectly satisfied with everything. They also had some external consultants that they wished to use, and we were able to accommodate that.’ Thrilled with the end result, the homeowners have willingly opened their doors so that other homebuilders can find inspiration, and see what 22

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Homes By Maxim can achieve. ‘We had a great relationship with the homeowners’, says Scott ‘so much so that we still catch up over a beer.’ Architect Cymon Allfrey talks of the ‘story’ of the design and execution of this special home: a narrative based on the notion that no structural steel was to be used, which in turn inspired creative uses of timber; ‘a story that people could really buy into’, he says. The inimitable beauty of this build comes down to the people involved, focused as all of them were on achieving something exceptional. ‘Everyone knew this was something really special, and there were great relationships all round’, says Scott. The wood itself in its various forms and finishes, so perfectly crafted and coordinated, reflects the manifold people involved on the project and the coalescence of their different contributions – masterfully brought together by Homes By Maxim. Bradnor House is a striking celebration of how timber may be used to delineate space, to open up new dimensions for living, to create drama as well as warmth. While the conception and construction of this home may read like an epic, the home itself has all the enchantment of a fairytale. There is certainly life and a story in these walls. Homes by Maxim 03 943 0799 | Also a finalist in INTERIOR INNOVATION: For innovative use of wood or a wood panel product as a signature feature, in a predominantly wood building, adding ambience, flair and practicality.


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For the innovative use of timber resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a commercial, industrial, or public building environment.

FINALIST: Springfield Road DESIGNER: RM Designs PHOTOGRAPHER: Hedwig Photography A conversation starter, this new commercial structure appears to float over the street. With cross-laminated panels forming the main structure, laminated beams and timber scissor trusses add detailing and functionality. Inside and out, timber is visible at every junction – highlighting the value of timber as an aesthetic product, and as an architectural and engineering stalwart.

FINALIST: PIKO Wholefoods DESIGNER: Solarchitect Ltd PHOTOGRAPHER: Dennis Radermacher The Piko Wholefoods corner site with the original modest brick building was a small but much-liked Christchurch landmark for many years. This part of the building was severely damaged in the February earthquakes and required rebuilding. The intention was to reference the original, expand the store and improve the overall functionality. The brief required a focus on environmentally-sensitive design, energy efficiency and incorporating solar energy generation. Just over 5kW of solar photovoltaic panels are in use, generating approximately 30% of the new building’s energy demand. Piko Wholefoods’ image is carried through the design, incorporated on the decorative exterior shading screens and the central stairwell column. Saved artworks adorn the store walls, and the quirky, seemingly unfinished brick columns on Kilmore Street, retained following a client’s request, are a reminder of Christchurch’s all-too-recent past. 24

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FINALIST: Papanui Club DESIGNER: RM Designs PHOTOGRAPHER: Hedwig Photography Spectacular from the outside-in, and back out again, the rebuild of this public building has seen engineering absorbed into architectural timber, with no fewer than five species of timber used.

FINALIST: Cathedral Grammar Junior School INVOLVED: Ruamoko Solutions, Andrew Barrie Lab, Tezuka Architects, Ohno Japan & Contract Construction PHOTOGRAPHER: Patrick Reynolds The desire was to create a ‘garden school’ overlooking Hagley Park; and, in contrast to most new schools, which mimic offices or institutional spaces, this project is characterised by its extensive use of timber, which imbues the spaces with warmth and character. The completed spaces are open and light, creating rich, flexible learning environments.

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here is no doubt that our health is affected by our indoor environment, with sore throats, skin irritations, and even fatigue, common complaints from those living in unhealthy environments. From the materials chosen during the construction process, to the furnishings and appliances we use, right through to daily hygiene and cleanliness, creating a healthy family home should underpin each and every decision we make. As well as creating healthy environments we need to be building greener, more efficient homes. Energy efficiency is about reducing the amount of energy required to, essentially, run the home. For example, insulating a home allows it to use less heating and cooling energy. As New Zealand Green Building Council CEO Andrew Eagles says, ‘the built environment has a huge impact on how we live. We spend 80% – some say as much as 90% – of our lives in buildings. The quality of these buildings influences our physical and mental health, and our productivity, and also has a large effect on the costs of our energy bills.’ It is important to work with architects, designers and builders who understand energy efficient design principles and know how the different components in a house work together to improve the energy performances before it is built.

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 rientate your home north to capitalise on O the sun. Think about how much space you need: smaller houses are cheaper to build, easier to heat and so use a lot less energy. The more complex a home's shape, the more floor, wall and ceiling area there is to lose heat through. Simple house designs, for example compact rectangular shapes, have less external surface area, so are easier and cheaper to keep warm.  ood design, materials and construction will G enable your home to retain heat.

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With a vast range of sustainable, eco-friendly products and materials available, Karin Hubber from Hubbers Furnishings offers some advice when it comes to your interior.


When it comes to wallpapers, there are a number of sustainable papers, some of 2 grass cloth, others bamboo. There is also a range from Paper Room called MissPrint, which we stock. The MissPrint motherand-daughter team produce beautifully designed, contemporary wall-coverings and fabrics all derived from hand-drawn illustrations. Passionate about ecological issues, all their products are produced in an ecologically-friendly way. Their entire 3 wallpaper range is PEFC certified, which means that the paper products used promote the sustainable management of forests. The wallpapers are also printed with organic pigment inks, which are non-toxic, free of heavy metals and classed as non-carcinogenic.

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sustainable home is about more than simply the products and methods used during the construction; it’s also about what goes into the interior. A green or eco-friendly interior is about creating an environment that improves the well-being of the people who call it home; while ensuring that the products and materials adorning the walls, floors and ceiling have been designed, produced, manufactured and applied with sustainable practices in mind. Simple additions include: using plants as decoration, embracing the use of natural materials and opting for energy-efficient lighting. But as you redecorate, build or renovate there are other considerations when it comes to ensuring you are creating an interior fit for both you, and the environment.


With flooring, there are plenty of options available when it comes to using sustainable products. Wool carpet is a natural first choice, however its price point is often higher than with nylon. While nylon carpets are not necessarily classed as sustainable, the processes through which they are manufactured is. For instance Feltex and Godfrey Hirst both have sustainable policies for manufacturing nylon carpets. Their aim is to minimise or eliminate all adverse impacts that their activities and products may have on the environment. This includes a commitment to minimising pollution and to seeking ecologicallysustainable waste management systems. Natural flooring materials, such as Artisan’s jute, seagrass and sisal matting (pictured above), bring texture and durability to the home, while timber and low-emission laminates are ideal sustainable floor coverings. Alternatively you can try a ceramic tile, or Tarkett Linoleum, which has been accredited with Ecospecifier GreenTag Gold – a comprehensive assessment that allows the consumer to confidently choose from two ranges of natural floor coverings that have been stringently assessed for their environmental impact.



Cotton is sustainable, renewable and biodegradable, making it an excellent choice as an environmentally-friendly fibre; however, most chemical fibres are petroleum-based, which means they come from non-renewable resources. Our top suggestion for those seeking an environmentally-friendly fabric, without compromising on aesthetics or performance, is linen. It is one of the most biodegradable and stylish fabrics in fashion history. It is strong and naturally moth resistant; and, being made from flax plant fibres, it is fully biodegradable when untreated. Linen can withstand high temperatures and absorbs moisture without holding bacteria. In fact, it is actually stronger when wet than dry and becomes softer and more pliable the more it is washed. It just gets better and better! As a result of these characteristics, many European cultures practice the tradition of handing down linen bed sheets as heirlooms. Its natural colours include ivory, ecru, tan and grey. Perfect for curtains, cushions, upholstery and more, it is a versatile and beautiful fabric.

When considering paint for your home, Dulux has to be one of your choices. Not only do they accept paint for recycling and clean disposal, but they have also been awarded an Environmental Choice licence, ensuring their accredited products meet strict environmental standards and are recognised by the New Zealand Green Building Council. One of their most innovation products is the Dulux EnviroWash System, a water-based treatment product that turns paint wash-out into clean water and inert solid waste, allowing for easier and safer disposal. The first of its kind in New Zealand, it provides an environmentally-responsible way of washing out painting tools, such as brushes and rollers, and minimises the negative impact of traditional paint waste disposal methods. 03 348 2954 |

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THE PERFECT conditions

Graeme Green of Active Refrigeration offers an insight into how easy it is to achieve a warm, healthy and comfortable living environment – year round

WHAT IS A DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM? Providing air-conditioned comfort throughout the home, a ducted air conditioning system sees the main unit concealed in your ceiling or under the floor, with ducting then distributing air to vents discreetly positioned throughout. Providing excellent heating and cooling with no drafts, noise or visual impact on your walls, a ducted air conditioning system offers a whole-house solution.

AT WHAT POINT IN MY BUILD PROCESS SHOULD I THINK ABOUT INTEGRATING A SYSTEM LIKE THIS? We like to be involved in the early stages of the design to ensure there is space available for equipment, and to provide advice on the best options. For new homes we are keen to see the plans early, and work with the architect or designer to ensure structural integrity for the positioning equipment and discreet space for the outdoor unit.


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CAN IT BE RETROFITTED? With existing homes it is generally difficult to access ceiling space to enable installation of a ducted system; however, with the use of high wall or floor mounted units, we are still able to provide a solution. WHAT MAKES YOUR SYSTEM AND COMPANY STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD? Part of what makes us unique is our holistic approach to each project. It is our aim to design and build a solution that will improve the livability and energy efficiencies of your environment. We specialise in design build solutions for all types of air conditioning and heating solutions to ensure your home is comfortable year round, be it fully ducted air conditioning heat pumps, underfloor hydronic systems, high wall heat pumps, floor mounted heat pumps, or a combination of several systems. We supply and recommend Daikin systems, as we have found their products to be reliable, quiet and efficient. Not only are they well proven, but


underfloor systems There is nothing more luxurious than being able to pad around barefoot on a cold morning; and underfloor heating is no longer as daunting or unattainable as it once was. With our in-slab underfloor hydronic systems, we are able to split your home into zones with a separate wall mounted controller for each zone. This allows you to control the temperature of different areas, such as the living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms, enabling you to turn zones off if they aren’t needed. The system works by attaching plastic pipe to the floor reinforcing. The underfloor piping is then run to a central control cabinet which controls water flow and the heating to each zone.

Daikin offers a full back-up support along with a five year warranty on their systems. As well as residential solutions, we offer commercial systems. Many businesses rely heavily on process and comfort temperature control for effective, efficient running of their daily operations. When you’re dealing with perishables, fresh produce, volatile materials, and staff who need temperate working conditions in order to do their job, then exact environment and process control is imperative – which is where our systems come into play. 03 339 2617 |

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Delivering up to 50% savings on your water heating, the latest hot water solution from Rinnai is hard to go past. Lesley Storm from Edward Gibbon explains


ighly regarded for their solutions when it comes to water and home heating, Rinnai offers a wide range of models to cater for any and all water usage needs: from a family home bursting with teenagers, to a bach used on summer weekends, Rinnai offers solutions to ensure you never run out of hot water. Designed to make life easier, the Rinnai Infinity VT continuous flow gas water heater provides you with an endless supply of hot water; and, because water is only heated as needed, you don’t pay to store hot water, which is easier on both the pocket and the planet. With the Rinnai Infinity VT, the unit can be installed inside the ceiling cavity or outside – the hot water cupboard is a thing of the past, meaning more storage space in your home. With models suitable for areas with piped natural gas and where bottled LPG is delivered to your door, the Rinnai Infinity VT gas water heater ignites electronically and heats the incoming water. By adding a digital controller that lets you set the temperature of your water quickly and easily, the system ensures you are in control. The Bathroom Deluxe controllers have a useful Bathfill set-andforget function and, just like the compact controllers, prevent temperature fluctuations. The Rinnai Infinity VT gas water heater is the perfect partner for water efficient tapware, with innovative technology that delivers lower flows while maintaining the same performance and efficiency typically delivered with high water flow rates. With a quick phone call to your local gasfitter you can find out if natural gas is available in your area. If you’re lucky enough to live on a street that enables your energy supplier to deliver natural gas to your 32

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S I P CO N S T R U C T I O N Structural Insulated Panels are relatively new to the New Zealand building industry, but are gaining massive support due to their high performance in our local conditions. Quite simply, SIPs contain a super insulated polyurethane core. In some cases they also include a weather- and air-tight membrane, eliminating the need for building paper.


BEYOND EXPECTATIONS Building sustainable bespoke homes, Mt Grey Building is constantly looking into new products and ideas to get the best for their customers. We talk to director Caleb Honiss about the importance of energy efficiency and going beyond the Building Code

HOW DO YOU DEFINE AN ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME? At one end of the scale, an energy efficient home is one that is warmer and cheaper to run than a standard New Zealand home – that is, one that meets the minimum requirements of the Building Code. At the other end of the scale, it refers to a home that requires little to no heating, runs off solar power, and has a positive impact on the environment.

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WHAT ADDITIONAL COSTS ARE INVOLVED IN BUILDING A HOME LIKE THIS? Small changes at the design stage can save you a lot of money down the track. So, whilst the initial cost may be slightly more, the long-term savings will more than compensate for this. There is a solution to fit every budget: improving on a code-minimum home in a few key areas can make a big difference, without costing a lot.

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With SIPs you can get your walls and roof up in a matter of days, completely straight and insulated, and ready for windows and doors. Overall, the build time is much faster, and the performance far superior to that of traditional framing materials. NZ SIPs, pictured above, are made in Central Otago, offering Kiwis a faster, more efficient, locally-made building option.

New Zealand's best homes. For the homeowner, it is an opportunity to get ideas from the experts, who are all working together to improve the standard of home-building. It is also about hearing about and seeing products that are new to the market.

DO ALL OF THE HOMES YOU BUILD EMBRACE ENERGY EFFICIENCIES? Yes, we certainly encourage all of our clients to think of the environmental impact their home is having, as well as how they can improve on the energy efficiency of their home. Regardless of budget you can always exceed the Building Code! We are currently building a display home at 219 Highsted Road in Casebrook that embraces a number of sustainable materials and practices. We are encouraging people to come down and visit the home during the construction stage so they can get a clear understanding of what is being done differently and what an energy efficient home looks like beneath the surface – as often what makes our homes special is hidden from view.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP TIP WHEN IT COMES TO ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES? Look at the dollars you will be saving, not simply the dollars you are spending. Involve a builder and architect who are as passionate about achieving an energy efficient home as you are. If they aren't passionate about the products and processes, then you won't get the end result you are looking for. 021 245 3121 |


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HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED NEW JOINERY? If your current wooden joinery is rotten, or the timber is warped, then it is time to upgrade! Excessive condensation and draughts, and worn tracks are other indicators.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? Changing the configuration and design of the joinery allows you to achieve a warmer and drier home with greater security and lower energy bills. Added to the performance benefits, retrofitting new aluminium joinery is a great way to enhance and improve the aesthetic of your home. WHAT IS THE PROCESS? Here at Canterbury Aluminium we provide a free measure and quote, after which, if you want to proceed, we get one of our in-house builders to visit you on-site and work through the finer details. Once we have manufactured the items, our builder will replace your old windows and doors with your new aluminium joinery. WHAT ON-GOING MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED WITH ALUMINIUM JOINERY? That’s the beauty of it: there is very little. The most you need to do is wipe down the joinery and sliding tracks 2-3 times a year.

thermally broken windows On a cold New Zealand winter’s day, coming home to a cosy, warm and dry home is the best feeling. Which is why so many people choose thermally broken aluminium frames when renovating or building new.


through the looking glass We talk to Chantelle Chalmers of Canterbury Aluminium about how a simple upgrade can improve the energy efficiency of your home

Thermal break technology ensures the aluminium is more robust and can withstand the most extreme weather conditions. The black polyamide strip running through the middle of the aluminium profile prevents any transfer of heat. Thermally broken frames are strong but still flexible, meaning they can hold large glass panels. By adding Argon Gas and Low E to your glass, you will improve the comfort level of your home considerably. Low E works by reflecting heat back into the house, thus reducing the need to continually heat your home. The contemporary, square, flat finish of thermally broken frames means the design will suit all homes and styles. The thermal suite can be used in conjunction with the other window and door suites without a change in the visual appearance.

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Myth: energy efficient comfort too expensive. The perception that premium comfort in a home is too expensive, is a myth. two coffees a day The running cost of heating your whole home with a warm water central heating system is similar to the cost of two coffees a day or running two air-to-air heat pumps which only heats two areas in the home. While the capital cost can be less than 8m2 build cost.


Compared to other forms of heating, the comfort from a warm water central heating system is unsurpassed. This is because the heat is spread quietly and evenly throughout a home, unlike other systems that can be noisy and blast high heat in one area, hoping that the heat eventually travels to the rest of the home. It is acknowledged worldwide by heating engineers that warm water central heating provides the best comfort to people, which is why it is the preferred method of heating homes and businesses all over the world.


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Available from April, the DS1400 from Escea, will take away everything you don’t need for a gas fire that is truly frameless.



We get the lowdown on gas fires from Escea’s Architectural Advisor, Richard Miller

WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER A GAS FIRE? A gas fireplace is a great choice if you love the romance and look of a fireplace, but lead a busy life. A modern gas fireplace gives you all the appeal of a real fireplace, with the convenience of turning it on from a button (or from your smartphone). It’s lowmaintenance, clean and instant.

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are the flames, so we have stripped everything else back for our most minimalist fire yet. We’re also seeing an increase in demand for outdoor fires. This reflects the growing popularity of outdoor rooms and outdoor kitchens.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW WHEN BUYING AND INSTALLING AN OUTDOOR GAS FIREPL ACE? Outdoor gas fireplace installation is relatively simple because there is no flue required. You need gas though! South Island homes get their gas through LPG bottles, and a gas fitter is needed to install and set up the gas line for you.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR OUTDOOR WOOD COOKING FIRE . Our EW5000 Outdoor Wood Cooking Fire has a large cooking plate, making it ideal for BBQs. It needs to be enclosed in non-combustible masonry, stone, concrete or brickwork. Escea can provide a ready-to-build steel frame enclosure, which can be finished with any fireproof material. 0800 17 3000 |

different because they are glass fronted with sealed combustion chambers. No room air is used and this produces more heat for every dollar spent on gas. We recently surveyed customers who had previously owned a woodburner and replaced it with an Escea gas fire. The results told us that most people found the annual cost of running the new gas fire was the same or less than their wood fire.

WHAT TRENDS ARE WE SEEING IN FIREPL ACES AT THE MOMENT? In terms of aesthetics, modern gas fireplaces are becoming more and more minimalist. Proudly designed and made in New Zealand, Escea fires combine high-tech innovation with sleek, uncomplicated design. Our latest release, the Escea DS1400, is truly frameless and has a large glass viewing area. We have found that what people love most about a fire 38

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ENTRANCE ‘When we bought the property, the current entrance wasn’t there. We wanted a generous space for welcoming guests, shelter from the elements and privacy from the rest of the house’, explains Lucy. ‘We love what our architect, Chris Prebble, has achieved: it gives you a real sense of arrival!’


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fter a move from Hororata, Lucy Palmer and John Paterson’s challenge was to find a house centrally located to run his mid-Canterbury livestock company, yet close enough to Christchurch and the airport. ‘Initially the idea was to find somewhere small that needed doing up, live in it for a few years before moving south, possibly to Central Otago’, Lucy recalls. But, after viewing a number of properties, she came across a black cottage listed on Trade Me, situated on a small piece of land only a stone’s throw from Darfield. ‘I had driven past the house a number of times, and hadn’t really noticed the property; once I viewed it I saw the potential immediately. I loved its light and roomy interior and the simple black exterior; the property had no real infrastructure but plenty of potential.’ It was a little board and batten rectangle, with one bedroom. An open mezzanine worked as the second bedroom, the kitchen and wet areas were very basic and the laundry was outside in the garage – far from ideal. Regardless of its inadequacies, the small house 42

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had a lovely high-pitched roof and lots of natural light. It had been built with love on a very small budget, and when her partner John viewed it, he also saw its potential. He then asked his friend, architect Chris Prebble of Three Sixty Architecture, to come and see it with the view to expand. Chris suggested building onto what was there and adding another pavilion at right angles to the original, which could hold three sizeable bedrooms and two roomy bathrooms. ‘The original space was a generous volume of height so we had to create a building of similar proportions to enable this to work. We complemented the two pavilions and allowed them to link them together with a horizontal element constructed from aerated concrete panelling, and this formed the main living area. The height of the impressive vertical chimney works to balance the two rectangular shapes’, explains Chris. ‘I particularly enjoy the vertical chimney; it gives the house good proportion and works as an effective heat exchange in what is now a well-insulated house’, he continues. Insulation was achieved throughout with wool insulation packed into the 150mm thick walls,


Lucy wanted to keep the interior white to set off their combined interior styles and complement the solid black exterior. The open fire holds huge logs, which helps alleviate the chill during Canterbury winters.


The Macrocarpa fire mantel is preserved in natural oil and complements the rustic coffee table which the couple found at McKenzie & Willis, whilst the tiles are from Metro Floor and are designed to look like rustic wooden boards.

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HOMES KITCHEN Designed by Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances, the kitchen is ‘understated, with loads of drawer space, no cupboard handles, and a simple acrylic low-maintenance benchtop’, explains homeowner, Lucy. ‘I love the layout, and the convenience of having two kitchens to work from. The mixing tap is my go-to for filling vases and washing vegetables.’


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The brief was for a bright, light, glossy kitchen to fit the white walls of the Resene Spanish White interiors and blend seamlessly with the rest of the house.

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windows double glazed with argon gas, potential for solar heating on the roof, and the effective heat exchange systems in both living areas. Following Chris's design, the build went relatively quickly: after taking possession in January 2015, the project took under eight months to complete – an achievement attributable to the committed and highly-skilled building team on the job. John and Lucy contracted Moore Builders, a local family-run business. John had worked with brothers Mark and Richard previously, and thankfully they were able to take on the project, allowing the couple to live in the existing house for the majority of the build. John and Lucy describe their building team with fondness: ‘they are both great builders and great problem solvers’, says Lucy, ‘and their workmanship is excellent’. Mark and Richard managed to transform this small 90sqm house into what is now a large 262sqm character family home built with standout quality details and finishings. Once the existing section was re-jigged and a new kitchen installed, the owners had to move out to the garage: ‘We re-carpeted, painted and put up blinds in what has now become a separate cottage’,


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explains Lucy. ‘It was very challenging at times. Muffy, our 17-year-old cat lived with us too, and the room was so small we had to sit on the bed together to eat dinner!’ With substantial living areas in place, the southern wall with mezzanine floor above was to be the new kitchen. Lucy chose the Nobilia range from Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances, a style known for its clean lines and no-fuss design. The brief was for a bright, light, glossy kitchen to fit the white walls of the Resene Spanish White interiors and blend seamlessly with the rest of the house. Lucy chose the Flash model from the Nobilia range of kitchens, a high-gloss lacquered door front in Ivory with integrated handles, to complete the minimalist look. She loves the spacious under-bench storage, perfect for cooking utensils, and the smooth opening drawers for crockery and cutlery. Sarah Van der Kley of Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances also worked with John and Lucy on redesigning the working end of the house, which houses the butler’s kitchen and mudroom/washhouse – both invaluable in a country home. Both benches in the pantry and in the washhouse are high-pressure laminate in Bonanza Pine, whilst the doors are a matt Ivory melamine, complete with handles. Both are extremely durable, able to withstand the daily wear 48

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and tear associated with cooking and cleaning. ‘The whole design process went smoothly, and the owners are delighted with their three functional spaces, ideal for entertaining. A bonus was being able to work with Lucy right from the concept design stages to the final design and the completion of the installation’, adds Sarah. ‘Overall, the project turned into something bigger than we had initially expected, as often happens’, Lucy adds, ‘but it’s been exciting to see the transformation.’ ‘There were three trees on the property when we took possession and no working garage: now we have a five-bay garage, and have planted over 200 trees’, she continues. The walled flower garden is her peaceful haven and is surrounded by 1.2 hectares of irrigated lawn. Canterbury summers are associated with water shortage, and the couple have recently installed more water tanks and use grey water from the property for the garden. ‘We both enjoy gardening and the aim is for a new carefree garden with less work’, Lucy adds. ‘In the house we love the light interior spaces, the high ceiling studs and the views up the Torlesse Range, which change seasonally; but most of all we enjoy the privacy and the all-day sun which will be hard to exchange, if ever.’


Simply furnished, the second bedroom enjoys views of the Torlesse Range, generally snowcapped for half of the year. Lucy chose Resene Periglacial Blue for the walls, and taffeta curtains with three shades of blue – which add to the Provencal feel of the room. GUEST BATHROOM

Lucy wanted to ‘jazz up’ the smallest room in the house, the guest bathroom – a feat achieved through the use of bold and brightly-coloured feature wallpaper.


‘Overall, the project turned into something bigger than we had initially expected, as often happens’, Lucy adds, ‘but it’s been exciting to see the transformation.’ INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT ARCHITECT Three Sixty Architecture 03 366 3349 BUILDER Moore Builders Ltd 027 436 6027 FLOORING Metro Floor 03 379 9109 KITCHEN Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances 03 366 6948 LIGHTING Accent Lighting 03 379 0600 SHUTTERS Venluree 0800 836 587 WINDOWS & DOORS Shearmac Aluminium 0800 509 509

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Testament to the vision of those who call it home, the repair of this quake-damaged inner-city home has added to the warmth and character on offer. WO R DS LU C I N DA D IAC K


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KITCHEN Jo Strangman of Sockburn Joinery worked with the Lyttles on their new kitchen. Complementing the detailed joinery around the oven is Dezignatek Satin Finish Classic White cabinetry with colonial mouldings, and a TrendStone White Galaxy benchtop. The decision to have all the drawers fitted with Hafele soft-close technology highlights that, despite the traditional aesthetic, this is a contemporary kitchen with state-of-the art offerings.



he earthquake events of 2010 and 2011 changed our built landscape forever. Many were left with broken and damaged character homes, and were either given little or no choice around the future of their beloved abodes, or presented with such a large task that they balked at the daunting journey ahead. For Brian and Rosalie Lyttle, however, the decision to repair their home was one they embraced with passion, dedication and unwavering enthusiasm. Listening to the couple describe the cracked lath and plaster walls, the ‘shattered’ foundations and buckled leadlight windows, it is remarkable that they continued to live in the home for as long as they did, let alone while planning such a large scale repair job. ‘We had raised our family in the house and called it home for twenty-five years’, explains Brian. ‘There was never any doubt that we would do all that we could to save it.’ With both their insurance company and builder in agreement that the repair was possible, the couple set about restoring their beloved home. ‘We worked out what needed to be done, and set about doing it’, continues Brian. Realising they were presented with a unique opportunity, they were in agreement that they would do all they could to bring the home up to modern specifications while retaining the character that made it special. While the exterior of the home remains largely in its original pre-quake state, much of the interior is

brand new, as the original lath and plaster walls were damaged beyond repair. Despite being new, the interior retains all of the original timber detailing and follows the same floor plan; with minor alterations to the master bedroom, kitchen and bathroom undertaken to complement contemporary lifestyles. The addition of two external doors, fabricated by Canterbury Aluminium using Fairview’s 35mm Residential Suite, is the only change to the exterior lines of the home. While one door provides access to the laundry, the other connects Rosalie’s craft room with a balcony and the outdoors, achieving the desired connection between the upper level and the surrounding garden. As the owner-operator of BJ Electrical, Brian recalls the home being completely gutted: ‘You could see right through from the garden out to the street. It was a real buzz being able to have access to everything like that, so we completely rewired and insulated the home.’ The most substantial part of the repair, however, was the lifting of the house. Jacked up 2.8 metres to allow for diggers to work underneath, a new 1200mm deep foundation was laid before the house was gently lowered back into position. ‘It literally went straight up, and straight back down’, explains Brian. While the remedial work was being done the couple lived in a small apartment nearby and dedicated fifteen months to sourcing items to adorn

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their home. ‘It was a really nice time of our lives’, shares Rosalie. ‘We discovered a penchant for art!’ Not all of the items are new, however, with a number of their original pieces reupholstered for a new lease on life. Drawing on the age and character of the home, Rosalie embraced an ‘art deco’ theme for the interior of the home, sourcing fabrics and furnishings that would enhance and add to this desired aesthetic. ‘Brian and Rosalie have purchased a number of fabrics from us for various projects’, explains Emily Rowse from Femme de Brocante, ‘including bedheads and furniture. We love being part of our clients’ projects and it is really exciting to see our products being used in such beautiful Canterbury homes.’ Also working with Rosalie on the selection of fabrics was the team at Fabric House. With a passion for colour and pattern, the décor of the Lyttles’ home is a visual feast of warmth and vibrancy, reflecting the personalities’ who call it home.

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For Rosalie, the space she is most delighted with is the kitchen. Utilising the original footprint, kitchen designer Jo Strangman of Sockburn Joinery transformed the space into a functional, contemporary dream come true. ‘I just adore my kitchen’, she shares. ‘Brian and Rosalie wanted to bring the character of the home into the kitchen’, explains Jo, ‘and it was a pleasure to work alongside them to achieve their vision. They arrived with pictures and a wish list, so it was a matter of designing a layout that was going to be functional, while including all that was important to them.’ Part of the kitchen renovation involved reorienting the floor plan to maximise efficiency, which saw what was the back door transformed into the pantry. For Rosalie, and Jo, one of the key aspects to the kitchen’s success is the joinery. ‘The joinery around the oven was something that Rosalie was very specific about’, continues Jo, ‘and is the focal point in this space.’ ‘Jo really went above and beyond’, enthuses Rosalie. ‘She understood our style and took it to a new level. Her experience in knowing how a design is going to translate into a finished product saw us include additional items [such as the detailing on the shelves above the oven] that we wouldn’t have otherwise included. Details that have transformed the space into something that we think is really special. She was just brilliant.’ Complementing the joinery is Dezignatek Satin Finish Classic White cabinetry with colonial

LIVING The family living area boasts a bold colour palette. Both living areas open off a large entrance foyer. FORMAL LOUNGE (right) With a love of

colour and pattern, Rosalie and John sourced fabrics to adorn their home from both Fabric House and Femme de Brocante. From curtains, to lampshades and even the reupholstery of a beloved couch in the formal lounge, each decision was made with the character and age of the house in mind.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A narrow yet functional space, the sunroom is a light and bright living area in which to relax; Playing on the art deco theme, a mirrored storage cabinet was added to the family bathroom. The bathroom was reconfigured by Oakleys Plumbing designer Karen Kim to create a more functional space. Rosalie and Brian were delighted she was able to make use of the original basin and a freestanding bath they had in the garage; Reflecting the interests and artistic sensibilities of those who call it home, the house is full of curios, art and collections; Fabricated by Canterbury Aluminium using Fairview’s 35mm Residential Suite, a hinged door opens from Rosalie’s craft room out to the upper balcony.


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mouldings, and a TrendStone White Galaxy benchtop. Another area of the home that saw the floor plan re-jigged for functionality was the master bedroom, with the addition of a walk-in robe and ensuite. ‘The ensuite is compact but functional’, explains bathroom designer Karen Kim from Oakleys Plumbing. ‘We used a wall-to-wall frameless Ava shower unit to achieve Brian’s desire for a “big” shower, combined with a L’hotel compact toilet from Robertson Bathware, and St Michel wall-hung vanity.’ Methven Waipori tapware completes the room. Karen also worked with the couple to update the family bathroom. ‘Karen guided us through reorganising the room’, shares Brian – ‘ensuring we could include a bath and shower, while still achieving a sense of space. She was fantastic.’ ‘It was wonderful to see these simple additions enhance the character and function of their home’, says Karen. ‘Seeing the end result is always the best part of any project. And in this case it was extra special, as the Lyttles had put their heart and soul into saving their house.’ No stone has been left unturned when it came to restoring this family abode. Right down to the fireplaces. While the chimneys are no longer in place, the fire surrounds were lovingly removed, repaired, stored and finally reinstalled: the icing on the cake when it came to creating a sense of authenticity. ‘We have invested decades of love into our house’, shares Rosalie, ‘and it is marvellous to be back, and to call it home once more.’

EXTERIOR Part of the repair saw the house lifted 2.8m off the ground for new foundations to be laid. The house is painted in Dulux Kekerengu.

INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT ALUMINIUM JOINERY Canterbury Aluminium 03 388 5207 BATHROOM Oakleys Plumbing 03 379 4750 FABRICS Fabric House 03 365 0172 Femme de Brocante 03 310 7635 KITCHEN Sockburn Joinery Limited 03 342 6044 WARDROBES Simply Wardrobes 03 379 0292

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HOMES EXTERIOR The crisp geometric exterior features a pour and panel plaster system, which is complemented by sections of warm cedar. Titan Faรงade Panels from James Hardie, have been painted to match the elegant Heritage Tray roofing from CS Roofing Canterbury. Designed to suit the shape of the home on the section, the commanding exterior is softened by surrounding greenery.

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aving lived on four 10-acre properties in both Ohoka and Clarkville, Tony and Ruth Polson were ready for a change – a move into the city, a different lifestyle, an exciting new home. While this would be House Build Number 5 for the pair, going to town meant a home quite unlike their previous abodes. A secluded rear section in the heart of Fendalton presented the perfect setting; although, relative to the sprawling acres they were accustomed to, Tony describes the 865sqm site as ‘restrained’. Following the recommendation of trusted builder Louie McKenzie, they called on the dedicated team at Bespoke Architecture to help them achieve the 58

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ATRIUM Designed to optimise the sunlight, an array of expansive and intriguing windows and doors invite the eye outside, and the sun in. Four five-metre tall windows stand at attention along a two-storey atrium, flooding the home with light and warmth.


Saluting the sun, the four five-metre high windows that line the gallery ‘let in so much heat and light’, says Tony.

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spacious home they sought, one that would relate harmoniously with its environment. Tony and Ruth were clear on many particulars: ‘we wanted a three-metre stud height in the living areas and a large garage with space for a work area. We also wanted the master bedroom, with ensuite and walk-in robe, to be located downstairs, with a further three bedrooms upstairs.’ Bespoke Architectural Designer Lee Johnstone visited the couple, and talked through everything they wanted, with a view to incorporating their ideas, priorities and preferences into a refined, personalised design. As he shares, ‘it all comes down to how well our designers understand and interpret the clients’ individual ideas and style’. For the Polsons, Lee’s concept plan ticked every box, and then some. ‘We went “wow!” says Tony: Lee had come up with things that we hadn’t even thought of, but that we thought were great!’ Tony recalls the ‘beautiful freehand sketch: it was 60

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like a water-painting, and gave us such a good feeling’ – that assuredness that comes from seeing your vision captured so fluently and exquisitely. For Lee, ‘sketching on multiple pieces of paper’ is an integral part of ‘working it out’. The concept plan then goes onto CAD software, which enables clients to experience their home in 3D, thereby ensuring that they are completely happy with the design before any building proceeds. The ‘spacious’ 356sqm house sits on what is ‘a smallish footprint’, says Lee. ‘We set the shape of the home around a golden oak tree, with large overhanging branches’, he continues, ‘and we went with a moderntraditional style – to suit the shape of the home’. The couple laugh about Ruth’s love of the sun – ‘she must’ve been a cat in a previous life’, Tony quips. From every angle, for every hour that passes, the design optimises the sunlight, with an array of expansive and intriguing windows and doors inviting the eye outside, and the sun in.


KITCHEN The kitchen exudes effortless sophistication, with a sleek engineered stone benchtop anchoring the space, a refined palette animated by bursts of red, and an abundance of natural light playing across the polished surfaces.

On her list of priorities for this space, Ruth sought a large oven, plenty of clever storage and a generous scullery. With its double oven, dual-access scullery and innovative features, such as a Rheem Boiling and Chilled water unit, this kitchen makes food preparation and presentation a breeze.

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COFFEE NOOK A unique feature of this grand home is a cosy space at the end of the gallery, on the morning side of the house. Complete with a pair of leather armchairs and backed by subtly dynamic book-lined wallpaper, this intimate space is perfect for morning coffees, for reading, or for soaking up the sun. Granddaughter Chloe is a regular visitor to the house, and enjoys having her own play space at the top of the stairs.


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‘A two-storey atrium was designed to view a massive old tree, as you walked down the gallery’, explains Lee. Saluting the sun, the four five-metre high windows that line the gallery ‘let in so much heat and light’, says Tony, ‘and this travels upstairs, enhanced by the glass balustrade’. The heart of this home is a haven of sunlight and space, with a stunning kitchen setting the tone for living. A refined palette, with plenty of warmth and vibrancy, combines with sleek finishes for a result that exudes effortless sophistication. A place of production and creativity, the kitchen is also a hub for socialising with family and friends: with a dual-access scullery making food preparation and presentation a delight, and two large interconnecting open-plan living-dining areas. As Lee explains, Ruth and Tony are able to dictate the configuration of the space to suit their requirements and can close off the formal-lounge when not in use. With so many large open areas, Ruth and Tony also sought a more intimate space for quiet repose. So, Lee worked into the plans a ‘coffee nook’ at the end of the gallery on the morning side of the house. ‘We spend a lot of time in here’, says Tony – as he talks about his beautiful home from one of the comfortable leather armchairs. As Ruth and Tony say, they are both enjoying being in town – and ‘not being tied to our property. [Previously] the maintenance on our properties

BATHROOM With fittings and fixtures from Mico Bathrooms, where Tony works as a Manager, the bathrooms evince the same elegance as the rest of the home. The bathrooms feature vanities and bowls from the Michel Cessar range and showers from Athena, marrying uncomplicated, sleek design with the ultimate in practicality.


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While they have moved onto a substantially smaller plot of land , to essentially make life easier, this magnificent home is testament to the determination and vitality of the pair.

used to occupy much of our time’, says Tony. Precise in everything he does, Tony has timed how long it takes him to do the lawns now: ‘only seven and a half minutes!’ he says, smiling. While they have moved onto a substantially smaller plot of land, to essentially make life easier, this magnificent home is testament to the determination and vitality of the pair. And, whilst they love the new home, they certainly haven’t ruled out building House Number 6. ‘I would never say no to building again’, says Tony. ‘We love the process, and I love project managing’. ‘Building from scratch means you get what you want’, adds Ruth – which is certainly the case when you entrust Bespoke Architecture with your special project. For Tony and Ruth, their Bespoke design ‘wowed’ them because it delivered everything they asked for, and significantly more besides. In a characteristically warm and unassuming

manner, Lee reflects on the involvement of Bespoke Architecture: ‘we came up with a package that looked pretty cool, and that they loved!’ Of course, as with all Bespoke designs, ‘everything is done for a reason’: this ‘pretty cool package’ represents the coalescence of various ideas and solutions into a beautifullyresolved, individualised design. Listening to Ruth and Tony talk animatedly of their experience, one might wager that they will be calling on Bespoke again. But, for now, Tony has other projects in the pipeline. ‘Our sons have lots of jobs for him to do!’ says Ruth. ‘Starting with building a hen house’, says Tony. ‘A Hilton hen house!’ Bespoke Architecture | 0800 237 765 CS Roofing Canterbury Ltd | 03 338 0400


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Architectural Designer Lee Johnstone came up with a concept plan that 'wowed' the couple. Tony recalls the ‘beautiful freehand sketch: it was like a water-painting, and gave us such a good feeling’ – that assuredness that comes from seeing your vision captured so fluently and exquisitely. Lee's colleague, fellow Architectural Designer Sarah Jenkins, then translated the sketch into a 3D computer model.

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Why investing in the marketing of your home will reap rewards at sale time


y pet subject has to be marketing, and, at the risk of sounding like an old record player, I’m going to repeat myself. When it comes to selling anything in this world, despite what you think, it will be the emotional side of the buyer’s mind that seals the deal – not the logical one. So here’s where you can get full value for your home when you’re on the market: get those buyers fighting over the ownership rights to your home. So how do you do this? It’s simple: just get it out there! Most real estate agents know where to advertise and market your home, so listen carefully and consider what your agent advises. In New Zealand it is customary for the real estate agent to make the bookings for your advertisements, but for you to pick up the investment, that is, to pay the invoices. Why does it work best this way? Think of it like this. An agent can only afford to pay so much towards marketing your home. They will invest their time and energy, and do some basic marketing; but to ramp it up, you’ll need to reach into your own pockets. The ramp up can involve upsizing of property adverts in newspapers and magazines, increasing the online presence, and featuring in TV commercials – which are only available with Mike Pero Real Estate. The more people you can get through an open home or a viewing by appointment, the better for you. If you’re choosing to sell by auction then the extra

numbers at your auction can be beneficial in raising that sale price. I’m a great believer in photos and video – a picture paints a thousand words. Ensure there is no compromise with the imagery for marketing. The images will present well in print, online and (in the case of Mike Pero) on TV screens across New Zealand. When it comes to the copy, wherever possible allow your agent to invest a few extra dollars for you to use a professional copywriter. These professionals know what the reader needs to hear and how to lure them towards an enquiry to view your home. There is a series of events and steps that make the whole process easier and more cost effective when you use an agent to market and sell your home. So what budget should you have in place when it comes to marketing? I’d like to think 0.5 to 1% of the expected sale price: so, if you’re thinking of a sale price at $600 000, then invest perhaps $6 000; or, for a $2 million sale, think about $20 000 or $10 000 at minimum. Unfortunately you’ll never really know whether you should have put more or less in, but one thing I can assure you is that you need to be in a position of strength and power, and that generally occurs when demand exceeds supply – that is, one house, four potential buyers. Go well. 0800 500 123 | Mike Pero Real Estate Ltd Licensed REAA (2008)

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Step inside a world of wonder with our picks for places to visit this month

MO TILES From a dedicated showroom in Barrington, MO Tiles brings you the best of global trends and brands with hundreds of choices to suit all tastes and budgets. Highly regarded for their selection and service, owners Darren McGuire and Amy Odering are driven by their desire to make people’s homes great. ‘We love the satisfaction clients get from a renovation or new build’, explains Amy, ‘and are committed to helping them achieve their vision. We install, as well as supply, which streamlines the process and gives people peace of mind – knowing they are getting the highest quality materials, and finish.’ Away from the hustle and bustle of the inner city, their showroom offers an inviting space in which to browse and draw on expert advice. Whether you are after flooring or wall-covering options for your bathroom, kitchen, laundry, living space, outdoor dining area or swimming pool, MO Tiles has you covered from project conception to completion. 399 Barrington Street 03 338 0155 |

A R T I S A N F LO O R I N G An essential resource for those seeking inspiration and solutions for their interior, Designmade provides an elegant space in which to uncover the very best in traditional and contemporary pieces for the home – the perfect space in which to experience all that Artisan Flooring has to offer. Passionate about all things flooring, Artisan provides a range of amazing products from all over the world, as well as New Zealand. Their stunning range includes beautiful local wool carpet, solution-dyed nylon carpet, luxury carpets from America and Europe, rugs handcrafted in India, and custom-made rugs from both New Zealand and overseas. What sets them apart, however, is their range of sisal, which effortlessly balances texture, functionality and aesthetics. With decades of experience, the design consultants are there to listen, guide and advise – ensuring you get the very best product, fit for purpose, within your budget. Designmade Showroom | 400 Barbadoes Street 03 423 9946 | M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 7


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WHAT YOU'LL NEED + Cane plant stand + Sandpaper + Paintbrush + Primer + Paint - I used Resene Lustacryl in Nero


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REVITALISE AN OLD-FASHIONED PLANT STAND Alana Shinn from Threadbare Cloak guides us through crafting the perfect indoor solution for your greenery

A tiered plant stand is the perfect way to display plants and bunches of fresh flowers. The simplest and most satisfying way to get one for yourself is to give a modern makeover to an old 80s’ cane plant stand. First things first, you need to find a cane plant stand. Have a look at your local charity shop, or browse Trade Me – they usually go for only a few dollars. Give the stand a good wash. Then, once it’s completely dry, give it a light sanding, making sure to get any flaky bits off. Dust it down with a cloth or use the vacuum cleaner to get rid of any leftover sanding residue – leaving a clean and dust-free surface to paint on. Before starting with the topcoat, a primer coat needs to be applied. Take your time with this, as a primer provides the perfect foundation for a beautiful paint job. Leave until completely dry. Lastly, apply the topcoat. You will need to apply two coats of paint, allowing the first coat to dry thoroughly before applying the second. I like to use a paintbrush for this type of work, but you could try your hand at using spray paint. Be careful, though, as spray paint needs to be applied in several light layers, otherwise the paint will run. As for colour, anything goes. I went for a matt black look, using Resene Lustacryl in Nero: it really makes the greenery pop!


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CAMEMBERT Makes 4 rounds

CHEESE 4L of pasteurised milk ¼ tsp of mesophilic starter culture Pinch of penicillin candidum, or a dissolved thumb nail of white coating from another camembert ¼ tsp of liquid calcium chloride 0.7mL of rennet, dissolved in 20mL of boiled, cooled water 125g of plain salt BRINE 125g of plain salt to ½L of water EQUIPMENT As well as standard home cooking utensils you will also need a good thermometer, as temperature is important, a ladle to lift your curds out, camembert moulds to shape, rubber gloves and draining boards (sushi mats are very useful for this). Heat milk to 36 degrees Celsius in a double boiler, and keep the mixture at this temperature. Add the mesophilic starter culture and penicillin candidum, stir to combine, and then wait 45 minutes, approximately, during which time the bacteria will grow. Add calcium chloride and stir for 30 seconds before adding rennet and mixing together. Maintain the desired temperature and wait 30 minutes for the curd to set. Once set, your knife should cut cleanly through your mixture. Cut the curd into 2cm cubes, stir carefully and wait 30 minutes. Leave on heat for an hour and a half, stirring every 30 minutes. You may have to turn the heat off to prevent going above 36 degrees. Keep the thermometer handy!


Drain off half the whey, allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes, and then drain off the remainder. Lift the curds carefully into your moulds. Leave for 10 minutes and invert. Leave for 1 hour and invert. Leave for 5 hours and invert. Leave for 8 hours and invert. Finally, leave to drain overnight. The purpose of all this inverting is to encourage moderate whey drainage, producing a smoother, softer, more consistent result. Remove curds from moulds and place in brine for 20 minutes, before placing on a draining mat for 24 hours at room temperature. You then need to ripen your cheese to encourage a lovely white soft coating, or mould, to grow. Place cheese in a room, at 11-15 degrees Celsius with 95% humidity, for 8-10 days, turning daily. When your cheese is covered with an even white mould, wrap in cheese paper and store until you are ready to enjoy.

Robert Day and Gary Mitchell of Cheviot’s gourmet retreat, Ribbonwood Country House, guide us through dishing up a tasty addition to the cheeseboard

Serve with your favourite homemade crackers, a dollop of chutney and a glass of vino! TIP: To avoid contamination, take care not to handle the cheese with bare hands. Also, check the strength of your rennet as they vary widely. This recipe is for 750 IMCU (international strength measurement) hannilase. 03 319 8823 |


perated by Robert Day and Gary Mitchell, Ribbonwood Country House is driven by the ethos of treading as lightly on the earth as possible, which has seen them embrace a ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy. With Ruby, an A2 Jersey milking cow, on site, they have turned their hands to making butter, cream, ice-cream and cheese – with delicious results!


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Lumojo Kamahi honey combines a light golden colour with a decadent smooth finish. Slightly nutty, yet buttery, its delicious flavour keeps us coming back for more, and its packaging is beautiful!

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From gardening advice to online inspiration, events and books, we have you covered R E AD I N G CO RNER

IN THE GARDEN Now is the time to keep your veggie patch and herb garden topped up with mulch to suppress weeds and retain water. Spring onions, pumpkins, beetroot, broccoli and leeks are what you should be growing, and eating.

City House, Country House

By John Walsh & Patrick Reynolds City House, Country House explores 40 of New Zealand’s most outstanding residential projects from the intensely urban to the spectacularly remote, reflecting a growing diversity of living styles and architectural responses across our country. An online library for the design and construction industry, offers those looking to build an unsurpassed resource when it comes to understanding building materials and architectural products. For those seeking to know more about what is going into your home, this is the online resource for you.

The main entrance of St George’s hospital has been transformed with a personalised flooring solution from Dilana Rugs. A combination of a luxury wool tile with a nylon custom carpet and hand-tufted rug, it showcases the ultimate in New Zealand-made products, and exudes warmth and style.

Guaranteed to inspire, Homes By Maxim’s new show home at 10 Craig Thompson Drive, Lincoln combines strong architectural lines with a combination of materials with striking results. Open Tuesday to Sunday 12-4pm, this is a must-visit for those looking to build.

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Greywacke Interiors specialises in bathroom, kitchen and furniture design, but offers so much more, including colour advice and supplying fabrics and wallpapers. With over 20 years of experience in all facets of interior design, their friendly, professional team can help translate your ideas and aspirations into interior spaces that are beautiful, functional and that reflect your individual style.

Carefully crafted and edited, the Station Road Home Collections portfolio of designer furniture offers an interior style ideal for the discerning client. With a dynamic blend of luscious exotic woods, tactile fabrics, rich leathers, patinated metals and complementary accents, they are on-hand to achieve interiors with personality. Shop online or visit their showroom at 15 Station Road, Rangiora.




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Dilana offers an exclusive range of contemporary rugs and carpets to complement the personal style of your home. Select a rug design created by a leading NZ artist or choose your own colour and texture for a luxurious pure wool wall-to-wall carpet. As specialists in floor covering design for over 30 years, their showroom at 102 Buchan Street is full of both expert advice and inspiration.


Artisan Collective is passionate about interiors and beautiful products. Service is key to their business, and their team will help project manage your job from sourcing to completing installation. Their range includes: rugs, natural fibre flooring, carpet, tiles, blinds and shutters. Visit them at Designmade, 400 Barbadoes Street.

Offering package deals on curtains, wallpaper, furniture and lighting, Maree Hynes Interiors bring samples straight to your door in their mobile showroom. Transform your home with their colour consultations, furniture placement and room dressing services. Mention this ad and receive 10% off! Call today for a free measure and quote.


Believing beautiful interiors come from the fusion of timeless pieces, quality fabrics and the juxtaposition of old and new, Kit and Caboodle - Antique and Distinctive Interiors achieves distinctive results designed to stand the test of time. For the perfect centrepiece or whole-room makeover, they have the finishing touch.

Having been in operation for over 40 years, Brymac Tiles knows tiles and tiling. Offering the best quality European tiles at the best price, materials you can count on, and an installation team with a reputation for quality, they really do do it all. Visit them at their showroom at 42 Durham Street.




An iconic Merivale boutique, this stylish store offers an enduring range of quality designer homewares with a distinctly European influence. With collections of ceramics, glassware, furniture, giftware and clothing from around the world, this true destination store promises to exceed the expectations of the most discerning.

With a world of exclusive timber and tiles for your home, Metro Floor boasts exceptional advice and service when it comes to all things flooring. Their new collection of premium hardwood flooring, Listone Giordano, is hard to go past. Sustainably grown in Listone’s own forests in Burgundy, view the collection today at 114 Montreal Street.



In-House Style offers a complete property styling service designed to increase the value of your home while on the market. Whether they install a range of carefully selected furniture and accessories to suit your property, or advise on the best way to present your existing furniture with the addition of their own pieces, the difference is in the detail.

Stocking gorgeous homewares from French Country, Le Forge, CC Interiors, One World Collection, Maytime, Citta Design and more, the team at Coco Gifts has everything you want on-hand. They can also easily source anything you need, as great customer service is their highest priority.



Visit the experienced team at 239 Moorhouse Ave for a complete framing service – from design advice to hanging in your home. They have a large number of mouldings including the Italian Bellini range and the elegant handfinished Gesso collection. You can also find a stylish mirror or amazing work of art to complement your interior.


Janet Brown Furniture imports container loads of one-off pieces that have been hand-selected from around the world and imported direct to their large warehouse in Wanaka. Selected for their uniqueness, each piece has the capacity to add character to your home. Sold at wholesale prices and delivered nationwide, this is a store well worth a look.


At Ballantynes they travel the globe to find the highest quality products and most recent trends. Whether you visit their Homewares department to pick up something to embellish your home, dine in one of their three bustling cafes, or explore new styles in the ever-evolving Fashion departments, they have everything and more on offer.

BoConcept is all about making design, furniture and colours come together. If you need someone to bounce your ideas off, their interior decorators are at hand to complete any scheme - from single rooms and small apartments to big houses and corporate spaces. Book a free consultation with one of their interior decorators today, or pop into their store at 12 Papanui Road, and start uncovering what this design store has to offer. M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 7




With a mix of contemporary and classic designs, not to mention all the latest must-haves, Fabric House has beautiful curtain and upholstery fabrics, sourced from European mills and available directly to you at wholesale prices. Visit their showroom at 140 Colombo Street, Beckenham, and be inspired. There is something here for every home.

Perfect for transitioning between inside and out, The Island Collection of fabrics at Admire Interiors is visually appealing and incredibly versatile. Able to be custommade into cushions, blinds or squabs, or used to re-cover existing furniture, why not pop into the showroom at 68 Durham Street and get inspired today.

ECO FRAME & MIRROR Based in the heart of Sydenham, Eco Frame and Mirror can help you with any of your mirror or pictureframing needs. Whether you want ready-made items, or a full custom-build, they have the materials, creativity and experienced staff available to help you out. They also offer a full, quake-safe hanging service for mirrors, framing or furniture.


Found at The Tannery, Joe Jandals HQ offers the discerning homeowner a chance to purchase something truly unique. Having expanded their offering to include interior project design, from conception to completion, this is much more than simply a retail space. There is no excuse not to discover this vibrant store.


Planning to decorate but not sure which colours to choose? Resene Colour Experts are here to help, guiding you through selecting the perfect colour for your home and personality. Resene Colour Experts can visit your home and help you choose paint, colours, wallpapers and accessories for your interior and/or exterior. Or book a free in-store appointment at your local Resene ColorShop.

More than just flowers, Ilam Florist offers a beautiful setting in which to seek out that perfect gift, homeware or floral delight. From vases, to cards, to buckets of flowers at the door, they have it all. Found at 203 Waimairi Road, their experienced team are passionate about what they do and ensure you are taking home that perfect piece. Every time.


THE place to shop for curtain, upholstery, oilcloth and outdoor fabrics at wholesale prices. Plus as stockists of decorative Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, they have all your decorating projects covered. Buy online or in store. If you're after inspiration, visit them at 15 Coronation Street, Rangiora.

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There’s a lot of merit in the saying ‘there is no substitute for experience’. Situated in a quaint bungalow at 127 St Albans Street, the experienced designers at Harpers Bazaar are here to help you when it comes to choosing colour schemes, wallpaper, curtains, blinds, shutters, furniture (new or recovered) and accessories – in store or by appointment in your own home. Pop by the studio for a browse and a chat.



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THE BIG BAD WOLF With the rising cost of building, architect Greg Young shares an insight into prefab construction


uilding houses out of straw and sticks didn’t serve the first two pigs well; and in New Zealand the big bad wolf has bigger teeth, you might say, what with earthquakes knocking bricks down as well. Construction doesn’t seem to have changed much in the last 6000 years – since the days of weaving reeds around sticks of timber and plastering them with mud. Timber framing with a plaster finish is very similar to the wattle and daub that we were using in our dim dark history. Traditionally, New Zealand’s typical timber framed house has been cheap and easy compared to panelised or prefabricated housing. The cost of labour has been steadily climbing over the years. The main reason that we have used sticks of timber to build our houses with, rather than structural panels, is the lower cost; but the cost of putting those walls together has risen a lot due to the cost of labour, as well as the cost of materials and compliance requirements. This has brought us to a tipping point in the construction industry where it is now becoming more cost effective to start using higher quality materials, such as Structural Insulated Panels, as they are faster to put together, and hence require less labour. 80

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Prefab construction is a term that is thrown around a lot, but what is it? Concrete precast panels are definitely prefabricated, but timber framing can be prefabricated in a factory as well. There are a great many options when it comes to prefabricated construction, and you will recognise a lot of them from what you see on television, whether in New Zealand or around the world, which can make it very confusing. In very broad terms the prefabricated construction panels we use are: 1. Concrete Panels 2. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) 3. Cross Laminated Timber Panels (CLTs)

Sometimes, timber framing can also be supplied in panels, with a sheet on the outside as well. All of these have their own advantages, and as an architect I use different combinations of these panel types depending on my clients’ requirements and the sites we are building on. In New Zealand we are seeing advances in technology have a positive effect on our construction industry, allowing us to provide higher quality buildings at a lower cost. Maybe it’s time to write a New Zealand architects’ version of The Three Little Pigs…. 03 384 7879 |

Greg Young, Architect



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