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6 Braebrook Drive Interested in this property? 6 Braebrook Drive


2 First impressions continue to be continued as you journey through this superbly presented home. Built to an exacting standard of finish that is rarely available today in the ever growing Braebrook subdivision. A blend of spacious living areas with a magnificent kitchen as the “hub of the home” provide a choice of spaces to relax, entertain and rest in. Indoor/ outdoor flow via sliding doors creates a seamless indoor/outdoor living environment perfect for entertainment. Heat pumps and logfire heat this generously proportioned home. Four double bedrooms, master with ensuite complete with walk –in tiled shower, study and large

family bathroom with tiled shower. There is so much to admire. Double internal garage. You will be proud to call this home.

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$560,000 WEB ID AU33871 $597,500 WEB ID AU33516 $499,000 WEB ID AU32196A DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AU33994 EASTSIDE EASTSIDE EASTSIDE EASTSIDE 1 Magnolia Drive 6 Braebrook Drive 11 Magnolia Drive Flat 4, 85 Aitken Street This spacious quality built 219sqm three Step inside this home and immediately be Great corner site for this bigger than most Enjoy the sun in this roomy two bedroom 4 4 4 2 double bedroom plus study family home impressed. Relax and enjoy the spacious family home, you will fit everything into unit. Located in walking distance to town sits on a beautifully landscaped 672sqm lounge and open plan kitchen, dining area. the 257sqm home or Netherby shops section. Featuring a large entertainers Living areas open onto sunfilled patios • Ensuite off master bedroom VIEW Saturday 7 Dec 10.30 - 11.00am 2 2 2 1 kitchen, large living/dining opening to a perfect for entertainment. Four bedrooms, • Open plan kitchen, dining and living DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Wednesday private deck area. master with ensuite. room 18th December 2013 at 4.00pm • Separate lounge 2 2 2 1 VIEW Saturday 7 Dec 10.00 - 10.30am VIEW Saturday 7 Dec 10.00 - 10.30am VIEW Saturday 7 Dec 10.00 - 10.45am









DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AU34037 OFFERS OVER $268,000 WEB ID AU34036 OFFERS OVER $345,000 WEB ID AU34032 $238,000 WEB ID AU33882 EASTSIDE EASTSIDE WESTSIDE EASTSIDE 44 Peter Street 86 Princes Street 10 Middle Road 3/66 William Street Front unit, all day sun, close to town, Three bedroom family home on fully Looking for a Townhouse or House? So close to town centre this very tidy unit is 2 3 3 2 exactly what you say you want! Super fenced 759sqm section. Open plan living, will love this home, its set to catch the attractively positioned on a corner section. sized conservatory. compliant log fire and new carpet maximum sun, you can enjoy both street One of three, all with their own street throughout. Large conservatory a bonus! views and a private outdoor entertainment access - that's a real plus. Kitchen/dining VIEW Saturday 7 Dec 10.30 - 11.00am 1 1 1 1 area off the spacious lounge. There are opens to lounge with heat pump. Two DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Wednesday This very tidy home is sure to impress. three large bedrooms and good double double bedrooms. 18th December 2013 at 2.00pm Perfect first home or investment. garage. 1 1 2 1 VIEW Saturday 7 Dec 11.15 - 11.45am VIEW Saturday 7 Dec 10.45 - 11.15am

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OFFERS OVER $295,000 WEB ID AU34033 OFFERS OVER $265,000 WEB ID AU33255 $489,000 WEB ID AU32991A $210,000 WEB ID AU34007 EASTSIDE EASTSIDE WESTSIDE EASTSIDE 56 Albert Street 22 Brucefield Avenue 122 Elizabeth Street 52a Suffolk Street Beautiful character home recently Modern attractive and sensible home Brand new 211sqm three bedroom home Three bedroom ownership unit quietly 3 3 3 3 repainted with 3 bedrooms, kitchen dining placed well on section to catch all day sun. plus office, two bathrooms and a double tucked away from all the noise and bustle and living heated by compliant log burner. Three double bedrooms. Living opens to internal access garage. Designed to be of traffic. Set in pretty garden with plenty Double garage, larger fenced section with private, shelter outdoor living area. Great spacious and warm. Sited on 666sqm of room to grow your own vegetables. 1 1 2 1 loads of space for children and pets to backyard. Child and dog friendly. section, this home is certain to impress. Wet floor shower is easy. Single garage has play. Handy to schools and shopping Don't delay. auto door opener. Beach Road shops ver... centre. Don't delay with this one! 2 1 2 1 VIEW Saturday 7 Dec 1.00 - 1.30pm View By Appointment VIEW Saturday 7 Dec 11.30 - 12.00pm


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$365,000 WEB ID AU33993 $499,000 WEB ID AU33824 EASTSIDE WESTSIDE 332B Havelock Street 9A Allison Street Brand new sunny three bedroom Builders have started, get in early and help 3 4 townhouse located within walking distance pick the colours of your new 235sqm of town, churches and library. The full home! bathroom has dual access from the main • Open plan kitchen, dining and living 1 2 bedroom and the hallway, along with • Separate lounge separate toilet. A large single garage with • Good size double garage internal access. • Internal access form garage 1 2 View By Appointment

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$249,000 WEB ID AU33676 OFFERS OVER $650,000 WEB ID AU33645 OFFERS OVER $270,000 WEB ID AU33517 NEGOTIATION WEB ID AU33510 WESTSIDE WESTSIDE EASTSIDE WESTSIDE 491 West Street 20 Westpark Close 153 Trevors Road 11 Somerset Grove Great rental home on West Street or first Quality home of over 300sqm. You will not Entering through the foyer of this home 3 5+ Loads of character, this home offers much 3 4 home option. Open plan kitchen/living replace this home in this location for this more than meets the eye. Spacious living and it is instantly apparent that it's a real with three bedrooms. Three car garaging sort of money. Five bedrooms and an areas are a feature, as is the updated suntrap. The two separate living areas offer with loads of parking, also hobby room. office. 3 car garaging. Super sized kitchen, kitchen, with pantry and dishwasher. Two space and family style living with an indoor 1 2 1 2 Plenty of options here. Phone to view. Put dining and living area with separate toilets also add to this homes appeal. outdoor aspect great for BBQ's during the your own touch on this. lounge. All the modern conveniences. Single garage. summer. View By Appointment



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$239,000 WEB ID AU33496A WESTSIDE 7 Turton Street Situated on a 490m2 easycare section, this 3 three bedroom home is in a great Allenton location. Some modernising would enhance - a great opportunity to add 1 value. Call now to view.

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$425,000 WEB ID AU33348 $335,000 WEB ID AU33192 OFFERS OVER $285,000 WEB ID AU33160A TINWALD EASTSIDE TINWALD 17 Thomson Street Flat 1 42 Grey Street 151 Archibald Street This spacious brick home, built in the Enjoy your busy or retired life in this sunny You must view this home if you are 4 3 3 2000's has four bedrooms, master with three bedroom townhouse within the looking for the complete package in this ensuite and loads of storage. Great flow avenues. Sitting well for all day sun on a price range. Spacious living areas, 3 from the open plan living area to lovely smaller easy care section, this home has it bedrooms, 3 car garaging. 2 1 1 private outdoor area. Well fenced section all - open plan kitchen/dining/living, Office/multipurpose room. Loads of with garden shed and vegie garden. conservatory, double garage and more. outbuildings and off-street parking. Don't dismiss without viewing. 2 2 3 View By Appointment View By Appointment View By Appointment


DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AL34005 ASHBURTON 209 Wheatstone Road Affordable fabulous family home on this rural lifestyle retreat. 11 kilometres to town and brilliant for the young family with an animal or two. Modern three bedroom home with open plan kitchen, living, dining and separate lounge. Master bedroom has an ensuite. Double garage and 4 bay implement shed. Make this your family home and lifestyle. VIEW Saturday 7 Dec 10.30 11.15am DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Thursday 19th December 2013 at 4.00pm


$1,500,000 + GST


WEB ID AL33650 ASHBURTON 28 Mitcham Road A beautifully appointed country home built approximately five years ago. The house has been thoughtfully designed and constructed with Oamaru stone under a Gerrard roof complemented with copper down pipes and spouting. Set amidst well stocked formal gardens and a delightful sun drenched patio complete with electronic, automated pergola system. The house exudes quality and style in every detail. High studs with cornicing, four large bedrooms, the master with ensuite and dressing room. The living area is open plan, bright and spacious with a pleasing aspect to the garden and countryside beyond. A double garage with automated door. VIEW Wednesday 11 Dec 6.30 4 7.30pm




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WEB ID AR33653 ASHBURTON Fairfield Road "Burnetts Farm" Development has focused on ease of management of large numbers of stock. Within a block of Silver Fern Farms Fairton (Ashburton) meat processing facility this property provides a broad range of possibilities. Dairy run off (or conversion if irrigation possibilities are able to be realised), stock trading/finishing or intensive arable. Central lane access to all paddocks, reticulated stock water supply and solid large well built stock yards complete the picture. View By Appointment AUCTION 3.00pm, Fri 13th December, 2013





WEB ID AR33668 GREENSTREET 96 Ashburton Staveley Road

WEB ID AL33803 GREENSTREET 444 Ashburton Staveley Road

Located in one of Mid Canterburies best kept secrets is this beautifully appointed two storey four bedroom homestead featuring games room, separate lounge and office and open plan living. A full complement of farm buildings - this unit has the lot! 40 mature walnut trees producing an average of approximately one tonne of walnuts/year, almost totally deer fenced.

True park like setting with edged manicured gardens and established trees surrounding this appealing two bedroom family home. Meticulously presented, the sense of the earthy warmth that comes from country living permeates. Spacious open plan living/dining, in an elevated position it soaks in sun. Good outbuildings and yards. Backs to the river for Sunday walks. View By Appointment DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Tuesday 17th December 2013 at 4.00pm

A great opportunity to purchase an up and running smaller farm. Don't delay! VIEW Saturday 7 Dec 11.00 11.30am DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Monday 16th December 2013 at 4.00pm



AUCTION ONE OF THE BEST WEB ID AR33906 CLANDEBOYE 1181 Orton Rangitata Mouth Road

WEB ID AR33909 LOWCLIFFE 315 Emersons Road

381 hectares (including 31ha ECAN lease) This dairy unit has heaps of untouched potential. Presently milking 1240 cows targeting 566,000 kgms. Irrigation enhancement from Rangitata South Irrigation Scheme including a holding pond will be completed by possession. Pivot irrigation, very good homes and good 50 bale rotary shed. Take this farm forward into the next season. View By Appointment AUCTION 2.00pm, Wed 18th December, 2013


276 hectares of top line quality opportunities like this seldom come along. 54 bale rotary shed, meal feeders, cup removers and computerisation. 800m pivot covering approximately 240 ha. Mixture of shallow and deep wells 5mm/ha/day consent. Two good quality homes including a tidy sunny homestead in a landscaped setting. Good farm improvements. 950 cows - 428,000 kgms. An excellent farm looking for new owners. View By Appointment AUCTION 2.00pm, Wed 18th December, 2013




WEB ID AR33773 PLEASANT POINT 19 Collett Road A largely flat 249 ha cropping and grazing farm with some quality soils close to Pleasant Point. This farm has produced potatoes, whole crop barley, barley and kale in recent years, along with lamb fattening and heifer grazing. An irrigation pivot plan has been developed which gives good coverage of the rectangular farm. A range of sheds. Several titles which give a mix of buying options. This farm is poised to take the next step. View By Appointment DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Thursday 12th December 2013 at 2.00pm

$260,000 WEB ID AL33427A HINDS 90 David Street At the end of a quiet street is this three bedroom permanent material home set on 2023sqm section (half acre). Warm and sunny living. Double garage and games room. Ideal opportunity here for first home buyers within a thriving community. View By Appointment


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shburton, is a town that likes to take care of its residents, there are so many good causes , trusts and charity events raising money for the young, old and needy. I know the “ toot for tucker” was a huge success this year, more people gave than ever generously. This along with Fetes, car washes, sponsored runs/walks/swims and a wide variety of worthy causes makes Ashburton an extraordinary Jenny Gray and special place to live. Property Brokers It’s such a shame that other parts of Canterbury fall short of the caring attitude – I was reading a story about a man called James Barber from Upper Riccarton. James 77, was recovering in Oxford hospital from spinal surgery when he received a phone call from a neighbour, saying his property was being sold and an agent had been around With a For Sale sign – James was one of the remaining residents from Crossdale Courts retirement complex in upper Riccarton, a property Mr Barber had been given rights to occupy until his death. The residents have been in legal battles for five years after the owner and former policeman Gary Campbell went bankrupt and fled to Australia. Twenty four residents all paid a personal loan from $40,000 to $77,000 for a licence to occupy until death – unfortunately they didn’t get any ownership rights and


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the finance company took over and started evicting residents. Some of the residents have died, a few in hospital and some reached an agreement with the finance company. There are just 8 of the original tenants including Mr Barber, a widower and father of 3. Mr Barber was in tears “ I have worked hard all my life, and I have never had much but what am I supposed to do now” He feels “ abandoned by justice” Mortgagee Massolit Ltd filed an application in the high court to sell Mr Barbers unit. Auckland based law firm Carter Kirkland acting for Massolit Ltd had no comment. With no options left, Mr Barber pleaded with the mortgagee “ to show some humanity and honour” . Last year Christchurch City Council were asked to buy the complex, unfortunately the council failed to act despite initially supporting Mr Barbers requests. Mr Barbers lawyer, Dean Palmer, continues to fight and is currently looking into his clients equitable rights.For information see




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53 Pattons Road, Mt Somers

30 Miller Ave, Allenton

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377 Hawkins Road, Hororata





Open Home Saturday, December 7, 11.30am -12noon

Open Home Saturday, December 7, 9.00 -9.30am

Mt Somers township this has been the family bach. The two bedroom bach can sleep five easily and has an added sleepout as part of the garage. Easy care construction and very well put together. Can be used for holidays or full time rural home. First time buyers or retire and relax. The main features are a large section with space for the toys, large covered deck area for the summer outdoor lifestyle. Two good sized double bedrooms. Options are you could expand and add to easily. Fully furnished if required. Close to the Ashburton Gorge and Lakes area. Hiking, mountain biking, skiing, golf, fishing all close by.

Be quick, a rare chance to secure a premier location and quality spacious home on 989m2. This property has lots to offer with stylish decor throughout. Three spacious bedrooms, master leading out to the sunroom. Large lounge/dining room and adjacent paved and screened outdoor living space. Renovated kitchen and bathroom. Mature easy care garden. Reserve next door gives the added feeling of space and separation.

Open Home Saturday, December 7, 1.00 - 1.30pm Exceptional four bedroom home just come to market. Large quarter acre section fully fenced with a great outdoor area for the whole family. The kitchen is the jewel with a stylish, modern layout. The kitchen flows though to the lounge area which has a new log burner. Open the sliding doors and step out to a fantastic large deck with solid wood benches, perfect for the summer BBQ. A great fenced off veggie and herb garden for those with a green thumb, also a sandpit for the kids to play in. Master has good wardrobe space and ensuite.

Open Home Saturday, December 7, 2.30 - 3.30pm

So many features. Located in the centre of the village and still quiet. ½ acre section with wonderfully spacious four bedroom, two bathroom family home. All the EQC work is completed to a high standard. Partial double glazing plus under floor insulation. Double garage and workshop, shed and two wood sheds, veggie patch and large tunnel house. Decking and verandahs around half the home.x Mature gardens with great bird life and lovely haven. | 127 Main Street, Methven | (03) 303 3093

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160 McMurdo Street, Tinwald

Price by Negotiation

559 Mitcham Road, Winchmore

Deadline Sale

Great opportunity for the first home buyer or investor looking for a toe hold on the property ladder. Featuring open plan kitchen and dining flowing to the living area and conservatory. Three bedrooms and a single garage with ample off street parking. Sitting on a good "ole" kiwi quarter acre there are possibilities galore.

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $285,000 View Sat 10-10.30am

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

This 35.7565 hectare borderdyke irrigated property is located within 10 kilometres of central Ashburton. With two road frontages and in an area known for dairying, grazing and cropping this is an opportunity not to be missed. A three bedroom home in a private sheltered garden with sheds and cattle yards complete this property.

All offers on or before 4pm, Wed 11 Dec 2013 View by appointment

Mike Preston

M 027 430 7041 B 03 307 7377

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377






6 Primrose Place, Allenton

Deadline Sale

7 Somerset Grove, Allenton

Deadline Sale

Mick Hydes

An exciting opportunity to purchase this quality built family home in this sought after Allenton location. Finished to the highest standard this 220m² house offers three bedrooms, fourth bedroom or office, ensuite, interconnecting living spaces flowing to the outdoor living space to entertain or just relax. Double attached garaging with off street parking makes this property in a word SHARP!

Mick Hydes



This property definitely has to be on your shopping list if you want quality design and build. Three bedrooms, master with ensuite, interconnecting living and superb first class kitchen flowing to the decking and generous section. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $660,000 by 3pm, Wed 18 Dec 2013 View Sat 12.15-1.00pm M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377


The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $620,000 by 3pm, Tues 10 Dec 2013 View Sat 11.30-12.00pm M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377






212 Beach Road

For Sale Price by Negotiation View By appointment

12 Burnett Street

Auction From 1pm, Fri 29 Nov 2013 (unless sold prior),

Three bedroom cottage with one bathroom, living, separate kitchen and a separate laundry on a 499m² Glasgow Lease. The property is currently tenanted and the tenant is keen to stay on as they love the cottage and the location. This will be a fantastic development site, either now or in the future. Can you see the potential?

View Sat 10-10.30am

The owner of this magnificent property has found his next move and requires a sale. Featuring six plus bedrooms, lounge, dining room, study, billiard room, three bathrooms and surrounded by delightful gardens and many old trees. Are you looking for a property of this calibre? Let’s talk, I have the willing vendor!

Mike Preston

M 027 430 7041 B 03 307 7377


Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377



Hotel Ashburton, Racecourse Road, Ashburton




74 Cox Street

Price by Negotiation

50 Elizabeth Street, Allenton

Step inside and be impressed with the space in this terrifically sunny townhouse. Generous living area flows to the kitchen and dining areas, three double bedrooms and internal access garaging. The garden is well established and offers just enough to keep green fingers happy. Enjoy a central location.

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

This three bedroom home oozes character and is set in a prime location. Spacious kitchen flowing to the living spaces. The three bedrooms are spacious with built in robes and there is internal access garaging. Heated with a heatpump and a pellet fire you won’t go cold in the winter. Lovely mature gardens complete the setting. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

Deadline Sale

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $395,000 by 12pm, Tues 12 Dec 2013 (unless sold prior) View Sat 10.45-11.15am

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377



The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $425,000 View Sat 10.45-11.15am


TOP NOTCH LOCATION 23 Falcon Drive, Allenton D





Three bedrooms, two bathrooms Substantial living areas Ample heating Manicured gardens Double garage, 743m² section

Ashburton Deadline Sale

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $450,000 by 12pm, Tues 10 Dec 2013 View Sat 11.30-12pm

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377


Debbie Boon



44 Princes Street, Netherby This home offers ample living with separate kitchen and new log burner. Some renovations done, add your own touches to complete the picture. The 1,012m² section has the potential to be subdivided if you so desire. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

Deadline Sale

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $270,000 by 3pm, Tues 17 Dec 2013 (unless sold prior) View Sat 10-10.30am

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377



Hepburns Road

For Sale Offers over $685,000 View Sat 11.30-12.15pm

This low maintenance six year old permanent material three bedroom home sits on 2.0234 hectares with a sunny aspect. Open plan kitchen and dining with a separate living area. Doors open to a new wooden deck, recently sown lawn and views to the mountains. A perfect lifestyle starter or an easy choice if you’re looking to downsize.

Mike Preston

M 027 430 7041 B 03 307 7377


Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377


Set the scene for al fresco dining Enjoy a meal with friends and family around this great outdoor table, writes Greig Morgan



1. 4 Macrocarpa sleepers 200x50 x2.1m (top) 2. 1 macrocarpa sleeper 200x50x 2.1m 3. (under-top edging) 4. 2 macrocarpa sleepers 200x50x 2.1m 5. (rails&corner blocks) 6. 1 macrocarpa sleeper 200x100x 2.1m (legs) 7. 1 box stainless screws 75mm 8. 8 galvanised coach screws 200mmx 12mm diameter 9. Exterior wood glue


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eal time: When the weather is fine take the opportunity to appreciate your hard work and dine outside at your newly built table. IT’S nice to think of having Christmas dinner outside, even though our fickle summer weather can put paid to those plans. In case the sun does shine, here’s how to make an outdoor dining table at which to host your Christmas guests. This kind of table looks smart, without the price tag (I used narrower-gauge timber for the top and then added an edging underneath it to make it look more solid).

Step 1 The table top: Apply a generous amount of glue to the four sleepers and match the grain. Rub the joints together to help achieve a strong bond. Use a couple of sash cramps to help keep joints tight while the glue sets. Now the glue has set, use a square to square up both ends.

Skill saw Tape measure, pencil Builder’s square Sash cramps Hand plane Hand router Screw gun Socket set or adjustable crescent 5mm,9mm& 12mm drill bits Hammer and chisel Step 2

Step 4

Step 5

Under-top edging: Set the skillsaw blade to cut through the 50mm thickness of timber. Set up your saw guide and cut 50mm strips x2 for the length of the table, and x2 for the end pieces. Pre-drill evenly spaced 5mm holes then run a bead of glue along the lengths. Rub joints flush with the outside edges of the table and countersink down using 75mm screws.

Rails: Sit the legs in each corner on the inside of the under-top edging, making sure the checked out piece is facing inward. Cut a length of 200x50mm in half, then measure and cut to fit between the legs for the sides and end pieces.

Corner blocks: Corner blocks are fitted, glued and screwed for bracing and strength, using the off-cut pieces of 100x50mm rail. Measure and cut each block so each end sits an equal distance along the side. Drill 12mm holes in the centre of the block at its top and bottom, and in line with the checked out leg. Pre-drill a 9mm hole to take the coach screws, then insert them.

Step 3 The legs: Set the skillsaw to cut as deep as the blade allows. Set the guide to cut in 100mm. Cut through the legs so they measure 100x100mm. Using a square, measure 690mm down, mark and cut. From the top corner measure down 90mm. Using a hammer and chisel check out the top corner to make a flat surface for the coach screws. To add detail, either use a router or plane off the sharp edges.

Pre-drill evenly spaced holes on the inside of the rail using a 5mm drill bit on an angle. Plane off the sharp edges or use a router. Glue and fix the rails to the top using 75mm screws.

Step 5

Step 6

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Turn the table upright and either plane off the sharp edges or run a router around the top edging to create a detail. You can sand, stain or varnish your table to enhance the natural timber, and to suit its surroundings.

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Interior Design

Measure for success Terry Lobb


t would have been very disappointing to have finished the build to find nothing fitted.

This may be because the furniture was bought for a previous home; an odd placement of windows or the shape of the room.

Many of us have large pieces of furniture we may find hard to place in our rooms.

I have mentioned in previous columns that it is good idea when you are in the market for new furniture to buy the larger pieces or those more expensive items first to work with your rooms. But what if you already have those large pieces and you’re looking at buying a new home, building or revamping? You may have a few large treasured pieces that you don’t intend to part with, therefore you will need to think carefully about where you want them placed.

When I was looking at moving from my villa into something more modern with less maintenance (I was listening to my heart that day: more modern, CLEARANCE: Ensuring sufficient space yes; less maintenance, no), I needed to around the dining table for the easy use 2A1F1I Rakaia Dunford Street of chairs is a8key consideration. think about the placement of a large A great find! Looking to buy below $220,000. old piano, a purpose-built bookcase Solid family home,looking for a new owner. and an old rolled-arm three-seater Could that person be you? with two chairs. Armed with my Great garaging with open bay wood shed. tape measure and measurements on This property is in very good condition and presents an ideal first home house visits, I was amazed how many opportunity or take advantage of the current shortage of available rentals newer homesFordidn’t accommodate Sale $219,000 and invest - None better in this price range. Be quick. appointment our furniture.View Thebypiano needed to be on an inside wall, and the bookcase Don’t wait for the SOLD sign - Call now ! Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 had to be onMid a wall larger than the LICENSED (REAA 2008) Canterbury Real Estate Limited piano. I didn’t want them in direct sunlight or with the possibility of a door crashing on to the precious timber. Even displaying art was not an option because of light fittings or light switches “thoughtfully” placed in the RESTRICTION: Windows have a strong middle of the wall. Whatever happened influence on where furniture can be put. to the logical placement of light

Ashburton 7 Davis Crescent


DOUBLE WHAMMY OPPORTUNITY 7 & 9 Davis Crescent Side by side properties, buy one or buy both. These flats have 3 bedrooms each and great back yard area for kids and pets to roam. This could be your opportunity you have been waiting for! No7 has a double garage and is rented at $200 per week

With more homes having breakfast bars opening to dining rooms, sometimes the placement of the dining table becomes a problem. You need a lot of room around a dining table to accommodate chairs comfortably and, if it backs on to a breakfast bar, it can cut down the space you have to move your chair or stool out. If you’re building or considering a kitchen renovation and if you’re not sure whether your furniture will fit, make cardboard cutouts and place them on your plans.

One of the most common problems would be placement of bedroom furniture, china cabinets, dining Flooring in and around the kitchen room tables, paintings, actually some area often becomes an issue - knowing furniture in most homes. When we where to stop and start it. were going over one couple’s plans, we If you like to have carpet under the realised that the main bedroom wasn’t dining table instead of hard flooring big enough to accommodate their and you want hard flooring around the bedroom furniture. The placement of breakfast bar, where do you stop and doors for the entrance, dressing room start the flooring? and en suite, down the wall space 3A2F2I Rakaia 142cut Dunford Street Allow for the bar stools to be on the considerably. There were four sets of Charming and Delightfull Three double bedrooms, Master with hard flooring in or out from under the windows, onwardrobe.Large either side offamily thedining. Good sized lounge ensuite and two walk-in bench. If they are going to clash with room, taking up two-thirds of the wall with heatpump. dining chairs, carpet the complete space to enhance theshower. breathtaking Bathroom with bath and Archgolla - open each end forthe great area easyor hard-floor it. Bar stools should indoor-outdoor flow. Landscaping views, and two slim windowshas tobeen the laid out to maximise not shed, be on both types of flooring. Even care with a well manicured andThe raised vege gardens. Garden floor, at the head of thelawn bed. width For Sale power workbench/aluminium Fully fenced. Doublechairs and stools are not bulky though of the point/lighting, room had been designed for shelves. a View by appointment garage. they are often attached to a fixed queen-sized bed, but this couple had structure such as aOffice bench. You can’t Ashburton 03 307 8317 a super king and two large bedside Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008) have one without the other. cabinets. The bed and one of the cabinets just fitted and there was no Making furniture and spaces work wall space for any other furniture, not well is fun. I am often called in to help even in the dressing room. It was a clients to rearrange their homes and beautiful room but, for it to work, it get the best out of what they have. had to be extended by 2m before the Sometimes it is just a bit of tweaking, build started. It would have been very other times it is a complete revamp, disappointing to have finished the repositioning furniture and artwork build to find nothing fitted. throughout the home.

Ashburton 11 Galbraith Street


Get started... A tidy three bedroom home on a pet friendly, family sized For Sale Offers over $145,000 View by appointment Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008)

Ashburton 22 Grove Street


Good to Go * 3 Bedrooms

section. With compliant inbuilt log fire in the lounge area. Good sized kitchen opening to the rear of the Section. A spacious single garage plus workshop compliments this tidy package. Certainly one to view to be appreciate.

For Sale $275,000 View by appointment Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008)

Ashburton 2/265 Moore Street


Easy Care Easy Living This tidy townhouse is just one block from the

* Double internal access garage * Private outdoor entertaining * Good off street parking

For Sale $360,000 View By Appointment Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008)

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FIRST HOME - FIRST CHOICE This lovely two bedroom brick home

Urban Consultant Cindy Hayward 027 389 7955

CBD. Large living area, two double bedrooms with good storage. Galley kitchen with abundance of cupboards and dining area. Large bathroom with shower and vanity also housing the laundry. House is insulated and heated with a heatpump ad nightstore. Single garage and easy care grounds completes the package.

For Sale $238,000 View by appointment Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008)

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Appealing Home - Secure Section - Close to School

with sunroom is a fine example of an investors starter of first home buyers. Large double garage - fenced section ideal for children or keeping pets. So close to school and easy access to main road. 3A1F Netherby 9 Davis Crescent Don’t Ashburton be disappointed. 82 BeltOPPORTUNITY Road Auction Price On Application DOUBLE WHAMMY 7 & 9 Davis Crescent View by appointment Side by side properties, buy one or buy both. These flats have 3 For Sale Offers over $145,000 each Captivating bedrooms eachCharacter and great back yard area for kids and pets to roam. No ViewOffice by appointment 3 1 2 03 307 8317 9 has no garaging. This could be the opportunity you have been waiting Ashburton Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008) * 3 Bedrooms for! No 9 is currently rented at $220 per week. Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 * Separate toilet, shower room and laundry Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008) * Heat pump & non compliant log fire * Open plan dining, living area Deadline Private Treaty closing at 4pm on 9th December 2013 (unless * Various outbuildings, private and secure sold prior) * Current LIM available from Russell, Moon & Fail Manager Jill Quaid 027 437 6755

switches just inside the door so they were easily found when you entered a dark room? Removing the wall lights isn’t a problem if there is other lighting in the room, but if it means relocating switches and not having anywhere for them to go, that is a problem. Fortunately, the house we moved into accommodated our furniture very well, but I do come across the same problem when I have clients who are building or relocating.

This three bedroom home has an open plan kitchen/living area with french doors out to a sunny terrace. Double garage plus large storage area on a well fenced section must add Ashburton appeal for buyers. Hut 8 Hakatere Down By The Seaside This hut and all its contents could be yours. This is a life style that many love in a small caring community. This hut has a small kitchen tucked in the corner of a large dining lounge with an open fire. Three bedrooms, separate toilet, a bathroom with shower and vanity, laundry. The property has batts insulation.

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3A1F For Sale $283,500 View by appointment For Sale $80,000 - $90,000 View byOffice appointment Ashburton 03 307 8317 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008) Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008)

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Great investment property as it is close to the town and you are not paying over the top for your section.

1012 m2 section (approx) Allenton area. Clean site, services and vehicle access at gate. Well and pump plus fenced on three sides.

793 metre square (more or less) Rectangular section next to the park on Cambridge street. CV $101,000

Potential for investment or build your own new home. 1872m2 (more or less freehold land. Application to District Council for 4 allotment subdivision, subject to resource consent.

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Why pay when you can By Shane Woods A good plumbing system is worth maintaining, and often high on the checklist of any potential buyer. Simple plumbing problems can often easily be handled by the homeowner. So if you are tired of hearing your leaky tap dripping, chances are all it needs is a new washer, and it can be a simple repair job. Regulations covering what plumbing the do-it-yourselfer can and cannot do have been eased in the past few years, but it is worth remembering that plumbing is a specialized field. There is a huge range of taps, mixers and fittings on the market which make it difficult even for the professionals to keep up. Even the humble tap washer has undergone a revolution, with ceramic washers and many proprietary systems taking over. So before deciding to undertake a plumbing repair yourself, think carefully. You may find you will save yourself time, money and a lot of grief by calling a professional. Leaking taps should be dealt with quickly as, over time, the tap can be irreparably damaged. Many homes will still have the old-fashioned taps with a rubber washer, which eventually wears out. Other will dry out, get hard and crack or break. Just the wear and tear of turning taps on and off can damage the washer until it can no longer work. When choosing taps for your home it is also a good idea to check if parts can be easily purchased. A replacement part for some taps on the market is often more expensive than the entire tap system itself. Replacing a tap washer is a fairly simple task and only takes a few minutes, even if you have no plumbing experience. You will first need to turn off the water supply. If you are changing a hot water tap, you may choose to shut off the water at the pipe that leads out of the hot water heater. Once the water is off, turn on the tap to relieve the pressure in the pipe. Indoor taps usually have a cover that needs to be removed, outdoor taps don’t. The cover may be formed by the handle, or the handle may be separate. Depending on the design of the tap, you may also need to remove the handle.



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n fix it yourself? together. Then turn the tap off, turn the water back on and check your work. If your tap continues to leak after replacing the washer, it will need reseating. If left too long, the leak can wear a channel in the seat of the tap and instead of a simple washer, you will need to reseat it. Reseating resurfaces your tap, so that the washer has the tightest seal. The simplest way to do this is to purchase a reseating kit which comes with all of the washers and seals you will need. However, regular maintenance of taps should prevent the need for reseating. It is also a good idea to make sure you have IDs in place on your taps as a safety precaution. And remember to turn on taps which don’t get used often like the cistern and washing machine taps, to prevent them from seizing up.

There is usually a small screw on the top of the handle, usually under a plastic cap which should lift off, or under a steel cap which unscrews. For cross-handled taps you will also need to remove the cover. The cover should unscrew, anticlockwise, to reveal the inside of the tap. You should be able to unscrew the cover by hand by gripping it tightly and turning, but you may need to use groove joint pump pliers with a thick rag in the jaws to prevent the cover from being damaged. The tap mechanism can then be unscrewed from the body with an adjustable wrench. This will reveal the washer, which is held on by a small nut. Replacing the washer is a matter of simply removing the nut and washer and fitting the new one. Make sure everything is free of grit or dirt, including the body of the tap where the washer will be in contact, before reassembling. When fitting the mechanism back into the body of the tap, ensure the tap is in the open position and operates freely when the tap is tightened



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How green is your backyard? By Maureen Gilmer


AWN LOVE: Lots of activity on a lawn can compact it, causing it to dry out. THERE’S nothing like a big lawn when there are kids in the house. This quintessential backyard play space gets a lot of use during summer. Grow it organic and you can enjoy a safe, chemicalfree carpet for everyone. But all this use results in problems that don’t show up until the dog days of summer. Activity results in soil compaction. When it’s dense and claylike, because of foot traffic, bikes, Frisbee-tossing, you name it, the ground under a lawn can become rock-hard. When compacted soil dries out, it becomes very slow to reabsorb moisture. This ground is not only tough for roots to penetrate, it takes forever, it seems, to get it adequately saturated again. Most sprinkler systems deliver too much water for that slower absorption rate, so run-off inevitably results. Every litre of sprinkler run-off is a litre of drinking water lost, and a litre you pay for but don’t use. Turf grass needs more water during summer’s heat, but if it can’t penetrate compacted ground, little to no water is absorbed. As your grass becomes more dehydrated,

it takes on a bluish cast, followed by withering and brownout. When these signs show up, you’ll know your lawn needs a spa day. You can’t till the soil of a lawn as you would beds or a vegetable plot. Instead, aerate your lawn to reinvigorate it. This practice perforates the soil with special tools so water and fertiliser can flow down to where the roots are. An aerating machine can be rented to rejuvenate your lawn. The aerator uses special tubular punches to extract plugs about the size of your thumb. Blades are spaced evenly on the machine, so you can run it over the entire lawn for uniform coverage. Afterwards, rake up the plugs, compost them or use them to start a new lawn. Once your lawn is thoroughly aerated, it’s ready for mulching. This is key to organic lawn-keeping, and helps turf-grass plants grow better naturally.

Organic fertilisers can also lodge here as well. Humus helps keep the holes open much longer, so your immediate efforts take full effect. When that moist fertile material lies within reach of the roots, turf grass enjoys better health overall and resistance to pests and diseases. Once you’ve raked in the humus, add a final layer of fine cow manure to the lawn surface and lightly rake it to help the particles filter down around the root crowns of the grass plants. Here it functions just the same way mulch protects the root zone of vege plants. This humus also helps reduce thatch accumulations by putting microbes that consume dead organic matter in direct contact with thatch. This helps it to decompose naturally so you don’t have to remove it.

Using bagged compost or composted cow manure, spread a layer over the entire lawn. Then rake it vigorously to force it down into the holes.

Your final step is to feed the lawn. Consult a nursery to find the best product for you. Many newer organic brands offer easy and safeto-use turf formulas. Although many people are replacing their lawns with other landscaping amenities, families still depend on their turf grass for kids and pets.

When there’s humus in an aerator hole, it absorbs water flowing through, retaining it in the root zone for the heat of the afternoon.

The best way to make yours greener is to open the soil, insert humus and feed organically, so you’ll enjoy beautiful results year-round.

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