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Spring trends From flooring options, colour schemes, to rugs and blinds. The floors of any home take a beating â€Ś from people, pets, spills and the elements. They are usually the first surfaces to reflect wear and tear from everyday activities so investing in floors that suit your lifestyle is important. There are hundreds of choices of carpets, tiles, laminates and vinyl and choosing the right one can be overwhelming. But a good flooring investment will last 20 years, keeping pace with your daily life while bringing a touch of class to your home.
Getting it right takes time, says Carmen Rooney of Skip-2-It Flooring Xtra, so be prepared to answer a few questions like how many people live in your home, if you have pets or are away a lot. In a world perfect for carpet, sneakers would be banned. Their tread tracks dirt into fibres and dirt is bad; all shoes are bad for carpets so itâ€™s a good habit to take them off at the door. The alternative is to vacuum daily. Yeah, nah. >
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Rooney says one of their most popular products is QuickStep, laminated floorboard planks that are quickly installed over a foam underlay. They come in a huge range of colours and even have a variety that can be used in wet areas. A light floor can make a room seem larger, a dark floor may have the opposite effect. Quick-Step is a high density fibreboard, with four different layers with an overlay to protect against stains, impact, scratches, burns and household chemicals. It is durable, moisture-resistant and looks fabulous. “The thing about a wooden floor is that it is timeless. The world is your oyster when it comes to colour too,” Rooney said. Greys have been a popular colour in 2017, a trend she sees going forward into next year. “There has also been a noticeable shift though from blacks and dark charcoals to lighter, warmer tones.” Whether you are in the market for carpet or laminate, you need the right product that fits the purpose. Dusty pinks and muted greens will continue to make their presence felt in homes next year, the fashion setters say. Both colours have been seen on the catwalks and sported by trendy people; there are putty pink jeans, dusty pink purses and pale pink coats. And it is no longer a colour just for girls, pink is for everyone. It’s been 10 years since pink went out of favour for being “the colour of girls” and now it’s less about froth and childishness and more about warmth and good feelings. Those pinks and muted greens are inviting and work well with greys. Green soothes, uplifts and makes everything around it look good.
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In a world perfect for carpet, sneakers would be banned. So what does that mean for your home? Designer Hayley French, in Flooring Xtra’s latest Lookbook, says new floors or colours on the walls can make a room nearly perfect; sometimes something is needed to pull it all together. A rug can do the trick. “Today’s homes are more often than not a series of spaces that link together. The kitchen, dining and living spaces all share the same walls, which can seem overwhelming or barren unless you break up the areas with a rug. The resurgence of hard flooring has also necessitated the need to include a rug as a stable part of your furnishings. I like to call it the icing on the cake.” French says choosing a rug can be daunting. Scandinavian neutrals are still dominating the home scene but there is a shift towards a Bohemian trend, with rich textiles combined with white walls. Rugs can add colour, pattern, texture, comfort, warmth and help quieten the space and anchor furniture. >
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< Shutters and automated blinds are hot items on the window treatment scene right now. Skinny aluminium venetians all around the country are being replaced by chunky shutters with blades as big as 114mm; they are transforming rooms. Jo Skilling, from Colourplus Ashburton, said the shutters were beautiful, practical and durable and were custom made to fit windows or doors. When shut, they provide heat and noise insulation and the Luxaflex range comes in five paint finishes and 10 wood stain finishes. The shutters can be hinged for small and medium windows, or bi-fold for larger windows and doors. Sliders are also an option. “They look great and add privacy, security, sun and light control.” Automated sun shades and roller blinds are also big this season. Blinds can be opened or closed with a remote control so you don’t have to leave the couch. Luxaflex’s Q-motion rollershades can also be controlled by an app downloaded to your smartphone or tablet, great for when you are a long way from home. Q-motion is compatible with most home automation systems, is powered by battery but can also be adjusted by hand. Rollershades, sunscreens and duette blinds are all popular options, with the duette’s honeycomb construction is able to help winter insulation challenges.
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Keeping your cool Heating your home is one of the most important aspects when building or renovating. Heat pumps are designed for ease of use and instant heat at the push of a button. By choosing a heat pump as your primary heat source you remove the yearly task of filling the wood shed, daily task of filling the wood basket and monthly task of replacing the gas cylinder. Even if you have an alternate heat source heat pumps are great for those cooler September and April days where you cannot justify (or be bothered) lighting the fire, Saturday mornings when you get up and read the paper and weekday mornings whilst you have your breakfast before work. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours and can even be hidden in your roof cavity by the way of a ducted system.
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Hygge The Danes are regularly acknowledged as the happiest in the world and hygge goes a long way to explaining why. While they have known the secret for generations, the rest of the world caught on last year and went mad for the trend. The Danish word (pronounced ‘hooga’) translates roughly to ‘cosiness’ and is, in a sense, a way of creating a warm environment that instils calmness and provides optimum levels of comfort. Think giant, oversized woollen knee rugs draped over you as you sit in your cosy sofa, drinking a cup of warming hot chocolate or tea. You might add a decadent cinnamon roll and then wrap up warm with scarves, gloves and hats for a wander in the great outdoors. Even the tourism board caught onto the buzz, with www.visitdenmark. co.uk writing about the ‘art of hygge’ and Oxford Dictionaries even short-
listed hygge as one of their Words of the Year in 2016. Hygge is also a wonderful way of banishing the gloom of winter. When you have a roaring fire and warm slippers waiting for you at home, suddenly battling that cold journey home feels that little bit better. And, of course, if you’re in Europe during winter, it culminates with Christmas. The festivities are ultimate hygge time with family meals, candles, mulled wine and twinkle lights a focal point of the season. So, if you need a bit of a pick-up to help you get through the rest of winter, take note from the Danes and embrace the hygge trend. Although, the insider word on the design street is that it’s soon to be eclipsed by the Swedish, lagom. This is the concept of “not too much, not too little,” or “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right.” Watch this space!
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Scandinavian design The influence of Scandinavian design is nothing new, in fact, we’ve been inspired by their minimalist lines and neutral tones for years now. But, a new wave of the classic style has been emerging in magazines and decor stores lately and we’ve all been bitten by the bug. The movement focuses on simplicity and functionality and you don’t need to look far to spot it across Mid Canterbury and further afield. Think neutral tones with throw rugs, copper light fittings and simple, rustic elements that seem to magically encompass a vintage and modern feel all at once. Elle Decor lists the top Scandina-
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vian trends as including giant paper lanterns, elegant sleek office spaces, punctuated by cacti and pops of colour with blue rugs and IKEA-style furniture. The trend takes nuggets of inspiration from the three Scandinavian design capitals of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, but it often branches out to include Finland and Iceland, too. They’re all currently under the global spotlight and we’re endlessly fascinated with its exciting music, food and cultural icons. Basically, Scandinavia is hot right now, and with a few simple touches, you can bring the elegance and simplicity right into your own home.
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To Lake Hood for the good life STORY LINDA CLARKE • PHOTOS LAURA BAGRIE
It’s tough playing backyard cricket at Ben Wright’s Lake Hood home in the summer … you’ll need a kayak to fetch the balls that are hit into the canal at the edge of his property. His home on Waterton Point is a busy place in the warmer months, with friends bringing their jetskis and beers to fill in the long, warm nights in the best way possible. After all, a home in this water paradise just has to be shared. Water is a central theme in the 25-year-old’s life. His parents John and Jane are farmers in Methven and John has been the main player in the establishment of the Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation Scheme.
Wright graduated from the University of Canterbury with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2015 and now works for Carrfields Irrigation; his Lake Hood home is both close enough and far enough away from work. He said Lake Hood was an ideal location to consider two years ago when he was looking to build. He had spent several years city living and wanted space and water. >
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< The large 1450m2 section on Waterton Point, one of the first peninsula subdivisions in the new lake extension, appealed to the engineer because of its weird shape. He commissioned architects Chilton and Mayne of Ashburton to design a three-bedroom home â€œthat was something a bit differentâ€?. Three months later, with plans in hand, builders JKF Homes was pegging out the plot, which has views south-west to the Peels and mountains beyond. At the moment, Wright can lie in bed and soak in the snow-capped ranges. Construction happened over nine months, with Wright making decisions on materials and colours. The home has a wooden frame with traditional insulation and double-glazing throughout; there are three good-sized bedrooms, two bathrooms and an ensuite off the master bedroom, which also features a walk-through wardrobe. A smaller room is set up as an office, where Wright can work remotely. The subdivision has a fibre connection to the internet so access is no problem. The house is clearly positioned for canal living. Garage access is from the road, while a straight path leads to the front door and a high fence gives privacy and shields a small grassy enclosure in front of the kitchen. The kitchen is modern and sleek, with black countertops and white cabinets. You can eat sitting on chairs at the centre island or at the large wooden table with unobstructed views to the water. The walls are painted an off-white throughout, with a wood laminate flooring bringing warmth. The bedroom areas are carpeted. >
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< A black leather L-shaped couch is a good spot to watch TV or chat in the winter, with the gas fire going; in the summer, doors slide open on to an outdoor area that leads down in steps to the cricket pitch and private jetty. Wright’s green kayak is always out, ready for action. Friends who bring their jetskis can launch them at public ramps then motor up the canal to Wright’s place. They can access the main lake by canal when they want more speed and thrills. Wright employed a landscaper to help with the outside work. Pin oaks are planted out the front, with dogwoods along the fence and magnolias as features. The exterior of the house is a combination of stained New Zealand-grown cedar and vertical shiplap weatherboard. The roof angles add another layer of interest. Wright said it was not a commonly-used material and ideal for his low-maintenance schedule. Inside and out, the house is modern and contemporary with touches of Wright’s personal style preferences obvious in the cushions, paintings and floor rug in the living room. “I did have some help from friends, but I have always been big on design.” On this engineering project, Wright gives himself a 9/10.
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A growing community Lake Hood has firmly established itself on the residential housing radar of Ashburton, says real estate agent Paul Cunneen. “People are no longer asking why they should live there (Lake Hood, but why not,” real estate agent Paul Cunningham says. The first water-front homes were built in 2003 by a brave few keen to enjoy the new man-made lake; now the growing community is a mecca for outdoors people or those who love their water sports.
“You can wake up in the morning and the water is on your doorstep. You can go for a bike, or run or a swim. “I would say 90 per cent of the people who have bought there are from within the Mid Canterbury district. Most have had some experience around the lake – they know someone who lives there and enjoys it or they have a real interest in water sports.”
There is also a café and bar, walking and biking tracks, tennis courts, swimming spots and public boat ramps. The lake boasts an international rowing course and is the training ground for Ashburton College and Ashburton Rowing Club crew; it also hosts dragon boat festivals, yachting and waterski competitions. Over the years many Ashburton people have traded their urban homes for a spot in the waterside paradise – commuting by day to their jobs 10 minutes away in town and returning to enjoy an evening activity on the water, or a bike or walk around the water’s edge. It is like permanently being on holiday, the converts say.
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How to clean and stain your deck Over time your timber deck naturally loses its tannins and oils, making it look old and tired. This guide will show you how easy it is to bring your deck back to its former glory. What you’ll need Materials: • Deck cleaning product • Deck stain • Anti mould product (if required) • Turps (if using oil based stain) • Rags Tools: • Paintbrush • Hard bristled broom • Large bucket • Foam applicator and applicator pole • Paint roller tray • Hammer • Nail punch • Orbital sander (if any sanding is required)
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In some situations, you may need to sand down your decking if there are splinters coming from your timber. Ensure you punch the nails presanding. Now clean your deck with a timber prep product to remove any dirt, grease, oil, wax and other surface contaminants. Again, read the instructions on the product you decide to use. Allow deck to dry completely before you move onto staining.
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Choose the type of stain you will use. Both oil and water based types are available. Next choose the stain colour. Depending on your timber type the colour may vary slightly so it’s best to take an offcut of your decking timber into store with you. If you’re using more than one can of stain, ensure you mix the cans together to ensure colour consistency. To ensure you don’t get stain on your house, use a paint brush to cut in along the edge of the deck where it meets the house. If you do get any on your house, wipe it off straight away
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As most of us know, the Ashburton District Council is introducing a new wheelie bin kerbside collection service on September 1, 2017.
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Clear, green, amber and blue glass bottles and jars should be placed in your green crate
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Not all waste items can go in your rubbish bin, so make sure you dispose of these items correctly, or reduce your use of these items.
Glass will be taken to a different sorting centre for recycling than the items in the yellow bin. If glass is put in the yellow recycling bin, it can break in the back of the collection truck and contaminate the load of clean recyclables in there, so it’s important you put these glass bottles and jars in your green crate. Ensure your glass bottles and jars are loose, not bagged and do not put broken glass in the crate. Please do not put the following items in your green crate: • Window glass • Pyrex or ovenware • Drinking glasses • Optical lenses
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New wheelie bin service starts 1 September Collection Area The new system will replace the current bag and recycling crate systems operating in the district. If you already have a green crate, please keep it as you will not be issued a new one.
The new system is also being introduced to some properties that haven’t previously received Council kerbside collection services, including Lake Hood, Fairton and Winslow. Boundary maps are available online.
Be Ready Upon receiving your bins over the past month, you will have also received a Handbook. Please refer to it to learn how the new collection system works and when your bins will be picked up.
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The green crate is for recycling glass bottles and jars. The 45-litre crate will be collected from the kerbside every fortnight, on alternate weeks to the yellow bin collection.
The yellow bin is for recycling plastics, cans and paper. It will be collected from the kerbside every fortnight, on alternate weeks to the green crate collection. It is a 240-litre wheelie bin with a yellow lid.
The red bin is for everything that is not recyclable, including household and organic waste. This 80-litre bin is collected weekly and will replace the black ADC rubbish bags.
A full Calendar illustrating the collection system and how to find your collection day is available in your booklet or on our website.
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Mini meadows Planting for the bees! We all know we need to be looking after our hard-working bee populations. They are the vital pollinators that we rely on to produce food, but sadly much of the wild foliage and flowers they feed from is diminishing. September is Bee Aware Month, which is promoted by Apiculture New Zealand and encourages people to plant bee-friendly gardens. To attract them, Tuigarden.co.nz says you can plant calendula, marigold, sunflowers, poppies, cosmos, hollyhocks, fox gloves, clover, nasturtiums, comfrey, dahlias, echinacea, geraniums, honeysuckle and clematis. Not only will they help our bee populations thrive, the blooms will bring wonderful colours and smells to your own private minimeadow. But, do remember, some people can have a life-threatening allergic reaction to bees and bee-stings, so yates.co.nz suggests including a cute sign warning people of your bee-friendly garden. ď Ž
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Outdoor living appeals That beacon of Kiwi-ism, Sir Graham Henry, showed off his Argentinian barbecue (parilla) on television. Such is New Zealand’s obsession with outdoor eating that more homes come resplendent with fancy cooking contraptions. Sir Graham had his parilla built especially for his Waiheke property. But where there’s a trend there’s always a business not far away. And there are plenty of Kiwi businesses offering to turn your backyard into a gourmet paradise. A real estate agent says a pizza oven, parilla or barbecue isn’t necessarily going to add more value to your property. But anything that dazzles buyers could well make them feel warmer towards it. “Depending on the location and its price point, an outdoor cooking facility may not necessarily add too much value,” Foster said. Most Kiwis would be happy to have
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