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So hot this spring Spring is just around the corner and there are some exciting trends emerging on the interior decorating front.


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Take a deep breath and visualise. Just what would your lounge or dining room look like with some added colour? Many people are afraid of colour, says Redmonds Furnishing and Flooring owner Chris Redmond, but being adventurous can pay off. “Especially when it’s your own home, you can be a little bit more individual,” Chris says. And for those embracing the trend towards neutral tones in flooring and furniture, the scene is set for adding boldness and variety. For those with dark furniture and flooring, this can lend itself to creating a vivid palette, or bringing in softening hues. A good way to introduce colour is to add a feature chair, a beautiful rug, dress up your furniture with cushions and throws, or be adventurous and go for a statement-wallpaper.


One of the biggest trends under way is patterned, textured and coloured wallpapers and homeowners are not only using them for feature walls, but for whole rooms. “Although you do have to be reasonably confident,” Chris says. For

those with the courage, there are a wide range of daring designs on the market. They can bring a whole new element to your home’s social spaces, and set the tone for decorating the rest of the room. Colourplus Ashburton interior design consultant Jo Skilling says due to advances in modern technology, the choices of colour and design are enormous. Key trends include rich inspiring patterns that are slightly over-scale, metallic shimmers against a matt background, updated retro geometric designs, re-worked floral and botanical prints, marble and ombre. “It’s all part of the international swing away from minimalism, into glamour, luxury and pattern.”


For tables and sideboards, a new look merging rustic and industrial elements is on trend for the coming season. This encompasses wood and steel, and many items have a Scandinavian element with clean lines and natural wood tones. Fabric lounges are back in, with twice as many buyers at Redmonds – about 40 per cent – going for the softer look they provide, over


Industrial yet rustic pieces are complementing Mid Canterbury homes this spring.

contemporary classic leather, compared to last season. The softness is being offset by the shape, as couches with smart and sleek lines are sought after this season. And the “retro” look, reflecting

trends of the 1950s to 1970s, continues its popularity surge. Classic styles never lose their appeal, and so it is this season, as shoppers seek out those pieces which are guaranteed to add a touch of class to any interior.

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Be bold with prints and patterns, say the experts.

Floors and curtains

Neutral carpet sets the scene for any type of décor, and mid to darker tones of grey have been popular for some time. Skip-2-It Flooring Xtra interior

consultant Carmen Rooney says it is a colour which is both modern and edgy, yet timeless and classic. And there was a new related colour trend emerging, that of grey-beige. “This brings a sense of warmth, and

it is neither feminine nor masculine, therefore will co-ordinate with every room,” she says. Wooden or wood-look flooring is on-trend, creating rhythm and flow with a home’s exterior.

Classic styles never lose their appeal, and so it is this season

“The unique rustic features of wideboard laminates and vinyl planks inject fresh, warm neutral tones,” Carmen says. Meanwhile, linen fabrics in curtains are giving a clean, classical look, while sheer fabrics are just as sought after, for their soft sleekness. Equally, the trend in wallpaper is ensuring there are plenty of complementary patterned and coloured curtains in all kinds of fabrics to match. Blinds are proving a popular choice in modern homes, either with or without curtains. Adding curtains softens the room, while blinds on their own have minimalistic appeal. They are effective sun screeners, can be automated and set from your  smartphone.







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oller blinds today have a much wider range of colour and design than the roller blinds of old, and they also now have a variety of blinds for different functions. Sunscreen roller blinds make a definite difference in your comfort during the heat of summer by cutting down glare and heat. They protect your carpet, furnishings and artworks without completely blocking your views. Sunscreen fabrics are especially efficient at filtering visible light and UV rays (up to 97 per cent), thus increasing interior comfort and reducing reflections and glare on televisions or computer screens. Sunscreen blinds are also very useful in winter to block the glare of the low winter sun without blocking the light and warmth out completely, as drawn curtains do.

The transparency of sunscreen blinds is affected by the colour that you choose. Contrary to what you may automatically think, the darker the fabric the more you will see through the blind. The lighter the colour, the less. This is due to the sunlight reflecting off the lighter colours and making the holes in the weave seem

smaller. Another option is sheer roller blinds. With more transparency than a sunscreen they offer privacy from neighbours or the road without enclosing the room. Our range of sheer fabrics have been specifically chosen for New Zealand’s harsh UV conditions and are available in a large range of textures and neutral tones. If privacy at night is required, consider pairing the sunscreen or sheer roller with block-out rollers, curtains or a roman blind. All of our blinds are made to measure to fit your windows. This means they are customised according to your specifications regarding which side the control is on and whether it is front or back rolled. Depending on which fabric is chosen the roller blinds can be made up to 3m wide. For windows and doors that are wider than that, we

can use inline brackets to connect the blinds with one singular control. All rollers are fitted with co-ordinating bottom rail colours and shapes, which also match our large range of curtain tracks, rods and finials. For high or hard-to-get-to windows, automated blinds are now an easy and practical option. At Skip-2-It Flooring Xtra, we also have a huge range of curtain fabric on hand in all sorts of patterns, colours and textures, which can be made into curtains with various headings and linings to complement your blinds. Roman blinds can also be installed with the upgrade of a chain-controlled head rail for ease of use. So next time you are considering blinds for your home or office, come and discuss your ideas with the friendly team at Skip-2-It Flooring Xtra. 

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We love cushions There is so much to love about cushions.


hey bring a practical element to your home, by making the couches, chairs and beds they rest on just that much more comfortable. And they can look as good as they feel. But how to choose the right ones? There is a lot to consider.


Small pillows will look out of place on a large couch, unless they are positioned as part of an arrangement with larger pillows. Oversize pillows come into their own on bigger pieces of furniture, creating a cosiness and loungey feel. If your couch is of a modern style and compact, or you are looking for a cushion for an armchair, average size to small cushions will be most appropriate.


If you simply want a splash of colour in a drab bedroom or loungeroom, the quality of the fabric and filler may not be all that important to you. An advantage of buying cheap is it won’t matter if in a couple of months you tire of the look. However, if you are searching for cushions for a room which will be seen by many and used often, it’s best to make sure you shop for quality. Cushions with good filling will retain their shape for longer and high-grade

fabrics will survive wear and tear and look better in the long term.


Squares and rectangles are the most popular type of cushions. Squares are ideal for providing full-back comfort, while rectangles are good for supporting the lower back or neck. Bolsters can provide good lumbar support, and have the advantage of giving that hint of luxury and not slipping down when placed on leather couches. Round pillows

can soften up the straight lines of many furniture types, so don’t rule them out.

Patterns and colours

This can be the most difficult thing to choose when it comes to buying cushions. Window shopping can provide a good opportunity to get some ideas. You can then go home and visualise the cushions you like on your couches, chairs or bed. This is a good habit to get into and it’s amazing how you will probably

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Extending your livin Patio or deck?


Patios are at an even level with the ground, and as they merge into a lawn or garden, a connection is created between the interior living space and the outdoor landscape. The surrounding garden becomes a key visual part of the area. A paver, tile, brick or concrete finish lends itself to the incorporation of other hard landscaping features such as birdbaths, fire pits, outdoor ovens, birdbaths and water features. Level ground with a good consistency beneath it is required. If you choose to install your own patio, take time to dig the area out and compact the base. This will ensure a beautiful patio area for years to come. Around a swimming pool, a concrete base may be required, and sealing the pavers will stop staining.


ttractive courtyard and verandah settings bring a whole new dimension to your home by extending its indoor living space. There are many things to consider as you weigh up whether to install a patio or deck. Both can look fantastic, it just comes down to what you want from your outdoor space. Every good plan starts with a vision.

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Decks are usually made of wood and elevated, giving a vantage point to view your yard, and creating a separation from the outdoors at the same time. You can make the most of the versatility of wood and install seating and storage into the design. Another advantage is it can be built over pavers or concrete which have long passed their use-by date, as long as the ground is solid. Building your own deck is the ultimate DIY project, but it is important to make sure you plan it from start to finish. Any deck over one metre must have a handrail attached, or you can build up the ground below with a garden. The size of the deck is important. A small deck may serve as nothing

more than a walking area to the outdoors. You might be better going with steps in the same material as your patio, leading on to the wider patio area. A slightly larger deck ,on the other hand, will be able to incorporate a nice armchair, sofa, or hammock, and potted plants and garden art. An even larger one can showcase an outdoor dining setting, settee area with coffee table, or spa area. With both patios and decks, it is important you consult with your builder or supplier on what are the best materials for our Mid Canterbury climate. Ordering the prettiest exterior tiles or fancy-looking decking online is tempting, but not all materials are created equal. Some will be better than others in our frost and heat-prone environment. 



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ut before you go shopping this spring, take a look at what you already have. It may just be that the old wooden picnic table lurking in a disused corner of your yard could become a family entertainment centrepiece. A couple of coats of paint can transform even the most shabby of long-forgotten items when it comes to outdoor furniture.


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icker furniture and soft textural weaves are on trend for this coming summer, encompassing both modern and classical shapes. Wicker refers to a woven texture, and advances in modern technology have ensured a wide range of colours and shapes. Wicker brings the timeless look of cane furniture, but has far more versatility. Building on the trend to a natural look, Mid Cantabrians are finding they can’t go wrong with New Zealand made wooden outdoor furniture. Local suppliers are finding the furniture is sought after for its high quality and the fact that it stays put in strong winds. Once you have your furniture in place, the scene is set for creating vibrant outdoor dining and lounge spaces. 

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If you find yourself looking longingly at catalogues with swimming pools in them year after year as the heat of summer kicks in, maybe now is the time to get serious. The benefits of having your own swimming pool are numerous. Whether it’s the joy of water play with friends and family, or the physical benefits of swimming and aquaaerobic exercise, a swimming pool will ensure you fill your sunny days with fitness and fun. Additionally, a pool can provide a focal point in your backyard, and lend itself to a range of landscaping ideas. Factors such as access to your pool site, soil condition, size of the pool, and whether it will be heated, will affect the cost. For a fibreglass pool installed by a licensed pool builder, this can range from about $35,000 to $70,000 plus. Prices for a concrete pool start at a similar level, but have a higher upper limit, as they give you the freedom to pick the shape and size. Prefabricated aboveground vinyl-lined pools have lower installation costs. An important factor to consider

when you are looking at pool designs and types, is what sort of look you wish to create. The shape, colour and surrounds of the pool will need to fit in with the style of your home and garden. If you have a large section and want to create a dramatic effect, an infinity edge pool might take your

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fancy, where the swimming pool edge visually disappears over the horizon. Dramatic effect can also be achieved with features such as a wide entrance stairway merging into the water, large expansive patio extending out to the pool, water fountains and water falls as features, feature lighting, or

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What better way to relax after a big day than soaking in an outdoor spa. Spas can be bought in a huge range of sizes and shapes, with most models holding four or more people. Some even come with a swimming area, providing an extra-long section for swimming against a current. The price range is just as expansive, with standard models beginning in the four-digit range, extending up to over

$40,000 for deluxe models. There are a vast range of extra features you may wish to consider, and these can add to the whole spa experience. All water jets are not created equal; there are different types, and they feature in varying numbers, depending on the model. Multicoloured lights, drink coolers, sound systems and even pop-up televisions are among other features. Installing a spa automatically turns your outdoor space into a haven of relaxation. Spas have the advantage over swimming pools of being relatively small, so they can fit into most home-owners’ decks and patio

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olar PV (solar photovoltaic) effectively uses the light from the sun and turns it into electricity, reducing your energy consumption and power bill at the same time. It does not have to be sunny for the panels to be working and they will continue generating electricity on an overcast day. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the sun’s heat or lack of in New Zealand. Solar panels will actually be less efficient in extreme temperatures. The cost of installing a system is the same on an existing home as it is a new home and will only vary depending on size.

Why go solar?

Power prices have risen around 5 per cent a year since 2001 and look to continually rise for years to come. When you install a solar PV system you are essentially reducing your power bill for the next 25 plus years. A lot of consumers who have installed solar PV enjoy the feeling of reducing

their dependency on energy retailers and having to give them less money each month.

How to purchase the right solar system?

Quality product – The two main components of a solar PV system are panels and the inverter. The Panels generate the DC electricity and the Inverter converts it into AC electricity which we use in the home. The things to look for when purchasing, are quality panels and a quality Inverter. In order to select the right panels, it is recommended going with a well-known manufacturer. The reason for this is simple, it gives you some confidence the warranty will be honoured if required. Every manufacturer gives the same 25year performance warranty, but who stands behind it is the important part. If you hear the line “they are made in China but the head office is in Germany” be weary. Inverters are also a very important part of the system

and it is the usual you-get-what-youpay-for scenario. There is a very good New Zealand-made product available, but there are also several very high quality inverters being imported into New Zealand. Installation – When installing solar you are committing to a longterm purchase, therefore you need to ensure it is installed right the first time by competent installers. Solar installs are a specialised field and while all other systems may be working on day one, they may not in time to come due to poor installation and component failure. Compliance is proving a major hurdle with some installers of late and under scrutiny from the local network company there are multiple systems that are not being livened due to incorrect installation. Auric Energy has a great reputation with network companies and have undertaken a significant number of solar installs both big and small. System sizing – It is imperative that a solar system is sized correctly

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s much as we all love lounging in the sun, it is important to have shade. Ultraviolet light peaks 11am to 3pm, even on overcast days, so it is best to stay under cover during these times. But that is not to say you can’t enjoy the outdoors. Why not beat the heat in style this summer, and upgrade your outdoor area with the addition of roof louvres, awnings, shade sails, or umbrellas?


sails with a contemporary or creative design. They are versatile, and can be installed in a range of locations, providing shade at the swimming pool, sandpit or in your favourite garden area. Installed the right way, they can withstand strong winds. They are best removed in winter to avoid unexpected snow damage, and cleaned and stored away in a dry area.

Roof louvres are the deluxe version of outdoor shade creation, allowing you to let the sun shine in when you want it. They can be custom made to fit in with your patio or verandah. They are generally constructed of aluminium, so can be powder-coated the colour you want, ensuring they give maximum complement to your home and garden. They can be installed on wooden pergolas if you are wanting a rustic look, or on a concrete base for a more modern and sleek appearance. And they look perfect with aluminium framework in small gardens. Louvres can be installed vertically as well, giving wind and sun protection.



Retractable awnings similarly visually extend a building’s architecture into the outdoor space, and your supplier can help you choose a fabric to tie in with the colour scheme of your home. Primarily for shade, they can also help protect your home against rain, and might be ideal for that nor-west

Why not beat the heat in style this summer

side of the house! As well as adding a touch of style and pinache, awnings can help reduce fading of carpet and furniture and keep out the heat and glare. Drop blinds and screens are another alternative, they can close in a patio or verandah area, creating a pleasant outdoor space no matter what the weather.

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Shade sails can be custom designed, manufactured and installed to your requirements. They add shape and structure to outdoor spaces, and come in a range of fabrics including traditional mesh, monofibres or PVC, with extensive colour choices. You can personalise your

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Outdoor umbrellas are ideal around patio and barbeque areas, and have the advantage of providing the shade where and when you need it. There are varieties with built-in LED lights, and they come in a range of styles from wall mountable, tiltable to any angle, high wind performance, rotating, as well as centre-post and side-post designs. Cantilever umbrellas are not held up by a middle pole, and are instead hung from an arm attached to a pole at the side. This makes them more versatile, and they typically have a larger shade surface. 



Eco Living By Sheryl Stivens


here are soft plastic recycling bins provided at New World, Countdown and The Warehouse for dropping off anything you can scrunch up, including wrappers from biscuits, snack bars, toilet paper and handtowels and all those annoying bits of plastic packaging that everything seems to come wrapped in. Stuff them all into a larger plastic bag such as a bread bag and drop them in the bin provided.

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safe disposal. Do you live in a rural area? There are yellow lidded co-mingled bins at the 11 community recycling depots around the Ashburton District. It is so easy to drop off your household recycling including paper, cans including aerosols and plastic containers, bottles and bags all into the same bin. The materials are mechanically sorted in Timaru for the ever-changing marketplace. Glass bottles and jars are colour sorted into separate bins for bottle to bottle recycling in Auckland. To find the site near you and what can be recycled there check out the council website at

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Waste Free Parenting Food Lovers Workshop Masterclass BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL You will get to take home $100 worth of goodies from sponsors Kate Meads and Ashburton District Council.

Date: Venue: Ticket costs: To book:

Tuesday, September 13, evening session 6pm to 8pm (Please arrive 15 minutes early to collect your free pack). Eco Education Centre, 25 Range Street, Ashburton $25 per individual or couple Includes 1 x Love Food Hate Waste Pack valued at $100

During this 90-minute masterclass, you will learn; • Lots of exciting ways you can reduce your food waste from meal planning to smart shopping to smart storage. • The first in first out method, what is the difference between use by and best before and, when all else fails, the last resort options. Bookings are essential as there are limited spaces, so don’t miss out, grab your ticket today. For more information email - or call 027 221-1242.

You will get to take home $100 worth of goodies from sponsors Kate Meads and Ashburton District Council.


Tuesday, September 13, morning session 10am to 12.30pm

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(Please arrive 15 minutes early to collect your free pack). Venue:

Eco Education Centre, 25 Range Street, Ashburton

Ticket costs: $25 per individual or couple

Includes 1 x Love Food Hate Waste Pack valued at $100 To book:

This is a humorous, entertaining and inspirational seminar full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimise waste at home especially with children. The best news ... You get a fantastic free pack to take home! Kate uses her experience going from, what she calls herself, a master waste producer, to now being a more conscious consumer. You will learn • Lots of exciting ways to reduce waste at home. • Modern waste minimising household products and how you can save money. • What impact your choices will have on future generations.

Who would benefit from attending this workshop?

• Parents to be. • Parents with children in the home. • Grandparents. • Anyone interested in reducing waste in the home. The best news you will get to take home $100 worth of goodies from sponsors Kate Meads and Ashburton District Council. Bookings are essential so don’t miss out, grab your ticket today. For more information email or call 027 221-1242.

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Design a H


ow about bringing some order to your life this spring, in the form of a garden with elements of structure and harmony. Clean contemporary lines and formal planting areas, with predetermined colour palettes, leading into feature rooms of colour, are among trends on the gardening front. Ashburton gardening specialist Mark Cherry says he is seeing a lot of people go for plant groupings. Planting many of the one type of plant can lend itself to a layering affect. A tall hedge line with a row of rhodendrons beneath can be set off by another layer still, courtesy of the curves and soft colours of agapanthas or the rectangular order of buxus. Nandinas and teucrium are popular with Mid Canterbury gardeners, their respective evergreen reddish and blue-grey hues providing colour yearround. Layering is not something reserved for larger sections, and the versatility of plants such as teucrium, buxus and some natives lend themselves to restricted spaces. Many people are going for garden beds with straight lines, particularly on smaller sections where this could give a spacious feel to the lawn area. A green and white palette can give a soft and classic look, while many other colours and random plantings can be reserved for more free-ranging areas of a landscape. The concept of “rooms of colour” is popular, and allows home owners to be creative and individual. At Mark’s home, he has a red rose climbing through a maple tree, and a clematis growing through a white-

Create an impression by layering plants and add

flowered dogwood. Trees such as these are perfect for his smaller town section. Mark says whatever plantings are undertaken, it is important that home-owners draw up a plan, or employ a professional to do this. “It’s money well spent,” Mark says. TV3’s The Block web editor, Holly Roberts, agrees that new planting areas should be planned. When

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A trend towards grouping plants does not mean you can not be creative, and mix it up in different areas of your garden.

ding bold pots.

undertaking a sketch of your area, home-owners can add in dining areas, water features, courtyards and different-sized plants, she says. “Do a few sketches with features in different areas.” And planting a large amount of the same type of plant and sticking to a colour palette is on trend. She says home-owners should work around a focal point and give consideration to

where the eye will be drawn to. “It could be a large tree, a large lush plant, a sculpture, a water feature, or even the front of your house.” She also advises adding bold pots, and incorporating more of your colour scheme by adding pots of that colour. “Design a garden you love,” Holly says. 

Nandinas are popular this spring.




Lifestyle choice I

nvest in a piece of land large enough to build a home, with room to spare for a tennis court, a shed to house the boat and other outdoor toys, a pool and entertainment area to enjoy on summer evenings as well as room for the kids to play. All of this and more is available at the Kelburn Estate located off Tarbottons Road in Tinwald. This estate is for those looking to enjoy the freedom of a lifestyle block but with the manageability of being part of an estate. With sections averaging around 4000 square metres, you can have the best of worlds, space and a rural feel while taking advantage of the town supply water, sewer connection and fibre optic cable to the boundary. This makes the building process easier and more cost effective than most

Aerial View of Kelburn Estate

traditional country dwellings. Kelburn is an exclusive community featuring fully serviced sections with plenty of green space giving residents the room to enjoy a great indoor/ outdoor lifestyle. All of the ground work and planning has been done and is ready for your dream home and lifestyle to begin. With all the Tinwald and

Ashburton amenities close by, convenience and necessity are close at hand. The Tinwald Golf Course is a gentle meander down the road, framed by the impressive Southern Alps, providing a lifestyle second to none. This is truly a place of beauty and solitude. With the amazing mountain

views, green country outlook and serenity, this development is becoming a popular haven with Stage One sold out and Stage Two with only five sections left. Kelburn Estate welcomes you home where you can breathe the fresh country air, enjoy the picturesque landscape and still be close to all of ď Ž your favourite things.

A brand new subdivision is now open in Tinwald The Ray White Real Estate family in conjunction with the Tarbotton family are proud to offer you the opportunity to live in Cawton Grove. Cawton Grove is steeped in history. Robert Tarbotton was a native of Harewood Dale, Yorkshire, England and was brought up on his father’s farm at Cawton. He sailed to New Zealand on the S.S. Cusco in May 1880 and came to Canterbury to farm. He purchased 500 acres at Ealing. He was on the Ealing School Committee and twice Chairman. He was one of the first shareholders in the Hinds Saleyards and a company director. He was also a member of the Rangitata Road Board.

on community values, quality open spaces and outstanding facilities, Cawton Grove is the place for you.

The Tarbotton family are very proud of their history and are proud of the subdivision they have created.

Living in Cawton Grove will provide you and your family with a sense of freedom away from the rush of town living. Share in community activities and get to know your neighbours, and enjoy the wide range of nearby recreational activities. Enjoy the best of life at Cawton Grove.

If you are looking for a new home for your family in a location focused CAWTON GROVE Subdivision Stage 1



Subdivision Stage 1


Kelburn Place


The Tarbotton family are generously offering to the first five buyers a sum of $3000 to secure services from Tarbotton Contracting that could be used for landscaping, driveway forming, draining laying etc. N

Cawton Grove is a prestigious new residential subdivision located on Tarbottons Road, on the west side of Tinwald, just a short drive from the town centre. Breathe in the fresh country air and take advantage of the superb golf course, school, lake and extensive recreational reserves, pool and shopping centre – all in your neighbourhood.

Kelburn Place

Cawton Grove Cawton Grove

Stage 2

Start building your dream home. Titles now available.

Stage 2

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Tarbottons Road

Tarbottons Road

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In-home music A

merican poet Maya Angelou once said: “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.” So it is in our homes, where music adds another dimension to the ambience a home decorator may wish to create. The latest technology is making this easier for people, as music individualised between indoor and outdoor living spaces can be controlled at the touch of a screen. You may want the tones of relaxing music in your garden at the same time the local radio station plays in the kitchen, and favourite playlists are filling bedrooms. Music can be part of an overall home automation system, on which your lighting, blinds, heating, security, television and gaming are all controlled.

Such automation gives home owners endless choices in how to control the music in their home. For example, they may set the outdoor speakers to a volume level of just 40 per cent, ensuring the neighbours never have a reason to call noise control. Likewise, speakers in their teenager’s bedrooms can be programmed to drop their volume

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once it gets to 10pm at night. Getting out of bed in the morning can be made so much easier. Your favourite playlist or radio station can switch on in time with lighting in your bedroom or ensuite, and the volume can gradually increase as extra encouragement to get up, alongside the window blinds rolling up and letting the sun-shine in.




Blair Watson, managing director at ElectraServe, says such systems are proving popular with Mid Cantabrians. Many are at the stage of building their dream homes, and they want music to be a big part of their plans. A popular place for installing a central touch screen is the kitchen, but many people are choosing to control everything off their smartphones. Music lovers can access all their old vinyls, CDs and tapes, but the most popular way of accessing music is subscribing to internet music sites. The automated systems generally utilise ghost speakers for indoors. They are fitted into the ceiling and painted the same colour as the ceiling. They can be retro-fitted into older homes as well. 

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House plans for all D

an Dwyer is a born and bred Ashburton builder with 17 years of Canterbury-wide and overseas experience. He specialises in new builds, renovations, light commercial, farm buildings, decks and fencing. Dan takes the extra steps to ensure his clients enjoy an open and informative service, from the planning stage right through to completion. The Dan Dwyer Construction team will provide a supreme building experience, ensuring a quality finish to the highest standard, with attention to detail and completed on time and to budget. DDC can organise all aspects of your project–from plans and consents, to sub-contractors and health and safety–to completely

project manage to suit your needs. As a locally owned and operated company, DDC has a loyal and trustworthy group of suppliers and sub-contractors, ensuring continuity of work and efficient timeframes. DDC also has a range of 32 architecturally-designed house plans to suit every location and need. The plan range covers all criteria that’s important to you. Whether space is at a premium, there’s a view to maximise, or if you can afford to spread out, there’s a plan for you. Our architecturally-designed plans are ready to build immediately or can be customised to reflect how you live. You’ll have complete control over the entire process, guided by a New Zealand Certified Builder you can trust to create a home that’s unique to you. All new residential homes are

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It’s a unique, independent building cover that’s only available to people who build or renovate with an NZCB approved builder.


CONSTRUCTION TAWA 4 Bdrm / 251m2 This large, luxury family home features a central courtyard and a beautifully appointed chef’s kitchen for entertaining and extended family gatherings. Outdoor living can be accessed via the master bedroom as well as from all three spacious, open plan living areas.



Weatherboard cladding Striking hip and gable rooflines Open plan living Central courtyard


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