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e learned a couple of new words during the publication of this edition of House to Home – soft minimalism. This is a less strict approach to minimalism and seems more about purging the clutter and surrounding yourself with the things you love and use. This way of living, rather than a trend, is good for the soul. We’ve also been lucky to see inside two beautiful new homes and bring you the stories of their owners. You so often

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hear the old refrain that building is stressful, but both these families report the building process has been easy and organic. The Hawkes family visited their section-turnedconstruction zone almost daily and were thrilled to watch the rise of their home on Whiteoak Grove, keeping a happy photographic record of progress and moving in last month. Hugh and Rachelle McLengahan’s new home on Smithfield Road is a semi-rural oasis, where they watch the local wildlife

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from under the big verandah that opens out from their kitchen and dining area. The property oozes space and serenity. We are grateful to both families for sharing their private retreats and hope you’ll find their stories inspiring. Both families also praised their builders and subcontractors for allowing them to be so involved in the builds, resulting in genuine connections all-round. The only thing left to say is, bring on summer!

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nterior designer Sarah Thatcher, from Sarah Bennett Design, says colour trends might provide inspiration but homeowners should always keep the big picture in mind. “I’ve been in business in the Mid Canterbury area for 15 years and in that time I have seen trends come and go, so my best advice for you all is to embrace what you love. “When it comes to Interior designer Sarah final choices you can select Thatcher elements from on-trend fabrics and colourways, but never lose sight the palette is for your home, not your house, and at the end of the day you want it to be enjoyed long after the trends have evolved.” Sarah said her work in the past 12 months had reflected the individual preferences of her clients and had featured a lot of classic timeless, farmhouse and Hamptons style, as well as modern and on-trend work. “Everyone has different styles and tastes and most of the time I am also working with existing elements in their homes.” Here are her thoughts on styles that are coming through for 2019:

Dark palettes Lots of navy and deep greens as well as charcoals. Black has taken a step back and these shades are working more for all the walls and making a cosy warm feel, especially to lounges and dining rooms. Don’t be alarmed by the dark colours as you can decorate the walls with multiple artwork so the walls aren’t as overpowering in your room.

Neutrals These will always be a first port of call for most, shifting away from the stark white and using more soft cream tones with accents of soft colours in furnishings as quite a neutral palette. In this palette terracotta is making a huge comeback … so don’t rip those tiles up just yet!



We haven’t seen the last of the florals yet! They are making a huge comeback with botanicals and bold leaves being the driving force, as well as vintage hand-painted styles. It sounds bold and it is! But used in the correct way they can look fantastic and stylish.

We have seen a lot of subway tiles, but there are so many other styles on the market and people are turning away from them … they will still hold their place in the right style of home though.

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These are still a solid favourite for the Mid Canterbury area and let’s be fair they will never date. Colours are changing slightly and more of a tartan style is coming through. These

Deep forest green, tiffany blues, turquoise greens, terracotta and copper, blush, gold and brass and for fabrics, animal motifs and vintage hand-painted looking florals and velvets.

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arm and inviting, apricot orange takes over from millennial pink as the colour in vogue for 2019. Think muted shades of coral, tan and nude. Orange and its huge range of shades is optimistic and uplifting, so a pop of this colour can be stimulating and a real conversation-starter. The variation apricot orange has been around as a colour for 150 years and was also big in the 1970s. The colours of that era were pretty drab in comparison to those of the psychedelic sixties. You can lay that on the USA, which was recovering from the turmoil of the Vietnam War and the desire for peace and calm was reflected in the dark wood and warm earth tones of that period. In today’s busy world, with a constant bombardment of data – inside and outside the home – you can see that desire for calm is just as big. Redmonds furnishings expert Laura Hill says dusky rose and terracotta tones will also be popular next season, along with calming greens like safe and soft olive and chalky greys. Rich jewel tones like gold, emerald, maroon and deep blue remain popular. Laura says try incorporating these colours into your space with smaller items, such as an armchair, bed linen, lamp or rug. “This way they can easily be changed or moved around when you feel like you are ready for a change. You can also add a feature wallpaper or paint the walls for better impact.” She recommends Resene Florentine Pink, Resene Bitter or Resene Quarter Lemon Grass – choose softer colours for calm spaces such as bedrooms and try adding bolder colours

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s New Zealand’s favourite DIY show edges closer to the live auctions, the competition continues to heat up. Fans of the hit channel Three show, The Block NZ, once again became hooked last month when we were introduced to the four teams competing in the gruelling 12-week challenge. Situated in the heart of Hobsonville Point, they each set about designing and completing a contemporary three-storey family home. This year’s contestants included, parents Amy and Stu from Gisborne, childhood mates Ben and Tom from Auckland, gym junkies and soul mates Claire and Agni from Hamilton, and best friends Chlo and Em from Palmerston North. Hobsonville Point is Auckland’s hottest new suburb, a thriving, master-planned community which has been designed from scratch with residents’ well-being and sense of belonging at the forefront. Each of the homes feature three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room, three living spaces, laundry room and a garage with room for storage. But, the most unique feature of these houses has proven to be the covered outdoor patio, an extension of the dining room, and a private oasis for entertaining. The teams have been put through their paces with new and daring challenges this year, in addition to familiar favourites. Also unique to this season was the formation of The Block Collective, which meant teams had to work together, as well as against each other, to take out the competition. Joining the show for the first time this year was judge Kristina Rapley, editor of Your Home & Garden magazine, who

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at auction and take home any profit over the reserve. The team that earns the highest profit will also take home the $100,000 grand prize. “This season is special because it really exemplifies the idea of community; the houses are located in the heart of a modern development that is all about connecting with the community,” says challenge host Shelley Ferguson. “With four nearlyidentical houses, the pressure is really on for this year’s teams to up their design game and stand out from their competitors.” Peter Wolfkamp says no two years are the same on The Block NZ, and this year’s team dynamics have been fantastic. “I have no doubt they will be as entertaining as they are competitive as they battle it out to be number one in the DIY stakes.” The Block NZ screens Sunday to Wednesday nights on Three.

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How well do you know the teams? AMY AND STU – FROM GISBORNE Hailing from the surf mecca of Gisborne, Amy and Stu both have experience renovating spaces and love being able to bring their creative thoughts to fruition. Stu, a plumber, and partner Amy, a beauty therapist, live with their kids and two cats. Amy’s organisational skills, eclectic taste and flair for design, coupled with Stu’s plumbing and painting prowess, makes them a formidable team. Funny, creative and generous, “with just enough crazy to keep it interesting”, Amy says she can be bit of a hothead – and more than a little stubborn! Stu, who Amy describes as her ‘rock’, says he’s the life of the party and can get along with anyone, and has a penchant for dad jokes. Amy’s proudest moment is becoming a parent – and she reckons being the oldest team will give her and Stu the edge over the others. Both Amy and Stu say their biggest struggle will be being away from their kids.

BEN AND TOM – FROM AUCKLAND Hailing from the big smoke, single lads Ben and Tom have been best mates since birth. Architect graduate Ben – a self-described workaholic – says he’s always up for a good time and dreams of one day owning his own architecture firm. Tom, who describes Ben as his ‘brother from another mother’, is a project manager and all-round handyman. When Tom isn’t busy being a jack of all trades, you can find him working on his motorbike or out on the water, while his DIY partner Ben says while he loves fun banter, he isn’t afraid of confrontation. Tom says Ben has a knack for creating amazing, out-of-the-ordinary designs, while Tom’s commitment to get things done in the most cost and timeefficient manner, provides the perfect foil to Ben’s tendency towards shortcuts. Ben reckons lack of sleep will be their nemesis while on The Block NZ.

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CHLO AND EM – FROM PALMERSTON NORTH Best friends since high school, Chlo and Em live the good life in their hometown of Palmy. Chlo, an office co-ordinator and Em, a business owner, say a can-do attitude and good banter will be a key to their success on The Block NZ. The practical half of the BFF duo, Chlo is super-organised, loves to paint and design, and describes her style as “vintage finds mixed with modern touches”. Em is no stranger to DIY – she recently renovated her first home, where she lives with her three flatmates. She says the renovation experience taught her to be creative on a tight budget. Chlo says her habit of laughing at inappropriate times can get her into trouble, and is known to drink multiple cups of coffee every day. Chlo says she’ll struggle being away from her partner, Angus.



CLAIRE AND AGNI – FROM HAMILTON A shared love of working out brought soul mates Claire and Agni together. Claire, a personal trainer, met her partner Agni at the Hamilton gym he co-owns and manages. They now own their own home in Hamilton, which they have renovated and rent out, while Agni project managed the entire design, layout and fit-out of his gym. Agni says his “fiery and design-savvy” soulmate Claire will fight for what she wants, while Agni is more of the peacemaker. Agni, who immigrated from India to Hamilton with his family age seven, is a keen golfer and cricketer. He says he’s “full of good banter” and not afraid to push the boundaries. Claire, (Tainui and Ngapuhi) spends her spare time doing freedom dance and yoga, and is also a big fan of op-shopping. Claire and Agni say they’re used to early morning starts, and being enthusiastic towards others, is second nature.



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The hosts SHELLEY FERGUSON – CHALLENGE HOST As a previous judge on The Block NZ, Shelley Ferguson has a passion for décor, design, real estate and renovating. The editorial director of home and fashion brands at Bauer Media, says she is excited to return for her fourth season as challenge host. “The challenges, competition and crazy antics of The Block are back – and I can’t wait to see how this year is going to play out,” she says. “We are really lucky to have such a unique site for 2018; Hobsonville Point is a development that’s all about being connected with family and friends within a beautiful natural environment.” Shelley first started at Your Home and Garden magazine as an editorial assistant when she was 18 years old. After working on a variety of magazines, in both London and Auckland, she’s back at Your Home and Garden, this time as the editorial director. Shelley teamed up with The Block NZ foreman Peter Wolfkamp, to host Three’s 2017 property show, Slice of Paradise; following the journey of first home buyers around New Zealand.

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Q&A with judge Kristina Rapley Kristina Rapley was already a big fan of The Block NZ when she joined the team as a judge for the first time this season. When it comes to interior design, homeware, and New Zealand’s DIY scene, the Your Home and Garden magazine editor, was the perfect candidate for the job. Kristina has spent more than a decade working in the magazine industry, landing her first editorship at Creme magazine, when she was just 22.

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Congratulations on joining The Block NZ team this year! What has the whole experience been like and what have been some of the challenges? Thank you! It’s been a lot of fun. Jason (Bonham) is hilarious and we have so much fun together on site. I was really nervous turning up on day one, having no idea what to expect, but he put me at ease straight away. I definitely find the actual scoring really challenging. I make an effort not to score based on my own personal taste because obviously that’s so different for everyone. For me, it’s all about the level of finishing and all those little extra styling touches that make a room feel complete and cohesive. Had you been a big fan of The Block NZ in the past and judged past shows from your living room sofa? Oh, absolutely. I’ve watched every season religiously, so it’s really great to have a behind-the-scenes look this year. How different it is when it’s real, and contestants are relying on you to judge and provide feedback? Different ball game completely! Jason and I have to be really careful about the feedback we’re giving, because it impacts their future decision-making and will inevitably impact on the final result, so I take it very seriously. What surprised you the most this season about some of the skills, designs, and styles that the teams incorporated? So, obviously Amy & Stu have been killing it in the room reveal scoring, and I’m just so impressed with their styling. I know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea -–when you compare it to Ben & Tom’s style for example, it’s chalk and cheese. But, Amy & Stu have a very clear design direction and they have executed their rooms beautifully, so far. It’s really wonderful to see such bold colour and styling choices, they’re definitely not playing it safe.


Do you often get to see what they’re working on right up until the reveal, or do they keep it a secret from the judges? We don’t see anything before room reveal, not even a sneak peek, so we have no idea what to expect. When you see us walking into a room on telly, that’s the first time we’ve seen it.

very close eye on the market and has an eye for finding homes with potential. He’s super handy, too, and is great on the tools, so together we make a great team. Overcapitalising is probably the biggest pitfall people can fall into. It’s different if you’re renovating a home that you’re planning on living in for a really long time and you’re not concerned about resale, but if you are, you need to do your research and make sure that if you were to sell, you’d make your money back and ideally plus some.

What was it like working with the teams and the crew? What was the overall atmosphere? It must get pretty tense at times, but also seems a lot of fun. Jason and I are only on site on Saturdays and only really see the teams as they’re leaving site for us to go in and judge. We’re not allowed to talk to them, even though I desperately want to! I’m really looking forward to meeting them all properly when the show is finished, hopefully they’ll all want to talk to me, too! The crew are amazing and so hard-working and there’s a great vibe on site – but it’s definitely getting more tense and more grubby as the weeks roll on.

What are some of the top style tips you could let us in on for spring? Spring is a really exciting time when it comes to the home. A decent spring clean is usually needed after the months of dreariness and it’s nice to pack away the heavy blankets, winter coats and muddy boots and freshen everything up with some new cushions and bedding. A vase full of fresh spring flowers always lifts the mood too, just little things like that.

As editor of Your Home and Garden magazine, are you noticing shows like The Block NZ are encouraging more people to ‘have-a-go’ at property DIY? Is it becoming less daunting for people, and, with property prices making getting on the ladder so tough, is renovation still a popular option for young people starting out? Absolutely. Buying property is a huge investment and Kiwis are a real house-proud bunch, so getting stuck in and doing it yourself is the only option in a lot of cases. Making a house a home and putting your own stamp on it is high up on the priority list for most, and shows like The Block NZ are encouraging people to be their own stylist or interior designer. I think it’s amazing.

What styles and designs are you loving right now? And, what are your predications for next season? I’m definitely loving the more is more approach when it comes to design at the moment. Maximalism is having a major moment – think bold colour, clashing patterns and loads of personality and individual style. Where do you source a lot of your inspiration from? Do you travel a lot, or use social media sites? I get so much inspiration from our styling and design team at Your Home and Garden, they’re all so clever. We feature real Kiwi homes in every issue so I’m constantly inspired by our lovely homeowners, too – there are some seriously talented people in our wee corner of the world and some seriously beautiful homes.

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30mls Pimm’s 60mls fresh orange juice 120mls lager Fresh wheel of orange

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Beef Skewers with Asian Slaw

Barbecued steaks with Baba Ghanoush and Tomato Salad • • •

These are great for entertaining, use beef rump threaded with kaffir lime, mint and coriander leaves for a perfectly fresh taste. Serve with crunchy Asian slaw. Ingredients: • • • • • •

500g Quality Mark beef rump 6 metal or wooden skewers 12 kaffir lime leaves 1/4C olive oil 1 small handful mint leaves, chopped, plus a few extra to garnish 1 small handful coriander leaves, chopped, plus a few extra to garnish

Asian slaw • 1/4 green cabbage, very finely sliced • 2 carrots, grated • 4 spring onions, trimmed and very finely sliced • 3 handfuls mung bean sprouts • 2T sesame seeds, toasted • 1t black sesame seeds or nigella seeds, optional • 2T light soy sauce • 1T lime juice


Method: Baba ghanoush Preheat barbecue grill. Roast eggplant over barbecue grill or open flame, turning regularly, until it starts to collapse and the skin is quite black, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. Remove every bit of skin and discard, then very quickly rinse eggplant under cold water. Press flesh with the back of a spoon or potato masher to remove excess liquid, or place in a colander to drain. Chop flesh and place in a bowl with garlic, parsley, tahini and cumin and stir to combine. Stir in lemon juice and oil.

2t soft brown sugar 2t sesame oil 1t wasabi paste

Method: Beef Soak wooden skewers in cold water for at least 20 minutes to help prevent burning during barbecuing. Preheat a barbecue until hot. Cut the beef into about 2.5cm pieces. Thread three pieces of beef onto the soaked skewers with the lime leaves. Mix together the oil and fresh herbs and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Brush liberally over the beef skewers. Place on the hot plate and cook for five minutes until the beef is cooked to medium-rare. Asian slaw Place the cabbage, carrots, spring onions, mung bean sprouts and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Combine the soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, sesame oil and wasabi in a small screwtop jar and shake well. Drizzle over enough dressing to moisten the salad and toss well. Sprinkle over the black sesame or nigella seeds, if using. To serve: Place the Asian slaw on a large serving platter and top with the beef skewers. Scatter over the coriander and mint leaves.

The prefect recipe for a barbecue with friends and family. Simply cook the steaks, prep all the elements and allow everyone to assemble it themselves. Ingredients: 4 x Quality Mark scotch fillet steaks

Beef Heat a barbecue until hot. Rub beef steaks with a little oil, season and place on the barbecue with a space between each. Barbecue for three minutes on each side for medium-rare steaks. Remove steaks to a warm plate and cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for five minutes. Season as required.

Baba ghanoush • 1 medium eggplant • 1 clove garlic, crushed • 2T parsley, finely chopped • 2T tahini • Pinch ground cumin • Juice of ½ lemon • 2T oil To serve: • 200g punnet cherry tomatoes, halved • 1C mint leaves, roughly chopped • 1T white wine vinegar • 3T oil • 4 pita bread, grilled on the barbecue until hot • 1 head baby cos lettuce, leaves separated • Store-bought basil pesto

To serve: In a bowl, combine tomatoes and mint. Drizzle over vinegar and oil and season to taste. Plate steaks with pita bread, baba ghanoush, cos lettuce leaves and tomato salad. Top with a little basil pesto.

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“We enjoy watching the comings and goings of this wild life, especially when the pukekos get feisty chasing the dog while he retrieves his ball!” They both enjoy growing their own vegetables so created an area with raised vegetable gardens for this. “There were no real challenges throughout the build - being organised and making choices before they were required by the builder and trades kept things fairly easy. If we had to list a challenge, keeping within budget was interesting at times.” Rachelle said they had enjoyed the entire process from subdivision to building. “Everyone was fabulous to work with. We enjoyed Craig Ingold’s industry knowledge and honesty. If he thought our idea was ‘off ’, he would say, and embraced other ideas that we had.” The finished home and gardens offers comfortable, relaxed living: “We love living at this property.”

Has their new home changed the way they live? Compared to their previous property, there is less to do in the garden and little maintenance on the house enabling them to relax a little more. Not surprisingly, they feel no need to escape at weekends. “We love to spend time at home, a lot of time is spent mucking around outside, in the lounge and around the kitchen island. I love to cook, whether it is for us, family or friends, the kitchen is really functional to work in and the double oven is great,” Rachelle said.

“Hugh finds it a really peaceful place to come home to, to relax and unwind. The house has a nice ambient warmth or coolness depending on the season which makes it really comfortable to live in.” Rachelle’s work space is a treat and she feels grateful every day for the space. “The salon is lovely and offers a nice peaceful place for clients to come to take a break from life, even if it is for just 15 minutes.” But that is Smithfield Road, you drive along the road and leave town behind.

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About the house: The natural block home is 290 square metres on a 1.5 acre back section about 1.5km along Smithfield Road from the Seafield Road turnoff. The underfloor heating is a special feature and the only heating source. A heat pump unit heats fluid in pipes under the polished concrete floor; nine separate areas have their own control panels, all of which can be controlled by a cellphone app. The temperature is regulated year-round at 18 degrees Celsius. The house has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and open plan living with kitchen, dining and lounge; a second lounge has become the family’s media room. There is an impressive 3 metre stud ceiling throughout the entrance, hall, kitchen, dining and media room.


The lounge has a bulkhead ceiling adding style and space to the room. The kitchen and dining area opens onto a large outdoor entertainment area flowing onto the sprawling lawn. The outdoor area is covered by a veranda, which is an extension of the house roof. The colour scheme throughout, guided by Jo Skilling of Colourplus, is Dulux Manorbourn in different strengths used on the high stud walls to create special effects. The concrete floor was laid by Precision Concrete Placing and cut and polished by Perfect Polish. The polished concrete floor is hard-wearing, perfect for pets and easy to clean with broom, vacuum or steam cleaner. LED downlights are combined with statement lamps. Internet access is via a fibre optic cable that runs past their gate.

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inter sun is streaming through the windows of Debbie and Clint Hawkes’ new home on Whiteoak Grove, reflecting off crisp and modern black, white and metallic surfaces. The family moved in just a month ago and Debbie says she’s still pinching herself to make sure it’s all real. Like many hard-working couples, they never believed it would be possible to build their own home. But they did their homework, found a mortgage broker and a building company they could connect with and the rest is recent history. Debbie said they had been looking to trade up from their 1970s home in Leeston Street last year and put offers on two houses before family members on the same path recommended building. “We didn’t think we would ever be able to build, but it is doable,” she said. Having committed to building, they sold their home and spent 10 months living in tiny cabins on the drive-way of a home belonging to close friends Mike and Jenny Kelleher. With Debbie, who operates her own music school MelodyMakers Academy of Music, and Clint, a youth pastor at the Ashburton Baptist Church, in one 3m x 2.4m cabin and their three teens in the other, they lived out of suitcases and became loyal customers of the food delivery service Bargain Box. Despite the close quarters, they look back with fond memories of this special communal living adventure. “It became home and we realised we did not miss a lot of our stuff,” Debbie said. The pair searched for sections and found Whiteoak Grove

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Having shed many of their possessions, the Hawkes decided to fill their new home with modern furniture. Debbie became a TradeMe ninja, hunting down the best deals. Their beautiful glass table and chairs were bought from a Cashmere couple downsizing and other new items have been carefully selected after much internet browsing. Clint has become a pro-assembler, turning flatpack kits into their new bedroom and lounge furniture. Their online retailer of choice has been Mocka, with its reasonable prices and free delivery. Even the kids have been roped in to help, with oldest son Cairo constructing the furniture for his own room. One of their first meals in the new home was a traditional family roast, cooked in their new Bosch oven … a treat after having no kitchen of their own for some time. Evie the white Japanese Spitz and a regal ginger-striped feline known as Paws have also given the new home their seal of approval. Evie has already figured out she has the best view of the street from the long glass window in the bedroom being used as an office by the front door. Paws prefers to lounge on the bed in Debbie and Clint’s bedroom, which is awash with sun in the afternoon. It’s the family feel to this new home that the Hawkes already treasure. They love the outdoor entertaining area as much as the interior, and look forward hosting friends and family, and others who might benefit from such a welcoming space. “We want to use this house to bless others,” Debbie said. “We feel so humbled.”

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About the house The white brick house with a black coloursteel roof has a floor area of 182 square metres, and is set on an 800 square metre section, in a cul-de-sac at the end of Whiteoak Grove. It is part of the Oaklea subdivision, in Tinwald west, and the area is a mix of retirees, working couples and families. The home has four bedrooms, the master with ensuite, a media room, kitchen, lounge and dining room, bathroom and attached two-car garage. The interior is painted through in Resene’s Surrender, a calming grey that easily goes with contrasts of black and white throughout the house. The carpet is a forgiving dove grey, ideal if you have children and pets and don’t want to spend every day with the vacuum cleaner out. Downlights provide the main light, along with statement


floor lamps and hanging decorative lights. One heat pump heats the whole house and the Hawkes keep track of power use by way of an app on their phones. With modern insulation, double-glazing and a design to make the most of the sun’s thermal rays, they say their power bills are already way down on the dark, 1970s house they lived in previously. For internet access, they are connected to the fibre optic cable that runs past their door; this was an essential part of the build. Outside is still a work in progress. A basketball hoop already adorns a large concrete area at the rear of the house and once day soon, grass will grow on a large backyard that has already been levelled. Neither are big gardeners, but they have plans for productive plants, including a feijoa hedge and a grape vine, and planter boxes.

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

Grove is the place for you.

Cawton Grove is a prestigious residential subdivision located on Tarbottons Road, on the west side of Tinwald, just a short drive from the town centre.

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.

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. If you are looking for a new home for your family in a location focused on community values, quality open spaces and outstanding facilities, Cawton

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Catering to your caffeine fix Just how deep is your passion for coffee? Whether you’re a fan of the instant, the exotic made by the barista at your favourite café and everything in between, there’s no denying that coffee makes you feel good.


he experts might disagree on the benefits of coffee (it’s good for you/it’s not good for you) but Kiwis have embraced the coffee culture in our own way … usually with plenty of the milk that we produce in our own backyard. If you’re thinking about buying a coffee machine for home, it pays to do your homework before you hit the store, where you’ll be confronted with an overwhelming range of machines. You’ll find the reasonably-priced and easy-to-use nespresso capsule machines for around $299 as well as an assortment of manual and automatic machines where you get to be your own barista, grinding beans and tamping like a pro. Maybe. The high end, fully automatic machines, like the DeLonghi Prima Donna come at around the cost of a small, well-used car but it is the bomb with a big variety of coffee and milk recipes, easy programming and six user profiles for individually tailored drinks. Plus it has a new thermal carafe with double wall to keep milk hotter for longer. However, the majority of people who come into Smith and Church’s Ashburton store looking for a coffee machine leave with a capsule machine – these machines use hermetically sealed pods of coffee. You drop a capsule in the top, pull a lever and push a switch. The machine pierces the capsule and forces hot water through to make an espresso … in about 20 seconds. They’re convenient to use and easy to clean, and really

popular, says sales expert Jacky Thomson. “Most people come and buy a machine and they get a selection of coffee pods to help them work out which flavour they like. You get a book with details about how it all works and how to order more pods. Most people join a coffee club.” The cost per pod works out around $1.10 but the sealed capsules can keep the coffee fresh for up to nine months. A downside of these convenient pods of ground coffee is

the packaging, which are commonly thrown in the rubbish bin and end up in landfill. Increasingly though, manufacturers are pointing out ways these capsules can be collected and recycled appropriately. Some pods can be bought at the supermarket and others easily online with quick delivery. At least one coffee club asks customers to return their pods in a supplied courier bag for special recycling. Whichever machine you decide on, love it by looking after it with a regular descaling. Meantime, go in search of your favourite flavour fix!


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Taking your pool out of winter mode If that mild winter was anything to go by, we’ll be thinking about swimming soon. A backyard pool is one proven way to have lots of visitors over summer and watersports are not usually compatible with digital screens, so it’s a great way to make sure your kids are off their devices. The weather experts are predicting temperatures to be a bit above average for the next three months so get ready to take your pool out of winter mode. Here’s a handy check list of things to do:

Test your pool water There are several different kinds of pool test kits you can use to test the level of chemicals in your pool. Always test your pool chemical levels after backwashing the filter. Follow the instructions on the kits to conduct the tests and add the recommended amount of acid or chlorine. A good idea is to get your water professionally tested. Take a water sample to a swimming pool store, where they’ll likely be able to test it while you wait and recommend any product that could help.

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Add chemicals to the pool The amount of chemicals you need to add to your pool will depend on how clean it is and how regular you have been with maintenance. If the pool isn’t very clear, it might need a dose of chlorine. After that, it might also need algaecide and stabiliser.

Clean the pool After adding the chemicals, use your scoop to remove all the leaves you can. Use a brush to scrub the sides and the bottom of the pool. Regular brushing prevents algae, removes dirt and keeps the pool surface smooth. Have the pump running when you brush, so that the debris will be pulled into the filter, and removed from the water. As a final step, vacuum the pool to remove any remaining leaves and debris.

Check the pool pump Your pool pump, sand filter and salt water chlorinator need to be working well, so the rest of your pool can run properly. Check the pump is in good working order and water is flowing through the filter. Check the pressure on the sand filter. If it’s high and the water flow coming out of the pool jets is low, it might need backwashing. If the salt chlorinator is covered in white-scale, clean it in a hydrochloric acid mix.

Empty out your skimmer box Your skimmer box is designed to collect floating debris as well as connect to your pool hose. Make sure you empty it out regularly so the water flows freely through to the filter.

Standard pool test kits won’t tell you how much salt is in your pool. After winter and heavy rain, you want to make sure it’s at the right level before you go swimming. Use the salt test strip kit to check your salt levels. Follow the instructions on the kit and if needed, add as many bags of salt recommended for your size of pool.

Be patient The whole process of getting your pool ready for summer can take a couple of weeks. The work and the wait will be worth it. 

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hoosing new window furnishings can be a confusing exercise with many options available. To help you out here is a quick run-down on some of the options. Curtains are still a very popular option, and still very practical for our cold Mid Canterbury winters. Well-made curtains with linings will ensure that the heat is kept in your home rather than escaping out the windows. There are a multitude of fabrics from which to choose, from lovely soft sheers to beautiful heavy linens, while also having fabrics with every budget in mind. Headings are no longer standard now either. These can be used to create a completely different look for a curtain. Roman blinds now are often used to open spaces up. They are made with curtain fabric which enables consistency in a room. These blinds are now able to be pulled up and down with a chain (much like a roller blind) which makes it a lot easier to control and keeps them a lot neater. Blinds have had a complete transformation over the past few years. In past years the everyday blind was a venetian with a standard width blade, but now blinds come in all shapes and styles to suit every budget. Venetians are still very popular but now come in varying blade widths and many different colours as well as several timber options. Another blind that has changed significantly over the years is the roller blind. Roller blinds today have a much wider range of colours and funky designs, and they also now have a variety of blinds for different functions. Sunscreen blinds are a very popular option to reduce the heat of the summer sun, but equally to block the glare of the

low winter sun without blocking the light entirely. Sun blinds can also be paired with either block-out blinds or curtains for privacy at night. Roller blinds can also now be automated (ie controlled by a remote). This option is great for windows that are very high or hard to access. So next time you are looking at curtains or blinds, come and see the friendly team at Skip-2-It Flooring Xtra.

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id Canterbury electricity users are starting to turn their attention to solar power. Pete Summerfield of Auric Electrical said his company is installing an average of one system a month, but many more were interested in learning how to harness the sun’s rays to keep electricity bills down and be kinder to the environment. While the systems have mostly been installed on residential homes, there were opportunities for smaller communities of users to band together to use solar power, or for businesses and farms, he said. “We’ve had nothing but success and good feedback from the users of the solar systems we’ve put in.” Summerfield said more education was needed around solar generation as the technology was sound. The Ashburton District receives around 1900 hours of sunshine annually and most properties are physically able to convert that to electricity. Summerfield said the temperature range was also conducive to generation year-round. Photovoltaic panels fixed to a roof convert the solar energy into electricity that can be used around the home. The most common type of system is grid-tied, meaning any energy surplus can be given back to the power company in return for a credit. Summerfield said many older couples or those nearing retirement had invested in solar because they wanted to pay for the system while they were still earning, but enjoy lower power bills in a future when they might not be working. There was also interest from younger couples, who saw it as

an investment in the future. The payback time is estimated to be around seven years. Summerfield said the technology had changed little in the past few years but people everywhere were more receptive to the idea of solar power as a renewable resource and one that was both accessible and affordable. “I’ve been doing it for six years in Ashburton now and it is constant, and starting to pick up. There will always be early adopters but there is more appetite now.”

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He said solar made sense financially as well as reducing a home’s carbon footprint. The most important part of the process was seeking expert advice to make sure a solar system was the right size for the user, he added. Micro-grids of solar users, or small community solar schemes, have been touted as the way of the future for solar and Mid Canterbury had a unique opportunity to be among those leading the way.

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here’s nothing like a few fresh herbs to give extra flavour to summer salads or other dishes and the good news is, you don’t have to be an expert gardener to grow them. The most popular herbs are common sage, parsley, thyme, rosemary, oregano, mint, dill, lavender, basil, tarragon and garlic. Parlsey is one of the most versatile and is full of vitamin C, iodine, iron and magnesium and can be used in most savoury dishes like soup, casseroles, salads and with fish. It aids digestion, relieves gas and is a diuretic. Sage came from the Middle East and was traded in the olden days. It is rich in vitamins K and A and helps digestion, but can also be used for cleaning teeth! There are around 700 varieties of sage and it’s best used fresh. Rosemary is another versatile herb to have in the garden. It is a native of the Mediterranean and good for memory. Bees love rosemary so you’ll be doing your thing to help halt the declining bee population if you plant a few seedlings. Rosemary is a stimulant and rosemary oil is valued for boosting hair growth and mental activity, and reducing pain. Thyme, native to most parts of Europe, likes a dry, welldrained position. It makes good ground cover and can be used in seasoning, especially for poultry. Pam Whiteford, of the Ashburton Herb Group, says herbs don’t need a garden bed, just sun and free-draining soil to get established. They are easy to grow in pots or any container as long as they don’t dry out, or you don’t over-water them. She says if you choose to use containers, then use a good quality potting mix and add water crystals.

When harvesting, snip leaves back to healthy buds, to promote growth. Pick parsley from around the outside of the plants. Pam says mint should be planted in a container, as it spreads rapidly, and basil should be planted after the frosts are finished or in a glasshouse or on window sills. “Most herbs will grow in Mid Canterbury, and they grow best in a sheltered sunny spot.” The Ashburton Herb Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 63 Princes Street, at 1.45pm. Come along if you want to have an abundant harvest at your back door over the warmer months.

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From left – Dwayne and Sue Prendergast, Paul and Waireti Jenkins at the Registered Master Builders 2018 House of The Year Award, collecting three Gold Awards.

Year Award Jennian Homes Canterbury North were awarded three gold awards. Two of their display homes, situated in Rolleston and Rangiora, were awarded Gold in the GIB Show Home Award Category whilst a new build in Beckenham saw Jennian Homes awarded Gold again in the Resene New Home category up to $450,000. “It is wonderful to be recognised for our efforts and high standards in finishing and design,” Sue said. Jennian Homes Canterbury North has a display home at 8 Whiteoak Grove, Oaklea, Ashburton, open from Wednesday, Thursday and Friday noon-4pm and Sunday noon-3pm. The team is available to open the display home at any time

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House to Home | August 2018  

House to Home | August 2018