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COVER STORY 3-5 Take an inside look at Four Peaks Homestead in Geraldine. A LA MODE ALFRESCO 6 Bringing the inside out, we inspect what really makes a pergola and patio perfect.

Well, we are in October already and this year has just flown by! Winter is behind us and we can all see summer peeking around the corner taunting us with it’s warm afternoons. As the weather heats up it’s time we all shook off the winter coats and did some home improvements.

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There is something truly rewarding about home renovations, even more so when you are building your own home. In this edition we have the latest articles from our own feature writer as well as local professionals giving us inside tips on what certain projects take to complete.

OUT OF THE BLUE 8-9 Our colour pick for this edition and how you can work it into your home. CAWTON PLACE 11 Tinwald’s newest subdivision.

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Resplendent in country charm, Four Peaks Homestead captures the essence of a bygone era. Currently listed with local Mike Preston of Bayleys Canterbury, we take an inside look at this luxury homestead.

Built in 1926, this majestic homestead was designed and constructed by noteworthy architects, Heathcote Helmore and Henry Cotterill. Helmore and Cotterill had a liberal approach toward style, often incorporating Spanish Mission and Modern Movement into their repertoire. They were the first New Zealand architects to promote a form of timber building

which drew heavily on 18th century American domestic designs. The Four Peaks Homestead drew inspiration from a more traditional template for the era, in a classical English Neo-Georgian, Cape Cod design. It was built for the Barker Family, Michael Barker’s great uncle. continued over page

The homestead was cherished by a string of prominent families, who hosted opulent celebrations on the grounds.


Between 2002 and 2007, the homestead operated successfully as a luxury lodge, before it was purchased in November 2009 by Michael Frawley and Kathrine Hughes. Michael and Kathrine spent the first 12 months restoring the homestead to its former splendour. The transformation revitalised the interior from a five star lodge, to a grand European country homestead. A uniquely private, peaceful and romantic retreat, Four Peaks Homestead is set on 15.7 hectares, bounded by the Hae Hae Te Moana River, near the quaint township of Woodbury. First impressions are mesmerising as you enter the heritage gates onto the pebbled driveway, through a canopy of Linden trees. Through the clearing, the majestic homestead is fronted by an extensive lawn and gazebo, surrounded by a mature garden of rhododendrons and magnolias. A formal garden displays elegant roses with box hedging, while a native garden dell includes a private bush walk past kauri, rimu, totara, kowhai and silver fern trees, as well as a grove of hundreds of Peel Forest filies. Strolling amongst the gardens laden with cold climate flora is a rewarding treat for nature lovers.

THE TRANQUILLITY IS PERHAPS WHAT OVERWHELMS THE MOST. The unspoilt beauty of the rugged mountains, the fresh alpine air and the ataraxia of the lifestyle. It is a place to relax, unwind and simply breathe. Photos: Ian Moore

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vide an ever-changing tapestry of colour and fragrance year-round. rhododendrons, hydrangeas, daffodils, rosemary, lavender and roses bloom with the changing seasons, and attracts delightful birdlife, from native wood pigeons to fantails. Warm summer days and comfortable fresh nights make outdoor entertaining appealing. As the sun sets and the valley vividly changes in colour, the sun makes way for brilliant stars, which shine with brilliance away from the lights of town. It’s not uncommon to see the spectacular light display of Aurora Australis from the lawn. Awash with moonlight, the gardens take on a magical beauty.

opening up the possibility for a number of lifestyle opportunities, including equestrian. A recent addition to the home, the large patio provides a relaxing space outdoors to soak up the charming character of the country setting. Owners Michael and Kathrine adore the classical proportions of the home, which have been constructed with quality materials, in line with its pedigree.


The peace and quiet of solitude, within close proximity of shops, cafes and restaurants. Rural relaxation and rustic charm, seamlessly blended with lavish luxury. Four Peaks Homestead is truly the wonder of Woodbury.

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A black barn on the grounds comprises of three lockable storage bays, while an outbuilding provides more storage and a wood shed. The original house, constructed possibly in the 1880s, can also be found on the grounds, preserving the heritage of the estate. The property is deer fenced,

The homestead encompasses five spacious bedrooms, all with their own luxurious ensuites. The master bedroom ensuite features a double vanity bench top, made from the original kauri scullery bench. An original Royal Doulton roll top bath together with a modern double shower completes the unbridled grandeur.



During winter, the homestead is transformed into a winter wonderland, with the snow-laden Four Peaks mountain range. The homestead itself enjoys a micro climate, where snowflakes don’t often settle, but the views of swirling ethereal mist across the land are enchanting.


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Log fires and diesel powered water heating keeps the homestead cosy in winter, the ultimate retreat to enjoy a mulled wine or hot chocolate after a day on one of the neighbouring ski fields. The entertainer’s kitchen is semi-professional, with American appliances from Sub Zero and Wolf. A large stainless steel extractor sits above dual ovens, while the spacious stainless steel bench top provides ample room for culinary preparation. The shaker bespoke cabinets add a touch of elegance.

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Cawton Grove is the latest subdivision to open its gates in Tinwald bringing rural living within reach of town residents. Locals know that Tinwald is much more than just a place to drive through, in fact there is so much to see and do that you may not fit it all in one day. Now it is also the place where the latest subdivision has opened under the name of Cawton Grove. Located on Tarbottons Road, Cawton Grove is directly across Stages 1 and 2 of the very successful rural Kelburn Estate. The subdivision offers residential sections with a rural outlook and excellent views of the mountains.

Sections range in size, from 700 square metres to just over 1000 square metres. With fibre optic cables at the boundary, people living in Cawton Grove will have a fast internet access and that is an important benefit as we spend more and more time online to shop, find information, communicate with friends and family and more. Cawton Grove will also feature a tennis court and a recreation reserve for children and adults to play, making the subdivision an ideal place for families.

Being part of the West Side Tinwald also brings many advantages as Tinwald offers more than meets the eye. With the hidden treasure which is the Tinwald Domain, you have four hectares of open space close to Cawton Grove where there is plenty of room to run around, have a picnic or find a quiet spot to read a good book. The Tinwald Golf Course (gentle meander down the road), the Plains Vintage Railway and Historical Museum and all the

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addition of brand new, stateof-the-art technology including video conferencing facilities for customers to access a wide range of ASB specialists face to face as well as a brand new smart ATM and teller cash dispenser. There will be a 24 hours, seven

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“This new branch represents ASB’s commitment to the community, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with ASB’s customers in these fantastic new facilities to provide the best possible service.”

day a week technology lobby and Fastconnect for customer internet banking. Maggie and the ASB team welcome both existing customers, and non-customers to come and trial the new technology.

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4.Kick off the search:

Before you start actively looking for a property, it’s worth speaking with a mortgage adviser. They’ll give you an accurate assessment of your borrowing capacity and determine your eligibility. Due to different assessment criteria for each lender, your adviser can provide guidance on where your goals are more likely to be met.

If you’re placing an offer with an agent, you’re in a stronger position if you’ve got a pre-approval. Preapproval is essentially a green light from a lender to spend up to a certain amount. Just be mindful of conditions placed on preapprovals, particularity the time frames imposed.

Looking for a house is always more time consuming than you expect, so schedule plenty of weekend time to attend open homes. Once you’ve found a place you like, make sure you ask your adviser about organising a valuation and if necessary, a building and LIM report.

5.Close the deal:

6.A few formalities:

7.You’re ready to settle:

8.Keep us in the

Whether you buy at auction, by private treaty or off the plan, securing a property is cause for celebration. You’ll need to move fast to organise a few important things, like holding a deposit; engaging a solicitor / conveyancer, someone you trust to take care of the legal work; and notify your adviser – so they can quickly move you to formal approval.

Your adviser will sort out formal approval, by supplying or re-submitting documents to your chosen lender. During a ‘cooling off period’ the lender will value the property, process your application and make a final credit assessment. Your adviser will confirm your formal approval and send you documents to be reviewed (with your legal adviser) and signed.

The dates of settlement will probably have been agreed before the sale. The lenders and legal representatives from both sides will now organise the exchange of money and title. On the day of settlement you can collect your keys!

Your loan is set up and you’re all moved in remember we’re still there for you when you need us. If you’ve got a question about your loan, or you decide to renovate, refinance or invest in another property, we are here to help!

[Mark Caldwell is a Registered Financial Adviser and the content contained within this article is of a general nature. A copy of Mark’s Disclosure Statement is available on request at]

A better loan. A better way. • Are you a first home buyer? • Do you want to upgrade your home or building? • Are you a business borrower needing expert advice? As a Mortgage Adviser, Mark will work with you to match the right loan to your goals and financial position. He will do the leg work for you and will even work with your existing lender.

Cawton Grove - Tarbottons Road Ashburton Tinwalds latest subdivision directly across from Kelburn Estate located on the very sought after Tarbottons Road. With lovely mountain views and some sections with a rural outlook, sizes ranging from 700m2 -1000m2 and prices from $145,000 there is something for everyone.

Mark is truly passionate about working for his clients and providing expert advice. He has over 20 years’ experience in the financial sector including roles as a retail banker and a corporate and commercial banker.

Services include fibre optic cable at the boundary. With easy access onto the main road into town, a beautiful Golf Club and Domain on your doorstep Cawton Grove will be Tinwald’s leading subdivision in the future. With 1 section already sold and good interest in other sections call me now to hold a section for your new home.

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Due to its hard wearing characteristics, polished concrete has evolved into one of the preferred products of choice for many flooring applications. It is considered a good sustainable design flooring option as it makes use of the materials already present, polishing the exposed concrete eliminates the energy and material consumed by applying a floor covering, therefore making polished concrete one of the most eco-friendly flooring options. Providing a natural, modern and stylish look, polished concrete floors are low maintenance and more durable and easier to clean than many flooring options. It also has many other benefits

such as reducing dust mite and allergen problems, not supporting mould growth, and is hard to chip or dent. A concrete floor has an extremely long life expectancy compared to other flooring and when properly maintained, it may give 100+ years of service. When considering polished concrete for your home whether it is a new built or a renovation, you need to be aware that one of the most important processes before you get your floor polished, is the placement of the concrete. Perfectly placed concrete is crucial to achieve a perfect polish. When concrete is placed correctly, your polished concrete

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Having over 25 years’ experience in concrete and specialising in floor placing as well as patios, paths and driveways, Paveco understand how to lay the perfect flat floor essential to a perfect polished finish. Paveco has worked on many projects with Perfect Polish and they have had exceptional results working together. If you are interested in polished concrete for your home however concerned you won’t get the perfect result you are expecting, rest assured by combining Paveco to place your floor and Perfect Polish to complete the polishing, we guarantee your expectation will be exceeded.

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We have all seen it and heard of it but the ins and outs of solar power are not commonly known. Pete Summerfield of Auric Energy gives us an inside look at what Solar PV really is and what it can mean for homeowners. What is Solar PV? Solar 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 NZ. 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% 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+

years. A lot of consumers who have installed Solar PV enjoy the feeling of reducing their dependency on the energy retailers and having to give them less money each month.

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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 to go with a well known manufacturer. The reason for this is simple, it gives you confidence that the warranty will be honoured if required.

EVERY MANUFACTURER GIVES THE SAME 25 YEAR PERFORMANCE WARRANTY BUT WHO STANDS BEHIND IT IS THE IMPORTANT PART. Every manufacturer gives the same 25 year 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 wary.


The other thing to look for with panels is monocrystalline. The two most commercialised panels are polycrystalline and monocrystalline and simply put monocrystalline is a purer form of silicon so is a more efficient panel. Anyone selling a polycrystalline panel will tell you there is no difference but it is generally around a 2% loss of efficiency which is substantial on a Solar PV system. Inverters are also a very important part of the system and it is the usual you get what you pay for scenario. There is currently a very good NZ made product available but there are also several very high quality inverters being imported into New Zealand.

Installation Only a few weeks ago I spotted some solar panels facing south, this would be perfect if we were in the Northern Hemisphere. This is why you need to ensure when you purchase a Solar PV system your installer knows what they are doing. Orientation and angle can be flexible on smaller systems without effecting overall performance greatly but it is ideal to have an element of north facing if possible. There is no formal qualification

for installation in New Zealand yet, but your installer does need to be a qualified electrician and it would be ideal if they have already installed a large number of systems or have a relevant overseas qualification.


Power Companies and System Sizing

payback period longer. There are two power companies that will give a fair amount for any energy exported back to them and encourage Solar PV systems as long as they are sized correctly for the consumer’s needs.

If you get sold a system that is too large it will affect your return on investment and make your




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Power prices are on the rise. At Auric Energy we offer a range of products to keep you comfortable in your home and save money on power bills at the same time. We buy straight from the manufacturer, this means you get a high quality product at a sharp price.

House to Home | October 2014  

Ashburton Guardian House to Home October

House to Home | October 2014  

Ashburton Guardian House to Home October