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Property GUARDIAN

Guardian Ashburton

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

Effortless Living Proudly marketed by Mark Allred Methven Real Estate FURTHER DETAILS

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Effortless Living - Great views Interested in this property?

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et away from the hustle and bustle and move into this standout home in Methven.

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private courtyard off the kitchen, there is plenty of room for outdoor living.

Mobile: 027 490 9991 PH: (03) 303 3093

Architecturally designed, this three-bedroom home has features galore.

A light and airy master bedroom also opens onto the deck. The two minor bedrooms are also of a good size.

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The designer kitchen has a stone tiled floor, sleek joinery, quality fixtures, a five-burner gas hob, large oven and plenty of surface area for the adventurous home cook.

Quality Hansgrohe taps and shower fittings are a feature of the stunning tiled bathroom.

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The tiled floor runs through into the open plan dining and living area, which is heated by a built in gas fire. Lots and lots of windows allow natural light to flood into the house, and create a spacious feel.

Built to catch all day sun on an easy care section close to the town centre, but with superb rural views across to the mountains there is plenty to recommend this property.

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9 Racecourse Ave, Methven

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RESIDENTIAL 217 West Street ASHBURTON ashburton@propertybrokers.co.nz 03 307 9176

Hastings McLeod Ltd Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

YOU WANT IT, I'VE GOT IT

A NEW FAMILY IS NEEDED

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

IF LOCATION IS IMPORTANT

OPEN HOME

OPEN HOME

OPEN HOME

OPEN HOME

$455,000 WEB ID AU27285 $435,000 WEB ID AU31983 $249,500 WEB ID AU31592A DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AU32551 EASTSIDE WESTSIDE EASTSIDE WESTSIDE 5 Goldrich Drive 5 Glassey Drive 110 Princes Street 79 Walker Street Great value here and hard to build for this An attractive home with quality chattels Very sought after - an affordable first Space, style and location are just a few of 4 4 3 3 price throughout. Four bedrooms, near new home or investment opportunity. Sunny the features here. Extensively renovated • 218.9 sqm kitchen and bathroom and new carpet as open plan kitchen, dining, living and throughout. • Open plan kitchen, dining and living well. Top location in the often sought after updated bathroom. Don't delay - call VIEW Saturday 21 Sep 11.00 - 11.45am 2 2 1 1 • Separate lounge Glassey Drive. This extremely sunny home today! DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Thursday 3rd • Shower, bath and vanity in main is great for entertaining. VIEW Saturday 21 Sep 10.30 - 11.00am October 2013 at 4.00pm bathroom 2 2 1 2 VIEW Saturday 21 Sep 10.15 - 10.45am • Fully insulated VIEW Saturday 21 Sep 10.00 - 10.45am

YOUNG OR MATURE

SIT BACK AND ENJOY

OPEN HOME

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HOW GOOD IS THIS!

TOP WESTSIDE CULDESAC

WEB ID AU32196 $469,000 WEB ID AU32052 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AU32581 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AU32360 $499,000 EASTSIDE WESTSIDE WESTSIDE EASTSIDE 11 Magnolia Drive 23 Falcon Drive 112a Creek Road 47a Wellington Street You will be impressed with the location This immaculate three bedroom, one Private modern home on a 738sqm section Top private home with open plan kitchen, 4 4 4 3 and size of this family home. bathroom with separate toilet, one ensuite, positioned for all day sun. Great outdoor dining and living area. Separate lounge. • 257sqm big executive home will not disappoint. Walk living space. Double glassed. • 4 bedrooms in to the spacious entrance hall - to the left VIEW Saturday 21 Sep 11.15 - 11.45am View By Appointment 2 2 2 2 • Walk in wardrobe and ensuite in master is the formal lounge and conservatory - to DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Wednesday DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Friday 20th • Separate Lounge the right is the generous family room. 2nd October 2013 at 2.00pm September 2013 at 4.00pm • Open plan kitchen, dining and living 2 2 2 2 View By Appointment View By Appointment

LARGE SECTION

FAMILY SIZED

$185,000 WEB ID AU31901 TINWALD 22 Elmwood Grove Hurry now! This large building site, 1108sqm has become available in the Millichamp Nursery subdivision of Elmwood Grove. This subdivision is completed to a very high standard with high quality homes now being built and established. The title is available and building can start immediately. Be quick. View By Appointment

GOOD RENTAL PROPERTY

NEAT & NATTY

$275,000 WEB ID AU31586 $218,000 WEB ID AU31031 $249,500 WEB ID AU30821B TINWALD EASTSIDE EASTSIDE 183 Harland Street 30 Princes Street 14 Willow Street Looking for a home with good living areas Tidy three bedroom home on small easy Come and view this tidy three bedroom 3 3 3 then here it is! Updated kitchen, separate care 421sqm section close to East Street. home. Open plan living area catches plenty lounge. Good garage and secure section. Good tidy tenant in place paying $280 per of sun, modernised kitchen is roomy and Handy to Primary school. Some week and keen to stay on. New log burner, spacious. Just the place to start out or buy 1 1 1 redecorating would enhance. cylinder and nice kitchen with Butlers as an investment home. pantry. View By Appointment View By Appointment

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RURAL 217 West Street ASHBURTON ashburton@propertybrokers.co.nz 03 307 9176

Hastings McLeod Ltd Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

FANTASTIC LIFESTYLE

$695,000 NOW'S YOUR CHANCE

AUCTION

WEB ID AL32594

WEB ID AL32036

RAKAIA 102 Wolseley Road

ASHBURTON 417 Scales Road,

You will be impressed with this outstanding property set in established grounds on 2.4 hectares. Spacious 259m2 home with open plan living and separate lounge. 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and separate laundry. Internal access to large double garage plus detached garage with study provides ample room for the handyman/retiring farmer. Water sourced from well and fully reticulated around the property. Extensive insulation including double glazing and heating via log burner and night store promises unparalleled comfort. Rare opportunity to secure a quality lifestyle property in the Rakaia. VIEW Sunday 22 Sep 1.00 - 2.00pm

Grazing - Fattening - Lifestyle

OPEN HOME

A unique type of lifestyle property approximately 10km from town centre. Excellent subdivision into six paddocks plus central lane access. Good 3 bay open shed. Well at 54m for domestic and stock water. Modern home, master room with ensuite, large open plan living area with access to outdoor entertainment area. Heated by heat pump and log burner. Attached double garage with good workshop area. AUCTION 11.00am, Sat 21st September, 2013 On Site

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DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY

UNIQUE IS THE ONLY WORD

WEB ID AR32397 ASHBURTON 1147 Mitcham Road Fifty hectares in Winchmore location. Full borderdyke irrigation allocation of 2075 shares in the Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation Company, giving 20.75 litres per second. Currently being used as a dairy support block. The homestead is modern and unique. Passing the galley kitchen the visitor enters the dining and living room with large windows giving expansive rural views towards the mountains. Step through double doors to the large outdoor entertainment area. DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Friday 11th October 2013 at 4.00pm

DEADLINE SALE

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DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AR32491 WINCHMORE 480 Winchmore Dromore Road An exceptional location, an exceptional homestead, an exceptional producer. Presently milking 650 cows with peak production of 294,044 kgs milk solids (2011/12). A border dyke irrigated unit within the ALIS proposed pressurized piped water supply area. Further development will increase the effective area and productive potential of the farm. Two troughs per paddock reticulated and linked to a Dosatron system. VIEW Wednesday 25 Sep 11.00 1.00pm DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Friday 25th October 2013 at 3.00pm

OPEN FARM

RELAXED RURAL LIVING

$625,000 WEB ID AU31839A ASHBURTON 23 Innes Road 2 ha only 8kms from town centre. Waimakariri shallow silt loam soils. Four bedroom homestead, master with ensuite. Open plan living plus separate lounge/billiard room and smaller sitting room. Office. Attractive and mature grounds. Two bay open shed, two bay garage with large workshop. Renovated sleepout. Three phase power. View By Appointment

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Property Management

Business approach best for landlords Richard Evans

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andlords can make mistakes too. Property managers see a lot of the things that can go wrong with a tenancy – and it’s not always the tenants’ fault. Here are some things that should be “no-go zones’’ for landlords. Getting too friendly It is very hard to get tough with an erring tenant if you have become friendly. Even if the house is professionally managed, it’s important owners do not get involved with the tenant. We will often reprimand a tenant for some breach of the agreement _ such as having a dog on the premises _ only to be told the owner agreed weeks ago, but failed to tell their property manager.

Property managers know the rules, and times that we see bad blood it has been caused by an owner behaving as if they had a different set of rules to everyone else.

years because they didn’t like to invade their privacy. So, we discovered a cesspit of filth and rubbish and drugs. You can imagine the loss to the owners who were trying to be nice. Ignoring repairs Amazingly, we came across an owner who told the tenant that if the blocked drains and sewer were the owner’s fault, he would reimburse the cost of clearing them to the tenant. The roots of an adjoining tree were the culprit, so the owner decided it wasn’t his responsibility. The tenant, with our help, took the owner to the Tenancy Tribunal and won full reimbursement, costs and damages.

Too many visits

That owner thought he was so smart and clever and failed to listen to the advice of a property manager. It cost him much more that it needed to have done.

There are rules about tenants having the right of peaceful enjoyment, but some owners feel compelled to stray on site, pop in to say hi and just check the fence.

Property managers know the rules, and times that we see bad blood it has been caused by an owner behaving as if they had a different set of rules to everyone else.

Owners and agents have to get consent and/or give notice of such visits and, if they are too frequent, that can be seen as harassment. Too lenient with arrears Trying to maintain a relationship above the commercial one is always a mistake – business is business. Not making inspections We recently took over a flat that had not been inspected by the owner for seven

– Richard Evans, executive director of Leading Property Managers of New Zealand Ltd and member of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand property management group.


Property Management

Tips to help rental property investors Bathrooms – the extra bathroom is now seen as almost essential to attract the best tenant. Garaging and storage – especially for weather protection for cars, bikes, garden tools, lawn mowers and firewood. Fencing – security to keep little kids safe and outsiders outside. Heating – any property without heating is far less likely to attract a tenant through the winter. Rakaia 8 Dunford Street

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A great find! Looking to buy below $220,000. Solid family home,looking for a new owner. Could that person be you? Great garaging with open bay wood shed. This property is in very good condition and presents an ideal first home opportunity or take advantage of the current shortage of available rentals many people might For Sale $219,000think. and invest - None in this pricearange. Be quick. ow better do you buy rental

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Comparing your property with others rwashburton.co.nz/AHB20172 Office 03 307 8317 renting inAshburton the immediate area gives a Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited good indication, but several factors affect prices.

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Investors have benefited with falling prices, fewer buyers and urgent vendors. Any market can be cruel and kind at the same time. Deciding what sort of rent will be achieved is not an exact science, despite what

Bedroom numbers – obviously the more bedrooms, the more people. Living areas – especially for families who need extra space for kids.

Ashburton 7 Davis Crescent

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

Have you taken out insurance for malicious damage?

Do you know what you are buying? A recent buyer found out after the sale the tenant owned the fencing and garden shed and was taking them.

Have you had specialist reports for things like wiring and plumbing? Quite often a buyer will face immediate costs because “everything looked 3A2F2I fine’’.

Location – yes, this is the big one, Rakaia 142 especially forDunford out of Street town arrivals Charming and Delightfull double and bedrooms, Master with who seek advice fromThree friends ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.Large family dining. Good sized • lounge Have you spoken with the tenant employers about where NOT to live. with heatpump. (out of earshot of the seller, of Bathroom with bath and shower. Archgolla - open each end for great Presentation – another big issue as maximise easy course) about any problems with indoor-outdoor flow. Landscaping has been laid out to poor presentation likely to attract care with a well manicured is lawn and raised vege gardens. Gardenthe shed,house? For Sale tenants with lower standards and power point/lighting, workbench/aluminium shelves. Fully fenced. Double View by appointment garage. love affair with reduced ability to pay rent regularly. New Zealanders’ rwashburton.co.nz/AHB20016 Ashburton Office 03 remains 307 8317 property investment solid, To new investors seeking advice Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited but with increasing volatility in the from property managers, we ask market, investors need to be more some questions: analytical in their decision-making. • Would you or your children be okay living in this house? Richard Evans, director of • What happens if the rent you are Leading Property Managers expecting is wildly optimistic? of New Zealand Ltd

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Ashburton 11 Galbraith Street

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Get started... A tidy three bedroom home on a pet friendly, family sized For Sale Offers over $145,000 View by appointment rwashburton.co.nz/AHB20160 Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008)

Ashburton 22 Grove Street

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Good to Go * 3 Bedrooms

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

For Sale $275,000 View by appointment rwashburton.co.nz/AHB20121 Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008)

Ashburton 2/265 Moore Street

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

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

For Sale $360,000 View By Appointment rwashburton.co.nz/AHB20147 Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008)

So much on offer and will be sold; be quick!

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

For Sale $238,000 View by appointment rwashburton.co.nz/AHB20087 Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008)

Methven 68 Racecourse Road

Ashburton 19 King Street

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FIRST HOME - FIRST CHOICE This lovely two bedroom brick home with sunroom is a fine example of an investors starter of first home buyers. Large double garage - fenced section ideal for children or keeping pets. So close to school and easy access to main road. 3A1F Netherby 9 Davis Crescent Don’t be disappointed. Auction Price On Application DOUBLE WHAMMY OPPORTUNITY 7 & 9 Davis Crescent View by appointment Side by side properties, buy one or buy both. These flats have 3 For Sale Offers over $145,000 each bedrooms each and great back yard area for kids and pets to roam. No rwashburton.co.nz/AHB20013 ViewOffice by appointment Ashburton 03 307 8317 9 has no garaging. This could be the opportunity you have been waiting rwashburton.co.nz/AHB20161 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008) for! No 9 is currently rented at $220 per week. Ashburton Office 03 307 8317

Auction: Friday 3A1F2I Ashburton 21 King 11th StreetOctober 2013 at 2:00pm, Conference Room Ski Time, 39 Racecourse Road, Methven Appealing Home - Secure Section - Close to School

This three bedroom home has an open plan kitchen/living area with This is a rare opportunity to purchase a stunning block french doors out to a sunny terrace.

of land on the North side of Methven township, with sweeping uninterrupted views across beautiful farmland towards Mt Hutt Ski-field and Mt Somers. This is no ordinary block Double garage plus large storage area on a well fenced section must add of land beingHut 14.1170 Ha (34 acres)of newly re-zoned Residential D land with 3A1F Ashburton 8 Hakatere appeal for buyers. subdivision giving youall the uniquecould opportunity on $283,500 and/or develop For Sale Down By The potential Seaside This hut and its contents be yours. to live View byand appointment This a life style many love in a on small caring community. hut farming intoislarge life that style sections the fringe of this This thriving tourist town. For Sale $80,000 - $90,000 rwashburton.co.nz/AHB20014 has a small tucked in the corner of a large dining loungefor with an chance This is a kitchen great opportunity for someone looking the ofappointment a lifetime to View by Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 a bathroom with shower andnow open fire. Three bedrooms, separate live somewhere beautiful andtoilet, do something interesting or in the rwashburton.co.nz/AHB20212 Mid Canterbury Realfuture. Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008) vanity, laundry. The property has batts insulation.

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Manager Jill Quaid 027 437 6755

Urban Consultant Cindy Hayward 027 389 7955

Urban Consultant Mandy Marsh 021 239 4418

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Urban Consultant Margaret Feiss 021 751 009

Urban Consultant Shirley Fitzgerald 027 220 1528

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Auction Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008) View by appointment rwashburton.co.nz/AHB20269 Margaret Feiss 021 751 009 Property margaret.feiss@raywhite.com Manager Property Licenced Real Estate Agent REAA Manager Veronica

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

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

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

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


Industry Comment

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Buyers Market or Sellers Market?

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uying or selling your home, you want to make sure you’re getting the best possible value for your money. You may have heard the terms “buyer’s market” and “seller’s market” and are now wondering what effect these conditions have on you as you move ahead with your transaction. A buyer’s market is what you get when there’s more supply than demand. There are more people looking to sell houses than there are people looking to buy

houses. In a buyer’s market, sellers may have to accept a lower price than they want to sell their home and may have to resort to staging and incentives. This is the ideal situation for buyers, because they can get a great deal. A seller’s market is the opposite. The demand is larger than the supply. People have more money to spend on real estate, so sellers will often see several buyers competing to buy their property, which drives up the price. This means that

buyers will have to spend more to get what they want. This is the ideal situation for sellers, because they get a great price on their homes. Tony Alexander the chief economist for the BNZ produces an excellent market summary by surveying real estate agents throughout New Zealand. From his report he has noted a sharp increase in the number of appraisals being requested, but also determines that this is a normal seasonal factor and not necessarily

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Industry Comment

The effects of the Reserve bank’s new rules on Mortgage lending ratio will continue to have an effect on the ability of first home buyers to purchase a house. It is likely New Zealand’s market will follow the same as Australia’s where investors are becoming the key driving force in many markets while first home buyers are being squeezed out.

indicating that more properties are coming onto the market than any other year for the same period of time. At the present time you can’t draw the conclusion that the shortage of listing is going to ease. While we have the shortage of listings and a good number of buyers it will remain a Sellers’ market. Investors are still a major player in the market and the number of first home buyers has also increased from last month, but still below historical figures.

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increasing. Tony’s full report can be found at www.tonyalexander.co.nz. Buyer’s markets and seller’s markets don’t last forever. It’s hard to predict what the market will do with any accuracy and things change slowly. You might end up waiting months or years for things to change. And when circumstances do change, they may not change in your favour. The market is the market, and once your in it you don’t need to worry Mark Allred - Sales Manager about trying to time it. Professionals Methven Real Estate

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boasts a great garden for the kids to play in. 3 bedroom ex State home, laundry, storage and HRV system installed. Outdoor area with sunny aspect. 771m2 section with double garage/workshop and off street parking.

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time on the market for over 20 years for this extensive property. Currently run as an Accommodation Lodge, Popular Bar and Restaurant. The 2 storey lodge is a favourite with ski and activity guests. Impressive reception area with an office which leads through to the bar, lounge and restaurant area. The lodge has recently been renovated to a high standard with 18 rooms of various configurations. Separate managers house which offers private modern living and great mountain views.

$390,000 13 Robinson Street, Rakaia Open Home Saturday 21st September 1pm-2pm SUPERIOR IN RAKAIA. - Exceptional 4 bedroom home just

come to market. Large quarter acre section fully fenced with a great outdoor area for the whole family. The kitchen is the jewel with a stylish, modern layout. The kitchen flows though to the lounge area which has a new log burner. Open the sliding doors and step out to a fantastic large deck with solid wood benches, perfect for the summer BBQ. A great fenced off veggie & herb garden for those with a green thumb, also a sandpit for the kids to play in. Master has good wardrobe space and ensuite. Internal access garage with space for the tools. This home has something for everyone in the family and is well worth a look.

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DIY

Spare lines give homes space to breathe By Terry Lobb

Use lighter-coloured fabrics or bold colour with no pattern, just texture or buttons. The colours will pop against the fresh light walls and add visual warmth to the room.

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I thought I would touch on space saver options - or their illusions. I work on many homes where people have either downsized or prefer smaller homes so they can enjoy life rather than doing gardens and housework.

A lighter coloured carpet would instantly add more space. Painting the heavy ceiling beams a

It would still be inviting but would feel more contemporary.

A chandelier hangs from a central plaster rose, shedding soft light and adding romance to the room as it touches each crystal. In one corner a unit houses the sound system; a sideboard along the wall opposite the fireplace holds knick-knacks and a cream lamp with gold on the inside. Soft, warm light pools on the sideboard and floor, adding more romance. The room is inviting and looks very full even

a traditional heavy chair and the other is more smaller - though you may find that because of the finer arms, the seating area may be roomier. If you replace the coffee table with individual side tables that can be folded away, or a nest of tables, you instantly create more space. It makes it easier to move around the bulky furniture and you can the sofas, which can be used for added seating. A footstool takes up half the space of a coffee table and can be dual purpose. Use lighter-coloured fabrics or bold colour with no

Imagine a cosy, smallish lounge, south facing and opening to a dining room through French doors, then on to the kitchen. The house is a 1930s bungalow. A cute lounge has a leadlight bow window wrapping around a window seat covered in rustic deep-buttoned orange velvet, there’s a lovely ornate mantel above an open fire and a large mirror above the mantel.

Under it is a traditional Turkish rug, drawing the together pieces of furniture and partially covering the velvety cut-pile carpet of deep blue.

If you have the same size chair but one piece is

put your feet up on a slimline footstool between

Smaller homes require clever storage to work well and, often, rooms are dual purpose because of the shortage of space. Space can be created by the use of furniture and its design, the use of colour and even texture.

The ceilings are beautiful, ornate plaster with heavy beams, and the room is finished in luscious red, orange, blue, green and a touch of yellow. Heavy velvet curtains puddled on the floor keep out winter chills, and the furniture includes heavy rolled-arm sofas finished in traditional linen floral patterns, grouped around the fire and a coffee table. The coffee table in the centre has a heavy, rustic timber finish from years of family use.

open a space as well.

streamlined, leggy and light in tone, it will appear

though there is little furniture in it. The same room could have a very different feel by changing the colours and furniture.

y house had a definite chilly feel the other morning as my night-store meter had turned off. It just made me move faster to keep warm.

If furniture is kept “leggy” and light, it tends to

pattern, just texture or buttons. The colours will pop against the fresh light walls and add visual warmth to the room. A light shaggy rug can be used to bring the seating arrangement together. The contrast between the old timber and lighter, contemporary furniture plus the splash of bold colour and plainer textured fabrics helps keep the soft white and leaving the ceiling pure white would give the room more height. Dark beams tend to look heavy but I would leave them in their original state in a house this age, along with the windows and trims if solid timbers have been used - I love the contrast. By whitewashing the walls or using a light-toned wallpaper, even in a traditional pattern, you push out the walls, creating the illusion of more space. I would leave the fireplace if it is original - unless it is inefficient. Often, a surround can remain intact and a firebox or gas be used instead of wood. Window treatments can be kept simple and lighter by using blinds and sheers if you want more softness. Blinds can look harsh on their own in a room like this.

room interesting. Lamps are still great options either floor or table will give nice pools of light. As for a console, keep it light to go with existing furniture, leaving the contrast in the original timber. The focal point is still the seating area and fireplace in winter, but you have two totally different styles that fit comfortably within the one room. If you have questions about issues discussed or product supply give me a call on 027 602 3298 or drop me a line at terry@terrylobb.com. www.terrylobb.com

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Everything’s coming up roses Rebecca Bowering

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T SEEMS everywhere we look at the moment we’re seeing flowers and floral fabrics. The catwalks are filled with glorious blooms of all descriptions, and the soft furnishing fabric Editeurs have also followed this trend in interiors. Floral fabrics are very much part of New Zealand’s heritage. In general, we feel comfortable with them because we grew up with them in our grandparents’ and parents’ houses. Many of us have an English or similarly European heritage where, even today, florals make up the bulk of sales. But florals have come a long way since then and now appeal to all ages and cultures. This movement began a few years back when designers such as Lori Weitzner for Sahco started taking the traditional floral and delving further into ways they could reinterpret it. She explored photography and its negatives to come up with stunning prints that are soft and easy to live with. Inkjet printing has been thoroughly investigated when it comes to florals, resulting in gorgeous prints on cottons, velvets and linens that can look much like beautiful watercolours. These designs are so abstract that often you need to look closely to see they are in fact flowers. The results are not too feminine for the guys, but still with a grace that will add movement to your decor. The simplicity is often created because the pattern

is one colour or subtle tone-on-tone. I often imagine some of the very latest woven florals such as this have been inspired by the subtleties of taking a bird’s eye view of a tropical garden or forest. Of course, at the other extreme are strong graphic prints inspired by the 1950s, usually with a linen base cloth, gorgeous colours and an overblown scale. These are lots of fun to work with, creating a colourful and playful interior. The more traditional fabric houses such as Colefax and Fowler have made moves to answer the

needs of the younger market too. They would never depart from their classic designs such as the late Queen Mother’s favourite hydrangea print (purportedly she chose the same fabric again when her bedroom was renovated), but have moved to an extended colour palette. Their colours now include the palest of lavender, silvery blues and serene greens, all with a Gustavian feel. Floral prints have less impact now on the international furnishing market, having been replaced primarily by exquisite embroideries

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in linens, cotton and silk. In New Zealand though, we still love our prints and use them beautifully in drapes, bedding, cushions and upholstery. If you are brave, a floral pattern on a sofa looks simply stunning. I have a small sofa in my nook that is covered in a lovely Manuel Canovas print on linen. The subtle tones echo the adjacent garden view. For a change I whip off the cover and expose the neutral linen and pile on coloured cushions. (The cover also gets a well-earned wash as Zach, my little dog, seems to think it’s his bed when we aren’t home.) So my advice is to put away the notion that florals are for our parents’ generation and be inspired. Damasks too have a new modern twist, but that’s a whole different story. Atelier Textiles owner and managing director Rebecca Bowering explores the latest textile trends and new interior design ideas every week. For more information visit www.atelier.co.nz


Preparing for sale

Take the time to plan your new fence ahead and put up a fence on the boundary line. You need to serve a notice on your neighbour giving the details of your proposal in writing. The notice must state that it is served under the Fencing Act 1978. and must contain: - Names and addresses of you and your neighbour. - A description of the fence, where it will go, and who will build it. - The material and estimated cost and where the materials are to be bought and paid for. - The date work is to start and finish. - Advice to the neighbour that they have 21 days to object and make any counter proposals. - Advice to the neighbour that if they think they’re not responsible for paying they have to let you know

responsibility, you can serve a cross-notice (within the 21-day timeframe) giving your reasons. It should also be signed and dated. If you still can’t agree, you can then to go to mediation, arbitration, a disputes tribunal or the district court. Local authorities also have their own rules covering fences. Generally you can build a fence up to 2m in height, but you may need a resource consent for anything higher. Who is responsible for the repair of boundary fences? Generally the occupiers of the properties sharing a boundary share the responsibility for work on a boundary fence.

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encing is at the forefront of most people’s minds at the moment after last week’s wind storm, and if you, like most of us, need a new fence, now is a good time to plan and understand the laws around fencing so that the new fence adds to your property rather than detracts from it. Fences are such an important part of a property that there are laws that cover what you can and cannot do. Disputes between neighbours over a common fence can make day-to-day life unpleasant, so an understanding of the laws may help avoid potential problems. The Fencing Act 1978 provides a set of rules that govern obligations associated with a fence erected on a common boundary. Generally, if you want to build a fence on a common boundary, or upgrade an inadequate existing fence, you can do so as a property owner. If you are replacing an existing fence, you will need to consult with your neighbour before getting started. If you want your neighbour to contribute to the cost of the fence, you will need to discuss this with them before you start construction, and come to an agreement on the fence type, its construction and cost. A popular misconception is that all landowners must share the costs equally when building a fence along a common boundary, however this is not an automatic requirement. If you do reach an agreement with your neighbour, it might pay to write down what you have agreed, and both sign it. If you can’t reach an agreement, you can’t just go

“You only live once so enjoy it”

Woodsy measures up one of the many fences that needs repairing after last week’s strong winds.

within 21 days giving the reason why and giving the name and address of whoever the neighbour thinks should be responsible. - Advice to the neighbour that if they don’t reply to the notice within 21 days, they will be deemed to have agreed to the proposals and will have to share the cost. You need to sign and date the notice and keep a copy for yourself. You cannot start work during that 21-day period while you wait for a reply. If you are the one receiving the notice, and you don’t agree with the proposal or don’t think it’s your

If the fence is damaged or destroyed by one party, then they have to pay for all of the repairs. If one party wants to repair the fence out of their own pocket, then they can. Fence design Things to consider when planning a fence include how much it will cost, are the materials suitable and durable, will it require frequent maintenance, will it provide shelter, offer privacy, keep pets and children in safely, does it suit your home and will it add value to your property.

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