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 iscover the history D and story behind the iconic homeware brand Citta Design


 ow kitchen technology H is changing the way we use our appliances


 eyond the hammer B and nails, meet a building company with a difference


 aking winter cheaper M and warmer with advancements in hot water systems


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ew. It’s a theme that imbues abode right now. We have a new office, two new additions to our team, a new look and even a new distribution. It almost feels like it should be a new year� Since our inception in 2012, our small and close-knit production team has included our designer, our publisher, Lisa Phelan and myself. We are thrilled to be expanding and welcoming new faces in the form of Julie Williams in sales and Meagan Harbott in design. With an expanding team comes new ideas, new inspiration and new resources, which has culminated in a fresh new look. While the heart and soul of who we are has been retained, our design aesthetic has been tweaked and enhanced, and we hope you love it as much as we do. They say change is as good as a holiday, so we hope you feel as refreshed and invigorated once you have finished reading this issue as we did putting it together. Enabling us to keep up with demand and ensure we are in the stands right throughout our distribution period, we have increased our distribution to 20,000 copies an issue. A big jump from 10,000 but one that we know has been much anticipated. We always love to hear your thoughts and of course welcome your suggestions when it comes to content ideas and features. If there is something you want to know about, or you have a new build or renovation you would like to see featured in the pages of abode then call, email or facebook us. Sit back, relax, keep warm and enjoy.

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25 F E AT U R E S

16 behind the brand

Uncover the story behind iconic homeware brand Citta Design

18 a new look for winter

Simple ideas for warming up your home with wallpaper and cushions

20 a smarter way

Expert advice on technology in the kitchen

22 spa time

Luxury, comfort and practicality - the ultimate in bathing experience

24 function and feeling

Where to start when it comes to planning your bathroom

26 in hot water

Advancements in hot water systems are all about affordability and sustainability

16 CO LU M N S

08 inspiring finds

13 in the hot seat

Discover a building company with a difference


32 something special

For this family of eight their new Fendalton home ticks all the boxes

40 it’s in the detail ON THE COVER Built by architectural design build company Dwell Homes, this home beautifully sets the scene for family living. See more on page 32. Photography by Kate Claridge.

A sympathetic renovation, which balances character with modern living

Discover a collection of chairs all about you

14 colour crush

Why we love purple and how to use it in the home

63 places we love

28 a new generation

Delectable delights and must-haves for the home

Step inside a world of wonder with our picks for places to visit this month

64 food

Mouth-watering pulled pork, perfect for cooler nights

67 diy

Chicken wire displays

69 news

Exhibitions, daily reads and all things home

72 last word

Why the fundamentals are so important

48 the last of many

Experienced homebuilders build a home for keeps

54 a home with heart

Renovating with passion, love and laughter



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SCANDINAVIAN SEATING The Frosta is Ikea’s take on the original Alvar Aalto / Artek stool 60. Stackable, functional, modern and classic, it is designed for everyday use. Also hard to go past is the Sigurd Chair. Equally classic in design, its shaped back and scooped seat offers increased sitting comfort. Try them out for comfort at The Colombo.

Available in ten gorgeous colours, these luxurious cushion covers from Bolt of Cloth at The Colombo, are made from high-quality velvet sourced from the Netherlands. Try them paired with Marimekko black and white cushion covers, Pirput Parput and Joonas, for the perfect complement.

The latest and best in homeware, furniture and fittings for the home

The Escea FS730 freestanding gas fireplace is designed for those lacking enough wall space for its inbuilt contemporary. Its textured black body, with large flame display, combines with curved sides and simple understated lines to ensure it is perfectly at home in both new and traditional homes.



Used and celebrated for centuries, marble’s unique aesthetic and luxurious qualities sees it continue to be sought after in today's designer homes. Used as a benchtop material or floor and wall coverings in kitchens and bathrooms, it brings a natural beauty and characteristic to the space that is hard to go past.


DEFINING SPACES Room layouts have changed dramatically over the last ten years, with the lounge, dining and kitchen having little to no physical separation. Feature furniture or architectural features are often now used to define the area, and the Loft settee fills this role perfectly, with its functionality and aesthetic allowing it to sit beautifully within most decors. The clever use of laser cut steel not only provides key structural and design elements but gives it a unique weightlessness that is inviting, enchanting and totally unexpected.

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Offering superior dining accessories and table protection solutions, family owned Jason Products offers innovative, beautiful and practical products to enhance your dining style. Their latest collection at Abode Homewares is all about combining function with aesthetics. We can’t go past the metallic shine of the candlestick holders or the organic beauty of the paint-dripped vases.


LIGHTING MY WAY Go colour crazy with the original coloured cord from Swedish lighting brand NUD. Perfect for the lover of all things modern and quirky, this table lamp has a porcelain light socket designed to fit a screw bulb, while its Black Zebra Skin cord is finished with an Edison style globe light bulb. With an array of colours you can create a unique look for your home.

Found in the Collective at The Colombo, The Foxes Den carries some of the most beautiful hand woven French bed linen in New Zealand. A hundred percent stonewashed linen, the collection is luxurious and incredibly soft. From sheets to duvet covers and pillowcases, their fine selection is handpicked with love to ensure comfort and maximise bedroom prettiness.


The colder months are here, and it’s time to rug up� Christchurch-based Chain Gang has opened online, with a range of ultra chunky knit New Zealand Merino throws, bed runners and scarves. All handmade locally the old-fashioned way, there are sizes, colours and styles to suit every need. JULY/AUGUST 2015




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Hildy Kovacs opens up about their iconic Amalfi range of chairs and why it is all about you


he Amalfi range of chairs does not fit into the same box as other furniture. It provides an opportunity to think outside the square and to hone a distinctive look that is uniquely yours. While the wooden frame parts are imported straight from the heart of Italy, once here, the strong timber componentry are used as the perfect framework upon which to build a striking collection of upholstered chairs. All about you. Consumers are able to select fabric colour, pattern and texture, as well as the finish, which means that anything and everything is possible. The strength of this range lies in its scope and flexibility. The straight lines and easy curves of the ‘standard’

Amalfi chair comfortably reside in any room. Meanwhile, the more complicated arcs of its contemporaries can be upholstered to complement and enhance existing pieces. Timeless design is timeless for a reason: while other styles come and go, a design classic lives through the ages, challenging and inspiring other designs to similar heights of excellence. The Amalfi range captures this historical grace and style while remaining on the cutting edge of the modern aesthetic. A final touch can bring the chair to life, with the wood finishing and upholstery enduing each chair with its vital individuality. Most importantly, the entire range is open to you for adaptation and enhancement. | 03 384 2999 363 COLOMBO ST, SYDENHAM, CHRISTCHURCH THECOLOMBO.CO.NZ



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BRAND To celebrate the opening of their new Christchurch shop, we talk to Katrina Glenday from Citta Design about the inspiration and history behind this iconic brand


We all know the Citta Design products, but tell us a bit about your history. Having spent a year


Tell us a bit about the progression of Citta.


You have opened a store in Merivale. Why Christchurch and why now? With our head

living in Italy where she developed a love of the country and its culture, Margot Acland made the decision to move away from her career as a public company accountant and began importing handpainted ceramics from Florence under the Corso de’ Fiori brand. This was how it all began, over 25 years ago. From her first store in Parnell, Auckland, which is still trading today from a much larger location, Margot grew the distribution business through wholesale channels and began the development of the Citta Design brand. Imogen Tunnicliffe joined the small team twelve years ago as the first designer and is still with the company today, leading a team of six designers responsible for the textile, fashion and product design for the brand.

Bed linen, furniture, homeware and accessories from the Winter 2015 collection.


The Citta Design collections have grown over the years across various areas of textile design, from cushions and bed linen to soft toys and travel bags. Our design team has recently expanded and welcomed Julia Fong, fashion designer, and David Moreland, furniture designer. There is a beautiful collaboration across the different design disciplines which sees textile designs carried across both clothing and interiors, and furniture and lighting designed to complement our soft furnishings.

office based in Auckland it was only natural that our first retail stores were close to home. This has allowed our designers, buyers and management teams to work closely with the retail teams to develop a strong customer-focused retail model. The owners and founders of Citta Design, Alastair and Margot Acland, have strong roots in Christchurch so it was only a matter of time before a Citta Design store opened here. The timing is a combination of new building opportunities in the city and our confidence as a company to expand our retail further. We have always had a strong following in Canterbury and, with many homes now looking at rebuilding and


renovating, we are excited to be part of the new chapter for this beautiful city.


You release two collections a year. Are you able to offer some insight into the design and production process? Our senior designer, Imogen,

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researches and develops new concepts, themes and a colour palette for each season. From here, our in-house designers work alongside each other to conceptualise print designs in line with the chosen theme, which are then applied to a selection of products from cushion covers to bed linen, ceramic ware and clothing. The initial research and design phase is an exciting time and involves a lot of creativity, from putting together visual mood boards to freestyle drawing and painting before final designs are refined and completed. Imogen and her team work closely with Margot and the buying team, who travel extensively throughout Asia and Europe sourcing products, and develop designs with a handful of trusted manufacturers.


Where does the inspiration come from for your collections? From New York and Tokyo,

Copenhagen and Paris, Citta Design is inspired by the world’s unique cultures. Our designers are a highly creative bunch and, although they are initially influenced by an exotic global location, they have been known to find inspiration in their everyday surroundings, from interesting people passing by, contrasting shades of colour in a landscape, music, film and vintage textiles.

Behind the scenes at the latest Citta Design photo shoot


Tell us a bit about your latest collection. Our winter 2015 collection, Deco Deco is inspired by 1920s Paris, a world that is at once an era, place and attitude. The design team envisaged a slice of Parisian life, as seen through a contemporary interior lens, although the collection is inspired as much by its inhabitants as by the city itself. Famous figures of the age – from performer Josephine Baker and artist Picasso, to designer Chanel and philosopher Jean Paul Sartre – influence the collection’s stylistic themes. They embody a comfortable glamour that’s chic, relaxed and, occasionally, a touch risqué. These influences range from monochromatic glamour to perfect imperfection. There are decorative exotic flourishes, from a riot of graphic, tribal patterns to celestial references to moons, stars and galaxies. A refined, elegant attitude in luxe textures is enlivened with signature floral embellishments, inspired by beading, and touches of platinum metallics. The palette pulls together black, charcoal and limestone white, with accents of mustard and larkspur, lilac, rose and caper.


What can we expect to see from Citta moving forward? In search of the fresh and

exciting, we strive to develop original ideas into unique design expressions. You can expect to see enduring design staples and limited edition seasonal collections for you and your home with each collection from Citta Design. Based on a relaxed antipodean philosophy of life and travel, our products are designed in New Zealand to be useful, beautiful and even a little bit fun. 03 595 0482 | JULY/AUGUST 2015






Totak Wallpaper in taupe and Oulu curtains from Scion’s Levande Collection.

As the time for spring cleaning approaches, Sue White and the experts at Hubbers guide us through some simple ideas for refreshing our décor

W Outside of her day-today role of keeping us entertained on The Breeze, radio presenter Sue White is passionate about all things interior as well as being an enthusiastic DIY and homehandy woman. Listen to Sue from 10am Monday to Friday on The Breeze 94.5 FM for a chance to win with Hubbers.


allpaper is one of the major trends for 2015, and it is all about adding colour and texture to the wall. Think drama and wow factor� Perhaps not for the fainthearted, it is the perfect way to add visual impact, or accentuate an area. They have come a long way since the boring anaglypta papers of the past; now there are wallpapers for everyone. I am loving the latest looks from Harlequin, Scion, Casedeco, Clarke & Clarke and James Dunlop, all of which bring depth, colour and a sense of movement to the space with their repeating patterns. For those daunted by the thought of changing a whole room or wall, try refreshing your décor with accessories.

Cushions (my hubby calls them couch parasites) don’t all have to match: mix up shapes, sizes and textures. Just unite them by a theme, be it tribal for instance, or by a common colour palette. And remember, the balance of patterns and solid colour cushions can change the formality of the room. Don’t forget, odd number groupings tend to work well; but if you have to move them too much to get comfortable, you’ve got too many� From my own experience when choosing throw blankets, consider a fabric that can be hand-washed, at least occasionally, as it is probably going to double as a knee blanket or cat resting place� | 03 348 2954



Cedar Wallpaper from Scion’s Levande Collection.

Ellipse Wallpaper from Harlequin’s Anthology 03 Collection.

+ The variety of wallpaper available is huge! Whether you want faux texture, botanicals, stripes, block colour or damask, contemporary, modern or a touch of vintage – we have papers to suit all homes. + If your walls are prepared correctly, wallpaper is an easy step-bystep DIY process. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to complete your project and refer to the hanging instructions, which vary from paper to paper. + When ordering, make sure you allow for extra, especially if you have a large repeat pattern. + If you fall in love with an imported paper but are daunted by the cost, treat it like art. Just a few rolls can make a great impact on an otherwise neutral room. + Lots of wallpapers also have complementing fabrics, which can make the decision-making process for your interior colour scheme much easier. + Cushions and throws are a great way to lift the room and add that missing special touch, so don’t be afraid of accessorising to bring in that pop of colour.

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We talk to Richard Cocks from Award Appliances about kitchen technology


What should I look for when it comes to buying a kitchen appliance? We are all

visual creatures and all have different tastes, so aesthetics are probably the first compelling attraction when we begin looking at new appliances; but of course beauty can be only skin deep so it’s important to look a little deeper. Have a clear checklist that suits your style of cooking. Ask yourself things like: Do I need a large oven or a double oven? How easy is the appliance to clean – internal and externally? Do I like using modern touch control technologies, or do I prefer traditional manual controls? Both are available, but not all are simple or logical to operate. Energy efficiency is also something to consider and, while cooking appliances in New Zealand aren’t labelled for efficiency yet, you can be sure that certain products or features will assist in this area. There are products such as ovens with triple glazed doors, and induction hobs which are approximately 90% efficient in terms of energy consumption as compared to gas or standard electric hobs which are approximately 50-60% efficient. Dishwashers are labelled with a Water and Energy Star Rating which is helpful, and the good ones will also carry the blue Energy Star Rating.


We talk about technology in appliances, but what does this mean? Technology or Black

Magic? We see both in the market place today – some are very easily explained in simple terms and easily understood, while some make no sense at all – so don’t be afraid to quiz your salesperson. JULY/AUGUST 2015

Certainly all appliances have improved greatly over the last 10-20 years in terms of the water and energy they consume, but some are still well ahead of the competition and usually come at an additional cost. Modern appliance technology available today includes: self-cleaning pyrolytic ovens; ovens with temperature or moisture sensors for automated cooking; steam ovens or combined ovens with microwaves; induction hobs that are fast to heat, simple to regulate and easy to clean; dishwashers with fan forced turbo drying systems; silent rangehoods; and heatpump clothes dryers.


What is the most talked about piece of kitchen technology at the moment? Induction cooking hobs are one such appliance and one that is constantly evolving with new automated features and greater

LEFT The ASKO D5896Fi XXL dishwasher is notable for its quiet operation and eighteen place setting capacity. Doing the work and promoting the play, it is the ultimate addition to any open-plan kitchen.


LEFT The ASKO OP8631 iChef Wall Oven and Hi1683 Induction Hob are integrated for a seamless aesthetic, while the CW4951 Island Hood takes care of those unwanted odours in near silence. MIDDLE As kitchen appliance technology continues to evolve, multiple ovens are becoming more and more popular, giving the home chef a greater array of cooking techniques and options. RIGHT Detail of the ASKO Hi1983 90cm Induction Hob, illustrating the different Adaptive Zones available, which allow the cooktop to be tailored to your needs.

flexibility with respect to the useable cooking area. Another is the combination of steam and regular electric ovens to improve the cooking result for specific food types like vegetables and fish. The reduction of noise is also very desirable when we talk about appliances, and some dishwashers and rangehoods are head and shoulders above their competitors in this area.


How is appliance technology changing the way we cook, and use our kitchens? Potentially

it is freeing up more time for us in our busy lives because we can automate the cooking process if we wish. Some ovens today can be programmed to defrost, cook and even finish the dish with grill if required, all at the touch of a few simple buttons before you depart the house. Induction cooking hobs are faster to heat and regulate, and can be cleaned down afterwards with a simple wipe of a cloth, making life much quicker and simpler. And of course, when it’s time to clean the dishes after that gourmet meal, a really good dishwasher accommodates all the dishes, from long-stemmed glassware to large cooking implements, and requires no pre-rinsing before loading� And, when it’s done everything is dry.


The kitchen isn’t the only place in the home that is seeing smarter, more technologyfocused appliances. Tell us about this. Yes, even

laundry appliances are benefiting from new technology. Water and energy efficiency have improved significantly, and automated washing and drying programmes are removing all the guesswork. Probably the greatest advance in the laundry has been with tumble dryers as new heat pump dryers enter the market. The traditional heating element has been replaced by a heat pump unit

NEW TRENDS IN KITCHEN TECHNOLOGY A major focus is on energy consumption and how to reduce it, which is being achieved through the use of smarter electronics and variable speed motors in appliances like fridges, dishwashers, dryers and washing machines. The other element we are seeing a lot of is the ability to fully integrate more and more appliances, for a streamlined kitchen design. Induction hobs offer increasing flexibility, allowing greater use of the cooking area, and the ability to link zones to form a larger cooking area for different or unusually sized pans. Noise reduction is also continually evolving, especially when we look at dishwashers and rangehoods, which not so long ago were so loud that a normal conversation was almost impossible. Fortunately much has improved through motor technology and insulation materials to the point where silence is almost achieved.

(simply a smaller version of what you may already have in your house) and as a result the Energy Label has increased from a typical 2 stars to the maximum of 6. Just think of the savings. 03 348 0556 JULY/AUGUST 2015




SPA T I M E Lesley Storm from Edward Gibbon offers an insight into drop-in baths, New Zealand’s most popular style of spa bath


he practice of bathing dates back to the prehistoric societies of the Bronze Age who, with their long journeys to communal baths over hot spring, laid the foundation for today’s modern Western style of bathing. Thankfully, today we have access to hot water in our homes and with the ever-increasing choice of baths, it is imperative we select the right product for our needs and install it correctly. WHERE TO START Obviously the space you have available in your bathroom is important, but remember, to be able to fully enjoy your spa bath experience, the bath you pick should be comfortable for those using it. You should be able to lie down, relax and submerge your body. As spa baths come with a pump, heater and touch control pad, it is important to consider access to the pump for maintenance, should this be required. If the bath backs onto an adjoining cupboard or cupboard in an adjacent room then access can be made via a hatch in the wall or an

JET TECHNOLOGY Both the Solace and Liquid baths use the latest innovation in spa jet technology, positioning Athena as a leader in the market. With C-Lenda’s patented ergonomic technology, jets are almost flush with the side of the bath, creating a smooth near-continuous surface. C-Lenda jets feature a high air-to-water ratio, stainless steel surround and are removable for easy cleaning. Unlike other systems that use fittings that protrude into the bathing area, compromising comfort and causing soap build-up, these innovative and unobtrusive flush jet fittings from Athena have redefined the aesthetics and performance of spa baths.


access panel along the front of the bath at one end. The control pad is normally mounted on, or near, the front of the bath avoiding the user having to lean over the bath to operate the unit. Again access for maintenance should be kept in mind. DESIGN TRENDS Baths that have clean simple lines, but look and feel luxurious, such as the Liquid and Solace baths from Athena, are bang on trend with their bold yet uncomplicated design. Both have a clean upstand free edge, with a crisp uncomplicated reclined interior. The Liquid bath comes in a trendy double-ended design with centre waste, while the Solace offers a more classic singleended style, in a modern but striking design. In the past a bath without moulded upstands would have only been suited for installation into a tiled island, but Athena have designed these baths with the added option of a factory-fitted 15mm aluminium upstand, allowing the bath to be safely tiled into the wall, preventing water ingress behind the bath.



Optional factory fitted 15mm upstands, recommended in shower over bath situations.

BATH CONSTRUCTION Any good quality spa bath should be supplied with a quality mounting frame or cradle. Basically, the bath should arrive ready to be positioned in place and provision made for the simple connection of power and water. Make sure the manufacturer uses a quality pressure pipe and fittings on the spa bath, and check to make sure the bath is tested before leaving the factory. Always remember, when moving the spa bath, to pick it up by its frame/cradle, not by the pipework as this can cause damage to the pipework joints. Ensure the supplier also uses a recognised brand of pumps on the spa, as this helps with maintenance and the sourcing of spare parts at a later date. | 03 366 7137 Why not consider adding a shower-over-bath system to your spa bath? The Athena Allora shower-over-bath with glass swing panel gives you the best of both worlds. JULY/AUGUST 2015



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We talk to Hannah Paynter from Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom Centre about getting it right when it comes to the most practical room of the home


Where should I start when it comes to bathroom design? Whether you have one

bathroom or two, an en suite, a powder room or a combination of all three, it is essential they are functional, practical spaces, which ignite notions of glamour and relaxation, in keeping, of course, with your home’s unique style. Start by evaluating your lifestyle needs. Ask yourself: how many people will be using the space? If you are renovating, consider whether the current size of the room is adequate and so forth. Every bathroom design is personal, and every design has its own unique set of requirements – be it a bath, his and her vanities, extra storage and so forth – so it is important you are talking to an expert early in your design process to ensure you are creating a space that will suit your needs. One of the most critical aspects when it



comes to bathrooms, and one which should never be compromised on, is waterproofing. It is essential you get this right in order to combat potential damage, which could compromise the structural integrity of your home.


When we talk about function in the bathroom, what does this mean? Function

is all about how useable the space is. When you are choosing products for your bathroom it will depend on the space you have, and you will need to consider how the items will interact with each other to achieve a sense of function and flow. Think about the placement of bathroom furniture and how they impact each other. For example, where is the towel rail in relationship to the shower? You will also want to ensure that you are selecting products that not only work with one another, but with the space. If you have a small bathroom, you won’t want a big double vanity dominating the floor plan; for those with a large area, utilising the space might see you opt for a double shower rather than a standard.


Is colour important in the bathroom? As the bathroom is a space often used for applying make-up and looking at oneself in the mirror, colour plays an important role and impacts the mood of a room. Lighter colours will reflect the light and make your space look larger, while dark and contrasting colours will absorb the light making the room appear smaller. We are also seeing the

use of natural wood with a high gloss lacquer, and metallics used to achieve a sense of glamour. The use of the same or similar colours across all surfaces allows the eye to move seamlessly across the space, making the whole area look larger. Pastel tones of warmer colours have complexion enhancing qualities and hence are often favoured over the use of cool pastels.


We all know how important practical lighting is, but what about ambient lighting? Great


You talk about a feeling of wellbeing. What does this mean? The bathroom is about

lighting can make a huge impression in your bathroom and give it wow factor. For those wanting a touch of glamour, why not embrace the current trend of having a chandelier over the freestanding bath? Alternatively, ambient lighting can be achieved with the addition of LEDs under your cabinetry, perhaps in the kick-boards. But, however you embrace it, it is important you never compromise lighting around the mirror. A motion-activated sensor light under the vanity is a great idea for night visits.

relaxation and rejuvenation, and simple inclusions can go a long way to achieving these. Power showers can help relieve stress, while deep freestanding baths allow you to lean back and soak away the troubles of the day. Waking up in the morning and entering a space of sanctuary, if only for twenty minutes, can set you up for the day, or wind you down at end of it. | 0800 40 40 42 JULY/AUGUST 2015




IN HOT WATER Winter warming is easier and cheaper thanks to advancements in hot water systems. Lesley Storm from Edward Gibbon explains


* Typical savings with a Rinnai Smart Cylinder are 10-15%. Savings are influenced by a number of factors including cylinder size, hot water use profile and plumbing system design. Savings of 10-15% have been observed in field trials in New Zealand and Europe when compared to a standard electric hot water cylinder. ^ Source EECA who publishes average water heating costs of $650 per annum which accounts for 30% of the typical NZ energy bill.


only heat water in the cylinder when it knows it will be needed. ‘The new Rinnai Smart Cylinder typically saves a homeowner 10-15% on their water heating running costs when compared to the equivalent sized standard electric hot water cylinder,* thanks to a revolutionary system that is both easy to use and extremely energy efficient’, says Rinnai’s Kathryn Geck. In



A limited number of Rinnai Smart Cylinders are available from Edward Gibbon

inter is coming – that season of colder nights, rainy days, and bumper energy bills that have most Kiwis longing for summer days and healthier bank accounts once again. With around 30% of a typical New Zealand household energy bill attributed to water heating, making sure the family has hot showers on demand, plus plenty of warm water for hand washing, dishes and laundry, doesn’t come cheap. Hiding away in your basement, or a cosy cupboard, or even under the sink, hot water cylinders may often look similar, but are not created equal. Made of stainless steel, enamel or copper, they can be either mains pressure or low pressure depending on what your home requires on an everyday basis. No matter what the model, however, one fact remains: the way a traditional standard electric hot water cylinder works means that your household is probably paying to maintain all of the water in your cylinder at 65°C for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. It’s little wonder that Kiwi consumers have been searching for a way to save money when it comes to heating water, which is why the new Rinnai Smart Cylinder is the perfect friend to bank accounts while offering a far more sustainable way of heating water for a busy household. The Rinnai Smart Cylinder learns the pattern of hot water use in your home, and only heats the water in the tank to meet the anticipated demand. That means, if your family uses hot water the most in the early morning for quick showers before you head out the door, and then again in the evening for baths and laundry, the Smart Cylinder will

an average household that’s a saving of $65-$97 a year,^ which means a typical payback of 2-3 years. While it might sound like a complicated system, it’s not. After being installed, the Rinnai Smart Cylinder will learn one week of hot water usage behaviour in a household, then apply a savings algorithm to enable it to heat water in the cylinder when it knows it will be needed. It will also constantly monitor a household’s water usage, and continuously update the savings algorithm to ensure you have hot water on demand, but aren’t paying to keep hundreds of litres warm when you are out at work or school or away for the holidays. ‘Every household is slightly different when it comes to hot water needs, and this can also change over time, so this innovative new cylinder is about making sure it works for each individual home and family situation’, explains Kathryn. For those building a new home and dreading the addition of more tasks to the list of things to do, the Rinnai Smart Cylinder requires no added major installation, no council approval and no added building code of compliance costs. The Rinnai Smart Cylinders come in a variety of sizes (135L, 180L, and 250L) to suit whatever your household needs may be. ‘Winter is a time to get cosy and enjoy all the comforts of home – and what better way to do this than with a relaxing hot bath at the end of a long day’, continues Kathryn. ‘Kiwis can now do just that while saving money and heating their water in a more sustainable way.’ | 03 366 7137 JULY/AUGUST 2015





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Steve Reeves and his company Montrose inspire a new way of thinking when it comes to home building. Lucinda Diack explains


istening to Steve Reeves talk about building and the local construction sector it is hard not to get caught up in his enthusiasm. Passionate about transparency and traditional craftsmanship, his skills and international experience will see him tackle some of our city’s future iconic homesteads. Having begun his building career in Christchurch before taking his skill and heading overseas, Steve found himself working in New York as a carpenter building bars and restaurants. ‘From there I started my own company, building high-end residential homes in New York and Connecticut’, offers Steve. Moving from America to England, Steve continued gathering international experience, including managing the restoration of a fourstorey Victorian residence. Speaking of his most recent venture – building company Montrose – Steve explains that, ‘internationally the building process is about transparency and communication, something we are wanting to bring to Christchurch’. Building confidence and transparency in the building process opens the door of communication between builder and client, ensuring both parties are aware and comfortable with what is going on. ‘Communication is crucial as high-end builds are complex by nature, and total transparency eliminates issues arising at a later date, while helping everyone in the project get a better understanding of what is going on. Larger new builds are on a “time and material charge up basis”. These are closely tracked in phases, financially allowing our clients to make informed decisions throughout the project.’ Steve’s project management software facilitates this approach, allowing clients to be as involved in the project as they like, or for those building away from home, to be kept up-to-date without having to be onsite: ‘The software allows our clients to log in to their project-specific online calendar which graphs the schedule and timings, and is illustrated by progress photos, providing an instant insight into how the project is coming together.’ Having returned from overseas shortly before the Canterbury earthquakes, Steve

found himself dedicating his time and skills to EQC. Beginning initially as a field assessor, he went on to become a Pod or team leader, working across Christchurch and the Port Hills. This allowed him to gain an understanding not only of what damage occurred across the city, but the impact that seismic damage can have on our home environment, and provided Steve with the unique opportunity to experience firsthand the importance of ensuring our homes are future-proofed against disaster. While a home may never be a hundred percent safe from seismic damage, Steve believes a balance of the latest technologies and traditional craftsmanship will go a long way in ensuring he is building his clients safe havens, which have been designed and built for life. Involved in both the design and build aspect with his client, Steve works alongside local architects and architectural designers who share a similar philosophy. ‘Good design, coupled with quality materials followed by excellent craftsmanship will culminate in a house that has been built to be passed down to your children’, he explains. ‘My passion for craftsmanship is driven from the knowledge that quality materials crafted together correctly will last for their intended length of time, while

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Working internationally Steve was charged with the construction of a number of large scale high end builds, including the Coveleigh Club in New York.

BUILDING CONFIDENCE AND TRANSPARENCY IN THE BUILDING PROCESS OPENS THE DOOR OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN BUILDER AND CLIENT eliminating ongoing problems which in turn cost time and money.’ As well as bespoke new builds, this boutique builder boasts a wealth of experience when it comes to alterations. While only a small part of his current business, looking around Steve’s own home in Tai Tapu – which has been lovingly renovated into a modern and contemporary living environment without compromising its original age and character – it is evident that he approaches renovations with the same level of detail, quality of care and passion which he applies to every project. ‘When we talk about renovations, and even new builds, my favourite phrase is “in keeping”. For renovations this is about ensuring the project is done in keeping with the original house, while for new builds it is about the design being in keeping with its surroundings. And, for both, the reason is the same: to achieve an aesthetically-pleasing, practical result.’ JULY/AUGUST 2015

31 BELOW & BELOW LEFT Since his return to New Zealand Steve has been involved in a number of projects from tennis pavilions to conversions. All of which illustrate his eye for detail and passion for craftsmanship.

For those seeking a home builder, Steve recommends not only being able to communicate with your chosen builder, but to visit the builder’s own home, as well as others they have built. ‘Viewing a builder’s previous work is important, but seeing their own home indicates whether they have a true respect for construction, and provides an insight into their ability to “finish” and take pride in their workmanship. It is also important to ask yourself questions like: Will he understand my needs? Does he have integrity? Can I trust this company? Building can be a stressful process for clients and forming a strong relationship with your builder is fundamental to success.’ ‘Weaving the fabric for a successful build involves having a team of professional contractors and forming a solid relationship with the clients. Handing the keys over at the end of a successful project is a moment I take great pride in.’ Bringing an unsurpassed professionalism to the construction industry, this is a building company to watch. | 03 260 0333 JULY/AUGUST 2015





SOMETHING SPECIAL Tucked down a long driveway, this private Fendalton home ticks all the boxes for a family of eight WO R DS LU C I N DA D IAC K







or Azlan Daud the building of his family home in the heart of Fendalton was about ‘playing with simplicity’ to achieve an end result that was practical, functional and ‘pleasing to the soul’. A feat, which appears to have been effortlessly achieved. For Bryan Doull, director of architectural design build company Dwell Homes, the Daud residence was a dream come true. ‘We are passionate about quality and detail’, describes Bryan, ‘and want building to be a collaboration between us and the client’. This concept of collaboration matched Azlan’s expectations for the build: ‘We had never built before and wanted the process to be a journey. We wanted to be informed and to work with someone who would be involved from start to finish, which was exactly what Bryan and Dwell Homes gave us.’ Talking to the two men, the ease of communication and the respect they have for one another is evident in the jovial manner in which they relive the building process. ‘By opting to build with a boutique building company, we found ourselves with the flexibility to make decisions and tweak things throughout. Bryan was always onsite to answer questions, talk us through developments and assist in


the solving of any problems or challenges that arose to ensure we were meeting our needs and realizing the aspirations we had for the build.’ One of the key challenges with the build was the balance between north and south. ‘The south side of the section opens up to a tributary of the Avon River and offers a lovely outdoor setting, which the owners wanted to capitalise on; so we needed to balance this with the thermal benefits of a north facing aspect’, explains Bryan. The result is the addition of a courtyard on the northern side of the home. ‘The four panels of glass behind the dining table allow sunlight to pour into the space, while the wall of glass on the southern side allows the view to be enjoyed.’ Initially it takes some time to comprehend the vast space that is found at the centre of this beautiful home. It is unhindered by doors, and the walls of glass opening the interior up to the outdoors only enhance the sense of space. ‘Over the last six or so years we have been developing and perfecting a structural truss system which allows us to achieve large spans of internal space’, explains Bryan. ‘It is all timber, no steel and is changing the way we are building our homes. It is achieving an unsurpassed sense of space, which is clearly evident in the Daud house.’


Every room in the home embraces the outdoors, which is especially evident in the central living area. Floor-toceiling architectural suite sliding doors and expansive windows enhance the illusion of space in this area.

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Stepping through the expansive pivot front door, the entranceway guides visitors to the right and into a central open-plan space, which then uses texture to provide depth and define the various ‘zones’. Designed to interact


seamlessly with one another, the kitchen, living and dining are essentially defined by the use of wall coverings: sawn timber panelling in the living, expansive glass opening up to the northern courtyard in the dining, and white tiles in the kitchen. All of which are then enhanced and aided by the saw-cut concrete floor. What makes this home truly special, however, is the element of surprise that is found around every corner. ‘It is a low-level, modern design’, offers Bryan, ‘and the privacy that has been achieved at the entrance of the property is the first indication you get that something special lies beyond’. Opening off the entranceway and hidden through a secret door in the sawn timber panelling is the master suite, which, like the other bedrooms in the home, has a seamless connection between inside and out. Also adding an element of surprise is the addition of two bedrooms and a bathroom discreetly tucked behind the kitchen. ‘Our boys currently call this area home, but the design of it allows us to use it as a private guest wing should we need to in the future’,


ABOVE The kitchen stretches nearly five metres in length, and like the rest of the home has no barriers, with the variation in the wall tiles providing definition between kitchen and pantry. LEFT The snug offers a second living area. RIGHT The pantry. FAR RIGHT The master bedroom.

describes Azlan. A further three bedrooms and a third bathroom are then found at the end of the open-plan living area. With three private sleeping quarters, this home ticks all the boxes for a family of eight. Completing the floor plan is the snug, which is found to the left of the entranceway, and provides a space away from the main living area for more intimate, cosy relaxation. From the moment you arrive onsite, to

the moment you leave, this property is an illustration of creativity and careful consideration of space. ‘With six children we wanted to achieve a floor plan which allowed everyone to have their own space, while also allowing us to come together in a central area’, explains Azlan. ‘What we have achieved is a functional family home. We wouldn’t change a thing.’ | 03 377 6632

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Resene Spanish White graces the walls of the central open-plan living areas.

aineb Jabawi and Oday Antaqi have always had a love for older homes and so, when the opportunity arose for them to purchase a beautiful Fendalton villa, they leapt at it, despite its need for some TLC. ‘I love the space and character of villas’, shares Zaineb, ‘and this wasn’t the first time we had bought an older house and then altered it to suit our needs’. ‘The kitchen was the first thing I wanted to change’, she continues. ‘I wanted it to be more open and interact with the living area, so we removed a wall and set about making my dream kitchen a reality’. Stumbling across Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances when shopping down Victoria Street, Zaineb knew from the moment she stepped in the door that this was it. ‘I really didn’t want white melamine cabinetry; I wanted something more traditional and warm. Our soon-to-be designer Emily was the first person we met and she was incredible. She was great at making suggestions and helped us to achieve exactly what we wanted.’ ‘The previous design lacked storage and had minimal bench space, so by extending the kitchen out into the living area, we made JULY/AUGUST 2015





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sufficient use of the space provided’, explains designer Emily Erickson. ‘This gave Zaineb and Oday a significantly larger kitchen with plenty of storage and preparation zones.’ ‘They wanted a traditional kitchen with a Mediterranean feel, which we were able to achieve by using finely-profiled framed doors, in a washed vanilla finish. Together with the cornice profile and light pelmet they frame the kitchen elegantly and give that desired aesthetic. The traditional masterpiece was then finished off with 203 antique ivory handles by Nobilia; while a Giallo ornamental granite benchtop provided the finishing touch.’ ‘I was a bit of a nightmare client’, laughs Zaineb. ‘After the final design had been signed off and the kitchen ordered from Germany, I changed my mind about how I wanted it to


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work� I had spent time living in the house by then and knew we had to tweak it. Thankfully we were able to just rework the ‘puzzle’ and use what we had. Now it’s perfect�’ With only one bathroom in the home, the renovation was extended beyond the living areas and a second bathroom added. Working with the homeowners on the design and addition of their ensuite was Wayne Seeback of Seebeck Design Group. Believing architecture is about achieving timeless, enduring buildings, the minor alteration saw Wayne encounter the ‘age-old puzzle of marrying the client’s wishes with the constraints and restrictions of the existing building’. These different imperatives were satisfied to achieve a beautiful ensuite that sits seamlessly with the age and character of the home. Bathroomware from Mico Bathrooms

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and a bi-folding glass screen bath from Euroglass added the finishing touches. Mico Bathrooms and Euroglass were also involved in the modernisation of the family bathroom. Continuing on her quest to retain the character of the home, Zaineb extended the old-world character charm of the entranceway floor tiles into the bathroom, while fittings from Mico and a two-sided frameless glass shower from Euroglass ensured the space was suited for modern living. ‘Our custom-made shower screens are 10mm thick toughened safety glass’, describes

The custom-made nature of the two-sided frameless glass shower from Euroglass allowed the homeowners to capitalise on space in the bathroom. Fittings from Mico Bathrooms complete the room and reference the character of the home.


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Graeme Kench of Euroglass, ‘and, as they are custom-made, they can be constructed to any configuration, allowing homebuilders to capitalise on space, without having to compromise on quality’. As well as an ensuite, the master bedroom was also enhanced with the addition of a walk-in-robe and custom-made storage in the form of an impressive shoe rack. Priding themselves on being able to make the most of a space and create tailored, personalised wardrobe solutions, Simply Wardrobes was a natural choice to translate Zaineb and Oday’s storage needs into a reality. Be it expansive JULY/AUGUST 2015

walk-in-robes or more discreet inbuilt systems, they can do it all. Selecting the popular I-Robe in 25mm white wood-grain, Zaineb and Oday have ensured their private sanctuary has become much more than just a beautiful space in which to relax at the end of the day. ‘What makes this house special is its character and age’, explains Zaineb. ‘And right throughout this renovation it was important to me that each and every decision was made in keeping with this.’ This feat has been achieved with precision and detail, as right down to the light fittings and the door handles, this picture perfect villa appears to be as it always has.

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For these experienced home builders, this architectural build in Okuku is a home for keeps WO R DS LU C I N DA D IAC K


or experienced home builders Rose and John Duncan this was it, the last home they would build. ‘We have built many, many times before’, shares Rose, ‘and this time we decided it would be it’. Having opted for multi-levels in the past, this last house was to be single storey and include all the extra ‘bits’. Turning to Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ) member Jason Higham of Higham Architecture, the couple set about getting their wants and needs onto paper and translated into a floor plan. ‘John and Rose had some clear ideas about what they wanted to achieve’, shares Jason: ‘something U shape in design, low-lying to capture the surrounding views, lots of light and lots of outdoor living’. The result was a floor plan that pictured a sprawling single-level home with an abundance of glass. ‘The idea was for the glass at times to frame views and at others to blur the boundary between inside and out. The floor plan would then be orientated around the U, with changes in depth’, explains JULY/AUGUST 2015


Jason. 'Essentially the design resulted in three interlinked blocks, with the home’s four bedrooms to the left, and the two living areas, kitchen, dining and study to the right, providing a clear definition between public and private space.' For Rose and John, the next step in the process was finding someone with an eye for detail and a passion for quality to translate Jason’s design into a reality. ‘We had heard great things about Brent Chatterton Builders, and seen their work before’, explains Rose, ‘so they were the perfect choice’. ‘We aren’t just builders’, shares Brent Chatterton with a smile, ‘but craftsmen, which enables us to complete residential works of art to the highest of standards’. What makes this house unique is the mix of exterior cladding materials, which provides the perception of a seamless flow of stonework from outside-in. Described by Rose as hardworking and dedicated, Brent managed the build process, with John and Rose onsite regularly to survey

ABOVE Designed by Jason Higham and built by Brent Chatterton, the sprawling single level home is visually grounded by the solidity of stonework walls, while the horizontal lines of the bevel back timber weatherboards echo a traditional kiwi farmhouse. A streamlined Solar-Rib roof from Calder Stewart completes the understated architectural lines of the home's design.


the process. ‘Our build timeline was badly affected by storms and a big snow, so it was a long process’, explains Rose; ‘but Brent was wonderful at keeping us informed and answering our questions, and the end result was well worth the wait’. Wanting a simple, understated roofing material, the decision was made to use the Solar-Rib roofing from Calder Stewart’s architectural roofing range. ‘It is a tray roofing product’, explains Jake Walker from Calder Stewart, ‘which sees style and energy-efficiency meet affordability’. Its innovative profile has been crafted to allow for the fitting of PV Laminate panels to sit seamlessly between the rib profile. In this instance the roof hasn’t been fitted with solar panels; however, its streamlined and modern design enhances and complements the architectural lines of the home. ‘The exterior wall framing of the house was wrapped with Ecoply Barrier from Carter Holt Harvey to help ensure a quick close-in for temporary weather protection’, explains

Jason, ‘and for structural strength, as it provided most of the required bracing for the house, a key consideration in our post-quake building environment’. ‘A key aspect of the home design was outdoor living’, he continues. ‘Rose and John wanted to have options when it came to entertaining and relaxing outside, so

BELOW Retractable concertina roof louvres from Johnson & Couzins provide clever additional cover to the main outdoor dining area. Easily adjusted to suit the weather conditions, they ensure alfresco entertaining can be enjoyed year round.





Interior designer Andrea Robertson worked closely with the homeowners to achieve a soft neutral colour palette that is reflected in the cabinetry and finishing details of the kitchen. This was then manufactured by Lyall Park Joinery.

through the design we were able to achieve sheltered areas, perfect for enjoying their rural surrounds and beautiful views.’ Enhancing the outdoor living is the expansive use of Sandstone Grey powder-coated aluminium joinery from Kaiapoi Aluminium Joinery’s Domestic Suite. Appearing as though they span the length of the walls, the ranch sliders allow the home to be opened up to the outdoors, connecting the kitchen and living areas with the deck through the simple opening of a door. ‘After living in the house, Rose and John came back to me’, recalls Jason. Requiring the addition of shade over the primary outdoor living area to combat sunburn while dining

outside, and the cooling of the interior spaces in the heat of summer, Johnson & Couzins were brought to the team with their retractable roof louvres. Able to tailor weather protection to every need, their canopy awnings, aluminum lourves and various other shade solutions ensure there is a design and product suited to every style of home. ‘The retractable Concertina roof louvre gives the owners everything they could want and more’, comments James Adair from Johnson & Couzins. ‘Rather than just rotating like traditional louvres, the fins actually part and slide back, exposing the open sky; giving Rose and John total control of sun, shade and rain, and allowing the outdoor dining area to

RIGHT The expansive use of glass connects the home with its picturesque surrounds, with large sliding doors from Kaiapoi Aluminium Joinery’s Domestic Suite ensuring that indoor-outdoor flow is effortless. Ecoply Grooved Lining from Carter Holt Harvey features on the ceiling above the exposed roof trusses to provide a subtle nod to traditional match-lining.

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Decorative stone veneer, Mt Shale, coloured in Grey with Rust accents, from Classic Stone, can be found inside and out, adding contrast and a touch of rural charm.

be enjoyed no matter what the weather.’ Powder coated to match the existing joinery of the home, the system appears as though it has always been. ‘The louvres are just wonderful’, enthuses Rose. ‘As well as sun protection while outside, they also allow us to control how much sun is coming into the kitchen – which in the height of summer is too much�’ No stranger to the daunting task of selecting materials and fittings for her new home, Rose took to browsing online for inspiration. ‘Our section has beautiful views out to Mount Thomas and the snow-peaked mountains and at times has the feel of Queenstown, just without the lake’, she laughs. ‘And so, when I came across some beautiful Central Otago homes with their intricate stone detail, I knew I wanted to replicate it here.’ Bringing this dream to life was manufacturers of decorative stone veneer, Classic Stone. ‘For the Duncan residence our Mt Shale profile, coloured in Grey with Rust accents, was chosen for both internal and external use’, shares Stephen Little from Classic Stone. ‘With its sharp edges, irregular shapes and overall rustic character, it was chosen to provide a strong contrast to the weatherboard cladding.’ Used as both an external cladding material and as an internal feature, the stonework has a profound influence on the aesthetic of the home. And as Stephen explains, ‘no matter what angle or elevation you approach the home JULY/AUGUST 2015




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An Escea DL1100, with White Coals fuel bed and Titanium Silver Velo fascia, ensures the living space is warm and cosy year round.

from, the stone is part of your view: it blends both contemporary and rustic design together perfectly.’ Andrea Robertson Design worked with Rose and John on the interior design of their home to achieve this balance of styles. ‘We helped Rose select the exterior and interior colours and materials for her home’, offers Andrea. ‘The exterior is a mix of soft greys, cedar and schist, resulting in an earthy feel. Meanwhile the interior continues this soft palette, with touches of luxury in the form of the tiles. Rose had a clear vision of what her home would look like, and we simply worked with her to help realize the vision.’ Drawing on Rose’s Central Otago inspiration, the decision was made to use Ecoply Grooved Lining from Carter Holt Harvey, as a feature on the ceiling in the main living room. Sitting above the exposed roof trusses, it provides a subtle nod to traditional match-lining in a costeffective and contemporary way, while highlighting the overall uniqueness of that room within the house. Positioned as a connection between the formal living area and the lounge is the kitchen. Manufactured by Lyall Park Joinery, the kitchen continues the use of soft neutrals. ‘The kitchen combines a Kashmir White bench top with Formica New Stainless Steel on the cabinetry with

striking results’, continues Andrea. While a splashback in Dulux Narrow Neck adds an ethereal feel to the space. Specialising in high-end joinery, Lyall Park Joinery also worked with the owners on the manufacture and installation of the pantry, laundry and open-shelving in the dining and living rooms, ensuring the homeowners had customised storage for their needs. ‘There is no substitute for experience’, shares Mark Grigor from Dakota Tiles. Sharing this opinion, Rose and John turned to the family-owned business for the supply and installation of the tiles in the kitchen, pantry, entranceway and bathrooms. Working alongside interior designer Andrea, the decision was made to use Coldsteam Boulder 600x600mm for the entranceway floor and fire hearths, while Coldstream Frost 600x600mm tiles were selected as the flooring tile in the kitchen, pantry, hall and bathrooms. The walls of the bathrooms then feature Ida Tussock Polished Porcelain 300x600mm tiles, as a beautiful complement. For Rose and John this final build is the culmination of lessons and inspirations gathered over many years of experience. Peaceful, private and picturesque, it ‘hits the spot’; and it is with little doubt they will be calling this home for many years to come.



Supplied and installed by Dakota Tiles, the bathrooms feature Coldstream Frost 600x600mm tiles on the floor and Ida Tussock Polished Porcelain 300x600mm tiles on the walls.

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ur homes are unique, personal havens to which we retreat at the end of the day, where we are safe and protected from the world. They are also spaces that tell the story of who we are, what we love and how we live. Walking up the driveway to Caroline Read’s Fendalton house, I knew instantly that this was a home with heart. Jazz music wafted towards me, a jumble of fur in the form of Persian cats and Affenpinscher dogs greeted me at the gate and a 1986 Porsche sat in the drive. Stepping through the gate, you are immediately lost in a world of creativity and warmth. Caroline’s effervescent personality draws you in, while the architectural lines of her home instantly captivate. For self-confessed manic renovator

Caroline, the kitchen is the heart of her home. It is where dancing is carried out, culinary treats devoured and entertaining enjoyed; so it was imperative in her renovations that this space was perfect. ‘I have no idea about anything, but I know what I love’, she states, ‘and I love beautifulness.’ A love, which has transformed what was an outdated pink kitchen into one with classical undertones. Having carefully stripped the painted ceiling back to reveal the traditional wooden panelling, Caroline turned to AGM Stone for the finishing touch in this practical space – a granite benchtop. ‘Caroline wanted something which would hold its own’, describes the team at AGM Stone, ‘and in a colour which would suit the look of the house, while being hard-wearing, practical and strong. The result

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The addition of a granite benchtop in Steel Grey adds depth and movement to the kitchen, while enhancing the owner’s unique aesthetic.

is a granite benchtop in Steel Grey, which is perfectly in keeping with the age, character and artistic nature of the house and owner.’ Opening up to the outdoors, the kitchen and lounge are surrounded by expansive bi-folds, which allow the home to seamlessly flow inside-out. Drawing on her love for black and white, is the addition of a shade sail from Johnson & Couzins. ‘With a high UV and shade rating our shade sails are an everpopular choice’, shares James Adair. ‘As every outdoor area is different we design each shade sail individually to suit its specific requirements. They are also 100% waterproof PVC, easily removable and available in a vast range of colours, which allows us to tailor them for the client.’ Positioned at the end of the central living space, the addition of the shade sail allows Caroline to enhance the conservatory nature of the home and throw the doors open while protecting her from the elements, achieving a seamless integration between inside and out. When discussing buying and selling a home, Caroline is quick to point out the JULY/AUGUST 2015


necessity of obtaining a property report, having been caught out when purchasing her beloved home several years ago. Describing the filth, damage and unloved state of the home, Caroline was left with little choice but to tackle the challenge and bring life and love back to the home. ‘The house needed a lot of love’, she recalls, ‘and part of that was a complete paint job to give it a fresh, clean and modern finish’, a job which saw Andrew Master from Strata Painting brought to the table. ‘We handled all the plaster repairs and repainting throughout the house’, he explains. ‘Caroline’s home has many architectural features that really stand out but at the same time achieve a relaxed living environment. The addition of bi-fold doors on the northern aspect of

the house gives it an open-air feeling that doesn’t affect the architecture of the main building, and we wanted to ensure our involvement complemented this further.’ Investing time and effort into the plastering and preparation part of the process, Andrew and his team ensure the base work is completed to the highest of standards, making the finishing touch, the paintwork, relatively easy. Opting for Resene One and a Half Sour Cream as the base for her home, Caroline couldn’t be happier with the finish and effect it has. ‘I hate yellow’, she laughs, ‘but I didn’t want something cold. What I have instead is a beautiful warm neutral, with a slight blush tone. It’s perfect.’ For Tony Cutler from Lighting 351 it is the architectural nature of the house,


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and of course the homeowner, that makes this project unique. ‘Caroline has an understanding of the value of good lighting and professional advice, which allowed us to achieve a balance between ambient and practical lighting’, he shares. ‘Especially in the master bedroom where the Paula 5 Light Pendant above the bed brings character to the space, while the wall lights ensure the room is flawless in its function, day or night.’ An aspect of the home that is often left unspoken about is security. ‘As well as beautiful, I wanted my home to be safe’, continues Caroline, ‘and Ross Galt were fantastic at helping me achieve that’. Upgrading the existing alarm system to include a panic button, they also installed a CCTV system, which allows Caroline to monitor comings and goings from her property. ‘It is all about the provision of better personal security and peace of mind’, explains Geoff Kidd from Ross Galt. ‘I also have special keys, which can’t be copied’, enthuses Caroline. Thinking beyond just the lock, Ross Galt offers a restricted key system that ensures keys cannot be duplicated without consent. JULY/AUGUST 2015

The master bedroom has been modernised by Strata Painting with fresh warm neutral Resene One and a Half Sour Cream, and is complemented by fittings from Lighting 351. Taking centre-stage is the Paula 5 Light Pendant. Beloved Persian cat, Rupert, loves this room just as much as Caroline.


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‘The keys provide secure access to the home and are traced to their holder’, continues Geoff, ‘putting you in control of who has access to your home, and how’. When the house was designed in 1981, architectural designer Wayne Seebeck recalls it was all about space. ‘This property was one of two townhouses, each of which had to maximise the site, while providing a pair of marketable homes’, he explains. ‘To be built at a competitive price, the challenge

was to ensure they would also appeal to the market.’ This objective was ultimately achieved, and now, over thirty years later, Caroline is hoping that the unique character of her home will once again appeal to the home-buying market. At 66, this vibrant personality is opting to move on to her next challenge – a Sir Miles Warren design in Rangiora. ‘Watch this space’, she laughs, ‘I haven’t finished renovating yet’.

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Taking Advantage Of The Winter Property Market With the colder months of winter having arrived, the property market also has a tendency to cool off, with some sellers tempted to hold off until spring and summer to sell their property. However, there are some distinct advantages to selling your home during the winter months.

Heating By selling your home at the coldest time of year, you have the opportunity to showcase all of your winter warmers and demonstrate that they are working and ready for the purchaser to use. Buyers will ask themselves if it felt cold while looking through the house and they’ll look for functioning hot water and heating systems. Heating is of particular appeal if you are selling an older house and it can be a pivotal factor when a buyer looks to make their homebuying decision.

There are generally fewer listings on the market during winter however this can open your home to greater exposure. A lack of listings can also result in increased buyer competition. The colder conditions should filter out any tyre kickers or nosey neighbours – instead attracting those who are serious buyers that have the intention of making a purchase. Here are some great ways to maximise the viewing potential of your home during the winter months.

Lighting With winter comes colder temperatures, shorter days and less natural light. A lot of people who are thinking about attending an open home will often drive past the property in the evening and nothing looks better than a house lit up at night time. Therefore it’s a good idea to set timers up for those night time drivers reducing your power bills. Mike Pero Real Estate Ltd Licensed REAA (2008)

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Step inside a world of wonder with our picks for places to visit this month

COCO G I F TS Passionate about all things beautiful, Coco Gifts opened its doors in December 2011 and hasn’t looked back. Offering unique and exclusive designer lines, alongside beloved homeware brands such as French Country and Le Forge, it is a fabulous space filled with must-have homeware, gifts, jewellery and more. ‘Coco Chanel once said, “a woman should be two things: classy and fabulous”, and that is what Coco Gifts is all about’, shares front woman Vicki Metaxas. ‘The store is full of treasures and is second-to-none when shopping for that little something new or different.’ With previous owner Vicki Metaxas still very much part of the team and new owner-operators Liz and Bryan Bloomfield taking over the helm, this unassuming neighbourhood gift shop is going from strength to strength and is our one-stop shop when it comes buying for the home, friends or even ourselves� Pop in and lose yourself in a world of unique and sophisticated delights. 63 Rutland Street, St Albans | 03 355 3336

ART B OX GALLE RY Emerging out of a desire to support Christchurch artists in the aftermath of the Canterbury quakes, Art Box Gallery has quickly become the place to go for those seeking advice, inspiration and affordable art for the home. Frequently receiving new work from Canterbury artists as well as those from further afield, they boast a huge selection of art designed to suit every interior style. And, more than simply a gallery of art, they have a complimentary onsite service offering assistance with positioning of artwork as well as the ever-daunting selection process. ‘We work alongside interior designers, as well as individual clients’ – offers manager and co-owner, Bev Frost – ‘and with our price points varying from ten dollars to five thousand, we have something for everyone’. Perfectly balancing advice with beauty, this really is ‘the little gallery with lots of art’, and is well worth a visit� 16 Loftus Street, Papanui | 03 352 8940 JULY/AUGUST 2015


Reproduced with permission from Primal Kitchen by Sarah Dueweke. Published by Penguin Random House NZ. RRP $40.00. Text Sarah Dueweke, 2015. Photography Elizabeth Clarkson, 2015.




INSTINCT Hooked on the primal/paleo way of life chef Sarah Dueweke shares a recipe from her new cookbook, perfect for those cooler winter nights

I love the intense flavour of smoked meats, but I don’t have the space (or the patience) for a great big meat smoker in my yard. The solution? Liquid smoke. What is that, you ask? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. All-natural hickory-smoke flavour, concentrated and bottled for everyday kitchen use. It can be found in most specialty grocery stores – you just didn’t know to look for it until now� Liquid smoke is ideal for helping make the less glamorous, cheaper cuts of meat like pork shoulder taste out of this world. It’s powerful stuff, so you only need a little to give your pork some awesome smoky flavour. JULY/AUGUST 2015

In Primal Kitchen Wellington chef and primal-eating enthusiast Sarah Dueweke shares recipes for delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners and energising snacks for sustained good health. With its emphasis on natural ingredients and meals high in protein and healthy fats and carbohydrates, primal eating offers the benefits of a paleo diet with fewer restrictions. By following Sarah's simple guidelines for a primal diet you'll find it simple to adapt everyday dishes and discover new favourites in the process.


Smoky Slow-cooker Pulled Pork with Parsnip Purée SERVES 6

PULLED PORK 1 free-farmed, bone-in pork shoulder (about 2 kg) 2 cups chicken stock ¼ cup blackstrap molasses 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tsp liquid smoke

Place pork shoulder, stock, molasses, garlic and liquid smoke in a slow-cooker. Cook on the low setting for 8–10 hours until meat is falling apart. To make the Parsnip Purée, gently fry shallots and garlic in butter until soft. Add parsnips and cook for 5 minutes. Add stock, bring to a boil and simmer until the parsnips are soft. Drain, reserving the cooking liquid, and purée in a blender or food processor, adding some of the reserved liquid a little at a time to get a creamy texture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use two forks to shred the meat.

PARSNIP PURÉE 3 shallots, diced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 50 g butter 500 g parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock salt and pepper to taste


Place the cooking liquid from the pork in a saucepan and simmer until slightly thickened. Serve pork alongside the Parsnip Purée and spoon over cooking liquid to serve. C OOK ’ S NOTE This can also be done in a conventional oven. Simply place all ingredients in a large, heavy casserole with a well-fitting lid – I use a Dutch oven, which is specially designed for slow cooking – cover and cook in a 140°C oven for 3–4 hours until tender.






+ Roll of chicken wire +K  nob for the top - this can be a drawer knob, or if you want it to be bigger try an old curtain rod finial for added height +S  ome heavy-duty fuse wire to secure the knob - I used the wire that was wrapped around my roll of chicken wire + Matte Black or bronze spray paint + Wire cutters + Long nosed pliers


Create the cylinder shape by securing the edges of the chicken wire together.

Secure fuse wire around the base of the knob.

Thread the remaining fuse wire around the the top of the dome and secure tightly.

Begin by unrolling your chicken wire. You may want to wear gloves for protection. Then measure the circumference size you want. I opted for between 60 and 90cm. Using the wire cutters, cut to size. You will have enough in the vertical height to make two cloches. Cut in half on the horizontal. If you plan on displaying them together you may want to vary their heights slightly as offset sizes work well. Twist together the wire edges with the pliers. This is time consuming but having it neat is important. Making sure that the neat edge is on the bottom of the cylinder, slowly mould the chicken wire to form a dome, using the pliers. It is best to start this approximately a third of the way down from the top. Keep moulding until you have a perfect dome and the wire has joined together at the top, leaving a small hole in which to place the knob. Next, secure some fuse wire around the base of the knob. Leave about 10cm remaining then place inside the hole at the top. Thread the fuse wire through the chicken wire, using the pliers, and pull tightly – this will help secure the knob in place. You can then finish your cloche with spray paint, or leave the wire exposed. While this project requires a little bit of time and patience, it is well worth the effort.



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Exhibitions, must-have homeware and essential reads No matter what colour your grow or pick, this lovely bloom will bring a touch of natural beauty to the home

A NEW TAKE ON WASTE Whole House Reuse is a special one-off project instigated by Rekindle in response to the disposal of reusable materials within demolition. Forming the basis of an exhibition at Canterbury Museum, which runs through to 23 August, the project uses 19 Admirals Way, a 1920s weatherboard home in New Brighton, which was scheduled for demolition, and demonstrates not only the scale of waste but the power of design and craft as tools to address and benefit from wasted resources. Deconstructed by hand, every piece of the home, right down to the last splinter, was saved before being reinvented and reused.



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This practical guide to running a household is designed to help you live lean, not mean� Giving you the low-down on spring-cleaning your finances, Jody Allen offers hints and tips for getting organised, thrifty recipe ideas and guidance around setting a household budget. Get sorted and start saving�

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Designed to be treasured for generations to come, this beautiful recipe book boasts 100 classic recipes for cakes, slices, loaves, scones, tarts, muffins and more from a star-studded line-up of NZ food writers. There is something to satisfy every sweet tooth here� Get cosy in the kitchen this winter and get baking� JULY/AUGUST 2015





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JOE JANDALS Showcasing the creative talents of Rachael Hemingway, Joe Jandals offers the discerning homeowner a chance to purchase something truly unique. Having expanded her collection to include Living On The Edge (LOTE) furniture and LOTE ART, her online store is well worth a browse. Joe Jandals is the embodiment of creativity.


ART BOX GALLERY Stocking gorgeous homewares from French Country, Le Forge, CC Interiors, One World Collection, Maytime, Citta Design and more, the team at Coco Gifts have everything you want on hand� They can also easily source anything you need, as great customer service is their highest priority. Balancing helpful advice with beautiful artworks, Art Box Gallery is the place to go for those seeking affordable art for the home or workplace. This is a little gallery with lots of art, offering a friendly, relaxed and welcoming approach for those seeking that perfect piece for the home.


ARMSTRONG INTERIORS Specialising in large architectural pieces, Pottery World offer an extensive array of pots, ensuring they have the ideal solution for every space, be it contemporary or traditional. Visit them in Gardiners and Claridges Road for the best pot deal in town. This is a one-stop-shop whether you’re a homeowner, architect or landscaper. Passionate about all things interior, Angelique Armstrong and her team at Armstrong Interiors provide beautiful solutions to all of your interior needs. From basic fittings through to high-end furnishings, they provide expert advice, creativity, inspiration and solutions for every space.


FRANKIE & JOHNNY There’s a lot of merit in the saying “there is no substitute for experience”. Situated in a quaint bungalow at 127 St Albans Street, the experienced designers at Harpers Bazaar offer friendly service, in-store or by appointment in your own home. Pop by the studio for a browse and a chat. frankiejohnny6 Crafting plywood storage boxes decorated with fun and quirky patterns, this creative team are all about providing stylish yet functional storage solutions. Whether used for pine cones, magazines, toys or a bed for the family pet, the choice is yours!





Fearful of the damage we are doing to our residential building sector, architect John Chaplin opens up about his concerns for those building, buying and renovating


ith the exception of the more conservative lower end, the residential sector of the building industry remains its own worst enemy. The desire of many designers and own home builders to stand out and be different fuels a trend for experimentation with new products, systems and fittings. But, as we have seen in the past, over time these may prove problematic for homeowners. While freedom to design should be encouraged, this drive to experiment carries with it the need for a higher level of skill and understanding of this complexity. Yet this demand is not being matched by an increase in such skills. In most cases the resulting failures are due to a simple lack of understanding, poor workmanship and, often, just a case of bad attitudes. The leaky home epidemic is a haunting reminder of this important issue. New experimental design methods, systems and materials were far from understood. Even today, many of the new generation of homebuilders fail to understand or heed the basic principles of weather tightness. The Christchurch earthquakes have now created the need for a whole new compliance around designing to protect against future seismic damage, and this requires a new understanding of both design and construction. With such a strain on the labour and materials available and with such huge increases in workloads, the situation in Canterbury is a breeding ground for opportunists who lack skill as well as nous. We are seeing a glaring example of this problem in the post Christchurch earthquake sales of ‘as is where is’ homes, where opportunists are actively snapping up perceived ‘bargains’ in order to patch them up and on sell for a profit to the unsuspecting. When challenged, they claim to lack knowledge of the consequences or present an invidious attitude of not caring. Yet professionals have determined these homes as JULY/AUGUST 2015

uneconomic for fully consented and compliant repair. Why then do we have a situation where those with less knowledge are able to decide otherwise and take advantage, putting themselves and future owners at risk and generally lowering the standard of post earthquake housing stock in Christchurch? Having not learnt from the past, the fall out from this will be, yet again, another long trail of litigation. There is ample evidence surfacing of non-compliance as a result of rising workloads, tight timeframes and cost restraints and decreasing skill levels. This is born out in a recent BRANZ survey, which

THE DEMAND FOR NEW PRODUCTS, MORE COMPLEXITY AND GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY HAS RESULTED IN FAR MORE REGULATION AND COMPLIANCE STANDARDS raised concerns about documentation, quality and performance issues. Politically, with the demand for less regulation, this is not a good look. The urgent need for affordable housing, where the emphasis is on affordable, not cheap, compounds this issue. We now have the government making calls that it may be time to get ‘ugly’; yet we should not confuse low cost with low quality and we should remind ourselves that good design does not need to cost more. The demand for new products, more complexity and greater accountability has resulted in far more regulation and compliance standards, which has left many in the industry floundering, either due to their inability to keep up, or simply through an attitude of apathy. How then do we claw back the fundamentals of good affordable residential design and construction? | 03 384 9602

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