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Pattern, texture and what to expect for the season ahead

Marble surfaces are put under the spotlight - how to embrace this luxury surface material

Expert advice on how to maximise space in the bathroom

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here has been a lot of discussion recently about the cost of living and the standard of our homes. This raises the question: in the interests of affordability, are we compromising on the quality of our homes? The question I have is how can we afford to put a price on building healthy, warm and safe environments in which to house our most precious asset – our family? In terms of striving for affordability without compromising on quality, house size is an important factor. The larger the home, the more expensive to build, heat and maintain. That is not to say we should be living in single-room homes, but that we should be building to our needs. We should be crafting floor plans that fit the needs of our family and that can expand when and where necessary. Do we really need a lounge, a formal living area and a media room? Unintentionally the notion of size is a common thread in our latest issue, with discussions around efficiency (page 30), affordable architecture (page 32) and space in the bathroom (page 20) all found in the pages before you. At abode we aim not only to inform and guide you through your project but to inspire you, not simply when it comes to your furnishings and fittings, but in your thinking and attitudes towards building and renovating. Happy reading and happy thinking!

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Dress up your walls this Spring with new season’s wallpaper collections

Spring is in the air and what better time to update your interior with new season’s wallpaper collections like Paradise from Holden Decor. A dramatic tropical themed paste the wall collection with a vivid colour palette. Paradise incorporates wild floral and jungle leaves, Indian patterns and damasks with a modern twist of animals, birds and metallics. For more inspiration and a list of stockists, click to our website


Taking inspiration from sophisticated mid-century styling through hints of both retro and Scandinavian design, Norway is a fashionable range that features an eclectic blend of shapes and forms.

Crafted from a combination of oak veneers and sculpted solid oak legs, the Norway range is characterised by its striking beauty. Attention to detail such as feature handles and engineered mitre joints all contribute to the quality of this range. The option of four attractively upholstered chair fabric colours completes the look of this vibrant range.




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34 functional simplicity


42 an eye for detail

in this issue...


How to mix and match patterns, colours and texture with confidence

16 the wonders of wallpaper

The latest trends, colours and what to expect for the year ahead

06 interior trends

11 looking after leather

12 colour crush

Expert advice on how to embrace marble as a surface material

Why our most practical room should be a balance of design and function

The spotlight is put on tiled showers, ensuring you get it right the first time

24 the heart of the home

Modern and contemporary, this new kitchen is all about family living

26 making life easier

How kitchen technology is making our lives more streamlined and efficient

28 building for you

Meet a building company who is all about you and your needs

Leather furniture is given a spring clean A soft romantic colour palette inspired by the changing seasons

61 places we love

22 talking tiles

Photography by Kate Claridge.

A showcase of the best of the best in homeware and accessories

18 practical, tactile & beautiful

Built by Stonewood Homes this striking rebuild offers its owners a contemporary setting in which to call home. See more on page 48.

A new contemporary abode rises from the rubble with picture perfect results


20 does size matter?


Quality, technology and a passion for detail results in a striking new show home

48 designer living


14 fun with fabrics

For these experienced homebuilders this latest new build is the best one yet

Meet a vibrant local interior design company and the latest must-visit at The Tannery

62 food

Simple, fresh and delicious – the perfect spring salad

65 diy

How to update your dining table with a lick of paint

67 news

Essential reads and must haves for the home

72 last word

Are we embracing the right model when it comes to urban sprawl?

30 beyond the wants & needs

The spotlight is put on the importance of sustainable design

32 architectural flexibility

Why building smaller isn’t about compromising space



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

modular solutions With a focus on simple and quality design, David Shaw honours a tradition of design excellence by creating well thought-out pieces designed to last. We can’t go past their Matteo Modular. From a single chair to a three seater couch there is a combination for every living space.



table displays The perfect addition to the kitchen window sill or table. Get fancy and use them to serve your pickles and nibbles, or lose the lids and grow some herbs!


stylish storage Made in New Zealand, these hand finished creations from The Plywood Box offer contemporary, functional, stylish solutions for storage. Perfectly suited for every room of the home, one will never be enough.


floored design The fluid, bold forms of the latest collection of New Zealand designed NODI Rugs were inspired by the visual lines created by natural light. Organic Lines reflects both the balance and imperfections of nature, with contrasting textures, shapes and a dynamic colour palette.

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CUSTOM MADE CREATIVITY If you’re searching for that elusive piece of art, artist Lisa Ferguson offers a service creating custom made original artworks. This personal approach includes a consultation at your home or office so she can view your environment and colour palette, measure the size and submit a digital concept. Before creating and delivering the perfect artwork to complement your space.

SNUGGLE UP Bundle is the home of contemporary maternity, baby and children's clothing, providing giftware and style in general. While their 100% merino blankets from Lou and Ollie are the ideal nursery accessory they also make great throws for those seeking to combat the cooler spring nights.

black & white As lovers of geometric, monochromatic designs this Cross Cork Placemat set instantly caught our eye. They are functional and practical for indoor or outdoor use and will bring a splash of fabulousness to the table.


it's a wrap Derived from the way the bent steel rod and the plywood seat top ‘embrace’ each other around the edge of the seat, the Wrap Stool is simple, sophisticated design at its best. Three heights and various colour options lend it well to any interior style.

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leather Just in time for spring cleaning, Johnny Kovacs welcomes us into his world of furniture and leather, and offers an insight into caring for your beloved pieces


f you’ve invested in quality leather furniture you’ll want to do everything you can to keep it looking good and lasting for a long time, and a lot of this has to do with regular care. The big no, when it comes to leather care, is using abrasive cleaners or solvents, which can do irreversible damage. In actual fact leather is very easy to clean, provided you follow the cleaning and care instructions for the type of leather you have. In general, caring for leather is a two-step process – cleaning and conditioning. Some owners apply leather conditioner without first cleaning the dirt and old conditioner off, which can lead to dirt being trapped in the coating. Seeking out the best cleaning product isn’t hard, with internationally recognised industry leader, Pelle Care, manufactured right here in our backyard. The Timaru-made products have been shown to extend the life of leather upholstery by up to five times, when compared with untreated leather� The other common problem when it comes to leather is the impact of sunlight. For those going away for long periods over summer, it pays to move leather furniture away from direct sunlight. It also helps to rotate furniture regularly throughout the year, avoiding overexposure to some parts or to certain individual pieces. Advisable if you have two leather chairs and you want to avoid one getting more of a ‘tan’ than the other one� Good quality leather furniture gets better with age so make sure you look after it� 0800 80 77 99 |


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spring Resene Colour Expert Nikki Morris gives us a fresh new look for the changing season

Gentle and feminine, this colour palette is all about celebrating the warmer, longer days! Spring is our season of growth, birth and new beginnings and this colour palette perfectly captures the soft and sweet hues this time of year brings.

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While Resene Abercrombie and Resene Quarter Cararra can work as the base for your canvas, the delicate pastel tones of Resene Melting Moment, Resene Glorious and Resene Boutique work hand in hand to achieve a softly feminine aesthetic.

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Splashes of Resene Touche and Resene Abbey Road are the perfect way to introduce something fun and bold.

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POT Slowpot in Arctic Blue from Nest

FABRIC Rutu-Unikko Laminate from Bolt of Cloth


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STORAGE BAG Uashmama Washable Paper Bag from MintSix

CERAMICS Mavis dipped jugs by Amber Armitage Ceramics

YOUR IMAGINATION, OUR BATHROOM Imagine the bathroom you’ve always wanted. Whether it’s clean lines or a sumptuous, luxuriant setting you aspire to, the Mico Bathroom Book can help you choose from the latest trends and collections from around the world.



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FUN with FABRICS Karin Hubber guides and inspires us when it comes to mixing and matching patterns, colours and textures in your home

Scion Lace fabric in colour Taupe, Duck Egg Double Washed Linen, assorted cushions, Voyage Maison Cecil wing-back chair covered in Arran Kelpie upholstery




nteriors are such personal and sacred spaces. They reflect the personalities of those who live there, tell the story of the family and offer a glimpse into what makes them tick. That is not to say that there are no rules when it comes to crafting your interior space, but that the starting point, every time, should be something that talks to you. Be it wallpaper, fabric or colour, you are the one who has to live with it; so if you don’t like it don’t use it. More and more we are seeing our interiors embrace pattern, texture and colour in bold and innovative ways. One of the easiest ways to start introducing this concept to your home is by mixing and matching. The key thing to remember is that, while not everything has to match perfectly, the fabrics you choose should create a look that is pleasing to the eye. Before jumping in the deep end, try laying out your final fabric selections and sitting with them for a few days. If you still love them – go for it�



FIND A FOCAL POINT This is about choosing a fabric in colours you love as your base for the room or display. It could be for curtains or the upholstery for an occasional chair. Custom XXL fabric shade covered in Neena, colour Ruby.



Texture is a great way to allow you to work with coordinating block colours while adding interest and a touch of variety and depth to the space. Clockwise: One World collection lamp; Godfrey Hirst Tolaga Bay Carpet in Wharf; Feltex Merino Elements Carpet in Autumn Rib.

+ Washed linens are doublewashed to produce extra softness and natural wrinkles.


STRIPE & PATTERN The next step is to introduce stripes or small-scale patterns. You can stay within the colour palette you have already created, or start playing around with contrasting tones for a bolder aesthetic. Blueberry/Acacia Tara fabric from the Villa Nova Folium Collection; Striped Linen from the Hubbers collection of washed linens.

+ It's a decorator's trick to hang your drapes up near ceiling height, even if the window opening is lower; it draws the eye upwards achieving an illusion of space. + The larger the cushion the more casual and comfy the feel of the room. Smaller cushions will achieve a more stylised finish to a room. Don’t forget odd numbers work best. + Don’t be afraid to go bold! There is nothing worse than your cushions matching and getting lost in the background.

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the wonders of




Just in time for summer, get the low-down on the latest colours and trends for wallpaper


allpaper has long been the turn-to for bringing pattern and colour into the home. ‘We are seeing wallpaper used right throughout the home, from the living and dining areas to bedrooms, bathrooms, powder rooms and more’, shares Piers Braddock of Aspiring Walls. ‘It is much more than just a wall covering, and there are some really clever and creative people out there. As it is so versatile, the only limit is your imagination. If you can only afford one roll then why not frame a section and hang it on the wall as artwork instead? Or use it as a highlight or covering for furniture. The options are endless.’ COLOUR When it comes to wallpaper and colour, Aspiring Walls Design Manager Dave Abbott is quick to point out that neutrals remain dominant for the season ahead. However there has been a shift away from tans and browns to subtle, warm greys – be they light and soft or dark and stormy. ‘Navy is another colour that we are going to see more and more of, and perhaps favoured over black which seems to be falling away’, he shares. ‘We are also starting to see softer blues and greens emerging as top favourites.’




PATTERN & DESIGN Texture, be it embossed or velvet, continues to be a popular choice throughout the home. And faux textures are getting bigger, bolder and more realistic. ‘Distressed panelling, industrial timbers, concrete finishes, the list goes on’, continues Dave. ‘We are also seeing quirky, out-there patterns growing in popularity. Patterns like our Terracotta Warriors and Framed Animal Heads certainly create a talking point and bring instant personality and wow factor'. With advances in technology come advancements in printing, and many of these quirky designs now have a three dimensional aspect, creating the illusion of movement and depth. ‘For a long time to come we will see floral designs translated onto wallpaper’, reflects Dave. From bold and stylised to soft delicate illustrations, floral designs, like damask patterns, bring a timeless and nostalgic touch to the home.




WHAT’S NEXT? Looking forward to 2016 and beyond, Dave and Piers are in agreement that the ‘quirky’ patterns are here to stay. We can also be prepared for digital imagery becoming more sophisticated: with photo murals becoming works of art rather than simple wall coverings. 0800 808 474 |

1. From the Planish collection by Eijffinger; 2. Terracotta Warriors from the Just Like It collection; 3. Madagascar Teal from the Paradise collection; 4. Petrol Wood Grain from the New Zealand made Textures collection; 5 & 6. Framed Animal Heads and Luggage from the Just Like It collection; 7. Wine Boxes from the Exposed collection. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015




PRACTICAL, TACTILE & beautiful We talk to Meranie Oliver from CDK about where to start when it comes to embracing the luxury of marble in the home


What is marble? Based on its inherent beauty,

marble has been a popular stone choice for luxurious interiors for centuries. Without getting too technical, marble is made of calcium carbonate so it is an alkaline material and hence reactive to acids. As a result, marble can have different densities and colours depending on where in the world it comes from. While it can have its limitations when it comes

Calacatta benchtop


to being scratch and mark resistant, with the correct products and selection process, these issues can be worked around. With the range of marble on offer, there are many beautiful options available to suit all lifestyles.


Where can I use it? Natural stone has been

used for centuries throughout the world and has a cool, tactile surface which helps to elevate

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its luxurious properties. From the bathroom to exterior patios or as a statement in the kitchen, natural stone can be used anywhere. Contrary to some common misconceptions, no areas are out of bounds as all natural stone can be sealed. Yes, some will mark, but ensuring your surface is correctly sealed will prevent most of this. Plus, the beauty of natural stone is that you can easily re-surface should you need to. When it comes to benchtops, we do recommend a honed material, as it is much easier to maintain than a polished surface.


How do I care for my marble? We thoroughly

recommend all natural stone products are sealed prior to and post installation, and we have a full range of products specifically designed for porcelain and natural stone care. Lithofin has been developed for continuous care and maintenance of all types of stone surfaces, as it cleans, enhances and maintains the surface all in one action. Some coarse and polished surfaces can



become increasingly beautiful and richer in colour and structure with regular use.


Where do I start when it comes to selecting my marble? As a natural material it is


What is your top tip for incorporating marble into the home? If you love it, have it. It is

important to remember that no two pieces are the same. With a vast colour palette ranging from pure white to black, when it comes to selecting your favourite colour, it's a case of finding the right marble for your needs. We are here to guide you in the right direction and ensure we ask lots of questions to ascertain which stone is best suited to your project and lifestyle. We also always recommend buying a little more than you will need to allow for chipping, colour variation and pieces you just don't like.

natural, tactile and never dates. Everything else will work around it. So embrace it and let it become the wow factor of your home. 0508 484 537 | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015






Ben Bloy from Chesters Plumbing & Bathroom offers an expert insight into maximising space in the bathroom


Is bigger actually better? Bigger isn’t

necessarily better. First and foremost, a bathroom needs to be a practical space – functionality is the primary concern. Your room needs to be well considered and areas clearly defined in terms of their particular functions. A well designed and clearly defined smaller bathroom can be just as functional and convenient as a larger one. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015


How do we define small? It is all relative to the size of the house. Typically a large bathroom would be anything over 12sqm, and a small bathroom around 5sqm. Having said that, the sense of space is influenced by where you put your furniture. You can have a big bathroom that seems smaller because of the placement of windows and doors.

ABOVE A compact bathroom doesn't mean a compromise on aesthetics or function. Consider opting for furniture that is classic in design, and introduce colour and texture to help define areas, rather than overwhelm.



Does small have to mean all function and no aesthetic? Absolutely not. Choosing bathroom furniture that is classic is the key to success, as classic pieces have a design edge which will set your bathroom apart. In-wall cisterns with wall hung toilets not only show quality but also create more space because the toilet isn’t protruding into the room as much. Bring in splashes of colour with towels or a piece of art, but don’t be tempted to crowd the space. Less is more when it comes to dressing the bathroom.


What are your top tips for a small bathroom?

Recess as much as you can, including the heated towel rails. Built-in alcoves in the shower coupled with recessed storage will ensure that functionality, aesthetics and space go hand in hand. Also, resist the temptation of putting in a bath unless you need it. Sometimes using the space to put in a double shower is much more effective than having a bath, and of course it gives the perfect excuse to purchase an outdoor spa once your project is complete!


How can I maximise my space? It comes down

to thinking through every detail. Rather than mounting your tapware on the basin, have it wall mounted to free up space around the vanity. Of

course one of the best ways to create the illusion of space is with a wall hung vanity, and you can put in a mirror cabinet above the vanity for storage.


How important is lighting? Very! While skylights and windows work to bring natural light into the space, the clever placement of mirrors allows the light to bounce around, thus making the space seem bigger. By placing lighting over the different work areas, such as the vanity and shower, you can create separate environments, giving the illusion of more space. The selection of tiles can also create different spaces. Don’t be afraid of using darker tiles in the shower with lighter tiles in the rest of the room. This creates separate, clearly defined areas.


What should I never compromise on?

Functionality and style. When dealing with a smaller bathroom it needs to be a practical space with all the everyday items easily accessible but not left out to clutter the vanity. A small space can still look stylish with the use of wall storage cabinets for day-to-day items. A small bathroom looks cluttered when you add unnecessary items or compromise on your design with the addition of plastic storage containers. Think clean, simple lines. 0800 700 601 |

FAR RIGHT Create the illusion of space with a wall hung vanity, such as this Robertson Slim Vanity. RIGHT The Plumbline Milano Wall Mount mixer allows you to have your tapware positioned above your basin, freeing up space around the vanity. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015




TALKING TILES Lesley Storm from Edward Gibbon puts tiled showers under the spotlight


ecently there has been a lot of discussion around the supply and installation of tiled showers in New Zealand. Boosted in popularity by home renovation television shows, consumers could be forgiven for thinking their installation is as simple as gluing the tiles on the wall and grouting. However, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes which we don’t always get to see on our television screens.

DISCOVERING YOUR OPTIONS Probably the most common system up until now has been fully tiled floors and walls, with a concrete screed floor. With a suitable waterproof membrane applied to the floor and walls, tiles are then glued and grouted in place. While ideal for a wet area, this isn’t your only option. One alternative is to have tiled walls and a false floor, made of a ceramic or plastic base, which is tiled over using a suitable glue and grout system. This leaves you with an upstand or slightly raised area around the shower. In the last few years there have been some new designs which utilise acrylic trays with tiled walls only. Growing in popularity, these designs are less costly, yet still offer the colours, styles and sizes you would want with a tiled shower. Added to that, they are a lot easier to clean and maintain.


A STARTING POINT First, do you have a building consent? If you are renovating, then this is a must. If you are building, then this will be part of the overall building consent you have applied for. If you do not apply and receive your consent, this will have an impact when you come to sell the house, as the vendor is liable for any warranty claims by the purchasers later down the track. Choose your shower size, and be mindful of the colour and size you intend to use on your tiles as this will influence your final aesthetic. Mosaics are available in many different designs, colours and sizes so they can be used to bring colour and the impression of light into the shower without affecting the sense of space. WATERPROOFING The waterproof membrane, as it is commonly known, generally takes the form of a thin carpetlike material or a paint-on substance which is applied to the walls and floors of the shower – unless you are using a false floor system or acrylic tray, in which case only the walls need to be waterproofed. There are numerous waterproofing systems on the market today and any waterproof membrane system you use must come with a ten year warranty at minimum and associated producer statements, which have to be included in your building consent application. The potential problems that arise by incorrectly installing tiled showers and wet rooms should not be underestimated. Remedial costs for failures can run into the thousands. BUDGET Generally speaking, fully tiled showers can be very expensive. And this does not necessarily include the building consent which can vary considerably, particularly if it is based on the overall cost of the renovation. So your project can easily run into thousands just for an averagesized tiled shower area. Hence it is important you consider your options and find the best solution for your needs and budget. 03 366 7137 |

FAR LEFT The Athena Lifestyle acrylic tray ensures that there is no pre-forming of the floor for drainage, as this is already built into the acrylic tray. Quicker to install, it offers an easy-toclean solution with no water leakage issues.


ABOVE & RIGHT The Allora and the generously-sized Lifestyle shower range from Athena offer a more luxurious touch. Available in sizes from 1000x1000 all the way up to 1800x1000 in both two- and threesided configurations with frameless glass door system. This is WOW factor without the worry and price tag of a fully tiled system. FAR RIGHT The Soul Shower from Athena has a contemporary minimalistic style with semi-frameless door system, incorporating a 65mm deep shower tray with a square easy clean waste. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015


Photography: Kate Claridge



the heart of the home This family kitchen is all about design and functionality. We talk to designer Sarah Van der Kley from Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances about what makes it special


What was the design brief for this kitchen?


What makes this kitchen stand out from the crowd? The mixture of wood and white joinery


Tell us a bit about the addition of wood on the island bench. Adding the wooden plank to


What materials have been used in this kitchen?

The kitchen design needed to look ‘wow’, but also needed to suit family living and create a central hub. We were able to translate this into the end result through the addition of the central island with the raised bar plank, creating a casual hub for the family to sit around and have meals together. The thick architectural box above the sink area adds an interesting feature and creates a feeling of space while providing the family with a place to display ornaments.

as well as the different levels in the benchtops puts this kitchen outside the box. Also, by incorporating open shelves on the back corner of the island we have achieved interest in the form of a corner display.

the island served two purposes – first, it created a comfortable casual dining space, and secondly it created an upstand to hide the cooktop from view from the living spaces. The bench tops are a mixture of engineered stone and Nobilia high-pressure laminate. While



the door fronts are a combination of Nobilia Oak Provence and White High Gloss melamine. We have also used two different styles of handles; with the integrated long handles along the sink length of joinery and the back of the island selected for their streamlined appearance.


Were there any challenges that had to be overcome in the design of this kitchen?


Were you involved in other areas of the house as well? I designed a walk-in pantry directly


What is your favourite part of the kitchen?

ABOVE This generously dimensioned kitchen offers the best of both worlds with large amounts of storage along with space for creating culinary masterpieces.

Figuring out how to make the corner shelving on the island appear to float, that is without seeing any fixings, was a challenge. I designed a series of panels to support the shelving at the different heights – and this worked well.

behind the kitchen to give more storage and a place to hide away small appliances. I also designed a laundry and study as well as joinery for the media room. All the colours were tied through to the spaces to ensure a cohesive end result. My favourite part would have to be the island. I really like the fusion of different materials used and the different bench heights. These add to the unique look of the kitchen and certainly satisfy the homeowners' desire for wow factor. 0800 725 2996 |

RIGHT The laundry has excellent storage and uses the same colours and materials as the kitchen which adds continuity throughout the house. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015




MAKING LIFE EASIER We talk to Nicola Chan from kitchen hardware manufacturer, Blum, and gain an insight into one of the many ways technology is making our lives more streamlined and efficient


Why should we embrace technology and innovation in the kitchen? Different

technologies are developed simply to make life easier – whether it’s a watch that manages your life for you or a fridge that makes dinner recommendations from the available groceries. New technologies and innovations are constantly being developed to improve your lifestyle, by making it more efficient or more enjoyable. At Blum, we are constantly researching and developing systems to improve efficiency in the kitchen; innovations such as SERVO-DRIVE uno for rubbish bins, which allows you to open the drawer front with your hip, knee or foot in those awkward moments when you have your hands full SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015

of food scraps. Our latest stand-out innovation is SERVO-DRIVE flex: with its handle-less push-toopen system for integrated fridges, freezers and dishwashers, it allows the user convenient access and a completely handle-free design.


Tell us a bit about LEGRABOX and what makes it unique? Our new drawer system LEGRABOX

incorporates our revolutionary running system, which delivers the smoothest motion in a drawer to date. Its modern profile and technological advancements have already seen it awarded five international design awards. The sides are minimal in thickness, only 12.8mm wide, and are available in all new matt finishes in varying colourways and

ABOVE SERVO-DRIVE flex for integrated appliances and SERVO-DRIVE uno for rubbish bin drawers. Both provide the convienience of handle-less opening.


LEFT Handle-less kitchen with mechanisms and storage solutions from Blum.

ARE WE SEEING ANY TRENDS WHEN IT COMES TO KITCHEN DESIGN? In Europe especially, we are seeing a huge shift towards totally handle-less kitchens and hidden appliances. And, as mentioned previously, we’re just about to release our SERVO-DRIVE (press-to-open) system for integrated appliances to support this trend. We’ve also noticed that more organic

with an anti-fingerprint stainless steel finish. It’s simple, elegant and built to the highest quality, without the expected price tag.


incorporated into the design. At the most recent international kitchen fair in Milan

Where does the inspiration come from to create and produce such items? Over twenty

years of research has shown us what the main activities and workflows are in kitchens all over the world. This research has highlighted the importance of storage space and ergonomic design. We have gained valuable insights into the habits, preferences and priorities of kitchen users and these insights have informed our development of new products.


materials, colours and finishes are being

What are the key ideas that have come out of your kitchen observations? We have well over

1000 hours of footage from over 700 households all over the world. There are a few apparent cultural differences in kitchens; for example, we see dish airing cupboards in European kitchens, 5-10kg rice pull-outs in Asia, and baguette pullouts in France. But typical tasks and ergonomic requirements remain the same no matter what country the kitchens are in. For example, the main benchtop is at the

we saw a lot of kitchens with matt black cabinets with touches of timber.

optimum height when it is about 10-15cm below the right angle of your elbow. The main work surface or preparation area between your sink and cooktop should be at least 90cm wide. Also, storing goods in drawers and pull-outs offers a massive time-saving and ergonomic advantage: you can eliminate almost entirely any bending or stretching and there’s no fumbling around in the back of cupboards trying to locate misplaced items.


Do I have to be building new to embrace Blum products? The great thing about all of our

storage solutions is that they can be customised in size to suit your particular storage goods or the space that’s available, right down to the nearest millimetre; so retro-fitting is not only easy, but a hugely cost effective way to improve the storage capacity and functionality of hard to access cupboard spaces.


RIGHT The new LEGRABOX drawer in Terra Black with wood decor AMBIA-LINE cutlery inserts.

Are your products just for the kitchen? We are specialists in the production of kitchen hardware, but in recent years there has been a trend towards customising cabinets in other areas of the home, such as built-in entertainment units, wardrobes, bathroom vanities and laundries. The demand on these cabinets is fairly similar to that in the kitchen; consumers are recognising the benefits of drawers and organisation to enhance the usability and ergonomics in the space. So, no, our products are for all areas of the home! 03 379 4984 | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015




building for you We meet a local building company offering Cantabrians an experienced and design-focused journey




ombining the individual requirements of each client with the unique characteristics of every building site requires creative thinking, precision and attention to detail. Aware of this fundamental balance, Homes by Maxim brings experience and thought to each and every one of their building projects. The locally-owned company boasts over 25 years of Canterbury-based experience and continuously offers new design and build solutions for Cantabrians. Producing high quality, unique home designs, they not only have a comprehensive library plan, which can be translated and adapted to suit a wide range of environments, but have partnered with Philip Bidwell Architecture to offer bespoke, design-driven home building solutions. ‘It was a natural alignment’, shares Managing Director Logan Townsend. ‘We have a shared philosophy that home design should interact with its surroundings to optimise the natural elements while enhancing the pleasure of daily living.’ With a goal to deliver an outcome that exceeds client expectations each and every time, they encourage an applied design approach, resulting in a combination of design, development and construction efficiencies.

‘Our aim is to ensure our clients are building homes which are able to transform from private hideaways to vibrant entertaining spaces. Therefore, our building process needs to be a collaborative one, built on the client’s unique needs and wants.’ Homes by Maxim also realises that there are a number of people in Canterbury building new homes in the region as a result of the earthquakes. 'Our team understands that this can be a daunting process for many people so we have worked hard to ensure that we deliver a seamless process, with strong communication, no surprises and a guaranteed build price that generates confidence and comfort. Empathy with each individual's particular situation is essential', explains Logan. As we build for the future, it is imperative that our homes are designed and built to embrace environmental and energy efficiency considerations. Taking the unknown out of the process, Logan and his team are on hand to guide, inform and inspire throughout the build. With an emphasis on quality, Homes by Maxim is dedicated to creating beautiful homes, designed and constructed to reflect individuality. They work to ensure that your home is as unique as you are, and that it is built with a lifetime in mind. 03 943 0799 |






Beyond the


Susanne Schade is a passionate advocator for sustainable design. We talk to her about why we should be thinking beyond our lists of must-haves when it comes to building and renovating


Why is sustainability important? As

an architectural designer my work has a huge impact on our environment, and I strive to minimise the environmental impact of the buildings I design by recommending sustainable materials and energy efficient solutions to my clients. In general, sustainable architecture is based on energy and ecological conservation in the design of our built environment. Applying that approach to a residential new build or alteration, it is about using sustainable building materials such as: recycled products, sustainably harvested wood, sheep wool, locally obtained stone and rock, bamboo, non-toxic VOC glues and so forth. We are constantly concerned about the future of our children, that they get a good start in life and a good education, which will enable them to live a happy life. One way of promoting and protecting the interests of our children is to leave only a small carbon footprint, which means being conscious about our environment and making sustainable decisions.


What is the difference between sustainability and energy efficiency?

There is not really a difference; in fact sustainability and energy efficiency go hand in hand, as the energy efficiency of a building is one of the most important SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015

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goals of sustainable architecture. Again there are many ways to improve the energy efficiency of a house, and this starts with insulation, as a well insulated home uses much less energy to heat than a poorly insulated one. At the beginning of each project the size of the house is an important consideration, ensuring you are building what you need. Building a house which is bigger than you need will end up costing you more in building and maintenance costs.

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What is Passive Solar Design and how does this differ from Passive House Standard? There is actually a lot of

confusion about these two terms. Passive Solar Design is based on using the sun's energy to heat your house by orientating the home towards the sun and storing the sun's energy in thermal mass like concrete floors and concrete walls. The stored heat in the thermal mass can then be used when it is needed. The Passive House Standard is totally different. Completely independent from solar gain, it is based on four principles: 1) Compact Building Shape 2) Three Layer Building Envelope a) Weathertightness b) Excellent thermal insulation c) Airtightness 3) Thermal Bridge Free Construction 4) Heat Recovery Ventilation System


Tell us about Heat Recovery Ventilation? HRV is an energy

recovery ventilation system which employs a cross flow between the indoor air and the outdoor air. This allows you to have very good air quality at any time of the day without losing the warmth you produce by being inside the house. 03 379 9822 |


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here is no denying the passion that Bryan Doull has for construction and design. As owner operator of architectural design and build company Dwell Homes, he is set to change the way we approach our building projects. ‘Currently there is limited choice for those who want to build something a little bit different but don’t have a million dollar budget to play with’, he explains. ‘What we are trying to do is offer a contemporary, modern design solution which gets the most out of your budget, takes advantage of your site and doesn't require a compromise on quality.’ ‘We need to change the perception that building is about how many square metres you have and how expensive each one is. The focus instead needs to be on what you can achieve within your square metres.’ For Bryan, building smaller doesn’t mean compromising on space. Stepping into his recently completed show home, or any of his modular builds, you are hard pressed not to agree. He translated a narrow TC3 site into a functional, workable family environment that ticks all the boxes, for a build cost of less than $500,000. ‘It is about bringing cost effective architecture to a wider audience’, he explains. ‘The home incorporates all of the latest products and technology, and with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a powder room, plus an open-plan living area which opens up to the outdoors, the home has been designed and orientated for family living.’ Starting at 70sqm in size and only limited by your space and imagination, Dwell Homes offers


three ranges of modular homes: Qube Collection, Qube Modular and Qube Mod. While each has its unique design characteristics, they are united through their ability to achieve environmentally sensitive houses, constructed from natural products and materials. ‘The modular nature of the designs means we can pre-order and manufacture components the same day a build is agreed to, expediting the build time and minimising waste.’ Despite selecting your floor plan from a range of suggested plans, each build is approached with your particular needs in mind: your aspirations, your budget and the particular characteristics of your site. ‘It is essential we are building homes which are designed and suitable for living, that take advantage of what each site has to offer, for example, ensuring the home is orientated to capture the northern aspect’, explains Bryan.

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LEFT Taking advantage of the northern aspect, the show home has been designed and built to capture all day sun with the living area and kitchen opening up to the outdoor entertaining area. ABOVE The design of the show home allows homebuilders to select whether they want a flat or pitched roof. An addition of a mezzanine floor can be achieved with the pitch roof, offering additional versatility.

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Goom Landscapes were engaged to achieve cohesion between the home and its surrounds. While a number of trees were removed from the property, Mike has been hands-on with the planting of natives and accents of exotics to achieve the lush, private garden.



Mike and Rachel Pero's passion for family life and entertaining results in a custom-designed home bursting with personality WO R DS LU C I N DA D IAC K







aving found the perfect property on which to build not only a home, but also new office premises, Mike and Rachel Pero set about planning and building their dream home. ‘We knew what we wanted – simple yet elegant’, explains Rachel. 'We wanted single level, lots of indoor-outdoor flow, open-plan living areas and a gallery or hallway with bedrooms opening off it’, explains Mike. So with plan in hand, they turned to Platinum Homes to translate their project from paper to reality. ‘Mike and Rachel have very discerning tastes and the entire build was based on a very one-onone approach. They had a number of extremely unique design features and knew how they wanted these to look, feel and work’, shares Jason Strange from Platinum Homes. ‘From the technical aspect of the wiring and electrical to ensuring the magnificent aluminium joinery stackers which pull the entire outdoor living sanctuary into the absolute heart of the home, Mike was always looking for functional simplicity. And achieved it with striking results.’ Focused on guiding their clients through the building process with the same level of passion and focus they would want for themselves, Platinum Homes strive for perfection and believe that a collaborative approach is the best way to achieve a homebuilder’s dreams. Hands on throughout, Mike and Rachel were regularly on site to monitor progress. ‘As SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015

the home’s personality formed, we were able to work with the owners and their interior designer to tweak and edit inclusions to ensure they were going to achieve exactly what they wanted’, continues Jason. ‘Most notably the construction and detailing for the lighting design to allow for the recessed LED lighting features. It was a very rewarding challenge!’ Despite having built before, this was the first time Rachel and Mike had worked with an interior designer on all aspects of the design. ‘It made a huge difference to the end result’, enthuses Rachel, ‘and we can’t recommend Chantale highly enough’. For Chantale Heron of HÉRON Interior Design, it was a dream project. Approached by Mike and Rachel, Chantale was able to work with them from an early point in their build, looking at the plans and presenting alternative ways to accommodate furniture placement. Chantale explains: ‘This meant designing built-ins for storage in the bedrooms and using the closet space as a desk area instead. We wanted to take advantage of every square metre and ensure the interior was being designed and crafted specially to meet the clients’ needs.’ Karl Kitchingham of Evolution Interiors worked with Chantale to create custom-designed joinery. Manufacturing and installing the joinery in the master bedroom, media room wall-unit, lounge room wall-unit and office cupboards, Evolution Interiors brought a new level of detail and

ABOVE Enhancing the timeless character of the home is the unique natural finish of the 1200 x 200 porcelain plank tiles found throughout the living spaces, from Quantum’s Inessence Collection.


RIGHT Designed by HÉRON Interior Design and custom-made by Evolution Interiors, the cabinetry in the lounge offers the perfect storage solution for much-loved family possessions. The cabinetry is crafted out of American Walnut veneer with black gloss lacquer for contrast.

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personalisation to the home. As specialists in custom-made joinery, they pride themselves on their ability to achieve the little details which make a big difference to the final result. ‘We worked closely with Chantale and the Peros on all of the pieces to create a mix of design features, with an emphasis on detailing while maintaining functionality’, offers Karl. ‘A lot of the detailing is quite unique which gives the furniture a real edge to it.’ With the finish of the joinery selected to complement the surrounding furniture and furnishings, the bespoke pieces sit seamlessly within the home. ‘The lounge wall-unit is one of our favourite pieces’, shares Rachel. ‘By getting it custom-made it meant we were able to create something perfect for our space.’ ‘Every client has different tastes and I listen to what the client wants to achieve’, reflects Chantale. ‘Staying focused on the concept, we designed the house in full before anything was purchased.’ This way the home works harmoniously from the front door to the back. ‘We used natural materials like solid European oak for the dining room table, schist for the fireplace, Brazilian granite for the kitchen benchtop and fireplace hearth, and so forth; while a variety of natural fibres, such as cotton, silk and velvet, were selected for furnishings and drapery.' 'Juxtaposing smooth and rough materials brings balance while achieving a play of natural light and reflection’, explains Chantale. ‘It is important you are working with quality, functional materials when it comes to design’, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015

she continues. ‘You want to achieve a collection of pieces that you will be proud to own and I recommend spending money on materials and products that are not only designed to last, but reflect your personal style.’ Completing the interior was the addition of tiles from Quantum throughout the living spaces. The tiles replicate the look and style of timber planking, while offering a tactical, yet practical and durable finish – making them the ideal choice for a busy family with two beloved dogs. Opting for 1200 x 200 porcelain plank tiles from the Inessence Collection, the result brings a unique natural finish to the space, while enhancing the timeless character of the home. Also working with Chantale on the finishing details for the interior was Mantel. Recognised for their knowledge, detail and expansive range of fires, Mantel was approached by Mike and Chantale with a specific look and dimensions in mind. ‘We then designed and liaised with a manufacturer and with Chantale to ensure the fire was exactly what they were after’, explains Remco Vis of Mantel. Internally the need was a fireplace that would match the dimensions of the adjacent television, while offering a contemporary design. ‘For the lounge, we worked with Living Flame to create a bespoke white pebble and glass finish, 1200 glass fronted Eastside model fire with an extra high opening. For outside, the priority was maximum radiating heat, which resulted in the addition of the Aura fire, which has a more traditional feel.’

ABOVE Every room in the home, including the pool, features LED lighting from LED R US. Used to highlight the architectural lines, while enhancing the ambience of the home, the LED lights are one of Mike’s favourite inclusions. A Louvretec 200 Super Roof in Precious Copper was selected for its ability to span a large distance in one bay, giving uninterrupted outdoor living. An Aura outdoor fire from Mantel enhances the livability of the outdoor entertaining area.


One of the most striking interior features of the home is the LED lighting. ‘Every light fitting in the home is an LED’, explains Mike. ‘And I always knew I wanted them to be a feature’. From a soft white light during the day and evening to bright, loud colour sequences when entertaining, the lighting system, like the rest of the home, is a customised creation. Working with Mike on the design, concept and installation of the LEDs was LED R US. ‘Literally the whole house has feature lighting’, explains Daniel Gogna from LED R US. ‘There is the decorative piece in the entrance, the 600,000 colour changing special RGBW strip lights in the lounge room, the ceiling lights in pink for the daughter’s room, and in bold bright blue for the son’s room. There are even warm glow lights on the chimney to create ambience and to match the theme of the house.’ ‘All of the LED lighting we used is from LED R US, custom made and installed to meet the exquisite taste of the customer’, he continues. ‘Mike and Rachel wanted an eco-friendly, easy-tomaintain lighting system which Mike could control anywhere in the house. The radio frequency remote control gives him the flexibility to change the mood lighting, control the brightness level and make every part of the house as unique as the people occupying it.’ Carrying out the wiring for the home was Tucker Electrical. ‘From an electrical point of view this home has almost every appliance possible. However the LED lighting offers huge savings

TOP RIGHT Approached by Mike and Rachel to translate their wants and needs into a reality, the interior design of the home was completed by Chantale Heron of HÉRON Interior Design with beautiful results. As well as designing the numerous pieces of custom-made joinery throughout the home, Chantale designed the bespoke bedhead wall in the master bedroom.


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in power running costs, and the addition of a standby generator means it truly is a home that can stand on its own’, explains Stephen Tucker. ‘The Schneider Saturn range of light switches and power outlet fittings were used as they offer a high quality finish and have LED indication built in – to show the location of appliances that are on and therefore enable the homeowner to monitor their energy use.’ Passionate about automation and efficiency management, Stephen and his team are no strangers to working with homebuilders from the pre-planning days of their build, assisting with the layout and design of lighting, ventilation and home communication to ensure the highest level of detail and finish is translated into the end product. ‘For the Pero residence there was a lot of detail required in successfully hiding the lighting connections and multi-room ventilation, and we were delighted with the end result.’ Further enhancing the interior of the home is the addition of the outdoor living area, providing a seamless connection between inside and out, while increasing the living spaces of the home. A Louvretec 200 Super Roof was added to ensure the space is useable year round. Selected from the architectural series range, in Precious Copper, the Super Roof was chosen for its ability to span large distances as a single bay, giving an uninterrupted outdoor living space. ‘What makes the home really special’, shares Mckenzie Collins from Louvretec, ‘is the large cantilevered steel frame that we inserted our roof louvre into. Without the need to have any support posts blocking the scenery, we were able to achieve clear views across the property, out to the Southern Alps.’ ‘By having an opening roof in your home, you create more useable space whatever the weather’, continues Mckenzie. ‘We can help you SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015

to create any outdoor area. But more than this, the Louvretec opening roof protects you and your outdoor furniture from the conditions – wind and rain in winter, and the sun in summer.’ Having worked on previous projects with Mike, Goom Landscapes was his natural choice when it came to his landscaping needs. ‘Effectively there were three different user groups that needed to be catered for’, explains Jessica Staples from Goom Landscapes, ‘the office, the guest villa and the main residence. Despite there being a lot going on, the site feels open and generous with each of the different buildings having its own setting. Yet the surrounding landscape flows around them, linking them in a unified aesthetic.’ When it came to the primary dwelling, the aim was to achieve a sense of openness, and make the most of the pool as a key visual element, both inside and outside the home. A desire which saw the Peros opt for a sunken lawn to the far side of the pool, creating the illusion of an infinity edge.

ABOVE Providing a safe, yet designfocused solution to pool fencing, the Euroglass frameless glass pool fence was installed around all four sides of the pool, allowing uninterrupted views from every angle.

BELOW When the expansive sliding doors are open the interior flows seamlessly into the outdoor entertaining area. Mike and Rachel had a custom artwork created by Lisa Ferguson for their living room.


‘This subtle change of levels provided a heightened sense of interest in the pool and created a secondary sunbathing area set down away from the wind’, continues Jessica. ‘Mike was keen on exploring different products, which can be seen in the use of artificial turf in the areas immediately around the house. With the right product, artificial turf works well in areas that could otherwise be a headache to maintain and drain’, explains Jessica. ‘The construction of the pool is also something out of the ordinary, being made from precast concrete panels that were then assembled on site.’ Further enhancing the pool and landscaping is the inclusion of a Euroglass frameless glass pool fence. Installed around all four sides of the pool area, the fencing solution meets all the council regulations and national glazing standards while offering uninterrupted views from every angle. It allows those in the pool to be part of happenings inside, and those inside to be part of the play and entertainment outdoors. ‘Right back at the beginning of the build, I had a vision’, shares Mike. ‘I wanted a sun-drenched home; I wanted to be able to sit inside and look out to a water feature; I wanted lots of glass and extreme indoor-outdoor flow. We have achieved exactly that. We have built a number of times before, but this time we got it absolutely right.’

INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT BUILDER Platinum Homes 0508 752 846

JOINERY Evolution Interiors 027 226 4323

ELECTRICAL Tucker Electrical 03 343 6003

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AN EYE for DETAIL Nestled in the vibrant township of Lincoln this new show home epitomises quality, technology and passion WO R DS LU C I N DA D IAC K





tepping inside the Montrose show home, it is immediately apparent that this is a home crafted with an eye for detail and a passion for quality. The home is spacious and, flooded with natural light, draws visitors in. For builder Steve Reeves the concept of having a show home is a new one, having spent much of his construction career working internationally. But it is one he is proud to have embraced: ‘It offers our clients a tangible space in which to gain an understanding of who Montrose is, and what we can do for them.’ Collaborating with like-minded colleagues and sub-trades, Steve set about building the show home. His intention: to set the benchmark for quality and to offer Christchurch homebuilders something new. ‘Each company and individual involved was as passionate about the project as we were. From the site preparation team, to the interior décor, to PlaceMakers South as the suppliers of building materials, they all brought integrity and a great level of support to the build, which we in turn want to bring to our clients’ projects.’ Earthtech was a natural choice for Steve when it came to site preparation and excavation. Recognised for their expertise and the resources to complete any civil construction task required, Earthtech completed the foundation subgrade

construction by excavating and removing unsuitable material and reinstating it with compacted AP40. ‘Quality aggregates were chosen for this project to provide the most cost-effective method of achieving the required ground-bearing capacity’, shares Daniel Johnston of Earthtech. ‘From the ground up to the last interior detail, this show home was about achieving a high quality result, and we pride ourselves on the integral part we played in the venture.’ Also involved at an early stage of the build was SJ Collings Drainage who worked on the drains for the home alongside Steve and the team, ensuring functionality was effortlessly achieved. The Canterbury Earthquakes have brought engineering and foundation systems into the spotlight; and for Steve, ensuring that his show home was built using the most innovative and effective seismic solutions was of the utmost importance. This consideration saw CGW Consulting Engineers and MAXRaft brought to the team. ‘Our Geotechnical Engineers approved the design and construction of the gravel raft and our Site Engineers carried out the pre-pour inspections’, explains Damien McGill of CGW Consulting Engineers. ‘However, it is the addition of the MAXRaft insulated heated foundation slab that makes this home unique.’

ABOVE The home is cosy and warm year round thanks to Steve’s decision to incorporate a fully insulated slab foundation system from MAXRaft. With the hydraMASTER in-slab underfloor heating system and moistureMASTER ventilation from EcoMASTER, this home is a showcase of healthy, energy efficient living. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015




As the only fully insulated slab system available in the market, MAXRaft enables homebuilders to improve their home's living environment and energy efficiency. ‘The system removes timely and wasteful boxing techniques, while providing the most insulated slab system on the market today’, describes Gary Lonsdale. ‘MAXRaft insulation provides a complete thermal break between your foundation and the ground around it, reducing the transfer of energy from your home into your flowerbeds, and allowing you, not the surrounding environment, to dictate the temperature within your home.’ Approved for use in Christchurch’s TC1 and TC2 zones, it provides a structurally sound solution with the added benefit of superior insulation. 'Currently we are the only show home in Canterbury to have incorporated the MAXRaft into our build', comments Steve, 'which is really exciting'. Combined with the insulated foundation

system, Steve chose to enhance the energy efficiency of the home with the inclusion of a hydraMASTER in-slab heating system and moistureMASTER heat recovery ventilation from EcoMASTER. These decisions have ensured that the home has the latest technology when it comes to heating and ventilation. Designed to achieve a healthier and warmer living environment, the systems ensure physical comfort and also bring peace of mind to the discerning buyer. ‘Our moistureMASTER offers true heat recovery, as it circulates air flow, while managing moisture levels in the home’, explains Martin Reilly from EcoMASTER. ‘Essentially it operates on a two-fan system, one introducing fresh air into the home, the other drawing stale air out. While you can’t feel the air flow you can have the confidence that you are breathing and living in a healthier, cleaner environment.’


ABOVE Adding texture to the home, both inside and out, is the addition of an Alexandra schist chimney from Terraforma. The perfect complement to the James Hardie Linea Weatherboard cladding. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015


Working with Steve on the design of the home were Rob Nicholas and Michael Cousens from Gravity Architecture. ‘The brief was to design a four bedroom home with two living areas and a separate study, using innovative yet economical design techniques, and high quality products, materials and finishes’, explains Rob. ‘The aim was to integrate design features which would help distinguish the finished product as a high quality home, standing head and shoulders above others in the market.’ A feat that they, along with Steve, believe has been achieved. ‘One of the challenges of the design was to achieve a sense of spaciousness within a 232sqm footprint’, continues Rob. The layout may be simple, however, the addition of cathedral ceilings in the kitchen and dining area, which continue into the separate living area, with the dramatic full height schist feature chimney, offers visitors an instant wow factor. Meanwhile, looking to the exterior of the house, the use of schist, weatherboard and carefully considered cedar detailing adds subtle character and a point of difference. To achieve the character on the exterior, Steve turned to James Hardie New Zealand. Designed to battle the elements, James Hardie Linea Weatherboard is a quality alternative to timber cladding, offering homebuilders the

perfect balance of technology and classic design. Designed to withstand the local environment, it is resistant to fire, moisture damage and rot. At the same time its deep shadow lines achieve a traditional charm. In this case, paired with cedar detailing and schist stonework, the result is one that both Montrose and Gravity Architecture are particularly proud of. Enhancing the architectural nature of the home is the detail paid to outdoor living, with both living areas opening up seamlessly to the outdoors. Produced by GA Aluminium, the Fairview architectural 35mm suite was selected as the joinery for the home’s exterior doors and windows. ‘The flat face frame was chosen due to its compatibility with the design of the home, as it enhances the modern contemporary look of the exterior’, explains Angela Lewis. ‘It has been complemented by flush tracks, for the sliding and stacker doors, and Schlage handles.’ Steve Hickling and his team at Southern Interior Linings prepared the interior for its finishing touches. An economical wall and ceiling lining GIB Standard plasterboard was selected for the walls and combined with GIB Rondo metal battens for the ceilings. Designed not to warp, the combination allows for a better quality, straight ceiling finish. This was complemented by the use

LEFT Designed by Millbrook Kitchens the open-plan kitchen seamlessly connects with both living areas, while perfectly blending function with aesthetics. A Forte Roasted Oak timber floor from Floorpride adds to the practicality.





FAR LEFT An Englefield Milano shower and VCBC Palermo free-standing bath from Mico ensure the family bathroom is a functional and practical space. LEFT The master bedroom boasts an expansive ensuite that is all about luxury. A Michel Cesar Tablo vanity takes centre stage and is enhanced by Paffoni Stick tapware.

of GIB Aqualine in the wet areas, GIB Wideline for the higher pitched ceilings and GIB Noiseline for the bedrooms. As New Zealand's largest manufacturer and marketer of Gypsum plasterboard, Winstone Wallboards manufactures plasterboard systems under the GIB brand name. Locally made for local conditions, they meet and exceed the requirements of our stringent local building codes. This allows homebuilders to address and combat a number of building issues such as moisture, noise, wear and tear, and, of course, to achieve a crisp clean interior finish. Headed by Lisa Hurley and working with Treena Swift, LH Design boasts extensive residential and commercial design experience. Being involved at an early stage of the project allowed Lisa and Treena to ensure every interior detail reflected the quality that Montrose holds dear. Their selection of paint colours, flooring, kitchen surfaces, tiles, feature lighting and textiles made for a unique design. Experts in bespoke furniture design, they used local suppliers in furniture manufacturing. Their expert eye also oversaw the supply and manufacture of all curtains, which create a warm, inviting environment reflecting the desired timeless aesthetic. ‘With Montrose engaging us for all styling considerations, exploring the shops for accessories was the icing on the cake for the project’, comments Lisa. Highlighting this timeless aesthetic is the SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015

addition of practical and tactile flooring from Floorpride. Working alongside LH Design and Montrose to determine the right products for the various areas of the home, Floorpride supplied and installed flooring throughout the home, including the garage. A durable heavy-duty carpet in the garage is complemented by the softer, more luxurious Feltex Okiwi Bay in colour Manx in the living and bedroom areas. The home was then finished with a Forte Roasted Oak timber in the kitchen and dining, bringing not only natural warmth and texture to the space, but a practical aspect in such a busy area.

BELOW Like the living areas, the master bedroom opens up to the outdoors. Produced by GA Aluminium, the Fairview architectural 35mm suite was selected for its streamlined and contemporary finish.


LEFT The interior of the home was crafted by LH Design to achieve a warm, inviting and classic environment.

Adding to the timeless texture of the home was Terraforma. Working with Lisa and Steve, Jason Harrods and the team advised on and created the striking stonemasonry found both inside and out. Reminiscent of stone-laying techniques of hundreds of years ago, the Alexandra schist has been laid in a traditional manner and comprises 200 millimetre thick real stone, which boasts its own structural integrity. Of particular note is the grand chimney in the living areas which instantly ignites notions of cosy evenings at home, while bringing a sense of intimacy to the space. Taking centre stage in the home and providing a connection point between the two living areas is the kitchen. Designed by Millbrook Kitchens, the space has been crafted so as to blend beauty with functionality in an effortless manner. Streamlined in design, the kitchen allows for both formal and informal dining with the addition of the Osprey Caesar stone benchtop. In colour Basalto, the luxe high-gloss cabinetry combines with the mosaic splashback to ensure the space is as tactile and design-focused as the rest of the home. Recognised for his attention to detail, Steve left no stone unturned when it came to the finishing touches. In the bathrooms this meant ensuring that the tiles were laid to perfection. Specialising in tricky and challenging work, Hartland Tiling was the natural choice for this component of the home. A certified Aquablock waterproofing applicator, Craig Hartland worked on all the wet areas of the home, as well as the splashback in the kitchen. Right down to the grout lines in the powder room, the care and attention to detail applied in the laying of the tiles enhances the architectural lines of the home and epitomises the quality and passion behind all aspects of this build. For Steve and building company Montrose the show home has been a project close to their hearts and one which they enjoy sharing with those seeking something a little bit different.


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BUILDER Montrose 03 260 0333

KITCHEN Millbrook Kitchens 03 313 5764

CLADDING James Hardie New Zealand 0800 808 868

INTERIOR LININGS Winstone Wallboards 0800 100 442

ENGINEERING CGW Consulting Engineers 03 348 1000 SITE PREPARATION Earthtech Limited 03 982 2513 SJ Collings Drainage 027 303 0299

Southern Interior Linings 022 464 0442 STONEWORK Terraforma 027 519 2941 TILING Hartland Tiling Ltd 021 616 509

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Resene White Pointer has been used throughout the home, achieving a blank canvas on which Denise and Tom have crafted a contemporary living environment. Perfect for those with a love of entertaining.




Despite the turbulent building environment this Merivale rebuild by Stonewood Homes is picture perfect WO R DS LU C I N DA D IAC K







ike so many in Christchurch, the earthquakes left Tom and Denise Leighs with shattered dreams and their much-loved family home reduced to rubble. ‘Our old house was a 100-year-old brick villa which we had spent years redecorating and making our own’, shares interior designer Denise. Stonewood Homes New Home Consultant Simon Paterson recalls the beginning of the rebuild. ‘Originally Tom and Denise wanted to replace exactly what they had lost. However, with the double brick internal walls and the detailed work required, this proved to be more than a


challenge – the nearest brick mason I could find, who specialised in this work, was based in Sydney�’ Faced with the reality of building something completely new, Tom and Denise drafted their ideal floor plan. ‘The section determined what we could do’, explains Tom. ‘Long and skinny; so, we wanted to maximise space while ensuring the home was part of the existing garden.’ The ground floor of the home is perfectly crafted for the couple’s love of entertaining, with a large kitchen, living and dining opening up to the outdoors, and a media room for rugby and movie nights. The upper level is all about privacy, with


the master suite in a wing all of its own. Complete with ensuite and walk-in-robe, featuring a Simply Wardrobes Pole System, the master bedroom is the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. ‘As an interior designer, I loved being able to create something for us. Tom was very much the client’, offers Denise, with a smile. ‘And right throughout, the house is a tribute to us, what we love and where we have come from.’ Quick to point out that they ‘aren’t really black and white people’, the house plays on the monochromatic colour palette with striking results. Pops of colour, texture

OPPOSITE The design of the home is long and skinny, stretching from the street-front down to the beloved ‘secret’ garden, which was lovingly maintained throughout the rebuild. Boasting superior insulating properties’, a Graphex plaster facade from Rockcote in Resene Gull Grey was selected as the exterior cladding. The planters and outdoor furniture are from Potteryworld.





ABOVE Opening off the open-plan kitchen, living and dining area is the media room which features a bold About Colour Armour throughout. LEFT Tom Leighs relaxes in the library. Found on the upper level of the home it is a quiet space designed for relaxation.

and personality offset the black and white theme to achieve a warm and inviting interior. As for the exterior, it appears as though it has always been, with the house nestled perfectly into its surrounds. And it exemplifies Tom and Denise's meticulous attention to every aspect of their home. 'I knew what I wanted on the exterior’, explains Tom, ‘and the result is one of the best decisions we have made’. Selected for its superior insulating properties, the home is clad with the exclusive Graphex plaster facade from Rockcote, which ensures the home has a complete thermal envelope. ‘Essentially this enhances the home’s energy efficiency’, shares Mike Olds from Resene Construction Systems. ‘It is then completed with SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015

Once inhabited by Christchurch’s iconic Wizard, the original house on the section was a delightful 100-year-old double brick clad villa.







CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Like the downstairs media room the master bedroom uses the deep tones of About Colour Armour with beautiful results. The home boasts two spare bedrooms which are well used by grandchildren. Featuring bathroomware from Mico, the guest bathroom is crisp, clean and modern. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015



a Rockcote plaster system which incorporates our full weathertight flashing suite along with premium acrylic texture.’ ‘As part of the Resene Group of national construction products, the beauty of the Rockcote systems is that they can be colour matched to any Resene shade desired – in this instance, Resene Gull Grey’, finishes Mike. Despite being quick off the mark with their planning and decisions around rebuilding, it wasn't until 2014 when construction was able to start on the home. ‘The home was being designed while the new TC3 rules were coming into effect’, explains Simon, ‘and, as it was a two storey home on TC3 land, it required four different foundation engineering designs before the design met with all requirements – those of the clients, architect, engineers, insurer, insurer’s project managers and quantity surveyor.' ‘Tom and Denise were fantastic to deal with

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throughout’, shares Simon. ‘They were very understanding of delays and it was great to finally be able to hand over the completed project earlier this year.’ Stonewood Homes pride themselves on their ability to guide, inspire and assist their homebuilders through the building process. ‘Once a plan is finalised, we take care of everything’, explains Sales Manager Eddie McLean. ‘Our top tip for those looking to build: be ready to be part of the journey. Bring your enthusiasm and ideas, and we can then help turn everything into a reality.' Offering inspiration and options for every aspect of the home, Stonewood partner with a number of suppliers to ensure their homebuilders are getting the best of the best, right down to the very last detail. Designed and built for living, the home is a tribute to the vibrant personalities that call it home – bold, warm, colourful and inviting. ‘We just love it’, enthuses Denise. ‘It really is perfect.’ 03 338 6328 | 0800 86 00 00 | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015

TOP RIGHT A Caroma Cube back to wall bath and Kohler souris waterfall bath spout from Mico combine with luxurious effect in the master ensuite. RIGHT Nestled in its own private wing is the master suite, which includes a walk-in-robe featuring the Pole System from Simply Wardrobes,

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Giving Your Home The Edge This Spring

Spring is in the air and sellers need to be prepared for a lot more competition in the property market. But if you do some simple things well then you are more likely to stand out from the crowd and get the attention of potential buyers. This can be done in a variety of ways and one of the simplest and

De-clutter This is a must before an open home general clutter can create the illusion that a room is a lot smaller and lacking storage and this can ultimately be a make-or-break for some buyers.

your property through the buyers’ eyes. Professional Photography

Eliminating personal possessions is also key - buyers need to be able to envision themselves living in the property and this can be hard to do if you have family photos in every room of the house.

A picture is worth a thousand words and if a photo is taken professionally then it can add thousands to your sale price. More

The Great Outdoors A well-presented garden can add great value to any home. Your garden comes to life in spring and therefore it’s a great idea to take advantage of new growth by creating an inviting outdoor

either be online or through print. The images presented will give

oasis. Creating this space can be as simple as mowing the lawn,

the public an idea of what they can expect to see at the open

pruning over-grown plants and disposing of any stray branches

home and if they don’t paint an inviting picture then they will

or leaves. However, you could go a step further and add a splash

likely give your property a miss.

of colour by planting some shrubs or perennials. Mike Pero Real Estate Ltd Licensed REAA (2008)

EXPERT ADVICE Real estate agent Monty Parti discusses the local Christchurch market and offers an insight into what you need to know when it comes to buying and selling


Why Mike Pero Real Estate? Real Estate is a business of selling dreams. As one of the fastest growing real estate companies in New Zealand, we have a lot to offer our clients and we work together as teams to get the best results. Plus, my favourite colour is red!


What is your top tip for those looking to buy or sell? Engage a professional. When selling, you want to know your property is in the right hands, so it is important you research your agent’s past performance, and discuss your expectations with them, to ensure you are entering into a compatible working relationship. For those looking to buy, it is important you trust your agent, as they will be on

hand throughout the process to advise, guide and assist.


What should you never compromise on? To achieve the ultimate goal of selling, it is imperative you have the right marketing strategies in place to ensure you are reaching the maximum target audience.


How have the earthquakes affected the real estate market? Following the quakes, the property sale prices were at peak levels. The market had a boom with real estate offices being busier than ever due to a high demand for properties from buyers. More recently there has been a

strong recovery in the market and we are finally starting to see the local housing market getting back to normal after the quakes. Median house prices and average rental data shows that supply and demand are getting back into balance.


You are based in Bishopdale. Tell us a little bit about this area. Bishopdale is a great place to live: it’s peaceful, it’s close to the airport and it has all the basic amenities close by. While we can sell anywhere in Christchurch and the surrounding areas, we have been working from the Bishopdale Office in Wairakei Road for a number of years and really enjoy being part of the community.

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

HAR P E RS BA Z A AR I NTE R I O RS Caroline, Rosabel and Jennifer of Harpers Bazaar Interiors like to think of themselves as friendly interior designers. ‘We welcome people to visit our studio, to browse and chat about their design project and get a feel for how we work’, explains Jennifer. They talk to clients about their requirements and ideas; then using their expertise and style they go from there, offering suggestions or alternatives along the way. ‘We don’t tell our clients what they should do; we show them plenty of options and let them have the final say. It isn’t about current trends or what we like. Our job is to interpret the brief and bring this to fruition.’ With over 60 years’ combined experience across the team, and a mix of personalities and design styles, every job is a collaboration of ideas. 03 355 5451 | 127 St Albans Street, Merivale

J O E JAN DAL S All about originality, design and bold colours, Joe Jandals is the creative outlet for owner-operator Rachael Hemingway and embraces her philosophy of living on the edge (LOTE). Having recently opened their new retail store and creative workspace at The Tannery, the space complements their 24/7 online store and is dedicated to offering Cantabrians something a little bit different. ‘It is all about furniture and accessories, with a simplicity of design that is bold in colour and individual in its approach to fit in with today's home’, offers Rachael. A wide variety of cushions adorn the sought-after one-off furniture pieces, which sit alongside a delightful mixture of artwork. ‘Our new space is such a motivating and inspiring environment’, continues Rachael, ‘and I am very much looking forward to extending what is on offer over the next few months!’ 027 203 0150 The Tannery, 39D Tanner Street, Woolston SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015



Rick Stein’s latest culinary delights from his journey from Venice to Istanbul are designed to inspire creativity in the kitchen


Reproduced with permission from Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul by Rick Stein. Published by Penguin Random House NZ. Text copyright Rick Stein, 2015. Photography copyright James Murphy, 2015.




220g freekeh, pealed spelt or pearled barley

Seeds 1 pomegranate

1 litre water

Handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Handful mint, roughly chopped

5 tbsp olive oil

1 ½ tbsp pomegranate molasses

4 spring onions, finely chopped

2 tbsp pistachios, roughly crushed

Put the freekeh and water in a pan together with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until just tender. Drain and allow to cool. When cool, mix together the freekeh with the spring onions, pomegranate seeds and herbs, and season with salt and pepper. Whisk together the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil and the pomegranate molasses with a pinch of salt, and dress the salad with it, mixing gently. Serve topped with pistachios. C OOK ’ S NOTE Freekeh is dried green wheat, harvested while the grains are still soft, then sun-dried. It is very common in the Middle East and North Africa, and is used in the same way as bulgur, couscous or pearled spelt. It works well as an accompanying pilaf or a salad, in this case with pomegranate seeds, pistachios, mint and spring onion.


Packed with stunning photography, and filled with Rick Stein’s passion for fresh produce and authentic cooking, this is a beautiful collection of inspiring recipes designed to evoke the magic of the Eastern Mediterranean at home. From mouth-watering garlic shrimps with soft polenta, heavenly fresh fig tarts and all the traditional favourites, there is something for every taste bud.

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UPDATE YOUR DINING TABLE Furniture re-styler, Nikki Astwood from Revised Edition, guides us through transforming an outdated wooden dining table into a modern masterpiece


+ Dining table +P  ainters’ tape +E  lectric Sander and a selection of sandpaper + Quick dry undercoat + Paint + Paintbrush + Roller

tips & tricks: When styling a rich, dark colour like black, you have endless options. I love to play with different combinations of colours and textures so don’t be afraid of embracing a solid colour, and remember it is about creating something that you love.

A dining table is a large feature in any home so you want to get your colour selection right. I chose to use Resene Black semi-gloss to fit with the current decor of the home. But the choice is yours and colour charts are a great place to start for inspiration. Sanding is my least favourite part of any DIY project, but unfortunately it is a necessity. Generally I start with a coarse sandpaper then use a finer paper to create a smooth surface. Don’t be tempted to cut corners, as you are preparing the base for your finished product. Next you need to apply the undercoat - you will need at least two coats. Once it is fully covered, sand again briefly with fine sandpaper. The topcoat is when you start to see it all coming together, and for the perfect finish you may find you need to sand again between applications.

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Delightful accessories, essential reads and sought after homeware

colourful comfort Refresh your interior with a splash of colour and comfort this season with the luxurious woven cotton velvet cushions from Perch Homewares.

stylish seating Redcurrent’s sturdy wooden stools see traditional design given a contemporary twist. Designed for everyday use the Toad and Prism Stools boast an old world charm that will be at home no matter what your style. |




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Lusso’s Decorative Arrows from The Collective at The Colombo are the ideal display piece for the discerning buyer. Either grouped together in a vase or staggered down a wall they will bring a little something different to your interior. |


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Travelling the length and breadth of New Zealand, Historic Churches visits over 60 unique, quirky, architecturally significant, weather-beaten, downtown, and back-of-beyond churches, exploring the tragic links, battles fought, injustices and even murders that our churches have born witness to over the decades.

lighting the way Paul Smith and Anglepoise have joined forces once again with the Type 75 Desk Lamp Edition Two. Combining deep slate with cool grey, the striking mix of sumptuous, jewel-like colours is smart, restrained and sophisticated. While the bold accent of orange offers a touch of surprise.


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In evocative interviews, older citizens share their precious memories, bringing Christchurch back to life. From tales of cherished homes to social events and occasions, Remembering Christchurch uncovers a social history of our city, exposing shifting attitudes to class, race, religion, sex and the place of women.



Joyous, happy and sunny, daffodils are a wonderful sign that spring has arrived and the summer months are on their way! SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015




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SHOP WINDOW To feature your business here call Julie Williams on 027 269 0085 or email Having offically opened their new store at The Tannery, Joe Jandals offers the discerning homeowner a chance to purchase something truly unique. Having expanded their collection to include Living On The Edge (LOTE) furniture and LOTE ART, this 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 As well as their extensive range of pots Potteryworld are specialists in bespoke fountains and water features. They offer an exclusive range from Pietro Stoneware and are able to make fountains to order from their range of urns and tall jars. This is a destination for those seeking something a little bit different.

HARPERS BAZAAR INTERIORS 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. 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.

REVISED EDITION Passionate about everything home and decor, Revised Edition love to be creative� Taking vintage furniture and restyling it with a modern twist, through the addition of bright colours and eye catching patterns, they create unique one-off pieces that are designed to stand out in any space.





the RIGHT MODEL? Architect Stephen Crooks dives into the ever-popular debate on housing and asks whether our current approach and acceptance of suburban sprawl is the right one


ousing is a hot topic in New Zealand at present. There is not enough of it to go around and a fair proportion of what we do have is either expensive or substandard. Some people may disagree about the quality of our housing stock because they grew up in cold, damp, uninsulated houses and, according to them, it did them no harm. That may be so, but now that we can do it better, we should strive to develop and improve building technologies to make our homes the best they can be. I’m sure the Morris Minor was a perfectly good car in its day but thankfully we don’t continue to build cars like that any more. Meaningful and effective solutions to the housing problem have not been forthcoming. The Government’s answer is one of freeing up land for new residential subdivisions. This uninspired solution involves carving up valuable green belt to create banal suburbs which lack character and, more importantly, vital amenities such as parks, shops, schools and medical centres – amenities that provide the foundations for thriving communities. Residents of these new neighbourhoods must drive, often several kilometres, to access basic services. The option to walk or cycle is limited when distances are too great, and residents miss out on the everyday social interaction that occurs in active and busy neighbourhoods. In the suburb where I live there are a staggering 25 small businesses or community facilities, all within a five minute walk of my front door. Suburbs

that offer amenities so close to home work extremely well and suit a large variety of people, young and old. Unfortunately the newer developments make little provision for these important elements of community living. We are building subdivisions without soul and the worrying part is that people seem happy enough to live there. Maybe ‘community’ is an outdated idea in the age of social media? You would think that inner-city living would offer a cheaper and more attractive option, particularly medium density homes where economies of scale should be possible. Sadly not, it seems, as in the case of the recently-announced Fletcher Living development of 940 townhouses in the Eastern Frame. Quoted purchase prices start from $400,000, no doubt for a small one (or two if you are lucky) bedroom apartment. Compare this to the three bedroom house and land packages being offered in suburbia in the low $400,000 bracket. Perhaps one reason for the imbalance is that the suburban model is so well understood, having been refined over many decades. The inner-city medium density model is less well-known in New Zealand and does not have the benefit of years of experimentation and refinement. Nevertheless, it is a model that desperately needs exploring and developing to suit our evolving society and to provide a desirable and affordable alternative to suburban sprawl. 03 384 9602 |

Stephen Crooks



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