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OUTDOOR OASES

'Lifespaces' for the outdoor entertainer

SPECTACUL AR CIT YSCAPES

Hillside homes present new horizons

BATHING BEAUTIES

Fashion-forward bathroom ideas


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S THE GOLDEN glow of the autumn leaves cools and winter beckons with its icy fingers, the urge to rug up and hunker down is strong. Celebrating the call indoors, we have assimilated an arsenal of decorating tips, trend advice, crafty projects and homes with heart in this winter issue. Drawing on the deep well of knowledge and experience of Abode's trusted industry experts, it is that much easier to create the ultimate private sanctuary. We look to kitchen designers for an insight into their creative process, landscape architects for a greater understanding of how to create functional, cohesive outdoor living spaces, bathroom specialists for the latest fashion-forward trends, real estate professionals for their sage advice on property values, and to Abode's leading architectural expert to define the iconic Christchurch design aesthetic. Brimming with innovative ideas for your next build or renovation, we take you inside five stunning Christchurch homes: from the lofty heights of two hilltop homes with spectacular city-to-surf views, to an inner-city suburban concept home encapsulating the best of family life, to an award-winning modern masterpiece built on the city's northern fringes, to an elegant ode to contemporary living rising from the rubble in the west. However you choose to spend the winter – either mastering one of our quirky craft projects (page 71), or cooking up a storm in the kitchen (page 67) – at the end of the day you can curl up with Abode for a generous dose of inspired ideas for a life well lived.

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CONTENTS

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HOMES 24

SMOOTH SAILING

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EFFORTLESS ELEGANCE

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BL ACK BEAUT Y

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ROCK SOLID

Builder’s dream home testament to quality craftsmanship

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NEW HORIZONS

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Award-winning statement home built for life

Post-quake vision for the future

Dramatic silhouette encapsulates inner-city living

Hillside home with spectacular panoramic views

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BATHING BEAUT Y

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UNDER PRESSURE

Best of bathroom trends & products

Water heating solutions for winter

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HISTORY LESSON

The making of a global lifestyle brand 4

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HEART OF THE HOME

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OUTDOOR OASES

Creating a stunning, f unctional kitchen

Lifespaces for the outdoor entertainer

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INTERIOR TRENDS

Inspired finds for your home

PAINTERLY EFFECTS

Add interest to walls with our DIY advice/inspiration

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HOUSE MATTERS

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PL ACES WE LOVE

Knowing your property’s true worth

Our top picks for places to visit and things to do

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Warm up for winter with slow cooked dishes

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FOR THE GOURMAND

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HOW TO

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THE GOOD LIFE

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Your new best friend in the kitchen

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Get crafty and creative with rope

Culture, cuisine, books, beauty and art

L AST WORD

The Christchurch vernacular

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This hillside home offers breathtaking vistas across the city to the Southern Alps. See more of this modern masterpiece by Solid Builders on page 56. Photography: Mick Stephenson Styling: Majka Kaiser & Comber and Comber


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INTERIOR TRENDS

IN S PIRIN G FINDS The latest and greatest in furniture, fittings and finishing touches for your home

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INTERIOR TRENDS

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Inspired by South Africa’s finest Ardmore artist, Jabu Nene, Cole & Son has reinterpreted her captivating ceramic patterns and integrated them into regal white rhinos combined with ornamented vertical stripes. Inject a dose of Zulu culture into your interiors with a choice of five striking colour palettes. mareehynnesinteriors.co.nz

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special effects In the first of a two-part series, we show you how to access your inner artist with Resene’s wonderful world of paint effects.

HOW TO : WAT E R CO L O U R WA S H STEP 1 Paint the wall with a basecoat using one of your mid-toned Resene colours and protect any trims and skirting with masking tape.

STEP 2 Mix the other colours with Resene Paint Effects Medium to dilute them, and with Resene Hot Weather Additive to slow the drying time.

STEP 3 Starting from the bottom, brush on stripes one at a time, with a different colour for each. Make them uneven widths for a more organic, softer look.

STEP 4 After each colour is applied, dip a large thick brush in water, and brush over the stripe to blend it with the adjacent one. Allow some of the stripes to drip down the wall. By doing one stripe at a time you will have more control over the dripping and blending.

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paint colours and application techniques until you’re satisfied with the end result. Use a trial area as a reference board for the whole project and explore various colour palettes and finishes, and see how Resene paints interact and change when added to Resene Paint Effects Medium. By subtly adjusting either the basecoat or your chosen Paint Effects Medium topcoat, you can create a whole new effect that may even trump your original vision. Breathe new life into your interior décor this season with Resene. resene.co.nz/colorshops

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BATHROOMS

Bathing beauty With quality and integrity, Oakleys Plumbing Supplies offers a winning combination of superior products and sound design advice.

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UILT ON SOLID, traditional values, Oakleys Plumbing Supplies has been a dependable go-to for plumbing and bathroom supplies in Christchurch for over 140 years. Paying tribute to the Oakley legacy established by its British founders, and representing these enduring values, a roll of honour hangs proudly in Oakley’s Christchurch showroom. Bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge, the team at Oakleys is well placed

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to guide clients through the design process and product selection in order to meet their needs and reflect their personal style. Offering homeowners a wide range of innovative design ideas alongside quality, on-trend products, ten concept bathrooms have been created in their Christchurch showroom to inspire and inform. With seven design consultants to call on for expert advice, the team at Oakleys provides savvy design solutions for optimal functionality and luxury.


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STYLE FILES

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COHESIVE COLOUR

Monochrome colour schemes are quickly regaining momentum as a key trend in bathrooms. Striking and timeless, this look can play out in a number of different ways. Whether you favour white subway tiles and black grouting for an industrial vibe or glittering mosaics and ambient lighting for high drama, the monochrome look is one with many faces.

In addition to metallic and coloured hardware, Oakleys offers a range of cabinetry finishes, from timber veneer to melamine, and can even colour match using Resene and Dulux paints. By drawing on colours in other décor elements, such as selected tiles, wallpaper, and other fixtures and fittings, the ability to match precisely the paint colour promotes unity.

BATHS & BASINS No longer integrated into the vanity, sculptural or ‘vessel’ basins that sit atop the vanity as a separate entity are becoming a highly sought-after design choice. And where space or budget doesn’t allow for the luxury of a freestanding bath, ‘back-towall’ baths - positioned flush against one wall or nestled into a corner - are a great alternative.

POWDER ROOMS Really coming into their own, the powder room gives homeowners permission to unleash their creative desires. Elegant and sophisticated, fun and frivolous, or downright dramatic, these petite spaces are ripe for experimentation with pattern, texture, light and colour.

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Pair brass or copper tapware with pendants, mirrors and tiles in similar finishes for a cohesive look within one bathroom or across several in the home. Create a striking, yet timeless monochrome look with matte or glossy black tapware. Match with other fittings, such as vanities, showerheads, toilet roll holders and shower wastes, and combine with marble or polished concrete, for a high-impact statement.

Exclusive Colour Series Tapware by Vola, exclusive to Oakleys Plumbing Supplies

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PLUMBING

Under pressure Rheem and Master Plumbers join forces to offer expert advice on how to choose the ideal water heating solutions for your home.

in hot water HEALTH & SAFETY TIPS Hot water must be stored at 60°C or higher to eliminate the risk of Legionella bacteria, and the current health and safety practice is to have a tempering valve installed on your hot water cylinder or on the outlets of showers, hand basins and baths, which will provide safer hot water temperatures. When drawing a bath, start by running the cold water. Make sure you stay in the room to supervise when kids are around, and test the bath temperature before putting your children in. A safe bath temperature is 37-38°C.

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The Rheem Continuous Flow has a helpful safety feature when drawing a bath. This high-quality gas system has an electronically preset temperature of 55°C, with the facility to connect kitchen and bathroom controllers, allowing the user to dial down the temperature to as low as 38°C – the safe bathing temperature. It is a legal requirement that plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying work be carried out by certified tradespersons. To stay safe and avoid costly mistakes that risk voiding your insurance, enlist the expertise of your local Master Plumber. 0800 502 102 | dontriskit.co.nz

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some like it hot

While there are many sources of energy, from electricity and gas, to renewable energy sources like the sun, there are only two types of water heaters: storage water heaters and gas continuous flow. S T O R AG E WAT E R H E AT E R S Commonly seen as upright cylinders, these are generally heated by electricity or gas, and are suitable for mains pressure or low pressure.

on tap Kitchen islands take centre stage in modern homes, and filtered water taps that provide instant boiling and chilled water are becoming a sought-after everyday luxury. Rheem On-Tap is a filtered water delivery system that reduces that nasty chlorine aftertaste as well as unsightly limescale build up. Offering boiling and chilled water at the touch of a button, it’s ideal for a quick brew in the winter or a chilled glass of water in the summer. With its flexible two-unit modular installation system, two designs to choose from, and a sink-free option, it is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. The seven-day programmable timer and optional sleep mode setting means energy consumption can be reduced by up to 40 percent. And, with Rheem’s safety button activation, there’s no risk of accidental operation by small children or at-risk inhabitants.

Low Pressure Storage - These are common in older homes and are typically run on electricity. Over the years, Rheem has improved the low pressure systems with the latest insulation materials in conjunction with a new vitreous enamel steel cylinder that provides greater pressure. Mains Pressure Storage - The preferred option in modern homes, these deliver full flow to all taps throughout the house. This option allows for a wider range of modern fittings and the latest appliances, and provides greater resistance to problematic water types. Heat Pump Water Heater - This is the most advanced and efficient water heating method. Heat pump technology works along the same lines as refrigeration, by using free energy from the surrounding air and transferring it into the water. Solar - When the sun can't heat enough water to meet your needs, an electric, gas or other booster connected to a solar water heater means you'll always have hot water.

GA S CONTINUOUS FLOW An excellent option where space is at a premium, these compact water heaters range in size depending on the amount of hot water they deliver per minute. Instead of storing the water, the water is heated as it passes through the unit, providing an endless hot water supply as and when you need it.

For more information on how to choose the right hot water system for your home, visit rheem.co.nz/selector where you will be guided through a few simple questions to determine the perfect solution for you and your family. 0800 657 336 | rheem.co.nz J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 7

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KITCHENS

History lesson Häfele’s ‘ideas for living’ philosophy is all about enhancing contemporary spaces and lifestyles. Yet the story of the company is steeped in history: built on a solid foundation of innovation and courage. Häfele fittings, hardware and storage systems transform kitchen workspaces into places of productivity and pleasure – to help you work smarter, not harder.

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Following the end of WWII, Häfele experienced high demand for joinery in the rebuild effort.

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Häfele’s first product catalogue was distributed throughout Germany and abroad, forming the foundation for international sales.

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A year after the company celebrated 25 years in business, Adolf Häfele died and was replaced by his 26-year-old nephew, Walther Thierer.

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Production of special fittings for furniture and brass grills gained steady momentum and prompted the massive expansion of their production area to cope with increased demand.


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1920s Born into a time of political and social upheaval following the First World War, Häfele was a bold dream realised by two young men, Adolf Häfele and Hermann Funk. Their Württemberg store, which specialised in joinery and carpentry supplies, opened in 1923, and relocated to Nagold, the former mecca for furniture production, four years later. Establishing a solid network of woodworking shops and furniture manufacturers in the region, Häfele’s dedication to industry and product knowledge, their speedy delivery and reliability, and their commitment to customer service, have formed the bedrock of the company as it stands today.

the rebuild of cities all over Europe. The following year saw Häfele’s nephew, Walther Thierer, join the company to assist with its expansion. Having celebrated 25 years in business in 1948, Adolf Häfele died – just one year later. His 26-year-old nephew, Walther, took over the company’s management with the support of the Häfele and Thierer family shareholders.

1950s Häfele entered into production of special fittings for furniture and brass grills in 1954, which quickly gained momentum – so much so that the production area needed to be expanded several times over.

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In 1933 Häfele participated in their first foreign trade fair in Strasbourg. Presenting furniture fittings for bedrooms and kitchens, the company scooped the Gold Medal for its striking exhibition stand. At this time, Häfele also started exporting fittings to neighbouring countries. The year World War II erupted, Häfele produced its very first product catalogue, which was distributed throughout Germany and beyond – forming the foundation for international sales of Häfele products. This expansion also saw the development of their first logo, which featured a globe to signify their worldwide reach.

The swinging sixties was an era of optimism, and through this time Häfele served the domestic market and expanded into Switzerland, where the company established their first foreign subsidiary.

1970s By the early seventies, Häfele’s export levels accounted for 40% of their business; and the company had established a reputation as one of the pioneers of the export nation. In 1971, Häfele offered more than 25,000 articles for sale in The Complete Häfele – a reference book and instructional textbook containing detailed drawings and installation instructions. At the time, it was the largest reference tool for furniture fittings in the world, and has since been translated into more than 24 languages.

1940s Häfele emerged largely unscathed from the War. In 1946, the demand for fittings and joinery was at an all-time high with

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The export department was established, and travelling sales and marketing activities commenced with its first mobile exhibition.

1971

The Complete Häfele, the largest reference tool for furniture fittings in the world for its time was published.

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Häfele’s innovative Minifix connector system revolutionised the joinery industry.

1980 - present From the eighties to the present day, Häfele has consistently added foreign subsidiaries to its impressive portfolio, so that Häfele is now available in every continent around the globe. When you choose Häfele, you benefit from decades of specialist knowledge and experience; brought to life with ideas that will enhance your everyday experiences for many years to come. 03 343 5559 | hafele.co.nz

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The company’s headquarters were expanded to include a state-of-the-art showroom, conference rooms, offices, data centre and test workshop.

An in-house development department was established to produce innovative hardware, having a lasting influence on furniture construction.

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With 37 subsidiaries around the world and over 6,000 employees, Häfele remains the market leader in high functionality fittings and joinery.

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Heart of the home Designer Ryan Twomey, of Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances, shares an insight into his creative process. P H OTOG R AP H Y K ATE C L AR I D G E

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WHAT INFLUENCES DETERMINED THE DESIGN? Due to its position within an open-plan living area that opens out onto a large covered deck, the kitchen automatically becomes the focal point of the home and calls for multifunctional use. To accommodate the couple’s love of entertaining, we incorporated casual seating at one end of the island with a large serving area at the other where guests can congregate.

WHAT DEFINES THIS KITCHEN? The mix of concrete textured finishes and crisp white surfaces, combined with both dark and light oak finishes, creates a harmonious aesthetic, while the mirrored splashback harnesses the natural light, which floods in through the large sliding doors opposite. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ASPECTS? The contemporary, clean lines achieved with negative detailing on cupboards and drawers, the multifaceted functionality of the kitchen island, and the large drum shade above it that is a modern, yet timeless finishing touch.

DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN APPROACH. By listening carefully to the clients’ practical needs and style ideas from the outset, and keeping the lines of communication open throughout, I am able to find the best solutions that suit the way they live. Melissa and Josh were great to work with, and, with their implicit trust, not only in my abilities, but in the whole design process, the experience was thoroughly enjoyable and resulted in a stunning kitchen that is both stylish and functional.

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Melissa and Josh Lindsay WHAT WAS YOUR DESIGN BRIEF? We wanted a family-friendly contemporary kitchen with loads of storage that would form the central entertaining hub of the home. We loved the aesthetic beauty of concrete, but also wanted warmth; and favoured clean lines, so handles were a definite no-no.

WHY DID YOU ENGAGE PAL A ZZO? The diversity of designs and styles on offer in the showroom encompassed just the look we were after.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ASPECT? The negative detailing that delivers the clean lines we were after, and the island. We love the contrast between thick and thin benchtops on our breakfast bar and get so many compliments on the design.

DESCRIBE YOUR PAL A ZZO EXPERIENCE . From the initial consultation right through to final installation, Palazzo were so easy to deal with. Our designer, Ryan Twomey, kept us informed through the entire process. By taking the time to understand our requirements from the outset, he minimised any stress – and the result is a fantastic kitchen that we absolutely love.

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LANDSCAPING

Outdoor oases One couple’s affinity with nature has led to the creation of a stunning collection of ‘lifespaces’ realised by Goom Landscapes. WO R DS MA J K A K AIS ER

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VER THE LAST four decades that Rob and Libby McCormack have lived in this stately Fendalton villa, Goom Landscapes has been involved with four major landscaping projects. So, when the earthquakes struck, it provided Goom with the ideal opportunity to revisit the design. A self-confessed perfectionist, Rob says that their vision for this next chapter required absolute commitment and understanding on both sides to achieve exactly what they wanted. Working with Goom over the best part of a year, Rob says there were many meetings and ‘idea-sharing sessions’ to ensure every last detail was meticulously attended to. A collaborative effort over the years between many designers at Goom, Senior Landscape Architect Emma Johnston was tasked with the postquake revisions. ‘We really valued Emma’s ability to listen and translate our vision into the stunning end result we enjoy today’, says Rob. From the day planning began, to when the final plant took root, Rob attributes the success of each ‘lifespace’ to the technical skill, attention to detail, vast knowledge and fine craftsmanship of the whole team. Seizing the opportunity to revisit the design and material selection, Emma says striking the balance between old and new presented its unique set of challenges, as did the unpredictable ground levels surrounding the perimeter of the old villa. ‘There were many tense and frustrating moments

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as we negotiated the uneven site so the straight edge of the tile perfectly aligned with the quirky angles of the house’, Emma explains. A key element providing seamless continuity between all three outdoor zones, the hair-pulling frustrations were well worth the effort. Another challenge facing the team was retaining as many trees and softscaping from the original garden as possible, and due to the lengthy crossover period between builders and landscapers, Emma says most of the box hedging was ‘babysat’ in Goom’s nursery over the best part of a year. Given the couple’s close connection with nature, creating the ultimate outdoor sanctuary for enjoyment year-round was vital. Electric outdoor heaters combined with the romance and warmth of an open fire means that there’s rarely the need for blankets to keep cosy, even on the chilliest winter night. Standing back to admire how it all came together, Emma says the combination of the pergola’s cedar structure and copper detailing, which mirrors the home’s copper spouting, is the most satisfying aspect for her, as well as the strategic lighting design that really brings each outdoor space to life when the sun sets. Rob agrees that the exterior lighting really packs a punch. ‘When we’re in full entertaining mode, the grid gets hit hard and I swear we can be seen as far away as the Hubble Space Craft’, he jokes. With three outdoor ‘rooms’ to choose from, the couple have different options for entertaining

and relaxing in the company of their Schnauzer puppies. And, to enjoy even more time relaxing in their outdoor spaces instead of tending to them, they have contracted Goom for regular and ongoing maintenance to keep their outdoor oasis in tip-top shape all year round. 0800 466 657 | goom.nz J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 7

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An award-winning home by Gregg Builders delivers style and comfort for one couple returning to Christchurch for good. WO R DS & ST Y LI N G MA J K A K AIS ER

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To draw natural light into the media room when not in use, Coral has hung a stately bevelled mirror above the fireplace; and selected monochrome artworks – including some of Stuart’s prized vinyls – to create a sophisticated atmosphere. ENTRANCE

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any deviations from the original plans and budget – which always helps keep expectations in check and unnecessary stress at bay. And fortnightly onsite meetings with Colin ensured the couple were aware of any decisions they needed to make along the way. ‘Every step was carefully managed so we were fully aware at any one time where the build was at, what the next step was, and how the budget was tracking’, says Coral. Credit to the solid relationship Colin and Katey Gregg have developed with their numerous suppliers and subcontractors over the years, the build was completed just two weeks over their tenmonth timeline. To bring a project of this nature to fruition on time and within budget, without ever compromising on quality, made this building experience a genuine pleasure for Coral and Stuart from start to finish. The home’s instant curb appeal is achieved with a striking juxtaposition of slick white plaster facade and natural schist chimneys. Using Resene Construction Systems Rockcote Integra, together with a coat of mineral Tasman Texture Finish in Resene Triple White Pointer, Glenn Munro of Properly Plastered supplied and installed the facade with uncompromising precision. Resene Tasman Texture Finish creates a polished look which achieves a great first impression. Favoured by builders and plasterers alike for the longevity of the substrate and render, Glenn adds that the product is easily workable during the winter months – an extremely useful feature when keeping to specific timeframes. From the cavity to the lightweight concrete substrate and flashings, right through to the finishing Resene colours, Rockcote offers the complete supply and install system for all home exteriors. In addition to its aesthetic and durable qualities, it also provides thermal and acoustic benefits to homeowners compared with alternative lightweight facades. From the home’s stately entrance, to the functional outdoor living spaces at the rear of the

INDOOR-OUTDOOR FLOW Sliding doors connect the indoor and outdoor living and entertaining areas, while Fairview Architectural frames create seamless joins where each slider meets in the corner when closed. CARPET Supplied by Nextdore, Christchurch’s leading flooring experts, Cavalier Bremworth’s Habitat Collection was used throughout the home’s three guest bedrooms and master suite. Chosen for its softness, comfort, high durability and fade resistance properties, it is luxuriously plush underfoot.

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property, MacRae Landscape Design has created seamless flow. Designing soft and hardscaping, as well as functional utility spaces, the outdoor living and entertaining areas are beautifully enhanced with a variety of plants that offer height, structure, definition and movement. Sharp edges have been softened with a mix of Sorbus lutescens groves, underplanted with Star Jasmine ground cover and Hornbeam hedges that will develop to enclose the spaces within a lush green walled garden in the summertime.

On entering, to the left of the foyer is a guest wing. Comprising three guest bedrooms and one bathroom, this wing can be completely shut off from the rest of the house when not in use, making it economical to heat. The home office is also situated in this wing: complete with his and hers workstations, it has external access and can be closed off from the rest of the wing by a concealed sliding door. To the right of the entrance, a contemporary staircase winds its way up to the couple’s private oasis, which spans the entire first floor. Comprising

INTERIOR It was a huge thrill for the couple when, unbeknownst to them, Ben Lewis from Trenzseater entered their home into the illustrious Andrew Martin Design Awards. Their media and sitting rooms are featured alongside similarly striking homes from around the globe in this interior designer’s tome. KITCHEN Designed by Armstrong Interiors, the kitchen features a custom-made Black Forest granite island, which is complemented by slick tobacco joinery and linear tiling, with an ergonomic laundry running behind the kitchen.

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BATHROOMS Designed by Armstrong Interiors, the luxurious, hotel-like bathrooms have been cleverly designed to keep the ‘ugly bits’ like the toilet and shower hidden behind a central wall. An integral component of the building process, Layne Watson Plumbing executed the plumbing throughout the home’s kitchen, laundry and bathrooms.

a generously proportioned dressing room and bathroom, the boudoir offers stunning panoramic views across the Southern Alps and Port Hills. In the luxurious hotel-like bathroom upstairs, and guest bathroom downstairs, Ascot Busker ceramic tiles in charcoal have been used on floors, and on the internal walls that cleverly hide showers and toilets. Décor Tiling relishes the challenge of working with rectified edges, as this particular tile demands meticulous execution in order to achieve a perfectly flush finish. Downstairs, past the powder room and down the hall, the hub of the home is revealed with stunning effect. Spacious and flooded with natural light – thanks to large expanses of glazing – the open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas are a joy to behold. First to catch the eye is the striking Black Forest granite island that takes centre stage in the generous entertainer’s kitchen, designed by Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors. Complemented by Rotpunkt kitchen joinery, manufactured in Germany to exacting detail, the custom-made island stands proud against a backdrop of linear mosaic tiles, installed by Décor Tiling. Extending from the kitchen through to the adjacent scullery, the horizontal lines are further accentuated by an LED lighting strip above the kitchen island. Fit for the die-hard gourmand, the kitchen is fully equipped with an array of high-end European appliances that includes a Miele pyrolytic oven, combination microwave oven, induction cooktop, warming drawer, and integrated dishwasher. Meanwhile, the scullery contains two refrigerated beverage and wine cellars, in addition to a black gloss French door refrigerator. Coral’s innate flair for style and colour is apparent from her fashion sense alone, yet she says she couldn’t have achieved the stunning interiors without 30

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The home’s instant curb appeal is achieved with a striking juxtaposition of slick white plaster facade and natural schist chimneys. the expert eye of Ben Lewis from Trenzseater – who she credits as the ‘mastermind’ behind the choice of furnishings throughout this award-winning home. Careful not to overwhelm, but rather complement, the architectural design of the building, and to promote an air of effortless sophistication, Ben says relaxed linens were used in combination with buttery soft new leathers alongside well-loved vintage ones. Layering of different textures gives interest to the interior scheme, Ben points out. Cosy faux fur throws have been draped over vintage Chesterfield sofas, paired with rugs that define different areas, and combined with exquisite tactile European wallpapers, while sumptuous drapery and Venetian blinds are used to filter natural light. Bevelled mirrors have been carefully positioned to reflect all available light, and when dusk draws in table lamps provide ambient lighting, while sculptural pendants above the dining table and in the stairwell create a heightened sense of drama. Accessible both from the hallway, and through concealed sliding doors to the dining area, the media room is Stuart’s favourite spot in their new home. Complete with surround sound, a drop down projector and 110-inch screen, the Escea gas fire nestled into a sparkling black granite hearth makes this cosy nook the ultimate retreat from the world. Emulating a luxury boutique movie theatre, the

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING Escea EF5000 is the ultimate outdoor gas fire to keep the chill at bay no matter the weather. Escea’s innovative design offers simple installation as no flue is required, and because it’s Zero Clearance rated, it can be installed directly into any timber-framed or masonry cavity. Combined with the shelter provided by the electronic louvres, the fireplace enables this cosy outdoor nook to be fully enjoyed year round.

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all-black cavernous room can be totally blacked out with motorised blinds in the middle of the day for the ultimate cinematic experience. Keen collectors of original New Zealand art, crisp white walls provide the couple with a gallery-like backdrop. With a wealth of experience spanning three decades, Newman Decorators are well placed to deliver a perfect paint finish on both new builds and renovations. Major players in award-winning homes just like this one, their long-standing 25-year relationship with Gregg Builders is most certainly indicative of their professionalism and quality workmanship. Beautifully designed and meticulously built, Fairview Architectural frames have been used to

create contemporary clean lines throughout the home. Recessed sliding frames with flush tracks were chosen for the master bedroom’s panoramic windows; as well as the sliding doors on the home’s north-west facing corner where all three floor-toceiling doors slide away – for easy access between the interior and exterior living spaces and an uninterrupted connection with nature. Scooping two accolades in the 2015 Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards is testament to the prowess and professionalism of Gregg Builders. But the opinions that really matter are those of the homeowners – the ones who have the incredible good fortune to wake up in this home every morning for the rest of their lives.

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INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT ALUMINIUM WINDOWS & DOORS Fairview 09 574 2900 fairviewwindows.co.nz BUILDER Gregg Builders 03 358 6491 greggbuilders.co.nz CARPETS Nextdore 03 366 9400 nextdore.co.nz EXTERIOR PLASTERING Properly Plastered 021 221 0282 properlyplastered.co.nz GARAGE Prominently positioned

to the east of the home’s grand schist stone entrance, the black Colorsteel garage door nestles comfortably within the white plastered cavity. With the widest choice of garage doors in the country, Canterbury’s Dominator Gate & Garage Door Centre was tasked with installing the fully insulated flat panel Colorsteel door, complete with a Dominator garage door opener for ease of access.

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hearing such an unequivocal testimony, the couple knew precisely who they wanted to build their home. Shane Ainsworth has been building for his whole adult life, and has experience building in Australia and the UK. With the built environment of Canterbury changing weekly, he enjoys being part of the developments and playing a key part in what is an exciting, yet often daunting time for homebuilders. ‘For many people, like this couple, building was not something they had planned on doing.’ From square one, the couple felt supported and involved, with weekly site meetings plotting out the project. ‘Shane walked us through progress and discussed any issues, promptly addressing any concerns we had. He also prepared us for any future decisions we needed to be on top of.’ ‘I make sure I am there for each of our clients’, explains Shane. ‘There are so many decisions to make with a build, and it is so important to give people plenty of forewarning and support as they make them.’ The product of numerous decisions and considerations, and the ultimate testament to the technical prowess and professional ethos of the builder: the home itself is simply stunning. As Shane says, ‘there are a number of new homes coming up in the area, but this one really stands out: the street view is amazing.’ Large planes of perfect plaster offset the Waitaha schist and copper detailing, which are complemented by European-style tray roofing. Soft, yet striking, the use of copper is ‘awesome’, says Shane. The experienced and fastidious plasterers at Advanced Exterior Plastering supplied and installed

KITCHEN Designed, manufactured and installed by Mastercraft Kitchens Ashburton, the kitchen picks up on the arrangement of materials and textures on the exterior: a sleek Caesarstone Frosty Carrina island bench combines with dark-stained American White Oak veneer, while a trio of curved copper pendants add more than a touch of elegance.

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the CSR Hebel 50mm Aerated Autoclaved Concrete panels. Utilising the Dulux Plaster and Paint System, the 1mm Float Texture Finish was painted with Hi-Build Acrylic in White Pointer – for a solution that is subtly decorative and highly durable. Satisfying the couple’s desire for ‘clean lines and low maintenance’, plaster has been used on the garage and landscaping walls as well, creating a sense of boldness, coherence and balance. The completion of the landscaping at the front of the home was a real highlight for the pair. ‘We wanted outdoor spaces for us to enjoy, and for socialising with our friends.’ Greenlinc Nursery + Landscaping completed everything from the driveway construction, to the patios, to the soft landscaping elements. ‘The Greenlinc boys were wonderful in bringing the project together’, the homeowners share. As Director Thomas van Zijll de Jong explains, due to the difference in the floor height of the newlyconstructed home and the existing ground height, there was considerable work undertaken in the base preparation for the driveway and patios before the custom-made pavers could be laid and the concrete poured. Granite setts break up the driveway, adding interest and texture – and tying in elegantly with the schist cladding. Stepping inside, a five-metre-high feature atrium delivers drama, which concentrates around a constellation of light radiating from two Moooi Raimond spheres. Exquisite satin wallpaper dresses 38

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While resigned to losing their big brick home, they were resolved to hold onto their pocket of paradise down a quiet laneway in the heart of Merivale the walls, while a stately staircase with glass balustrade leads its way upstairs. ‘Supremely elegant and spacious, the feel is intimate’, says designer, Boyd Chamberlain – who worked closely with Shane and the couple when it came to fine-tuning the interior architecture. Mastercraft Kitchens Ashburton designed, manufactured and installed the beautiful Solid American Oak staircase, which as Director Bill Nolan says was a real highlight for the team of joiners. Mastercraft also completed the joinery for the kitchen and bathrooms. Taking the clients’ concept plans for the kitchen, they re-worked these into highly functional and beautiful working drawings. The design is a showcase of clean lines and cleverly-concealed storage solutions. ‘I wasn’t sure about the walk-in pantry at first’, shares the homeowner; ‘but now I absolutely love it – it enables me to keep all the clutter out of sight and is easy to work in.’ The kitchen features StyleLite high-gloss acrylic in Alabaster, which contrasts with the American White Oak veneer, stained dark, on the island panels and doors above the cooktop. Delineating the space in the most stunning, and practical, way is a stunning Caesarstone Frosty Carrina island bench, above which float elegant copper pendants, which enliven and elevate the space. Ensuring the trifecta of comfort, entertainment and energy efficiency was the experienced team of electricians from Brook Electrical. ‘They gave advice and were flexible and listened to exactly what we wanted’, share the homeowners. As director Paddy Brook says, working with clients to ensure that the electrical work is perfect – to meet their wants and needs – is instrumental to the liveability of any home.

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The house may epitomise ‘effortless’ elegance; yet numerous details and decisions contributed to this result. Everyone involved on the project shared a commitment to getting it just right – from Boyd, who worked closely with Shane and the couple throughout construction, to the strong line-up of subcontractors. As Shane says, ‘we are only as good as our subcontractors: we work with them because we know they share our commitment to doing an outstanding job, and because of the respect they have for our clients.’ Something the couple certainly appreciated. ‘The Senior Foreman, Grant Knaggs, was a pleasure to work with and so obliging – nothing was a problem. Together, with the team of committed and reliable subcontractors, he and Shane made the experience smooth-sailing and enjoyable.’ Beginning with a glowing endorsement from a neighbour, these homeowners struck gold with Ainsworth Builders. As the built landscape of the region continues to develop, and the next wave of homebuilders embarks on this daunting journey, the couple will be sure to pass on the recommendation. ‘Shane is very hands-on and personable. He was so easy to get along with, and that took away all the stress for us.’ This, the couple’s second ‘dream home’, is

‘We have no plans to build again in the future. Why would we? This is perfect.’ EXTERIOR On the strength of a neighbour’s recommendation, the couple decided to use Ainsworth Builders. ‘We are passionate about what we do and committed to delivering an outstanding building experience’, says Shane Ainsworth.

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INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT ARCHITECTURE Boyd Chamberlain Architecture 03 366 0056 boydchamberlain.co.nz BUILDER Ainsworth Builders 021 796 255 ainsworthbuilders.co.nz ELECTRICIAN Brook Electrical 027 433 2684

markedly different from its antecedent: from the striking copper and Waitaha schist split-face veneer, to the elegant, flowing living spaces, it embodies the couple’s vision for the future. While the earthquakes shattered the bricks of their original dream home, they also heralded a new beginning. ‘There are so many things we love about the home. While the earthquakes were destructive for us, we feel we have turned a bad situation into something really great. ‘We have no plans to build again in the future. Why would we? This is perfect.’

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FTER WINNING THE 2016 Registered Master Builders National Gold Award for their own home – dubbed the ‘Dark Horse’ – the husband and wife team behind Casa Construction decided to open it up to the public in order to demonstrate the possibilities when designing and building with them. Once Jeff and Kelly Root were ready to reclaim their home as a private oasis again, they sought out the ideal location to build a new concept home. The new public-only show home – just a few doors down from their own, in St Albans – is a shining testament to their eagle eye for detail and commitment to quality craftsmanship. Bringing this dream to fruition, they formed an alliance with CoLab Architecture, whose original design for the site perfectly aligned with their objective: to build a stunning architecturally designed family home that delivers practical, yet luxurious inner-city living. And with little changes made to the original plans, the final outcome exceeded all expectations. The simple subtracted form takes ‘bite-outs’ from critical locations of the building mass to produce a more linear floor plan that allows sunlight to flood the internal spaces, while simultaneously creating a greater visual connection with outdoor living areas. Employing the ‘apple peel effect’, the use of cladding operates using a similar principle to that of

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an apple, where the contrast between the white flesh of the ‘bite-out’ and the surrounding skin can create interest to a lesser or greater degree depending on the materials used – as Creative Designer and Co-Founder of CoLab Architecture, Tobin Smith, explains. This creates a subtle distinction between the shiplap weatherboards and dark-stained cedar board and batten; the latter material generates a striking silhouette against the whitewashed winter sky. The ‘honest’ materials used, from the blackened weatherboard exterior to the polished concrete floors throughout, ‘stand on their own’. Clever design details like the large sliding doors that sit over the exterior wall cladding to reveal a clear negative space when slid open, are the small details that give this home the upper hand, while other areas such as the hallway have been carefully crafted to deliver high drama. From the moment one sets foot through the front door, the eye is drawn down the entire length of the property, thanks to these clever architectural ‘bites’. At the end of the hallway, the home’s open-plan kitchen and dining area takes full advantage of the internal volume, which spills out onto a sheltered and sun-drenched courtyard through floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. Favoured by architects and builders alike, Fairview Architectural aluminium frames were used in conjunction with Glass Relate double glazing and


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The bold geometric wallpaper makes an impressive statement in the kitchen/dining area as well as in the hallway. Offset by the glossy black kitchen, designed and manufactured by Ryan’s Kitchens and Joinery, and brought to life with state-of-the-art intelligent lighting systems designed by Hugo Lighting. Stella hardware to complement this architecturally designed home. Achieving a seamless finish where doors and windows perfectly line up with the exterior cladding and interior flooring is testament to great design and the outstanding workmanship of all involved. The home’s tour de force is without a doubt the sophisticated monochrome open-plan kitchen/ dining and scullery. Complete with high-spec Smeg appliances in glossy black, Ryan’s Kitchens and Joinery complemented these with bespoke cabinetry. The island’s sheer density anchors the kitchen into the polished concrete floor, making for a generous preparation area. Crafted from solid Caesarstone, the kitchen’s focal piece took the strength of six men to carry and carefully position at the centre of this entertainer’s dream kitchen; but it was well worth the effort, says Jeff. Oceans of storage space can be found in wallhung drawers and cupboards, and all available space under the generous island has been utilised as additional storage. Attention to the finer design details can be seen in the joinery profile rail, which beautifully replicates the island’s negative detailing in the waterfall ends. Featuring state-of-the-art fixtures, fittings and appliances throughout, careful attention has also been paid to the high-tech lighting systems. Showcasing

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the capabilities of a brand new lighting control system, Dennis Grant from Hugo Lighting explains the benefits. ‘Rather than using additional and expensive cabling to send control signals to the various light fittings, heated towel rails and fans throughout the home, this new system utilises the existing mains wiring, making installation more economical.’ As a world first, Dennis says this new approach to automated home systems required careful planning in the design phase, but ultimately their commitment to excellence paid off. Easily programmed, the system can activate different light groupings, or single lights independently, with either a simple on/off switch or with dimming capabilities. Easily operated from a Smart device, this system is extremely user-friendly and energy efficient. While polished concrete flooring gives a slick contemporary look, in-slab heating installed by Energy Efficient Products keeps toes toasty all year round. Taking the chill out of concrete floors and providing a comfortable ambient temperature, inslab heating is a cost effective solution, not only for concrete floors, but under carpets and tiles. Capital costs are surprisingly competitive and running costs are very economical when using the cheaper night rate, and even more so if homeowners produce their own energy through solar powered panels. For the home’s ‘fashion-forward’ bathrooms, Oakleys Plumbing Supplies was on hand to offer a 46

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INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT ALUMINIUM WINDOWS & DOORS Fairview 09 574 2900 fairviewwindows.co.nz ARCHITECTURE CoLab Architecture 021 660 429 colabarch.co.nz BUILDER Casa Construction 03 339 2969 casaconstruction.co.nz selection of high quality, on-trend products that deliver luxury, high drama and functionality. Glossy black accents are a standout feature against the marble tiling and polished concrete floors in the master bedroom’s compact, yet cleverly designed en suite. From the black wenge vanities and matching black mirror, to the high-end hardware - this monochrome look is of-the-moment, yet utterly timeless. Creating a quietly understated entrance to the property, Innovative Landscapes used poured concrete pavers – leading to the home’s entrance and replicated in the rear garden – to satisfy both form and function. Interspersed with stones to soften the edges, and planted with Ligularia reniformis, flax and Yuccas, they lead the way to the raised planters in the far corner of the garden. Unlike pine, the macrocarpa sleepers used to build the raised beds are both hard and untreated, which avoids any nasty chemicals leaching into the soil and affecting this flourishing veggie patch. Thrilled with the end result, Jeff says Casa’s new concept home demonstrates his conviction that designing and building a high quality, bespoke inner-city family home on a mid-range budget is an achievable dream.

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After years of bringing others’ dream homes to fruition, Christchurch builder Shaun Campbell of Hillview Construction decided it was high time he built a dream home of his own. WO R DS MA J K A K AI S ER

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ITH A SHARED vision, Shaun and his wife Kate set out to create a stunning architecturally designed home that would serve a dual purpose: to meet the needs of their young family and stand as testament to the vision and quality craftsmanship that sets Hillview Construction apart. Falling in love with the hilltop views Mount Pleasant has to offer – where the sprawling city meets the rolling sea – this plot fitted the bill. However, to accommodate the needs of his two tiny tots, it was vital the site was levelled before foundations were laid. Although building on rock proved a challenging and expensive prospect, Shaun says it was a worthwhile endeavour. The home needed to withstand the harsh weather conditions on the exposed site, reflects Shaun. With ‘a heck of a lot of steel’ used in the foundations, the result is an ‘incredibly strong’ home that is capable of withstanding the horrendous winds that whip across the hills. A street frontage with commanding presence was paramount for Shaun – and this was achieved with majestic cantilevered eaves extending out from multiple rooftops. Shaun’s favourite feature of the build, the eaves deliver maximum impact. A great believer in creating an unforgettable first impression, high-voltage drama is delivered in the home’s grand entrance with a double height void with a sweeping contemporary staircase as the foyer’s stunning focal feature. Stained American Oak treads appear to float, seemingly supported by the frameless glass balustrade. ‘Using frameless glass delivers a sleek, seamless look throughout the home’, says Josh Simcock of NZ Frameless Glass, who was responsible for installing all interior frameless glass in this impressive hilltop home, including mirrors and showers, as well as all stainless steel componentry.

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LIVING/DINING A striking feature throughout the ground floor, these industrialinspired internal glass walls create a visual connection between the downstairs spaces, while flooding each area with natural light. Drawing the gaze upwards to the pinnacle of the staircase, the double height entranceway is complemented by a cluster of Moooi Raimond spheres. By night, the three orbs – which contain hundreds of LEDs – have a breathtaking effect, lighting up the home’s entrance like a starry sky. From the front door, one is given a tantalising glimpse of the property’s hillside view to the rear, through a series of black aluminium framed internal glass walls. A striking feature, these industrialinspired internal glass walls positioned throughout the ground floor create a visual connection between the downstairs spaces, while flooding each area with natural light. While the design and build was brought to life by Shaun and his team at Hillview Construction, Shaun’s wife Kate had a clear vision for the interiors. In an ode to simplicity, Kate led the direction of the interior spaces and curated the look with handpicked designer furniture, lighting and artwork. Opting for honest materials, the high-spec

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With a clear vision in mind, Shaun set out to create a stunning architecturally designed home as a testament to his craftsmanship as a builder, while meeting the needs of his young family.

INTERIOR Kate’s favourite space in their dream home continues the home's utterly contemporary, yet timeless monochrome palette.

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engineered timber flooring offers some welcome warmth to an all-white backdrop. Used throughout the ground floor, it leads the eye from the grand foyer through to the formal dining room, kitchen and informal dining area beyond. All the way from Burgundy, France, this fullysustainable, eco-friendly timber is milled only from trees that are in the process of dying. Engineered by Listone Giordano in Perugia in Italy, Metro Floor is the sole supplier and installer of this premium hardwood flooring product in New Zealand. With two bedrooms, master bathroom, living and entertaining areas occupying the ground floor, the first floor is home to the couple's master bedroom, en suite and office space. The captivating vistas can make working from home - as Shaun does when he's not out on site - a very challenging prospect indeed. The feature wall in the upstairs en suite also cashes in on the stunning vistas, by offering a sliver of the home’s exquisite view of the Christchurch Gondola. This was a happy accident, says Shaun, and not at all down to careful positioning during the design phase. ‘It’s just one of those things that you can’t really predict until the two dimensional plan becomes a reality.’ To add a touch of understated luxury and


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textural interest to the otherwise stark white en suite, three dimensional tiles from MO Tiles were chosen for the feature wall, coupled with a standard white wall tile. Installation of the large format tiles is always a tricky business, says Darren McGuire of MO Tiles. For tiles to be perfectly aligned, it requires utmost precision and demands dedicated teamwork between tiler and builder, made that much easier given the pair’s collaboration on numerous homes over the years. American Oak vanities finished in a dark stain are offset by the bright, white solid acrylic vanity tops for a non-porous, seamless finish that is hygienic and easy to maintain, says Guy Trethewey from Primo Bathroomware. With thirty years’ experience designing and manufacturing custom-made bathroom furniture, together with their collection of high-end European ceramic basins and solid surface vanity tops, they created unique solutions to suit this architectural build. Downstairs, from the sunken living area, bifold doors open out onto the outdoor living areas: cleverly designed so that the building offers welcome protection from the bitter easterly and westerly winds, while still allowing plenty of sun to flood the various spaces. Plantings chosen for the landscaping were also determined by what survives and thrives in these harsh conditions, with many native plantings and grasses making the grade. To keep their expanse of emerald lawn lush all year round, Shaun and Kate invested in an intelligent, all-weather automated mowing system, which was designed and built by Husqvarna, the Swedish forestry and garden experts. Their innovative products are built to last, says Michael Smith from Martyns Outdoor Power and Equipment Centre. 54

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LANDSCAPING Investing in a smart automated lawn mowing system not only delivers a perfectly manicured expanse of lush lawn 24/7; it means Shaun gets to spend more time in the backyard hanging out with his two tiny tots.


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Operating on a similar premise to an automated vacuum cleaner, a perimeter wire keeps the mower confined to the grassy area. Keeping their lawn perfectly manicured 24/7, the system can be programmed to trim once or twice a day; the fine clippings mulched back into the ground, nourishing the grass and retaining moisture. And with two rambunctious boys under the age of five, who love to frolic on the lawn with the family’s energetic Jack Russell, Rusty, Shaun says he now gets to spend more time playing with his kids rather than mowing the lawns – which suits him down to the ground. From sunrise to sunset, the family can enjoy alfresco dining in their barbeque area or a relaxing soak in the spa, all while drinking in those magnificent hilltop views they’ve worked so hard for. Although a private home, Shaun brings many of his clients through his front door to demonstrate just what can be achieved. ‘Not many show homes strike the delicate balance between mid-high spec living that caters to adults, while addressing the practicalities of everyday family life’, Shaun shares. ‘We wanted to create something for ourselves that we loved, while appealing to a broader audience that our clients represent.’

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Achieving the best of both worlds, this exceptional hillside home by Solid Builders offers flowing, open spaces, inside and out, while delivering breathtaking views of the city, and beyond. WO R DS K ATE BAR B ER

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HEY HAD ALWAYS coveted a house on the hill. Not any old house, mind you. And, when the Canterbury Earthquakes cracked the foundations of their Fendalton home, they recognised the opportunity to go after their dream. A steep 1040sqm section on the fringes of the Port Hills presented an irresistible package: with an exciting architectural design already drawn up, it was easy to envisage the modern masterpiece that would take shape. Nearly three decades ago, Kyle Byers cut his teeth building on the hilly terrain around Wellington before his career took him to Japan, Europe and America. Now he directs Solid Builders, a company specialising in high-end architectural residential, energy-efficient and hill builds. ‘Building a home is a massive investment, and you want to know you are building with someone who has the experience with hillside builds’, explains Kyle. ‘There’s that unknown factor: you never know exactly what you might find when you start digging, and how long it will take to get out of the ground.’ From their first meeting, the couple established a solid partnership with Kyle and the team. ‘We felt completely comfortable and reassured that they could achieve what we envisioned.’ For the homeowners, one of the highlights through the course of the build was seeing the foundation laid and concrete floors poured. ‘The top floor is suspended and seeing that protruding from the hillside was a real milestone.’ As Kyle explains, the cantilevered concrete floor was poured into a tin tray with steel mesh and steel supporting beams. ‘It was quite imposing when that went in. But, as the cladding went on, the design softened up.’ 58

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Evolution Interiors worked closely with the couple in order to create the exact look they desired for the joinery across the home. For the kitchen, scullery and bathrooms, Caesarstone benchtops and laser edge cabinet fronts with a mix of American White Oak veneer were installed.

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On the exterior, solid plaster intersects with large expanses of glass. Redrock Plastering installed the Rockcote Integra façade on the house, garage and around the courtyard, which is dug into the hillside. As director, Manu Toailoa says, ‘I’ve been in this trade for a long time and I know perfection when I see it’. The homeowners commend the team at Redrock for their tireless work ethic and attention to detail. ‘They are fastidious workers – and are back on the job now, completing a feature letterbox.’ The upper level comprises the kitchen, family room, media room, master bedroom and en suite. While downstairs is the laundry, library/lounge, guest bedroom and what the homeowner calls his hobby room – full of electronic gear! This 362sqm home may occupy a steep section, but, as builder Kyle Byers points out, it delivers ‘the feel of living on a flat section’, with easy access and wonderful flow throughout the interior spaces that spill out onto the deck. ‘So many hillside homes are rabbit warrens – with different levels and narrow entrances, where you step down a garden path to get to an entertaining area. Inside this home, you don’t feel like you’re on a hill – it’s straight out onto the patio for alfresco dining.’ Seeking a distinctive, immaculate, coherent finish, the consultants from Brymac Tiles helped the couple in their selection of Italian Bagnoregio Anthracite glazed porcelain floor tiles that span and unite different living zones. Laid in brick and herringbone patterns, with faultless execution by the team at NZ City Tiling, the rectangular Country bathroom tiles in ash blue are at once subtle and stunning. The tactile irregularities produced during the firing process, create the effect of rippling water, which comes alive as light skims across the surface. A home designed for the daily comings and goings of family life, and for entertaining guests, the nexus of the living spaces is a subtly sophisticated kitchen. Dedicated to manufacturing quality contemporary furniture and joinery, using the highest quality materials, Evolution Interiors manufactured and installed joinery for the kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, bedroom and living spaces. For director Karl Kitchingham, ‘it was a pleasure working with a couple with such a clear vision of what they wanted’. He also commends Kyle and the team

LIVING Stepping inside, a floor-to-ceiling window treats guests to an arresting glimpse of the plains and mountains beyond. Tiles set the tone for living in this modern abode; and Brymac Tiles supported the couple through the selection process, sourcing Casatua Bagnoregio Anthracite glazed porcelain tiles from Italy for the floors throughout the living spaces. J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 7

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at Solid: ‘it was enjoyable working on such a wellmanaged site’. The couple commissioned Piersons Refrigeration and Air Conditioning to install two ducted Mitsubishi heat pump systems and one high-wall one to heat and cool the entire house. Ensuring the systems were inconspicuous and quiet was imperative; as was fitting the air conditioning units in the limited ceiling space available. As Managing Director, Craig Pierson, says, ‘it was a challenge, but we did it; and, as a result, the interior is impeccable’. With a penchant for innovation and a real knack for problem solving the homeowner has enjoyed getting his home automation system up and running – a process that is ongoing. ‘It is a hobby’, he says – ‘one of many!’ For Mike Franklin, The Electrician, ‘on any project, the objective is to make the home as liveable as possible, and we always do a walk-through with the clients in order to get this right.’ What made this job different was the way the homeowner collaborated with his electrician as well as the team from Piersons in order to achieve his unique vision of a smart home. As Mike explains, ‘the blinds are all electrically operated – which he can activate from his phone, while four shutter windows upstairs have electric actuators so that they may be opened to let the heat out the top of the roof.’ There are so many details that go into any build, and Kyle Byers ensures that he is onsite each build, each week. ‘I’m not the sort of director that clients never see.’ And he surrounds himself in people who share his passion for construction and commitment to his clients. Quick to commend the ‘excellent job’ 60

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The section is still abuzz as Redrock Plastering completes a feature letterbox and Goom Landscapes brings layers of texture, colour and fragrance to the outdoor areas.

EXTERIOR Bringing texture, balance and distinction to the home’s façade are sections of exquisitely handlaid Lindis Pass schist. This is carried through to the interior around the fireplace – referencing that connection with the rugged outdoors, while bringing intimacy and warmth to the space.


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INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT AIR CONDITIONING Piersons Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 03 338 6200 piersons.co.nz BUILDER Solid Builders 027 290 1434 solidbuilders.co.nz ELECTRICIAN The Electrician 021 210 9422 calltheelectrician.co.nz EXTERIOR PLASTER AND PAINT Redrock Plastering 027 399 5971 of foreman Tim Nelson and construction manager, Murray Henderson, Kyle emphasises that ‘we have loyalty and commitment across the whole team’. ‘Between Tim and Kyle, the workmanship and attention to detail on this home is outstanding’, say the homeowners. With adroit skill and strategic thinking, Kyle is a builder who enjoys a challenge – ‘when you challenge yourself, you get a result’. A pretty special result, at that. And, while he is brimming with innovative ideas and creative solutions, the homeowner has no plans to build again anytime soon. ‘I have enough hobbies to keep me busy’, he says. And, with a spectacular home on the hill, what more could the couple want.

EXTERIOR From the master suite and media room, stacker doors open out onto decking, framed by a glass balustrade that is almost invisible. ‘The glass goes into an aluminium extrusion down below, rather than being bolted on’, says the homeowner, ‘and so appears to come out of nothing.’

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A property’s true worth Understanding the real value of your home, and how it’s calculated, will help you establish expectations when it comes to sale time.


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ATURALLY, SELLERS WANT top dollar for their homes, but overpricing can prove just as detrimental as underpricing. The old saying ‘you can always come down but you can’t go up’ is somewhat misguided when it comes to effectively marketing a property. And sometimes the cost of a missed opportunity far outweighs a minor price adjustment on your property’s asking price.

MIKE PERO Chief Executive, Mike Pero Real Estate

gauging the market

Assuming you engage a licensed real estate agent to sell your home, you’ll most likely receive a Comparative Market Appraisal (CMA) to help you and your agent establish the most appropriate price. A real estate agent is legally obliged to produce a CMA; so, in the unlikely event you don’t receive one, bring this matter to the agent’s attention or ask to speak with the manager, as this is a breach of the Real Estate Agents Act. The purpose of a CMA, which includes a number of recent sales in the geographical vicinity of your property, is to give you a reference point in order to establish your property’s value. For certain categories, such as high-end properties, the scope may need to be widened to include the whole city – to compare, for example, all high value properties, manors or sprawling historical properties.

The value you arrive at will take into account a series of factors including: location, perspective, land size, dwelling size, age, quality and so on. It’s often difficult to be objective with your own home because you know all the extra effort and money you’ve invested in the property over the years – details that are often overlooked or of no consequence to potential buyers. No two houses are identical in every respect, so it’s up to you and your agent to work together to reach an agreed value of your home. When you do arrive at an ‘ideal value’, it’s important to consider the absolute ‘rock bottom’ price you would accept.

managing expectations

All going well, your eventual sale price will be somewhere between the two, and on a good day it could be even more than you anticipated. The most common, and successful, way to exceed your expectations is by going to auction. You may have a figure in mind before auction day; but if there’s fierce competition for your home, and if the emotions of bidders are running high, then it could well be your lucky day.

EXPERT TIP The saying, ‘price it low and watch it go, price it high and watch it die’ has become something of a cliché – for good reason. Therefore, we advise sellers to work with their agents to agree on the property’s true value. If you don’t mind investing in an independent valuation from a registered valuer, this is another option to help you gauge the current market and price your home accordingly.

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TIMELESS INTERIORS Specialising in classic on-trend furniture, Cuchi Interior Concepts opened its Christchurch showroom and warehouse in 2016. Made mostly from solid oak, elm and teak and upholstered in natural linen, Cuchi imports their extensive European designed range of quality furniture and stylish home décor accessories from Asia and Europe. Offering both contemporary and classic styles, which appeal to the discerning buyer, Cuchi is able to maintain strict quality controls through direct contact with their exporters, ensuring the integrity of the design, quality of materials and workmanship is upheld, so that their furniture lasts a lifetime. Together with their in-house interior design and home styling services, Cuchi provides comprehensive interior solutions. Whether you’re refreshing, remodelling, rebuilding, reselling or renting out your investment, visit Cuchi Interior Concepts today. 03 365 3523 | cuchi.co.nz

A L L T H AT G L I T T E R S Killer Songs or Killer Story? Darlings or Divas? Gothic or Gorgeous? Crooners or Clowns? Go wild this August with an array of tantalising performances on offer at the 2017 Christchurch Arts Festival (CAF). Bringing together artists from near and far, this year's festival serves up more than 50 shows and events with artists from around the globe, and New Zealand's best talent. Enter the world of VELVET where a seductive fusion of disco divas and circus entwines, and awe-inspiring acrobatics and sizzling chanteuses bewitch and beguile; or, relish the crazy kitchen capers of ‘Chef: Come Dine With Us’, as two rival cooks and their teams compete to serve up the best dish amid beatboxing, physical theatre and slidespitting comedy. From 30 August to 17 September, this year’s festival is sure to sizzle and pop with creative vitality, amusement and adventure. artsfestival.co.nz

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Milk-poached pork Allyson Gofton’s ode to slow cooking will serve you well through the darkest winter days.

Serves: 8 Marinating time: overnight

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 2 hours

Meat and fish have been poached in milk for centuries, though regrettably it’s not common today. The reaction of milk’s lactic acid on the food tenderises the flesh, making it more willing to uptake flavours, or, as in the case of strongly smoked foods such as smoked fish, helping to mellow the taste. There are a couple of drawbacks to poaching with milk: if the milk is boiled – a far more abrasive method of cooking – the milk will curdle, as is the case when cooking with acidic ingredients such as wine or tomatoes. In some cases, though, this is a desired effect as the milk reduces and the sugars caramelise – the wished-for outcome with this wonderful recipe.

INGREDIENTS 1.5-1.6 kg pork Scotch fillet

Herbed Tartare Mayonnaise

8-10 fresh sage leaves

2 cups quality tartare sauce

several sprigs fresh thyme

1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

a few small sprigs rosemary

1 tsp finely chopped chives or spring onion greens

2 tsp green peppercorns, finely chopped, optional

grated rind of 1 lemon

750 ml bottle medium white wine – Riesling is good here 2 L whole milk, hot 2 bay leaves

This is an edited extract from Slow Cooked by Allyson Gofton, with photography by Manja Wachsmuth, and published by Penguin NZ.

Place the pork on a chopping board. Use a long, thin, sharp knife to make small cuts over the pork. Arrange the herbs in the cuts and roll the pork in the peppercorns if using. Place the pork in a nonmetallic dish, pour over the wine, cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, remove the pork from the marinade, discarding the marinade. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Heat a dash of oil in a frying pan and, when very hot, add the pork and brown well on all sides. Transfer to a large deep casserole. Pour over the milk, add the bay leaves and cover. Cook in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove the cover and cook for a further hour or until a thermometer inserted into the pork reads 71°C. This is the perfect temperature to cook pork to medium. For well-cooked pork, allow an extra 10-15 minutes cooking. Remove the pork from the liquid and place on a plate. Cover and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. While the pork is cooling, make the herbed tartare mayonnaise. Mix together the tartare sauce, thyme, chives or spring onion greens and lemon rind. Cut the pork into thin slices and serve just warm with the herbed tartare mayonnaise. Sauteed potatoes and a simple green salad are perfect accompaniments here. J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 7

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Passionate foodie, Sandra Mclay from Total Food Equipment, shines the spotlight on the home cook’s new best friend.

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up everyday meals and impress dinner guests with your favourite gourmet dish. Making your own homemade breads, soups, stews, sauces, cakes, pastries, sorbet, smoothies, cocktails and healthy cold-pressed juices is quick and easy. Prepare meals at the mere touch of a button, and be rewarded by the satisfaction of delicious and nutritious meals every time. 03 366 6912 | tfe.co.nz J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 7

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Abstract Rope Coasters

Enter into the creative world of textile artist, Gemma Patford, as she weaves her magic with this common household item, and makes playful and practical props that add personality to your abode.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED + 7.5 m cotton rope + Sharp scissors + Measuring tape + Sewing machine with zigzag stitch + Thread + Water-based acrylic paint, 3 colours + Standard craft paintbrush + Paper to paint on STEP 1. Untangle your rope and cut it into 10 equal lengths, measuring approximately 75cm each. STEP 2. Take a piece of rope and coil one end into a small circle, so it resembles the number 9, with a small coil and a tail of loose rope.

STEP 3. Place your coil under your needle and slowly start to zigzag stitch the rope together. Bind the coil together by reversing over your stitches a few times to secure them. Repeat in the diagonal direction to the first line of stitching.

STEP 4. Once your coil is secure, slowly begin to zigzag stitch the loose rope to the coil. Be sure that the zigzag stitch captures the loose rope and the coil as you sew. STEP 5. Continue sewing until all but the last few centimetres of the rope have been sewn into the side of your coaster. Loop the last few centimetres of rope underneath itself and sew it closed, forming a little eyelet nubbin. Repeat Steps 2-5 until you have a neat stack of 10 round coasters.

STEP 6. Coat your coasters with acrylic paint and leave to dry overnight.

STEP 7. Once the base coat is dry, decorate your coasters with acrylic paints. This is an edited extract from Roped In by Gemma Patford, published by Hardie Grant Books. For more fabulous crafty projects from Roped In, visit abodemagazine.co.nz

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Artistic Director and choreographer Francesco Ventriglia’s new version of the greatest love story ever told comes to life at the Isaac Theatre Royal this August. Performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet to Prokofiev’s instantly recognisable score – performed live – this hot-blooded, passionate re-telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is not to be missed this winter.

b ean scene It’s beautiful here* by Megan Morton Thames & Hudson Infused with charm, wit and bucketloads of personality, style guru Megan Morton offers a glimpse into an array of homes – and the vibrant characters behind them – that are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.

The daily slog wouldn’t be nearly as palatable without our regular injections of daily caffeine. Now you can enjoy your regular brew from your favourite barista with a clear conscience thanks to Joco’s reusable glass coffee cups. Available in a range of coloured silicone sleeves, they can be popped in the dishwasher and microwave. Even if you make your brew at home or in the office, they are so seriously stylish they will quickly replace your favourite coffee mug. paperplanestore.com

slip into something more comfor table Mahabis are the modern unisex slippers that promise ultimate comfort and style. Made in the UK with free shipping worldwide, these innovative slippers have a detachable sole in a range of colours – so you can move between indoors and out without wearing them out. We can’t go past these little beauties for winter. Get yours at mahabis.com.

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aromatic ambience Melbourne-born beauty brand Aesop has always been renowned for its quality, plant-based, laboratory-made formulas for skin, hair, body and home. Revive your senses at home or in the office with Aesop’s trio of signature scents, which were painstakingly developed over a two-year period and distilled down to three distinctive Aromatique Room Sprays: Istros, which is floral and smoky; Olous, which blends green and citrus botanicals; and Cythera, which is warm, woody and spicy. Imbue your indoor environment with two or three pumps – the scent will linger in the air for hours. Available from your local Aesop stockist from 3 July.


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Kiwi magazine stylist turned ‘Sculptographer’, now living in Toronto, Anna Church’s series of limited edition fine art prints promises to add a stylish touch to any interior. One hot talent to follow to see firsthand how her creations take shape.

Spanish illustrator Verónica de Arriba transforms everyday home accessories into objet d’art: prints, trays, totes, tea towels, cushions, chopping boards and even t-shirts and jewellery are infused with a touch of whimsy.

Self-taught German-born illustrator with a penchant for fashion design, Peggy Wolf’s female portraits are created by way of collage, using old-school watercolour on paper with new-age digital techniques.

Harking from North Carolina, USA, this talented artist specialises in customised illustrations of people, partners, pets and progeny. Turn your loved ones into playful works of art – as paper dolls or regular portraits for your walls.

p or table b eat s The Danes have it covered when it comes to style, and Vifa’s unique range of award-winning mobile speakers is both practical and easy on the eye. Available in two styles, Helsinki and Oslo (pictured), in various colours from ballantynes.co.nz.

the eyes have it Bask in the glow of Bobbi Brown’s all-new Follow the Sun Collection. Inspired by three of Bobbi’s favourite sun-kissed holiday destinations – Antigua, Maui and Santa Barbara – you can get the mid-winter all-over warmth for your lips, lids, cheeks and contours, without setting foot on a plane. We particularly love the limited edition eye gloss (above) for a barely-there touch of shimmery colour. This fantastic liquid shadow formula glides on effortlessly, delivering a non-sticky high-shine finish to play up those peepers day or night.

no-nonsense hair c are Evo haircare caught our eye with their staunch anti-glamour stance and snappy wordsmithing. With quirky product tag lines like ‘safer than a sun bed, less obvious than cosmetic surgery and with 100% more movement than a recently botoxed forehead’, we were smitten from the get-go. Regulars in the Abode editor’s bathroom cabinet, Evo’s haircare and styling products come with our personal stamp of approval. And check out their divine colour range at Co Lab Hair Art at The Tannery – colour you can even top up and enhance at home using Evo’s clever colour conditioners.

ordere d elegance Pragmatic, yet elegant, Blum’s new drawer dividing system is organisation at its best. Made in Austria, the new Blum Legrabox drawer with Ambia-Line systems use high-quality powder-coated steel and wood design to suit all tastes. Ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and wardrobes, the versatile frames offer optimal practicality anywhere in the home. Visit their showroom at 27 Dalziel Place in Woolston or view online at blum.co.nz. TO WIN a Blum Ambia-Line kitchen accessories pack valued at $500 , follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/abodemagazineNZ) for further details throughout July and August. J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 7

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To feature your business here call Rebecca Duncan on 021 711 813 or email: rebecca@abodemagazine.co.nz

JOE JANDALS

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Found within Christchurch's finest boutique shopping destination, The Tannery, Joe Jandals HQ offers an eclectic range of homewares destined to inject that all-essential personality into your home. Not just a place to pick up a unique piece of artwork or upcycled retro furniture, Joe Jandals also provides a complete project design service. From conception to completion, the creative team at Joe Jandals has all your bases covered.

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ECO FRAME & MIRROR

frameandmirror.co.nz Whether you’re seeking elegant framing solutions for your art collection or a striking mirror, Eco Frame and Mirror has an extensive range of solutions and services, including photographic restoration that revives old family photos. Offering a free measure and quote on all mirrors and frames, right through to installation by their professional Art Hang team, look no further than Eco Frame and Mirror.

PAPER PLANE

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Travelling far and wide to source the highest quality products and bring home the hottest trends from around the world, Ballantynes is a hub of design inspiration and innovation on the fashion, beauty, home and culinary fronts, where you can pick up a pair of killer heels, treat yourself to the latest lippie, indulge in a luxurious throw, splurge on some gourmet delicacies for the pantry, and refuel at one of their three cafes.

Design, curation and collaboration define Paper Plane. Situated in the creative mecca that is Mount Maunganui, their comprehensive online store offers a unique home and lifestyle collection. From New Zealandmade contemporary furniture and handcrafted ceramics, to European utilitarian homewares, Paper Plane promises to pique your curiosity and satiate your creative consciousness.

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Passionate about creating beautiful interiors, Artisan Collective offers luxury flooring and window treatments to refresh and revitalise your home. Their dedicated and experienced team of professionals provides project management services ranging from product procurement to installation. Peruse their extensive range of quality natural fibre flooring, carpets, rugs, tiles, blinds and shutters at the Designmade showroom, 400 Barbadoes Street, today.

FABRIC HOUSE

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Delivering the quintessential Danish design aesthetic, BoConcept offers a complete design service in conjunction with furniture and homewares. From single rooms and boutique apartments to sprawling family homes and corporate spaces, BoConcept remains at the forefront of Scandinavian design. Book a free consultation with one of their experienced interior decorators at their furniture showroom on Papanui Road, and realise your decor dreams today.

With luxury European textiles available to the public at wholesale prices, there's no need to compromise on style while on a budget. Bringing a mix of cutting-edge contemporary and timeless classic designs, Fabric House offers opulent fabrics in limited qualities for a fraction of the regular retail price. Visit their showroom at 140 Colombo Street in Beckenham – where refreshing your interior has never been a more enjoyable experience.


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CORSO MERIVALE

METRO FLOOR

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Merivale's iconic boutique for quality designer homewares exudes luxury and enduring style. With a distinctly European influence, Corso's carefully curated selection of ceramics, glassware, furniture, clothing and jewellery makes them a top design destination amongst the style-savvy of Christchurch. For exquisite lifestyle pieces that make a life well-lived, well worth living, visit Corso Merivale today.

Enter a world of exclusive timber and tiles at Metro Floor. Where exceptional products meet exceptional service, the team at Metro Floor are the flooring experts you can rely on. Their new collection of premium hardwood flooring from Listone Giordano Atelier, made from sustainably harvested forests in Burgundy, is testament to the quality craftsmanship championed at Metro Floor. For all your flooring solutions visit 114 Montreal Street today.

IN-HOUSE STYLE

LUJO

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Add considerable value to your home and increase your financial gains with the assistance of In-House Style. Offering a complete property styling service that includes a complete furniture-tofinishing-touches package, the experienced style-savvy team also offer excellent insider tips on how best to present your existing furniture with the addition of their own decor accents. The difference is in the detail with In-House Style.

Add some casual comfort to your living area this winter with the luxurious new indoor bean bag range from Lujo. Comprising a generous bean bag, versatile ottoman and well-rounded footstool, the Kyoto Indoor Collection offers the ideal companions to help you unwind at home. Designed and handcrafted in New Zealand, using soft, yet enduring commercial-grade Textilia fabrics, Lujo products stand the test of time.

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FEMME DE BROCANTE

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Offering a full design service, White Room Interiors draws on an exquisite collection of European wallpapers and textiles, together with a range of furniture and homewares to complement your interior spaces. Exclusive stockists in Christchurch of Cultiver's luxurious bed linen range, White Room Interiors also stocks heavenly scented candles and diffusers to relax or invigorate.

The place to shop for affordable curtain, upholstery, oilcloth, outdoor and furnishing fabrics. Plus, as stockists of Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, which requires no preparation work, sanding or priming, they have you covered when it comes to beautiful, time-efficient painted projects. Buy instore or online. Get inspired at 15 Coronation Street, Rangiora.

DILANA RUG AND CARPET

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Dilana offers a diverse collection of quality contemporary rugs and carpets to suit all tastes, across a range of budgets. Limited edition rugs, designed by leading New Zealand artists, offer something truly unique; while affordable options deliver a range of colours and textures to suit all interiors. For inspiration and expert advice from the floorcovering specialists, visit the Dilana showroom at 102 Buchan Street or phone 03 366 5866.

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Travelling far and wide in their mobile showroom, Maree Hynes Interiors offers a comprehensive range of design services including colour consultations, furniture placement, room styling and home staging. Now offering a $500 voucher towards a whole house curtain package, book a free measure and quote today. For 10% off wallpaper, furniture, lighting and homewares simply quote “Abode�, in store and online. J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 7

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BRYMAC TILES

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In operation for over 40 years, Brymac Tiles has a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge to draw on. Offering an extensive range of luxury European tiles made from longlasting materials, at the best prices, Brymac Tiles provides a professional installation service that guarantees quality workmanship every time. Visit their showroom at 42 Durham Street for all your interior and exterior tiling solutions.

Inject drama and vitality into your interior spaces by introducing a statement wall. With a stunning array of wallpapers on offer, Admire Interiors provides a full range of interior solutions that encompass design, colour consultancy and installation. From window treatments to upholstery and everything in between, visit their showroom at 68 Durham Street where their diverse collections are guaranteed to inspire your creativity.

KIT & CABOODLE

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Combining luxury decor elements with impeccable style and design flair, Kit & Caboodle create distinctive, timeless interiors. Select from a sumptuous array of international textiles, Kit & Caboodle exclusive furniture statement pieces and one-of-akind heirloom objects to create your own unique juxtaposition of old and new. Whatever your project, big or small, their team of experienced designers will help you realise your vision.

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Offering a gorgeous selection of global homewares from the likes of Citta Design, CC Interiors, French Country, Le Forge, Maytime and OneWorld Collection, Coco Gifts has the perfect finishing touches to transform your house into a home. Delivering the highest level of customer service, the team enjoys sourcing extra special gifts for weddings and decor accents to complete your interior spaces.

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ADMIRE INTERIORS

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Specialising in bathroom, kitchen and furniture design, Greywacke Interiors also provides colour consultancy services, alongside a diverse offering of quality international textiles and wallpapers. With over 20 years' experience in all facets of interior design, their friendly and professional team can bring your ideas and aspirations to fruition, creating beautiful and functional spaces that reflect your individual style.

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Tussocks Homeware offers a carefully curated collection of handcrafted pieces for the home. Selected from exotic and far-flung locations around the globe, unique finds are showcased in their Wanaka showroom – where you will find an array of inspiring ideas to recreate this truly artisan feel in your own home. Well worth a visit if you're in the area. Or, peruse their edited selection of rustic modern homewares online.

ILAM FLORIST

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Embarking on a home decorating project but experiencing a colour conundrum? Resene's experienced colour experts are on-hand to help you successfully select colour combinations for your home that reflect your personality. Book a free in-store consultation, or make an appointment with a Resene colour expert to visit you at home – where they can colour match paints, wallpapers and accessories to harmonise with your existing furniture and decor elements.

With beautiful blooms to suit every momentous life occasion, Ilam Florist caters to your every floral whim. When words just aren't enough, Ilam Florist's team of passionate floral stylists can create stunning arrangements bursting with fresh, seasonal flowers. Offering same-day delivery within Christchurch, you'll also find the perfect gift, greeting card and homeware accents at 203 Waimairi Road, or simply order online.


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DIRECTORY To feature your business here call Rebecca Duncan on 021 711 813 or email: rebecca@abodemagazine.co.nz

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the christchurch vernacular

Abode’s architectural expert, Greg Young, shares the defining characteristics of ‘Christchurch Style’.

S GREG YOUNG Architect and Managing Director of Young Architects

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INCE THE ADVENT of the internet, architectural styles have transcended culture and place, resulting in a fusion of global influences that make the architectural vernacular of any one area almost impossible to pigeonhole. However, our rich European history has borne some influence over our own unique architectural vernacular: a flavour which was loosely based on the European Brutalist movement has come to be known simply as ‘The Christchurch Style’. Emerging in the 1950s, this architectural style was pioneered by Sir Miles Warren and Maurice Mahoney, expanded upon by their contemporaries, Don Cowey, Don Donnithorne, Paul Pascoe, Bill Royal and, arguably, Peter Beaven, among others throughout the sixties and seventies, and continues to remain popular and relevant many decades on. First built in 1957, the Dorset Street Flats are the most well-known example. The stark, postwar style was openly condemned by conservative Christchurch inhabitants at the time. Derisively dubbed ‘Fort Dorset’ and openly belittled as Christchurch’s ‘ugliest’ group of buildings, this architectural vernacular continues to influence architects today. By distilling the formula of this particular style,

we can easily see why it is still so relevant, and why it has experienced a resurgence in popularity. Materials commonly used in this Brutalist style are honest and unadorned. Unfinished or white concrete blockwork juxtaposed with the warmth of timber was originally used internally and externally, and these days there are plenty of examples where black timber is used externally. Form and proportion of these buildings are simple, symmetrical and well balanced, while the restrained use of concrete and timber allows the simplicity of the form to shine. Windows are deliberately placed, determined by a strong sense of symmetry, and strips of glazing often extend from the floor to the ceiling or are perfectly square. Chimneys within this style are very tall structures. Undeterred by the battering our chimneys suffered as a result of the earthquakes, I like to integrate this particular feature into designs wherever possible. With these buildings, site placement is always carefully considered in relation to views and the elements, like prevailing winds and the sun – a complete departure from the Colonial villas and bungalows that preceded them. Today we are experiencing a strong revival of this particular ‘Christchurch Style’: many of our clients wish to emulate the defining characteristics in their own homes, and so continue this legacy of simplicity, honesty, quality and modesty. 03 384 7879 | young.co.nz


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