Build & Renovate Issue #30

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FREE ISSUE 30 2021

Just the right fixings Getting the most from any renovation

Comfort to die for A family home anyone could sink their teeth into

Creating a winter wonderland Making your home cosy

Better than


Thornton Earl Manor’s epic upgrade

THE INCREASING RISKS of sea level rise insurance retreat



Designing a highperformance home

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In this issue 6

FLOOR ART The impact a fine rug can make to any room is not to be underestimated

7 LIFESTYLES Items to desire 8

COMFORT TO DIE FOR A family home anyone could sink their teeth into

12 JUST THE RIGHT FIXINGS Getting the most from any renovation 14 CREATING A WINTER WONDERLAND How to make you home cosy 18 BETTER THAN EVER Thornton Earl Manor’s epic upgrade

28 PIVOT TO PARADISE Combining ultimate urban living with the great outdoors 32 SURFACE SOLUTIONS Contemporary kitchen and bathroom trends 33 FUNCTIONAL & SLEEK Bench top options for any kitchen

Welcome - publisher’s note This issue of Build & Renovate Today takes a seasonal twist as we look at how to turn any place into a winter wonderland. We also cast our eye over the diverse world of renovating, discussing how to get the most from any renovation project, and we look at Thornton Earl Manor’s truly epic upgrade.

40 THE PASSIVE HOUSE STANDARD Addressing fuel poverty and natural resource strain

In keeping with the times, there’s plenty to digest on the subject of passive homes, as we dig into the importance of building welldesigned, well-constructed homes.


Our hot home is the impressive Shark House, we look at contemporary kitchen and bathroom trends, and the increasing risk of sea level rise insurance retreat, plus plenty more.

DESIGNING A HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOME The importance of a well-designed, well-constructed home

22 RED HOT 64 THE RISING TIDE The subdivision preaching affordability in The increasing risk of sea level rise Queenstown’s sizzling property market insurance retreat Cover shot: The Pivot House - designed by Borrmeister Architects. Image by Sarah Rowlands.






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Established in 1999 as part of an expanding company Ear Health Canterbury is a client-focused, community-based nursing service providing safe, accessible and affordable ear care to people of all ages. The experienced registered nurses at Ear Health have specialized training in microscopic examination of the outer canal and middle ear and use micro suction for the removal of any canal debris which may be causing discomfit and reduced hearing. This is a much less invasive technique than the previously accepted method of syringing ears with warm water. As well as advice and preventative ear care education being offered, Ear Health nurses work closely with their clients’ GP, secondary care consultant, audiologist or hearing yherapist and ear health has accreditation for ACC and War Pension funding for those with approved sensory neural hearing damage. Appointments may be self referrals or through other health professionals such as GPs and may be made by phone or online booking.

Another popular service provided by Ear Health Canterbury is their Rest Home clinic service. Residents are offered an initial free ear assessment and this is followed by an appointment in our portable clinic set up in the comfort of the Rest Home. Private home visits for those with limited mobility are available and made by arrangement with reception. Initially located in the Christchurch Hearing Association building in Beveridge Street, Ear Health moved to the present larger premises at 275 Riccarton Road in 2004. Recent extensive renovations to the 1901 building have resulted in a fresh, professional and welcoming environment for the 8 staff and their many clients. Sharing the building is Life Unlimited Charitable Trust with Hearing Therapist Debbie working with and supporting those with Hearing disabilities.

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For Your Floor

Floor art The impact a fine rug can make to any room is not to be underestimated.

A new collection of rugs from King: the Marquina, Waterfall, Marion and Oceania, are available in a range of colours and sizes, plus custom sizes to suit any space. Hand-loomed from a range of premium textiles – from New Zealand wool, the recognised luxury and sustainable nature of flax linen, the lustrous, rich hues and tactility of viscose-derived Artsilk, the cashmere-like touch of bamboo silk, and innovative eco-friendly banana silk – the mix of fabrications delivers the colours, hues and natural textures found in nature.

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Items to Desire

Lifestyles By Claire Wright

Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2016 (Cellar Release) This seductive Central Otago Pinot Noir from Burn Cottage brings you enticing layers of floral, berry and spice notes to complement earthy aromatics of wet stone and black tea. With a texture to die for, the wine has a lingering finish that won’t quit. Silky and supple, this is a wine that’s great to drink now that’ll only get better with age. RRP: $75

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Boxer Figurine Décor

This square number, draped in velvet, features fine button detailing with a chic gold base. Perfect for those who want to add a bright pop of blissful blue to their décor, this ottoman belongs in the modern living room.

This handmade, ceramic figurine from Portugal is an artistic take on the beloved family pet. Dotted with depictions of Cupid, the Roman god of love, the boxer figurine is a funky and elegant way to spice up your home. RRP: $2,480

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Focal Celestee Headphones Launched in January 2021 by the French audio brand Focal, the Celestee headphones provide premium sound with a luxury look. Soft, navy blue leather houses memory foam, with an accent colour of soft copper. Soundproof comfort with sound to sink your teeth into.

The angular lines of the Spencer Lounge Chair shout style without compromising comfort. Fully upholstered in two highly textured fabrics, this chair is sure to be the centrepiece of any household or office space. RRP: $1,610

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Hot Homes

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Hot Homes

Comfort to die for Shark House boasts bold, geometric angles, unlike most of the traditional boxy homes dotting the Christchurch suburban landscape.

Angular planes and crisp lines overlap and converge in a series of vanishing points that twist around the façade as if the building is forever in motion. No surface is perpendicular to any other yet the offset faces and acute edges of seamed steel come together with engineered precision. Its dramatic design by First Light Studio draws inspiration from the clients’ love of European supercars – specifically the all-powerful Maserati. The inside plays with contrasting materials that create a warm, inviting effect – textured concrete walls embrace rich timber interiors. Black steel accents offset different textures and colours to connect it all together seamlessly. As First Light Studios puts it: “Monochromatic city slickness plays off against the rich colour and warmth of natural materials.” First Light Studios director, Nick Officer says, “This house is indeed a building of dualities: it’s entirely static construction of solid surfaces manage to achieve a dynamic fluidity, sculpted inside and out with hard and durable materials that look soft, tactile and malleable.” This high-end, sculptural geometry takes contemporary homes to another level – a family home anyone could sink their teeth into.

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Embracing Historical Value with Modern Architecture Stroll along St. Heliers and no doubt the endless coastal road surrounding Waitemata Harbour and breathtaking views of Rangitoto Island will have you lingering. The same happened to the owner of 349 Tamaki Drive. He spotted this historic gem, where he envisioned to revitalise and elevate its value while embracing the historical soul of the building, bringing history past the façade into today’s trophy properties. In the growing property market of Auckland, Kiwis are not strangers to apartments anymore. In fact, apartments have become more popular for young families and professionals to get into the Auckland metropolitan lifestyle. Yet, at 349 Tamaki Drive, one can get more than just the Auckland metropolitan lifestyle, by being able to unwind at the end of a long day through the beautiful New Zealand nature with St. Heliers beachfront at its doorstep.

The background of this residential building goes back to 1935, which a Californian-born architect, A. B. Crocombe built for H Jenkins Esq, using a mixture of influences from the Marseilles Tile roof, typical of the English Bungalow style (popular in the 1920s and 1930s) and a forerunner to the “State house” designs. Most notable of American influence here is demonstrated in the arched windows and vents, known as the “Spanish Mission Style”, and Auckland Boys Grammar School and Lopdell House Museum in Titirangi are also two of the best known examples of this style. Where luxury housing market owners are still after state-of-theart housing with uncompromising living spaces overlooking expansive nature, the recent trend sees more people (whether they are owners or occupiers) placing importance on the history of the houses they reside in. In fact, by keeping the story

and design elements of the house whilst renovating, owners can see the blend of old and new coming together for a better lifestyle experience. The owner of 349 Tamaki Drive aims to embrace all the merits together by revitalising the property. A property that fits the definition of today’s luxury, while retaining the history of it. The 7 apartments provide various sizes to suit different needs from 1 to 3 bedrooms, ranging 42 sqm to 106 sqm. We asked the architecture firm 10x10 Architecture who carried out the redesign and construction project management how they revitalized this historical building. “We retained the original architectural features by bringing attention to this delicate exterior archway, keeping existing fireplaces throughout and the early grill pattern feature details.” To create harmony between the interior | 09 273 1273 | 10 | B&R

and the outside, a natural, softer colour tone was paired with the dark and colour carpeting and contemporary fixtures and fittings – bringing a modern touch and lively look. A contemporary sculpture “Rocket” by local visual artist, David McCracken, was recently installed just outside this historical building, bringing alive the idea that art can and should be enjoyed freely by the public. Whereby an elevated lifestyle experience can be enjoyed by the young professionals who choose to live here, the owner sees potential of such trophy properties with amplified rental value after rejuvenating them. “There should be a tier of property, through the right renovation and revitilisation that transform aging properties into trophy assets – preserving history, creating value and connection, and moreover, brings a return on investment.

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Renovation hits and misses

Just the right fixings Getting the most from any renovation By Polly Nichols

At the moment it seems like homeowners need to do very little to increase the value of their home. Still, for those wanting to get the most they can when selling their home, there are some alterations and renovations that can make or break the bank.

It’s a hot house market right now. If you owned a stick in the mud last year, without doing anything, that same stick in the mud could be worth about 23 percent more than it did in March 2020.

Still, with winter at our doorstep, there’s usually a dip in house sales and many are anticipating the market to simmer down. If you know that your current home isn’t your forever home, the renovations you make now can affect what you can afford later. Simple jobs are fine and well like repainting a home’s interior with white or neutral paint. Also, swapping out personalised fixtures and the like before listing your home for sale can increase general appeal and prevent potential

Some DIY projects can save you money while others should be left to the professionals.

It’s a hot house market right now. If you owned a stick in the mud last year, without doing anything, that same stick in the mud could be worth about 23 percent more than it did in March 2020. confusion about what is or isn’t included in the sale when drawing up contracts.

or updating your bathroom and kitchen; of course, that’s only if they’re done properly.

Then there are bigger projects that are sure to increase your property’s value like adding a granny flat

Going in the red

The danger with DIYs is that homeowners can easily overlook

According to MBIE, there are a number of projects that don’t require consent The sorts of projects include:

• Single storey detached dwellings • Carports up to 40 square metres • Permanent outdoor fireplaces or ovens • Ground-floor verandas and porches up to 30 square metres.

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Although the projects don’t require consent, they often require the involvement of a chartered professional engineer or a licensed building practitioner. More information can be found on

Renovation hits and misses

the details like when to obtain consent and when to call in a professional. Building without consent can violate the terms of your home insurance and incur a fine from your local council which can total up to $200,000. If you can’t afford to do a project right, you probably can’t afford to do it wrong either. According to MBIE, some projects are exempt from building consents such as single-storey detached buildings. Such buildings include structures like sheds, greenhouses and sleepouts, but do not include kitchen and bathroom facilities. Do keep in mind that just because building work qualifies for consent exemption doesn’t mean that it’s exempt from professional involvement. Making it official

Even if you have all the right paperwork for the renovations done on your property, the other danger homeowners encounter is that the renovation is ‘too you’.

In other words, the renovations and design choices you’ve made accommodate your specific lifestyle but don’t allow others to imagine living in the home during an open house. If you’re looking to online value providers or valuation websites to determine the value of your home, they won’t take your hard work into consideration because they don’t conduct physical evaluation of houses. This is where a real estate agent can come in to give guidance on what they think is keeping you from getting the highest selling price for your home. Real estate agents are usually in tune with market demands and can highlight the renovations you’ve made that would have been overlooked otherwise. Residential valuers differ from real estate agents because real estate agents typically value the home for how much it can sell for, not necessarily how much the home is worth. Along with market

valuations, residential valuers provide services including pre-sale, purchase and lending valuations, all of which banks rely on. With the housing market still hot to the touch, be sure to get a hold of a trusted real estate agent or residential valuer as soon as you can so you can get the most out of your renovations.

Real estate agents can give insight into market demands and get you the highest selling price possible.

You’re eyeing what can potentially be your next home while scrolling through your favourite property sales website. Then, you click your way over to an online valuation website and discover that the house you’re looking at is selling for more than what it was valued at.

for the highest price a house can possibly get while valuation websites typically base values on previous sales of the home and surrounding properties.

How is this so?

Residential valuers can give a better idea on how a bank might value a home.

Real estate agents usually advise their clients to sell homes

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Winter Warmers

Creating a winter


How to make your home cosy With winter fast approaching, it’s not just your wardrobe which needs a seasonal shake up. Your home too needs a bit of WLC (winter loving care), but that doesn’t have to mean blowing the budget. While it’s easy to reach for the thermostat, there are ways of warming up your home without blowing up your energy bill. Build & Renovate Magazine talks to interior designer Karen Candy from KCandy&Co. about her top tips for keeping warm this winter as the temperature starts to drop. Winter woolies With winter just around the corner, investing in some decorative soft furnishings is always a good idea to prepare for the cooler months ahead. But what is the best material to go for on those frostier nights? 14 | B&R

Karen recommends opting for wool or wool blends and feathers rather than polyester to really reap the thermal benefits. “The nice thing about coming into autumn is there is a great selection of big, chunky throws and blankets available that are both warm and decorative. They sit nicely across the back of a sofa, and it’s just what you need for a Sunday afternoon nap or staying up late for a Netflix binge.

at 3000K, will make a difference to the perceived warmth factor of a room. The psychology of colour temperature “Colour psychology plays a bigger role when it comes to the perceived warmth of a space than most people realise,” Karen says.


Prior to running her own interior design studio, Karen spent 10 years working in the residential energy efficiency industry.

“Bring your interior vision to reality. Tap into my experience, creativity, resources and knowhow to create the home you truly deserve!”

Take for example two identical rooms at exactly the same ambient temperature, the only difference being one is lit with a warm light bulb (3000K), and the other lit with a cool white daylight bulb (5000K).

Windows and drapes

Change out your light bulbs for a warmer colour

The person in the daylight lit room would insist their room was cooler because subconsciously their brain has registered the cooler light and interpreted it as a cool room.

If budget is front of mind and double glazing isn’t an option for every room in the home, there are other more cost-effective ways of retaining heat in your home which don’t break the bank.

While changing out your lightbulbs before the winter, maybe something you haven’t given much thought to, Karen says opting for a warm white lightbulb

Warmly lit rooms create an illusion of a higher more comfortable temperature. “It’s a handy trick to know as a designer when creating a desired atmosphere for a space.”

For single glazed windows, Karen recommends a curtain with a thermal backing or a three-pass lining that offers some thermal protection.

“With cushions I always make sure that I choose the one’s with a feather inner, feathers are just so warm, squishy and cuddly and when choosing rugs, those made with natural wool or wool blends are so much warmer underfoot.”

Winter Warmers “Often when the person does the renovation, they don’t renovate the whole house and there’s still quite a lot of single glazing still in the home. They don’t go through and retrofit double glazing everywhere because budgets are front of mind. “I recommend installing double curtain tracks, with the main curtain lined with a 3-pass backing then hung the back track closest to the window. Then the shear on a separate track to the front, this allows more versatility for how the home owner uses their curtains in through the season.” “During summer, furnishings can be protected from the harsh UV light by pulling the shears during the day. On winter evenings when it’s cooler, pulling both the lining and the shear together with the sheer hung on the front track offers a layering effect of fabrics which is a far more decorative way to enjoy your window treatments.” Curtains should drop to the floor “Even if you have a half window (a window that doesn’t go to

the floor), your curtain must and should always have a drop to the floor. This prevents a recirculating convention current forming in the room and sucking heat straight through a window surface.” Heat loss and convection currents are a direct result of warm interior air touching and condensating on a cool (glass) surface – the perfect ingredients for unwanted recirculating convection currents, and a quick way to lose hard earned heat. “By taking your curtain all the way to the floor, not only does it look more stylish, but it prevents the convection currents from forming.” Insulation The last important tip to make sure you’re prepared for winter is ensuring your home is well insulated to provide year-round comfort. “With insulation what you’re trying to achieve in your home is what’s called a ‘thermal envelope’ with no thermal voids.

Bring your interior vision to reality. Tap into my experience, creativity, resources and knowhow to create the home you truly deserve! “A floor that’s not insulated would be classed as a thermal void – so to effectively insulate a house you need to have the ceiling, the walls, the floor and the windows insulated. A single glazed closed window would be an example of a thermal void and a floor that’s not

insulated would also be classed as a thermal void.” Karen says to effectively insulate a house, the home owner should try to have the ceiling, walls, floor and the windows insulated for optimum comfort.


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The stunning restoration of Thornton Earl Manor took home both the 2020 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Award for the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling category and the 2020 TIDA Designer Renovation of the Year Award. Designed by AO Architecture director Michael John, the restoration and alterations of the manor blends modernisation while maintaining the integrity of the building in its language and character. Sited on the Port Hills of early Christchurch, Thornton Earl Manor was on a large parcel of

agreement for its innovative approach to restoring a heritage building with the possibility of a conversion into multiple apartments. Extensive interior works enabled this smart reconfiguration that had to meet the challenges posed by the need for fire separation and privacy.

Originally designed and built by the distinguished England brothers of Christchurch the manor has now been brought back to its former grandeur. land which included an orchard, glass houses, gardener’s cottage, servants’ quarters, tennis court and substantial gardens. Originally designed and built by the distinguished England brothers of Christchurch the manor has now been brought back to its former grandeur. A totally unexpected entry for this category, the Thornton Earl Manor project attracted the ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Award judges’ unanimous 18 | B&R

The designer’s careful consideration for the building’s heritage nature has successfully resulted in an exceptional renovation reflecting its original style. The restoration saves and celebrates heritage in postquake Christchurch, proposes an innovative, multi-unit approach in restoration and poses the possibility of living in a unique and prestigious location a bit more accessible.

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ENROL NOW FOR A MID-YEAR START AT SIT It’s business as usual at Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) for 2021. For those who want to move on from the uncertainties of 2020 by retraining or upskilling, there are plenty of quality programmes to choose from within the construction sector. Why wait until 2022 to start your study when you can enrol now for a mid-year start? The Graduate Diploma in Construction starts in Invercargill in Semester 2 (July 5th). This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme – there are no tuition fees, the student pays only direct material course costs. If you’re planning to have a career as a builder and want to avoid a hefty student loan, the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills – Carpentry (Level 3) is covered by TTAF and starts July 19th in Invercargill, and August 16th at SIT’s Christchurch campus.

TTAF The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), the Government’s response to support New Zealand’s Covid-impacted economy, specifically focuses on industries with predicted skill shortages. These free training opportunities are guaranteed until December 2022, giving assurance to students who want to commit to study and achieve a new qualification at minimal cost to themselves. Some of SIT’s most popular programmes are available to study under TTAF, at their Invercargill, Christchurch and Queenstown campuses: • New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6) • New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) (Level 6) • New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil Engineering major) • National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) • New Zealand Certificate in

Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) – Carpentry, at Invercargill, Christchurch and Queenstown campuses • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) – Joinery.

Accommodation bursaries As an added bonus, students enrolling for full-time training at SIT Invercargill under TTAF are also eligible for up to 40 weeks of accommodation bursaries, with free accommodation at a SIT unit/apartment OR $100 per week paid out towards accommodation expenses.

Zero fees and bachelors’ programmes The following programmes are available under the Zero Fees Scheme at SIT’s Invercargill campus: • Bachelor of Construction (L7) (with strands in Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Construction Management) • Bachelor of Engineering Technology (L7) (Civil Engineering)

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• Bachelor of Architectural Technology (L7). Two stand-out degrees have been developed through SIT, offering much to students pursuing careers in architecture or engineering. The Bachelor of Architectural Technology is believed to be the only degree of its kind in NZ, as the focus is not only on architectural design but specifically targets identified industry needs – strong technical skills, construction knowledge, and graduates who are agile, with a broad range of skills. The Bachelor of Engineering Technology is described as “a unique, industry-designed degree” because students learn more than one discipline in-depth until the third year, therefore having more skills available for an employer. This approach is a direct result of industry consultation and employer feedback.

Queenstown & the Southern Lakes Hanley’s Farm is projected at 1,750 sections once completed.

Red hot

The subdivision preaching affordability in the sizzling Queenstown property market By Claire Wright

Housing prices are hitting an all-time high up and down the country, according to recent data released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ). Median prices for residential property across New Zealand increased by 24.3 percent from $665,000 in March 2020 to $826,300 in March 2021 – this is another record high for the country.

On top of that, 12 out of 16 regions reached record median prices, as well as 32 districts. Despite Otago being one of the hardest hit regions by the COVID-19 pandemic – with Queenstown taking a hit of 50 percent reduction in income for local economies, according to Tourism Minister Stuart Nash – the housing market is red hot with no look of cooling down. Otago as a whole has seen housing prices increase by 30.8 percent from $535,000 in March 2020 to $700,000 in March 2021. 22 | B&R

The Queenstown-Lakes District housing market specifically has reached record highs, breaking market trends around New Zealand, with a median house price of $1,185,000. REINZ states that 34.8 percent of houses sold in New Zealand of March this year have been sold for over a million dollars. CoreLogic senior property economist, Kelvin Davidson said in a February market the physical supply shortage could be the strongest reason the market rebounded so quickly. The rebound in values around Queenstown centred on suburbs like Arthurs Point, Fernhill and Kelvin Heights. That’s why the two major subdivisions, Jack’s Point and Hanley’s Farm, in Queenstown – positioned between Jack’s Point and Frankton – are getting scooped up so quickly.

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The soon-to-be-completed school at Hanley’s Farm is called Te Kura Whakatipu o Kawarau.

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Adaptability — the crucial ingredient for Jones Contracting Based in Arrowtown, Jones Contracting Queenstown Ltd covers the whole Wakatipu Basin specialising in house pad dig-outs, driveways, general landscaping work, and so on. As Queenstown is becoming increasingly builtup and access for large trucks and transporter trailers is getting limited, Jones Contracting has purchased specialised equipment. Two Posi-Track Skid-Steer loaders with rubber tracks; these all-terrain vehicles are perfect for landscaping, irrigation trenching and lawn preparation. Arriving on the back of a 4x2 tipper truck, there is no access problems and no blocking the road. Also the small truck can cart away fill and rubbish and return with topsoil, sand or gravel.

The very versatile Posi-Tracks have several attachments including the lawn-leveller for preparing topsoil and removing stones so you can throw away your rake and save your back. You can also get rid of your shovel and get the Posi-Track with trencher attachment to dig irrigation trenches. In addition, there is a post hole auger, so no need to manually dig holes. Two rubber-wheeled excavators can be driven directly to your site, ready to work. These diggers are excellent for excavating house pads, garage pads, driveways or spreading

excavator for any job, from commercial building dig-outs to house pads or landscaping.

gravel. Great for moving from site-to-site with no waiting. Staying with the two-of-a-kind theme, Jones Contracting is well-known for its award winning Western Star Trucks. These trucks demand attention with masses of shiny chrome and lights galore.

Topsoil, bark chip and a range of gravels are available either from their yard or delivered to your property. The staff at Jones Contracting are long-term locals with a good grounding in Queenstown’s unique terrain and can easily deal with special requirements.

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According to Stats NZ, Queenstown has a year-round population of 40,000 people.

One of the subdivisions, Hanley’s Farm, is located on a threekilometre stretch of land that sits between Lake Wakatipu, Deer Park Heights and the Remarkables. During the past three to four years, the developers of Hanley’s Farm, RCL has been marketing the sections towards first and second homebuyers – mainly young couples

looking to start a family, or who already have a family of their own. It’s close to the Remarkables Primary School, Kingsview School and other childcare facilities. It’s within easy reach of Remarkables Park and the Five Mile shopping precinct. Bayleys Queenstown real estate agent, Jimmy Allen says RCL has

not wavered from trying to provide affordable sections to people starting off in Queenstown. It’s something in the location. It's nice and sunny and warm. Some of Queenstown’s best views make up Hanley’s Farm’s backyard, such as the breathtaking alpine peaks of The Remarkables mountain range. Kelvin Heights to

the north provides a ‘gentle barrier’ between Hanley’s Farm and Frankton. When the soon-to-be-completed school at Hanley’s Farm, Te Kura Whakatipu o Kawarau, and Jack’s Point Village commercial development are finished, the area would become an almost selfsufficient township.

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There has been a 50 percent reduction in income for Queenstown’s local economies due to COVID-19.

This would mean that the community is looking to put down tight-knit roots, where everyone is looking out for their neighbours.

Jimmy says Bayleys Queenstown has sold around 750-800 properties so far for RCL and that 300 of those sales have been since late August.

“The demand is out there, obviously, for a product that's been well designed by RCL. It shows what they're providing is what the market needs and why.”

Approximately 400 houses in the Hanley’s Farm subdivision have been either completed or under construction.

too-hot-to-touch marketplace, comes at a time when homeownership in New Zealand is at its lowest point in 70 years. Renters United, a renter’s advocacy group fighting for fairer rental control laws, states that over a third of New Zealanders are renting.

This subdivision, providing affordable sections in an almost

Other subdivisions in the area under construction include the

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proposed 272-section Woolshed Road subdivision, which would be the fourth in the area, the proposed Coneburn special housing area (632 sections) and Jacks Point. Hanley’s Farm is projected at 1,750 sections once completed.

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Builders on board – Hanley’s Farm subdivision

Approximately 400 houses in the Hanley’s Farm subdivision are either complete or under construction.

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Pivot to

The Pivot House, designed by Borrmeister Architects director Wulf Borrmeister, showcases the best of urban living when paired with breathtaking outdoor spaces.

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As one of the four projects winners of the 2021 Nelson & Marlborough Architecture Awards in the ‘housing’ category, the Pivot House is a stand-out due to the contemporary design that seamlessly interconnects with the greenery of the neighbourhood and the broader Blenheim area.

The contractors and landscape designers on the project – T&D Construction and Vavasour Landscapes – showcased their expertise and local-know how throughout the project, with skillful implementation of the brief. This small inner-city dwelling exudes light, from the open design that captures the sun to a simple palette of natural, low-maintenance materials and finishes. With the kitchen as the heart of the home, it also serves as the pivot point for the three courtyards. The three courtyards offer protected outdoor living areas

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all year-round, with high visual interest, architectural surprises and endless connections throughout the landscaped garden surroundings. Sustainability was at the forefront of design, with a well-thoughtout economic footprint to avoid unnecessary circulations and other wasted space. The courtyards on three sides support natural cross-ventilation, solar gain, and protection from the prevailing winds. Cedar screens and pergolas frame all sides of the house to provide additional shade and visual continuity between the indoor and outdoor living areas. The tranquil atmosphere in the gorgeous Marlborough region is a place where the homeowners can feel they’re on holiday all year around.

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Walking into the auditorium of the Christchurch Town Hall for the first time after the earthquakes, the scene was dusty, dirty, and incredibly intimidating. Complex foundation and relevelling work had been underway for more than a year, requiring the stage and auditorium floor to be ripped up. Where concertos were once performed, diggers and trucks had been at work – and it showed. Every surface of the auditorium, from the hundreds of seats to the soaring walls and architectural features were coated in a thick layer of dust and grime.

on a construction site, where mistakes or inexperience can cause huge delays or expensive problems. At the Christchurch Town Hall, the work was not only huge in scale, but complicated by some very tricky heritage restoration work, tight deadlines, complex high work and absolutely vital health and safety planning for work around the public.

Soaring above us, eight huge white acoustic panels hung suspended from the ceiling, about 15m from the auditorium floor. But even at that distance, it was obvious the dust and dirt they had collected was turning them grey.

It took two years to complete, but eventually we packed up our cleaning tools and locked the door for the last time with the job done: marble columns sparkling, soaring timbers gleaming, and the rows of auditorium seats once again ready to welcome an audience.

There was one question on our minds: How on earth could we clean this?

Even those high, swinging acoustic panels were sparkling clean.

20 years ago, Genie Clean (1998) LTD was started from humble beginnings – just a couple of staff armed with squeegees and buckets.

They proved one of our greatest challenges: Access for a scissor lift wasn’t possible and building a scaffold tall enough was likely to damage the floor, so cleaning had previously only been possible by abseiling onto the panels, which was high risk and very expensive.

Now with 15 staff, nine vehicles on the road and the experience and equipment to take on even the most complex work, we are always ready to take on a challenge. But although our equipment has changed over the years, the foundations of our services have not changed: Attention to detail, going the extra mile to deliver our best for every customer, and guaranteeing all the work we do. That’s because our goal is to be here for another 20 years, so we work not only to provide great service for our customers today, but to build a strong relationship for the future. Those principles are especially important

We believed we could find a better way. We designed and built a harness rig vacuum system which we controlled from the ground with a GoPro camera, which proved safer, faster and saved our client a big expense. That kind of innovation was only possible because our team are experienced, creative thinkers and really care about the work they do. Many people view cleaning as low skill, low value work, but we don’t see it that way.

most have worked with us for years. They’re proud of what they do. For our customers, that means all the Genie Clean staff you deal with have the experience and training to answer your questions, solve any problems, and let you know about any issues they spot before they ever become a problem. We are confident that every site manager we have worked with on a construction project would not hesitate to recommend us – because if we’ve ever had a problem, we have gone above and beyond to fix it immediately. And we’re always ready to take on the next challenge.

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A huge range of cleaning services to meet all your needs

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We are specialists in Construction cleaning After months or years of work on a construction site, the final clean can be an afterthought – but it shouldn’t be. Construction cleaning is often complex, and requires experience to get every surface looking its best and avoid damage, missed deadlines or other costly mistakes. We have a very experienced team, so you won’t get temps or untrained casual workers turning up on your site, and we have the manpower to meet tight deadlines. Our team are Site Safe qualified and Site Wise green rated, we’re fully insured, and we offer a full range of services including any work at heights needed. Floor resurfacing and polishing We are specialists in hard floor stripping, resurfacing and polishing – so we know a great polish is more than surface deep. As well as restoring the shine to your floor, an application of quality polish should make it easier to keep clean, is more hygienic, and can protect and lengthen the life of your floor. We offer a full strip, deep scrub, resurface with 3-5 coats of high-gloss polish, and final burnishing – ideal for vinyl or concrete floors, especially in high traffic areas, medical environments or commercial kitchens and bathrooms Building wash downs and waterblasting From high pressure waterblasting to soft brush cleaning, we can offer it all when it comes to cleaning your home or commercial building.

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As well as reducing the number of spiders inside your home, a spiderproofing treatment discourages building of webs and makes maintaining your home or business easier – and once dry, sprayed surfaces are non-toxic and safe for children or pets.

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There are plenty of advantages of using our service over a traditional pest control company. The treatment can last longer if it is applied to a clean wall, so we can wash your home in advance, and can also wash your windows afterward to remove any residue before it bakes onto your glass.

Sanitation cleaning, including Covid-19 decontamination cleans

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Kitchens and Bathrooms

Surface solutions

Whether you consider yourself Nigella Lawson or you just want to give the impression you’re a master chef at work, choosing the right bench top for your kitchen could be the distinction between serious cooks and leisurely chefs. If you’re blessed with the time to cook a meal every day without fail then it will bode well to dig a little deeper into your money bank and choose a heat and scratch resistant material as opposed to cheaper ones. However, if the words “I don’t cook” become a regular statement, you may wish to focus on design and style at budget prices. With a dizzying array of bench tops all with its fair share of advantages and disadvantages, here’s a list of the pros and cons you may want to take into consideration before reaching a final decision.

Marble – if you’re a bit of a baker marble is top choice for preparing dough and pastries. Marble possesses similar qualities as granite however, has a risk of staining and is sensitive to acidic foods and cleaning agents Granite – durable, scratch, stain and chip resistant. It can withstand high temperatures without causing any damage and is ideal for food preparation Hardwood - commonly known as a “butcher block” is a favourite among chefs. A timber top creates a traditional look, is strong and long lasting, but is prone to wear and tear,

and isn’t particularly heat or scratch resistant Stone / quartz – if you’re looking for something a little flash, quartz surfaces is found in homes, hotels and restaurants across the globe. Renowned for its natural stone look, stone/quartz is long lasting, resilient, hygienic, low maintenance, and is highly scratch, stain, chip and crack resistant Acrylic – extremely stain resistant and relatively heat resistant. It’s available in matte, semi-gloss and high-gloss finishes. Joins are not visible so you get a seamless top and scratches can be buffed out Laminate – has been around for more than 50 years and is the most traditional and cost-effective of bench tops. It is stain resistant, strong, waterproof, low maintenance, inexpensive and there are plenty of colour options available. It is however susceptible to scratches, cuts and burns. High Pressure Laminate (HPL) like Formica is probably the number one choice when it comes to bench tops in New Zealand

Stainless steel – popular for using as bench tops and splash backs, it’s heat resistant, non-porous and hygienic. Easy to clean but reflective in strong sunlight. The availability of patterned surfaces means scratches can be minimised Tile – commonly used as splash backs, in the kitchen tiles are hard wearing, easy to clean, and are heat and moisture resistant. They are generally made from ceramic, porcelain, glass or natural stone. On the other hand tiles are prone to scratches, cracks and chips, and grout can stain Laminam - is highly resistant to scratches and chemicals and is mould, bacteria and fungi resistant. Its large size, resistance to moisture and durability makes Laminam perfect for wet interior and exterior applications. However, grout can become stained Concrete – strong, heat and impact resistant, and a popular choice to achieve that contemporary industrial look. Concrete tends to chip easily on the edges and needs to be sealed in order to resist stains and water damage.

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Functional and sleek Nicky Claridge from NC Design and the NKBA discusses up-and-coming kitchen and bathroom trends for 2021

Since the pandemic, many people have had to adapt to working from home and the design trends of 2021 are becoming a reflection of this. No longer are aesthetics the main factor at the top of the list functionality, an organized-clutter free space and a relaxing environment, amid all the chaos, is at the forefront of many home owners’ minds. The kitchen island is here to stay “The fact that a lot of us are working from home now, means the kitchen is not just a kitchen anymore, it’s a place to prepare food for sure, but it’s also a place to entertain and work from so it needs to be durable and multi-functional. “There’s less of the symmetry, symmetry is still nice but it’s less important now. The main focus is on a really functional space.” Suzie Rees, executive officer of the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association [NKBA], says that it is really a combination of many elements that makes the perfect kitchen. “It’s about form and function and having a kitchen that works with the home and the needs of the client. We do know that the majority of homeowners want more bench space, an organised space and a place to gather,” Suzie says. Making a comeback Looking at the design colour trends, Nicky says black cabinetry is still

super popular with people, and the popularity of woodgrains is gaining momentum every day. According to NKBA members, the ideal kitchen will be a combination of matte white and timber cabinetry, engineered stone benchtops and a seamless splashback, preferably with a marble look.

The annual NKBA Excellence in Design Awards will be held on Saturday the 3rd of July.

Porcelain on the rise Mark Bruce of DesignMarked Kitchens says that in 10 years, porcelain will be the material of choice, but it needs more time in the market to seal its popularity. “Engineered stone has been around a lot longer, is more affordable and has a wider reach, however porcelain is a high-end and innovative product that many designers prefer to work with. “There is a much bigger design scope with porcelain and that means more unique options for the designers and their clients. I would watch this space.” A reprieve away from the disruption Perhaps because we are spending more time at home, people are wanting a luxurious space where they can relax, unwind and block out the world for a while. Because of this people are still big bathers but unlike the kitchen where more people are opting for black tapware, Nicky says the colour trend for bathroom tapware this year are the soft metals such as English Brass and Brushed Bronze.

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Finding innovation

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A joiner can be defined as a professional that creates different types of joinery such as kitchens, cabinetry, shelving, wardrobes, architraves, skirting boards, and doors and windows. Essentially, a joiner can do any non-structural timber work (for anything structural, you’ll need a carpenter). While joiners primarily work with timber, they can also work with other products such as metal or timber composites.

You will find that as well as standard joiners, you can actually find green joiners, who specialise in creating joinery in an environmentally friendly way, such as by using sustainable or renewable materials. As well as actually creating timber products such as kitchen and bathroom cabinets, a joiner will happily sit down with you to find out what your needs are, and then work with you to create something that meets your needs. Essentially, this is a design service. Master Joiners are represented by some of New Zealand’s best 34 | B&R

joinery manufacturers who pride themselves on delivering high quality products and services.

workmanship on any project carried out by a member.

There are 10 regional associations throughout New Zealand which collectively make up the New Zealand Joinery Manufacturers’ Federation incorporation.

As a joiner is capable of working within several different areas of the home, it is a good idea to have a chat with your joiner and see what things they specialise in.

A national and regional fellowship of members ensures that all are kept up to date with the latest trends both in craft practice and business developments. Through its members, Master Joiners is also a prime mover in the introduction of innovations and standards to the joinery industry. Exterior and interior joinery are premium products, which require a level of protection to enhance the properties of the products. It is therefore important that you take your time in selecting who designs, manufactures and advises on care and maintenance. One of its roles is to encourage competition and the pursuit of excellence between and from its members, their employees and apprentices. This means you, the homeowner, will receive the highest standard of

What to look for in a joiner

For example, some joiners may work exclusively in cabinetry and shelving, while others may specialise in more decorative timber work such as architraves and mouldings. This is important as you want to hire a joiner that has a lot of experience in the particular area that you need. As well as this, you’ll also want to hire a joiner that can work to a reasonable time frame and to a reasonable price. To achieve this, you’ll need to sit down with your joiner and tell them all the details of your project. Once they know this, they’ll be able to accurately estimate the cost of the project as well as the time that it will take. Basically – what you want is a trade certified joiner – a Master Joiner; a member of New Zealand’s Registered Master Joiners.

Key reasons for selecting a Master Joiner All registered members must adhere to a high set of standards. Joiners are up to date with the latest trends in craftsmanship and business developments. Registered Master Joiners provide full consultation and design services for all your joinery needs. Find a registered master joiner in your area by visiting:



Here at The Joiner Shop we pride ourselves on providing quality joinery to suit all budgets.

We design, manufacture and install a wide range of joinery including kitchens, wardrobes, laundry and bathroom joinery, stairs and much more. We are locally owned and operated and have been proudly serving the Kaikoura district community and further afield for the last 20 years. We are also proud winners of a best kitchen award at

the 2021 Canterbury Master Joiners Awards. If you are not sure of exactly what you want, well we can help you refine your ideas to provide the best practical solution for your home or project. We can point you towards quality products that best suit your budget or some of the latest innovations in hardware to make your life easier. From a beautiful budget kitchen to the wow factor or

something that is really different we do it all. Our joinery is not mass produced and our cabinetry and timber joinery is made right here in our workshop in Kaikoura. Whilst joinery is the main part of our business as in our name, we can also help with other aspects of your new build or renovation. We can provide a one stop shop for a lot of items in your

home. We supply and install Dominator Garage Doors, glass showers, supply pre-hung internal doors and can also supply you with roofing products and aluminium windows. We also provide glazing and locksmith services so if you have had a whoops or something has broken give us a call on (03) 319 5562.

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The global pandemic has changed the face of the home market, instigating great opportunities in design and construction. Delivery times and access to products may be affected but the desire for the comforts of home and the ability to innovate far outweigh the negatives. In the past year many international Kiwis have returned home and New Zealand Kiwis adjusted to life without travel. The result was a building boom in the domestic renovation and building market, with an emphasis on the most functional spaces: bathrooms. They are a place of relaxation and escape, a haven to pamper oneself and revitalise and are being paid increased attention during design phases. Bathroomware market leader Oakleys Plumbing Supplies reports that current customers are not shy about achieving the best results they can, with the demand for top-quality bathroomware and plumbing systems higher than ever. People are not only building for function, there is an aspect of comfort and pride in their projects, too.

Oakleys’ commitment to both New Zealand manufacturers and the best of the European suppliers, ensures customers are never without choice of product. Popular amongst homeowners at the moment are tapware in living metals which patina with age, and concrete basins and baths with their raw beauty and anchoring effect. German designed thermostatically controlled shower systems are in demand so you never have to worry about consistency in water temperature again, as are intelligent toilets which incorporate bidet systems and therefore an environment of increased hygiene. Oakleys has a talented team of consultants amongst its four stores, who not only have encyclopaedic knowledge of bathroomware products, but also offer design services, spatial planning advice, colour consultancies and

an architectural service for architects and designers. As a result of increased demand in the bathroom industry, the Oakleys Group is in the midst of a showroom rejuvenation programme. Both Nelson and Cromwell stores have their state-ofthe-art showrooms open with Dunedin’s renovation currently in design and Christchurch’s to follow. Designed by award-winning designer Davinia Sutton, the showrooms introduce a standard rarely seen in New Zealand showrooms before. Davinia has created a raft of concept bathrooms showcasing the company’s amazing product lines and teamed them with impressive lighting, and beautiful tile, wallpaper and paint choices to showcase exactly what is achievable in today’s bathroom design world.

The showrooms also feature kitchen and laundry products, extensive tapware collections, and working displays where you can test products before you buy. Oakleys’ dedication to design, workmanship and service has been evident since the company was established in 1875. When Henry Oakley and John Morgan Taylor founded Taylor & Oakley Plumbers Iron and Tinplate Workers, Gasfitters and Bellhangers, Christchurch was a newly established city and their products were the preferred fittings by reputable plumbers. Now 145 years later the company proudly maintains its locally owned and operated status with the owner of each branch found on the shop floor every day. This dedication to locals helping locals is at the forefront of the exceptional Oakleys’ service.

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When it comes to housing, there is only one name which has, for nearly seven decades, consistently delivered all three. And that name is Lockwood Homes. For Wanaka based Lockwood clients Tony and Sue, designing a new home was about making a space they could enjoy on their own, and share with their family and friends. They came to Lockwood to talk about options for a high quality, architecturally designed home, as well as a smaller dwelling on the site. Tony and Sue wanted to incorporate covered outdoor living and entertainment areas

Tony and Sue’s Wanaka home

and passive house features, making the most of their north-facing views. They also briefed the Lockwood team on their requirement for a second two-bedroom home to cater for overflow family and friends and to use as an Airbnb rental. “Tony and Sue’s site had great views. The challenge was making the most of that outlook while maintaining privacy for both the main home, and the smaller dwelling,” says Lockwood contractor Chris Fraser. “The existing Lockwood Pavilion plan, designed by architect Pete Bossley, provided the perfect starting point.”

The soaring wing with laminated beams and large joinery openings captured the natural connection with the outdoors that Tony and Sue desired. “The design was then customised to create sheltered outdoor areas, office space and other additional requirements. The Pavilion was then sited in front and below the smaller dwelling providing privacy for both buildings.” Tony and Sue are delighted with their new home and accommodation unit. The interior showcases Sue’s design flair and the special items they have gathered throughout their travels around the world. They supported Wanaka-based industry where they could,

purchasing sustainably sourced redwood tabletops, serving bench and bench seats through a local timber craftsman. The schist for the pillars came from Cluden Stone Quarry and the incredible stained glass window commissioned from local leadlight artist Jennifer Robertson. For Lockwood Homes, every building is an embodiment of its brand. The name ‘Lockwood’ is your guarantee of a home built on a reputation for outstanding quality. If you’re looking to embark on a new build, bring your ideas to Lockwood and let us bring them to life.

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and a comfortable temperature maintained year-round.

Passive House is a rigorous, proven and effective method of designing and building, resulting in highly energy-efficient and healthy buildings.

Celebrating its 30th birthday internationally, Passive House is a relatively new concept in New Zealand with the first Passive House being certified in 2012, and the market up until now has been small.

The key features of a Passive House building include excellent air quality, minimal use of energy required for heating and cooling,

There are now 37 certified Passive House buildings in Aotearoa NZ. However, with the projects under construction and in the planning

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stages currently, this is on track to double in the next year and continuing to rise fast. More than ever, we are aware of climate change and the role we can play as consumers in mitigating for this. Certified Passive House buildings maintain optimum comfort in all the varied climates of Aotearoa NZ while only requiring 8-20 percent of the heating energy a building built to the

current Building Code would require to maintain similar conditions. The occupants of a home built to Passive House standard will enjoy a high level of comfort and wellbeing in a healthy building, and will need to use only a small amount of energy to keep their home warm and dry in the winter and fresh and cool in the summer. Passive House Institute New Zealand, Te Tōpūtanga o te Whare Korou ki

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Recognised expertise With over a decade’s experience creating passive homes for their clients in Canterbury, Chatterton Builders offer a range of services to suit the individual needs of their clients. Brent Chatterton holds the International Passive House Tradesperson Certification and his skilled team have worked on the full range of passive house options, tailoring their service and sharing their knowledge to optimise performance and promote truly healthy homes.

Walking the talk Chatterton Builders open up their own passive home to those looking to build. This provides an opportunity for clients to feel for themselves the comfortable temperatures maintained throughout the house with little to no heating and cooling, and to experience high air quality, controlled humidity, and how quiet a genuine Passive House is.

Homeowner tip The right expertise is essential to ensure you achieve the best performing home you can within your budget. Therefore, it is important, for any project, to invest time up front with the team, including yourselves, your builder and designer, to discuss your build priorities and expectations and aligning that with your budget.

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Passive Homes Aotearoa (PHINZ) is a charitable trust working hard to bring the Passive House standard into the mainstream in Aotearoa New Zealand. PHINZ CEO Amy Tankard says, “New Zealanders are starting to recognise that we don’t have to do things the way we always have. We deserve to live, work and play in comfortable buildings, and we shouldn’t need to pay a fortune to heat and cool our houses. “We also have a rising awareness of how we can live more sustainably and are questioning what changes we can make in our lives to use our resources more efficiently”. PHINZ aims to increase awareness of the benefits and opportunities of high-performance buildings based on the Passive House standard through research, education and building sector engagement. PHINZ membership has doubled in the past year, demand for training through the Passive House Academy (a project of PHINZ) is at an all-time high, and enquiries from component suppliers about how to engage

with Passive House have increased significantly. A project PHINZ is very excited about is a collaboration with BRANZ to publish a handbook of highperformance construction details, set to come out this year. It is a catalogue of high performance and Passive House suitable details that are tried and tested in NZ and each construction detail comes with thermal performance, carbon impact and cost information. This handbook should provide significant help and guidance to members of the building industry looking to plan, design and build better buildings. Attending to basic principles early on in the planning stages, and following through with these in the build make a huge difference to the performance of the building. A Passive House will aim to optimise the orientation of the building to the sun, have suitable insulation and windows for the climate, an airtight building envelope, avoidance of

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thermal bridges, and a ventilation system with heat recovery. “We have a proven method of designing and building houses that are energy efficient and comfortable” says Amy. “This leads to people living, working and playing in nurturing healthy spaces. That’s a really good foundation for a fulfilled life, it’s that

baseline of comfort. Passive House can and should become standard in Aotearoa New Zealand.” The Passive House standard is a proven standard with specific requirements. If building a Passive House is on your horizon, please remember to do your homework and make sure you have a Passive House certified professional advising the process.

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high-performance home New Zealand home buyers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of a well-designed, wellconstructed home.

With the influx of ex-pats returning home from overseas there has been a surge in demand for homes that perform better than what we have been putting up with. More consistent, even temperatures, eradication of condensation issues, improved indoor air quality with fresh, filtered air, and elimination of cold spots or draughts can really make our homes and buildings more comfortable, healthy and enjoyable places to be. Change is coming. Amongst the Climate Change Commission recommendations to Government is the advice that newly built homes should be 35 percent more energy efficient compared to today’s performance.

The Government is already consulting industry leaders on increasing minimum levels of insulation in roofs, windows, walls and floors to keep people warm, dry and healthy and to make sure that energy is being used efficiently. This will affect both insulation and window joinery, and it is likely that increased ventilation requirements will come soon after. It would be smart to front foot these changes by improving the performance of your home or commercial project so you can start enjoying the benefits now. The foundations of a highperformance home are form, insulation, heating, ventilation, airtightness, good design and details. These all need to work together harmoniously to be effective. Homeowners are often confused by advice from single product providers who don’t always explain how the different elements all interact. To create a high performing home, you need the full picture so the individual

components fit and work together, not against each other. Create a high performing thermal envelope One of the key elements of a higher performing home is its thermal envelope, the heart of an energy efficient, sustainable, healthy home. High levels of insulation help prevent energy loss and reduce the heating and cooling needs of a building. The thermal envelope incorporates the roof, walls, windows, and underfloor or concrete slab. An airtightness barrier minimises the uncontrolled movement of air through wall and roof constructions, ensuring thermal insulation performance.

Couple this with thermally broken, double or triple glazed windows and doors, and your thermal envelope is complete. Add in high-performance heat recovery ventilation systems To keep the air in your home fresh, a balanced ventilation system is needed to duct stale moist air out of a home and, at the same rate, replace it with fresh, filtered air. European heat-recovery systems capture heat from the exhaust air and use it to pre-heat the incoming fresh air in winter, while summer mode assists with dumping excess energy by bypassing the heat exchanger. Of course, you can open your windows and doors but to ensure Continued on page #46

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Achieving healthy homes within standard budgets. Respond Architects (R–A) are passionate about healthier homes, but the common perception is that they are difficult to achieve within a ‘normal’ budget. After seeing the impact his existing home was having on his children’s health, and the price of building a home to the minimal NZ Building Code standards; R–A Architect Joe Lyth decided to find out whether a healthy home was achievable on a first home budget, building his own home as a test case. After a roller coaster journey, Joe and his family are weeks away from moving into ‘Lower Saddle Passive House,’ pending certification. Going through this process as Architect, Passive House Designer, client and builder gave Joe and R–A a unique opportunity to be part of every step, and share their learnings.

A bumpy road They knew it wouldn’t be straightforward, and issues began early on when the first price came back at over double their budget - despite assurances it would be fine. A few deep breaths and a second round of pricing later, Joe received costs back from three builders that were in the ball-park - a perfect example of why it’s always worth getting a few price options. The next stumbling block came with the valuation, which typically takes into consideration a home’s size, general quality and level of finish – with no mention of its interior environment or thermal performance. To achieve the as-built value required to get funding from the bank, a future extension into the roof area had to be included within the build budget, and Joe worked hard to provide evidence to the valuer to justify a 12% increase in value due to the home’s performance. Building in a mid-COVID world created ongoing issues around material supply chains and costs. To reduce cost, Joe looked further afield and explored alternative products and systems – specifying SIPs (structural insulated panels) for the wall and roof structure for performance and speed, and triple glazed, timber and aluminium window joinery from Poland, saving around 40% of the cost compared to purchasing them in NZ. One issue with achieving Passive House Certification is the lack of education in the industry. It’s essential to start by talking to designers, suppliers and builders who understand the principles behind healthy homes. While steps to make your home healthier can be taken at any stage, engaging the right people from the start will ensure the build is more cost effective and straightforward. Joe’s knowledge as an Architect and Passive House Consultant was invaluable from a design perspective, and Joe also ensured Kane Build Group were involved early on, due to their extensive experience with SIPs.

What’s the cost? While building to higher standards will cost more, this can be mitigated. Lower Saddle House is a 169m2, 2 storey home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 59m2 covered deck, built to Passive House standard on a rural property. It includes all services and, when taking into account industry discounts, the build cost was around $3500/m2 - pretty reasonable for a custom designed home. And, as Joe says, the health benefits to his family are priceless.

How can I reduce the cost of my build? Reduce the size of your design by 10%, this will free up budget to put towards the building envelope, while causing minimal impact to the plan. Make your spaces work hard! Create storage space under the stairs and in the eaves, have one flexible room rather than a snug AND a spare room. Think about what do you actually need to live comfortably. Work with simple forms – Passive House Certification is easier to achieve when a home has fewer angles or corners. Instead, add interest through cladding selection, window surrounds and exterior shading devices. Design to extend – build what you can afford now, but keep in mind the possibility of a future extension into the roof or to the side. Focus your priorities – put your budget into a high performing building envelope with a functional interior that can develop over time – it’s easier to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom than your walls or windows!

R–A are here to help With offices in Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, we’re ideally placed to help with your healthy home projects, right across New Zealand. We’re happy to discuss your healthy home plans, provide energy modelling, or just have a chat, so feel free to give us a call.

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air quality the system will operate continuously year-round. Calculate the additional heat you’ll need Your high-performance home is likely to require some heating, particularly in winter or colder climates – even if you only wish to warm the home two or three degrees more. Consider a heat pump if you also need cooling in summer and if you have higher heating needs such as underfloor hydronic heating and radiators consider a wood pellet boiler. It’s ideal where you have additional needs such as water heating for a swimming pools or spa. Wood pellets are a clean, cheap and renewable energy source. Once the envelope of your home is performing, your hot water is likely to become your single largest energy user, and it’s by far the simplest to rectify with most systems paying for themselves within three to four years.

Where to begin Start your next project with a good designer. The products are simple to operate once they are installed, however designers need to make allowances for installation in their designs. Enveloped provides information, expert advice, and project management which can arrange products and coordinate installation services for high performing, energy efficient homes and buildings. “We offer a select range of products, including double and triple glazed timber and alu-clad windows and doors from Germany, European advanced heat recovery ventilation systems, wood pellet boiler and heat pump water heating options, and specialist airtightness products. “We also provide various options for insulation solutions from the most cost effective in New Zealand to premium wool-blend products.” If you're looking to design or build a certified Passive House, a Homestar rated home, or a building


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Passive house basics When building a new home, building energy efficient is key. Those with existing homes can improve their energy efficiency significantly by adding in more insulation, switching old windows for modernised double or triple glazed windows, or even just switching appliances for the more eco-friendly options. Everyone is jumping on the band wagon for energy efficiency, not only because it is healthier and more comfortable to live in, but it also makes that time of the month when the power company comes calling a lot less traumatising.

Being energy efficient is one thing, but, if you want the best of the best in energy efficiency then you need to look into what is known as a ‘passive house’. Passive house is not a brand name, it’s a construction concept which was developed in Germany around 1990 and the first certified Passive House in New Zealand was built in 2012. What is a passive house? A passive house is ultimately a home that requires no heating. It works by minimising heat loss and maximising passive heat gains. This is achieved by using airtight materials together with a ventilation system or more specifically a heat recovery ventilation system,

insulation and triple-glazed windows. The result of living in a passive house is virtually no heating or cooling bills. Because of its air tight structure, the temperature in your home remains consistent year-round, no matter what part of the country you live in. Your home will be warm and dry with no cold spots or nasty drafts. Combined with energy efficient appliances your electricity bill can plummet up to 90 percent.

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Home design starts with how you want to feel – you want to feel good so you can live your best life. Passive House brings science to the design process to protect how you will feel.

And when a tough choice between design options needs to be made, the modelling shows what impact each option will have on how your home will feel. No guesswork needed.

We do the science and model the design at each stage so you can be certain that generous windows and fabulous views don’t leave you feeling cold and draughty if you get too close. You can be sure that when the weather turns and you close your home up, you will still feel fresh and nurtured within. When the sun is out you can enjoy the light and warmth, without getting too hot. When the cold winter seems to drag on forever,

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Compound, a building company with headquarters in Queenstown, knows what it takes to build a warm healthy home. The company is dedicated to cost-effectiveness and all staff share a big passion for passive, energy-efficient housing. “Building to the minimum New Zealand Building Code standard often results in cold, uncomfortable and unhealthy homes and we are not satisfied with that,” says director Drew Atkins. “The good news is it’s straightforward to build beautiful architectural homes that are healthy and efficient”, he says. Synonymous with the idea of healthy homes are the principals of Passive House. “I believe we are the only building company in our area that are certified Passive House Tradespeople; we are very proud of that achievement,” says director and head builder, Josh Atkins. “It can be more expensive to build a healthier home, however, there is payback in terms of operating costs and efficiencies in design that can also balance out the equation. The key is to have a knowledgeable builder involved in the process as early as possible”.

Compound is putting its philosophy to the test by filming its latest fully solar-powered build - documenting the full process with the local Queenstown talent at Interrobang Studios. “The house and the videos will be available to educate the market on the process and share our journey, both highlights and challenges, to achieve a dynamic, healthy home that is outstanding in all respects,” says Drew. Compound is a confident team that relishes the challenge to build homes based on Passive House principals. Their knowledge of the design phase right through to certification is impressive. “The feedback our customers give us is testament to the dedication our team has to the cause, the client, and the quality of the result,” says Josh.

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Rethinking housing standards You’re in a building right now. OK, there’s an off chance you might be reading this on a train or a bus, but you’re most likely relatively stationary and under a roof as most of us are for most of our lives.

For a large part of New Zealand’s history, most of us didn’t really mind if it was mostly cold or damp. Keeping dry from the rain and out of the wind was considered enough to survive. Buildings simply needed to shelter us from the elements and protect us from predators or attackers. Anything else beyond that had been considered a luxury.

The concept that a house could contribute to your health, negatively or positively, and the idea that houses might use energy to do so, wasn’t taken into account until about the advent of the internet and seems to have caught a tail wind in recent years.

become the normal speaking points at international conferences and best practice guides. And so too the push and demands start to creep into New Zealand media with ever increasing calls for improving our building standards to reduce energy use, and improve health outcomes.

The winds of change are now fully in our sails and we’ll all need to work together to chart the course forward.

In April consultation opened on the 2021 Building Code update with the consultation closing 28 May 2021.

As New Zealand embarks on the long journey towards carbon neutrality, housing is coming to the forefront.

Changing the climate zones and changing insulation requirements is one of the highlights of the consultation and it has stirred a lot of interest and controversy. There are a range of options available to support ranging from ‘halfway to international standards’ to exceeding international standards.

Along with being primary factors in our health, buildings have been major contributors to energy use around the world and pushes for efficiency and high performance have been shouted from all corners of the globe. Low energy buildings, air tightness, solar panels, and insulation have

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It’s proposed that additional climate zones are created to reflect weather patterns specific to smaller regions and letting those guide insulation requirements in new builds.

For a large part of New Zealand’s history, most of us didn’t really mind if it was mostly cold or damp. Keeping dry from the rain and out of the wind was considered enough to survive.

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We need to listen to new ideas with a healthy level of scepticism, and equally apply the same critical eye over practices of the past. With open minds we’ll find a less painful way to reach the outcome we need. Building Performance gives the example of designating different climate zones for Nelson and Queenstown even though they are currently in the same climate zone. As you might expect, there is a proposed increased cost against each of these as the building code continues to strike a balance between high performance and cost. While the final outcomes are several months away, this appears by all accounts to be the first of many steps as we create a new future for New Zealand buildings. With any change comes opportunity. However, this particular opportunity requires a systemic shift in how we think about buildings. We’ve got to be aware of when we are making assumptions – some which are true, most which are not – and the way things have always been done. Trial and error are a key part of improvement but unfortunately at times it seems New Zealand is stuck somewhere between the two – afraid to let go of the current trial and unable to admit that it’s an error. As we venture into the next trial, we should first determine if this process is working. Is ‘she’ll be right’ still serving our country’s interests, or is there a new philosophy we need to adopt?

New building requirements necessitates new innovations and new models of designing and building. The way things have always been done will not work and the ways we think things worked in the past need to be scrutinised.

One of the proposals for the 2021 Building Code update involves tailoring insulation requirements to more specific climate zones.

Consultation opened on the 2021 Building Code update in April and will close 28 May 2021. There are a number of proposed changes including: • Energy efficiency • Climate zones • HVAC systems • Natural light.

All of the proposed changes can contribute to New Zealanders’ overall health and wellbeing by setting new standards for new builds. More information can be found on:

We need to embrace the change, fear not the unknown but charge forward to a brighter and healthier future. We need to listen to new ideas with a healthy level of scepticism, and equally apply the same critical eye over practices of the past. With open minds we’ll find a less painful way to reach the outcome we need. Our legacy of poor housing is coming to an end driven by a new generation of enlightened designers, builders and buyers. No longer will the public accept mediocrity, they are turning to experts to find the right solutions. We don’t have the time nor the need to trial and error our way forward, we need to get our heads together and find the solution now. Article kindly provided by Gab Davenport at Oculus Architectural Engineering Ltd. Oculus Architectural Engineering Ltd 515 Rosebank Road Avondale, Auckland 027 358 8463

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High-performance homes deliver comfort and quality By Jason Quinn, Passive House certifier

You can choose a home for your family that stays a comfortable temperature all year round, with absolutely minimal energy used for heating and cooling a home where the air is fresh and clean all the time and where condensation doesn’t exist.

The Building Code has improved since we were building draughty ice-boxes back in the 1960s. Double glazing is required in Christchurch and further south. But it hasn’t improved enough and there are some unintended consequences. Photo kindly provided by Ethos Homes.

A Passive House is just as enjoyable in summer. Inside it will still be 20-22 degrees everywhere, all the time. In Christchurch, a small reverse-cycle heat pump is usually installed, because it will provide the little top-up of heat or cool on the coldest and hottest days of the year respectively.

There are nine family homes like this in Christchurch already and 37 across New Zealand. They are diverse in design and budget but they are all certified Passive House buildings.

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Over-heating is increasingly showing up as an issue in Christchurch. This can easily happen when large areas of glazing face north and/or west.

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There is 30 years of building science and evidence that proves the accuracy of those predictions. The Building Code has improved since we were building draughty ice-boxes back in the 1960s. Double glazing is required in Christchurch and further south. But it hasn’t improved enough and there are some unintended consequences.

It removes damp, stale air from kitchens and bathrooms and introduces filtered, fresh air into living areas and bedrooms all the time, no matter whether you’re home or not. A very clever heat exchange system uses the heat from the stale air to warm the incoming fresh air, so there is never a cold draught.

It’s good for the planet as well as good for you, because buildings account for 20 percent of New Zealand’s carbon emissions.

They are built to an independently verified standard and each design is carefully analysed in a process called predictive thermal modelling. It means the architect and home owner can be confident about how the house will perform, before it is built.

The air in a Passive House though is always fresh and healthy because of a small ventilation system. It’s very quiet and cheap to run.

Photo kindly provided by Ethos Homes.

Build and Renovate readers can download a free PDF of Jason’s book, Passive House for New Zealand: The warm healthy homes we need. Just go to Experience it for yourself: Passive House Open Days are coming up, 25-27 June. www.passivehouse. nz/events/upcoming-events/ passive-house-open-days-2021 will have details.

Jason Quinn is principal of Sustainable Engineering, a building science consultancy focused on improved building performance and standards and human health and comfort. The Passive House standard isn’t prescriptive about design or materials. Christchurch’s Passive House homes are diverse examples of their individual owners’ needs and vision. They are alike in being thoughtfully designed, very well-built and a delight to live in.

This is where thermal modelling really comes into its own because it can quantify the problem before building starts and test strategies for mitigating it such as introducing shading or reducing insulation or glazing performance. Remember, the Building Code is not a target. It’s a legal minimum: the worst house you can legally build. New Zealand buildings lag behind international standards and the government has signalled that the Building Code minimum will steadily increase. If your concern is with resale value, it makes sense to at least match the level of performance that all new houses will have to reach in ten years. Sustainable Engineering 76 Virginia Road, Whanganui 021 1846 911


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Building the futur Green of every shade, lush forests and rolling hills were the backdrop to Peter’s childhood growing up in the rural district of Rangiwahia at the base of the Ruahines Ranges. At the feet of his parents, Peter learnt values of family, wellness and respect for the environment, as well as integrity, passion, courage and determination. It was that courage that sent him off overseas originally on a rugby contract with a club in Wales, and later he travelled to Germany. Whilst in Germany, Peter was first introduced to Passive House. Interested in the concept, he learnt enough German in three months in Badenbaden to pass a job interview and set to work building homes across Europe for a prefabrication company, Weberhaus. Today Peter and his wife Amanda

own and operate Ethos Homes, a Christchurch-based residential construction company specialising in Passive House and low energy homes.

should be comfortable in their homes, they should be able to afford to heat their home in winter and keep it cool in summer.

Passion and determination are essential elements in building a Passive House, Peter says.

Peter, a Certified Passive House tradeperson, together with an exceptional team, has built some incredible low energy homes, including four homes which have been Certified Passive. “The beauty of a Passive House is that it takes away the guess work, the recipe is written and the outcome is known before the slab is poured.”

In all the homes we have built its our emotional investment in our clients dreams that drive us to succeed.

“Ethos Homes provides more than a living for us, it is our lifestyle, our children jump in the car after football on Saturday and say ‘what building site are we going to?’ Family is everything to us and we consider it a privilege to build beautiful, warm, dry, comfortable homes for other families to enjoy.” Peter strongly advocates for building energy efficient homes; everyone

“Why don’t more people know about this?” was some of the feedback we received from our latest Certified Passive House clients. Passive House is a fairly new concept in New Zealand however, Peter and Amanda have noticed an increase in clients’ awareness and knowledge of the Passive House energy efficiency standard over the last few years and expect this to continue.

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“The driver behind Ethos Homes was to build better homes and we have succeeded,” Amanda says. “We have built some incredible homes that perform exceptionally well. We have evolved both personally and as a company along the journey and Peter’s integrity, passion, courage and determination have yielded well.” Looking to the future, Ethos has some exciting client builds and a ground breaking new project, the beautiful Bushland Park. Ernst Frei and his wife Renate reached out to Peter last year they were subdividing their farm on Cashmere Road and presented him the opportunity to design and build 11 homes targeting Passive House certification. The Frei’s vision is high quality, comfortable homes in a thoughtfully designed familyfriendly neighbourhood, which connects people through shared spaces and living streets.

Ernst and Renate’s pioneering vision to create something special is commendable, it aligns with our ethos and we are all so excited to see Bushland Park come to fruition.

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Premium quality Even as a new player on the market, Matthew Smith and Corey Crampton are making their mark on the building industry.

We focus on a very high-quality and pride ourselves on having the whole process clearly communicated and transparent between ourselves and the client. We are always making sure that the clients are well informed and happy with the progress throughout the project. The Crampton & Smith Builders founders have been making an impact on the Christchurch scene, having already completed several high-end renovations as well as a new build in Akaroa since the business was established two years ago.

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Based in Christchurch, both Matthew and Corey bring their own set of skills and expertise to every build. “Corey comes from 12 years of building architectural experience and Matthew’s background is in villa restoration and bungalow extensions, giving us expertise in two completely different areas of construction,” Matthew says.

One build the two guys feel very proud of is the holiday home in Akaroa which they completed in September last year, built with commanding views and a homely holiday feel in mind. “The focal point is the living, kitchen and dining area which has a 6000mm stacker door opening up to a 60 square metre kwila deck with a glass balustrade, so there was no obstruction of the amazing view of Akaroa harbour,” Matthew says. “The home boasts a raking groove ply cathedral ceiling and Velux sky lights which have really opened up the whole living, kitchen and dining area.

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“The games room built into the ground under the house also provides a great nook for the holiday activities,” Corey says.

and happy with the progress throughout the project. “Clear communication keeping everyone on the same page throughout the project is critical,” Matthew says.

Crampton and Smith also take responsibility for landscape design and construction. “The railway sleeper stairs leading up to the house provide a grand entrance, set off with a rock wall.”

“The feedback we always have from our clients is that we are transparent, trustworthy guys that deliver high-quality results, on time.”

When it comes to any project, Matthew and Corey’s focus is to complete it to exceed client satisfaction, which has led to excellent referral business.

“We are a team of six with great skills, and we pride ourselves on doing a great job in the building community, getting it done,” Corey says.

Crampton and Smith always ensures that down to the smallest detail everything is done to exacting standards, regardless of project size and scope.

Looking ahead Matthew and Corey want to continue to deliver high quality renovations and extensions and get their foot in the door with some inspiring architects to carry out some highend architectural builds.

“We focus on a very high-quality and pride ourselves on having the whole process clearly communicated and transparent between ourselves and the client. We are always making sure that the clients are well informed

“We have excellent projects for the up-and-coming future and we look forward to showing everyone what we are capable of,” Corey says.

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Crampton & Smith Builders are dedicated to providing a tailored service for every client. We have created a great reputation for our workmanship, project management and communication. C&S combines our building knowledge and experience from Corey Crampton (director) with over 12 years of managing and building architectural homes and Matthew Smith (director)

with over 14 years of industry experience specialising in character home renovations and project management.

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Your winter garden Now its winter, what can you do in the garden to keep on top of seasonal changes and best prepare your garden for a thriving spring season?

Lawns - At this time of year, lawns can get mossy. You can use iron sulphate to control moss, or simply rake the lawn vigorously and remove the debris. If your lawn is poorly drained, you should think about putting in drains, or trees that absorb moisture, or if it’s too shady create more light. Paths, decks and paved areas - Hard surfaces such as timber decks and paving can also go mossy in winter. To control

this, you can apply bleach e.g. Chlorodux, or a product such as Wet & Forget. Apply it with a watering can or sprayer. If you use a water blaster on these surfaces it can roughen the surfaces, and make it easier for moss and moulds to grow. Frosts - Your frost-tender plants will need protection. Vegetables can be covered in a cloche, while tender ornamentals can have frost cloth put over them.

Vegetables - You can plant garlic and shallot now – they can be planted on the shortest day and harvested on the longest day. Brassicas eg broccoli, strawberries and silver beet can also be planted now. Watch out for slugs and snails – use a product like Quash, which is safe around pets. Fruiting plants - Apples can be pruned in June. Remember, they need little pruning, especially dwarf apples, other than shaping the tree. Berryfruit can also be

pruned – remove old canes and shoots of raspberries and boysenberries, and tie new shoots to your wires. Cut out old shoots of gooseberries and blackcurrants. General - You can use old leaves to make an excellent material for your compost bin or as a mulch. Prune hydrangeas now – cut back stems that have flowered last season to the next node with two buds.

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The Flashman window flashing system was created by New Zealand builders for New Zealand conditions and with the claddings creates a very watertight envelope for the life of your home. Created to with stand very high winds this cladding ideal for hill tops, exposed sites and commercial buildings. All our franchises are owned and operated by LBP builders to ensure that quality and workmanship are of the highest standard. Flashclad Central is a friendly crew that prides itself in working with building contractors and homeowners to make cladding your home a smooth and enjoyable experience for all. So, if you’re looking for a cladding that’s new, stylish and modern then please visit or give me a call. Shayne Cross | Flashclad Central Phone: 021 296 8388


The rising tide

• Auckland – 540 • Wellington – 1,740 • Christchurch – 4,850 • Dunedin – 3,100. The report states, “A common response to this increasing risk is to ‘harden the coasts’ to defend property from inundation.

10,000 Kiwi homes might be uninsurable by 2040

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With climate change an everincreasing risk to New Zealand’s coastal homes, recent research reveals the threat of sea level rise and the likelihood of when insurance companies might stop insuring beach homes. This will largely affect homes in four major New Zealand cities: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch

“However, engineering solutions like sea walls, stop banks and levees will only delay damage at best and might even be counterproductive, as they can encourage intensification in hazardous locations.

540 homes in Auckland will be affected by sea level rise.

and Dunedin. The insurance retreat will hit homes in Christchurch the hardest. ‘Sea level rise insurance retreat’ occurs when sea level rise makes it too expensive for insurance companies to cover properties prone to coastal disasters. Between now and 2040, it’s expected that New Zealand’s mean

sea level will rise by at least 10 centimetres. Even 10 centimetres of sea level rise will increase the probability that a storm tide will overtop previous high-water marks. As of December 2020, here are the number of homes that are located in the one percent annual flood risk zone:

“Responses to sea level rise insurance retreat should attempt to eliminate the underlying risk by moving homes out of harm’s way.” The research conducted by the Deep South National Science Challenge, in conjunction with Victoria University of Wellington and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), is a conservative estimate, with homes only covered within one kilometre of the coast. It could actually be much higher than the research indicates.

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New growth for Oamaru Holmes Hill Estate will be the biggest subdivision of its kind in Oamaru, welcoming 100 new homes to the area. This will be the second large-scale subdivision to be completed by the same local developers, the first being Waiareka Park, McBrimar Homes managing director Mike Lowe says. Located just minutes from the centre of town and within walking distance to the South Hill shopping area, Mike believes the subdivision is already one of the most desirable areas to live in town.

“The fully serviced sections range from smaller, low maintenance options to generous, family-worthy sites. “We have seen a lot of interest from locals, out-of-towners and investors.” The project will be completed in multiple stages and Mike expects that the majority of the homes will be finished within the next four



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years, introducing a thriving new community. “Two new homeowners are already settled into Holmes Hill Estate and due to high demand, stage 2 is now underway ahead of schedule.” All of the new builds in Holmes Hill Estate will be built by McBrimar Homes, an Oamaru-based registered Master Builder. Waitaki Flooring First is the ONLY 100% Truly Local Flooring Store in Oamaru, based from 18 Itchen St at the start of the Historic area. We have been here for 5 years with current owners and over 30 years with previous owners, so we are not hard to find. We have a large selection of samples for Carpet, Carpet Tiles, Vinyl, Vinyl Planks, Outdoor & Garage Carpets and speciality wall linings from some of NZ’s major suppliers such as Godfrey Hirst, Feltex, Robert Malcolm, Autex and Belgotex to name just a few. Our product ranges cover Residential and Commercial products. Our friendly, helpful Team can look after all your flooring needs from product selection and advise, free no obligation measure and quotes, right through to final install ready for you to live on your new floor. The comment we hear the most is that new flooring may not cost as much as people

McBrimar Homes is a family business, made up of a team of 25 staff. McBrimar Homes offer a Design & Build service, where clients can design their dream home, or they have Home & Land packages available where this has been fully taken care of. Both options are completed as full turn-key packages. think so come and see us and look at the variety of products available and we can discuss what will best suit your needs. If thinking about new flooring, consider these important pointsWhat are my priorities, i.e. budget, comfort or feel, colour, are there pets in the house, is it a Town House or a Farm House. These points can help us find the best product to give you the best value. Also an important part of selecting flooring, make sure you allow enough time to look at the products in your home so you get an idea on how they will look once installed. They look different under the lights in the shops, so you do need to take samples home. And finally if comparing Quotes make sure you are actually comparing the same products, as just because they look similar does not mean they are.

Guthrie Bowron Oamaru is your locally owned ‘One Stop Shop’ for all your decorating requirements. We supply Dulux, Berger and Cabots paint, selected wallpaper brands, tiles, flooring, curtains blinds, awnings, shutters and a wide variety of cushions, homewares and furniture. We were originally branded as a Colourplus store and in December 2016 we purchased the Guthrie Bowron store from the North End of Oamaru and amalgamated the two stores on the Colourplus site being the corner of Reed and Eden streets right by the roundabout. We are centrally located and we take pride in offering top service and a wide variety of products. We offer a free in-home measurement service for blinds, curtains and flooring.

The team here is made up of two design consultants who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in curtains, blinds, shutters and awnings. We have an experienced onsite sewer who also does alterations and some smaller projects of curtains. The team consists of an installer who has been installing for the past 8 years and he also does all our flooring measures and quotes. As the owner and Manager, I work in the paint and flooring departments along with all the administration.

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Come instore to see our regularly updated displays to help with inspiration and advice along with a large selection of sampling which is available to be taken into your own home on appro. We work

We are excited to announce that Guthrie Bowron has been declared the winner of the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers Award in the Home Furnishings category for 2021.

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