Build & Renovate Issue #34

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FREE ISSUE 34 2022

DESIGN Architectural homes versus non-architectural homes

The wonder of wood

Seasonal delights Colour your world with rich, bold tones

Versatile, beautiful and renewable


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The tiny-home

revolution Living large with a small footprint

Renovating in an age of delays


New Zealand’s trusted decorating specialists




ONE STOP ONE SHOP INTERIOR DESIGN Drapes Blinds Paint Car Paint Stains Wallpaper Homewares/ Giftware

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Guthrie Bowron Oamaru Guthrie Bowron Oamaru is your locally owned one-stop shop for all your decorating requirements.

We supply Dulux and Cabots' paint, selected wallpaper brands, curtains, blinds, awnings, shutters, and a wide variety of cushions, homeware, and furniture. We originally were 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 into one at the Colourplus site being on the corner of Reed and Eden Streets 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 measure and quote for curtains and blinds. The team is made up of two interior design consultants who have a wealth of experience in curtains, blinds, shutters, and awnings. We have an experienced sewer and a central South Island workroom

who do alterations and making of our window treatments, along with quality suppliers of tracks and blinds. We have an onsite installer who installs all our drapery department products. The remainder of our team is in store for your paint, accessories, wallpaper, homeware, and giftware requirements. The owner/manager does the administration and window consultations.

We also offer services such as homecall appointments so if you’re struggling to decorate your place and need help, our team can help with whatever needs to be done in your home. We advise you about colour, design, and materials and provide a free measure and quote for curtains, blinds and homeware/giftware. Want to join our Loyalty Club for special offers? Our GB-inspired club gives you access to exclusive offers and discounts for the whole year. Examples of discounts include five percent off paint and woodcare, 15 percent off wallpaper, and 10 percent off decorating accessories. Sign up to get discounts off the recommended retail price, which excludes already discounted products. Discounts can be subject to change, so check with our team first. Read our blog to motivate you to get your house looking as stunning as possible. Our experts are here to help you find the right paint, wallpaper, homeware/giftware, and fabric samples to make your dreams come true! We invite you to come visit us and experience a friendly face when you come into our store.

Our GB-inspired club gives you access to exclusive offers and discounts for the whole year.

Check our website to find more information about the company, contact details, Loyalty Club details, homecall appointments, and more about what products, services, guides and advice, and blog posts we have regarding the kind of work we offer: Get in contact with us today by contacting our Oamaru manager Joanne McGaughey via email:, via phone at: (03) 434 865, or head to the street address on 38 Reed Street, Oamaru. Store hours are open from Monday-Friday (7:30am until 5pm) and Saturday from 9am until 12:30pm. The store is closed on most public holidays but head to our website to double-check which dates. We look forward to providing you with top service and advice on all your home decorating needs!


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In this issue 5 Life & Style

19 The value of design

Items worthy of desire 6 Renovating in an age of delays How to survive a major renovation in an age of building delays 8 Home on the range An exceptional home stretching along an elevated rural site 10 By the book New Building Code requirements focus on energy efficiency 12 The wonder of wood Versatile, beautiful and renewable 16 Seasonal delights Warm your interior with rich, bold tones

Architectural homes versus non-architectural homes 20 Cold comfort Five top home heating tips 26 The tiny-home revolution Living large with a small footprint 30 Building for tomorrow Why sustainable building solutions make sense 34 Measure twice, cut once Successful renovations start and finish with good planning 38 Winter-proofing your home Outside ideas to help weather winter’s worst

Welcome - publisher’s note This issue of Build & Renovate Today looks at the value of design, comparing what differences you’re likely to find between architecturally designed homes versus non-architectural homes. We look at the benefits of building with timber, view some seasonal colours, offer five easy home heating tips, and delve into the tiny-home revolution where you can live large with a small footprint. There are pieces on how to survive a major renovation in the age of delays, and the key to getting any renovation right the first time. You can walk through an exceptional home stretching along an elevated rural site, plus there’s useful information on exterior renovation ideas to help weather winter’s worst… plus lots more. Enjoy. Editor

Cover shot: Dulux Flourish Palette. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.




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Items of Desire


Smeg Electric Kettle, Mint Back to the 50’s retro style line, transform your space with Smeg’s iconic range. Beautifully crafted with a stainless-steel body, Features include a push-pull opening lid, 360 swivel base, and an automatic shutoff at 100 C. To keep it looking great, it has a removable and washable stainless steel lime scale filter and a concealed heating element prevents lime scale build-up.

By Megan Dunn

MX Keys Mini Keyboard An ultra-fluid typing experience – spherically-dished keys and increased stability that reduces noise. It provides comfort & stability – minimalist form factors align shoulders and allows the mouse to be placed closer to the keyboard for less hand reaching. Also, smart power efficient – backlist keys automatically adjust to the environment and turn off when not needed for optimal battery consumption. RRP: $159.99

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Scout Cushion 45cm Featuring bold shapes and vibrant colours, the Scout cushion is a true statement whether paired with plains or on its own. Perfect to be paired with colourful plains or as a standalone cushion. Screen-printed with Oeko-tex certified inks onto 100% organic washed linen. A statement cushion being a fantastic way to brighten up your space ahead of the winter months. RRP: $133.00

Riedel ‘O’ Pinot Noir Glass Pair So, what is ‘O’? In short: ‘O’ is the ideal glass for everyday use and for every occasion. It is fun, feels good to hold, looks trendy and it works! The designs of ‘O’ are based on the benchmark shapes of Riedel Vinum. Made in Austria, it fits in every dishwasher, picnic basket, minibar or small kitchen. Broken stems are a thing of the past! RRP: $65.00

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MX Anywhere 3 Mouse Ultra-portable – the mouse tracks on almost any surface so can work from anywhere, even bed. MagSpeed Electromagnetic scrolling is precise enough to stop on a pixel and fast enough to scroll 1,000 lines in a second. MX Anywhere 3 stays powered for up to 70 days on a full charge and gets three hours of use from a one-minute quick charge. Oh, and it’s nearly silent. The wheel’s machined steel gives it premium tactility and a dynamic inertia you feel but don’t hear. RRP: $119.00 B&R | 5


How to survive a major renovation in an age of building delays With the building materials shortage worsening, he says relationships between builders and customers can become strained as frustrations build-up, but current circumstances are beyond a builder’s control.

Surviving the strain of living through major home renovations is more gruelling than ever as the building materials shortage is in many instances doubling the amount of time families have to co-exist with the dust, the noise and the disorder of a building site. Mark Trafford, managing director and founder of the national renovations franchise Maintain To Profit, says that with an active coping plan in place, families are still getting through what is both a stressful and rewarding event in their lives. Mark says living on-site while the house is undergoing a major renovation can create health and safety hazards. “You also get builders turning off the power and water so they can work,

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“We tell clients that in about three months, they will lose it. They always tell us that they’re ‘not like that and that ‘everything will be fine’, but we know, after three months, they begin to unravel – it’s only human.” which can very hard on a family, if you don’t have coping strategies. “The lucky families are the ones that can afford to put the furniture in storage and move into an Airbnb, but even then the budget is getting hammered by extended stays in the Airbnb (or with family) due to scarcity of building materials.

Move out It’s always best policy to live elsewhere during a renovation. Families living on-site hinder the project, which as a result, takes longer to complete even when there aren’t materials shortages.


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Mark offers the following tips for major renovations in 2022:

Take time out It’s a good idea to spend as little time as possible in the house. “Take time out as much as you can, even if you are just making better use of your backyard for things like meals, coffee, homework and play – take more walks, do day long picnics on the weekends and make extended visits to family; even take regular weekends away. Getting out and about will help you de-stress.”

Designate activity zones “If you have young kids, they’re going to think they’re in Heaven’s playground. You have to be diligent about health and safety. Designate areas as for play, living and working and make sure the whole family understands the boundaries and that they buy-in to it.” For more information visit:




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Hot Homes

Home on

the range

Sitting quietly on a generous slice of land in Timaru, this exceptional home stretches along the contour of an elevated rural site, overlooking expansive farmland to the Southern Alps.

Featuring a grand gable entrance, cedar double door and schist blockwork, this grand 321sqm three-bedroom residence was expertly crafted by Wilson Building Timaru. Taking out the Mid & South Canterbury Registered Master Builders’ 2021 Supreme House of the Year award, as well as a Gold Award, Outdoor Living Excellence Award, Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award, alongside the CARTERS New Home $1 million - $1.5 million category – workmanship, craftsmanship and attention to detail are what makes this house stand out above the rest. Included in the design is a sweeping lounge with gable roof showcasing soaring ceiling, and tall doors to the outdoor entertaining area, which allows for superb open-plan living and indoor-outdoor flow. A sheltered and skylighted alcove with a barbeque, sink and outdoor heating, the outdoor living area is a cool, covered retreat in the heat of the day, and a sheltered space to lounge at night; accommodating of all weather and seasons. This long, low property sleeps guests in the west wing, with two bedrooms and a bathroom. 8 | B&R

The east-wing of the house features the main suite with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. The bathroom features quality tiles and elegant fittings which are complemented by contrasting rustic pieces that highlight the form and space. The view from the bath is the main feature of this simply planned space. Sitting in between is the hub, the light-filled kitchen with scullery, and living and dining spaces – inside and out. Throughout are

tasteful touches that tie the house to the land. These include hardwood posts that extend into the landscaping. Judges commented that: “The materials and detailing are of a very high quality and there has also been a clear and thoughtful planning process. The cedar cladding, schist and recycled timber combine to create an overall composition that compliments the art and spaces of the home’s interior.

“Antique farm machinery, garden chairs and collectables provide the finishing touches to this wonderfully landscaped site. The paving, pergola, and outdoor furniture create an ideal setting to contemplate the wider rural landscape. This provides an active outside living environment as well as an extension to the formal living spaces of the house. “This home is a stellar example of craftsmanship and attention to detail.”

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Building Industry

New Building Code requirements deliver energy efficiency change

List of changes in this year’s update: 1. Energy efficiency for housing and small buildings – Focusing on the level of insulation in Acceptable Solution H1/AS1 and Verification Method H1/VM1 2. Energy efficiency for large buildings – Focusing on the level of insulation in Acceptable Solution H1/AS2 and Verification H1/VM2 3. Energy efficiency for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in commercial buildings – Introducing the Verification Method H1/VM3 for the energy efficiency of HVAC systems

The latest changes to the Building Code will make new homes and buildings warmer, drier and healthier, with less impact on the climate, says Jenni Tipler, manager of Building Performance and Engineering at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The changes focus on increases to insulation requirements and introduce six new climate zones to reflect the specific weather experienced in different parts of New Zealand. “These are the biggest energy efficiency changes to the Building Code in over a decade and will support the building and construction sector to help New Zealand reach its goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050,” Jenni says. “The new requirements will reduce the energy needed to heat homes by up to 40 percent, allowing people to heat 10 | B&R

their homes more easily and efficiently, which will lead to positive health impacts and increased energy savings for New Zealanders. “One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to boost thermal performance is to increase roof insulation. That’s why we’ve decided to double the minimum amount of roof insulation required for new builds across the country. “Windows represent the largest source of heat loss in new homes, so we are increasing the minimum insulation level for windows across the country, with a focus on targeted higher upgrades in colder climate zones. “We recognise that regions across New Zealand have very different climates and the six new climate zones announced today mean buildings will need to be constructed to different insulation levels to reflect this. “The new window insulation requirements in the warmest

One of the simplest and most costeffective ways to boost thermal performance is to increase roof insulation. That’s why we’ve decided to double the minimum amount of roof insulation required for new builds across the country.

climate zones will see a twostep approach with an interim increase in the next year and an additional increase in the following year. By the end of 2023, all parts of the country will have a similar minimum level of window insulation requirements.”

4. Natural light for higherdensity housing – Refreshing the Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods (AS/VMs) for clause G7 to ensure people have the sufficient amount of daylight for higher density housing. 5. Weathertightness testing for higher-density housing – A revised a weathertightness testing method cited in Verification Method E2/VM2 that can be used to demonstrate that cladding systems are sufficiently weathertight. 6. Standards referenced in B1 Structure – Citation of four new standards used to demonstrate compliance for structural design in Acceptable Solution B1/ AS1 and Verification Method B1/VM1. 7. Editorial changes to Acceptable Solution B1/AS1 – Amended text within Acceptable Solution B1/AS1 to make editorial changes in regards to geotechnical requirements


Dan Dwyer Construction Dan Dwyer Construction is a locally born and bred licenced building practitioner with over 20 years of building experience throughout the Ashburton District, the wider Canterbury area and overseas.

He specialises in new builds, light commercial, renovations, farm buildings, decks and fencing.

Dan takes the extra steps to ensure his clients enjoy an open an informative service, from the planning stage right though to completion. The Dan Dwyer Construction team will provide a supreme building experience, ensuring a quality finish to the highest standard, with attention to detail and completed on time and to budget. DDC can organise all aspects of your project from plans and consents, to sub-contractors and

health and safety, to completely project manage to suit your needs. As a locally owned and operated company, DDC has a loyal and trustworthy group of suppliers and sub-contractors, ensuring continuity of work and efficient timeframes. DDC also has a range of 32 architecturally designed house plans to suit every location and need. The plan range covers all criteria that’s important to you. Whether space is at a premium, there’s a view to maximise, or if you have the luxury of being able to spread out, there’s a plan for you. You’ll have complete control over the entire process, guided by a NZ Certified Builder you can trust to create a home that’s unique to you. All new homes are covered by Certified Builders Halo 10 year guarantee, the most comprehensive 10 year residential building guarantee on the market.

So whether it’s a design and build, Cerified Plan or other building requirements give Dan a call to discuss how we can turn your dream into a reality. Dan Dwyer Construction Ltd 022 026 0017

The team at Dan Dwyer Construction provide a ‘supreme’ building experience ensuring the highest quality workmanship and at very competitive rates.

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The wonder of wood By Megan Dunn

The construction industry is one of the largest in New Zealand, and one of the most lucrative. It contributes greatly to our economy and is an essential sector for growth and prosperity in our nation. Statista New Zealand reported that the GDP contribution of the construction industry reached over 16.6 billion New Zealand dollars in the year ended March 2020. In the first quarter of 2021, over 170 thousand people were employed in this industry; a significant increase from just a decade prior. According to The World Health Organisation, climate change is the biggest health threat facing humanity today and without serious intervention on a global and community level the effects — which we are already seeing some of today — will soon become unavoidable as they have the potential to collapse our very security on earth. 12 | B&R

Everyone has to play their part in reducing their personal environmental footprint however, when industry heavyweights commit to combatting climate change, this sets the precedence for a sustainable future and reflects back positively on the community and nation as a whole. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has set a timeframe, saying that we need to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and to reduce emissions by 50 percent by 2030, if we are to steer clear of a range of climate change impacts. Information collected by the New Zealand Green Building Council states that Emissions from the construction industry have increased by 66 percent in the decade from 2007 - 2017. Furthermore, New Zealand’s built environment is responsible for 20 percent of the country›s carbon footprint.


If reduction to the emissions associated with the building and construction sector is successful, this has the ability to not only contribute largely in meeting the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but also significantly improve the health and wellbeing of Kiwis all over the country. Timber is the most sustainable building material that is currently available in the industry. Majority of residential homes in New Zealand are constructed with timber, which is fantastic, however in larger commercial buildings, steel and concrete are still dominantly the materials of choice. The Ministry of Primary Industries published a summary of some of the benefits of using wood in construction, incorporating industry feedback: • Wood is sustainable, renewable, and generally less energy-intensive to process compared to other construction materials, including concrete and steel. Wood is an available resource that is biodegradable and easy to dispose of • Through its ability to store carbon, wood is essential in transitioning New Zealand to a carbon-neutral economy • The long-term locking away of carbon dioxide in the form of buildings is recognised in international climate agreements for carbon accounting. This means the more trees New Zealand can convert into buildings, the greater our contribution to climate change targets will be. With resources, knowledge and industry backing becoming more prevalent around the positive use of timber in the industry, it is hoped this will facilitate the greater use of the material in jobs outside of the residential sector. B&R | 13

Rangiora Scaffolding

Rangiora Scaffolding Rangiora Scaffolding Limited is a local scaffolding business based in Rangiora, the largest town of the Waimakariri District in the Canterbury region. Rangiora Scaffolding specialises in new builds, but also accommodates all kinds of scaffolding wants and needs, from working platforms to edge protection. Services also include but are not limited to: residential and commercial buildings with new and existing builds, building maintenance, exterior painting, construction, inspections, development, installations, repairs, maintenance, and rebuilding. The team is full of experienced, knowledgeable, and supportive people ready to help anyone with their scaffolding desires. The team also offers quality workmanship, uses prime materials, always works hard on the job, and communicates fast and efficiently with their customers. They are always there to get the job done and can help customers with their scaffolding construction needs whenever they need help.

Customers have always had good things to say about the company, so people can feel at ease knowing this company, which has been running since 2015, is a trusted and well-recognised business in Rangiora. The business is run by a very hardworking and experienced director Jason McDonald whom locals may already know. The team can ensure customers will receive help and advice on what needs to be done right away, as the team is always super-efficient when it comes to letting their customers know what is going to happen and what to do next. The team is great at outlining a plan and ensuring their customers are okay with everything before they go ahead with the project. They are passionate about their jobs and provide their customers with the best solutions and outcome. Whether a project is big or small, customers can rest assured the team is reliable and competent. Health and safety requirements are always taken into consideration.

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The team ensures all systems, procedures, and team members are suitable for the job and follow all the regulations.

process is very simple. Anyone who tries to get in contact with Rangiora Scaffolding Limited will come to realisation that they are in the right hands! So, why not enquire with Rangiora Scaffolding Limited today.

Customers have always had good things to say about the company, so people can feel at ease knowing this company, which has been running since 2015, is a trusted and wellrecognised business in Rangiora.

Interested in getting in touch with Jason and his team?

To highlight more about what Rangiora Scaffolding Limited has to offer, the company’s prices are super affordable, any materials that are used are of a high-standard, advice given by team members is exceptional and easy to understand, and the

Head to the Rangiora Scaffolding Limited Facebook page here for more information: rangiorascaffolding On the Rangiora Scaffolding Facebook page, people will be able to find a little description of the company,the community, various photos of previous projects done in the region, and Jason’s contact details. To get in touch, call Jason on 027 436 6901 or email at The team looks forward to meeting new customers, seeing their regulars again, and helping customers with their scaffolding needs. Be sure to contact Jason first to talk about any enquiries.

Rangiora Scaffolding Ltd We specialize in new builds, but cater for all scaffolding needs from working platforms to edge protection.

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Interior Design

Seasonal delights Warm your interior with rich, bold and natural tones

As the weather cools and we return to living and entertaining indoors, our interiors will play a crucial role in enriching the senses and providing comfort and connection in the home.

Stylist: Bree Leech. | Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

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Interior Design Flourish Palette. Colours: Ceilings: Dulux Sandfly Point Half. Walls: Dulux Whangara. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

The Flourish palette - one of three colour palettes from the 2022 Dulux Colour Forecast – harmoniously blends the warm, natural shades of Dulux Whāngārā and Sandfly Point Half with the bold, rich tones of Dulux Silo Park and Pōhutu Geyser, to create a welcoming and comforting space where people can relax and retreat to over the cooler autumn months. Dulux Colour specialist, Davina Harper, says colour can be the key to elevating your home interior to create a fresh and inviting atmosphere for all to enjoy. “There are some really beautiful colours in the Flourish palette. Dulux Whāngārā is a surprisingly versatile warm putty-coloured neutral, which works alongside many other colours, like the decadent Dulux Silo Park. “I also think Dulux Sandfly Point Half will resonate with home enthusiasts as it’s a contemporary, slightly warm white that suits both traditional and modern aesthetics,” Davina says. To help showcase the palette and inspire the use of colour in interiors, Dulux Colour Forecaster

and stylist Bree Leech undertook a makeover in an open plan living and dining space using the Flourish palette. Used primarily for family time but also entertaining, Leech incorporated soft pinks, warm whites and rich reds from the palette to help build on the room’s existing character and features.

Flourish Palette. Colours: Cabinets: Dulux Basic Coral. Kitchen: Dulux Sandfly Point Half. Feature wall: Dulux Silo Park. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

“The space is a beautiful, light-filled modern extension in a family home with great architectural details – we wanted to showcase this by using the natural, muted tones from the Flourish palette on the wall as a tonal backdrop to the stronger accent colour and then punctuate the interior with bold, daring colours in the decor to create a more distinct look and feel,” Bree says. “The side table and cabinet feature Dulux Coatesville, which works with other red moments throughout to connect the adjoining areas. Adding blue and black accents also helps break up all of the tonality within the room, providing the dining area with a related identity to the open plan living area,” Bree adds. B&R | 17

Interior Design When applying colours from the Dulux Colour Forecast, Leech says to start with a tonal palette to build from and connect your main furniture pieces. “To add an edge to the interior, select some smaller statement pieces that feature bold colours and interesting finishes, such as natural stone and coloured glass, to provide contrast, however, still compliment and harmonise your overall colour scheme. “Highlight bold colour in artwork and soft furnishings, and don’t forget to add versatility to the scheme with some additional hues, the way we have, by adding blue, black and cream,” Bree says. Warmth can also be created using texture. Bree recommends adding soft furnishings with textured fabric and tactile finishes in the Flourish palette, to help bring a polished and customised look to the space – think dining room seating, living room sofas and cushions, or even statement occasional chairs. According to Davina, there are so many colour and scheming

options in the Flourish palette, each creating a dramatically different effect, so don’t be afraid to explore the range and test out different concepts before you commit to a look. “If you want a more contrasting ambiance, look at a warmer main colour and simply use a cool combination of décor items in colours such as Dulux Kenepuru Sound, Karori or Browns Bay. “If you want to create a much moodier space, reverse the scheme and use these bold hues as the main colour(s) and add the warmth in your accents to balance.” “The old saying ‘change is as good as a holiday’ comes to mind here. Selecting any one of these Flourish colours can really add to the emotive feeling of a room and make you fall in love with your home all over again,” Davina says. “Start with one shade and go from there – you’d be surprised at what a difference a colour transformation can make!”

Flourish Palette. Colours: Ceilings: Dulux Sandfly Point Half. Cabinets: Dulux Basic Coral. Feature wall: Dulux Silo Park. Side table: Dulux Coatesville. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

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The value of design By Natasha Parrant

When buying a home, homeowners wonder if an architect’s house build and/or renovations are worth the money. Fortunately, an Australian study by The University of Melbourne and Architeam Co-operative in 2018 found small-practice architects provide better value for money than nonarchitect designed homes on the property market. The project assessed architects’ profits from the sales of properties or investments made within the Melbourne property market. Researchers found architectdesigned homes were held for 1.1 years longer than nonarchitectural homes on average. The architect-designed homes improved in value by 1.2 percent each year - more than nonarchitect-designed homes. To read more go to: https:// architect-led-house-renovationsdeliver-value-for-moneystudy-finds.

In terms of New Zealand, Westpac New Zealand digital content specialist, Ryan Boyd, shared via REDnews the difference between a draftsman and an architect to figure out which is better value for its money. Ryan found from TradeSkills Auckland managing director, Gerald Mannion, that a draftsman is better for a simple project that needs building consent. Draftsmen need to source architects and engineers, prepare plans, and the practicalities before doing renovations like adding in extra windows, doors, a new bathroom, decks over 1.5 metres, room garages, and sleep-outs. Architects are better suited for more complicated projects like a house or commercial building. These experts plan, design, and oversee the construction process, but their designs cost more because they communicate with the client about everything from the planning stage to the project completion.

They have a lot of experience in the creativity and science behind the building design process, such as the responsibility of how safe the buildings are, the occupants living in them, and must be licensed professionals. Draftsmen have trained for two years at a technical institute, whereas architects studied their master’s for five years at university. The cost of an architect in New Zealand depends on the architect as each company is different. In general, the cost is based on a percentage value of the whole project value (depending on project type, size, and time). Most architects charge 10 percent of the final building cost, but for the drawings, they could charge four to six percent of the cost – whereas draftsmen (only looking after the drawings) will charge one to three percent of the final building costs, says Gerald. New Zealand Institute of Architects CEO Teena

Pennington says an architect is best to utilise “the maximum value” of your money. “Architects are equipped to deal with everything… planning and consent, contractors and the council, and other professional consultants such as engineers and surveyors.” Architects offer solutions within the budget as they know what’s worthy and what’s not when it comes to design and construction, she says. “You’re getting a design tailored to your circumstances. “Others might offer lower fees, but investing a bit more in design, in considering and costing options, and in getting things right at the start will pay off during construction and after completion. “You’ll get a result that works for you, and one that adds value to your property.” To read more head to: architect-vs-draftsman. B&R | 19

Healthy Homes

C LD COMFORT Here in New Zealand, every winter, without fail, we hear horror stories about individuals living in horridly damp and mouldy conditions.

As a general rule of thumb – if the indoor temperature is at least seven degrees C warmer than the outdoor temperature, it’ll prevent condensation forming on colder surfaces.

The government’s healthy homes standards, which set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture, drainage and draught-stopping in rental properties, became law on July 1, 2019. However, according to an annual survey of renters and landlords by Colmar Brunton, in 2021, 57 percent of 1600 renters reported a problem with dampness or mould – a two percent increase since 2020.

According to the World Health Organisation, 18°C is a healthy temperature for any room being used – higher for children, the elderly and people who are ill. Yet, Health Navigator NZ reports that many homes in Aotearoa sit at an average of 6°C below this guideline during the winter months.

Specifically, these issues included the presence of mould, poor insulation, gaps in floorboards, walls or windows, no heating in the main living area or bedrooms, or no hot water. Condensation was also a recurring problem, with 37 percent reporting regular condensation on windows during winter and 29 percent needing to remove water from their windows daily. And the situation was markedly worse for young people and renters. Sixty-five percent of people under the age of 35 reported they were living in homes (many of which would likely be rental properties), which had issues with mould, heating and/or insulation. In addition to this, more than one in five of the 1,000 landlords surveyed admitted the main living room in their rental property did not have appropriate heating. With the coldest, wettest days of winter unfortunately still ahead of us, there are a few factors we can check on around the house to make winter pass more comfortably. Mustiness, mouldy walls and weeping windows are all hallmark signals that you may need to 20 | B&R

reduce moisture and increase ventilation or heating in your home. If you do happen to notice any of these signs, the first and most important place to start, is to reduce any sources of dampness. Indeed, you’d be surprised at how easily moisture can slip undetected into your home. One of the largest – yet sneakiest – sources of dampness, is moisture evaporating up from the ground through your floors. With this in mind, always check under your property and fix any drainage, guttering or plumbing issues — then consider installing a sealed moisture control sheet. Now, once the primary sources of dampness have been dealt to, it’s time to consider ventilation.

Although it may seem counterintuitive, opening your windows on a chilly day can allow airflow and ventilation to remove any excess moisture that’s hanging around inside. If you haven’t already, make a habit out of using extractor fans – especially in wet areas such as the bathroom and kitchen. A dehumidifier is also an efficient – albeit more costly – way to target parts of your home that don’t otherwise get enough airflow. New homes, if designed, insulated and ventilated well, can have little to no heating or cooling requirements in many parts of New Zealand. Conversely, older homes that were built with littleto-no insulation can often be quite expensive to heat.

As a general rule of thumb – if the indoor temperature is at least seven degrees C warmer than the outdoor temperature, it’ll prevent condensation forming on colder surfaces. Keep in mind, if you’re using a heat pump it’s more costeffective to use low levels of heat consistently, rather than high levels in short bursts. This will also prevent condensation. Another handy trick to keep the draft out, is to use draught seal tape around windows and doors to keep the cold air out and reduce condensation. If you’re renting, a good exercise is to always check existing insulation is in good condition. As a guide, insulation should fill up to the top of the roof/ceiling joists. Snug-fitting curtains are also useful in helping retain passive heat from the sun during the day.

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top home heating tips

If you want to help keep your whānau healthy this winter, make sure your home is kept wellventilated and warm. Here are Health Navigator New Zealand’s top five tips to keep your home warm this winter season:

1. Insulate your house Insulation in the roof and under the floor keeps your house warm and dry in winter. Some local or regional councils offer insulation deals and the Winter Energy Payment is available for some people. Insulation is also now compulsory in all rental homes.

2. Install snug-fitting curtains Having snug-fitting curtains helps keep your house warm. There are several curtain banks that provide good quality, secondhand curtains. Make sure you open your curtains in the morning to let the sun’s heat in and close them just before sunset to keep the cold out.

3. Draught-proof windows and doors Check there aren’t any draughts coming in through any windows or doors, as this will make your house cold. A draught stopper across the bottom of a door (or a rolled up dry towel) helps keep the cold out.

4. Purchase a good heater Electric heaters are cheap to buy and safe to use. A heat pump with a thermostat is also a good option as it keeps the cost down. Portable or unflued indoor gas heaters release dangerous toxins and increase moisture.

Although it may seem counter-intuitive, opening your windows on a chilly day can allow airflow and ventilation to remove any excess moisture that’s hanging around inside.

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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.

NewTech Homes

A passion for construction

Max Zhao from NewTech Homes boasts an impressive resume which showcases his broad knowledge and expertise. • Director at Newtech Homes Ltd • Former Project Manager at Mike Greer Homes 2013-2017 • Former Quantity Surveyor at Switched On 2011-2013 • Studies BE (Hons) Civil at University of Southern Queensland – Australia • Studied Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies/ Administration/Management at Massey University • Studied Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) at Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Max Zhao from NewTech Homes has ample experience in the industry; experience which reveals itself in the company’s work.

His passion and love for construction is evident and after seven years in the industry, he knew it was time to begin the mission of starting his own construction company; this was how NewTech Homes was born.

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He currently has his LBP design level 2 license, LBP carpentry license, is a registered master builder and is also New Zealand registered QS.

• Studied Bachelor of Construction Quantity Surveying & Project Management at Massey University

His company provides design and build services, and Max has massive knowledge about design, building code, and cost control - that’s why clients come back to sign with them again and again.

• Studied Carpentry level 4 at UCOL Universal College of Learning - Palmerston North.

Clients of NewTech Homes know that Max and the team make the entire process stress-free and easy, all their clients have to do is sit back and watch their plans come to life.

Their process usually begins before the client bids on a piece of land, so they can design to maximise the number of units to suit the land and provide the estimated cost to achieve maximum return for the client.

They also have recently completed many multi units and have more lined up for the rest of 2022 and 2023.

Developers are welcome to contact us for more details about subdividing and multi-build units.

NewTech Homes What really sets Newtech Homes apart is they specialise in tailoring the design and build to your site and budget. No site is too difficult or unique for the team here to make tailor to exactly what you had in mind. Max is an advocate of this mantra from fabled architect Frank Lloyd Wright: “No house should ever be on any hill… It should be of the hill, belonging to it, so hill and house could live together each the happier for the other”. For a hill site, which is notorious for being costly and at times

difficult, their goal is to sit the house within the landscape, as part of it, as opposed to dominating it. The hillside itself inspires the concept of the home. There are two ways to build a house on a sloped lot: using the “cut and fill” method or making use of stilts. NewTech Homes have expertise in crafting wonderful homes on hill sites. They will always discuss the plan, cost and process to build your dream home at your budget. The process of bringing that picture to life is more complicated

than it would be for the average dwelling however, with experienced builders, they are fully managing all the stages to the highest standards.

Max has a lovely wife and daughter, who always supports him in his endeavours and is a large reason for his ongoing success.

They also carry out renovation jobs for your existing home.

From renovations, high spec homes, lower-cost investment properties, and multi-units the crew at Newtech Homes really do have knowledge in every facet of the industry. Get in contact with them today, Max would love to hear from you.

So, is 2022 finally the year that you are going to give your home the spruce up you’ve been wanting to do for years? NewTech Homes takes the stress out of the project, you really are in the best hands possible. Your home will look completely transformed without blowing the bank.

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We provide repairs, installations, maintenance, top service, equipment, materials, and most importantly, a solution for all of your electrical needs.

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Tiny Homes

The tiny-home


When he first started Genuine Tiny Homes (GTH), Bryan Staples was motivated by two key factors – the need for affordable housing in New Zealand and a desire to create a quality product that would enrich people’s lives. Indeed, in a world, where real estate prices are skyrocketing and the property is scarce – “Not enough is being done to address high building costs and the restrictive planning rules that prevent affordable home ownership for many kiwis,” Brian says. Life shouldn’t be defined by the struggle to purchase a house and pay back large debts. However, that’s not to say you should give up on the dream of owning a property. With that being said, a great business should help people and fortunately the team at Genuine Tiny Homes have just the solution to your problem. Utilising superior materials and building techniques, Genuine 26 | B&R

Tiny Homes set a benchmark for stylish tiny house living with adaptable modernist designs. GTH homes all come with guarantees for build quality and materials and are made right here in New Zealand by qualified staff. General manager, Mark Bohan, is a true tiny house pioneer with extensive experience repurposing shipping containers for luxury modular dwellings including: rentals, family homes, offices, tiny houses and studios. “Our journey with container building and design began 25 years ago with a rising demand for eco-friendly tourist rentals and more sustainable living options,” he says. Genuine Tiny Homes exceed the New Zealand building code for strength, insulation and durability. Shipping containers are designed to bear heavy loads and withstand extreme conditions, so when it comes to structural integrity these consentable tiny homes are in a league of their own.

Shipping containers are designed to bear heavy loads and withstand extreme conditions, so when it comes to structural integrity these consentable tiny homes are in a league of their own. Drawing on the latest materials and designs to allow for maximum energy efficiency, each Genuine Tiny Home comes with an automatic ventilation and heat recovery system. This keeps the air pleasantly warm, fresh and clean from dust. The system has optional pollen and carbon filters with minimal power consumption. In addition to this, double glazed low emission windows reduce heat loss by 70 percent. The external cladding system wraps your home in an insulation envelope for extra thermal efficiency adding an additional layer of weather tightness. Tiny homes speak to a certain desire to simplify and downsize, in spite of today’s strong financial headwinds.

Both economical and portable, these dwellings are fast gaining traction here in New Zealand because of how affordable they can be.

Whether you’re looking to buy a first home, rental accommodation, or you’re scaling back down – Genuine Tiny Homes offers an alternative pathway for quality home ownership at a reasonable price. Embrace the beauty of tiny-living by getting in touch with Genuine Tiny Homes today. Genuine Tiny Homes Corner of Fitzgerald Ave and Moorhouse Ave Christchurch 0800 846 969 info@genuinetinyhomes

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Thinking big and building tiny Based in the Selwyn township of Rolleston, NZ Tiny Living began in 2020, the year of the pandemic, where the whole world seemed to grind to a halt.

Out of this the team at NZ Tiny Living was able to grow into a solution focused company who lives and breathes tiny houses.

Volkmar and Heike Wollenweber began the company after becoming enraptured with the tiny house movement during the first lockdown and seeing it as a viable option for those who are currently being squeezed out of the housing market.

On the industrial Jones Road in Rolleston, where trucks rumble as they take their load all over NZ, stands a small building yard who is gaining a huge presence. You can’t ignore the various tiny houses in their yard of all shapes, sizes and stages of completion.

The Wollenwebers also believe in giving people a step up and have often employed people who are transitioning out of the NZ prison system to give them a hand up. They have not been let down; these people are some of the most hardworking people in the business.

NZ Tiny Living usually has three to four builds on the go at once and their team is as passionate about tiny living as the name suggests.

The tiny houses themselves are built on galvanised steel trailers that are built onsite with the framing being designed and then fitted onto the trailer.

From 2.4m wide and 6m long studio unit to a large 3m wide, 12m long build with two mezzanine bedrooms and a separate room downstairs - the options are limited only by their clients’ imaginations.

hopes to accommodate as many clients as possible.

The increase in interest in tiny houses in New Zealand has grown at such an exponential rate that NZ Tiny Living are looking to increase their number of staff again in the

NZ Tiny Living is a company of people who live and breathe tiny living, who know their products inside and out because they truly have the passion for them and they believe in what they do.

At this stage there is a 6-9 month wait time for a tiny house to be built as Covid is still holding up the import of materials.

Products We offer a wide variety of small units for private and commercial use. We can also supply kitsets and provide support with installation. From luxurious to stylish, from simple to functional, built to a high standard from quality products – Tiny Homes, proudly made here in New Zealand.

We can build to any stage of completion, so if you’d like to do some DIY work on your Tiny House, our Kitset would be right for you. Our passion is to bring your Tiny Home ideas to reality. We make the most out of small spaces with our smart design Tiny Homes. NZ TINY LIVING provides an affordable solution for simplified, comfortable living.

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New Zealand Tiny Homes Mainland The rise in popularity of Tiny Homes over the past five years has been nothing short of exceptional. Whether a lifestyle choice, an opportunity to simplify living or for the chance to get on the property ladder with a brand new home for a lot less, Tiny Homes offer a wonderful home solution. But where do you start? With a market becoming flooded with choices, understanding the Tiny Homes landscape is becoming more and more tricky. Simplifying the experience with a modern, high-quality consented product is what stands NZ Tiny Homes apart from the burgeoning crowd.

high stud and complete with modern fixtures and fittings – a brand new home that not only exceeds the requirements of the NZ Building Code, but means every home comes complete with Certificate of Code Compliance – an important element that most other tiny homes cannot provide.

Built by their own builders with over 60 years combined construction experience, NZ Tiny Homes are well-appointed homes; proof that not all tiny homes are created equal. Every NZ Tiny Home is fully insulated with double glazing,

To ensure individuality, every NZ Tiny Home is bespoke. Working with an in-house architectural team, at no extra cost, every element and aspect of a new tiny home is designed from the ground up. It is important that the home is built

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to fit the client, not the other way around. Starting with some basic design ideas with either one or two bedrooms, the NZ Tiny Homes team will help create the perfect beautiful new home with a variety of choices in both interior and exterior

colours, lighting, tapware, joinery and flooring. To see your next home, arrange a factory visit at NZ Tiny Homes by contacting Gary Hughes on 0275 630 994 or for more information, visit NZ Tiny Homes website

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High-spec tiny houses from the future Littlefoot Homes combine craftsmanship, aesthetics, and sustainability. Founded by Ben Golby, a master builder who has been building luxury homes in the Queenstown region for over 10 years (and in the UK before that), Littlefoot set out to redefine the perception and experience of tiny house living. Each home is crafted to exceed a client’s expectations. Unlike many tiny houses, Littlefoot homes are built to code, ensuring safety and durability. Where possible, local and eco-friendly materials are used, including thermally-broken double-glazing, bamboo options for flooring and benchtops, non-toxic New Zealand made plyboard, Nelson timber, and Earthwool or New Zealand natural wool insulation. Another unique edge is their smart home option; automate and change the colour of every

light, intelligently automate your heating or cooling, control your blinds, automatically lock and unlock your home, monitor power usage, control music, and more. Living in a Littlefoot home can feel like living in the future.

when smoke, carbon monoxide or a water leak is detected.

This is also the perfect solution for a holiday home or AirBNB. Remotely control the lights, heating and gas before guests arrive and after they leave. You can even change lock codes between bookings. As an added safety feature, get alerts when someone enters the home or

Houses can be built as a tiny house on wheels, or as a transportable home to be put on piles. You can choose to be on-grid or off-grid, making them flexible enough to meet any situation. And, while being located in Cromwell, Littlefoot can arrange delivery nationwide.

Littlefoot offers a free, noobligation consultation to help you decide which layout, style and other options will best meet your specific needs. Or, try their onsite home builder with automatic quoting. Building spots are in high demand, so get your dream home underway asap by heading over to

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Sustainable Building Solutions

Why sustainable building solutions make sense There are lots of things to consider when planning your new home or major renovation. One area rightfully deserving to be high on the list is sustainable building solutions. Incorporating good environmental design before you commence a project is vitally important for the conservation and welfare of our limited natural resources, can save you money in the long run and can avoid costly alterations later on. Homestar is the official rating and certification programme, operated by the New Zealand Green Building Council, that evaluates the environmental attributes of New Zealand’s stand-alone homes in terms of energy, health and comfort, water, waste and more. The rating is on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being very poor and 10 being world excellence). Many of the more problematic old kiwi homes sit in the 2-3 star region - so there is plenty of room for improvement. With the introduction of a rating system homeowners are able to use Homestar™ to independently demonstrate true value of their home. As the market develops and demand increases, homes with a higher star rating will be able to sell for more money. Many overseas countries are now requesting that homes be officially certified before they can be bought or sold, and it is expected that Homestar will be one of the biggest changes to the New Zealand residential market in years to come. 30 | B&R

The Homestar assessment framework is divided into seven main sections. Each section is then subdivided into a number of “credits”. A quick overview of the framework can be: 1 Energy, health and comfort Looking into energy efficiency throughout the house (space and water heating, whiteware, lighting and renewable energy), moisture control, noise control and useability for disabled people. 2 Water Focussing mainly on water conservation within the home, including rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling wherever possible. 3 Materials Ensuring you select environmentally certified materials, helping provide healthy indoor air quality and a more environmentally friendly supply chain for your home. 4 Waste Looking at waste management during the construction process as well as from user occupation. 5 Site Looking at items such as storm water runoff control, native ecology, access to regular transport connections and local amenities, etc. 6 Management Looking at health and safety issues within the home and the selection of environmentally responsible building contractors.

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The insulation equation A research report on the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes has revealed that current minimum requirements for insulation under New Zealand’s building code are not the most cost effective. The research shows millions of dollars are set to be saved through higher standards of insulation.

The research was carried out by Pitt & Sherry for Knauf Insulation and is endorsed by the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries, Australia and New Zealand (AWCI), and the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP). It analysed the current ‘deemed to satisfy’ levels against ‘costoptimal’ levels in different climates and house-types.

Across all New Zealand cities, insulation levels higher than the current minimum required could save residents $70 million over 30 years; the benefits far outweighing the upfront cost.

Knauf Insulation managing director, Stuart Dunbar says that when it comes to insulation, the majority of new buildings will only adhere to the minimum code requirements.

On average, ceilings required a 50 percent increase in insulation and walls up to 35 percent. Inadequate insulation for both heating and cooling will cost individual households anywhere up to $5,500 over time.

“This research highlights that in most cities and house types this is not the most cost effective. Across the board, New Zealand homes would benefit from insulation levels above the current standard.

“In addition, the study found that retrofitting is also very cost-effective and pays for itself through savings on energy bills in less than eight years in almost every case. This is solid evidence of just how costeffective insulation is for New Zealand homes. “The benefits of insulation should last the life of the building with minimal maintenance, unlike heaters and air conditioners which need to be serviced and eventually replaced.” AWCI executive director, Ian Swann believes the analysis highlights an important issue, given heating and cooling makes up an average of a third of home energy bills. “This is significant because recent data has highlighted that nearly 60 percent of New Zealand homes still have inadequate

insulation. Yet 35 percent of the energy used in the average New Zealand household is used for heating. “Cost is compelling, but it’s also important to consider the health and sustainability benefits of better insulated housing. Uncomfortably low indoor temperatures in winter have an adverse impact on health and heating is expensive.” Topping up ceiling insulation in existing homes was shown to be the number one priority. An uninsulated home loses and gains more heat through the ceiling and roof than any other part of the house. About 25 percent of heat from the average uninsulated house is lost through the walls and up to 35 percent of heat is typically lost through the ceiling.

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Renovation Trends

It’s all in the


While renovations can be an exciting process for homeowners, before you go all hands-on deck, you need to have a solid plan in place and make sure you’ve covered all your bases. Money, money, money Before you get carried away with completely remodeling your home, take into consideration the total value of your property. The last thing you want to be doing is throwing money down the drain. Renovations should add value to your home - if you overspend on your renovations when it comes time to sell, you could end up well out of pocket.

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If it is your family home you’re investing in and you plan on being there for the next 10 or so years, spending a bit more and renovating to your liking is acceptable, but it still doesn’t pay to go overboard. Sit down and work out a plan and a budget and stick to it.

Trends A common mistake people make when renovating is completely diverting from the original style and character of their home, and turning the renovation zone into a market-leading trend setter. While your renovated space will keep up with the cool kids, the rest of your home will feel disconnected.

It is important to keep in mind the overall feel of your home, by all accounts, renovations should modernise your existing home, but they should also enhance the areas that are being left untouched. Trends come and go, so choose timeless designs that reflect your personal style. You chose your home for a reason - keep that style in mind.

Demolition Doing your own demolition work before the professionals come in can save you vital pennies during your renovation, but can cost you dearly if you’re not careful.

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Grand designs Over the past two and half years, the pandemic reality is that we have worked, slept, and even socialized, all within the confines of our own homes.

property since he was 18 years old. Speaking from his many years of experience, he shares that one of the most important things to consider when renovating is your ‘why’.

This time has allowed many of us to examine what works within our spaces, and subsequently decide what no longer serves us.

“Look at the reason why you are renovating – is it for your longterm family home? Or a quick flip on a house?

Though, while a DIY home remodeling project may appear tempting at first, it’s always good to seek expert advice first, to prevent any such issues down the track.

“Early engagement with a builder is key to a successful outcome on a renovation. Our builders can create a vision and see the potential for how a property will present, while working with the client to suit their lifestyle and functionality needs,” Andrews says.

Touted as one of Dunedin’s leading building practitioners, RenoMasters evolved after director Andrew Elliott identified a gap in the market for specialist home renovators. An innovator at heart, Andrew has been passionate about investing and adding value to

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run. Having a contingency plan for renovations and accounting for this in your budget is the best way to approach it,” he says.

advance as possible to avoid any pesky project delays.

When remodeling, Andrew also strongly warns individuals against compromising on quality.

A major ongoing challenge facing the building industry at the moment is supply chain shortages.

“We continue to work closely with our valuable contractors and maintain high levels of communication. Again, early renovation planning is key for clients looking at renovating.”

“Especially when it comes to fixtures and fittings, as it will be more cost effective in the long

Andrew explains to tackle this issue, RenoMasters are planning ahead and ordering as far in

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The risk of asbestos being present in your home is extremely high if your home was built before the year 2000. The legalities During the initial consultations, you will need to determine how major the renovations are. Dealing with the building structure, weatherproofing and/or roofing requires a LBP to carry out the restricted building work. It’s never a bad idea to talk to your council’s planning department to see if you need building consent for the work you want to carry out. From there you can determine whether you need an engineer and draughts person to produce working drawings. Failing to comply with council and building regulations can void any insurance you have on your

Talk with a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) before undertaking any major renovations and discuss with them what you can and can’t demolish - the last thing you want to be taking out is a main structural wall. Furthermore - gutting the room entirely may not be necessary - there may be aspects of the room that you can work with. If new carpet is being installed save yourself further dollars by tearing out the existing carper yourself. Simply cut it into strips with a craft knife, rip it out and roll it up.

The unforeseen nightmare Once that demolition begins to take place, who knows what you will uncover from rotten floor boards, leaky pipes to the dreaded asbestos. If you haven’t explored all the options during the planning stages, then these little surprises can really throw you off course. The risk of asbestos being present in your home is extremely high if your home was built before the year 2000. 36 | B&R

More than one type of paint Painting your home is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to instantly change the look and feel of your home. A splash of colour is a great way to let your signature style shine through. Doing your own painting can save you thousands, so is definitely worth it if you have the time. However, be sure to speak to your paint specialists because one type does not fit all. Your skirting boards require different paint to your walls. You can’t use the paint from your walls in the bathroom and your ceilings have their own unique blend as well.

Prep work Don’t skimp on your prep work. Yes - it’s tiresome and time consuming, but it’s the prep work that determines the final result. If you can’t be bothered, hire a professional. Doing it right, right from the start will save you time, and as a result money, in the long run.

home and some contents and is punishable under law for fines up to $200,000.

The council has the power to remove any work that has been carried out if it does not have consent. For more information on this, go to:

In summation So, before you get too excited, take a logical approach. What areas of your home will benefit you the most, how much money are you willing to spend, have you done your background research? Failing to plan means you’re planning to fail, the one saying that could not be better suited to home renovation.


Controversy is king Perhaps the most controversial building in the regionNelson’s Civic House is back in the news and for a very surprising reason, having recently been featured in Nelson Marlborough region’s Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects awards. The judges said, “Civic House speaks a different language with character, honesty and a unique identity. “The robustness of its late Brutalist forms may not win universal approval, but there is an integrity in its materiality that reveals a higher level of architectural consideration.” The brutalist concrete building designed by Ministry of Works architect John Rowe, which was completed in 1983, was the winner of the Enduring Architecture section of the awards. Over its 40-year lifespan, the building became the poster boy for architectural criticisms and has been the butt of

countless jokes and insults. The reality being many people find Brutalist buildings, which are characterised by their massive, monolithic and ‘blocky’ appearance, offensive, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Now retired, Rowe always felt confident with his work on the project despite heavy criticism. Rowe reflects that whilst the building does resonate with the Brutalist style, as a younger architect this wasn’t his direct intention and he was simply fulfilling the specific guidelines and specifications given by the ministry. The judges admired the honesty of this style of structure. “At six stories, the building’s scale and

bulk is uncompromising, yet also idealistic, hinting at a future where Nelson grows beyond its provincial roots. “Almost 40 years since it was constructed, Civic House continues to evoke strong emotions and remains as controversial today as when it was first conceived.”

Notable buildings around the globe have been initially meet with contempt from the public. Take for example The Eiffel Tower, which was heavily criticised and even protested- the crowds saying it would ruin Paris. Today, the work is cherished and celebrated conveying societies perception switch over time.

Controversy is ultimately a given in architecture as with art and sculptures.

Whether this statement is true for Nelson’s Civic House… the jury’s still out on that one.


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WINTER READY Autumn is a beautiful time of year, but let’s not get lost in all that autumn has to offer – there’s too much to do before winter sets in. Because of the mild weather we experience in autumn, it’s the perfect time to work on weather dependent renovations around the home. Painting and plastering Autumn is a great time to get to the painting projects you’ve been meaning to around the house. Summer is difficult for painting because the higher temperatures and direct sunlight can make for uneven drying times. Winter is tricky because rainy weather increases air moisture which interferes with drying. Resene suggests that ideal weather for painting includes a gentle breeze, humidity between 70-80 percent and temperatures between 15-20°C. As a rule of thumb, Resene suggests that if clothes on the line aren’t drying, neither will your paint. Outside temperatures are important to consider even when painting inside. Although inside you’re sheltered from wind and rain, homes internal temperatures and moisture levels are affected by outside temperature and weather. Extra equipment like fans and heaters can be used to increase ventilation and temperature in poor weather conditions, but extra equipment is more of a hassle and more to juggle. Just as painting is dependent on temperature and moisture levels, plastering is even more so. It’s important to get it right the first time so any wall applications going over the plaster looks its best. 38 | B&R

Just as painting is dependent on temperature and moisture levels, plastering is even more so.

Roof repair and maintenance

Door and window upgrade

Out of sight, out of mind – that goes for many parts of the home including the roof. Roof maintenance involve more than just clearing out gutters and downspouts.

New Zealand homes have made a reputation for themselves as being cold, damp and draught ridden which impacts the comfort and well-being of everyone in the home – particularly in the winter months.

Sometimes we don’t realise something’s wrong with the roof until it’s too late and the damage is already done. That’s why regular roof cleaning is important to ensure your roof achieves its full lifespan.

When it comes to draughts, the usual suspects include doors and windows but can also appear in ceilings and fireplaces. As we all know, gaps let cold air in, causing heat pumps to overwork. Sometimes gaps occur because weather stripping or door

sweeps need replacing. Other times it’s because the door or window succumbed to rot or was somehow damaged, therefore, it no longer fits its frame. When replacing a door or window, consider upgrading to a thermally broken door or window frame. ‘Thermally broken’ simply means that cold and heat are not conducted through the frame. When choosing thermally broken frames you’ll be eliminating draughts and increasing your home’s thermal efficiency in one fell swoop.

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Healthcare hub set to revitalise Dunedin’s city centre

The Southern District Health Board (SDHB) recently released a masterplan in April for a health and education precinct centred around the city’s new $1.4 billion dollar hospital. The DHB operated alongside local rūnaka, tertiary institutions and additional key stakeholders to design a plan that will upgrade the heart of Dunedin’s city centre. SDHB chief executive, Chris Fleming, believes the Health and Education Precinct, formally recognised as ‘Te Whakaari’, will be a: “thriving hub for healthcare, learning and mahi.” “Along with our new hospital, it will offer greenspaces, additional healthcare services, and vibrant retail. Te Whakaari promotes an exciting vision for Dunedin that will support equitable healthcare and the mauri ora of our communities. “Te Whakaari focuses on wellbeing, equity, sustainability, adapting to the effects of climate change, and contributing to a sense of local identity,” Chris says. 40 | B&R

The precinct design itself, includes three phases of development: short-term (until 2030), medium-term (until 2040) and long-term (until 2080). The long-term plan allows room for the development of future services. The short-term plan includes the completion of the new Dunedin Hospital, a 500-car parking facility suitable for electric vehicles and bikes, the development of an interprofessional learning centre for student learning, and a translational research centre. On the other hand, the mediumterm plan includes a mental health facility on the current Dunedin Hospital site, which could deliver some of the services currently offered from Wakari. Chris says the DHB was working on plans to improve facilities at Wakari and believed it was a better location for longstay inpatient services. The current Children’s Pavilion could eventually be demolished after 2030 to accommodate inpatient mental health services. “In time, these could be followed by the addition and potential

consolidation of outpatient, community and management services portion of the service that are currently located at Dunedin and Wakari hospitals and elsewhere in the city. Spaces between buildings will be set aside for a ‘green spine’ to promote pedestrian and social activity at the heart of the precinct. The ‘green spine’ forms part of a larger ‘greenway loop,’ and intertwines with upgrades to Dunedin’s retail quarter. Complementing the Dunedin City Council’s central city plan, the health and education precinct will provide a solid link between the tertiary precinct

to the north and the cultural and entertainment quarter to the south. “It will also strengthen the hospital’s existing bonds with local rūnaka, the University of Otago, and Otago Polytechnic,” Chris explained. Te Whakaari would help inform future infrastructure decisions for Dunedin, as the health board transitions to Health New Zealand. “Te Whakaari is a vision and a roadmap for the stakeholders of the future. It will enhance Dunedin’s reputation as a centre for health, innovation and education,” Chris says.

SMARTEN UP YOUR HOME WIFI At Unifone, we are best known for providing high quality, fast, reliable broadband to rural areas, where other companies have struggled in the past. What most people don’t know, is we are Otago’s largest privately owned internet service provider and have many other services we can provide. Unifone can also connect town customers to the Ultra-Fast Broadband (Fibre) UFB network or the traditional copper broadband system. Internet speeds are faster than ever, no matter how you connect and what is installed to distribute the signal in your house matters more than ever. This is something Unifone takes seriously. As a relatively small and local Internet Service Provider, they want their customers to have the best possible online experience. We proactively work with each customer to arrive at the best solution to suit each customer’s unique situation. Every home is different, and every customer has individual needs. Unifone offer a wide range of solutions from standalone WiFi

routers to systems integrated into the home’s infrastructure. While standalone routers are a perfect option for many situations, a high-speed internet connection needs to be matched to something that can distribute it quickly and reliably. That is why, we have designed Unifone’s Premium Solution and the one we recommend for new homes builds or homes being renovated. The process begins with an obligation free consultation with one of Unifone’s networking specialists, who will come to a client’s property and make recommendations on the best network coverage. We then design quotes to match individual customer needs. The goal of a UniFi system is to achieve as close to 100% coverage of the home as possible. The service is provided with discrete wall or ceiling mounted radio access devices and can be controlled from a smart phone or through Unifone’s cloud UniFi management system.

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The best time to get the Unifone team onboard for this service, is at the electrical design stage. They will work in with your project team to get cabling installed in the right places at the right time. WiFi network design and installation is a highly specialised field and Unifone are the local experts. We believe the high-speed internet connection arriving at your boundary needs to be matched to a high-speed connection within your home. Everything that goes online works better with a high performance in-home WiFi service. Games consoles, Smart TVs, and even good old web browsing are a pleasure when the connection doesn’t lag, buffer, or disconnect in the middle of something important. Unifone pride themselves on providing all our customer’s big and small with the highest quality service we can. B&R | 41

City Salvage Contractors

What to consider before committing to demolition work Some relevant information for people considering demolition work is: any properties built before the year 2000 will now need to have a demolition asbestos survey done by a competent person, preferably a licenced asbestos assessor. It is a legal requirement that any asbestos in a property is identified before demolition work takes place so it can be removed safely.

asbestos need to be removed by an appropriately licensed asbestos remover.

There is also a chance that other asbestos will be found as work progresses e.g. as packers in the house foundations or under concrete pads. If this is the case work will need to stop until it has been professionally removed.

Regarding trees and garden areas on the property – it is important that the client discusses with the demo contractor if they want to retain particular trees or garden areas. Some may not be able to be saved if they are too close to the house.

Asbestos removal falls in to two categories: Class A (friable asbestos) and Class B (non-friable asbestos). All Class A and more than 10 sqm of Class B

Salvage is another problem area; if a client wants to retain any house materials, they should discuss this during the pricing process.

Also please allow time for power removal, as the relevant power company must be asked to remove power for demolition it’s not enough just to sign out of a property. Sometimes it can take a few weeks for power to be removed and demolition work cannot start until this has been done. Another hidden cost is traffic management. If the property is on a main road there may be the additional cost of a council approved traffic management plan. We should also mention managing waste – demolition contractors sort waste as much as they can to minimize the amount going to landfill. Salvage materials are removed for resale as much as possible.

Scrap metal, concrete, shingle and green waste are dumped separately. We operate the Pumphouse Demolition Yard where we recycle bricks, aluminum joinery, flooring, corrugated iron, doors, windows, bathroom/kitchen fittings and other materials. The cost of landfill dumping affects demolition costing and there has been a significant increase in landfill cost already this year and a likelihood of more price increases as time goes on. The Pumphouse and City Salvage Contractors 544 Tuam St Christchurch (03) 260 4682



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