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elcome to the 2016/2017 issue of Design & Build Franklin, an annual publication which comprehensively covers subdivision development, lifestyle opportunities, building expansion and general growth through Franklin and neighbouring areas. Designed to give newcomers to the region, and anyone interested in re-settling within Franklin, a complete picture of its unique communities, from town living to off-the-grid rural locations, Design & Build is an informative and instant guide to the district as it is now and as it is developing for the future. An area which is developing fast, there are several new major housing developments underway and more on the horizon as well as infrastructure plans to deal with the growing population. New subdivisions extend from Te Kauwhata up to Pokeno across to Tuakau, Pukekohe and over to Glenbrook, Waiuku, Kingseat and Drury. For anyone thinking of buying or selling locally, the publication provides a wealth of information on the new estates and associated services.


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With many people also looking to Franklin for smaller lifestyle blocks, there is much to recommend the wider area most of which is within reach of excellent public amenities and just a stone’s throw from the motorway and State Highway 1. While weekend country life is prompting people who work in the city to purchase larger blocks of land in Franklin, for some families, the appeal lies in the vibrant, rural township of Pukekohe with its excellent schools and shopping or the historic charm of Waiuku. Others are enticed by the prospect of new communities. While steering readers towards professionals and companies, which know and work within the local area and which have a keen knowledge of local requirements, services, and more, Design & Build also showcases all that Franklin and surrounds has to offer and the exciting future it is facing. There may have been a time when ‘all roads led to Rome’ but it seems, now, as central Auckland deals with major housing shortages, the road to Franklin is the one many people prefer to take.

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Dream Homes for over 30 years


Contents 8 Pokeno’s phenomenal expansion continues

10 Drury’s new Auranga Estate set to house more than 1300 homes


Waiuku, Glenbrook and Kingseat subdivisions add to region’s growth


First sod turned as Wesley College site prepares for new housing and school


Mill Road upgrade to ease congestion


Southern Motorway improvements


Upcycling wooden pallets


What’s hot for the home


Essentials for the DIY toolbox



Booking architecture


Plan landscaping wisely

Waikato Expressway drives ahead Intending to build? Attend to checklist first



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A wonderful world


Skyrocketing house prices mean Aucklanders can no longer ignore happenings south of the Bombay Hills, as competitive house and land packages spark a population explosion ‘south of the border.’

igures show that North Waikato has turned a predicted population drop into positive growth figures. Statistics New Zealand predicted a declining population based on 2006 census results. This has been reversed by a growing trend of Aucklanders buying affordably in the region. Few cannot have failed to realise that the socalled ice-cream capital of New Zealand, Pokeno, has experienced huge growth and not just in the size of its scoops. The Waikato District Council expects Pokeno to triple from a population of around 2000 to 6000 by the mid-2000s. Census results from 2013 show a 28 per cent population increase since 2001. The positive growth figures are a huge turnaround for Pokeno, which was hit hard when SH1 bypassed it for a new route in the early 1990s, leaving a population of just 500. Former Auckland resident, Ann Hardman said it was very unlikely she and her husband would move again. “We can actually get to our daughter and grandchildren’s place in Titirangi faster from here than we could when we lived in Gulf Harbour. With the ever-improving roading systems we also have great proximity to Hamilton where we have other children and grandchildren. “It is a wonderful place to be living in. It’s a great spot between Auckland and Hamilton, the Coromandel Peninsula and Raglan, and it has that real country community feel. “It’s a wonderful place for children to grow up in, and for those who want to improve their lifestyle and leave the stresses of Auckland behind.” New residents are awaiting the proposed building of a new small supermarket to serve the settlement and the Ministry of Education says there

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are no plans to build a new school as the current primary is coping with demand. New stages were currently under development at the end of 2016 with more than 10 show homes on site to view with a number of builders offering house and land packages.

On the other side of the motorway Kowhai Downs have been proving a popular choice for people wanting lifestyle sections. Stages 1-3 have sold out and the last stage is selling fast. Section sizes are between 2500m2 – 8000m2 and prices start from $320,000.

Free business advice from local service Budding entrepreneurs in Pokeno can access a new business service to help get them started. Waikato District Council, as part of its Open Waikato economic development service, has partnered with Waikato Innovation Park to offer the free business service from Tuakau. The service offers support for start-ups plus advice on business expansion, export market development, research and development funding and product development. Waikato Mayor, Allan Sanson says that the council’s economic development team (Open Waikato) worked hard to extend the service into Tuakau and Pokeno. “Waikato Innovation Park, along with the council, recognise Tuakau and Pokeno as highgrowth, high-potential areas and we want to do all we can to foster and support economic growth that benefits our community,” he says. “North Waikato is full of smart people and budding entrepreneurs and this free service will provide support they might not otherwise have

been able to access.” Waikato Innovation Park business growth advisor Peter Davey says the main criteria for assistance was a desire to grow. “We’re very interested in helping local businesses that are facing technical roadblocks, or looking to take on new skills that will enable business growth.” Business people can access the free service on the second Tuesday morning of every month and meet with a Waikato Innovation Park business advisor at the council office in Tuakau. Appointments can be made by emailing or by calling Open Waikato’s freephone 0800 252 626. Mayor Sanson also urges North Waikato businesses to take advantage of the existing web-based business service already offered by Waikato District Council – www.openwaikato. is, he says, “jam-packed” with information to help Waikato businesses succeed.






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Auranga development history in the making A new subdivision in Drury will create 1350 homes and a village centre.


n August, 2016, commissioners approved a Special Housing Area and qualifying development for 84.6ha at Bremner Road. It took little over a year from the Government announcement of the SHA to a hearing at the end of July, 2016 and a decision a fortnight later. Work on site is also expected to be quick with earthworks for the first stage of the subdivision, called Auranga, started during the 2016/2017 summer season – the first sod was turned in October 2016. Completion of the first homes is expected by the end of 2017 with stage 1 having 51 residential lots on 4.5ha. All submissions were in support of the application by Karaka and Drury Ltd and it took just 22 working days from submissions closing to approve, making it one of the fastest plan changes in our history. This efficiency has been attributed to extensive consultation with landowners and utility providers, and working with the council to achieve mutually acceptable solutions for development control rules, housing affordability and staging. Other agreements between the developer, council and government also addressed funding of infrastructure including a new wastewater and water trunk mains and pump stations. As part of the development Bremner Road will receive a substantial upgrade with shared paths and dedicated cycleways, and a new pedestrian bridge across the Ngakaroa stream next to the existing Bremner Road bridge. The first 68ha of the special housing area was approved in August 2015, with the remainder added in February 2016. The private plan change, now operative, has rezoned the land within Auckland’s extended metropolitan urban limit for urban residential development. The development’s name, Auranga, means “a life force that sets progress in motion”. The site is just north of Stevenson Group’s 361ha Drury South industrial subdivision and associated extension of the metropolitan urban limit, given approval in 2014. Stevenson Group’s private plan change will turn the 361ha of rural and quarry land over to a mix of industrial and business development. Stevenson’s application for a special housing area plan variation and qualifying developments at 49 Harrison Road and various adjacent sites in Drury is

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currently before commissioners. At least 200 ‘affordable’ homes will be built in the Auranga subdivision by developer Charles Ma who says the homes will form part of a balanced mix of housing densities for residents at all stages of life. “The Auranga team has spent two and a half years planning a place that will provide much-needed quality homes. The development will be a place where people can enjoy the water, generous open spaces, great facilities and a sense of community.” Amenities encompass easy pedestrian access to local facilities, including the sports ground’s boardwalks, bridges and paths along natural waterways and the estuary as well as a jetty, cycleways and footpaths, playground and dog exercise area. The interconnected street network has been

calculated to reduce the vehicle kilometres travelled per household by up to 30 per cent. Mr Ma believes the expansion of employment nodes at the airport, Manukau, Pukekohe, Papakura and Takanini as well as Drury South will mean more local jobs and potentially a higher employment performance than anywhere else in Auckland: “Our analysis shows the expansion of job opportunities at Drury with the proposed Drury South Business Park could achieve employment levels of over 80 per cent self-sufficiency, meaning at least four in every five jobs will be in the local area. “This will result in residents not necessarily having to work in the CBD and less associated congestion on the motorway, which is a remarkable level of sustainability that exceeds many other parts of urban Auckland.”

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pproval has been given for a 45-hectare development at Quarry Road, Drury, for approximately 1000 new homes over six years. The development is being carried out by the Stevenson Group which plans to provide a mix of housing types matched to current shortages and is in tandem with the company’s major business park development, Drury South. the latter is predicted to eventually provide direct employment for nearly 7000 people. A percentage of the homes within the development will be affordable and will comply with the affordability requirements of the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act. Stevenson Group is pleased to be included in an SHA, and says it intends to have the first residential housing ready for occupation by 2018 with the entire residential development completed by 2022. The site is currently vacant green fields land. It is zoned Future Urban under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

Who qualifies for an ‘affordable home’?

From a first home buyer’s perspective the general requirements for someone purchasing an affordable home are: ■■ The purchaser’s gross household income, does not exceed 120% of the Auckland median household income. As at August 2016, that equates to a single income of up to $85,000 or a combined couple’s income of $130,000. ■■ The purchaser has paid a price for the affordable dwelling not more than that defined by the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas. For an existing house that’s $500,000, for a new house, $550,000. ■■ The purchaser has the legal right to and intends to own and occupy the affordable dwelling exclusively as his/her residence for not less than three years after gaining title to the dwelling. ■■ The purchaser is a first home buyer and has never owned any other property. ■■ The purchaser is purchasing the affordable dwelling in his/her own name and not in the name of any other person.

Upgrade a relief Long road to ease congestion a step nearer


he Redoubt Road – Mill Road upgrade in south Auckland has reached a major milestone in its planning process. Auckland Transport has recently publicly notified the northern section of the massive project taking the upgrade a step closer. The upgrade is needed to improve safety and support new housing areas, which will double traffic volumes during the next 10 to 15 years. Independent commissioners recommended in February, 2016 that the designation for the land be confirmed, along with a number of conditions to manage the effects of the project. It was concluded that upgrading the RedoubtMill Road corridor was necessary to relieve existing and forecast congestion, accommodate planned growth, provide for alternative modes of transport, improve traffic safety and improve the transport network’s efficiency. The good news for residents is that the commissioners found that the effects of the project could be ‘appropriately avoided, remedied or mitigated’. Measures to manage the effects include building 17m and 23m high viaducts above native bush at Puhinui Creek gully and South Mill Road gully, as well as about 22,000 square metres of native planting. Auckland Transport has accepted the commissioners’ recommendation to designate and the conditions for the project in full. The upgrade has been deemed essential as

traffic volumes are expected to double within as little as 10 years, more than the current Redoubt and Mill Roads can cope with. This is based on an estimated 10,000 new houses to be fast tracked in special housing areas under the Housing Accord in southern parts of Auckland, including 4470 houses in Flat Bush, and 1770 houses in Takanini. A further 12,000 – 14,000 houses are expected to be built in the Takanini, Opaheke, Drury and Karaka future urban zone. The strain on the roading network will be further tested by new industrial areas in Takanini and Drury south which are expected to create 6000 new jobs as well as by commuter using the Mill Rd as an alternative route to Franklin. The upgrade will be carried out in two phases – a northern section from State Highway 1 at Manukau to the intersection of Mill Road and Popes Road followed by the southern section from the Mill Road/Popes Road intersection to Papakura and Drury. The northern section of the Mill Road project covers the 8.9km section of the Redoubt Road-Mill Road corridor starting at SH1 on- and off-ramps on Redoubt Road running east, then south along Redoubt Road to the Redoubt Road/Mill Road intersection. From here, the corridor continues south along Mill Road, ending south of Alfriston Road near the intersection of Mill Road and Popes Road. It also includes a short section along Hollyford Drive to the

north of Redoubt Road and a portion of Murphys Road from a new intersection on Redoubt Road to Flat Bush School Road. The northern section was going through the notice of requirement/designation process late 2016. The improvements will include the construction of a four lane road and vastly upgraded intersections, improved public transport infrastructure and services, on-road cycle lanes and shared path facilities. There will be new footpaths on both sides of Redoubt and Murphys Road and pedestrian crossings at the Diorella/Redoubt, Hollyford/ Redoubt intersections. Auckland Transport was expected to identify the route for the second phase in the southern area beyond the Mill Rd/Popes Rd intersection sometime during 2016. However, any finalisation of the route will depend on the timing of release of land for housing in the Opaheke area, which could be more than 10 years away. There is therefore no intention to finalise a route in the Papakura/Drury area to be able to designate it until more certainty exists regarding potential land release for development. Before any finalisation of a route and the designation process there will be public consultation. Although Papakura District Council did some initial work to identify upgrades this has not progressed and would be considered as part of work to identify a route alignment.

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Historic Waiuku looks to the future W aiuku township has been welcoming newcomers since it played its part in bringing early pioneers to the district in the 1850s through the Waikato Immigrations Scheme Located on the banks of the Waiuku River which feeds into the Manukau Harbour, the area was gradually settled by immigrants from Great Britain and Europe. The harbour and port were integral to the wider transport network, with sea-cargo arriving at the Waiuku wharf daily. Many local families can trace their roots back into the pioneering era and this aspect of history is reflected in many homes throughout the district constructed in the colonial villa style. The town has experienced great growth over the past several years and is attracting another generation of residents thanks to new housing opportunities across the district. Sections are available at Blackwood Park in Waiuku Road, one of Franklin’s most pre-eminent subdivisions. Two years in the planning, the developers have planted more than 6500 native plants in addition to some 200 deciduous trees, native grasses, flaxes and shrubs. Ecology has been a driving force in the vision for this subdivision but it encompasses the latest technology with all sites ready for fibre optics and high speed broadband. In addition three phase power is available to each site. Water is reticulated to each lot from the subdivision’s own bore and supply tanks. Further ecological initiatives include owner-installed clearwater septic systems. Just released toward the end of 2016 are the much awaited Wentworth Estate sections, stages 2, 3 & 4, situated off Racecourse Rd linking up with Harbour Crest Drive. With stage 1 virtually all sold, stages 2,3 & 4 (a total of 54 sections of varying size and elevation) enjoy nice views extending to the Manukau Harbour and beyond. The waterfront sections border the reserve on the water’s edge, with uninterrupted views extending down the harbour. Protective Covenants apply with all services connected (telephone, power, water to each boundary). Offering a great location within the Waiuku township, opposite the golf course, netball and squash courts and a short walking distance to View Rd Primary School, this estate is conveniently close to the Waiuku Estuary Retirement Village and is an easy commute to the Southern Motorway and Pukekohe. At the end of 2016, six spacious sections with harbour views were available at Matakawau Point, Allan Road, Awhitu, about 25 minutes from Waiuku. Prices ranged from $320,000 -$390,000.

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For those seeking lifestyle properties, three striking lifestyle blocks were still available In November 2016 at Waipipi Farm Estate, just four minutes out of Waiuku on Creamery Road. Covenants apply to secure the quality of your investment and the new residents will have the

benefit of joining the Parakau Water Supply for livestock grazing and other non-domestic uses. A mixture of post and rail and batten fencing complements each block and each house site has been carefully positioned to take in the expansive rural outlook.

‘Steel’ yourself for great living at Glenbrook

Home of New Zealand’s largest steel mill, Glenbrook is a thriving community surrounded by farmland. Its nearest towns are Waiuku, five kilometres to the south, and Pukekohe, 15 kilometres to the east. Visitors from across Auckland and further afield come to see the Glenbrook Vintage Railway run by a dedicated team of steam train enthusiasts. Glenbrook has been designated a ‘Special Housing Area’ under the Auckland Housing Accord and around 800 new houses will be built in the Kahawai Point subdivision in McLarin Road over the next 10 years. The Glenbrook development will provide a mix of housing types, including 2-bedroom duplexes and 3-5 bedroom homes. The first homes in the 200-lot first stage are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

The affordable homes within the development will be priced at between $460,000 and $465,000. Sections are said to be selling fast and start from $250,000 (securable on a 10 per cent deposit) and range in size from 550m2 to 840m2. There are many house and land packages available which are also proving attractive to investors. Standard services include high speed broadband, water, electricity, phone and lowpressure sewerage system Residents will enjoy kilometres of inland, coastal and wetland walkways and be within a 10-minute drive of Waiuku. As the development progresses Kahawai Point will get its own shops. It is zoned for Glenbrook primary school and Waiuku College.

Developers hanging back in Kingseat

Rowles Road Bella Vista Estate – under development.

Land demand Housing developments are springing up across Franklin and North Waikato offering various options

popular in tuakau Centrally located in the heart of Tuakau, Escott Green, a development of 90 plus sections, is conveniently situated just eight minutes from State Highway 1 and 10 km from Pukekohe. Stage I has sold out and section only titles are selling fast in advance of the release of Stages 2 and 3.

Quarter acre dream The Bella Vista Estate on Rowles Road currently being developed on the beautiful Pukekohe hills is offering quarter acre sections (or 1000m2 in new money!) with fantastic views. The sections, priced from $485,000, provide ample room to live a semi-rural lifestyle with an elevated outlook yet are less than five minutes from Pukekohe. Roads and landscaping were nearing completion and buyers are invited to secure a section at 15 per cent of the asking price with no more to pay until title is issued. Up to 28 sections are available with titles due at the end of 2016 so construction could start soon.

Opportunity knocks Owned by the same family for over 100 years, a residential development opportunity is being marketed by Barfoot and Thompson at Kitchener Road, Pukekohe. Zoned residential on one title of 3.88ha, it is flat to gently sloping, north-facing contour lies next to established high end homes. The agents say it offers an outstanding 

opportunity to establish a prestige subdivision just minutes from Pukekohe.

Seize the moment A unique block of land is for sale by tender within the Belmont Special Housing Area. The 4ha(10acre) block of former farmland on Princes Street West is being sold as one title and offers an excellent opportunity for residential development.

Make it a keeper Buying a new home is a smart property move, whether you plan to live in it for the long term, or sell on as an investment. However, be warned – the latest advice from QV is if you are buying a new build to make money from it, then make sure you allow enough time for the home to gain additional value before you sell it on. Newly built homes respond differently to the market, so make sure you are aware and knowledgeable about the best times to buy and sell in order to maximise your investment. Property is often a long game so those looking for a short term windfall from the resale of a newly built home should consider their options carefully.

Price hike In September 2016 the average sale price of a three-bed property in Pukekohe was $867,408. This compared to: Karaka $2,300,250; Tuakau $580,500 and Waiuku $620,290.

A large tract of residential development land in south Auckland with enough space to accommodate some 500 new homes was still looking for a buyer in November 2016. The huge site in Kingseat was offered for sale several months previously but despite the frenzied property market, remained unsold. The ‘greenfield’ site is being marketed for sale through Bayleys Real Estate and is near to Special Housing Areas which are expected to provide more than 4,500 new homes. It is one of several re-zoned farm or agricultural land-holdings to come onto the market as the demand for Auckland residential grows ever outwards. As Design & Build Franklin went to print, Bayleys’ national residential manager, Daniel Coulson, said a number of large-scale land-bankers in the city had been sitting on sizeable subdivision sites for some years now, waiting for the opportune moment to release their properties onto the market. The 27.9 hectare site at McRobbie Road sits midway between the Bremner Road SHA in Drury, and other existing SHAs in Pukekohe and Glenbrook Peninsula. Bayleys South Auckland manager, Ben Bayley said an indicative masterplan for the site had been drawn up for the gently rolling contoured land – showing it could accommodate more than 500 residential dwellings in a variety of different densities. “The tentative design for the land – which was adopted as part of Auckland Council’s plan to accommodate growth in the area – features high density terraced housing, stand alone 450 square metre sections and four neighbourhood reserves. Development at lower densities has the potential to undermine the council’s objective of managing growth in a compact and constrained manner.”

New schools will meet growth

New schools in both the primary and secondary sector will be needed over the next 20 years to cope with Franklin’s burgeoning population. The Ministry of Education commissioned an area report in 2015 to review the existing schooling provision against the future demand for schooling in the area. The report looked at population projections, roll projections and known developments within the area. Its findings show that further schooling provision will likely be required over the next 20 years in both primary and secondary. Areas where there is likely to be significant population growth include Pukekohe, Drury, Wesley and Kingseat. The Ministry owns land at Belmont in Pukekohe which has been earmarked for a new primary school. Kim Shannon, head of sector enablement and support, said she aniticipated that a school will open on this site in the next five to ten years. “At this stage we don’t own other sites in the Franklin or north Waikato area,” said said. Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017 — 13

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Land and building contracts With the housing market on a high, not just in Auckland but in other regions, many people are moving away from city centres and are looking to build new where land is available. By Rae Al-Hilali, Associate, Wynyard Wood uying land and then building on it can be done in a number of ways, including: ■■ Purchasing from the developer (of the land) a package of both land and building. ■■ Purchasing from a builder, who may have purchased or secured the land on “builder’s terms”, a land and building package. ■■ Purchasing the land yourself and then separately contracting with a builder to build your house. Here are some important points to consider before entering into such transactions: ■■ It is crucial to ensure all time-frames and conditions in the land contract and the building contract are consistent. Inconsistency between the two agreements has the potential to cause disputes and/or incur costs and delays down the track. ■■ It is equally important to ensure that any progress payment regime under the building contract is consistent with the terms of your borrowing. Most lenders make progress payment advances on a “cost to complete” basis – i.e. they will hold back sufficient funds from the loan to complete the project. ■■ Ensure that the building you are proposing to purchase is clearly identified in the agreement. This means not just a detailed written description of what is to be built, but also full copies of plans and specifications attached to the contract. ■■ Ensure that a clear procedure is in place for


variations and extras to the building contract.

■■ Outline the various stages of the development,

including the right to cancel if certain stages are not reached by a specified date. Examples include time-frames to obtain a resource or building consent, starting the building work, reaching practical completion and obtaining a Code Compliance Certificate. There should also be the right to cancel in the event of other specified defaults. ■■ Ensure full payment under the building contract is not required to be made until the Code Compliance Certificate has been obtained from the local authority. Obtaining the CCC should be the vendor’s obligation.

■■ Vendors often insert a clause in land and building contracts stating that the final measurement of the area being purchased may differ from that expressed in the contract. Ensure such a clause provides compensation to the purchaser if there is a decrease in area by more than a (minimal) percentage. Variations that have a material impact on the use and enjoyment of the property should give a right to cancel. These are just a few examples of what you might find in land and building contracts. Hopefully this information has demonstrated that to ensure your interests are protected, it would be very wise for you to obtain legal advice prior to signing any agreement.

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Top class future for school site D emand for homes on a new massive housing development on the site of Wesley Methodist College in Paerata is expected to exceed supply. As 2016 drew to an end, the first spade of earth was dug at an early morning ceremony to celebrate the project but building work was still a year away. However, its developers were already talking about a ballot for prospective purchasers who had been invited to register their interest. The new town of Wesley will eventually create 5000 homes with a rail station, new primary school, and extensive amenities and shops. Wesley College will be housed in a new building on site. Infrastructure construction is underway on what is being hailed as one of the largest private sector developments seen in Auckland. Work on the first tranche of 300 homes is due to begin summer 2017. Wesley is a joint venture between Grafton Downs Ltd and Wesley College Trust Board. The name ‘Wesley’ was been chosen because of its historical connection to the college and the land where the town will be built –294 hectares – is within five minutes of Pukekohe. Wesley College has a proud history and has been part of the Franklin community for more than a century. The College will be rebuilt on a new site within the existing land, and several of the heritage buildings including the Chapel will be strengthened and refurbished to be incorporated into the new town. Some of the essential ground-work has already been completed including discussions with local authorities and local iwi and researching the history of the property. Chris Johnston, spokesperson for the joint venture partners, said Wesley had been 10 years in the planning. “Our priority from the start has been to ensure the beauty and green spaces that are the hallmark of Franklin are retained. “In development terms, Wesley will be unique in 21st century New Zealand. Its close proximity to Pukekohe will enhance commercial and residential opportunities. Wesley will be a well-connected town with high-speed broadband and a rail station. A new public primary school has been confirmed. “In business terms, we don’t intend to replicate what already exists in Pukekohe. We will be complementary not competitive. “Franklin is a proud rural community with a strong urban heart here in Pukekohe. Our aim is to build a new town with the best in design, access, amenities and scope.” Prospective residents are being invited to say via the Wesley New Town website what they would like for their town, what their interests and hobbies are and whether they work from home or travel. As the project progresses, they will be asked for feedback on ideas and directions as well as being invited to open days and events on site. Nearer to completion they will be offered first option to purchase properties by ballot.

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Left to right: Chris Johnston (Wesley College Trust Board), Rev Tovia Aumua (president of the Methodist Church), Photo supplied Ian Mune (film legend and former Wesley College pupil) and Chris Gregory (Grafton Downs Ltd). 

Town and gown hand in hand Franklin Local Board chair Andy Baker is confident that the new town of Wesley will add to his region’s assets. “We’re blessed with a bounty of green spaces, a rural environment that is unparalleled in the Auckland region,” he says. “It is our unique, quality, selling point. At the same time, we Andy Baker are one of the fastest growing areas and the new town of Wesley will bring even more local innovation and entrepreneurship.” He said that rather than competing with existing enterprise, Wesley will complement it. “It’s all about creating opportunities. We want people to not only live here, but to work here. This century offers huge opportunities for businesses to thrive in any place where there is innovation. Technology will help make it happen. “The local authority’s role is to make sure the zoning is right and to provide enough land for business and commercial development alongside new homes.’”

Wesley, he believes, will be a major player in the wider community. The promise of a new primary school, better transport, increased infrastructure and plenty of parks, walk ways and green space are all essential requisites for the new town. Like many parts of New Zealand, Franklin has an increasingly older population. Mr Baker believed building a new town would contribute to redressing the balance as well as securing the history and the 100-year heritage of Wesley College’s existence in the district. ‘It’s a sign of positive enterprise. Building a brand new college, refurbishing the chapel and repurposing some of the existing buildings will give a sense of continuity. “Over the next 10-20 years, Wesley will grow into a sizeable town of some 5000 new homes. It’s a huge and exciting development for Franklin and it will create its own momentum.”

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ucking Auckland’s trend for pricing first time home owners out of the market, Pukekohe has been identified as being one of the few areas that is still affordable for new buyers. Home loan affordability reports prepared by measure how much of their weekly income a typical first home buying couple would need to set aside to meet the mortgage payments on a lower quartilepriced home in 40 cities, regions and districts throughout the country. At the end of 2016 Pukekohe was easily the most affordable district in Auckland with the mortgage payments on a home purchased at the district’s lower quartile price of $491,500 taking up just over a third (33.9%) of a typical first home buying couple’s take home pay, well below the 40% affordability limit That was followed by Papakura, where the mortgage payments on a house purchased at the district’s lower quartile price of $549,500 would take up 38.5% of a typical first home buying couple’s take home pay. The reports reflected movements in the housing market including affordability trends in areas where much of the supply of new housing was expected to be built to cater for the region’s rapid population growth. The affordability calculations were

based on 30 year mortgage terms reflecting changes in buyer behaviour and a general trend towards longer mortgages as a result of rapidly rising house prices, particularly in Auckland. The reports assumed first home buyers were a couple aged 25-29 and working full time for the median rate of pay for people their age, who have saved 20 per cent of their net income for four years to use as a deposit. The affordability benchmark used in the reports was that housing was affordable when the mortgage payments took up no more than 40% of take home pay. Any more than 40% was classed as unaffordable. The reports showed that housing remains well within affordable limits for typical first home buyers in all other centres outside Auckland apart from Queenstown. In Hamilton, the mortgage payments on a lower quartile-priced home would take up 24.7 per cent of a typical first home buying couple’s take home pay; in Tauranga it would be 29.1 per cent and Wellington City 23.3 per cent. The most affordable city in the country at the time was Whanganui where the mortgage payments on a lower quartile-priced home would take up just 8.1% of a typical first home buying couple’s take home pay.

Prestigious sections selling fast

The land, which is now Runciman Park Estate, was owned by three generations of the Morris family who first farmed dairy there before converting to dry stock. Lying six kilometres north-east of Pukekohe on Bush Road, the former farm has been converted into a number of lifestyle sections all with wide rural views. Sections range from 1.2 acres to 27.6 acres and are priced from $699,000. The developers have tailored the estate to suit its varied contour, planting more than 80,000 native plants and more than six hectares of greenery and bush land to establish the boundaries and encourage bird sanctuaries. Driveways and post and rail fencing will be completed for each lot and there are covenants in place to encourage a stylish subdivision. Runciman Park has partnered with Build 7 to offer a number of house and land packages, to suit all sizes of lots. All packages and houses can be tailored to suit individual needs, and supplied as a turn-key package The minimum building area is 240m2 which includes internal garaging, but excludes decks. Some lots are suitable for grazing livestock such as horses and sheep but pigs or poultry cannot be commercially farmed. The Bush Road extension from Tuhimata Road end up to the cul-de-sac at the entrance to Lots 10 and 11 was due for completion by December 2016.


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A road of national significance Construction on the 100km Waikato Expressway is well underway with several sections up and running while work continues on the exacting project.


he latest stage of the $2.1 billion Waikato Expressway opened at Rangiriri in June, 2016. As Design & Build went to print just one lane in each direction was open on the new road involving a 4.8km re-alignment of SH1 west of the town and the historic Rangiriri Pa site. This included the construction of two bridges, one at Te Kauwhata and the other at the Rangiriri interchange. The next phase of the Rangiriri section connecting local roads was due to be implemented in September 2016 with the stage’s completion at the end of that year or early 2017. The Waikato Expressway is the most expensive and largest road construction project undertaken in New Zealand in the past decade. The Government recognised its importance

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by making it one of seven ‘Roads of National Significance’ – the highest roading priority for the country The expressway is nationally significant because it provides considerably improved connections for key freight movements between the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Auckland regions as well as being the main national route linking the Auckland and Waikato to the south. When complete, the expressway will shave around six kilometres off the old SH1 route, replacing it as the key transport corridor for traffic through the Waikato region. Fuel savings and journey times for motorists and freight companies will be greatly reduced with time savings expected to be in the region of 35 minutes. The new road should also alleviate the

traffic congestion that has been experienced on SH1 at the ‘pinch points’ of Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Hamilton and Cambridge. Delays and unreliable travel times along this route have affected the economic health of these regions and directly impacted on the New Zealand economy, so the new expressway will be welcomed by many. It runs from the Bombay Hills in the north to just south of Cambridge passing to the east of Hamilton and to the north east of Cambridge. When its completed in 2020 it will form a 100 km long, continuous four-lane, dual carriageway from the Bombay Hills to beyond the town of Cambridge, 24 kilometres south-east of Hamilton. The road is being built in seven sections starting from Pokeno in the north heading south

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With a new section of the Waikato Expressway near Rangiriri now in use – and expected to be fully completed by the end of 2017 – State Highway 1 has become more efficient and travel time from the Bombay Hills south of Auckland to Hamilton has been shortened. This will eventually link to the Huntly section, scheduled to begin late 2016 and which will bypass Huntly township to the east.

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through Rangiriri, Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Te Rapa, Hamilton and Cambridge. The first part of the Waikato Expressway to be completed was the eight kilometre Te Rapa section, known as Mangaharakeke Drive, which opened in December 2012. It includes six bridges, one of which passes over the main trunk railway line and another which crosses the Waikato River, and connects at Horotiu with the 12.3 kilometre Ngaruawahia section, which was completed in December 2013. Also up and running is the Pokeno and Mercer sections totalling 22.6km and the 7km Ohinewai section with part of the Rangiriri section now operational. The 16km Tamahere to Cambridge section opened at the end of 2015 and has eight bridges including a 200 metre-long, 40-metre high viaduct across the Karapiro Gully, just north of the lake. Another bridge has been built to allow horses to safely cross the expressway. Approximately 15,000 vehicles per day have been using the new road since it opened on December 16, 2015 and according to NZ Transport Agency, people are shaving up to 23 minutes off their daily commute between Cambridge and Hamilton. Construction by joint-venture partners Fulton Hogan and HEB Construction on the 15.2km, $458 million Huntly section was due to start in September 2016. Project manager, Tony Dickens says the most challenging aspect of this section will be the rugged

nature of the ground which comprises greywacke, various types of clay, sand, volcanic deposits, peat and old coal mine tailings from the Huntly East mines. “The expressway skirts Huntly, running to the east of the town and will entail almost four million cubic metres of earthworks and an 80-metre deep cutting through the Taupiri Range,” says Tony. “We will utilise more than a million cubic metres of the cut material as fill elsewhere and we expect it will take three years to complete.” As this section of the expressway crosses important historical sites (including pre-European, Maori storage pits and remnants of what was a large horticulture area) and significant ecological habitats, NZTA and its design consultants worked closely with local iwi during the planning stages of the project. This resulted in a cultural mitigation plan being developed and agreed by Waikato Tainui to ensure on going consultation is maintained throughout the construction period. Huntly will be followed by the 21.8 kilometre Hamilton section which will include 15 bridges across various steep gullies along with large scale earthworks and an interchange at the southern end. The last section to be constructed will be the 5.9 kilometres at Longswamp linking the Mercer section (just south of the Hampton Downs interchange) to the Rangiriri section to the south. This project involves the upgrading of 5.9km of SH1 to full expressway standard.

WAiuku or BUS-T Auckland may be where it’s ‘AT’, but thanks to overloaded roads and a rising population, getting ‘there’ hasn’t always been easy, and certainly not half the fun. However, as big changes to Auckland Transport’s (AT) bus services have been given the green light, cross town traffic might not be so hard to get through moving ahead. Of particular significance is the bus/ train interchange forming a central transport hub for Franklin. New (and expanded) routes affect Pukekohe, Patumahoe, Papakura and Waiuku residents in particular, Mark Hannan from AT confirmed. “In Pukekohe, three loop services will run every 30 minutes, seven days a week, serving the town centre and connecting with train services at the station. “A new route (Waiuku to Pukekohe, now stopping in Patumahoe) is set to operate seven days. This also connects to the train and the centre of Pukekohe. There is also a peak weekday Waiuku to Papakura service via Kingseat.” Although services between Paerata and Papakura cease, limited services commence between Pukekohe and the new town of Wesley. Unfortunately, night owls will still need to seek alternative transport with no plans to run night buses, and a fixed date for electrification of the rail line between Pukekohe and Papakura is yet to be confirmed. Mark is hopeful locals will get on board with AT’s amended bus network. “We cannot say for certain what passenger numbers will become over time. It will take time for people to become familiar with their travel options and to use buses more regularly.” For detailed information about local bus services, see

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Putting their Signature on home When Design & Build editor Helen Perry and her husband Roger take possession of their new Pukekohe home in February 2017, it will be almost 43 years to the day since they moved into their first home – a hands-on build in which they did many jobs themselves. Since then they have built several times over, but this latest exercise has been one of the smoothest.


cary,” said friends when I told them we were planning to build...again! Yes, it had been 20 years since we last went through the full building process but prior to that we had built several homes and since then we have carried out some pretty major renovations. With man about the house knocking on the retirement door and our family having long fled the suburban coop, we had been thinking for some time to move south – closer to those areas where we often enjoy summer escapes, closer to the daughter and her family, closer to a sister in the Waikato and so it went on. Our search took us time and time again to Pukekohe. At one stage we were tempted by Pokeno, briefly considered Waiuku and even wondered about Clarks Beach but in the end Puke’s facilities, cafe culture, boutiques and smattering of chain stores won us over. And, as luck had, it we spotted a north-facing, sunny section of a decent size – none of this 300 square metres stuff for us, especially where your bedroom window peers into the neighbour’s! Marketed by Signature Homes I was a bit wary at first. To be truthful, we had hoped to find a section with no ties to any one building company. This proved easier said than done and, as we both worked long hours, it seemed expedient to go with what was offered. What’s more we really liked this site. Our own Pakuranga home had sold so we took the plunge. On November 1, 2016 planning began in earnest. An up front free of $5000 allowed us to go down the house plan track and after several weeks of consultations we had finally decided on a plan (not that there weren’t a few more changes to come) interior/exterior colours, various materials, bathrooms, kitchen, windows and more. Eight weeks later we were faced with either: A) signing the contract or B) waving goodbye to the project and forfeiting the $5000. Had we flagged it I had no problem losing five grand. The Signature team undertook a mountain of work in those planning weeks and the outcome was worth every bit of the fee. As it was, we signed the contract on December 24, 2016 and the fee was deducted from the contract price. But it wasn’t a great time with

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Christmas and many people taking annual leave. The next three months seemed to drag as the plans went to the engineer’s office and to Auckland Council for a building permit and resource consent. A query regarding our footprint saw the council clock stopped and not restarted until the issue had been resolved pushing the 20 expected approval days out by a week or two. Initially (while still in Fantasy Land) I had dreamed of a June hand over date. This was clearly not going to happen, although I did think August 2016 might be a possibility. Not a hope. Our final hand over date was eventually given as February 24, 2017. Yes, it does seem a long time but as Design & Build Franklin was about to go to print, our framework was up, the roof on, ducted heating pipes in place, joinery installed and we had done the walk through with the electrician. We knew the bricks were close! There were a couple of small glitches and, as usual, I was the one who saw things I didn’t like...but not too many and all could be rectified. While there are some aspects of working with a building company that can be frustrating including

the endless paper work and countless added fees when an alteration is asked for, I can see the reason for it (mostly). Primarily, there is no argument over what has been agreed to...or not. Perhaps, the most difficult part is not always being able to fully visualise the end result. For example, I’m not rapt at the height of the windows – from the plan I just didn’t expect them to be quite so high off the floor. I’m accustomed to big windows and these all look little to me but I blame myself. I should have taken the time to visit a few more show homes and measure floor to sill heights including those at my existing home – that’s something I’ll just have to live with. Fortunately, there is a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room which I just love. So, windows aside, I’m delighted with the outcome so far. I love the entrance foyer and covered portico access, I’m very happy with the way our en suite and walk-in are shaping up and the open plan family, dining, kitchen is super. I have been especially impressed by the weekly updates generally accompanied by two or three photos of the house as it progresses. I’ve also appreciated the willingness of Signature Homes to

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Specialists in all aspects of accommodate a couple of more sticky requests. If I had to chose someone to work with again it would have to be the franchise owner, Murray Garland. I think the word ‘unflappable’ describes him well. Certainly, he has never made me feel like a nuisance (and I have been at times), and no matter how inconvenient timing may have been, he has always greeted us warmly and taken the time to talk through queries and requests. I am aware that Signature has several builds on the go at present and I’m sure each client is clamouring to be ‘first’. Although at the time of writing there was still a number of weeks to go before we are handed our keys, I can honestly say I’m so pleased we’ve had a company such as Signature to do the running around for us. Initially, I wanted to do a lot of the organising myself. That was just a pipe dream. In today’s exacting construction climate, Signature has handled all the pressure and regulations for us. What’s more, we will move into a ‘finished’ home, not like the first time round when we personally polyurethaned floors, painted woodwork, had no oven (we waited 10 months), built the block retaining wall and lived in the basement until the power was connected (you won’t see that allowed today!) Now, decades later, we’ve been lucky. The Signature team’s professionalism cannot be faulted. Building this home has given us a great deal of pleasure and, perhaps, the confidence to do it all again, but not this year! 

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Unique flooring solution for apartment living


xtending out into the stunning Waitemata Harbour, Hobsonville Point is the location of New Zealand’s largest residential building project and Auckland’s most livable community. The project is being facilitated by the Hobsonville Land Company, a subsidiary of Housing New Zealand, in answer to Auckland’s housing crisis. Sky-rocketing house prices and an increasing population means more people are turning to medium density housing in Auckland. Hobsonville Point is one of many new subdivisions increasing the supply of this affordable living solution. The development site is approximately 167 hectares in area and will comprise more than 3,000 homes of different types, divided into precincts. The Sierra Terraces precinct, designed by awardwinning architects, Stevens Lawson, and built

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by Jalcon Homes, is situated in the heart of this new community. It includes a range of affordable housing options that make creative use of smaller land sizes. Sierra Terraces has been designed to maximise light and space, to create high quality, affordable living environments with materials that are built to last. In this medium density development, the intertenancy walls and floors of the homes needed to meet stringent New Zealand Building Code (NZBC) acoustic performance and fire rating requirements. The choice of materials for this project, including innovative flooring, reflects the vision for Hobsonville Point to build a strong, thriving community by creating homes that are well designed, well built, and energy efficient, while meeting the fire and acoustic requirements of NZBC.

James Hardie Secura Interior Flooring was specified because it ticked all these boxes. The Fire and Acoustic Floor System utilises a timber joist construction method with SecuraTM flooring fixed to timber battens over a rubber cradle system. This forms a structural floor system that provides excellent fire and acoustic performance, required for intertenancy floors to comply with NZBC. The flooring system underwent field testing by Marshall Day Acoustics in August 2016; achieving scores of 60 FSTC and 55 FIIC, both scores are well above the minimum requirements of NZBC. Design manager for Jalcon Homes, Cameron Baker, says this flooring system allowed the highest fire safety and acoustic rating possible to be achieved whilst also avoiding the use of concrete in the structure.

“With constraints, such as extremely tight sites and narrow roads, we could lift most of the product up by hand if we needed to do so. It was a solution we could work with on site.” During construction James Hardie representatives were on hand to provide support. “They helped us a lot, especially in the early stages providing us with testing and details, and helping us to find the right flooring solution,” says Baker, “they have been excellent.” James Hardie’s technical support manager, Singh Kamboj, says Secura flooring performs well in medium density typologies because it is specifically engineered to minimize impact and airborne sound, to achieve noise reduction and fire safety. “Homeowners require modern technology and innovation in new builds; they want a house without compromise and don’t want to hear their neighbours above them or be concerned by fire safety. Secura flooring fits the brief perfectly on the Sierra Terraces project.” Secura flooring is an all in one product. It can be tiled directly without the need for underlay, saving time and money on the build, which also contributes to the affordability of these homes. Its rigidity gives a squeak-free, solid feel under carpet, tiles or vinyl, and the system helps absorb sound.

The rubber cradles absorb impact noise, and the Secura flooring formulation absorbs airborne noise; providing optimum acoustic performance. The acoustic properties, coupled with the fire resistance rating, mean James Hardie’s Secura flooring used with the batten and cradle system are ideal for medium density builds. Although Sierra Terraces is the first residential development to use this system, it’s also being used on other Jalcon Homes’ developments in the area, including a 16-unit development on another Hobsonville site. Project manager for Jalcon Homes, Matthew Hambrook says, “there are no other products like this, as far as timber-framed construction goes. “This development is unique; inter-tenancy mid-floors haven’t been done in Hobsonville before. It’s all geared towards the acoustic performance of the building, which should be much higher than simply meeting the NZBC requirements.” Through the use of innovative, high quality materials Jalcon Homes has created a unique urban development within Hobsonville Point that is accessible to a diverse range of New Zealanders who are seeking a close-knit, coastal community to live, work, and play.

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chooSing your nEighbourhooD


lot goes into buying a new home. You have to figure out your budget, what type of house you want, how many bedrooms you need, and how big a lawn you’d like. But before you start listing the criteria for your next house, you need to think of your new neighbourhood first. Your dream home can quickly become a nightmare if it’s poorly situated. The first thing you need to do is ask yourself where you’d like to live. Are you looking for a country setting, a life in the suburbs or maybe a more urban vibe? Taking your lifestyle into account, write a list that includes all the amenities and services you need in a neighbourhood. These might include schools, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transport, parks, bicycle paths and sports centres. Do you want to live in a quiet street or could you cope with a busier environment? Do you want to be near other families, or are you looking for an area that caters for young professionals?

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You should always inquire about the neighbourhood before making an offer on a new house. Without being too nosey, try to get some information about the surrounding locality. Are your potential neighbours known for throwing parties every weekend? Do they own a loud and noisy dog? Is their lawn well-kept, or are they neglectful of their landscaping? Be sure to ask the current owners questions, and if you can, try to speak with potential neighbours. Finding the right home is all about due diligence. A real estate agent can help you find the neighbourhood that best suits your needs. And don’t forget to visit the residential areas you’re interested in during the day and night.

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More vigilance Survey highlights “she’ll be right” approach to building work


he ‘no worries, mate” attitude’ of many Kiwis could be their undoing when it comes to building a home. It seems homeowners in the Land of the Long White Cloud are way too laid back when it comes to written contracts and other requirements for building work according to a survey by the New Zealand Certified Builders Association (NZCB). Too many people assume being licensed means builders have a higher standard of training, skills and experience than is currently required under the Licensed Building Practitioner scheme The survey found that 51% of homeowners who had used a builder in the past 10 years didn’t have a written contract for work done. Of the work done without a written contract, 22% was for work over $30,000, 18% was for work between $10,000 and $30,000 and 48% was for work under $10,000. NZCB chief executive, Grant Florence, said the survey highlighted the importance of consumer protection measures, such as the 2015 change which made written contracts mandatory for building work over $30,000. However, he cautioned that there’s still work to do to raise awareness within the industry and among consumers about the new mandatory requirement for contracts and also the importance

of written contracts for lower-cost building work. “The survey found that 46% of homeowners think it’s the builder’s responsibility if something goes wrong with a build or renovation. “The reality is if there’s no written contract in place, this makes it difficult to resolve any issues,” Mr Florence said. “Having a contract is important for spelling out duties and obligations in relation to building projects. That’s why we provide template contracts for our member builders to use, to ensure they adhere to the highest professional standards. “We have also introduced a mandatory building guarantee, which applies to every new home build or home building alteration over $30,000 that is undertaken by a NZCB member. “While NZCB members have template contracts, mandatory guarantees and other tools on-hand that they can offer to consumers, others in the industry who are not members of one of the two major building trade associations, do not.” The survey also found that when asked what they thought was a requirement for a builder to be a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP), 90% of homeowners thought that a formal building trade qualification was a requirement and 80% thought that undertaking formal professional development

needed when building was needed to maintain registration. “Trade qualification isn’t currently a requirement under the LBP scheme, and in terms of professional development, while the LBP Skills Maintenance Scheme has recently been strengthened, in our view it doesn’t go far enough,” Mr Florence said. “All builders are required to do is read LBP News (part of MBIE’s Codewords newsletter), identify two examples of on-the-job learning over the two-year licensing cycle and undertake some elective activities to earn points, to maintain their licence. “We’ve always thought the LBP scheme should require trade qualification, as well as a more stringent skills training pathway. This would further lift the standards of training and skills across the industry, which is in the best interests of consumers. “In the absence of any strengthening of the LBP scheme, consumers can have confidence in choosing a builder who is a member of NZCB because all our members are trade-qualified – we are the only building trade association in New Zealand that requires trade qualification as a pre-requisite for membership. NZCB members also have access to ongoing professional development, such as through our regular Toolbox Seminars.” ■■ Note: One-thousand New Zealand homeowners completed the survey during May 2016, which was conducted by Curia Market Research. 

Super City seeks capital help While house prices on the Auckland property market have been soaring, increased demand for building consents has resulted in council seeking ‘capital’ investment. With a record 23,220 building consent applications received during approximately 12 months (to May 2016) Auckland Council enlisted consents teams from Wellington and Porirua to help manage workflow. Building and Housing Minister, Dr Nick Smith said at the time that the increase in consents was partly caused by the establishment of 154 Special Housing Areas (SHAs) across Auckland. “This sudden increase in the last quarter reflects the pipeline coming on-stream, from approval of an SHA, to getting the structure plans in place and the infrastructure built, to creating a new section. “A key purpose of the [Auckland Housing] Accord was to free up the supply of land and it is now making a material difference to section supply in Auckland.” However, according to figures, Auckland actually saw a drop in listings, down almost 10 percent in the year

to May 2016. Either way, it’s clear that the establishment of SHAs across Auckland (including Pukekohe, Clarks Beach, Drury, Glenbrook, Hingaia (Karaka), Paerata, Papakura, Takanini and Alfriston) has resulted in more opportunity for new builds and council expects this trend will continue. Up-to-date information regarding Auckland Housing Accord and development of SHAs are available via Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017 — 25

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Horncastle Homes


– The difference is in the details

t Horncastle we believe the details matter. We’ve been building new homes since 1990 and in our experience, when you get the details right, everything else falls into place. Whether you want to design and build your dream home or buy a Turnkey Solution, our aim is to create houses that feel good to live in and provide a sound investment. This means we pay close attention to both what you can see on a finished home and what you can’t see, such as using the best construction methods and materials inside the walls. We believe a quality home is the result of hundreds of small things done well. It’s the combination of detailed planning, good construction methods, materials and quality workmanship from beginning to end. When you choose a Horncastle home, you can trust that all the details will be taken care of. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt over the last 25 years, it’s that the little things are the big things, both in life and in building houses.

Our design approach You will get the best advice from local experts with over 25 years experience. Designed in-house by our architect and architectural team, we create homes


Build with confidence When you choose a Horncastle home, you can trust all the details will be taken care of. As a familyowned company, the core value of our business is to create a total customer experience, well past the date when we hand you the keys. We also offer a

10-year Master Build Guarantee and Horncastle’s quality assurance. Visit our display homes in Pokeno and Millwater to find out first-hand the quality and value in a Horncastle Home. Pokeno: 1 Hillpark Drive, Pokeno. Open: Wednesday-Sunday 12-4pm. Millwater: 5 Scout Way, Millwater, Silverdale. Open: Wednesday-Sunday 12-4pm. For further details please contact John Wilson on 021 256 6592 or,

Loft-y ambitions achieved

hen life hands you lemons, build apartments! When the global financial crisis hit home, many businesspeople ducked for cover. However, Paula and Kurt Schultz understood that, sometimes, the only way to navigate stormy waters is to damn the torpedoes and steam straight into the swell. As a consequence (and in spite of the housing crisis) Paula says Canopius Lifestyles’ new, deluxe South 83 apartments are available now and at affordable prices. “Rather than invest heavily in areas which were already highly sought after and came at a high price, we looked to raise the value of central Papakura by creating truly luxurious residences,” she explains. “Thanks to our strategy, we’re inviting people to come and live in the heart of one of the most vibrant parts of Auckland at a fraction of the price of the central city.” By working smarter, Paula and Kurt first developed Stanley Lofts and the thriving, funky cafe Canopius beneath. Although the lofts were quickly snapped up, the new South 83 project (which replaces the Counties Care Medical Centre) is now

tailored to each site, providing the best lifestyle options. We carefully think through your home design to ensure it has everything you require and makes the best use of your site.

introducing even more to tomorrow’s living spaces. They’re ideal for city residents who’d rather not be mired in debt. “From fittings to finish, these apartments will suit people from all walks of life, professional couples, singles and families too. Country character villas might invite those with plenty of time to keep them looking spic and span, but, as our apartments are designed for easy maintenance, residents won’t need to devote their days to DIY!” Raising property values by improving the communities around them is an ongoing undertaking for the company.

“Occupants of the new building, at 83 Great South Road, will have spaces in which they can relax and entertain, with a thriving city at their doorstep,” adds Paula. “Working with the local board and council to ensure the town centre continues to augment happiness and quality of life for its people can only result in a ‘win-win’ outcome. “Through the promotion of activities and betterment of open public spaces, we’re on board with making Papakura a better place to be.” To sample a taste of South 83’s affordable, luxury living, see Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017 — 27

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Navigation Homes We build homes you’ll love to live in…


egotiating the road to a new home can be difficult but, thankfully Navigation Homes can steer you along the right pathway ensuring you arrive at a home you will love. Having spent many years putting together a great range of plans that are diverse in dimension, style and features, Navigation Homes knows the importance of accommodating individual lifestyle needs and personal taste so that clients get the home they truly desire. Catering to all styles and budgets, ranges include: ■■ The Compass Range featuring traditional tried and true brick and tile homes. ■■ The Nautical Series offering mono-pitch roof lines with James Hardie Linea weatherboard cladding, representing timeless design features. ■■ The Designer Series, architecturally enhanced with higher stud heights and upgraded specifications. ■■ The Bungalow and Villa Series’ with many unique features and one of Navigation Homes’ most desired series of plans. Navigation Homes director, Aaron Hall says 70 per cent of clients choose a design and build option, irrespective of their budget. “Years of construction experience and the inclusion of a comprehensive 10-year Master Builders’ guarantee, means clients enjoy the confidence and security of dealing with a Registered Master Builder,” Aaron says. “They also know we will listen to their ideas, and guide them in their personal requirements. At Navigation Homes it’s about avoiding costly mistakes and achieving the best possible outcome.” 

Navigation Homes also offers an extensive 365day maintenance period on all homes to give new home owners sufficient time to ensure they are happy with every aspect of their home. “We listen to what you want out of your home and then ensure we deliver it,” says Aaron. Navigation Homes now offers home and land packages for sale in Papakura, Patumahoe, Pokeno, Pukekohe, Glenbrook Beach and Te Kauwhata – so you’ll be sure to find a spot that suits you. And the new showhome, now open at 178 Helenslee Road, Pokeno, is a must to visit. Offering the ultimate in comfort this stylish design comes from the Compass Series – contemporary, timeless, elegant!

While there pick up a FREE copy of our Book of Ideas – full of design inspiration or check out a sample range of our plans on our website.

Phone Hayley Peterson 0800-303-207, or visit Showhome open by appointment only

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The Horizon (Architectural)

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aby boomers were making “Hay” while the sun shone on home ownership long before today’s scramble to build or buy. And they were doing so in partnership with one of New Zealand’s most trusted new home builders – Keith Hay Homes. A household name, the company has been proudly building and delivering homes to Kiwis for more than 77 years! With so many years experience in a highly competitive market, Keith Hay Homes has a wealth of knowledge to call upon and has based itself on a strong moral foundation, listening to the customer, providing a reliable service and ultimately, their motto which says it all – ‘Success through satisfied customers’. In all the years of operation the company has never failed to deliver a house. Keith Hay homes are built by licensed building practitioners who use only top quality products from other leading New Zealand manufacturers. Managing director, David Hay is so sure of the quality that he offers his own five-year personal guarantee. “We provide a vast selection of family homes, holiday homes and investment housing (secondary dwellings and minor dwellings)” says general manager Matthew Hay. Recently Keith Hay has completely revised its Coastal Collection of homes and has added the ‘Hahei’ plan to the range. The three-bedroom ‘Raglan’ plan from this Coastal range is also one of its most popular sellers. Those seeking a holiday home should look no further. “Our transportable homes are becoming increasingly beneficial in coastal areas where there are increasing problems with erosion and possible flooding issues,” Matthew Hay says. “Homes can easily be moved if required. Council are also asking for houses to be built higher above the ground which suits our approach which utilises wooden piles rather than concrete pad foundations.” Keith Hay Homes is expert in building minor 30 — Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017

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dwellings and secondary dwellings. The company understands that taking all the steps involved in developing an investment property can be daunting. However, the experienced Keith Hay team can walk clients through the process, step by step, or handle everything so clients can use their time to find the next project or concentrate on their own income source. Being innovative continues to drive the success of Keith Hay. This has lead to the company adding an architectural element to the range by introducing the ‘Park Terrace’ and ‘The Horizon’. These plans were designed in collaboration with award-winning Architex NZ with the aim of bringing to the market, top quality, architecturally-designed houses which are still affordable. The Horizon showhome is now available for

viewing at their Drury Branch, Corner Firth Street & Great South Road, Drury. Keith Hay builds the homes in their yard and then transports to site which means customers have minimal site disruption and can still use their land up to the last minute. If, however, there are access issues they can also build on site. The friendly team of home consultants are all well-trained and can help with the entire building process so it is simple and stress-free. Ph 0800 Keith Hay

G.J. Gardner


– building great homes

.J. Gardner’s reputation for building quality homes which fulfil clients’ dreams just continues to grow. Two Auckland franchises, in particular, G.J. Gardner Homes Franklin/Papakura, and G.J. Gardner Homes Manukau/East Auckland have stamped their mark on the region continuing to earn accolades for their workmanship and customer service. And the recent completion of a custom-built home in outlying Pukekohe has its new owners, John and Lynne Street delighted. The eye-catching masonry and stone exterior exudes country character while the interior encapsulates all the features required of contemporary living. Importantly, it caters to their rural lifestyle with a focus on harness racing. A true family size residence it has four bedrooms, all with en suites, a home office and open plan kitchen/dining/living complemented by a media room, and a guest powder room. The rustic charm of a fireplace adds that warm mood when days turn cold. In particular, the light-filled, black and white kitchen, with up to the minute appliances, is a central hub which is both functional and

glamorous. Outside, a swimming pool is just the ticket on hot summer days while the sun-drenched deck, overlooking tree-studded paddocks and the stables accommodating some 50 trotters and pacers, offers the perfect spot for relaxation and entertaining. “We wanted homely, country style residence and in particular asked for wooden joinery,” Lynne says. “G.J.’s worked their magic, adjusting an existing plan to suit our needs. Nothing was too much trouble; we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.” Of course, this is just one client request

executed perfectly by G.J.’s Franklin/Papakura team. Further north G.J. Gardner Homes Manukau and East Auckland, continues to cater for increased building demands stretching from Flatbush to Maraetai, delivering the same exceptional standards clients expect of the franchise. Focused on integrity, commitment and dependability, G.J.’s prides itself on delivering great homes and having a great relationship with their customers. To find out why more Kiwi’s choose to build their homes with G.J. Gardner than any other builder, why not call into your local franchise today.


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Simple steps can avoid buying and selling mistakes


hen selling a home you will want it to look its best yet there are a number of common mistakes often made which can be avoided. By being properly informed and prepared, vendors – and buyers – will save themselves time, money and a lot of trouble.


house of your dreams can quickly become a nightmare once you realise there’s a lack of public services or schools nearby. You might regret your purchase if you don’t take the time to visit the home’s surroundings. ■■ Buying on impulse. Never let your emotions get the best of you when it comes to real estate. Buying a home that’s above your financial means is a recipe for disaster.

■■ No home inspection. Not having your house properly inspected by a certified professional is a huge gamble. You don’t want to take any chances when it comes to investing your hard-earned money, so have a building inspection and check code of compliance has been issued, before signing. Buying or selling a house is a considerable financial operation that should never be taken lightly. It will most likely be the biggest transaction of your life, so take the time and necessary measures to do it right.



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■■ Concealing defects. Not disclosing your home’s latent defects is deceitful and fraudulent and you could find yourself paying dearly is you have not disclosed when asked something your clearly know about such as a leaky home or a methamphetamine problem. Repainting a wall to cover water damage or a major building defect is never a good idea. ■■ Listing too high. Inflating your asking price to make a large profit on your house is counterproductive. The only thing you’ll accomplish is making potential buyers realise they can get much more for their money elsewhere. ■■ Being unprepared for visits. A cluttered kitchen counter, dirty windows, strong smells and poor lighting won’t make a good impression on potential buyers.

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Plan your dream home Landmark Homes is a quality brand that has developed using time-tested systems. Your local franchise can offer a full range of service and support from our professional team to help clients design and build their dream home.


andmark homeowners tell us they feel they have achieved good value for money whilst maintaining design and quality standards. Our national buying power contributes to the value you receive. We believe it is more important that you get just what you want for the best value than the cheapest price with no regard to the quality. You can choose from a large collection of exciting Landmark designs which can be viewed via our website. These designs can be customised to suit your site, your needs and budget, to make sure you get exactly what you want. Or you can use our Design and Build process

which enables clients to have a completely unique home designed to suit and meet their budget. Our specialist team use systems which make easy and efficient work of what can otherwise be a lengthy, costly and frustrating experience. Because we know how important excellent management of a new home build is, we offer a total project management service. Our team handles every detail of your new home from the planning stage through to completion, handover and beyond. The quality of materials used and the workmanship that goes into every Landmark home built is of such importance to our home owners

that we ‘double back’ ourselves with independent quality control inspections during the construction phase and at the completion of each home. Our Waiata showhome in Pukekohe has recently won a silver in the 2016 Master Builders house of the year awards. We are very proud to be recognized as ‘one of the best’, based on a combination of value for money, quality, service, design and workmanship. We welcome you to come along and visit us at our showhome at 12 Twomey Drive, Pukekohe to see what Landmark Homes can do for you. Our opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 4pm or any other times by appointment.

Let us turn your dream into your reality!

Contact us:

We have fabulous plans, flexible options and creative solutions that will make your next home a true Landmark.

Visit our Showhome at: 12 Twomey Dr, Pukekohe or Office: 83-85 Manukau Rd, Pukekohe

0800 828-453 09 237-1124

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Making an impression Resene Construction Systems range of plaster facades, and interior finishing systems adds stunning style and durability to new and existing homes.


here is a vast array of external facades available in the market place with weatherboard and brick being the most common. More and more often, when driving around, people are seeing a greater level of external plaster facades which, from our point of view, is fantastic, and equally for the diversity in subdivisions. Over the years, development and technology for external facade or cladding systems has changed. This change was driven by issues related across the construction industry including design and architecture, construction practices, product performance, trade co-ordination and workmanship. For the past 10 plus years external plaster façades/claddings have been required to be installed over a cavity. This is also the case with brick veneer, and weatherboard. The cavity method of construction provides robustness and redundancy should moisture enter through the outside skin of the façade. Plaster façade systems vary considerably not only in terms of the products used, but also the level of workmanship applied by the tradesperson. Our façade systems require registered building

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MILANO Marblestone Fireplace

practitioner installation, in turn we only supply our own licensed and registered contractors as the very minimum prerequisite. This ensures accuracy and responsibility to the contractor who has applied the system. Alongside this, Resene Construction Systems partners with its contractor network and provides its own documented and comprehensive “On Site Assistance”quality assurance programme, which is mandatory to each and every project nationally. The OnSite Assistance programme was introduced 10 years ago to provide surety of system installation. It was, and is, a dynamic and innovative approach for the construction sector. No other business in the plaster façade industry stands beside every installation with dedicated support as we do. We take the OnSite Assistance programme one step further by undertaking a further complimentary project review two years after our guarantees have been issued. This also gives us the opportunity to discuss the system with our clients and how best to look after it. This sets the benchmark for the industry, giving protection to both the reputation of our products and most importantly to our clients’ most important investment – their home.

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INTEGRA Lightweight Concrete Facade

INTEGRA Lightweight Concrete Facade

INTEGRA Lightweight Concrete Facade

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Selection of your external plaster façade can be challenging. The three dominant options in the current market are INTEGRA aac lightweight concrete, Graphex Insulated façade, or Plaster over Masonry block or brick. INTEGRA aac lightweight concrete façade – AAC (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) is a lightweight concrete panel fixed over a cavity which includes full flashing suite, and a lamina of coatings that is complete through to the finished colour coats. This system provides impact resistance, acoustic benefits and has a solid feel even though it is fixed over timber framing. Graphex Insulated Façade – An external insulation system that provides a complete thermal overlay to the structure. This is the best location for insulation as there are minimal ‘thermal breaks’ when compared to ’in wall’ insulation. The perception of insulated facades falls 

a long way short of being accurate and is based around misinformation and historical construction practices not applied today. The installation of the Graphex & INTEGRA aac Systems is complete and undertaken by one supplier, and one contractor. This process saves time and money during the construction process, and provides a full service and support system for the life of the installed system. A key factor in determining system performance in New Zealand is to ensure that the products and systems comply with the building code. We have worked alongside BRANZ (Building Research Association of New Zealand) and achieved appraisals for our external façade systems. This includes passing stringent weathertight testing. At Resene Construction Systems we also have

a premium range of interior finishes, all based on natural materials from Rockcote, available to suit any style or budget. As a Resene Group company you also have the backing of a privately-owned and operated New Zealand company. Along with this relationship you have the benefit of visiting Resene ColorShop’s for all your colour selections and general coatings advice.

Call Resene Construction’s friendly team on 0800 50 70 40 to discover how they can assist you with your next project. Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017 — 35

Te Kauwhata’s charm a growing drawcard


ousing affordability in some parts of the country is driving homeowners out of inner city suburbs to other regional centres. The good news is, Generation Homes Waikato has a range of house and land packages to suit your family, budget and lifestyle whether you want to be near Hamilton city or an Aucklander looking for an affordable home in the smaller rural towns of Pokeno or Te Kauwhata just south of the Bombay Hills. One option for people looking for a dream lifestyle, with an easy commute to Auckland or Hamilton, is to build a new Generation Homes property in Te Kauwhata. Located in the rolling dairy farmland in the north Waikato, Te Kauwhata offers affordable, luxury living on the edge of Lake Waikere. Te Kauwhata – nicknamed ‘TK’ – is uniquely positioned midway between Auckland and Hamilton, about an hour in each direction on State Highway 1. The village’s population of around 1400 has access to primary and secondary schooling, childcare centres, a library, supermarket, various sporting and recreational facilities, doctors’ rooms, pharmacy and more. Generation Homes Waikato director, Alana Savage describes TK as an established village with attractive freehold titles offering the very best in country living. “TK is ideally located from a commuting point of view and many of our customers see real benefit in their children growing up in a well-serviced, rural country town that has great schools, and all the necessary amenities and infrastructure in place,” she says. “Customers can choose from one of the 80 Generation Homes architectural plans designed for the area and we’ll support them to customise the selected plan so they can put their own personal stamp on the property.” 36 — Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017

Jeremy and Karen Biddick

Generation Homes customers and busy parents, Jeremy and Karen Biddick, lived in their own home in Auckland’s West Harbour for 11 years but a desire to give their two young sons an authentic childhood with a strong connection to the land guided their move south. Settling on a 696 sqm section in TK, the Biddick’s knew they wanted to build a versatile home that would meet the needs of their family now and in the future. The couple quickly settled on the four-bedroom Ashbury, and worked closely with Generation Homes to redesign the plan to their building site and include a range of custom variations. Some key features included an open plan living area with indoor-outdoor flow, a grand entranceway, large galley kitchen and walk-in pantry, an outdoor entertainment area with arched pergola and barbecue area, plus beautifully

landscaped gardens. The master suite was positioned away from the other bedrooms and central living areas to create a sense of privacy. The garage also doubles as a rumpus room. “We had a really clear picture of what we wanted and Generation Homes supported us to ensure we achieved everything within our budget,” says Karen. Generation Homes was founded by Kiwis, Graham Hockly and David Mansel in Tauranga in 1997. The nationwide company has operated in Waikato since 2007, and is present in subdivisions throughout Te Kauwhata, Hamilton, the greater Waikato and Auckland. If you’re looking to build a new home in Te Kauwhata, visit one of Generation’s show homes to talk to a team member about our affordable house and land packages. You can also join Generation Homes Waikato’s email database to receive regular updates and professional home building advice by emailing Visit for some great design and inspirational ideas.

Phone 07 853 3218 or 0508 639 496 Showhomes: 1 Astor Ave, Dinsdale, Hamilton – by appointment 2 Awanui Ave (off Blunt Rd), Te Kauwhata – Open Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues 10am-4pm

Platinum Homes


– more precious than gold!

uperior design and decor elegance are hallmarks of the new Twomey Drive show home in Pukekohe – proof that building a quality home is as easy as saying, Platinum

Homes! Displaying a strong sense of presence, nevertheless Platinum Homes sales manager, Murray Taylor says like people houses can’t get by a on good looks alone. “Solid bones and a sense of comfort combined with contemporary living and quality materials are essential to any new build and our new show home has been created to measure up on all counts. “Looks, character and first classes materials in the show home give prospective homeowners an idea of what can be achieved with a little fore thought, good advice, and the kind of sound workmanship our team is expected to deliver on every job regardless of budget.” Murray encourages homebuyers and those keen to build to visit the show home – they’re bound to be impressed. Occupying a corner site and lying to the sun, the show home features five large bedrooms including a spacious guest bedroom with its own en suite – one could be forgiven for thinking that was the master suite. In reality, the latter is sure to captivate. Encompassing generous ‘His’ and ‘Her’

dressing rooms, located either side of a spacious bathroom, this retreat is hard to beat. And when it comes to overall living, a sophisticated kitchen, complemented by a large, beautifully outfitted scullery opening to a convenient, separate laundry. What’s more, the expansive open plan dining, family and lounge exude the kind of flow that allows for entertaining a crowd or escaping to one’s own space in the sun. Beautifully appointed throughout, it is an example of Platinum Homes commitment to quality building practices an example of what can be achieved when families want space without necessarily going up a level. Murray says this executive home a just one

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example of catering to modern day families and he encourages home buyers to call by and discuss their personal needs for a land and house package or a design and build project on their own section. “Naturally we cater to a wide range of budgets – this show home embraces many features people want but for others it will be a matter of evaluating what suits them and what they can dispense with. A couple on their own may find this too large but a modified plan might prove ideal.” To find out more phone 09 238 777 or visit Downton show home, 6 Twomey Drive, Pukekohe or Donnybrook show home, 24 Mark Ball Drive, Pokeno. Open weekdays 10am-4pm and weekends 11am-4pm.

...more than 1700 Kiwis have trusted us with their dream home – and it all starts with service! Select a fabulous home from our library of more than 1000 plans and take advantage of our consultancy service to ensure your home is personalised to your particular tastes. We offer you homes that are built to last, with proven materials and building techniques. And... be confident that your investment is secure with the ten year Homefirst Guarantee underwritten by Contractors Bonding Ltd.

Call Platinum Homes® today and start planning your dream home! ASK FOR YOUR FREE PLATINUM BOOK SHOWCASING NEW ZEALAND’S MOST POPULAR PLANS

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Some pain for long term gain


Work on Southern Corridor steps up

ising property prices aside, the overriding topic affecting Aucklanders is traffic congestion which everyone agrees is getting worse. Commuters have been pleased to see work started on new lanes on the Southern Motorway in preparation for the area’s planned growth. The NZ Transport Agency has reduced lane widths on State Highway 1 at Takanini extending south as part of work to improve motorway bottlenecks in the area. They will be in place for approximately a year to create a safe work zone while extra lanes are built. “These changes may cause some short term disruption to motorists and we wish we could avoid that, but long term there will be benefits as we create extra lanes to ease bottlenecks,” says Brett Gliddon the transport agency’s Auckland Highway manager. “By reducing the lanes we can create safe areas for the construction crews to work throughout the day, not just at night and that means they’ll get 

the job done much faster with less disruption to residents and motorists overall.” The changes are part of the Southern Corridor Improvements project which will eventually create a four-lane highway along Mill Road to act as a south-east alternative and bypass to the Southern Motorway. It covers the stretch of Southern Motorway from the SH20 and SH1 connection at Manukau down to Papakura in the south. The project includes additional lanes in both directions, an upgraded Takanini interchange and a 4.5km shared use pedestrian and cycle path. The $268 million project is expected to be completed in 2018. Extra southbound lanes will be completed in early 2017 as part of the Western Ring route construction connecting Manukau and the North Shore via State Highway 20 (the Waterview tunnel) and State Highways 16 (the Northwestern) and State Highway 18, as an alternative north-south route to State Highway 1. The project is the second of four government

accelerated transport projects in the Auckland region which supports current investment in the Western Ring Route and the regional connections south of Auckland. Changing land use, population growth and planned extensive housing developments have driven the project. The improvements aim to ease congestion at several locations along the Southern Motorway to provide a more reliable trip for all road users. The Southern Corridor Improvements project include: ■■ Southbound widening to four lanes between SH20 and Hill Road and to three lanes between Hill Road and Papakura ■■ Northbound widening to three lanes from Papakura to Takanini ■■ Takanini Interchange upgrade ■■ Upgrade of 16 existing bridges and construction of six new structures ■■ New 4.5km walking and cycling path ■■ New LED lighting Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017 — 39


Come and see your local renovations specialists At Smith and Sons we can take you through the entire process, from the design stages through to planning and construction. We specialise in all renovations, decks, bathrooms, extensions, full internal renovations, adding a second storey, reclads, and can even do commercial. We take pride in the quality of our projects and strive to finish all jobs to the highest quality.


Phone 09 947 9533


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Smith & Sons extends, Smith & Sons renovates


hile we’re all likely to be more than just a little house proud when it comes to our new build, sooner or later even the best constructed homes can lose a little of their lustre. However, there’s no need to move or roll the DIY dice when Smith & Sons Franklin has renovations covered. “To many, the words ‘renovate’ or ‘extension’ are almost interchangeable with ‘stress’, but it needn’t be that way,” says co-owner, Melissa van den Brink. “By combining our simple three-step process with extensive building experience, we’ll ensure work of any scale or nature is undertaken to a top, professional standard.” From design to planning and constructing, Smith & Sons Franklin can tackle renovations and extensions for any space, from bathrooms and kitchens, to basement conversions, exterior recladding, outdoor living areas and total home makeovers. Of course, the team can also turn their hand to new builds as required. “With more than a decade’s experience in the building industry, Lane (my husband) leads our team of local builders, along with expert assistance from another of our builders, Craig,” Melissa

explains. “They both really thrive on the challenge of ensuring clients’ renovation visions come to life and have a great eye for detail,” she says. As the renovation process (particularly on older abodes) can uncover a wide range of issues, planning, project management and problem solving skills can often prove invaluable in keeping projects running on time and to budget. “We take our clients all the way through from design to the completion. That means we’re with

them every step, drawing on our experience to keep quality up and costs down. “Every job, big or small, starts with a chat. Give us a call (09 947 9533), email us at or visit and we’ll take it from there. “Through our commitment to communication, professionalism, quality systems and excellent workmanship to make your renovation process as stress-free as possible.”

Jennian’s new futureproof home impresses


ennian Homes Franklin owners, Vincent and Michelle Costello, have been building quality homes in the Franklin region for over a decade. With 40 years combined experience in the building industry you can trust them to build the home you’ve always wanted. Jennian Homes Franklin is focused on delivering your home, by exceeding your expectations, building trust and supporting you every step of the way. The owner-operated team of seven, headed by Vincent and Michelle, is packed with experience and focused on quality. Michelle explains, “We manage the whole building process to try to make things as simple as possible for our clients. We want the build to be an exciting experience, enjoyable and with minimal stress. “We’re willing to put the time and effort into finding out what’s needed, and finding a solution for each unique situation. We’ll work off standard plans, revise them, design and build – whatever is best for our clients.” “Our confidence and commitment to the local community is unwavering. We love living and 

working locally, and our two children attend local schools. We enjoy supporting the local rugby and netball clubs we sponsor as a company.” Jennian Homes also supports the Heart Foundation with a range of community initiatives and is an official partner of the New Zealand Olympic team. If it’s inspiration you are after why not head along to their impressive new Future-Proof Show Home located at 131 Hillpark Drive, Pokeno. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living areas it is a fabulous, family-friendly home. Clever product solutions are in place allowing the home to be adapted for future technologies. In addition, high quality products have been utilised to make it a top notch property. The open plan dining and kitchen creates a central point for the home. You will fall in love with the clever use of space which allows for a relaxed lifestyle. To view the Jennian house plans, visit www. or better still, come on over and see what life in a Jennian home could be like. Vincent and Michelle will be happy to discuss your building requirements.

Show Home Location: 131 Hillpark Drive, Pokeno Hours: Wednesday to Friday 11am-2pm, Saturday to Sunday 12pm-4pm  Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017 — 41

Brant Homes – you’ll be pleasantly surprised


uilding your future home couldn’t be easier than with Brant Homes. Owner, Craig Brant, has been building superior, quality homes for more than 35 years – that kind of expertise is hard to find. Brant Homes is not a franchise and clients will find that the company’s independence allows for greater freedom of choice, more competitive pricing and more personal service, which is often lacking elsewhere. With Brant Homes it’s all about YOU! Whether you have your own plan or choose to use Brant Homes’ architectural services, the team will be pleased to work with you for the ideal outcome. With its focus on service and build

excellence, Brant Homes’ complete service package includes: ■■ Design and Build ■■ Build to your Plan

■■ Remove and Rebuild ■■ Subdividing Services

Visit the Brant Homes show home today and see for yourself – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


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We're still New Zealand’s most awarded Group Home Builder.

The Registered Master Builders House of the Year celebrates building excellence in New Zealand. It awards the best homes and builders and the craftsmanship behind them. Jennian franchisees have won more of these awards than any other building brand. All our homes are designed and built to award winning standards. For the home you’ve wanted from New Zealand’s most awarded builder, contact Jennian Homes today.

Come on over to our Show Home Come on over and visit our stunning new show home located in highly sought after Pokeno Village. This versatile and uniquely designed home features a modern internal layout suitable for a range of family requirements. 131 Hillpark Drive, Pokeno Open: Wednesday to Friday 11am-2pm Saturday to Sunday 12pm-4pm



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Experience counts


When you build a new house with Sentinel Homes, you build a home.

Design and Build project with Sentinel Homes allows you to turn your ideas into reality. Our designer works alongside you to ensure you make the best use of your piece of New Zealand, complementing your personality (as well as your environment), providing you with a home that is practical, comfortable and that will stand the test of time. Our experience in the building industry allows us the wisdom to know what works and what doesn’t, and how to create your vision within your budget.

We understand that the process of building a home can be daunting for some, but we’re here to help make this process enjoyable. We will manage the build process, keeping it simple, allowing you to feel the excitement that is your right! We approach all our builds as if they were our own, using qualified quantity surveyors for all our pricing, experienced project managers that understand building, reputable suppliers and quality sub-contractors with exceptional track records. PLUS, Sentinel Homes is a registered Master Builder which gives the added comfort

that your build is backed by the most recognised building association in New Zealand; we’ve got you covered! We are a friendly, approachable bunch which genuinely wants to produce the best possible outcome for you and your family. Want to fling some ideas about with us? No worries! Ready to take the plunge? Awesome! Check out our website www.sentinelhomes. or Call us on 0800 456 321 we would love the opportunity to meet you. Sentinel Homes; Design, Build, Enjoy.



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Totalbuild Source of Inspiration C overing an area from North Waikato to the city fringe, Totalbuild Ltd has been consistently recognised in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards and is renowned for unsurpassed attention to detail and building integrity. Owner, Grant Mackay has more than 30 years construction industry experience and his priority is to produce top quality homes and renovations. With a keen eye for detail, and a high level of expertise and workmanship, he stays up to date with this ever-changing industry ensuring new products, technology and methods are taken into consideration. “We use products that will not only look good but come from reputable suppliers and which will endure the environment over time.” Grant says, in particular, the experienced team at Totalbuild Ltd can help you choose an architect suited to your individual project or will work with one you have already selected. “We can custom design a project specific to your needs or will help you select a plan from our range of more than 50 innovative designs ensuring the best fit for your building site.” All projects carried out by Totalbuild Ltd, from the smallest renovation to an architecturallydesigned, top of the line, contemporary home, receive the same high level of care and attention with honest, reliable service of prime importance. “We will handle your concept design, preliminary budgets, working drawings, engineering, surveying and building and resource consents. We will then manage the construction project from start to finish,” Grant says. “We are committed to providing a smooth building process and use an online system that helps you with selections and keeps track of your budgets. “We aim to ensure the outcome is a home that doesn’t just look good on the outside but is robust,



functional and refined in every way.” “What’s more, a price from us will be complete and up front with nothing hidden. “You can have confidence and peace of mind from start to finish.” So, for those keen to build or to renovate see Totalbuild Ltd first – they’ll give it to you straight! Don’t delay – go to and take a look at more of our exciting plan range.


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Versatile – award-winning quality


ersatile Homes & Buildings is a reputable New Zealand brand built around quality, integrity and value with more than 40 years in the industry. And they’re making it their goal to help every Kiwi have the quality home they’ve dreamt of. The Franklin franchise of Versatile Homes & Buildings has been owned and operated by locals Dave and Bridget Sutton for the past 21 years. They are Registered Master Builders and can offer peace of mind through the comprehensive Versatile and Masterbuilders guarantees. Dave and Bridget invite you to view their Pokeno show home, a showcase of the high standard of finish Versatile promises. Versatile boasts a range of popular plans featuring open plan living areas, walk-in pantries, en suite and walk-in wardrobes, outdoor entertainment areas and much more. Their proven plans can be fully personalised to your specific requirements. Or, if you are after something a bit different, bring in your ideas and we can work with you. Through our complimentary in-house draughting service, we will complete a concept and work with it as many times as required to bring your ideas to reality. Our experienced Versatile team manages the entire building process from council requirements to final hand over. Versatile Pukekohe prides itself on “fixed

price contracts” – you won’t find allowances or provisional costs in our contracts. It may take a bit longer to get the kitchen, electrical, floor coverings and other details in the early stages, but the client has peace of mind with no hidden costs popping up later. We believe we are industry leaders in this respect. From house and land packages to farm buildings, sleep-outs and complete design and build solutions, we offer the lot. Bring your wish list and we will come up with a concept that suits your

lifestyle, matches your needs and fits your budget. As the name suggests we are … Versatile! A key difference that sets us apart is the trust the small family-led team shares with clients and their enthusiasm toward their project – each is welcomed into the Versatile family. Pop in and talk to our helpful, down to earth team or visit the show home located at 138 Hillpark Drive, Pokeno. To find our more, phone Versatile Pukekohe team on (09) 238 0696.


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A1 sings Franklin’s praises


Franklin offers a wide range of options when building a new home. Fortunately, Pukekohe-based A1 Homes is ready to open the door on our region, providing locally-focused advice in the process.

t could be said that Franklin is rapidly becoming Auckland’s worse-kept secret when it comes to finding affordable living on the doorstep of the SuperCity. In fact, if this was once a secret, Tony Smith can’t have received the memo! “At A1, we’ve been singing the praises of our part of town for quite some time now, a fact to which our many satisfied customers can attest,” Tony says. “However, despite the housing shortage, it’s not too late to escape to Franklin and see firsthand why we call this remarkable region home.” With more and more land becoming available for development, Tony believes opportunities to fly south of the city forever are set to increase. “Instead of selling land, A1 sells service, providing building solutions wherever our customers want to be. While we’re seeing more subdivisions springing up, there are also still plenty of lifestyle sections available for people who want to escape the rat race while still staying reasonably close to town,” he explains. “While we specialise in building, not land speculation, we can offer 100% independent advice about where our customers would like to build.” From townhouses and suburban homes, to abodes on sprawling lifestyle sections, Tony and team focus on the nuts and bolts of the building business. “Unlike some building companies, we don’t have to rely on a fixed selection of plans. Because we employ only the best designers and local contractors, we have the flexibility to adapt any design to meet almost any requirement.” However, fortunately, A1 has a range of popular designs to help people visualise their picture perfect home. “We are particularly proud of our threebedroom, two-bathroom plus study showhome [at 8 Kilbryde Crescent, Pokeno] which offers comfortable, modern living. However, it’s really just a good example of our top quality workmanship – which always carries complete

with a Master Builders’ guarantee,” Tony explains. “We also have a range of popular plans and designs from which customers can draw a little inspiration. They can simply pick a plan and stick to it, mix and match designs or think beyond the box to their heart’s content!” And, while Franklin may be the place Tony prefers to call home, A1 can assist much further afield. “Wherever in greater Auckland (or even the Coromandel) that customers want to build, we can help, thanks to our network of top quality trades people,” he adds. “Simply give us a call on 021 880 380.”

To help make your Franklin dream home dreams come true, contact Tony on 021 880 380, by email, or see A1’s website at Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017 — 49

Downsizing for all ages Escalating house prices over the past few years have seen a growing market for smaller houses. There was a time when everyone wanted four, even five bedrooms, two living, two bathrooms and plenty of outdoor living but this is changing. More and more homebuyers are downsizing their houses as a more affordable way of becoming homeowners. By combining a functional and no-frills layout with comfort and beauty, tiny houses apartments and terraced living are wooing, young professionals, childless couples and senior citizens who no longer have family at home. There’s no room for clutter and unnecessary furniture in this type of home, so one needs to think twice about the occasional shopping spree or compulsive purchase. Living space is generally defined by an ergonomic design that is both simple and practical. Importantly, a small house is heated at a fraction of the cost of bigger, more traditional homes, thereby turning energy savings into actual money in the bank. The search for smaller homes does not necessarily mean apartment living in a high rise but it may mean a terrace house or just generally a smaller build on a smaller section. The new Belmont estate in Pukekohe is an example of a housing project where section sizes are small and where terrace style housing will be implemented. However, it seems in some such areas the homes are going up. Where two levels have been the norm some are now three levels which does allow for extra bedrooms if needed. As land becomes scarce and expensive, it may be time to consider more compact living but if this isn’t for you, be sure when buying new to check out land and house sizes so you can make a decision on how best to invest.

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Building homes and community


ranklin is undoubtedly one of the most exciting places to live right now. It is experiencing growth like never before both in residential housing and commercial businesses. This is strengthening our physical community as well as our sense of community while creating opportunities for work and leisure, right here in our own back yard. As a locally rooted company, we are proud and privileged to be a part of the district’s growth and future development. In fact, our guiding principle at Nick Bosanac Builders is Building Beautiful Futures. This has a three-fold meaning for us: ■■ To create beautiful homes where your family’s future can unfold ■■ To build futures for our company family, who grow with us ■■ And to make positive contributions for our wider community We are an independent building firm, and a family business. This means you will work with the same great team from start to finish. It also means, you won’t be tied to using a set range of products or building a home of a particular design. We believe your home should be a reflection of who you are, where you have come from, aspirations for where you are going and how you interact with your surroundings. For most people, a home is the most expensive purchase they will make. And we reckon, you should make that investment with a company who understands you, your story of where you came from and where you want to go! It’s a daunting process to build a home so we make it easy – not only do you deal with the same great team, start to finish, we are also the team which will construct your home and we have all

the resources to help you achieve your build goals. We can help design your home or, alternatively, bring us your plans; we are well equipped to ensure your new home, renovation or addition is just as you want it. We are only too happy to help. We really do want to make this a better place for us all! You see, we believe we have something really special here. It’s our local people, supporting local businesses, sports, teams and events and that keeps us all growing! So thanks to you for you part in making Franklin a great place to work and live! If you need any more reasons to move here or want to talk about your build goals, drop us a line or pop in for a visit! We have a wide range of resources to help you get it right. Pop down to our new showroom 31a Rangi Road, Takanini Monday – Friday 9am2:30pm or by arrangement. Visit us on Facie!:

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Locked into wood! K nock on wood! It’s three times a winner for Lockwood Homes which in 2016 earned the accolade of Most Trusted Home Building brand for the third time in four years. And no one knows better that wood is good than director of the South Auckland Lockwood franchise, Richard Waldron. He says Lockwood homes are a testament to timeless appeal and exacting standards. “The Lockwood system combines quality materials and meticulous engineering standards in a construction process that delivers durability and performance. “In this unique and exclusive building system, solid laminated timber planks and patented aluminium x-profiles are locked together, rather than nailed, to create a strong, ductile yet versatile structure. All structural timber in a Lockwood is H3.1 treated and kiln-dried, with mouldicide and water repellent wax added for even greater protection. “Whether clients choose a ReadyPlan; a Classic Plan or create their own Design and Build, we will deliver a home designed to maximise efficiencies and minimise construction times with building contractors on site.” Richard adds that Lockwood has been proven in all kinds of situations over 63 years, standing up

exceptionally well to cyclones, earthquakes and many environmental challenges. “The CodeMark is another recognition of the company’s devotion to excellence and is a challenge to us to keep improving our systems, our design and our relationship with our clients,” he says. “What’s more our Sustainable Forests certification shows that Lockwood has its eye firmly on the future.” And, in today’s ever-evolving housing market, the brand’s longevity, enduring style and ability to ensure its timber look is adapted to contemporary

design, continue to attract buyers who want a durable, eco-friendly and beautiful home. “We have built hundreds of family homes and credit their success to our policy of using only experienced Lockwood builders, therefore ensuring the end product is of the highest quality,” Richard says. “Our entire team, from the director to the apprentices, is passionate about the Lockwood product and will deliver a home you can be truly proud of.” To discuss your Lockwood dream call Richard, 021 615 689, email:

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Your project - our build T he foundation of every major construction project is knowledge, experience and, quality, skills, resources, vision and safety – that’s why Murdoch Newell & Co Ltd is at the heart of so many New Zealand building developments. Established in 1968 by John Murdoch, who still runs the company with his sons, John Jnr and Bain Murdoch, Murdoch Newell & Co specialises in smaller commercial , retail and office developments in Auckland but has also completed bulk retail developments in Christchurch, Hamilton, Nelson and, of course, Franklin’s Pukekohe. In fact, the company has been responsible for such local projects as the Pukekohe Mega Centre (as well as the Manukau Supa Centre) and those Pukekohe buildings which are now home to Harvey Norman, Briscoes, Rebel Sport, Noel Leeming and Godfreys. One of the company’s most recent high profile projects is 71 Hingaia Road at Karaka which now includes a medical centre, LJ Hooker real estate, Urban Soul restaurant, the Formula 45 gym, Palmer Theron Lawyers ,  Greenwood Physiotherapy, Guy Pharmacy and Kidicorp Childcare. Building consent has also been lodged for stage two, at 75 Hingaia Rd, with expected building completion in 2017. Currently leasing, (70% is already leased), this new complex will include beauty therapy, sushi, bakery, Flight Centre, Harcourts Real Estate, superette, fruit and veg outlet, butcher, hairdresser, dentist, orthodontist, fine wine and an Indian restaurant. However, not a company to stand still, Murdoch

Newell & Co is currently building a 3000m2 retail development on Don Buck Road in Massey and has just completed the Woodbine Marine complex at East Tamaki. Committed to constructing contemporary buildings which meet the most exacting standards, Murdoch Newell & Co has long standing industry relationships having built its reputation on rigorous business ethics and sound building practices.

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Setting (up for) sale the LJ Hooker way W henever housing is in short supply, it’s not unusual to see some properties ‘going, going, gone’ in almost 60 seconds! However, no matter how buoyant sales may seem, it pays to seek expert advice before taking your place to market. “At LJ Hooker, we list a new property every 66 seconds, so it’s imperative that owners looking to sell ensure their homes will stand out from the crowd,” explains Dylan Turner from LJ Hooker Pukekohe. “Because our homes reflect who we are and how we love to live, it’s impossible to make a property attractive to everyone, but we can certainly help widen their appeal to improve the chances that they’ll sell quickly and for the best possible price.” If repairs are necessary, Dylan advises these be conducted without delay. However, often enough, the smallest of projects can make a big difference when homes go under the hammer. “While renovations can prove costly and time consuming, elbow grease is free. It’s remarkable how far a good, old fashioned, sleeves-up spring cleaning can go to attracting interest from buyers. First impressions count, so lawns should be mown, hedges trimmed and (indoors and out) the home needs to be clean and tidy,” he says. Particular attention should be paid to bathrooms and kitchens. “These rooms are perhaps the most scrutinised by buyers. Ensure they are in pristine condition and personal items are hidden from view. Soap scum, mould, old shower curtains and dirty mirrors should be cleaned, removed or replaced, for example.” Although LJ Hooker draws on a nationwide network of real

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estate professionals, Dylan says there is no substitute for local knowledge when buying, selling, renting, letting or even investing in property. “There are plenty of tips which are universal, however, knowing which features of a property are liable to attract the widest range of buyers is crucial. From the quality of local schools to accessibility to public transport, as we live in this area we’ll understand which aspects of a property will likely appeal most to buyers who are keen to make Franklin their home too.” For comprehensive advice covering everything from preparing a house for viewings, to what to expect in an investment, see pukekohe.ljhooker. “Or, simply give us a call,” adds Dylan. “Our team is always on hand and ready to help.”

■■ LIGHT WORK: open curtains and check all light bulbs are in working order. Light gardens and consider using candles indoors during evening viewings. ■■ PET PEEVES: not all prospective buyers will love your pets as much as you do. Ensure furniture is free of hair, steam cleaning carpets and conceal pet food and water bowls, toys and bedding. ■■ CLEAR CLUTTER: personal touches around the house are important in terms of creating a homely atmosphere. However, too many knickknacks can be distracting. Clear out clutter before viewings. ■■ MAT FINISH: on entering any home, one of the first things people will see is your front door mat. A new welcome mat is a small investment when making that right first impression.

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We’re pumping!


hen there’s water, water everywhere but no way to access it then it’s time to call Gubb’s Pump and Well Services. Proudly providing a full service facility for all farm, domestic, agricultural and horticultural situations, the family-run company has a first class reputation spanning 27 years of serving the community. Whether a property owner requires a pump from water tank supply or a septic system, or the agricultural/horticultural sector requires a bore pump, Gubb’s Pump and Well Services has exactly the right solution to suit all water needs. Gubb’s stock a range of Lowara pumps and because the team manages every step of the job, customers can rest assured that their job will be completed in a timely manner and be of a very high standard. The company designs, supplies and installs anything from bore pumps, water tanks and

pumps, to filtration and even garden irrigation – it’s a one-stop shop. Also check out the wide range of plumbing supplies including drainage and stormwater pipes and fittings. Gubb’s yard at 14 Constable Road, Waiuku has bulk bins containing sand, builders mix and a range

of piping. It also comprises offices and a workshop in which pump testing and engineering work is carried out. Call into the shop and discuss your water requirements with Kevin and Jo Gubb. They can assist with job costings through to job completion.

FOR ALL YOUR WATER NEEDS CALL IN AND SEE US ✔ Sale and service of all farm, industrial, agricultural irrigation and domestic pumps ✔ Deep well pump sales and service ✔ Bore pump design, installation and supplies ✔ Water filter systems – design and install ✔ Water tanks – Agent for RX and Aqua ✔ Pool pump sales and service – chemical supply ✔ Drainage supplies ✔ Bulk sand and cement ✔ Full range of galvanised, alkathene and pvc pipes and fittings

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Water in their blood W ater may be everywhere at this time of year but that’s precisely why it pays to Think Water. “You can never depend on the weather!,” says Luke Parker, sales and design engineer at Think Water Pukekohe, “On the other hand, as our family business has been providing a wide range of water-related services to the people of Franklin for more than 50 years, you can certainly rely on us!” From pumping, irrigation, water treatment and filtration systems, to tanks, and swimming and spa pool products, if water runs through, over or around it, Think Water has it covered. “Water is the lifeblood of farm business and businesses can grind to a halt, resulting in costly downtime, should a single pump (for example) fail,” Luke says. “At Think Water Pukekohe, our job is to keep that lifeblood pumping by providing top-end products and expert installation backed by comprehensive servicing.” Established as RF Parker & Sons by Luke’s grandfather, Roy, the company’s managing director is Luke’s father, John. Despite joining the expansive Think Water group in 2011, Luke confirms the company remains focused on Franklin. “By working with the wider group, we’re able to pass savings on to our customers while also drawing on a vast network of more than 50 independently-owned, like-minded companies,”

he says. “Since my grandfather established the business, we’ve been focused on serving customers in our community with effective water management solutions – that’s just as true today as then.” While established values are important, Luke adds that technology has come a long way in the industry. “The principles of ensuring water is efficiently distributed to where it needs to be remain the same, but, these days, the products involved are much more sophisticated. Our Grundfos and Davey Pumps are a great example of this; they provide faster, more reliable flow, while

minimising energy usage in the process. “That’s where we really come into our element; we’re experts on water solutions so our customers don’t have to be!” Because even the best products can wear down, Luke advises a pint of prevention is worth a gallon of cure. “Preventative maintenance is essential in saving time, money and grief. Our engineers can assess any system of any scale and provide all necessary servicing or repairs where required. All customers need do is give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss their needs, from sales to servicing.”

Got a pump problem? We’ve got solutions at think Water pukekohe We have a large range of pumps instore now, including top brands Grundfos and Davey. We also carry a wide range of fittings to ensure you get all the parts you need to finish the job. think Water pukekohe specialise in the supply and servicing of pumping systems, irrigation systems, tanks, swimming pools and spas, water treatment and water filtration systems.

think Water pukekohe is locally owned and operated by the parker family, who have been servicing the region since 1964. We are a member of a group of more than 45 irrigation and general water solutions businesses operating in New Zealand and australia. Drop on in today, you won’t believe the range of products we have for water!

Think WaTer Pukekohe 148 Manukau Road, Pukekohe 2120 P. 09 238 9588 F. 09 238 7802 e. 12223

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Building or renovating? residential drainage specialist


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• We’ll get the job done fast and efficiently • We show up when we say we will • We stand behind our work • Stormwater and sewer • Wastewater design (TP58) • Treatment plants and septics • Water tanks • Free consultancy

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Life on the (pipe)line


o matter how resplendent a modern, newly-built house may be, homeowners are bound to kick up a stink should builders’ hard work be undermined. “A new home can be easily spoiled (or soiled, for that matter!) if such tasks as installing water tanks, storm water or sanitary wastewater systems are not undertaken correctly,” Graeme Garchow, director of explains. “As we’ve been in the business of providing a complete range of drainage solutions to builders, project managers and developers for more than a quarter of a century, our customers know that their hard work won’t be ruined!” Installing water and sewerage management systems in hundreds of homes every year, Graeme and team have been in on the ground floor of the Auckland building boom. “Serving regions across Auckland (north and south), which have become almost flooded with

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subdivisions, has been tricky, but as the area has grown, so too has our company. “Since our MD, Rodger Williamson, began the business as one man with a wheelbarrow, we’ve assembled a top team of drainage experts to embrace new technology while keeping pace with growing demand.” This enables the company to continue to provide the highest levels of service, he adds. Although subdivision homes have become the company’s bread and butter, customers building on larger sections in more rural areas are also catered for. “From Hunua and Whitford to Pokeno and Te Kauwhata in the Franklin district, many customers are still opting for larger sections and lifestyle blocks. As these can raise additional issues when it comes to installing or maintaining pumps, water and wastewater systems, septic tanks, cesspits and soakholes or connecting to mains, it’s even more important to consult the experts.”

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PROUD TO BE NZ MADE. Our products use steel from New Zealand Steel: COLORSTEEL® ENDURA® and COLORSTEEL® MAXX®. Ask us for a free, no obligation quote on any one of our extensive range of roofing and other steel products... • Longrun Roofing profiles • Metal Fencing • Rainwater System Solutions • Range of Metal Tiles • Purlins, Girts and Tophats • Solar Energy Panels

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Engineering Supplies & Service

Experts in the manufacture of all areas of roofing and cladding including customised flashings and gutters, roofing profiles and a variety of rainwater products

Supply and Fix With our local preferred contractors, we can manage your project from quote to completion. All preferred contractors are Licensed Builiding Practitioners maintaining high standards of workmanship.

• Bearings & Seals • Steel Sales • FASTENINGS – all types • Chains & Sprockets • Galvanised & High Tensile Chain • Wire Rope • V-Belts • TOOLS • Manufacture of replacement machine parts

Flashings Made to Order We manufacture our flashings onsite, so can fold flashings to suit your project. All flashings available in a range of materials. No order too small. Give us a call or an email with your requirements.

• Roofing & Re-Roofing • Metal Roofing Profiles • Gutters • Flashings • Curving & Bullnosing • Clear Roofing • Spouting

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Since 1957

143-145 Manukau Rd, Pukekohe Ph 09 238 3281 Fax 09 238 6019 • Email



Free Quote Service Whether it be for a new home, an extension, or to reroof your garage, please feel free to send us a copy of your plans/drawings. DIY Projects welcome, call us to discuss your requirements.

Franklin Aluminium Bringing the outdoors in


ne of the most modern and comprehensive showrooms in Pukekohe – that’s a major point of competitive advantage for Franklin Aluminium. Supplying windows and doors under the First brand, Franklin Aluminium has invested in a superb hands-on display of product options that is paying dividends for owner manager, Robert Brown, and the team at Franklin Aluminium. “Once people come in, the display sells itself,” says Robert.  That’s not to say the sales team can sit back and take it easy. They know that customer service is a key factor that carries through to completion of window installation, and the final product operating as it should for the homeowner. Robert can draw on more 30 years’ experience in the window industry to ensure the job goes smoothly.  He says that the first step is to choose the right products for the build and budget.  “For example the Metro Series and APL Architectural Series are ideal for bold, large format applications while First Residential is perfectly designed for mainstream use. In addition, high thermal efficiency choices utilising the ThermalHEART system need to be considered.”  The company showroom has a wide range of First Residential windows and doors in Palladium

Silver powder coat. Sliding doors, French doors, sliding windows and bi-folding windows are also on hand for customers to inspect. There’s also a stunning Glass Plasma entrance door in dual colour – blue on the inside and white on the outside. The Metro Series for larger format, high performance situations can also be seen – a multi-slider, bi-fold door and window. We invite you to visit the Franklin Aluminium show room today to experience it for yourself.

At Franklin Aluminium we pride ourselves on our top-notch service and comprehensive product offering. We also have one of At theFranklin most Aluminium modern and extensive showrooms in we pride ourselves on our At Franklin Aluminium we pride ourselves ontop-notch our Pukekohe. service and service comprehensive product offering. We also top-notch and comprehensive product offering. We also have one of the most modern

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From plans to perfection

Help yourself

Renovating or building a new home from the plans up? Visit your local Buildlink store for the perfect product and service.

Need advice? Need supplies? Akarana Timbers will help you help yourself with everything you need to DIY.



Supplies for on the job

Got stock? Or a flock?

From a small repair to a big construction site, Akarana Timbers has the goods to get the job done.

With a great range of rural supplies, including fully customised farm sheds, you can stock up at Akarana Timbers.

Akarana Timbers nails the job! Leading independent manufacturer of pre-nail frames and trusses, Akarana Timbers is a one-stop building supply shop for the trade. We make it our business to be a cut above the rest, stocking a wide range of timber, fencing, decking and landscaping products. We also source other building materials such as hardwood timbers, concrete, blocks, pavers, scaffolding, safety nets, mesh and reinforcing. Rental site toilets and bins also supplied. We serve greater Auckland, Rodney and Franklin with a fleet of specialist delivery vehicles rangings from long reach crane trucks to flat deck and tipper trucks. Our reach extends from Warkworth in the north to Te Kauwhata in the south with account managers constantly on the road. • FTMA member • Mitek fabrication plant • Buildlink Group member • Full estimation and in-house quoting service

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• Knowledgeable, friendly trade desk • Mandarin-speaking account managers and support staff

28 Trugood Dr, East Tamaki Phone 0508 AKARANA 11753

Northland pine stronger! Rugby fans will know exactly why All Black legend Colin Meads was nicknamed ‘Pinetree’ – he was tall, strong, tough and had presence! And how appropriate is that? Radiata pine grown in Northland is scientifically proven to produce the strongest, stiffest and densest pine timber in New Zealand – characteristics being harnessed by award-winning Waipu sawmill, Northpine Ltd.


radiata pine growth patterns 540 Auckland & Northland


study conducted by the Forest Research Institute in 1991 demonstrated, in essence, that the further north in New Zealand the timber comes from, the denser and stronger it is. (See map and graph.) A further study by FRI in 1997 then showed conclusively that visual grading (ie using the NZ grading rules No1 Framing), gave different performance characteristics depending on which region the timber came from. The result showed that out of the six regions tested, only two met the actual requirements that the visual grading was designed to achieve. One of these regions is Northland. From its distribution yard in Silverdale, Northpine produces its specialist ‘Northbeam’ range of structural beams, posts and joists, including large-dimension beams and long-length and H5 treated timber. These aesthetically pleasing, high-value products are generally preferred for use in exposed areas where the natural warmth and beauty of solid wood provides visual impact and unique character to a structure. With Northbeam products, framing can be turned into a truly distinctive feature with exposed timber beams and joists. The range also provides flexibility and the opportunity to create eye-catching designs for outdoor features such as decks, gazebos or pergolas. Strength is another key characteristic of the Northbeam range, which is processed from kiln-dried timber carefully selected to ensure it is structurally strong and dimensionally stable. The result is high quality timber with structural performance that is competitive with steel or engineered wood products. In addition to the large dimension or unusual sized products regularly processed under its Northbeam range, Northpine will also consider making one-off production runs for clients at its Waipu sawmill. The complete range of standard structural components for house framing is also manufactured at the Waipu sawmill. These components, all made from Northland pine, provide the basis of what has become a growing, value-added industry. The quality of all Northpine products is rigorously tested, with structural timber graded in process and samples placed under stress to ensure each batch of timber meets New Zealand Standard requirements. This testing regime is also independently verified by a third party accreditor – Graderight. Northpine products are sold throughout

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Left, Northpine’s GM Bruce Larsen. Right, a timber beam being stress-tested (‘under load’).

Auckland and Northland via independent building merchants, with a limited product range sold in Australia via wholesalers. Northpine Ltd takes its environmental responsibilities seriously and works hard to minimise any adverse impact of its operations on the environment. The firm is constantly looking to identify new products and systems that meet the needs of its customers and provide them with high-value solutions. With a steady stream of maturing, structurally superior pine logs available in Northland for the

foreseeable future, Northpine’s vision of being a sustainable, specialist sawmill is coming to fruition.

Timber beams, posts and joists

Northpine, 34 Cove Road, Waipu, Northland Ph 09 432 1155 Email: Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017 — 63

Frame-up with confidence J-Frame is the perfect way to start your next building project. It’s a great alternative to conventional sawn timber framing.


here once ‘timber’ houses in New Zealand were built only from solid timber, today, houses can now utilise J-Frame, an engineered wood product manufactured by Juken New Zealand Ltd. The benefits of using the J-Frame, engineered wood product over solid timber has proven to be an ideal solution for many prenail factories and builders. It reduces time, cost and waste during the build process, effectively aligning to the Government’s vision of reducing the cost of building homes in New Zealand. Domestically, J-Frame growth has been expediential, particularly in the Auckland region where more than 400,000 houses are scheduled to be built over the next 10 years, along with the rebuild of Christchurch which has an expected four years to go. In terms of regional growth, it has been very steady, as home owners consider moving from the bigger cities to the regions following the rise in house prices. This has created better opportunities for them to build new homes using J-Frame. The natural wood used in J-Frame is harvested from our two sustainable forest plantations in the North Island. At Juken New Zealand Ltd, we manage our forest to world class, sustainable standards – from land preparation to harvesting. These standards have been recognised by, and are reflected in, our FSC and ISO certifications. The high quality wood fibre that goes into the manufacturing of J-Frame supports the quality assurance that end users require for their build projects New Zealand wide. J-Frame is a laminated veneer lumber (LVL) engineered wood product and it’s likely to make your next building project easier. Building with J-Frame means less time spent straightening and squaring walls, saving you time and money. Most conventional prenail manufacturers would need to allow 5% to 7% wastage. Those

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using J-Frame have experienced a much lower waste percentage of around 2% to 3%, which is a sufficient cost reduction for any prenail manufacturer. Made straight and strong, it’s suitable for a wide range of uses that include residential and commercial framing and truss systems. The manufacturing process combines consistent strength, stiffness and stability – making it resistant to warp, twist and bow, resulting in beautifully straight walls. Builders would traditionally take two days on average to straighten solid timber frames on a house of 200m2 or of similar size. Builders using J-Frame have reduced the straightening of both external and internal walls to less than half a day, ultimately reducing the build cost. The A Bond used in J-Frame will withstand exposure to moisture and weather, with long-term structural performance requirements. With its dimensional accuracy, J-Frame

makes for fast and easy installations and is a great choice for kitchen and bathroom areas. Cabinet and joinery installations are quick and easy – plasterers have straight, even surfaces to work with. J-FRAME is CodeMark certified and complies with the New Zealand Building Code and guarantees compliance with all New Zealand councils.

To find out more about the benefits of using J-FRAME please contact us. Ph 09 373 3933 Email


Designed with style and performance in mind.

Made in New Zealand using steel from New Zealand Steel: COLORSTEEL® ENDURA® and COLORSTEEL® MAXX®.

NO SUBSTRATE REQUIRED! espan® can span and eliminates the need for often expensive substrate.

Beautiful high ribs create strong defined shadow lines. Concealed fixings provide for superior weather performance. espan® is available in 340mm and 470mm widths, suitable for roofs with a minimum 3 degree pitch and as a vertically laid wall cladding. Standard PV Solar Panels can be installed on both widths and the 470mm wide profile can accommodate PV solar laminates. Our wide selection of roofing and rainwater systems are manufactured from New Zealand Steel : Galvsteel®, Zincalume®, Colorsteel® Endura® and Colorsteel® Maxx®.

TEL: 09 273 2820


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Allied Concrete:

The Solution For Flooring, Foundation Or Decorative Concrete Finishes

When building in any market – residential or commercial – it pays to have ‘concrete’ plans for foundations, drives and flooring. Choose Allied Concrete and the outcome will be attractive and enduring.


ince beginning in 1976 with operations in Invercargill and Gore, Allied Concrete has built a network of more than 50 ready mix plants throughout New Zealand and has a reputation for dependable service, excellent concrete solutions and a technical team that has built up enviable credibility. Allied Concrete is now the concrete supplier of choice for many thousands of New Zealand customers. That’s because they do it all! Whether it’s concrete mixes designed specifically to meet stringent technical specifications, decorative options, or environmentally-friendly solutions, Allied Concrete works with customers to deliver the right answer.

DEcorAtivE concrEtE SolutionS ADD inDiviDuAl StylE to your homE

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When thinking about your driveway, paths or patio or even an internal floor, concrete should be at the top of your list. It is an inexpensive, durable and easily-maintained option using one or a mix of Allied Concrete’s READY decorative solutions. ■■ rEADy colour – Allied Concrete’s READY Colour concrete range is ideal for internal floors, driveways, patios, paths and pool surrounds. The range consists of 16 great colours to complement any setting. Dark shades add drama and contrast, while lighter shades lift interiors and work well with other colours to create a warm, comfortable living environment. ■■ rEADy Exposed – When looking to construct a driveway, path or patio, READY Exposed is both an affordable and durable solution. The ‘exposed’ surface of Allied Concrete’s READY Exposed, reveals the natural textures and colours of a range of river pebbles from around New Zealand. Only rounded stones are used ensuring the finish is gentle on the feet. The range presents different stone mix and colour combinations to enhance every home and the surrounding environment. ■■ rEADy glow – If you want to add a unique design that will dazzle guests under the moonlight, READY Glow is for you. READY Glow uses the most powerful glow stones in the world, these stones are formulated to provide a long, bright glow. The self-powering

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renewable light source can be used for any type of application and is ideal for landscaping including driveways, patios and pools. Exposure to 40 seconds of direct sunlight produces an afterglow of more than 20 hours!

Introducing faster, more affordable concrete flooring foundations

In a building environment with rising costs and increasing technical demands, Allied Concrete has applied its expertise to develop a range of READY Flooring foundations which offer savings without compromising on quality. ■■ READY Floor – A large percentage of buildable ground in NZ is considered ‘Good Ground’ – a technical classification in NZS3604. Allied Concrete’s READY Floor offers a proven, Product Certified (CodeMark) alternative to a traditional 3604 foundation and flooring design. This means it has been tested, pre-approved and will be accepted by your local council. “READY Floor’s CodeMark certified alternative to 3604 foundations not only meets the standards of the Building Code but, by not needing the traditional steel reinforcing you can start your building project with significant savings,” Dave says. With READY Floor, the reinforcing is mixed with the concrete at the plant and taken to site 

in the mixer bowl. This saves time and it costs up to 20% less than traditional foundations. READY Floor can be used for concrete house slabs, shops, warehouses or any lightly loaded concrete floor. Try the cost calculator on www.alliedconcrete. to see how much you could save compared to using traditional steel reinforcing. ■■ READY Super Slab – When planning to build on ground not deemed ‘Good Ground’ a Specific Engineered Design (SED) is required. Allied Concrete has developed a concrete flooring product which allows for an engineered foundation system regardless of your technical category and, according to Southern Foundations Ltd director Bevan McKeich, that’s not the only area READY Super Slab excels. “READY Super Slab provides a far more earthquake resilient flooring system, which is warmer, stronger and quicker to build than

traditional flooring systems.” Bevan says. Southern Foundations is a registered installer of READY Super Slab and Bevan says the product is a cost competitive foundation system which is fully accepted with territorial authorities. Beam grills within the concrete slab provide a stiffer and stronger final product. Because of this inherent strength, a deepened perimeter footing can usually be omitted. Allied Concrete utilises a deeper pod within its READY Super Slab, which produces an even stronger finish than competing products. READY Super Slab can be used on any ground conditions and is quicker to install than a traditional foundation. A Super Slab foundation can be built in four days from start to finish and this will significantly reduce your construction costs. For more information on how your building project can benefit from any of these solutions phone Glen Ayson, Auckland sales manager on 027 532 9482 or visit

Bombay - 587 Ridge Rd, Bombay

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Enter the stylish world of Ignisterra


n the world of building and home renovations, many trends have come and gone. In recent times, there has been a ‘boom’ in the number of home restorations happening across the country, inspiration and ideas coming from far and wide. One thing that has never changed is the importance of first impressions. For many, the entrance door to the home is exactly that, so having a good one is an important decision worth spending time on. What is there to consider when choosing the entrance to your home? Design and materials are as important as each other, reflecting the home owner’s lifestyle. Timber is the most natural choice, bringing warmth and elegance to any home. However, choosing the best quality is key, as it is a changeable element. Ignisterra offers a unique product. Each door is solid, designed and engineered to provide a strong, weather-resistant and beautiful door and to make a great first impression. FSC-certified and built to last, doors from Ignisterra are sure make an impact.

timbEr DoorS in moDErn ArchitEcturE

Ignisterra doors have always delivered greatness to homes as well as warmth, elegance and a natural look, all recognisable attributes. However it can’t be ignored that timber doors also deliver other hidden attributes such as great insulation (keeps noise and smells at bay), security, durability – timber is naturally highly resistant to weather (it can resist very high/low temperatures without losing shape) – and variety. All of our doors are made with 100% Solid Lenga (Nothofagus Pumillio) Hardwood which has been carefully selected and artificially kiln-dried to 8% (+/-2%). All the elements of outer doors are 68 — Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017

laminated ensuring strength and also excellent timber usage. Ignisterra is highly committed to a sustainable environment, and is fastidious when it comes to forestry management and mill operations. Therefore, final products are FSC-Certified, a certification the company believes is the correct way to work towards a healthier and more environmentally-concerned industry.

(Wellington) and Riccarton (Christchurch). All are all fully operational. In addition, Ignisterra has started a new alliance with Placemakers, New Zealand. Starting from August, its door range will be available at many major Placemakers stores in New Zealand. Choose the right Ignisterra door for you, and get ready to enjoy each time you hear a ‘Wow’ from your friends when they enter your home.

igniStErrA comES to AucklAnD

Ignisterra began operating throughout New Zealand from Taupo in 2013 but great reception of its products locally and out of town, has seen the company recently relocate to a new and beautiful showroom in Albany, Auckland. This big move works hand in hand with Ignisterra’s national expansion which consists of the opening of three eye-catching stands at the Home Ideas Centre, in Parnell, (Auckland), Petone

See us at the home ideas centre, 165 the Strand Parnell or unit 2, 10 canaveral Drive, Albany Phone 09 478 3244, email

Get your ‘coat’ on! If the Devil’s in the detail, Mike Watson from Pukekohe Decorators and Doorfinishers has summoned more than his fair share of downright wicked finishes!


or more than a quarter of a century, this crafty plasterer and painter has provided picture-perfect finishing touches to homes and businesses throughout Franklin, greater Auckland and northern Waikato. “There’s nothing worse than thinking ‘we must get someone to fix that,’ when staring at a little shoddy workmanship after spending a load of time and money on a dream home,” Mike says. “When it comes to seamless finishes in painting, furniture spraying, plastering and wallpaper hanging, we’ll obsess over those small,

yet all important details so our customers don’t have to.” Along with quality of workmanship, Mike and team are committed to providing perfect service too. “From preparing free, comprehensive, noobligation quotes, to job’s end, we keep our clients in the picture every step of the way. We cover furniture and flooring when working to ensure we leave homes in top condition and even remove all waste materials when we’re done. “And, as we carry complete liability insurance and strictly adhere to OSH guidelines, our

customers can rest assured all work will be of the highest of standard, conducted in a safe environment for all.” Able to tackle projects of almost any scale – indoors or out – there’s more to this company than simply ‘surface’ appeal. “Aside from residential and commercial premises, we can help with automotive painting and cabinetry resurfacing/re-spraying,” Mike explains. “In fact, if you have any sort of painting work that needs to be done, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.”

Pukekohe Decorators & Door Finishers Ltd Painting and Decorating Homes/ Commercial Roof Painting Kitchen Spray Painting Stopping Wallpapering Airless Spraying Doors Pools

103c Manukau Road, Pukekohe P. 09 238 1163 W. WWW.DOORFINISHERS.CO.NZ E. WATSONS5@IHUG.CO.NZ 14176

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Rock solid elegance There’s a reason why stone has been used in building for thousands of years – it’s strong, durable and exudes a sense of grandeur. But that’s just some of the reasons why Stone Creations has been showcasing its enduring qualities for the past 20 years.


tone Creation’s team of experienced stone masons, based in the Franklin area, not only offers expertise and design creativity in every aspect of stonework, but with a keen eye for detail and design, the team willingly works with owners, architects, builders and landscape designers to complete projects which fit with overall design and setting. The company has completed projects both locally and New Zealand-wide. It understands all too well that this traditional building material will add prestige and timeless character to properties – the look of stone conveying a sense of substance, permanence, and a reference to nature. A material that matures with time, stone has distinctive qualities and there are a large variety

of products, cuts and laying styles which can be customised to suit. Importantly, the Stone Creations team is also capable of doing block work, plastering and all aspects of masonry.  Accustomed to managing projects from concept to completion, their work includes entranceways, boundary walls, indoor and outdoor fire places, house cladding, landscaping features including paving, bridges, sea walls and gabion work.  Stone Creations can create interior and exterior stone work for commercial, private and councilowned properties and is the preferred stone masonry team for a number of prominent building companies and many council agencies. Please give us a call to discuss adding value, character and timeless elegance to your property.

Stone Creations knows how to rock!

The company is a: Certified installer of the Hydestone system Certified waterproofer for Mapei Certified installer of Classic Stone Recladding specialists

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Stone Creations covers: WALLS ■■ Retaining walls ■■ Sea walls ■■ Gabion walls PAVING ■■ Importer and layers of limestone and sandstone ■■ Can lay any type or style of cobbles or crazy paving ENTRANCEWAYS ■■ Has a large data base of entrance designs ■■ Works closely with major gate companies FIREPLACES ■■ Interior and exterior fireplaces ■■ Pizza ovens and fire pits

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Craftstone rocks! Real Stone. Not Fake. Craftstone is New Zealand’s only BRANZ-appraised real stone veneer – beautiful and cost-effective real stone cladding. Why settle for less?


tone is always a durable and stylish option when selecting cladding for a home, carrying out landscaping or tackling a commercial project, indoors or out. Craftstone is made from only genuine quarried stone, not fake-looking coloured concrete, and is, by its very nature, far more durable than imitation products. Additionally, in most cases Craftstone is around half the price of traditional whole schist applications and is faster to lay with far less wastage which saves both time and money. Craftstone is also considered an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional, full thickness stone applications. Due to its thickness, every ton of full thickness stone will cover only 3-4m2 of walling, whereas the same weight of Craftstone will cover 16-20m2. This means the resource is managed in a much more sustainable manner. Furthermore, freight to site is correspondingly far cheaper with Craftstone due to the reduced weight being transported. Use of stone is also proven to add value to any project. When renovating, it has been shown that adding a stone feature such as an entry wall, column or, perhaps, cladding a boundary wall in stone will increase the value of the property far in excess of the cost of doing so. It may be as little as one of Craftstone’s modular real stone letter boxes that will add the street appeal needed for a property to stand out from the crowd. If you are considering recladding why not take the chance to upgrade to a real stone finish? In Auckland, the Craftstone system is mandatory for stone reclads according to Auckland Council. They do not accept any other stone system for reclads and will knock back applications that do not specify Craftstone. From this you can see the regard Auckland Council has for Craftstone. This is because of the standard and extent of rigorous testing that has been applied to the system, and the fact that the company has the history to back it up. We have developed and tested our system and products to ensure public safety and so the integrity of the system will stand the test of time.

Craftstone meets the weather-tightness requirements of E2/VM1 testing and during installation Craftstone is finished with Craftseal sealer for long term waterproofing protection. And because any job is only as good as the installation, Craftstone should be applied by Craftstone’s network of fully licensed, trained and approved contractors. Producer statements and workmanship guarantees are provided. Unfortunately, there are a number of fly-bynight companies that will try to sell stone that has not been tested and which has no installation system or non-compliant systems. Be warned, too, tile adhesive or site-mixed

sand and cement is not suitable for stone veneer applications. Council is committed to shutting down cowboy installers but inevitably some will slip through the cracks. So, be sure to deal with a reputable company that has done the hard yards, has completed a recognised NZ testing programme such as BRANZ, and can show full building code compliance. Don’t be tempted by fast talkers and deals that are too good to be true. It never ends well. Craftstone is available nationwide and comes in a variety of options, colours and textures to suit any requirement including Schist Clad, Schist Clad Panels, Feature Schist Panels, Crazy Pave Mats, modular Column Blox, Letter Blox and capstones.

Craftstone products are available through selected building supplies merchants nationwide or from your local Craftstone agent. For information on your nearest agent, or to request a free quote or estimate phone 0800 63 8899 or visit 

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Looking for a local, quality renovation specialist?

As a design and build specialist, we make things easy by being your one point of contact for the entire renovation process. We have the designers, builders and sub-trades to complete the job on time, on budget and to a high quality.

We specialise in: • Extensions

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Eight tips for the ultimate walk-in closet

Team Refresh – getting the job done!

A home is our biggest investment. It’s where dreams are dreamed, families are born and memories are created. When home renovations are on the cards, it’s important to get them right first time. Engaging the right team is so important and Refresh has the team for the job.


enovations are never easy! Have we got the design right and are we delivering what is required in terms of space, ergonomics, finishes and aesthetics? Are we adding value to the property? Do we need geo-tech reports or resource consent? Do we know who is required at each stage of the project and have we arranged the right trade for the right time without having to call someone back? Has the correct preparation been done and has the work been completed to code? All this and we are still worrying about the budget and a seemingly endless time frame. Have I scheduled the project correctly making it possible for my family to carry on living in the home and will we survive the chaos that is about to confront us? If you’ve ever renovated your home, you’ll know that juggling all of this is not easy. Refresh Renovations is a construction company offering 

turn key solutions for home renovators. Providing one point of contact, we are able to assist with the concept design through to working drawings, costing and the build. Refresh will work with homeowners from the get-go to discuss ideas, create plans, set budgets and ultimately decide if the original idea works with the money allowed. From there, Refresh will pair each project with the most suitable architects, designers, engineers and tradespeople for the job, and ensure that each expert and sub-trade sticks to their part of the bargain, completing the project on time and on budget. Contact Kim and her Franklin Refresh team to assist with the design, planning and construction of your next home renovation. Phone 0800 33 60 33

What fashionista hasn’t dreamed of owning her own walk-in closet? We’re not talking a cupboard with a bit of double hanging and a couple of shelves but a spacious walkthrough area for storing clothes, shoes, accessories and more. Concealed storage will leave the bedroom uncluttered and allow for the decor to make an impression. It may also mean you need less room in the bedroom if you do not need to accommodate dresser units. It may be possible to crib some space from you existing bedroom and combine it with the existing wardrobe or perhaps you can convert a single bedroom to a true dressing room. So, here are eight tips for creating optimal layout in your walk-in. Plan separate sections for each category of clothing – long dresses, business suits, casual wear, underwear, socks, shoes, coats, etc. Opt for short rather than long horizontal rods, as they are sturdier and will simplify your search for clothing. Avoid overloading rods, drawers and shelves. If possible, sell or give away any clothing that you haven’t worn for at least a year. Allow as much natural light as possible into the room, or install enough lighting to be able to distinguish the most subtle colours. Who wants to realise — in the middle of an important meeting — that the navy trousers, teamed with blues are actually black? Make room for a chair or even an armchair if possible and at least one full length mirror so you can check your outfit on the spot. Make sure there is adequate ventilation in the room, especially if it is located near a bathroom. You definitely don’t want to end up with mouldy clothes. If you’re a shoe addict, include at least five shelves (just deep enough to accommodate shoe height) of about 1200cm wide. Even then this may not be enough! Open shelves are okay but drawers are advisable. They store and contain clothes better, keep your walk-through looking tidy and if you have drawers of varying depths you can accommodate everything from underwear through to winter weight woollens.

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Makeover your kitchen! Tired, dated kitchens are about as inspiring as flopped baking but MyKM can cook up a makeover which will lift looks and make your hub of the home the talk of the town.


omeowners seeking a fresh, modern kitchen really need to chat to the team at My Kitchen Makeover (MyKM), who can give your kitchen that new lease of life. Alternatively, if you plan to sell and want to attract high paying buyers, then the professional design ideas of the MyKM team will add style and value at competitive prices. The company has a cost-effective plan to update your kitchen for less than the price of a full replacement in the same high quality, designer finishes, and will project manage the entire process. Making a few cabinetry changes to enhance the functionality of the kitchen without needing to change the overall layout can literally save you thousands on items such as flooring, plumbing and electrical costs. The new and existing cabinetry is then finished using high quality, two-pot lacquer in any Resene colour which makes it easy to co-ordinate with your existing decor. Add new Engineered Stone benchtops, handles, plus a stunning Feature Glass splashback and your kitchen will be the envy of family and friends. If the makeover is to update your current design or is in preparation to sell your home, MyKM’s professional colour consultant can help clients select a desirable colour scheme, and once started on site the entire process only takes around two weeks. And last, but definitely not least, MyKM’s operation is environmentally friendly and your kitchen stays fully functional during the makeover process so you can still enjoy preparing and cooking all of your meals at home!

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So, when your kitchen layout works but the kitchen needs a colour change and upgraded, designer finishes, call My Kitchen Makeover for a FREE in-home design consultation.

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KitchenTech bets on Franklin expo

ooking up interest in quality kitchens hasn’t been difficult for Callan and Brooke Nash. However, Callan, a skilled cabinet maker, says local folk who flocked to KitchenTech’s site at the recent Franklin Home & Lifestyle Expo gave their display kitchen the thumbs up! “With Franklin experiencing quite the building boom lately, we’re not surprised that our site attracted so much interest. And, because we also create solutions for laundries, bathrooms, man caves and more, the expo offered plenty of opportunities to discuss a broad range of projects.” While able to assist with everything from vanities and wardrobe systems, to bookcases and display cabinets, Callan says kitchen cabinets remain his stock and trade. “When entertaining, kitchens have become central hubs for our homes. However, as they’re working spaces too, cabinets need to be hard wearing, and – particularly the case in smaller homes or apartments – they need to make clever use of storage space. “As we don’t mass produce our cabinets, we’re able to tailor kitchen cabinetry to meet each and every customer’s individual requirements, ensuring it will suit the style of their home and their family’s lifestyle, without compromising on functionality.” Although KitchenTech may be a relatively young company – established a little over a year ago –Callan draws on extensive industry experience. After purchasing established company, Patumahoe Cabinet Makers, last year, he and Brooke have redeveloped the business under the KitchenTech banner. They specialise in handcrafted, high quality solid timber cabinetry. “Since serving my apprenticeship more than 10 years ago, I’ve worked with some of the finest craftsmen. “While I learnt a lot along the way, I’m really

The KitchenTech team – Kerry Willis, Jarrod Tapp, Callan Nash and Brooke Nash. 

enjoying the chance to strike out on my own – with huge help from my wife, of course.” Using just the finest timber and materials, KitchenTech can assist with cabinetry for brand new (or renovated) kitchens, bathrooms, laundries or anywhere else, and they are up with the play when it comes to the latest in time and labour saving extras. What’s more, customers need not wait for the next Franklin Home & Lifestyle Expo to catch up with Callan. “Because every single one of our customers’ needs are different, the first step is to give

us a call (09 236 3694) for a no obligation, free consultation, or drop us a line at info@ We’ll be pleased to discuss your requirements and provide made-to-measure solutions.”

Patumahoe Cabinetmakers

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Blum showrooms 621 Rosebank Rd, Avondale, Auckland 27 Dalziel Place, Woolston, Christchurch

Build to last with Blum Quality hardware for every level of project.

Blum manufactures hinges, lifts, drawer systems and drawer organisers for kitchens and custom cabinetry. Ask your cabinet maker or kitchen supplier for TANDEMBOX with ORGA-LINE as pictured or LEGRABOX with AMBIA-LINE accessories.

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Blum – quality, longevity, cost-effective W hen building, product specification can be both exciting and difficult. Even the construction industry itself is overwhelmed with the abundance of choice and options. From insulation to cladding, waterproofing to kitchen hardware, the range of suppliers and products available when building in New Zealand is remarkable. However, this can mean that as consumers, understanding the true cost of quality may only become apparent after the fact. Avoiding fix-ups, replacements and warranty claims could be as simple as knowing the origin of a product or trusting industry advice on which brands stand behind their products. Access to global innovations and technology does not need to cost the earth and most companies have multiple ranges to suit every level of project. High volumes of production bring quality products into the same price bracket as others. Consumers could be sometimes surprised to know with only a marginal price difference, or sometimes no difference at all, they could be getting products with a lifetime warranty – products designed, engineered and tested to far exceed the quality standards set out in the Building Code and Consumer Guarantees Act; products designed, engineered and tested to last the lifetime of the kitchen or furniture.

Product lifespans have been a hot topic in building for decades and will continue to be so as more and more products come on and off the market. Kitchens come with many exciting design and detail decisions; they are the heart of the home and vitally important for resale. Investigation into which products your cabinet maker plans to use will give you a major return in the longevity of your investment. Longevity is also important for the eco aspects of building such as reducing waste created by frequent renovation or repairs. Specifying a product which exceeds quality standards will reduce your

buildings’ footprint and environmental impact. Accessible affordability is key to a cost-effective yet quality building. Kitchens in open plan homes are social hubs and high traffic areas for families. Blum offers a vast range of hardware options to suit every level of project – soft close drawers from entry level right through to high end. Any client can have Blum hardware in their kitchen, available through their cabinet maker or kitchen manufacturer. See more at the Blum Hardware Showroom: 621 Rosebank Road, Avondale.

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Homes and kitchens – what a match!


hen two exceptional companies combine their talents to create a home of distinction they deserve the accolades that come their way. And, in this instance, DW Homes decision to engage Stewart Scott Cabinetry to ensure the kitchens in their show homes and land and house packages displayed both style and practicality, proved inspired. Stewart Scott kitchen designer, Brenda Hrstich was asked to come up with a range of contemporary kitchen designs to suit different tastes and needs whilst still encompassing the essentials. “Kitchens are the all important hub of the home and while they need to be functional, the design also needs to capture the imagination of prospective homeowners,” Brenda says. “Sometimes clients need the designer to steer


them towards products and ideas but others have firm thoughts on what they expect in a kitchen so I try to ensure designs include some distinctive, personal aspects as well as a viable plan.” While each kitchen has been individualised to suit DW Homes house plans, they also incorporate new colour trends, materials and fittings as well as some innovative extras that home seekers may be unaware of. “For example, the kitchens pictured above are generous in their open plan allowing for plenty of movement around the kitchen, dining and living. While white emanates freshness, it also allows the homeowners to add their personal preference for colour accents. Nevertheless, contrasting soft ash timber laminate (top left), and dark oak (right) provide an element of interest, and a sense of texture and personality.


“Naturally any kitchen we design for DW Homes includes provision for up to the minute appliances to match a family’s needs and in these kitchens there are scullerys – so often requested today – to accommodate bulky, everyday items homeowners may not want on display.” Brenda adds that each scullery has plenty of added storage and bench space, allowing for the main kitchen to be easily cleared of clutter. “At Stewart Scott cabinetry we focus on ensuring every kitchen, regardless of style, is userfriendly, meets modern day family needs but still exudes panache whether one has opted for urban sophistication , country charm or something in between.” If you are considering a new kitchen visit our showroom at 1 Ron Driver Place, East Tamaki to see our inspirational displays and to talk with a designer.


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Unbeatable value


t pays to shop around for the best product and price and when it comes to considering kitchens, it certainly pays to talk to Ex-Space Kitchens. Specialising in flatpack kitchens at wholesale prices, Ex-Space is a favourite destination for property developers and home owners looking for an affordable yet quality solution for their home. Clients have the option of assembling the kitchen themselves or Ex-Space can arrange a reasonably priced installation contractor to do for you. Ex-Space has been established for nine years and has a solid reputation for building high quality kitchens that last but don’t cost the earth. The kitchens incorporate top quality accessories and hinges made by renowned German manufacturer, Hettich, which include a lifetime warranty – a valuable investment for a hardworking space in the home. There is a five-year warranty on the cabinetry and with proper care, it can last a lifetime too. Available in every colour under the sun, this comes with a variety of veneers and designs that can be customised. Ex-Space can add value to your home and a touch of class to your kitchen with a beautiful benchtop in solid granite or engineered stone. Hard-wearing and hygienic, the solid surface

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benchtop offers a stunning aesthetic and a unique feel in your kitchen. You’ll be surprised how affordably Ex-Space can

make this a reality in your home – close to the price of laminate benchtop! To complete your new kitchen, and for further savings and convenience, Ex-Space has great value kitchen appliance packages from respected kitchenware names such as Smeg, Boss and other reputable brands. Good news – those who mention this article will receive a FREE single bowl stainless steel sink with every order above $2000 from now until Christmas! For a stunning kitchen that won’t break your bank, call us today!

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arianne and Rob Raby of Papakura’s Tiles on Elliot are always ready to consider customers design plans and offer their own opinions. With more than 40 years experience in sales and installation, they are more than happy to turn design dreams into reality. The customer is always right but they can only be so if they have the knowledge and advice required to make informed decisions. And, the right advice can give the customer what they are looking for in the finished job. After settling in Drury, Rob and Marianne opened Miles of Tiles in Takanini which was sold to Midas Tiles. When the new owners moved the store, the couple opened a new shop in Elliot Street, Papakura. There, unlike some outlets, they can cater for any budget. Both Rob and Marianne provide need to know information as standard. We don’t sell off the rack; this is not a one size fits all kind of business so we will listen to the customers and suggest what we think will best suit their situation. With tiles becoming increasingly more popular, a job done right, using quality materials, leads to savings in the long run. Bathrooms, kitchens and laundries, along with family rooms and dining rooms are the selling points of a house and we spend a lot of time in these rooms, so it pays to have them looking their best. Its not uncommon to have 50 to 60 metres or




more of tiles in the average home, largely due to modern, busy lifestyles. They are easy to maintain and are unaffected by moisture or damaged by mould, mildew or sunlight, unlike other floor coverings. They also hold the temperature from the sun. Although quality is hard to spot by the lay person, to a tiler like Rob, it is clear that all tiles are not created equal. “The longer the firing time and higher the temperature, the stronger the tiles will be. Some manufacturers cut corners to produce cheaper products which is fine for the short term but more imperfections mean higher chances of cracking or warping. At Tiles on Elliot we help customers spot

the difference.” How long can Rob and Marianne’s customers expect their tiles to last before they need to be replaced? It depends on whether or not the house is sold and if the new owners put their own colour selections in the house but we would expect the tiling to be done only once. We do advise our customers to buy extra tiles to replace any that could be damaged in the future or to accommodate any changes in the layout of the tiled area. For example, kitchens, bathrooms, laundries etc that may be altered. So come in, we would love to meet you.

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Turning a house into a Smart Home Keeping up with the Smart Home generation is now easier than ever before


here’s no doubt that the hot topics for 2016 are based around home and lifestyle, in particular, issues that embrace using technology to make our homes safer, more comfortable and in step with millennium living. Homeowners are discussing security, protecting their homes from unwanted intruders, renovation, making homes a safer place for families, saving money and staying connected, not to mention keeping up with technology. So many decisions to make and so many choices. For most home owners, home automation is something they believe to be out of reach as systems can cost upwards of $10,000 and in most cases can only be introduced at the building stage of a project or having to re-wire most of your house. Some systems can be rather daunting when you consider the cost and the level of disruption that will occur through invasive wiring, and for those who are renting, it simply is not an option. That daunting feeling can be eliminated with the Trust Smart Home, Wireless Home Automation System. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 (see example below) The ability to manage your home’s lighting, electrical devices, motorised blinds and security from one main control system can make your household run safer, smoother, feel better and save energy. What’s more, there’s no rewiring required. The Trust Smart Home System is also ideal for people renting as DIY means install and take it with you when you move house. For home owners it means adding value to your home for re-sale and enjoying the comfort day by day. Trust has been a leading partner for European design and quality home automation and digital 84 — Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017

lifestyle accessories for more than 30 years in Europe. It has been distributed in New Zealand though sole distributor, Eurotec Ltd, based in Penrose, Auckland for more than 12 years. With the Trust Smart Home system the possibilities for home automation are endless. Various lighting moods can be set in different rooms or for special occasions. You can create a variety of scheduled dimmers for lights and devices to turn on/off whether you are home or away (perfect when on holiday); you can even control your home and monitor your Trust Alert security system at anytime from anywhere in the world! With most of the components being DIY your home automation system can be personalised to suit your requirements and budget. For more technical solutions an electrician is required to interface with your existing electrical wiring, however it is still significantly less expensive than re-wiring your entire home.

transmitters to provide multiple control options including a remote control, wireless wall switch, motion sensor, dusk/dawn sensor, smartphone or tablet. The receiver is the component which is connected to the light or device you would like to control. A typical DIY receiver would be a plug-in socket, an E27 light fixture or Smart Bulb. There are also various possibilities to install a wired-in receiver including behind a wall socket, behind a wall switch, in the ceiling or in a junction box. Now, it’s time to get creative! Create and expand your system with as many transmitters and receivers as desired to create the perfect home environment.


Smart homes simply make life easier and Smart Home Technology can improve safety, security, convenience, comfort and add value, not to mention peace of mind. Imagine using your smart phone to see who is at the front door via the IP Camera or receive a notification on your phone that an intruder has opened the back window. You can have your lights turn off with a push of a button when you leave or turn them on before you come home in the dark. Connecting your home to the Trust Smart Home system via a HUB & Apps will become a way of life for the whole family to enjoy.

The Trust Smart Home system is divided into three simple steps. First choose a transmitter, secondly choose a receiver then create your own wireless system. To achieve wireless control at least one transmitter and one receiver will always be needed. So what are these transmitters and receivers? The transmitter is what dictates how you would like to control your lights or devices. There are various


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An easy way to start is with the DIY Starter packs – Plug and Play wall socket switches and remotes are a great way to control your floor lamps and bed side lamps, electric blankets, heaters etc. Once installed, all of the above can be connected to the Internet Control Station ICS-2000 (HUB) which allows remote access via an App on your Smart phone or Tablet (Android and Apple IOS). With the Internet Control Station as your HUB up to 256 Lights, Devices and your Alert security system can be controlled from anywhere in the world. Features also include: ■■■ ■Programmable timers for devices and scenes (Including sunrise/sunset recognition) ■■■ F■ ree app available for iPad, iPhone/Android tablet and smartphone ■■■ M ■ ulti-platform: Future proof design by supporting multiple technologies: Smart Home 433/868 MHz radio frequency & ZigBee HA/LL, works through doors, walls & windows. ■■■ M ■ onitor your home with alert sensors and receive push alert notifications on your smart phone or tablet if an intruder enters. You can also create a variety of scenarios for your home with just a few simple products. For example: ■■■ M ■ ovie night – Dim lights to any level you desire to get that perfect mood for a night in ■■ C ■ oming home – Turn the lights on remotely at any time so you aren’t coming home in the dark ■■ D ■ usk to dawn sensors – Never be left in the dark in winter ■■ A ■ way from home – Programme lights to turn on and off so it appears someone is home ■■■ T ■ rust key fobs are great – Pair to inside/outside lights, the key fob doubles up as a key chain or store in your car’s glove box compartment ■■■ S■ afety – Set the lights to turn on down that dark pathway with wireless outdoor motion sensors ■■■ G ■ ood night – With one tap all household lights and devices are turned off ■■■ I■n the garden – Lights turn on to light up the BBQ area and set the mood around the pool

Home security is becoming an important consideration within our current environment. Being able to choose where, when, and how you secure your home, makes life less stressful. The process needs to be easy for the whole family to manage, whether at home or away. With the Trust Smart Home Alert system, along with the Trust Internet Control Station ICS-2000 (HUB), homes can be secured from unwanted intruders and lights and devices can be automated remotely, which is a huge bonus and added protection – and the system is totally DIY. The Alert security system is advanced and simple to use. It can be used independently or in combination with the HUB via your smart phone/ tablet. This offers advanced functionality such as push notifications, remote arm/disarm, alarm status and more. Importantly, the system also sends alert notifications. When a wireless door sensor or window sensor is triggered as a result of being opened by an intruder, this will activate the Alert Siren and you will receive notifications with use of the HUB. The Trust Smart Home Alert System also provides peace of mind when caring for a loved one living on their own.

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rEnovAting, builDing or rEnting?

The Trust Smart Home wireless system is the perfect home automation solution. Low cost retro-fit products can be added into any home from historic villas to new homes with no re-wiring required. Simply add the Trust Smart Home wireless components to existing lights and devices. Imagine what you can save on your total renovation compared to re-wiring a whole house. Interested in home automation but you’re renting? Not a problem. The great thing about the Trust Smart Home wireless system is that is totally non-invasive. This makes the range perfect for rental properties. Those wanting to add some lighting automation, security or even just a doorbell, can! The Trust Smart Home products won’t do any damage as motions sensors can just stick onto the wall, fitting switches screw into your light fitting and build-in products fit behind an existing light or light switch. The best part is you can take it all with you when you move.

For more information visit our website, on-line store or phone us at Eurotec 09 579 1990. We would be happy to discuss your requirements. You can also find us on Facebook! /smarthomenz

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paint | wallpaper | curtains | blinds | giftware

With the latest in fashion paint, wallpaper, curtains, blinds and giftware, Crosbies Colourplus in Pukekohe is the best place to get inspired. Visit our showroom today to start your decorating journey.

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From left – Fabrics from the Pegasus range by James Dunlop Textiles.

Enter Rainbow Curtains ...staged right!


urtain fall’ may herald the end of a show in some circles but in the home it usually means the beginning of a window treatment story which, if left to the team at Rainbow Curtains, will be something to applaud! Importantly, owner Sandy Wilson, together with her daughter and colour consultant, Rochelle has a wealth of experience when it comes to ensuring window treatments are the makings of a home. After a lifetime dealing with interior, fabrics and colours, Sandy now prefers to oversee the workroom, her keen eye ensuring a professional fit and finish. On the other hand Rochelle, who has 20 years industry experience, has adopted the front of house role, helping customers choose fabrics and styles which will make a decor statement. “Window treatments don’t just visually change the look of a room they can transform the feel or mood,” Rochelle says. “Colour, style and texture are all part of giving a room presence regardless of whether that’s big and bold, cool and calm, bright and breezy or soothingly neutral. “And, because there are so many exciting options on today’s market, there’s every opportunity to achieve exactly the look you want. However, it’s important to make the right choice.” Rochelle says light and pastel colours can make a small room look larger, creating a subtle ambience that’s easy on the eyes. “On the other hand, if a room is large and you would like it to appear cosier, look to darker/ deeper furnishing colours to draw in the room whilst creating a rich, formal ambience,” she adds. Together with workroom wizards, Raewyn Whittam and Tracey Vos as well as administrator Rebecca Farman, Sandy and Rochelle have built a reputation for professionalism and creativity. Clients trust them to not only make beautiful curtains and blinds but to help them with their choices including the type of window treatments that would best suit their rooms. Whether it’s installing a simple roller blind or

Rochelle, Tracey, Rebecca, Raewyn and Sandy.

carrying out a full window makeover, Rochelle says the Rainbow Curtains team has the skills needed for the job plus a showroom brimming with curtain ‘gold’ – the latest fabrics and styles. “There are so many stunning fabrics and while most people have an idea of what they want, the array of options can be overwhelming. Sometimes less is best – once I know what a client likes, I can often help them narrow down choices and also introduce alternatives they may not have thought about. “Beyond the actual fabric, and decor teamwork, curtains are all about location and correct positioning,” Rochelle says. “Although placement of windows can’t always be changed, proper positioning of drapes can make a difference to the over-all effect. “If a room has a low ceiling, create an illusion of height by installing curtain track near the ceiling and allow drapes to fall from full height. Where windows are narrow, extend curtain tracks beyond both sides of the frame so that the curtains stack off the window. This will maximise sunlight and

make the most of views.” Sandy, Rochelle and team specialise in all types of curtains including pinch or French pleating, box or inverted pleats, and also popular Roman blinds. rainbow curtains also provides a FrEE measure and quote and offers 10% discount on all orders of $1000 or more. call today or visit the showroom where the array of fabric options is sure to excite!

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Picturebook perfect! Focused on interior design. Our motto – ‘Do it once, do it right!” Who we are – We are an Auckland-based interior design company specialising in all aspects of residential and commercial design. Our friendly and approachable five-person team has a wealth of varied knowledge and experience in the industry. What we do – We design, transform and create exciting and stylish spaces to live, work and play in. Good design showcases the best possible use of space. Our aim is to create spaces that are in harmony with their surroundings and are finely tuned to meet individual personalities and requirements. When everything comes together through vision, knowledge and attention to detail…you are left thinking, “Wow, that looks fantastic!” Design for you and your space

– At Picturebook we love turning a house into a home, this is the driving force behind our design. Our services cover every aspect of home design and we will do as much or as little as you require – from a single colour for a single room to a complete design plan for a renovation or new build.

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New palette for old pallets!


ld wooden pallets are typically recycled or thrown away once they’ve outlived their usefulness in various industries. However, repurposing the wood from these pallets has become an increasingly popular trend, especially when it comes to home renovation and interior design.


The wood from pallets can be used to make almost anything. Common recycled creations include tables, shelving units, decorative objects, wood flooring, garden structures, temporary shelters and tree houses for children. Depending on your needs, the pallet can be stripped of its individual boards or used as a whole. What’s more, the wood from pallets can be painted, stained or varnished – choose colours to add a splash of colour or to tone with an existing decor theme.


Big industrial companies, timber yards and hardware stores will frequently throw away their wood pallets or leave them near recycling containers. So with a little resourcefulness, you’ll be able to supply yourself with building materials

free of charge. If this isn’t an option, you can always negotiate a fair price with an appropriate business.

NO LIMITATIONS You’re only limited by your creativity when it comes to upcycling wooden pallets. They can be

sawed, glued, nailed, screwed, stapled, sanded, framed, water-treated and burned — by design, of course. They style well with various types of wood, different metals and other building materials. And with little cost and effort, you can give old wooden pallets a new lease on life while upgrading your home decor, inside or out!







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What’s hot at home Every home exudes individual style but here are some furnishing ideas for creating your own personal look.


Introducing Sadie Great furniture design is when form and function are in perfect harmony. When one dominates, the other is compromised, resulting in a less than satisfactory piece of furniture. The New Zealand-made, Sadie lounge suite, new by Danske Mobler, will impress in both respects. Its unfussy lines are modern and the comfort level is superb. Customise in your choice of fabric. Featured with Cross occasional pieces.

When nights turn cold and temperatures drop, the answer to snuggle down comfort is in the touch of a button. The definitive gift of both care and indulgence, the luxurious Sunbeam Feel Perfect Heated Throw features a dense faux fur top with micro fleece reverse side to complement any lounge or bedroom, adding style and warmth to a couch or bed. Incorporating nine levels of safety protection and temperature sensing technology plus nine heat settings, 10-minute fast heat up and a three-year replacement guarantee, this gorgeous heated throw (RRP $299) is available from appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Briscoes.

BUNKING DOWN If there’s one thing sure to keep the smallest people of the house very happy it’s a bedroom furnished just for them. What’s more, if furniture combines function with good looks and a novel design, then it’s bound to be a winner. And what youngster doesn’t love bunks? Shoppers at Windmill Kids will find an array of smart new bunk bed combinations which also incorporate practical elements such as desks and drawers. New oak-look finishes are all the trend with double/single bed combos perfect when space is limited or bedrooms need to occupy more than one child.

Extended Dining

The Stockholm extension dining table and Emilia carver chairs from Danske Mobler are a fabulous combination of modern style. A clear lacquer finish on the oak timber is harmoniously offset by the horizontal black lacquered steel bar running under the table top. A-line legs add a unique touch. Emilia chairs are perfect multi taskers as they can be used as occasional chairs when the table is not extended. The Stockholm sideboard completes the scene.

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Dress up your walls Wallpaper is back – stylish, decorative and textured wallcoverings have become the latest design trend, making their way into contemporary and traditional homes as part of interior design’s new decorative styling.


s people tire of flat, hard minimalism in their homes, there is a return to texture, pattern and personalisation, says Piers Braddock, sales and marketing manager with Aspiring Walls. We are entering an era of stronger colour and detailed design; giving a more comfortable and lived-in feel to our homes,” he says. “Wallpaper can be used as a background to enhance a space rather than take it over. Single-colour or tone-ontone textured wallpapers play a supporting role as a neutral backdrop, complementing furniture and furnishings, and adding textural interest.” Piers says a classic pattern, such as stripes, brings symmetry and balance to a space. In more simple, boxy rooms, such as an apartment or open plan living room, wallpaper works to “create” architecture. “Use wallpaper to define or visually define an area, such as an entrance, dining or sleeping zone. As well as making a feature or statement wall, wallpaper can effectively highlight architectural features such as an alcove or panel.” For those keen to totally transform a room, patterned or plain wallpaper is a versatile decorating tool that will quickly add personality and interest. Piers adds, “now that it’s modern and stylish, wallpaper provides a ‘feel good’ factor and a sense of extra ‘finish’ to any interior”. He suggests textured wallpaper can bring a real ‘touch appeal’ to walls ranging from the natural look of linen and basket-weave to suede or even leather effects. And where there are rough patches or imperfections, a textured paper can hide a multitude of sins, rather like a blemish concealer in a make-up kit. Most of today’s wallcoverings are easy-care; many are washable so that marks are quite easy to remove. For high-traffic areas in the home, a heavier weight, textured, solid vinyl paper is hardwearing and virtually maintenance-free. In addition to the massive change in character in terms of both colour and design, wallpaper has also undergone changes in application. New technology allows most wallpapers to be completely strippable, making them easier to install and remove. “You can wallpaper your home yourself – it is now much easier, with the new ready-pasted and paste-the-wall papers,” Piers says. “Investing the time to hang wallpaper yourself can be worthwhile. The mystery to paperhanging, if there is one, is patience. Alternatively, a professional installer will do it for you. Either way you will admire the finished result.” Whether choosing a plain textured paper in a white, neutral or vibrant colour; a subtle or bold

pattern; or a variety of designs for different rooms, wallpaper will add interest and style to a home’s interior. “Browse through the latest collections of wallcoverings at your nearest décor store, or talk with your interior designer,” Piers suggests. “You will be positively surprised and impressed by what is on offer.”

TRY THESE FINISHES: n Mixtures of flat and pearly or metallic-finishes

and sheen

n Pleated and quilted effects for surface interest n Textures, subtle abstracts n Linen or grass-papers for the Asian or Zen look n Botanical prints re-worked in larger scales and

softer colours.

THE ENTRY OF THE HOUSE Even if you have an open plan space immediately around the front door, the entry sets the welcoming mood for you and your guests. Because it is generally small, make this one of the first spaces you tackle. It’s a smallish bite out of a decorating budget, but gives a high impact result.

ADD ‘ARCHITECTURE’ Create detail with a textured or metallic paper. Don’t be afraid to use a dark, dramatic colour. Look for amazing dark pewter, charcoal or

chocolate papers from Aspiring Walls’ many ranges. Repeat the dramatic colour on your front door, add a spectacular light, a simple table and your entrance will pop.

OLD AND NEW Bridge the gap between old and new with “transitional” wallpapers which play with old fashioned themes in a modern way such as anaglyptas, designed to cover a multitude of sins and to create instant architecture. A reworked floral in a fashion colour pulls together a chopped-up hallway. Crisp stripes in favourite neutrals or sharp, modern colours offer an exciting alternative to an all-beige scheme: you’ll find a scale from pin-stripes to over-size to suit your space.

SOPHISTICATED NEUTRALS Tone-on-tone interiors remain in vogue. Subtle textured or patterned wallpapers provide a backdrop for furniture, furnishings and artwork. But don’t translate neutral to mean bland and boring. Contemporary, neutral wallcoverings often consist of complex colourings, with layers of colour or twotone effects to create a tranquil, relaxing setting.

BIG IS BETTER Go outrageous with a big-scaled print; forget safe,

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FrEquEntly ASkED quEStionS how do i decide whether to have wallpaper or paint? You don’t have to choose one or the other, they work well together. Some rooms in your home can be painted, others can be wallpapered – it’s up to you. Designers happily use wallpaper and paint on different walls of the same room. Most paint retailers also sell wallpaper, and usually have wallcoverings that match most paint colours on the market, so you can easily co-ordinate the two finishes. Wallpaper offers a great choice of patterns and textures; and it is a ‘one-coat process’ – when you have wallpapered, that’s it, there’s no need for a second or third ‘coat’ to get the colour right. And, now, there are papers that can be easily stripped and replaced. If you make sure the walls are properly prepared with a sealer then sized before you put up wallpaper, it makes re-decorating much easier next time.

“Whatever you have in your rooms, think first of the walls, for they are that which makes your house and home and if you do not make some sacrifices in their favour you will find your chambers have a kind of makeshift, lodging house look about them, however rich and handsome your movables may be.” – William Morris

make a statement as people step into your house. Think florid pictorials, over-scaled checks or stripes, or shimmery op-art mixtures. Don’t be afraid to mix a couple of patterns – say a small-scaled square with a single dram wall in a larger scale. Aspiring Walls books have made it riskfree by showing you mix-it-up options.

rococo thEAtricAlS The trend to patterned, printed and embroidered fabrics has prompted an equal shift to dramatic, “look at me” wallpapers. The modern way to create a focal point wall is with a stand-out wallpaper: directional looks are rich and rococo-inspired patterns, slightly overscale with a play of metallic shimmer against a matt background (and, yes, flocking is on its way back). Play with dark, rich colours, over-the-top pattern, teamed with shimmery fabrics, fanciful light fittings (feel-good light, not operating-theatre illumination) and the look of old Europe.

With a subtle, light-reflecting texture, these mega-scaled blocks visually open a space. Don’t play it safe with furniture; add a classic 1960’s icon chair, throw out the hall table in favour of a psychedelic mushroom. Your keys will never have a more fun place to live.

PoP Art moDErn Yes, this is wallpaper, but not as your nana used it. This mosaic-look paper, in a range of scales, mixes flat and metallic surfaces for a shimmering impact in an entry hall. The metal foils reflect light, expanding a tiny space or one without much natural daylight, and it’s great for a townhouse or apartment without a defined hallway. For more space-expanding effects, bring in barely-there accessories – a chair or hall table in perspex (look for newer, smokier shades for the 1970’s look) or frosted glass; add milky glass lamp shades and shiny silver accents.

What are the advantages of wallcoverings? Wallpaper is definitely back on the design agenda, getting attention for new textures, modern colours and designs, and its rediscovered practicality: much like a cosmetic concealer, textured wallcoverings can hide less than perfect walls. And it can save time. It is often quicker than painting – especially as one ‘coat’ of wallpaper is all you need to cover the wall for instant colour. Wallpaper is easy-care too. Most modern papers are washable, durable and wear well. Wallcoverings also have great ‘touch appeal’ adding a tactile dimension to your room. can i wallpaper a room myself or is it too difficult for a ‘beginner’? Yes, you can and, no, it isn’t. It’s much easier now, with pre-pasted papers and new technologies such as paste-the-wall. A good place to start is by visiting www. and the DIY section. Or you can book a professional installer to do it for you. Talk with your local wallpaper specialists who will point you in the right direction.

burSt oF brightS A zap of colour in your entry whets your visitors” appetite for more excitement through the house. With a “just passing through” circulation space, you can afford to take risks – amp up the scale of pattern, wind up the colour voltage and leave the safe neutrals for rooms where you spend more time.

Aspiring Walls are proud to offer an unrivalled collection of designer wallpapers for your home or commercial space. Phone on 0800 808 474 or visit for the nearest outlet

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Toolbox essentials for the DIYer

Lending a hand with your dream home!

Not everyone’s a great handyman, but for those who think a wrench means parting from a loved one or a socket is something the eye sits in, take heart – you’re not alone. However, such babes in the ‘fix-it’ woods can improve their chances of doing a job right first time by investing in a few good quality tools. Then they won’t have to borrow from the neighbour! For the budding handyperson, this list of toolbox basics is a great starting point: ■■ Hammer (not too heavy nor too light, with a rubber handle) ■■ Retractable tape measure (preferably six-eight metres) ■■ Level (at least 24cm) and a set square ■■ Hand saw and/or circular saw ■■ Miter box (for cutting angles) ■■ Box cutter knife ■■ Set of screwdrivers. Also consider a screwdriver with multiple heads, a power screwdriver and be sure your set includes a Phillips screwdriver. ■■ Long-nose pliers, cutting pliers, clamping pliers and locking pliers ■■ Adjustable wrenches, ratchet and socket set and Allen keys ■■ Sandpaper and sanding block ■■ Safety glasses, gloves and protective mask ■■ Hot glue gun ■■ Work apron or tool belt Some packaged sets of tools will definitely do the job but many DIYers prefer to choose each tool individually according to their needs. Tools should be of good quality, ergonomic and suited to you. Don’t hesitate to ask to try them out in the store. For bigger, more infrequent jobs, keep in mind that it is possible to rent a wide range of tools such as a bench saw, miter saw, jigsaw, router, biscuit joiner, stapler, sander, compressor, and the like. However, in time, and depending on your enthusiasm for DIY work, you may purchase some of these too.


hen it comes to home improvement, those in need of inspiration and advice know there’s one name which has the right tools to get the job done – Mitre 10. Great homes start with a great idea and when you combine that with hard work and the right advice – you too can see your dream home come to life. Locally owned and operated by Dean Littin, Gary Millington and Michael Scott, Mitre 10 MEGA Pukekohe has strong local knowledge and ties to the community. They’re proud to be 100% New Zealand-owned and operated and this December the store marks five years as Mitre 10 MEGA in Pukekohe so the team are celebrating a job well done. Whether you’re renovating, building or doing up the garden, Mitre 10 MEGA Pukekohe is there to lend a hand. With the arrival of spring and the days getting warmer and longer, now’s the ideal time to get stuck in, from those serious renovation jobs to making sure your outdoor entertaining area is looking good and with the BBQ ready to fire-up! The Pukekohe team can show you what’s possible before you begin.

BATHROOMS We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms, so why not pamper yourself by creating a luxurious retreat? The Bathroom team can help you with everything you need to create a stylish, yet practical bathroom. The fantastic selection of brands, styles and prices on offer are sure to give you a stunning result. Even by simply adding new tapware and a fresh coat of paint, you can immediately revitalise an out-dated bathroom.

PAINT AND STAIN Don’t jump headlong into painting or staining without some sound advice. The paint team can help you select the right paint and tools for the job and will offer advice and tips so that the job is done properly with minimum mess. Be sure to check out the new Valspar paint range with gorgeous new colours.

KITCHEN DESIGN If there’s one room in the house that needs good design above everything else, it’s the kitchen. As the hub of the home, it’s the room that works the hardest. You’ll need something that not only looks contemporary and stylish, but also functional. Pop into Mitre 10 MEGA Pukekohe where one of their Kitchen team members will be only too happy to help you with the possibilities.


Landscaping a garden will not only create an area you and your friends can enjoy but will be a statement of personal style. Turning your garden into an asset that complements your home enhances the investment made in your property and will give many hours of pleasure. Talk to the Garden and Outdoor Furniture teams who can help make your vision a reality. Come on in and check out the latest that Mitre 10 MEGA Pukekohe has in-store and don’t forget our 15% Low Price Guarantee! 94 — Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017

Feature walls are a great way to give any room added drama, but what about going a step further and adding a colour blocked, freehand masterpiece like this? It’s not as tricky as it looks, and because it’s freehand, if you make a bit of a mistake with your hill profiles, who would know? Wall from top: Resene Spindle (sky), Resene Mischka (left hill), Resene Freestyling (right), Resene Santas Grey (right), Resene Mamba (right), Resene Hammerhead (left, behind sofa), Resene Casper (sea). The floor is in Resene Ivanhoe.

With a bit of Mexican sizzle and a dash of California cool, this courtyard is the place to be on lazy summer days. Black is a go-to colour for garden fences, often as a shadowy backdrop to perimeter planting. In this case, it’s up front and on show in Resene CoolColour All Black – the ultimate colour partner for sizzling turquoise blues and clean greens such as Resene Dauntless for the upcycled pallet table, and Resene Zigguwrat, Resene Java and Resene Dali for the pots. Throw in some mustard yellow accents in the low Resene Chenin pot and cushions for pops of citrusy warmth. The house wall on the right is Resene Double Truffle, and the concrete pavers have been stained in Resene Bleached Grey from the Resene Concrete Stain range.

Long range colour forecast excites


hat will the most fashionable homes be sporting in the next couple of seasons? Think shimmer and glitz, white with black accents, unexpected colour combinations and iridescent as well as toned-down hues. Luxe metallic finishes, whites with charcoals and earthy greys, dusky tones, as well as exuberant pops of bright colour are all on trend for the coming months. While it may seem only yesterday we were celebrating the New Year, colour forecasters are already predicting our palettes for 2017 and 2018. Dress your walls with earthy hues or dusky tones and you’ll be right on trend. Dusky pinks are here now (think Resene Ebb), but we’ll also see a rise in popularity of dusky blues and greens such as Resene Duck Egg Blue. Colours such as Resene Secrets are bang on with the trend towards cool Nordic landscapes, where icy colours come to the fore. And the Scandinavian look is here to stay with a continuing move towards whites and off-whites, with earthy tones. Darker stains are giving way to more natural, lighter stains, such as Resene Woodsman Natural, and lighter rimu colours. Wallpapers are becoming more adventurous, providing a lush, stylish backdrop along with a playful ambience. Glamorous, shiny wallpapers are also on trend, with metallic finishes and a hint of shimmer.

Want more intensity? Pops of colour remain strong, including vibrant jewel tones – teal blue is just one. We’re also seeing an increase in colour blocking, a design technique that uses blocks of colour together, either in similar shades or opposites. “It’s a great way to introduce colour especially if you have a square room,” says Resene colour consultant Deanna Hills. “You might colour block half a wall, and it could look like a headboard. Or you could colour block random areas and nooks, or start from the ceiling and work diagonally to the floor.” Stairwells are often colour blocked, with the bottom half painted charcoal, for example, and the top half painted white. “Colour blocking is really fun. It makes something of a space.” Another continuing trend is brightly coloured front doors. “People are really opening up to having a bit more personality,” Deanna says. “For example, coloured front doors are a big trend. I’ve done a couple of reds, using Resene Red Berry, as well as Resene Wild Thing, which is yellow – a charcoal house with a yellow front door, fabulous!” Whether you prefer an achromatic colour scheme or one with a host of vibrant hues, the coming season’s colours has something to suit all tastes from wake-up shades of teal and red to cool icy blues and dusky pinks plus smatterings of black and white. Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017 — 95 13965-v2

Behind the grandest designs Home may be where the heart is, but as fans of stunning architecture will attest, it’s often where the art is too. From beautiful (and often stunning) public buildings to houses on many scales, architecture shapes (and is shaped by) the way we live. The result is showpieces of function and form which stand as testaments to the nature our civilisation, as these books reveal.

City House, Country House Ever wondered how the other half live? Because City House, Country House invites readers into both rural and urban homes, we need wonder no more! Showcasing 40 of New Zealand’s most outstanding residences – from family homes, suburban alterations, and city apartments, to baches and rural retreats – this book explores how today’s Kiwis love to live. Featuring rich photographs and even plans, City House, Country House digs behind aesthetics to discuss the design rationale behind each project. ■■ John Walsh and Patrick Reynolds: City House Country House | RRP $85 | Godwit

150 Best of the Best Loft Ideas Moving up in the world takes on a whole new meaning in this resourceful book. Since leaping to prominence in 1950s and ‘60s, New York loft living has become synonymous with an avant-garde lifestyle. However, once limited to upper levels of converted, industrial buildings, today’s lofts are being designed with an airy, open approach. 150 Best of the Best Loft Ideas brings together some of the finest examples of loft design, bursting with a vast array of ideas for developing and decorating such spaces. Ideal for homeowners as well as architects and interior designers, this book highlights the diversity of current trends to help readers build from their inspiration. ■■ David E. Carter (Loft Publications): 150 Best Of The Best Loft Ideas | RRP $54.99 | HarperCollins US

150 Best Tiny Home Ideas Big things really can come in the smallest of boxes, as this inspiring book reveals. A compendium featuring 500-800 square feet abodes, 150 Best Tiny Home Ideas proves lack of space is no barrier when turning petite places into titans of design. What’s more, Manel Gutierrez Couto showcases homes from around the world which have been created using site-sensitive designs, with low environmental impact and reflecting the natural beauty of their surroundings. This book is an invaluable source of ideas for designers, architects, and homeowners alike. ■■ Manel Gutierrez Couto: 150 Best Tiny Home Ideas | RRP $54.99 | HarperCollins US

100 Contemporary Houses Featuring 100 of the world’s most interesting and pioneering homes designed in the past two decades, this book takes a look beneath the veneer of architecture to prove that the beauty of delightfully designed and constructed homes is much more than skin deep. Internationally renowned architectural writer, Philip Jodidio, shows that, although the scale of modern, private residences may be smaller than that of public projects, they often present unique challenges. Designing abodes to accommodate daily routines is as much to do with understanding individuals and their relationships as it is about understanding architectural principles, as is illustrated between these pages. ■■ Philip Jodidio: 100 Contemporary Houses | RRP $50 | published by TASCHEN | distributed in NZ by New Holland 96 — Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017

A Way Home While some may find themselves well at home living in an identical abode to that which houses their neighbour, many Kiwis tend to think outside the box. None more so than Jillian Sullivan. Forget houses of bricks or sticks, in A Way Home, Jillian tells the inspirational story of one woman’s quest to build a house of straw. After settling in small town Central Otago, with her son-in-law Sam as her builder and mentor, Jillian set about building a strawbale house from the ground up, while rebuilding her life in the process. ■■ Jillian Sullivan: A Way Home | RRP $39.99 | Potton & Burton

LED lights on trend Décor and technology an illuminating combination at LightingPlus


omeowners across the land are seeing the light when it comes to LED technology which has brought about a revolution in lighting up buildings of all

description. To this end, 100 percent Kiwi-owned lighting specialist, LightingPlus has introduced to the New Zealand market a huge range of stylish, energysaving LED products which have won favour with homeowners renovating or building new. The company experts know lighting is an exciting and important part of any new home build, renovation or décor scheme and, that proper use and positioning will bring warmth to a room, highlight interesting features or provide the right light to achieve important tasks. And if LED lights offer high performance and low energy consumption, they also come in decorative, traditional or modern styles. What’s more, LightingPlus has LED solutions to suit most budgets and lighting needs. Whether looking for something functional or keen to make a decor statement, LED lighting stretches across many tasteful designs including pendants. New LED pendants are not constrained by the need to consider how and where traditional incandescent light bulbs need to be placed. As such, the shapes and styles that are becoming available are some of the most stunning and creative seen to date. And, thanks to extremely long life of the light source, they can be confidently hung in hard to reach places – no hauling out the ladder three months later to replace a blown bulb. Of course, with any new technology it pays to consider possible drawbacks and weigh these up against advantages. The great thing about LED lighting is that there are no significant drawbacks. What’s more, the potentially higher cost of purchase is quickly offset by the energy savings. A great way to add a personal touch to any space, consider various pendant options. The soft light provided by a fabric shade pendant will help bring a warm atmosphere to the table – perfect for

dining, relaxing and entertaining. An adjustable suspension will give flexibility to bring light to the right height above a table and also means a pendant can be created that is suitable for all ceiling heights. LED versatility is one of the reasons it has become so popular, with new LED light bulbs (or lamp) technology also capable of turning a conventional fixture into an energy-efficient one. Lasting much longer than traditional light bulbs and, at a fraction of the cost to run, there is an LED replacement lamp available for almost any domestic application. Furthermore, with more than 23 years industry experience, LightingPlus is committed to providing customers with quality, value and fashion. Giving customers honest advice and sharing knowledge is a key part of the company’s philosophy to help them find the right lighting solution. But, with a multitude of lighting options available, the LightingPlus team knows making choices can be confusing so matching customer needs with that huge range of styles and price points is what it does perfectly. This makes the process a pleasurable, no pressure experience. And do check out exciting exterior products from SG Lighting, Norway, which offer a quality, long-lasting finish. In many cases the patented coating has a 20-year guarantee. Stylish and functional they can provide security or reveal stunning features and materials.

Remember, the outside of your home is often an overlooked area but it deserves to be seen. And it’s important to provide enough light so family and friends can sit, relax and entertain around the barbecue. LightingPlus has worked with the trade and homebuilders consistently over more than two decades, offering the right product and the right advice for the job at hand. Trained consultants can provide designs and draw up lighting plans, working with clients to provide more than just great prices. LightingPlus welcomes trade accounts and has a special discount offer for home building. Whether you are a contractor or a homeowner we can light up your life!

Lighting Plus Pukekohe, 124 Manukau Road, Pukekohe. Phone 09 239 0815. Trading hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-4.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Email: Lighting Plus Manukau, 67 Cavendish Drive, Manukau. Phone 09 263 9808. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Email: Design and Build Franklin — 2016-2017 — 97

The professionals in electrical


hese days, it’s possible to have cinemaquality entertainment right in our own homes. But all it takes is for a single wire to be out of place to leave us staring at a blank screen. Fortunately – whether for new builds or renovation work – Craig and the GoFox Electrical team are on hand to ensure the show will go on. “Since being established almost 15 years ago, we’ve been at the cutting edge of evolving electrical and home entertainment technology. Now, operating as part of the wider GoFox network, we can offer an even better service,” says Craig. “We have the experience and expertise to provide comprehensive cabling solutions for all electrical, data, audio and even state-of-the-art, fully integrated home theatre systems.” Just one of the latest systems Craig and his team can provide is Control4, which is designed to fully integrate lighting, music, home theatre, climate control and security. With a single remote control, touch screens, smartphones or tablets, users can direct a veritable orchestra of technology. “With Control4, you can set automatic lighting in key areas and even have your favourite radio station or playlist set to begin as soon as you arrive home. And, come movie time, for example, all devices can flip to their correct settings, the lights dimmed and the door locked, all at the press of one button; it really is amazing!”

What’s more, rather than employing numerous contractors, homeowners need only rely on the expertise of one. “Through a combination of our expertise and GoFox’s extensive resources, we can design the perfect setup for your home. We take ownership of the entire process, so there’s no need for various contractors to do the job piecemeal. We make sure everything fits together seamlessly and is simple to use and enjoy.” While installing even the most extensive and complex systems is no trouble for Craig and his

team, more general electrical work is also all in a day’s work. “From a single power point, through to domestic and light commercial installations GoFox Electrical is on hand to help,” adds Craig. “Simply give us a call (on 0800 95 99 99 or 021286 2016), send me an email to craig.megget@, or check out our website at www.gofox. nz. We’ll be happy to meet with you, go through your plans and provide suggestions on how your family can make the most of everything modern technology has to offer around the home.”

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Gofox Electrical can help no matter what your requirements Call our friendly team today, no matter if its the addition of a new outlet, building your dream home or renovating we can recommend your best options and get it done without any hassle or fuss. We only use and recommend quality products so you can rest easy and enjoy a job well done. Talk to us today!

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Pyroclassic Fires


The clean, efficient and colourful way to heat your home!

awke’s Bay based company, Pyroclassic Fires is heating up the fire industry with its locally-made wood fire. Pyroclassic Fires has been providing market leading heating solutions for more than 30 years. Now, in 2016, the company continues to provide an elite and ultra-modern product that is in keeping with all of the requirements of today’s homes both in terms of clean-burning and efficient heat production, and also contemporary design and a comprehensive colour range. What makes a Pyroclassic fire unique is its cylindrical ceramic fire chamber, which at 35mm thick, retains heat like a kiln. This was, and still is, a game-changer from the industry standard fire brick construction, which is incapable of storing this level of excess heat, making it almost impossible to achieve an overnight burn within today’s strict clean-air standards. Managing director of Pyroclassic Fires, Ric Chalmers says it is refreshing to see more and more consumers choosing to buy local over cheaper and often poorly made Chinese alternatives. “Every fire is made completely by hand, in Hawke’s Bay, and takes more than a day of manpower from start to finish.”

The Pyroclassic IV can be fitted with a high output 3.7kW wetback, a cheap and sustainable long term solution for water heating. Plus, with a 10mm thick steel top plate, you can simmer, boil and fry effortlessly. With a 0.3g/kg emission rate, the Pyroclassic IV falls well within the requirements to be

considered a low emissions burner. This coupled with a max efficiency rate of 83.3% and a low 1.1kg fuel consumption per hour, a Pyroclassic fire is the smart choice for the environment and your wallet. Visit or head in-store to local agent Stihl Shop Pukekohe to learn more.


FIRE: ONE OF THE 5 ELEMENTS Fire has been an important part of life for thousands of years, that has created a gathering place and attraction from stone age to now. Naked Flame BioFuel fires bring that tradition and history of fire, to a new era with flueless open fire within a contemporary modern home.

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Naked Flame fires are created with modern design, unparalleled quality, while creating beautiful functional warmth and heat, with no smoke, smell or harmful fumes. The technology of BioFuel fire has evolved far beyond anything imaginable from any era, now with smartphone or home automation control of an open, stunning naked flame.


Chip off the block!

ome people can’t see the wood for the trees but gardeners and landscapers who know the value of mulch will quickly recognise the value of Reharvest Enviromulch, a 100 per cent wood chip mulch which not only enhances properties but has a significant impact on the health of plants. There are six good reasons why Reharvest Enviromulch is different:  1. Plant growth is assisted: Reharvest Enviromulch is made from 100% recycled wood that’s air-dried. This process closes down the cells in the timber, which reduces its ability to hold water and thereby slows down the decomposition rate. It reduces the nitrogen demand from the soil, allowing the plants to absorb more of the fertiliser. Plants are better-fed, and able to grow healthily. 

2. Weed growth is inhibited: You’d think that more nitrogen in the soil might mean more weeds? Wrong! For one thing, Reharvest Enviromulch is graded to an average length of 50mm, which makes it difficult for weeds to grow cutting down of weeding and watering time. Unlike some bark chippings, it is free from seeds and plant matter. 3. Less watering required plants in dry weather: Reharvest mulch shields the soil from the sun, so the soil’s surface is kept cool and allows water retention.   4. Stays in place: It’s so annoying when garden mulch starts moving and it can be a real problem on sloping sections. But Reharvest Enviromulch mulch is a light product which mats together. This allows heavy rain to disperse through and under

the mulch later, helping the mulch to hold onto even the steepest of banks. 5. Outlasts other woodchips and bark chips: Tried and tested extensively, this garden mulch is still in great condition at least five years after its first installation. It is a low-maintenance, high-results option when it comes to garden mulches!  6. Available in different colours to suit your landscape: Reharvest Enviromulch comes in a range of decorative colours – red, brown and black – to suit different landscaping styles. A non-toxic, safe product for all landscaping projects Reharvest Enviromulch offers many landscaping advantages – enquire now, phone 299 3999, visit us at 41a Hunua Road, Papakura or check out the website


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Year-round landscaping plans W hen days are wet and cloudy, gardening can be a challenge, full landscaping even more so, especially when plants are hibernating before

spring arrives. While landscaping improvements are generally carried out during the fine, dry summer months, winter is not the time to rest on one’s garden fork. Rather it provides the ideal opportunity to observe the strengths and weakness of outdoor spaces and plan improvements for summer pleasure. Good planning in the middle of winter will always add value to a property and improve its saleability. Use the cool months to design hard landscaping and plan the construction process – book contractors well ahead of when they will be needed but first tackle as much work as you can to save on costs. Indoor/outdoor flow is a key design principle in today’s modern homes but this has extended to homeowners wanting ‘outdoor rooms’ which include fires and pizza ovens as well as the ‘barbie’, lounge-style seating and even outdoor kitchens.

Some may have a paved courtyard others a well-designed deck. Both require appropriate planting and outdoor lighting to have a real impact – add a sail for shade or a fixed canopy which will

provide shelter from sun and rain too. Making any outdoor area functional means it will work in all conditions and situations and that’s where hard landscaping becomes a significant investment. However, it is vital to do the job once and do it right. It is also essential to use the right plants in the right places. In considering the long-term impact of trees, it is important to understand what is going on underground as much as what grows above. The wrong trees can wreak havoc; some root systems are capable of lifting paths and driveways, cracking walls or blocking drains so choosing these may take some research. Then, when trees become established, it is also important to care for them appropriately. If unsure, use a professional arborist. A good design should be timeless and meld into the overall property. Many gardeners can achieve this all by themselves but those with not even the hint of a green finger should seek advice from a professional landscaper or gardening company. That way you’ll be able to discuss and discover all the possibilities from garden maintenance through to a full design.

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Under cover with Cool Awnings


How to choose the best cover or awning for your needs.

hen deciding on which kind of awning is best suited for your property there are two important aspects to consider: ■■ Do I require the awning for rain protection or sun shade? ■■ What is my budget? For those with an unlimited budget, who want sun and rain protection, then the Retractable Roof System is a great option. If you don’t have an unlimited budget, then you will need to choose which is more important – rain protection or sun shade. Rain protection awnings are fixed and can be either: ■■ Cantilevered off the wall (fixed frame awnings) ■■ Come out to poles ( tension canopy or flat panel awnings).

Tension canopies and flat panel awnings can be engineered to have outdoor blinds mounted on them. Fixed frame awnings are generally used to provide protection while you enter the home. Tension canopies with outdoor blinds create an outdoor room that will add to your living space all year round. Amazingly they help keep the warmth inside the home in winter – a bit like another form of insulation! Cool Awnings can manufacture these with translucent fabric to ensure maximum entry of sun into your home during the cooler months. If sun shade is more important, we can provide fixed and retractable options including folding and spring arm awnings or shade sails. For making the most of your deck in the warmer months, the retractable folding arm

awning is an excellent option. Cool Awnings has four styles all assembled in New Zealand from European manufactured components. The semi-permanent mesh shade sail can provide year-round cover and is engineered to be out in all types of weather. It usually requires mounting posts. To prevent the sun from entering into the home and fading carpet and furnishings, the Shadeline spring arm awning is the best solution. Cools Awnings has most of these products on display in its showroom, 6 Morrin Road, Panmure; open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm and Saturday, 10am to 1pm. One of our team of helpful sales consultants can also visit your site to work out the best options for your needs. Call us today for a FREE onsite consultation 0800 100 266, 09 570 6353.

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Garden sheds indispensable


n today’s modern era, a bloke’s shed has become very much the leisure pad where man of the house can duck away for some male time with mates – he may have a dart board set up, couch, card table, beer fridge and even a TV. But for most households a garden shed is still the ideal place for keeping gardening and other tools, lawn mower, pool equipment, deck chairs, and everything else you need for your backyard and outdoor activities. While the garage may also seem a logical place, often that is taken over by vehicles and items such as strollers, bicycles, and sometimes the laundry is in there, too. In fact, most households have so many things to store, it’s virtually impossible to live without a garden shed. But how do you stop your indispensable outdoor storage unit from turning into a complete mess? Three elements are essential for keeping the shed tidy and maximising available space: a pegboard, hooks and shelves. Hardware or renovation stores will generally stock sets of storage hooks that are manufactured specifically for peg boards. These hooks are great for hanging up and organizing small gardening tools. In the storage accessories aisle, you’ll also find hooks that can support heavier tools such as rakes, brooms, spades and pruning shears.

It is, of course, also possible to purchase readymade storage boards and racks which may prove ideal depending on one’s budget. Put up some shelves (or a small shelving unit) too and use to organise your flower pots and small containers in which you can store a variety of objects. You may even consider a cupboard unit which will keep dirt and dust away from tools and will also keep chemical sprays and pesticides both out of sight and the reach of little people. Buy some bins for the floor where you can keep bags of potting soil, or children’s backyard toys.

Some bins come with casters so they’re easier to move around — an advantage to keep in mind. If you’re thinking of building or modifying a garden shed, be sure to check current local body regulations before you start work. Depending on where you live and the size of the shed, you may need a permit. And think about ease of placement – possibly behind the garage which has back door access. And think about style too – colour steel for practicality or a timber shed for character? Whatever you decide, a garden shed is almost always a good investment.

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Flare blazes trail in outdoor spaces


f you really can stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! That’s the contention of Flare Outdoor Fireplaces’ owner, Torrey Hilton. “Argentinean, Italian, and South African cultures have long embraced outdoor cooking and dining al fresco, which are becoming increasing popular here too. Kiwis are experiencing new worlds of flavour, thanks to wood-fired barbecues and fireplaces. It’s reaching new heights of sophistication, almost becoming an art form or new genre of gastronomy; outdoor cooking is no longer about grilling a burger patty until it’s cremated!” he says. “And there’s nothing like a fire to set the ambiance. The environment feels warm; everybody glowing with the flickering flame. A fire is like live entertainment; it’s so relaxing to sit, listen and watch.” Providing a range of outdoor fireplaces, designed for multifunctions – cook a pizza, bake, grill, smoke or rotisserie – Torrey and team are focused on transforming backyards into modern, outdoor living spaces. “Outdoor fireplaces of various types are valuable additions year-round. When the sun goes down – even on a starry summer’s evening – the temperature can drop away, but there’s no need to retreat indoors anymore!” Flare fireplaces are available in two major ranges: Boston – featuring clean, straight, modern lines – and Tuscany – fireplaces with gentle curves providing warm, relaxing style. Wood-fired, BBQ cooking. “Unlike poor workmen, good cooks have every right to blame their tools if they’re not up to scratch,” Torrey advises. “That’s why – for cooking or simply warmth – our fireplaces are designed and manufactured to the highest of standards.”

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al fresco Fashion Flare Once upon a time, a fireplace was just a fireplace. Today, however, as they take on a much wider role in our lifestyles, Flare has prepared these handy tips: ■■ Function and form: while the prime directive of a pizza oven (for example) should be to produce delizioso pizza pies, be sure they’re not eyesores! As Flare’s fireplaces take centre stage, even the most hardworking outdoor oven can look magnifico too. ■■ Consult the style file: One size never fits all when it comes to style. While all Flare fireplaces are modular in format – permitting design flexibility – models are available in a range of textures and surface treatments, resulting in multiple configurations from which to choose, so no two fireplaces need be the same. ■■ Comply when you buy: Councils don’t cut corners; ensure fireplaces are compliant. All of

Flare’s standard ranges carry a PS1 Engineers Certificate and plans for submission to councils where required. ■■ All right with height: There’s no point having a beautiful focal point which no one can see to appreciate, so ensure they’re installed at an optimum height. However, be wary of smoke trails; unlike the Platters, most people don’t like it when smoke gets in their eyes! ■■ No shortcuts to safety: children can be captivated by fire, so carefully consider safety features. Flare fireplaces have fireboxes at a safe height for children, and their fronts feature stainless steel shields to stop logs from rolling out. These are also double folded to reduce the risk of burns. ■■ Size matters: Large, stylish fireplace should be feature points; essentially pieces of backyard art. So be sure their curves and lines complement existing design schemes.

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Multi tasking Colorado style Motoring correspondent, Alistair Davidson takes to the hills in Holden’s new Colorado.

H Colorado’s interior is a huge improvement over the outgoing model’s. This is the top spec Z71.

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olden’s Colorado launch in Christchurch in October 2016 was a bit of a drag. In a good way. Rather than sit a bunch of motoring writers in a room and ply us with savouries and a cuppa while spouting on about what a great tow vehicle new Colorado is, Holden hitched up a bunch of trailers to the press fleet and let us loose on an unsuspecting Christchurch city. We’re not talking little garden trailers, no siree. One Colorado was hauling a 1.5-tonne double drum road roller on tandem axle trailer; another had a 1.8-tonne (plus trailer weight) mini excavator; others had assorted machinery stashed in their trays. Not content with having the Colorado convoy negotiate Christchurch’s complex and constructionridden city streets, Holden’s drive route also took us up into the steeper than steep Port Hills.

In all fairness I can’t use the old ‘hardly knew it was there’ cliché to describe how Colorado dragged the digger up the hills, but ‘effortless’ is certainly justified. Colorado’s payload and equal class-leading, towing capability, at 1-tonne and 3.5 tonne respectively, is carried over from the outgoing model. Being rated to tow that kind of weight is all fine and dandy, but how well said vehicle tows depends on engine torque and suspension set up. Colorado has all that well covered with a hefty 500Nm of torque (440Nm for manual gearbox variants) available from 2000rpm. The Holden never raised a sweat hauling the digger up Port Hills, unlike this motor-noter who has never been keen on heights, let alone narrow roads with sheer drops. As it transpired, the climbing we did on day one was nothing compared to what was in store on day two: Lees Valley. A 200km drive, the majority on gravel roads, included an off-road section on a private farm that went up what was at times a ridiculously steep and rutted track to one of the highest points in the valley. Colorado handled the suspension and driveline pounding in style, and there were no concerns about lack of traction on the way up, or the way down with hill descent control engaged through the trickier bits. Being on road tyres, with no special preparation (the trucks still had on-road tyre

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No truck launch is complete without a mandatory river crossing.

pressures), made this mountain goat achievement even more impressive. The truck doesn’t look a lot different, apart from new grille treatment, headlights and reshaped bonnet. Inside, it’s a totally different story with a completely brand new, more modern car-like architecture, better looking surfaces, a swanky infotainment system and more specification. The 147kW 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine and transmissions are carried over, and while power and torque is unchanged, the engine is more economical. A revised torque converter in the automatic transmission has reduced vibration and harshness. Holden has also added more insulation which has significantly reduced the amount of road and engine noise in the cabin. A new electric power steer system similar to VFII Commodore’s provides plenty

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of assistance when manoeuvring (handy when backing up a trailer with a digger on board) and good feel at open road speeds. Pricing is unchanged for two-wheel drive models despite $3000 in extra kit; four-wheel drives have increased by $1000. The entry level 2WD single cab/chassis is $39,990, through to $64,990 for the Z71 4x4. Five of the 10 top-selling vehicles year to date are light commercial utes, and Colorado is Holden’s top selling vehicle. Whether buyers are tradies or lifestylers, they’re ditching their vans, sedan and wagons and opting for one do-it-all vehicle. They expect these trucks to do everything well: a daily commute in traffic; tow a trailer; haul a tray full of building materials; take the family on a weekend getaway; and head off-road to a ski field or a building site. The Colorado press launch’s city driving, towing up the Port Hills and clawing up a mountain showed that it’s well up to the task, and that it does it in style.



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