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elcome to Design & Build South East, an annual publication which covers subdivision development, lifestyle opportunities, building expansion, renovations and general growth throughout southeastern parts of Auckland. Designed to give newcomers to the region, and anyone interested in settling within the wider area, a picture of its varied communities, Design & Build is an informative and instant guide to the district as it is developing for the future. For anyone thinking of buying or selling locally, the publication covers opportunities ranging from urban living to coastal subdivisions and even semirural locations. It looks at housing initiatives in areas as diverse as Maraetai/Beachlands to the east, fast-developing Ormiston and burgeoning growth around Alfriston and Takanini. Coastal developments, small lifestyle blocks, new terraced estates and even suburban apartments, are all in the mix with dedicated green spaces attracting young families especially as they




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have access to excellent sports and leisure facilities, schools and amenities. Infrastructure, industry, housing and various services are covered as more and more people turn their eyes east and south for a fresh start in life. An added attraction for many in these areas is easy access to the motorway where improvements are either being made or are in the pipeline. Of course, Design & Build covers far more than new housing opportunities. There is plenty of information for renovators, and new residents moving into existing homes. There is a wealth of information and ideas for indoors and out plus some sound advice on issues such as fencing laws, subdividing and legal matters. 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 South East showcases Auckland’s popular south-eastern quarter and the exciting future it can offer residents.

editor: Helen Perry sales: Joan Cameron Jackie Underhill Kate Ockelford-Green Maria Potter art Director: Clare McGillivray

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Home is where you build it

n this hilly city we call Auckland, we can’t expect every section to be ‘on the level’. However, when it comes to building homes to suit all sorts of sections, Bret Robinson from Fowler Homes Auckland South has been on the level for more than three decades. “While we do have some tried and true designs, we don’t often use these because sections come in all shapes and sizes,” he says. “We’ve had clients come to us after other builders have turned them away because their projects are too complicated or won’t accommodate unconventional designs. We have a proven track record of undertaking these more complex builds.” After his apprenticeship with Fletcher Construction, Bret (along with his wife, Leanne) ran their own successful building renovation company. However, approximately 10 years ago, the hands-on Howick local joined Fowler Homes. “By working with Fowlers we have strong buying power and the backing of a national brand,” Bret explains. “Just as importantly, they welcome our personal and individualised approach to service. With us, clients will deal with me

personally throughout their project.” While Fowler Homes doesn’t provide home and land packages, Bret’s happy to offer advice regarding where customers’ new home dreams could begin. “Even if customers are still looking at sites, we’re happy to go along and provide expert advice from a builder’s point of view about what kind of home would best suit the section,” says Bret. “During so many years in this business we’ve developed a widespread network of contacts, so

we can point clients in the right direction when it comes to locating a section too.” While new builds may be Bret’s stock-in-trade, he says Auckland’s Unitary Plan has made many more Auckland properties ripe for subdivision. “Homeowners could be sitting on a goldmine without even realising. Subdividing can be quite a lengthy process, but we have plenty of experience. From surveying and consents to design and construction, we’ll lead you through the process every step of the way.”

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Scottish legacy lives T he McLennan name has been part of Papakura’s history since the mid-19th century, when three farming brothers, Donald, Ewan and Duncan, arrived here from Scotland. Over their 100 year tenure, the McLennan family contributed significantly to the growth of the area before their landholding was acquired by the NZ Defence Force on the eve of World War II and became Papakura Military Camp. Now it is the site of a new communityfocused development bearing their name being built between the open spaces and recreational parks of Papakura and Takanini. The 24-hectare estate borders Bruce Pullman Park to the north, McLennan Park to the south, the Defence Force facility to the east and existing houses to the west. Meeting the demand for quality, affordable housing in Auckland’s thriving south east, McLennan will feature over 600 architecturallydesigned homes, expertly master planned to create

a thriving neighbourhood. Twelve hectares of land has been set aside for the eventual construction of a new high school. To create more opportunities for first home buyers in the Auckland market, the development will also include 90 affordable homes, available to purchasers who qualify under the government’s HomeStart grant. The infrastructure and master plan for McLennan has been provided by Housing New Zealand, with the support of Development Advisory Services and Studio Pacific Architecture. The sustainable, community-driven master plan is strengthened by a number of covenants designed to ensure quality and consistency across the site, as well as preventing land banking and speculation. One such covenant is the requirement for the new homes to be owner-occupied rather than bought for investment purposes. With homes being developed in stages over several years by selected build partners, purchasers

Diverse housing throughout the McLennan Estate

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on in development can buy directly from their preferred builder, in a specific part of the development or at a particular time. The initial sale and purchase agreement stipulates that the purchaser must live in their home for at least a year. Variations in home size, design, type, materials and colours will not only cater for a wide mix of family sizes and budgets, but create an architecturally appealing environment. Combining sustainable, energy-efficient design with a focus on neighbourhood interaction,

McLennan is a modern development, but one built on trusted, age-old values. Homes will be built around beautifully landscaped laneways designed to reduce traffic flow and make stepping outside the front door safer, quieter and friendlier. The addition of ‘pocket’ parks will not only provide access to green space and safe play areas for kids, but also enhance the walkways that connect the wider neighbourhood. McLennan features a range of homes designed

to encourage diversity in home ownership and underpin safe, thriving communities. Sizes range from two to five bedroom homes, available in duplex, stand-alone, single or double storey designs. All homes at McLennan will feature either north or north-west facing outdoor spaces to make the most of natural light and heat and will share the same attention to detail and quality, including double glazed windows and full insulation to enhance energy efficiency.

New schools to meet need Without doubt the South East is popular with young families and to cope with the influx of school age children new schools have recently opened or are in the pipeline. The residential growth in Flat Bush is expected to reach a population of 40,000 by 2021 and the Government is opening or planning new schools to cope with the demand. Flat Bush, Ormiston Town and Takanini have seen new facilities open in the past year driven by projections that the school-age population is expected to grow by 4000 by 2020. Ormiston Junior College opened its doors to 171 foundation learners at the start of 2017 along with Holy Trinity School, an integrated Catholic primary school in Airfield Road, Takanini. Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School caters for primary aged students from Years 1 to 8 and serves the need of Catholic families who are moving into this growing community. The school falls within the boundaries of the St Mary’s Papakura and St Anne’s, Manurewa, parishes. Kauri Flats School on the site of 181-191 Walters Road, Takanini, is expected to be open before the end of 2017. The school is being built to cater for the overcrowding faced by many of the local primary schools in the Takanini/ Papakura area.

Kauri Flats School

A temporary school, which housed the students on site during building, is being re-purposed as an early childhood centre/ kindergarten. A large new primary school and early education centre is to be built on 3.2511 hectares of former rural land located on the corner of Flat Bush School Road and Murphys Road. Flat Bush South East School will be built to accommodate students in years one to six in the rapidly growing suburb. The school is expected to open in 2019 and will initially provide learning for up to 560 students from Years 1-6. There will be provision to accommodate up to 700 students from Years 0-8 at a later stage, allowing for an ECE with up to 50 students, along

with an inclusive teaching staff of 42. The school will be built as part of a publicprivate partnership (PPP), meaning a private sector entity designs, builds, partially finances and maintains the property over a long-term contract of 25 years. The provision of education remains the responsibility of the school’s principal and board of trustees, but they will not have to worry about maintaining the property, as that will be the responsibility of the private partner. Neighbouring the new education hub will be the historic site of the Old Flat Bush School Hall on Murphys Road. It will be the first time a school has been built in the former rural area since the closure of the Flat Bush School in 1929. Design and Build South East — 2017-2018 — 7


Living life in south east Auckland

ife in what is loosely referred to as south east Auckland offers a host of different options from trendy terrace housing through to lifestyle blocks with sprawling country homes. As the greater area, especially new subdivisions to the south, continue to grow, there is a sense of housing hope in an era which has seen Auckland property prices escalate over the past few years. Just when first home buyers thought purchasing a home would be nigh impossible, new estates, most of which include an element of affordable housing – properties ranging from $578,000 to around $630,000 – are within reach of many young professionals and those with access to government and Kiwisaver initiatives. While some areas are firmly earmarked for more substantial purses, new suburbs such as McClennan in Takanini, are not only putting families into new builds but they have been well planned to include reserves and parks with new shopping centres and schools in the mix. While rents also rose on the back of increased property prices, the overall property market


eased in the second quarter of 2017 and in some areas, such as Papakura, there were renewed opportunities to buy or rent. Those keen to take on a project also discovered there were properties to be had in the lower price brackets. In general, south east Auckland appeals to a wide cross section of people. With a large portion of the area bordered by the sea, beach-loving residents have plenty of choices and although the suburban sprawl continues, there are still housing

opportunities in more rural parts. A number of commercial and industrial zones support the wider south east region with workshops, factories, warehouse and commercial business parks offering employment. Access to Auckland Airport, via good motorway links, is an added attraction and the Southern Motorway also provides direct access to Auckland’s CBD. Upgraded rail links and public transport, shopping facilities, educational facilities, and central freight hubs provide residents with lifestyle, income and, in many parts, affordability. A unique blend of urban, rural and coastal, south east Auckland is home to a diverse range of ethnicities, backgrounds and demographics. Whether one opts for the eastern quarter or heads further to the south, this region offers many advantages and lacks for very little. Schools, libraries, health amenities (including hospitals) and recreational facilities abound. What’s more, with more land being allocated for housing, plus a start on infrastructure improvement e.g. transport, the future augers well for south east Auckland.

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To the manor born Rural living without gumboots


f you yearn to live in the peace and quiet of the countryside but don’t have the time or energy for the work that is part and parcel of the rural idyll, an exclusive subdivision in the eastern suburbs could be right up your street. Whitford Manor Estate has been described as unlike any other in the country. It has been developed to create a pleasing environment in which people can enjoy the feel of country living, without the traditional difficulties involved with lifestyle blocks and the associated ongoing maintenance. Further, to create a genuine ‘rural oasis’ within minutes of all urban amenities, this subdivision offers a whole range of firsts for New Zealand. It is a visionary ‘urban meets rural’

concept that has been more than 20 years in the making. The mixed model housing incorporates terraced houses, stand-alone sections, and luxury apartments – the look and feel of which has been specifically designed to reflect both the historic and rural nature of the location. Spread around a central village green offering communal facilities, the entire estate has been designed to be predominantly self-sufficient. Its seclusion, yet proximity to Howick, Botany, Flat Bush, Highbrook, Pine Harbour and Maraetai, and with motorway access within minutes, all contribute to making this location highly sought after.

Plan change 27 (Manukau) was specifically introduced for the sole benefit of the subdivision. Incorporating low impact design principles – based around urban design excellence, the master plan has been created by Alistair Ray, a Master of Urban Design of Jasmax. Some of Whitford Manor Estate’s special features will include independent water catchment with backup, automatic, on-site refill and an independent wastewater treatment plant. Professionally designed landscaping incorporating boardwalks, ponds, mature trees and abundant native species are all intended to add to the ambience of this already impressive environment.

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G.J.’s tops the ladder


t G.J. Gardner Homes we would love the opportunity to build your new home and make your building experience memorable. Our service promise is based on providing exceptional value, genuine commitment, and building quality homes that stand the test of time. It’s proven to be a successful formula – happy customers have helped us become New Zealand’s most successful home builders. To back this up we have a vision which is to have every customer recommend us to their closest friend. In fact, word of mouth is the way that most new customers hear about us. We are very proud that more New Zealanders trust us to build their home than any other builder and this drives our actions every day. Our homes are acknowledged for their innovative design concepts and our designers have consistently been at the forefront of developing living concepts that cater for modern lifestyles and New Zealand’s unique environment. The great thing about the G.J. Gardner Homes’ range of plans is that they can be simply adapted and modified without great expense. Many of the homes we have built are based on these plans. In addition to these, we can also design a home from scratch.

Just bring us your ideas, sketches or magazine cut outs and we’ll work with you to come up with the perfect solution. In addition, if there is a particular designer you would like us to use, we’re happy to work with them as well. G.J. Gardner Homes is a network of familyowned businesses which means you enjoy the advantages of dealing with local people in your community, backed by the resources and strong buying power of a large, national group. To take the worry out of building, your local G.J. Gardner franchise provides a fixed contract price, a pre-agreed construction time and a fully comprehensive specifications schedule so there are no hidden extras or surprises. For added peace of mind, all franchisees carry comprehensive insurances – we leave nothing to chance. To make the process even easier, pick up a copy of our ‘Home Prep’ booklet, it’s packed full of independent advice and tips on the entire building process, so you get the home you’ve always wanted without regrets. So visit to order this and many more brochures that can help you on this amazing journey. If you need further help, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly on 0800 42 45 46 today.


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Shedding light on transport problem Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has welcomed government and council agreement on the need for light rail from the airport to the city. The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport have agreed to a transition from bus to light rail between the airport and city based on the recent Advanced Bus Solution study. “With nearly 18 million passenger arrivals a year at Auckland Airport, a mass transit alternative to growing gridlock is critical. The growth in employment in the airport precinct, adding further pressure on the roads, also makes a public transport option important,” Mr Goff says. “This report recognises the problem of ever increasing congestion on the route between the airport and the city, the two fastest growing employment areas in Auckland. “We need immediately to protect routes for the bus rapid transit/light rail option including from the airport to Manukau and Botany. Future proofing our city is vital. “It is great that there is now agreement on the need for light rail between the airport and the city. Work should begin on identifying triggers for making the transition. There are, however, big issues still to resolve. “Bus lanes are consistent with later conversion to a light rail service. However if light rail is needed within just a few years, there is a question as to why we shouldn’t just move immediately to that solution. Secondly, bringing forward a mass transit route to the airport adds urgency to the need to find new revenue streams to fund it.”

Artist’s impression of the new Panmure to Pakuranga bus lane.

Bus lane project trundling on W ork on New Zealand’s first urban busway which will see bus travel on congestion-free lanes between Panmure and Pakuranga every five to 10 minutes is progressing but not fast enough for frustrated commuters. Stage 1 of AMETI was completed in November 2014 and included upgrading the Panmure train station and the construction of Te Horeta Road. However, Stage 2a isn’t due to start for another five years, and Howick Local Board is pushing for the acceleration of AMETI to improve safety for cyclists, linkages to the public transport network and provision of separate bus lanes. Chairman David Collings says it’s great the project is happening, but the sooner the better. AMETI has a total project value of well in excess of $2 billion and is the second biggest transport project in Auckland after the City Rail Link, but isn’t scheduled to be completed until 2026. The AMETI Eastern Busway project is aimed at improving transport choices and better connecting residents of east Auckland to the rest of the city. “The project will mean quicker, more frequent and reliable buses on lanes separate to general traffic, making public transport more attractive and improving the quality of service,” says Project Director Duncan Humphrey. “It will also see major improvements for both cyclists and pedestrians giving them safer, more direct connections. Safeguarding the route through the Notice of Requirement will provide certainty to both existing and future property owners.”

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Mr Humphrey encourages people to make submissions to Auckland Council on the project. Auckland Transport’s application has taken on board feedback from previous consultations. Some of these include: ■■ Changes to the design of the Panmure intersection. ■■ Adding in a U-turn facility on Queens Road in Panmure. ■■ Moving the proposed new Panmure Bridge 5m north to future proof the upgrade of the existing road bridge. ■■ Widening Williams Avenue in Pakuranga to allow parking on both sides and two lanes of traffic. ■■ Improvements to property access along the route. Some of the project features include replacing the Panmure roundabout with an intersection with traffic lights, bus priority and more direct pedestrian crossings; footpaths and cycle lanes separate to traffic and creating shorter and safer walking routes around Panmure Station and town centre. Knock on benefits of the AMETI scheme have seen improvements to water quality through increased stormwater treatment and improved access to and recognition of the nationally significant Mokoia Pa and the historic 150-year old remains of the Panmure Swing Bridge. Later stages of AMETI will see the construction of the Pakuranga bus station, the construction of Reeves Road Flyover and extending the busway to Botany Town Centre.

An architecture of happiness


Peter Diprose of PDA Architects and Landscape

rchitecture and gardens enrich our lives physically and emotionally. Moreover, living or working in a well-designed environment can change the way we think and feel. Architecture inspires us, uplifts us, and can promote its occupants well-being and health. Peter Diprose, architect, divides his time between designing high quality, modern houses and traditional homes, seeking to create an architecture of happiness. One of his recent modern homes and landscapes (see cover) has been designed to embrace the sun and rural outlook with its expansive windows, multiple decks, balconies and bay windows. The brief required panoramic views with interior spaces sunlit from multiple angles. This, combined with a restrictive building platform gave rise to a Y-shaped two-storey home, visually anchored to the site with curved serpentine walls extending on either side. A photovoltaic array assists powering the house, including its domestic hot water heat pump which also supplies underfloor heating and radiators. Extra insulation, concrete floors and northern orientation assist the overall passive solar outcome and comfort.

The exterior has been articulated with a palette of materials including vertical cedar, lightweight concrete, and hook and seam metal. The interior includes natural oiled floors, ceramic tiles and environmental paints. “We tailor all of our unique designs to meet the clients aspirations”.

In this case we composed a theatrical effect incorporating an elliptical spiral staircase with LED handrail to create dramatic delight. Contact Peter Diprose of PDA Architects and Landscape and we will seek to create a better living environment for you and your family. Phone 530-9065,

Design and build hub


orget foraging all over town for home building advice; Jalcon’s new Design and Build Hub in Newmarket makes creating a beautiful new home an easy path to tread. A leading designer and builder of awardwinning homes, Jalcon has brought displays and project examples together in one central Auckland location, the new initiative targeting the city’s growing urban population. It’s a place where questions relating to building unique, architecturally designed homes can be answered, promoting clarity and confidence in the design and build process. Jalcon has also identified critical stages in a project’s journey from concept drawings to completed building and have assembled a panel of experts to speak on the subjects. They will share their valuable experience and insights at the Hub Talks Information Series – free, practical information sharing sessions where budding home owners can learn about all aspects of design and building a new home from the experts in their field. People can register online for a particular Hub Talk, see or at the Hub itself. CEO of Jalcon Homes, Bruce McKinnon, says the talks are essential for anyone considering designing and building a new home. “Key themes include obtaining council permits,

estimating and controlling costs, concept, design and construction, Auckland housing market perspectives from prominent guest speakers and more,” Mr McKinnon says. “We believe Aucklanders should have a complete understanding of the design and build process right from the get go, so they are aware of questions that need to be asked at every stage in order to build their dream home.” People also have the option to book a oneto-one consultation with an expert to discuss a

specific project. This can be done via the website, or at the Hub itself. Consultations aim to provide people with a practical roadmap of ‘where to next’ and valuable insights to help get their plans underway. Situated in Teed Street, with the main entrance on Gillies Avenue, the Design and Build Hub is now open from 10am six days a week (closed Monday) and is staffed by design and build professionals who can offer expert advice. See Design and Build South East — 2017-2018 — 13

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here are plenty of building companies out there and most will promise to build you a fantastic home. They may even make it sound as easy as pie. At Riva Homes, we believe that we build on trust and we know that your trust is something we have to earn. So we don’t make extravagant promises or exaggerated claims. We’re a straightforward, honest, down-toearth building company which lives by our Kiwi values of trust, honesty, and fairness. Because we’re a family business, we know how important family is and how your home needs to reflect that. We also know how stressful building a home can be – all those decisions, and worries about budgets and overruns. We know because we’ve been there ourselves; we’ve either built or are in the process of building our own places, so we get it. That’s why we try to make sure everything we do is about you, our customer. It’s not about us wowing you and impressing you by puffing ourselves up. At Riva Homes, we’re straight up. We want to be helpful to you. With this in mind, we’ve written a series of informative blogs with useful tips and pointers for anyone considering, or embarking on, a home build project. The information is free, with no obligation at all. Our thinking is; if we treat people well and give them positive advice, they’ll end up with a better home. And what goes around comes around. View our blogs at; we hope they’re useful. All the best with your building project and please get in touch if we can help on 0800 748 246.

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Quality non-negotiable!

ith more than 35 years building experience in new builds and renovations, Faulkner Construction Ltd is a professional residential building company based in Howick and is highly experienced in renovating and building new homes. Employing its own carpenters, teams are made up of a mixture of tradesmen with extensive experience and several keen apprentices. All site foreman are Licensed Building Practitioners.

Master Builders’ Awards

With a number of national and gold awards from the Master Builder House of the Year Awards under its belt, the team is going for gold again in August. One Faulkner home has just won an Auckland Architecture Award in the recent regional awards. Ross Faulkner – managing director – is currently president of the Auckland Registered Master Builders’ Association. A keen believer in helping young people into a career, he is also on the National Advisory Panel for the BCITO, and involved with the annual Apprentice of the Year competition. He believes it is important that the business, as well the industry, gives apprentices the opportunity to attain a great trade.

Ross enjoys the more complex, technically challenging architectural projects and has consequently built a strong reputation in this arena. It’s not just the physical challenge of the build that he enjoys, it’s the whole experience. Ross says getting to know people, listening to what they want and don’t want, understanding


their style of living, and how the family will live out their lives in that home provides great satisfaction in taking clients’ dream homes from paper to reality. He has a very critical eye for quality and will not accept anything that compromises a quality finish. Quality is non-negotiable.


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Cheers for new Pakuranga housing T hirty new terraced residences are to be created on what was formerly the site of the White Horse Tavern in Pakuranga. The East Link development is ”an elegant boutique development” featuring 30 elevated terrace homes in the heart of Pakuranga on the corner of Ti Rakau Drive and Reeves Road. The three-storey, mixed-use development will have a selection of upmarket food and beverage outlets plus convenience retail on the ground floor, with two-storey terraced residences above. The living spaces at East Link are expected to be bigger than many apartments in the inner city and are said to be suitable for families, singles, investors, first-home buyers and retirees or others looking to downsize. The two-level houses reflect modern living with efficient design, quality fixtures and fittings and New Zealand branded appliances. They feature three bedrooms with ensuites, open plan living, ample storage and spacious entertaining decks. Each terrace home will have one dedicated, secure covered carpark and there is a limited number of additional car parks for residents to buy at $30,000 each. All residences will be fitted with heat pumps and double-glazed with windows and doors providing both thermal and acoustic insulation. Decks will be laid with tiles and feature glass balustrades. The development is scheduled to be completed in late 2017. Tenancies to occupy the street-level retail and hospitality sites are expected to open concurrently with the handing over of the apartment keys to their new owners. The project is being undertaken by East Link Limited – a subsidiary of privately-owned New Zealand company Synergy Property Group.

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Residences will come with a 10-year guarantee. A body corporate is being established for the entire development.

The new complex is part of major changes forecast for the area. Prices start from $769,000. (Correct at time of going to press)

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Grand plans for the development of Pakuranga Plaza which includes 900 new apartments are still on the drawing board. Owners GYP Properties, a subsidiary of Singapore-based Global Yellow Pages, bought the mall in 2014 for $96 million and is set to spend more than half a billion dollars on the proposed development. Its vision is for the Plaza to become a hub of apartments, retail and entertainment with the aim of creating a new town centre rather than just a shopping centre. But with a completion date scheduled for 2030, nobody seems to be in a rush to make

a start on the development. A joint venture with Auckland Council as part of the Pakuranga Town Centre Masterplan, most of the Plaza’s parking is on council land. A spokesperson for GYP Properties said “planning for Pakuranga Plaza development is still underway”. Eventually the site will include 900 dwellings with a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with an average size of 100 square metres. It will also be home to a 10-storey hotel building, along with 10,000sqm of office space, 60,000sqm of retail and a conference facility.

Design, build, enjoy


eople say building a new home is stressful...but at Sentinel Homes our customers tell us that our end-to-end project management, up front pricing, and clear communication makes it the exciting, enjoyable process it should be. What’s important is that we’ll listen to your ideas and your families needs, then help design a home that fits just right. Sentinel Homes is an innovative homebuilding company designing affordable and premium mid-end homes. We are a consistent winner at New Zealand’s House of the Year awards and one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing housing companies. With more than 35 years of industry experience, local managing director, Barney Culloty credits the company’s success to its

outstanding customer service and dedication to quality workmanship. “Just as these values form the cornerstone of the Sentinel Homes brand, equally important is that we act with the utmost of professionalism, respect and integrity.” In addition to building great family homes, we also offer: ■■ Sub Divisional Services – As experienced and highly trained New Zealand home builders, Sentinel Homes can provide all the expert advice needed on subdividing and land development. We understand all the pitfalls that can cost time, money and even result in non-approval. Talk to us if you have a section to subdivide. ■■ Dual Occupancy Homes – Building a home to serve two families can be a great option; it can even create an income to help pay the mortgage

■■ Green Living – The team at Sentinel Homes is committed to creating new house designs that promote green living. This means that when we build a new house we aim to construct something that is environmentally responsible and resourceefficient. ■■ Graceful Living – Sentinel Homes recognises the social and personal needs of a mature generation. Our new house designs ensure that the healthcare and lifestyle requirements of every generation are catered for. Because we are a design and build company, we can handle the whole process for you, from initial designs, through to council consents, then construction. You deal with one company from start to finish. It couldn’t be easier! We’d love to hear from you so please give us a call on 09 533 8551.



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FOR THE HOME YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED.... At Jennian Homes CBD and East Auckland, we work alongside you to create your ideal way of living based simply on what you want. Your new home can be whatever you want it to be; a proven plan that’s tried and true, or a completely unique design created to complement your personality and lifestyle. Often, it will be something in between the two. That’s when a little inspiration can help. We have a great range of home designs. Use one as the starting point for your own creation, or combine elements from several to form the home that’s perfect for you and your family. By combining your personality with our expertise, we will craft a living a space that reflects your individual needs and personality that is custom designed for you and your family. You’ll know what your home will cost to build upfront, before construction begins. Our industry-leading building contracts, supported by the Registered Master Builders Association of New Zealand, match your staged payments to the actual progress of your new home. With Jennian Homes you know exactly what you’re paying for. We’re New Zealand’s most awarded builder in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards, and we complete all of our homes to the same award winning standards of design, quality and workmanship. Our superior buying power and industry relationships make a Jennian home exceptional value for money. We deal with trusted New Zealand based suppliers and recognised brands, so you can be sure everything in your home will be of the highest quality. We have lots of great house and land packages available throughout Auckland. Contact us today to see how we can help you get the home you’ve always wanted.

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Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow If it’s true that things are said to get worse before they get better then commuters have plenty to look forward to.


he seemingly incessant roadworks on SH1, which have further exacerbated appallingly lengthy commute times, are showing their worth. By mid 2017, the additional southbound lane between Hill Road and the Pahurehure inlet had begun to make a real difference with motorists achieving up to 60kph (sometimes more) on this stretch. The extra lane is intended to help manage any additional traffic coming from SH20 and further west as a result of the new SH16-SH20 connection.

New Takanini on-ramp Helping to relieve the bottle-neck at one of SH1’s busiest sections is a new northbound-on ramp at Takanini. Due to land constraints, the design of the on-ramp has changed from a diamond design to a loop design which will cope with a larger amount of traffic. In a similar location to the original on-ramp, the new structure consists of two lanes up to the bridge over the railway before it morphs into three lanes to provide a freight priority lane to bypass ramp metering signals. At about 900 metres long before it joins the motorway, the new on-ramp will improve safety, reduce queuing and make it easier to merge onto the motorway. Its positive efforts were already being felt by mid 2017 and as work continues, benefits are expected to be even greater.

Orams Road bridge Work to rebuild Orams Road Bridge began in June 2017 and it new construction will accommodate widening of the motorway below which receives an additional fourth lane. Completion date for the bridge rebuild was expected to be October 2017.

Pahurehure Bridge widening

A new bridge to replace Pahurehure Bridge will increase it from two lanes in each direction to three lanes, with wider shoulders. It is the northernmost bridge at the Pahurehure inlet and its location in a sensitive coastal marine environment has been a major consideration in the new design. Instead of widening the existing structure by clipping new lanes on either side, a new, more resilient and safer bridge will be built. The project team has worked with local iwi to complete the design. The motorway will continue to operate as usual when construction begins in mid-2017. 20 — Design and Build South East — 2017-2018

Work underway on the new Orams Road bridge.

bridges makes roads work Lane sailing could soon be ahead for Aucklanders commuting south thanks to new lanes coming on line on the notoriously busy Southern Motorway. The first sections of widened motorway – between Hill Road and the Takanini interchange, and between the Takanini southbound on-ramp to the Pahurehure Inlet – were opened in early 2017. At the time, Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, said the upgrades would help ease bottlenecks and improve journeys for thousands of motorists. “It’s great to see the sections of extra southbound lanes now open in preparation for the opening of the Waterview Connection to ensure there’s enough capacity for additional traffic joining State Highway 1 from State Highway 20,” he said. “The Southern Corridor connects Auckland and Northland to the rest of the country. The improvements will improve safety and journey reliability in the short term while supporting the rapid population growth in the south of the

region in the next thirty years.” The $268 million project – one of the Government’s accelerated transport projects for the Auckland region – is expected to be completed in 2019.

Total service the Totalbuild way


rom the smallest renovation to top of the line, architecturally-designed contemporary homes, Grant Mackay, owner of Totalbuild Ltd, has claimed many a Registered Master Builders House of the Year award. So, what’s the secret of his success? Grant says it all comes down to a keen eye for detail and consistency of workmanship. “It’s no secret really. In fact all of our clients have discovered what makes us so good at what we do. Regardless of the build, we take the same high level of care and attention backed by honest, reliable service. “Beyond this, we use products from reputable suppliers to ensure our homes not only look good but will withstand the test of time and endure the harshest of environmental conditions.” Covering an area from North Waikato to the city fringe, Totalbuild Ltd can work with any architect or recommend one most suited to your project. From concept design, preliminary budgets, working drawings, engineering, surveying, building and resource consents, right through to managing construction projects, we provide a complete service.” “We can custom design a project specific to your needs or we’ll help you select a plan from our range of innovative designs best suited to your building site.” While drawing on more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, Grant confirms he is committed to staying up to date with new technology with regards to both products and methods. Because budgeting for any project is just as important as the building itself, Totalbuild once again lives up to its name keeping clients up to date at every stage. “By using an online client access, clients can keep track of their budgets and make smarter

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selections along the way. It all adds up to a smoother building process,” Grant says. “And, it’s important to note that, with us, there are no hidden charges; a price from us will be complete and up front so you can have confidence in our team from start to finish.” To see how Totalbuild Ltd can assist with renovations or new builds visit our new look website,

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tell me something i DiDn’t know! Auckland commuters can groan in agreement with a report that reveals the city has the worst travel times and reliability in Australia and New Zealand. This is despite having the fastest road in the two countries combined. Austroads Congestion and Reliability Review measured the levels of congestion and traffic across major cities in Australia and New Zealand and released their findings in a report. The cities were categorised into groups of similar population size. Auckland was in group 2 alongside Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide. In its group, Auckland performed worst across “most measures”. These included the highest travel time delay, morning and afternoon peak reliability. This translates to an average speed of 77.6km/hr. The other cities were between 82km/hr to 86km/hr. American cities of a comparative size went up to 104km/ hr. The slowest roads were St Lukes Rd, Wairau Rd and Lake Rd. While the fastest were the Northern Gateway Toll Rd (which topped the Australasian list with an average speed of 98.8km/hr), Upper Harbour Motorway and SH16. Auckland had the highest travel time delay out of all the group 2 cities, including international cities, Indianapolis, Ottawa, Las Vegas and Hamburg. It also had low reliability and road users had to budget 45 per cent additional travel time in order to arrive on time nine times out of 10 in the afternoon. Its topography took most of the blame. The report explained that Auckland’s harbours and waterways imposed constraints on the transport system. This meant the main transport links were confined to narrow corridors since the city is located on a peninsula and surrounded by water it has limited room for expansion. The report went on to say that Auckland’s congestion was also influenced by the high number of work-related commuter trips into the city centre and fewer public transport options compared with other cities. It also said ‘plentiful low-cost parking’ in Auckland encouraged commuters to drive.

New walkway proposed


lans to expand the network of walkways along the Tamaki Estuary through to Highbrook is likely to include a section from Ti Rakau Dr Bridge, Pakuranga which will wind its way through to Trugwood Dr near Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki. The idea is in line with the Healthy Howick initiative which was kick-started last year. Garry Boles, who leads the Howick Local Board’s parks and sports work programme has said that concentrated traffic congestion in that area often has motorists sitting in queues for hours. “The plan is to encourage people living in the area to walk or cycle to work using the walkway,” he says. “This cuts out the back roads and offers a scenic view. We also want people to be aware of

National MP for Botany Jami-Lee Ross and newly-elected National MP for Pakuranga Simeon Brown attended the Photo supplied opening ceremony on April 7.

New pier boon for ferry commuters Some 12 months after resource consent was given for a new pier and ferry terminal at Half Moon Bay, the completed project was officially opened in April 2017. The $5.9 million fully-sheltered, pier replaced Half Moon Bay’s former dock, providing a modern and safe ferry experience for commuters. Auckland mayor Phil Goff said at the time of opening that the new pier was an important link in Auckland’s transport system – “one that will take people off our congested roads.” Howick Local Board contributed $2.5 million from its transport capital fund for the project

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our coast line. We are going to tidy it up and make it look better.” The walkway will be part of a Greenways plan being developed by the local board, which will see the whole area interconnected. The proposed walkway will link to various esplanade reserves along the way and also allow access to the recently completed Burswood Walkway. The design of the project is expected to be included in the work programme for the 2017/18 year. “We have conducted a survey on how many people use walkways and the percentage is very high,” says Mr Boles who adds there are 277 parks in the Howick Ward area which includes Howick, Pakuranga and Botany.

seeing it as an important addition to local infrastructure. During the previous five years, patronage of the Half Moon Bay ferry pier had increased by more than 50 per cent. To manage the growing demand, Auckland Transport added four more ferry services to Half Moon Bay in October 2016. Now the new pier is playing a pivotal role in improving connections for commuters travelling between east Auckland and the CBD. A new bus stop and bus turnaround area were scheduled to be built near the new pier later in 2017.

Events feast From front rooms to back yards, our homes and gardens reflect who we are and how we live. Living in a country which allows plenty of scope for creativity – whether building, designing or renovating a home, or developing a garden – we are quite spoilt when it comes to events which are made to measure. Design & Build has compiled just a short list of some of the best of these events close to home or further afield. design to backyard tips and international trends, this show is set to offer living proof that Auckland is a city on the grow! More information available at

2017 ■■ Auckland Home Show September 6-10, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane When it comes to discovering how folk in the big smoke live, this show is a ‘must-go’! As the SuperCity nails down its housing shortage, all sorts of homes – from trendy city pads, to sprawling rural homes – are springing up throughout. Featuring more than 500 exhibitors, this event is designed to provide everything regarding building, designing and renovating all under one (massive!) roof. See for details.

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■■ Waikato Home & Garden Show October 5-8, Claudelands Arena, Brooklyn Road, Hamilton Can we fix it, or can you dig it? If so, head down to Hamilton this month for four days devoted to the home, indoors and out. From DIY ideas to products and services for building, decorating and landscaping, this show offers plenty. For additional information, see ■■ Auckland Better Home & Living Show

October 27-29, North Shore Events Centre, Silverfield Place, Glenfield Building boxes is the easy bit. But how do we adapt our homes to ensure they suit us and our lifestyle down to the ground? This is where The Better Home & Living Show comes in, providing everything from expert advice to the latest products and techniques designed to enhance our homes and make life work for us just a little better. Visit ■■ Great Barrier Island Garden Tour

November 25, Aotea Health, Hector Sanderson Road, Claris, Great Barrier Island Don’t let the Hauraki Gulf stop you from visiting some of the most splendid gardens greater Auckland has to offer. From charming cottage gardens to native coastal backyards, this tour is sure to serve up plenty of inspiration for the home patch. See

2018 Heroic Gardens Festival Uxbridge Garden Safari ■■ Uxbridge Garden Safari November 5, from Uxbridge Arts Centre, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick How does your garden grow? Well, unless you’re as green-fingered as locals set to show off their splendid gardens during this year’s Uxbridge Garden Safari, maybe it’s time to harvest a few tips! After its successful return last year, this iconic event again expects to yield plenty of ripe ideas for gardening enthusiasts. For more information, see ■■ Waiheke Island Garden Safari November 11-12, locations vary Since 2001, green-fingered gardeners and hamfisted homeowners alike have headed out on safari to reap design ideas on Waiheke Island. A great event for anyone looking to design and develop outdoor spaces, the safari is also the perfect excuse to take a break on the island... all in the name of ‘research’, of course! More information via ■■ Auckland Garden DesignFest November 25-26, locations vary Over two days, the Garden Design Society and Rotary Newmarket will take visitors on a tour down rarely trod garden paths to reveal the handiwork of some of the finest landscape designers New Zealand has to offer. Proceeds from this event are set to benefit charities including Ronald McDonald House and Garden to Table. For details (including a sneak peek at gardens on show) visit ■■ NZ Flower & Garden Show November 29 – December 3, The Trusts Arena, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson Everything’s coming up roses – or daisies, daffodils, pansies, primulas, etcetera – as the NZ Flower & Garden Show bursts into bloom. It’s been a long wait since 2008 (when the Ellerslie International Flower Show moved to Christchurch, the garden city) but now flower power is back in Auckland once again. From florals to edibles, landscape

■■ Heroic Gardens Festival February 9-11, locations Auckland wide Putting on any home or garden show or tour can often require a herculean effort. Fortunately, for many years Auckland has benefited from the good work of some heroic individuals. Originally designed to showcase the creativity and flair on display in gay and lesbian-owned gardens, this festival has now grown to include properties of people from all lifestyles. See ■■ Franklin Home & Lifestyle Expo April 7-8, PIA Events Centre, Pukekohe Quite frankly, if you’re only going to attend one home & lifestyle expo in 2018, this has to be the one! While some of the bigger events are definitely well worth a look, when it comes to a friendly fest’, Franklin really does lay out the welcome mat. At the heart of one of the fastest growing areas of Auckland, this event showcases the best from the big boys, but also from locals who know this delightful region best. Details via

Franklin Home & Lifestyle Expo

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“Building for us is continually evolving and that is one of the true pleasures about what we do – developing and refining visionary new design details for high performance and low maintenance homes, sourcing tried and trusted materials, and incorporating the ever important sustainable design principles which is part of our design and build philosophy .”

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or most of us, undertaking a new build or major renovation can be as daunting as it is exciting. Liaising with architects or designers, navigating the council regulations and processes and then finding a reliable, cost-effective quality builder to actually fill the job is a real challenge for anyone without a good deal of experience. However, Lite-House takes care of all those stresses by managing the entire project. “It’s our job to take the worries away and make the journey as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible. That’s the advantage of having a personalised service with one point of contact from concept to completed construction,” says business owner Bryce Ardern. Equipped with decades of experience in the building industry, Bryce credits his career evolution, from quantity surveyor and construction manager to architectural designer and master builder, with giving him the experience to turn design dreams into reality. He has also enjoyed the privilege of visiting more than his fair share of top quality build projects over 10 years during his time as a judge for Master Builders’ House of the Year. Despite having worked on scores of residential builds, he says the sense of satisfaction and achievement in being involved in a project, from an idea or sketch through to completion, has not diminished over the years.

Benchmark for quality


hen it comes to building that dream home, the process can become a nightmare. That is, of course, unless we trust in a building company which has developed a proven reputation for quality, such as Landmark Homes. Older homes may have plenty of character but do they really still meet our needs? One might think, that in order to move into a newly built home, we first have to move away from communities we’ve come to love, leaving great schools, shopping and transport networks. But, because the highly experienced team at Landmark can remove the existing home and, working with customers, design and build a new home on the section, it is possible to gain the best of both worlds. However, if fresh fields are for you, the professional team at Landmark prides itself on

being a cut above, building beautiful new homes from the ground up on your new section. If land has already been purchased, Landmark will visit the site to offer advice regarding how a design can be tailored to best suit the chosen location. Landmark also has a wide range of existing

design plans from which to choose, or plans can be modified to suit almost any site and lifestyle. The thought of dealing with council, permits and financial costings, not to mention the design and build process itself can be more than just a little daunting, but it needn’t be. As experts in managing all of these aspects (and more) the Landmark team is able to assist, so customers can focus on the more exciting parts of planning a new home rather than being mired in paperwork. Working closely with customers, whatever their budget may be, the team has the expertise to help them through this process, resulting in a quality home to be proud of. For a taste of dream homes to come, visit one of Landmark’s latest showhomes – at 12 Twomey Drive in Pukekohe, and from late August, at 73 Milano Boulevard, Karaka Harbourside. For opening times or to arrange a visit, simply call 0800 828 453.

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Signature Homes


– making its mark

s recently as 2012 buying an existing house was cheaper than building a new home, but that was before the days when a two-bedroom cottage in Mangere Bridge sold for $1.7 million. Another thing that has changed is the wisdom of buying a shabby do-up and applying a bit of elbow grease to add some shine to your investment. Again, that was in the good old days before overseas investors, 20% LVR deposit restrictions on existing owner occupied properties, 40% LVR deposit restrictions for existing rentals and exploding immigration. Signature Homes CEO, Paul Bull, says searching for the dream home used to be a fun adventure, that was until a large number of properties sold started to sell through auction, particularly in Auckland. “Clients come to us talking about the heartbreak, frustration and anger of missing out time and again in the auction room bidding wars,” Paul says. “I’ve heard stories from people who are exhausted, homeless and depressed after nine months and 50 auctions, by which time house prices in Auckland have risen by 10 to 12 percent – that’s $70,000 on a $700,000 house. Sometimes they kick themselves that they hadn’t looked at house and land packages sooner.” House and Land packages are offered by most building companies and they can take one of the biggest problems out of building – access to land. It takes time for the build to be completed but ultimately can save time, money and frustration. Paul points out that new homes come maintenance-free, with no hidden issues – clean, pristine and never lived-in. In essence, no nasty surprises when the first heavy rains of winter turn up. “Besides the obvious advantages of owning a new home, the affordability factor is important. For one, you don’t need a 20 per cent deposit for a home you are going to live, in or 40% for a rental. This is because new builds are not included in the New Zealand Reserve Bank’s loan-to-value ratio (LVR) restrictions.”

Paul adds that building a new home may take 9-12 months, but by purchasing now, there are advantages including finance and payment options available through construction finance which make paying rent or an existing mortgage manageable. It’s not something everyone understands but Paul explains that the Government recognises there is a need to build more homes so it has lifted lending restrictions on deposits. “With different deposit requirements applying to new builds and house and land packages, it also means the amount you have currently saved could secure you a home and have the build completed in a similar amount of time as it would take to save a 20% deposit.” This point is particularly relevant if the market moves up in the same way it has in the past few years. If a buyer tried to save a 20% deposit on a used house – that’s $180,000 on a $900,000 property now – it can then become $200,000 (or more) on the same house a year later if its price rises to more than $1 million. “It could take the buyer years to save that amount of money, but you can actually secure a house and land package on half of that.” Paul explains. With respect to the quality of home you get with a new build, the leaky homes disaster that affected homes built between 1994 and 2004 means that the current Building Code requirements are now to a very high standard.

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Anybody building a house now will get a home constructed to stringent quality standards. These include technologically advanced building materials and superior quality insulation and glazing compared to existing properties. What’s more, many house and land packages are in developments with well-planned neighbourhoods designed for today’s lifestyle which include cycle tracks, access to public transport, parks and green belts. The key to building, however, is to choose your builder with care. Signature Homes has been building homes for more than 30 years all across New Zealand and provide market leading guarantees. These include fixed price guarantees before work starts on the build, weather tightness guarantees and a home completion guarantee which provides 100% protection on any payments made during the build.

For more information about building your own home, or our house and land packages located across Botany, Ormiston and Manukau, visit or call 0800 102 109.

Signature Homes can help you build a home that is perfectly suited to your family and lifestyle. You can bring your own plans to us, or engage our experienced architects and interior designers to take your dream off the back of an envelope or Pinterest page, and make it a reality. If you are thinking about building, give us a call on 0800 102 109, and we can help you turn your grand design into your home, your way.

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Urbanisation of Flat Bush

he once green paddocks of Flat Bush will be completely built out in a decade, according to developers Hugh Green Group. Over the past six years, some 500 properties have been developed in Donegal Glen, adjoining Murphy’s Bush and another 500 properties were in the planning stage mid 2017. It was only 2016 that the last stables in Flat Bush were taken down, leaving no trace of the horse studs and dairy farms that made up Flat Bush a mere 20 years ago. The Donegal Glen development will follow Hugh Green Group’s detached housing model. Space has been allocated for a childcare facility and two parks and every effort is being made to maintain all original waterways and streams in the developing areas. Planting strips around waterways will help provide for future protection. Services in the new Flat Bush area include new playgrounds, a library, and an aquatic centre as well as more cycle and walk ways. A McDonald’s fast food outlet is also being built on Ormiston Road Murphy’s Bush is also set to receive additional walkways and cycle ways, making it more open and accessible for the public. Upgrades are planned for Murphy’s Road in the hope of decreasing commute times to the city and there are plans to improve public transport in the area with Auckland Council working on a more comprehensive bus system. In light of Auckland’s escalating housing crises, plans by The New Zealand Housing Foundation to build four new homes off Thomas Road will be welcome. These homes are designed for working families, with two or more children, who are presently renting, and cannot afford to buy a home. However, section sizes for much of the development are down to 380 square metres rather than the 600-800 square metres of just a few years ago thus allowing for high density housing.

Sections in stages eight, nine, and eleven were in the process of being sold mid 2017 and of the 179 sections originally available, 93 were left for purchase by July 2017. They ranged in size from 260m2 to 1072m2 with a starting price of $545,000.

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A report by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment stated that the average cost to build a house in Auckland at that time was $2000$2500 per square metre, plus GST. Hugh Green Group is also looking at further developments in Pakuranga, Clevedon and Drury.

Many people will remember 2017 as the year of the floods which saw homes and land devastated by torrential rain causing multi-million dollars worth of damages. Whilst Auckland escaped relatively lightly, it remains a fact that a large number of Auckland properties are on flood plains or subject to flood risks. If you are developing a property, subdividing, building or renovating you need to know whether your site is prone to flooding before proceeding. Auckland Council has mapped the entire region with overland flow paths, flood plains, flood prone areas and stormwater catchments. It’s easy to view the Auckland Council Online mapping tool to see if your property is affected. The council uses a flood modeling software package to help identify properties at risk of flood hazards and those which will probably need further investigation to evaluate any current or future flooding effects. The good news is that with the right analysis and engineering design, the majority of flood hazard areas can still be developed.

Rocking good landscapes Homeowners keen to stay in touch with Mother Nature should look to natural stone as a beautiful and timeless addition to both the indoors and out.


versatile aspect of architecture since building began, natural stone is more sought after than ever being incorporated into such rooms as kitchens, bathrooms and living while remaining one of the most popular landscaping materials for walls and garden features. And, no one knows better how to use the distinctive qualities of natural stone to accentuate prestigious residential or commercial projects than Joshua O’Connor from Stone Creations. A talented stonemason who has operated Stone Creations for 20 years, Joshua says stone is especially suitable for interior walls and floors, exterior cladding, steps, columns, pilasters, roundels, paving, hearths and more. “The look of stone expresses solidity with a sense of permanence and exudes a sense of nobility – there’s nothing like it to give a property timeless appeal,” he says. “Of course, today, modern refinement and design vision has made stone suitable not just for traditional homes but

all contemporary styling. The beauty of stone is that there are so many choices offering diversity of colour and texture.” Heading an experienced, skilled and creative team, Joshua has gathered knowledge from around the world including Italy – the heart of beautiful sculpture and stonework. Working from a five-acre Ramarama property – big enough for a business that needs space for the large range of boulders, rocks and stones – Joshua has formed strong ties with builders, developers, architects and landscapers. “I love the permanence of stone and the character it adds to almost any project,’ he says. “What’s more it’s great for new builds, existing houses and upgrading properties of all types. “Stone can be used to create an impressive entrance not just to a house but to a whole street or even a subdivision. It can uplift a garden or facelift an outer wall and it’s ideal for bespoke outdoor fireplaces.” The options for using stone are many and

varied and Joshua loves to show clients how he can transform a property, inside or out with this durable and natural product. With customer satisfaction the constant objective at Stone Creations, he invites clients to discuss their design ideas and special requests so he can not only achieve, but surpass customer expectations. To discuss enhancing your home and property with stone, call Joshua and his team at:

41 Dale Road, Ramarama Phone 09 294 7448 Mobile 021 786 632

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Upgrade ‘urgent’ Still a long road to ease congestion


ational Road Carriers says the Redoubt Road – Mill Road project in South Auckland is a priority project badly in need of funding urgency. While NRC welcomes the planning decision to allow the project to proceed subject to conditions, it remains concerned that the project remains unfunded, and construction is still years away. NRC chief executive David Aitken says there is a disconnect between intention and action, and Auckland desperately needs an alternate connection from SH1 to the south. Aitken says that while Auckland Council has agreed the Mill Road corridor upgrade is a priority in its 10-year long-term plan, congestion is getting worse, and there are significant crash hot spots at junctions and curves along the present route. He notes an estimated 10,000 new houses are tagged for construction in special housing areas, and in the medium term around 160,000 additional people, equivalent to the size of Hamilton, are projected for this district. “Yet, Auckland Council has still not funded the corridor project. Consequently, construction is not expected to start until 2020 on the Redoubt Road, Mill Road section, and not start on the southern part until 2025,” says Aitken. “NRC strongly encourages the Auckland Aligned Transport Project (ATAP) currently developing a new 30-year transport strategy for Auckland and its partners to provide funding certainty to ensure the full Mill Road corridor is ‘ready to go’ well ahead of when housing and business growth occurs,” says Aitken. “Auckland has a tradition of finding its infrastructure delivery falls well behind urban

growth. In our view, it should lead growth development, and we expect ATAP to replace this short term approach to providing Auckland’s critical infrastructure with a more strategic and sure ‘whole of route’ planning, funding, and delivery of

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the road within 10 years,” he says. “We suggest that the freight benefits alone of an early delivery will be a significant and justification for an accelerated programme,” says Aitken.

Safer rural roads on the drawing board Six million dollars has been allocated by Auckland transport to improve rural roads in the south-eastern quarter of Auckland. A high accident rate on south-eastern rural roads has prompted Auckland Transport (AT) to allocate $6 million to improve them over time. The Self-Explaining Rural Roads (SERR) project covers about 130 kilometres of roads, mainly in the Whitford, Maraetai and Clevedon areas and is aimed as reducing the high accident rates on many roads in this area which saw six fatal crashes, 44 serious injuries and 198 minor injury crashes between 2012 and 2016. By mid 2017 many of the measures to be taken were in the final design stage, with improvements scheduled to begin in the next financial year, subject to funding. Measures to be introduced include rationalising existing signage and improving destination signs and those on curves. Road markings will be improved, including the introduction of a wide centre line where feasible.

Gateway treatments at approaches to villages will be made consistent and safety barriers will be installed at a few locations. Shape corrections will be introduced on Brookby and North Roads and safe cycle bays will also be installed on North Road. Auckland transport says the SERR approach concentrates on three key principles – functionality, homogeneity and predictability. Functionality requires the creation of a few well-defined road categories and ensuring that the road design matches its intended function, while promoting appropriate road user behaviour and reducing error. Homogeneity involves road designs that promote equilibrium and vehicle speed, direction and mass equality. While this can be a challenge on rural roads, AT says speed variability is a significant factor in fatality rates on rural roads. Predictability involves keeping the road design and layout as uniform as possible.

Fences – rights and obligations


here are many new subdivisions being started which will need fencing and then there is rural land which has its own boundaries. Both mean fencing which can be expensive. So, what are the legal requirements for a fence?

Who contributes? Generally, if you want to build a fence on a common boundary with your neighbour, or upgrade an existing one, you can expect the neighbour to go halves on the bill for an ‘adequate’ fence, one that is ‘reasonably satisfactory’ for its intended purpose. Discuss your plans with your neighbour before starting, and try to keep the proposal reasonable. They are entitled to object if they disagree about what is appropriate. If you can’t reach an agreement, or your neighbour refuses to pay half, there is a formal process you can follow. First, you must serve your neighbour with a ‘fencing notice’. The notice should state that it is served under the Fencing Act 1978 and it should contain the names and addresses of both you and your neighbour. It must describe: ■■ The boundary to be fenced ■■ The type of fence to be built

Who will build the fence The estimated total cost How materials are to be purchased The start date for work As well as various other matters set out in the act. For a notice to be valid it is important that it is completed correctly and “served” on the other party in accordance with the law. ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

What if my neighbour doesn’t want a new fence at all? They should serve you with a cross-notice. They can object to part or all of your proposal if they believe the existing fence is adequate, or think your proposal is excessive. This cross-notice must be served on you in the same manner as the Fencing Notice was served, and as with the Fencing Notice, the cross notice must include certain information.

What happens next? If you can’t agree, options to resolve the dispute include mediation, arbitration, a Disputes Tribunal or a District Court. There are a raft of other issues and questions

that arise when it comes to fences. Some include: exactly where should the fence go; and, objections such as, ‘my neighbour destroyed the fence. Now they want me to help pay for a new one. Do I have to?’ For expert legal advice contact your lawyer. – Courtesy of Arnet Law,


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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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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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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.

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No substitute for best practice Auckland Council is calling for due diligence when substituting materials on building sites – cutting down on quality and durability can result in red tape delays.


he building frenzy to try and deliver new homes in record time has meant traditional building materials are becoming harder to find when needed. This is causing builders to turn to substitute products to get the work done faster which isn’t a problem as long as the new products are up to code, according to Auckland Council’s building control team. Auckland Council building inspectors are seeing more substitutions than ever before, with a cheaper price being the number one reason for replacing the specified product. Ian McCormick, general manager of the council’s Building Control team, urges builders to save themselves and their customers thousands of dollars by getting the proper sign offs before using substitutes. He says it’s common for inspectors to discover a substitution on-site during an inspection. “That may happen weeks after the decision to use the

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alternative product was made. The message is clear – notify us as early as possible to avoid delays in building. “We’re seeing innovative, new products and processes entering the market and the Ian McCormick council has a duty of care to Aucklanders to make sure those products meet our high standards and are fit for the intended use for the lifetime of the building.” The sticking point for builders in a hurry is in the time it takes for council to assess the products as fit for purpose, but Mr McCormick argues for “less haste, less waste.” “While we recognise builders need to get on with their construction, we can’t cut corners on quality, durability and suitability,” he says. Ian says due diligence can sometimes look like red tape when you’re in a hurry, but reputable builders recognise the importance of ensuring new

products are up to code. He cautions against falling for a cheap price and quick turnaround if the deal looks too good to be true. All building products must meet the New Zealand Building Code. “While there are some great new products on the market, the boom has attracted a few cowboys trying to cut corners and some importers trying to bring in cheap, substandard products,” he says. Many imported products look like the local offering, but if they’re being quoted as 40 per cent cheaper, the chances are they might not comply with the New Zealand building code or pass inspection. He says that good building practice is a bit like the proverbial tortoise and hare. “Sometimes it may seem to take a bit longer, but ensuring new building products are signed off is cheaper and faster than having to re-work noncompliant construction – and in the end consumers gain reliable and sustainable buildings.”

Cost of subdividing land A complex issue


any Auckland property owners now have the opportunity to subdivide their property as a result of the new Auckland

Unitary Plan. The process of subdividing can be extremely complex and not everyone is in a position to invest the sizeable sum required to capitalise on their asset. In Auckland the cost of subdividing one lot into two will range between $90-120k, but this could be more depending on availability of drainage. This covers costs relating to the resource consent application, installation of drainage, services and driveways, legal and survey fees, and often, and most significantly, council development contributions. Usually the cost will be less for each additional lot. Tax implications of developing the land will need to be considered, too.

subDiviDing process: ■■ Topographic survey of the property. This locates all existing features of the property including any existing houses, drainage lines and trees, and the contours of the land. ■■ Prepare a scheme plan for the subdivision. This often requires house plans to be included. ■■ Prepare resource consent application. Usually done by a surveyor or planner and includes engineering design for any drainage and access ways required. ■■ Obtain resource consent from council. There will normally be some queries during this process but once resource consent is granted, then there is certainty of being able to carry out the subdivision. ■■ Complete all physical works including installing drainage and services and right of way driveway if required. ■■ Apply for 224c certificate from council confirming all works complete. ■■ Apply for new titles. Many house builders in the Auckland region offer specialist advice to guide owners through the sub-division process.

checklist For home owners: ■■ Ask the designer or builder to provide confirmation that the product complies. ■■ Ask for confirmation that the product meets the Building Code. ■■ Check if the product has been independently appraised or certified in New Zealand. An example of this is the Building Research Association of NZ (BRANZ) appraisal website where they list products which have been tested and certify compliance with the NZ Building Code. ■■ Ask the building inspector. He will provide advice on compliance matters. You should check compliance before buying particularly if the product price seems too good to be true. For free help with consent applications visit: ratesbuildingproperty/Consents The team also publishes a free guide to working with Auckland Council while building or renovating your home. The guide can be downloaded from Design and Build South East — 2017-2018 — 35

Bob’s the Builder – but can he fix it? Choosing the right builder is important when building something that is going to cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars; if they get it wrong it can directly affect your wallet, your health and your safety.


he first step in starting the momentous journey of building your own house is to ask more than one builder to tender for the job so you can see if the costs being presented are fair and realistic. It’s a mistake to choose the builder with the lowest quote simply because they are the cheapest. Get the higher bidders to justify their prices and find out what may have been missed by the lower bidders. Set a level playing field by ensuring different builders are quoting on the same things. Often builders will quote low with the intention of clawing back revenue on variations and changes to plans during the build. Another good tip is to visit other projects each builder has done or is doing and talk to their clients. Builders must now come back and fix defects in the first year following completion. Find out what other guarantees are offered with the

job and consider taking out Third Party Builders Guarantee insurance. Registered Master Builders’ Association and NZ Certified Builders are the two main industry organisations for builders but there are also excellent builders who do not belong to either organisation. Group house companies can be a reliable and convenient option. All provide standard designs and some will do custom-designed homes as well. They will take care of the whole project for you from start to finish, including project management. Builders doing Restricted Building Work have to be licensed. All Restricted Building Work as defined by the Building Act must be carried out or be supervised and signed off by Licensed Building Practitioners. Builders, especially good ones, may be booked well in advance, so ensure you start looking early in the planning process.

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You may choose to have your architect or designer stay on as full project manager. Alternatively, you may have an arrangement where your builder is the project manager and the designer takes on an overview role. There are specialist project management companies and, while this may be a bit more expensive, this can take many of the hassles out of the whole building process and will help ensure you have a quality job. BRANZ (the Building Research Association of New Zealand) has a list of Accredited Advisors who can also manage a building project, or even specific elements within the overall job. You may wish to be the project manager yourself. Ensure you have the time – it requires a lot – and, ideally, the expertise. Whichever option you choose for managing the project, make sure the arrangement is fully spelt out in the building contract.

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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.”

Akarana Timbers makes the cut Out of sight out of mind is an easy attitude to adopt when it comes to the foundations and framing for a home but at Akarana Timbers emphasis is on quality products, which provide every building with “good bones”.


ith Auckland undergoing a huge building boom, the demand for products be it for a new house, fencing, decks or hard landscaping, means it is important that hidden structure, as well as exterior construction, is of sound quality which will stand the test of time. And that’s why long standing company, Akarana Timbers, in East Tamaki is the first place of call for both professional tradesmen and DIYers. Established for more than 30 years, the company has carved out a strong reputation with trade and retail customers by providing a full range of timber and landscaping materials. It has a branch in Christchurch and next year a new yard will open on the outskirts of Hamilton. General manager, Gareth Williams says experienced, knowledgeable staff members willingly offer advice for any building project although leading construction companies know what they want and they know Akarana Timbers can supply – fast! Backed by global market leaders in frames and truss design technology, Gareth says the

company’s experienced pre-nail detailers are all industry qualified and many have completed higher draughting qualifications. Both Auckland and Christchurch frame and truss plants are members of the FTMA (Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association) and adhere strictly to the FTMA Code of practice. “Akarana Timbers is committed to Industry

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Match flooring to lifestyle


hen considering flooring for the home, it’s advisable to think honestly about the way you and your household likes to live. Do you have pets, are you in and out from the pool all day in summer, do you feel the cold? These are questions you need to ask when looking at flooring practicalities. For example, if you spend the winter rugged up with hats and woolly slippers, chances are a house laid in ceramic tiles wouldn’t be a great idea. Rather, a luxurious carpet, soft and warm underfoot could be a wiser choice. New Zealanders are blessed with some of the best quality wool in the world, as well as top quality mills and carpet manufacturers which ensure a premium product. However, solution dyed nylon carpets are so technologically advanced they are now a popular carpet choice for modern homes. But, there are many other choices to suit individual needs, and alternative floorings have flourished in recent years. While hard flooring options – such as timber, tiles and concrete – aren’t everybody’s cup of tea, for certain rooms or high traffic areas, these surfaces can be a godsend. Easy to maintain, and incredibly durable, hard flooring is definitely an option that requires serious consideration especially if one has a lot of traffic through the house such as pets and children.

Under-floor heating, especially where tiles have been used, is another consideration. Solar heating is one way to harness an excellent energy source – the sun. Once panels are installed, this source is FREE.

Homes that receive a lot of sun provide ideal conditions for floors such as tiles or concrete. If a house is positioned to receive maximum sunlight on to a thermal conducting surface – such as concrete or tiles – heat can be captured during the day, retained, then released at night, keeping temperatures relatively even throughout the home. The range of timber flooring options, another popular preference, has increased incredibly in recent years. Technological advances that enhance or imitate timber can provide a natural and earthy ambience in the home and they are relatively warm underfoot. Timber, engineered wood and timber veneers or laminates also come in a wide range of colours, making decorating easy. Think about vinyl too – these days you can purchase comfortable, easy care vinyl which looks just like timber planking. It is a practical option for wet areas where an accidental flood would severely damage timber but would impact far less on vinyl. While carpet and underlay provide effective sound and thermal insulation in the home, insulation considerations for hard flooring should be explored. Timber floors can be noisy, especially if there is no insulation underfoot. Children and noisy shoes can exacerbate this. Flooring is a personal choice but in this modern age, the options are many – seek good advice and check out costs before making a decision.

On the tiles, on Elliot M

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. Design and Build South East — 2017-2018 — 45

Arctic Glass trending in fresh bathroom directions Arctic Glass may be the name but this company is all about hot products, warm service and cracking good workmanship.


rctic Glass has long been at the cutting edge of splashbacks, frameless glass showers, balustrades and pool fences, the long-standing team highly experienced in creating seamless appeal and a harmonious finish in those functional areas of the home which nevertheless should look visually stunning. Brothers and business partners, Devlin and Michael Marais started out together 10 years ago and have earned client accolades for their reliability, expertise, design and top quality products not to mention a 10-year warranty on workmanship (we aren’t going anywhere) plus all manufacturers warranties and a 15-year guarantee on waterproofing. Devlin is a builder by trade with some 20 years experience including four years working in the USA. He diversified into glazing 13 years ago, then started Arctic Glass convinced he could provide a better service than the companies he had worked for. “Michael trained as jeweller and his eye for detail and custom design brought another

element to the business. On teaming up, our complementary talents have been part of our success,” Devlin says. “Today, we are totally customer orientated and provide the very best service in the market place. Although Arctic Glass is East Tamaki-based, we recently purchased Home Trends on the North Shore – a specialist bathroom showroom which we knew well and fits right in with our other work. It showcases the very latest in bathroom products and fittings allowing us to expand and grow with ever-increasing demand. “As a result we now service a large portion of the North Island, from Waikato to Whangarei, and we cater for a vast array of budgets and requirements including remodelling, new builds and fully project-managed bathroom renovations. Tiling and fit-offs are a specialty.” Decks, pools and staircases requiring frameless glass balustrades are also an integral part of Devlin and Michael’s service exuding style indoors and out. And, while some companies work only from laptops, and can’t always guarantee their work,

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the Home Trends showroom means customers can see exactly what they are getting and has excellent guarantees and warranties in place. “We have great staff who can take care of all requirements from product knowledge to designs, plans and advice on what works best and, in most cases, we can work within your budget,” Devlin says. “We are also a Tile Space distributor so customers can see all their tile ranges on site, too. We we are always open to a chat or full consultation and we suggest anyone building or renovating take a look at our website then give us a call. Tile Space will be on TV’s, The Block, soon and you can get any of the tiles you see there from us. “We are free with our advice and love to come up with innovative ideas regardless of whether customers want a classic or contemporary design. Our whole focus is a hassle-free process with an outstanding result.” Arctic Glass: Home Trends:

Kitchen facelifts Need a new kitchen? Don’t replace it… Reface it with Dream Doors!


n amazing kitchen facelift from Dream Doors is the ultimate way to transform a dated or tired old kitchen into a stunning new one at a fraction of the cost. Most kitchen companies only have one option – completely remove your old kitchen and start from scratch. Dream Doors offers a much simpler and more affordable solution. By reusing as much of the existing cabinetry as possible and simply replacing the doors and drawer fronts, panels, bench top and handles, the company can completely refresh and modernise your tired old kitchen and make it look brand new. And, all at a fraction of the cost of a brand-new kitchen! Of course, some customers need more than a facelift. Dream Doors will design and build your fabulous new kitchen, custom made to perfectly fit your space. From modest kitchen facelifts to complete new kitchens and anything in between, Dream Doors has the perfect solution for you.

Why Dream Doors? With years of experience and thousands of satisfied customers, Dream Doors has been transforming



kitchens throughout New Zealand since 2008. All cabinets, doors and panels are made in New Zealand using the highest quality, water resistant components and carry an industry leading 10-year guarantee. Dream Doors (NZ) is a member of the New Zealand Franchise Association and the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) so clients can be assured of the best possible standards in product and service. By choosing a franchised business you benefit from the quality and reassurance of a national

brand along with the personal service of a local small business. ■■ 10-year guarantee on all cabinetry, doors and panels ■■ Custom-made in New Zealand to fit perfectly ■■ Huge selection of designs, colours and finishes ■■ Choice of laminate, solid stone or engineered stone benchtops ■■ Fast installation with minimal disruption ■■ Professional, friendly and courteous installers For further information please visit or call 0800 111 633.

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Crazy about kitchens


itchens are more than just the cooking zone; they’re the hub of the home and the way this hot spot fits with individual family lifestyles is all important. And no one knows that better than the team at Kitchen Mania. Focused on listening to customers, owner, Carl Arnold and his staff, research client needs thoroughly before delivering a kitchen which really fits the brief. The first step in a kitchen renovation by Kitchen Mania is a home visit by one of the six experienced consultants – they will go anywhere in Auckland. “There the consultant will get a feel for the space and how it relates to the rest of the house,” Carl says. “We discuss how the kitchen will be used in its widest sense – will children do their homework there? Is a scullery required? Should dining be incorporated? “If there are any sticky issues regarding layout or functionality, the whole design team puts their heads together to offer the best solution.” Mt Wellington-based, Kitchen Mania has been in business since 2009 and Carl has been involved in the industry for some three decades. “The showroom is bright and well set-up with model kitchens and many dashes of our trademark colour of yellow,” he says. “There’s plenty here to see but if a kitchen is to be renovated successfully, consultants must visit the customer at home for a good understanding of what is required. “There they get a feeling for the space and what is required of it – family meals, lots of entertaining, a kitchen just for two. They look at what already

works and what doesn’t.” After consultation and once a plan has been formulated using the latest in computer software, clients return to the Mt Wellington showroom to discuss the plan and ensure it is tailored to needs and budget. While many customers go for the complete package, others might opt only for new cabinetry but within two months of that first consultation customers can usually be enjoying their newly renovated kitchen. In addition to the showroom, the company has a manufacturing plant where kitchen cabinetry is produced with all kitchens made from MR (moisture resistant board). All the cabinets have solid backs for easy fixing of electrical and plumbing

Design a kitchen that expresses your cooking style

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fixtures and Carl says the company uses the best European hardware available. And with many people “time poor”, Kitchen Mania can project manage the entire process including installation, electrical work, and plumbing fixtures. Kitchen Mania’s premium and personalised service is competitively priced. The company renovates some 1000 kitchens across Auckland each year and has a file bulging with glowing testimonials – “we’re a Kiwi company you can rely on,” Carl says. “So, give us a call.” Kitchen Mania, Unit 1, 20 Sylvia Park Road, Mt Wellington. Ph 09 588 4045 or freephone 0800 4 A KITCHEN.



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!



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.

phone 0800 696 253

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– setting the benchmark


lthough kitchens have become the hubs of our homes, they remain their engine rooms too, something Matt and the team from Benchscapes appreciate all too well. “Our own kitchen is ground zero when we’re entertaining, so it needs to look the part, while remaining a completely usable workspace. Benchscapes’ range is not short on surface appeal. Specialising exclusively in solid surfaces, from stone to acrylics, the Pakuranga-based company produces bench tops which practically scream style while maintaining functionality. “What’s the point in having a bench top that looks perfect in the showroom only to find it can’t cut the mustard back home? We only use reputable products, which offer warranties of no less than 10 years, to ensure our surfaces will cope with years of use while still looking good.” While seasoned entertainers might put their kitchen surfaces through their paces, rough treatment is even more common in the big leagues. “In commercial kitchens, surfaces are pushed to their limits, day in, day out. That’s why our commercial customers rely on Benchscapes’ tops to withstand even the harshest treatment.” Able to tackle projects of virtually any size or nature, Benchscapes only works with quality brands such as Caesarstone, Silestone, Staron , Hi Macs, Domani, Kalon, Trendstone, Uniquartz, Accura and Laminex solid surface. “During more than a quarter of a century in this business, we’ve come to know which brands really do deliver. We use only the best so that’s exactly what our customers can expect.” Because kitchens most often need to enhance colour schemes found throughout the home, Matt and his team are on hand to ensure true colours do shine through. Bench top products come in a rich range of hues and colours and can be created to suit any scheme. Similarly, surfaces of any size or shape can be produced, especially with the acrylics (Staron, Hi-Macs, Laminex) using Benchscapes’ thermoforming capabilities. Getting started on a new bench top or counter

or your kitchen designer so we’re all on the same page, so to speak,” says Matt. Once quotations are accepted, a team member will arrange to visit the site and answer any customer queries while also producing a template so that, when installed, bench tops will fit perfectly, he adds. “We turn around quotations within 24 hours, and generally no longer than 10 working days from template to installation – lead times can increase leading up to Christmas, however. “Installs are conducted at a time which best suits our customers and other tradesmen, but we endeavour to get in and get the job done as soon as possible. After all, we can’t have trades people waiting too long for their next cuppa, can we?” he laughs.

surface begins by visiting Benchscapes’ website ( or the company’s showroom at 5 Rylock Place, Pakuranga. “Once you have a rough idea of how you’d like your kitchen to look, we’ll work closely with you

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5 Rylock Place, Pakuranga Ph 09 576 7241

The team at Benchscapes have extensive collective experience in fabricating residential and commercial solid surface projects. Based in East Auckland, Benchscapes are specialists in the fabrication of acrylic and engineered stone. We are experts at what we do and look forward to creating a surface you will be proud to show off for many years to come. We specialise in custom and bulk fabrication with no job too big or too small. We have excellent thermoforming capabilities meaning we transcend the boundaries of flat surfaces and can build virtually any shaped surface you can imagine. We only work with reputable brands such as Staron, Hi Macs, Laminex, Kalon and Domani acrylics and Caesarstone, Silestone, Accura, Uniquartz and Quantum Quartz engineered stones. Come and talk to the Benchscapes team at our showroom and let us create something special for you.



5 Rylock Place, Pakuranga, Auckland 2010 Phone 576 7241

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Unbeatable value


Visit our showroom today and enjoy the kitchen you truly deserve

hen it comes to planning a new kitchen it pays to shop around for the best product and price and it certainly pays to visit Ex-Space in

East Tamaki. Ex-Space is a favourite destination for property developers and homeowners looking for an affordable yet quality solution for their home. 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 hinges and accessories made by renowned German manufacturer, Hettich; these include a lifetime warranty – a valuable investment for a hardworking space of the home. Ex-Space can add value to your home and a touch of class to your kitchen with a beautiful bench top in solid granite or engineered stone. Hard-wearing and hygienic, the solid surface bench top 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 – for around the price of a laminate bench top! To complete your new kitchen, and for your further savings and convenience, Ex-Space has great value kitchen appliance packages from respected kitchenware names such as Smeg, Bosch and other reputable brands. For a stunning kitchen that doesn’t break the bank, visit our showroom today.

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11 Neil Park Dr, East Tamaki. Ph 09 273 7068

Left, walls Resene Atlas and Resene Zinzan, fireplace Resene Avenger, floor Resene Colorwood Greywash, table Resene Crackle effect. Right, wall Resene Duck Egg Blue, floor Resene Inside Back, Resene Passport.

Long range forecast


hat will the most fashionable homes be sporting in the next couple of seasons? Think shimmer and glitz, white with black accents, unexpected colour combos and iridescents as well as toned-down hues. Luxe metallic finishes, whites with charcoals plus earthy greys, dusky tones and exuberant pops of bright colour make an impact. Dusky pinks are here now (think Resene Ebb), but we’ll also see a rise in popularity of dusky blues and greens. “Any dirty, dusky undertone of colour, dark or light, is on trend,” says Resene colour consultant Deanna Hills. “Check out Resene Duck Egg Blue and the frosted dusky green of Resene Secrets.” Colours such as Resene Secrets are bang on with the move to cool Nordic landscapes, where icy colours come to the fore. The Scandinavian look, incorporating whites and off-whites, with earthy tones, is here to stay, Deanna says. “Those earthy tones are effective in softening the off-whites with shades such as Resene Sea Fog, Resene Half White Pointer and Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream right up there. “Resene Quarter Tea is making a big return and Resene Quarter Ash is popular, too. Even darker tones, such as Resene Quarter Ironsand’s smoky brown-grey, is grabbing attention.” Colour consultant and interior designer, Wendy Elers, of Wendy Elers Colour & Design, also notes the move toward ‘Scandinavian whites’. “There’s been a definite shift to white interiors using the likes of Resene Alabaster, Resene Quarter Sea Fog, Resene Half Sea Fog,” she says. “We’ve being going through the cosy, cosy, period for a while but with the recession behind us people want to be more positive and come home to a cleaner palette with brighter accents.” Wendy says lounge suites are lighter too. “There’s a strong move towards fabrics, especially natural fabrics including linen looks. Fabric colours are also earthy, complemented by bold accents. The effect is lighter, happier, more modern.” Natural accessories follow suit from soft sheepskin rugs to chunky knit throws and floor cushions. “Existing textured raw materials, such

Right, walls Resene Ruby Tuesday and Point Break, floor Resene Dbl Alabaster, by Greer Clayton, photo Melanie Jenkins

Left, walls Resene Castaway, Gunsmoke, Martini, Silver Chalice, floor Dbl Alabaster, by Greer Clayton

as timber and bricks, are also being painted white, but Wendy expects to see more black steel and burnished metal alongside a spectrum of greys. “It’s white for interiors, with grey accents through to black; such as Resene Quarter Delta through to Resene Armadillo, a sort of charcoal. “Black kitchen and bathroom hardware is also on trend – black taps, black handles, black slide showers, black knobs and black hinges. Combined with white, the effect is classic elegance. For those wanting more intensity, pops of colour are strong. Deanna adds that vibrant jewel tones are also being used to give front doors a burst of personality. “Coloured front doors are big. I’ve done a couple of reds using Resene Red Berry, as well as Resene Wild Thing, which is yellow. It looked great against the charcoal house. But, talk to a Resene consultant for good advice and direction on what’s hot.” Design and Build South East — 2017-2018 — 53 13965-v3


Able the name, able the service!

uropean appliance brands are hot stuff these days with householders spoilt for choice. The era of just one or two national brands is long gone; now there is almost an overwhelming wealth of models and brands to serve most purposes. And this means it’s important to consult knowledgeable sales staff, who know their appliances. The showroom at Able Appliances in Pakuranga abounds with premier brands such as Gaggenau and Bosh kitchen and laundry whiteware. An authorised service centre with a team that understands the importance of optimum service, customers can rely on a high level of professionalism and support service when selecting an appliance and, better still, they will surely find a bargain. Owner, Arajan Odedra says: “we are a ‘one stop shop’ providing service, parts and sales of premium, high quality factory seconds. That is, end of line models, appliances with carton damage, and product with minor scratches and dents. This means our clients can take advantage of added savings on leading brands as well as special buys.” And while the company may carry a vast array of seconds that doesn’t mean it isn’t right at the top of

Arajan Odedra

the information ladder when it comes to advice on product performance, technical advancements and models best suited to individual requirements. In business for more than 15 years, staff are keenly aware that kitchen appliances are key to making life in the hub of the home, pure enjoyment and they are well ‘able’ to match customer needs to the right oven, hob, dishwasher, dryer, washing machine, refrigerator and much more. “We have a team of 12 at our Ben Lomond Crescent premises where everything is under one roof – administration, workshop, and showroom

plus warehouse and spare parts,” Arajan says. “Our technicians work across the city from East to West, South Auckland to as far north as Gulf Harbour.” And Arajan can be proud of his company’s success. We provide appliances to customers throughout New Zealand who are either building or renovating their homes. “I set up business in 1992 as Auckland Appliance Services Limited and, as director and technician, successfully ran the service company for two years,” he says. “In 1994 we became Able Appliance Services and continued to grow from strength to strength. “We are now renowned for our electrical appliance technical expertise and resources for some of New Zealand’s largest brands. This was demonstrated in 2001 and 2003 when we collected the APEX Award for Excellence in the field of appliance servicing in the category of Independent Dealership New Zealand-wide. It is awarded for consistent high quality performance of an organisation.” More recently the company re-branded as Able Appliances Limited and attracts customers who appreciate the product range and the service.

Able Appliances One Stop Shop Come and talk to our friendly kitchen appliance experts. Our consultations are free and our appliances are top end with affordable pricing! Able Appliances take care of all your service requirements, installation and spare parts

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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 25 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!

BOTANY – Cnr Huntington & Ti Rakau Dr Phone 09 274 9808 Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm Sat 9am-5pm Sun 10am-5pm MANUKAU – 67 Cavendish Dr, Manukau Phone 09 263 9808 Design and Build South East — 2017-2018 — 55 Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm

Amazing Interiors When it comes to decorating the home there may be a wealth of options on the market yet, Amazingly, it is often difficult for homeowners to find just the right items, colours or effects. But one fabulous showroom offers an overwhelming selection of interior options and has a team of in house designers to make the task easy and enjoyable.


here’s just one word to describe the Amazing Interiors showroom and that’s.... amazing! And, ‘amazing’ pretty well sums up the talented team whose interior design and home staging service has been called ‘just the best’ by happy clients. Amazing Interiors is one of the longest serving home staging companies in Auckland and it’s easy to see why. The showroom in Ben Lomond Cres, Pakuranga is superbly designed to showcase furniture and accessories to inspire clients on how they may be used in their own homes and business owner, Carol Hobson, has a gift for creating fabulous interiors that has earned many accolades over the past 16 years. Carol says home staging has now become the norm when selling a home. “It’s all about presenting the best possible look to the market – dressing for success. These days we cater not just to homeowners but also developers who have transformed a house with paint and fittings, but still need the best possible finishing touches to emphasise space, purpose and potential.” Of course, not every vendor needs to fully stage

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a home when listing. Carol says some homes need only a little titivating and sometimes budget may be a difficulty. “However, we do everything from the smallest touches to full home staging. What’s more, I am often surprised by the number of people who want to buy pieces used in the process. Naturally, I’m delighted to give up a piece if it’s perfect for their home.” Home staging aside, Carol is also focused on her interior design service and retail sales. With two floors of stunning products to choose from plus a small flat where the look is regularly changed to show customers what can be achieved even in small spaces, Amazing Interiors is one of those stores that just keeps delivering. Every facet of home decor is covered: ■■ Indoor & outdoor furniture ■■ Rugs ■■ Curtain & blinds ■■ Cushions & throws ■■ Paintings, wall & garden art ■■ Lamps & mirrors ■■ Ornamental accessories ■■ Bed Linen

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Carol has also created a stunning outdoor courtyard, a lovely setting for her range of outdoor furniture. This space is also available for private functions – sunny, private and beautifully defined, it’s easy to see why it is so popular. In fact, there’s nothing like Amazing Interiors anywhere in the east. From the outset Carol set out to create the wow factor and she has – an eclectic range for every taste.

In addition to the retail and commercial arms of her business she operates an outlet shop on Saturday mornings in nearby Rylock Place where she clears home staging furniture on a regular basis in order to keep her looks fresh and different. “Overall I provide a wide range of options and between my two in-house designers and myself we are dedicated to creating fabulous homes which we hope people will simply call....amazing!”

Retail Shop: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-3pm, 29C Ben Lomond Cres, Pakuranga Outlet Shop: Sat 11am-3pm, 24E Rylock Pl, off Ben Lomond Cres, Pakuranga

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Out of Europe While some might think IKEA presents the height of sophistication in home furnishings, Europe has plenty more to offer interior designers of any nature, as these brief pieces indicate. Please note that, while most of the items mentioned are not available in New Zealand, arrangements can often be made via the web addresses provided.

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MORE THAN GLITTER: Just when we thought Portugal couldn’t possibly produce any more amazing designs, thanks to Memoir, we’re reminded that creativity on the Iberian Peninsula apparently knows no bounds. Featuring a wide variety of pieces (including everything from sofas and chairs to cabinets) this range springs from the imagination of Mafalda Soares, who has set out to draft a memoir of her life in furniture. Using opulent materials, such as marble and gold leaf, elegance and refinement are intrinsic to this collection.

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DUTCH COMFORT: Reminiscent of Tudor architecture (one can almost imagine Henry VIII bubbling it up in this tub!) the Evolution Bathtub surfaced following a eureka moment by Dutch designer, Thomas Linssen. Seeking to combine aspects of traditional craftsmanship with modern features, Thomas began with the distinctively eye-catching design of a comfortable chair, which ‘evolved’ to take the shape of a bathtub. What’s more, as this tub is larger than average (measuring 188cm long, 87 wide and 59cm deep) even more corpulent sorts — such as the aforementioned historical Henry — can be King of their own ‘throne’ room, comfortable in the knowledge that their ‘Netherlands’ regions won’t feel exposed!

From the bar side... IM-PORT-ANT DESIGN: Born of the Douro Valley, Portugal’s most famous export – port – has come to be synonymous with this coastal European nation. So, it’s no wonder furniture designers from Karpa have chosen to honour their boozy heritage with this spectacular bar cabinet. Designed to emulate the colours and textures of the Douro Valley, this fibreglass work of art features a gold leaf interior and can be rotated 360 degrees for easy access to those top shelf tipples.

The butterfly effect BRITS LIGHT UP: When a tree falls in the woods, it might not make a sound. However, if it’s used in Tom Raffield’s work, it’ll generate a sound of thunder in the world of lighting design. While harnessing electricity changed the way we light up our lives, this English designer relies on a most traditional material in our modern homes. Utilising his own steam bending method, Tom has created lighting which illuminates the timeless elegance of timber. His Butterfly and Giant Butterfly ranges (include floor and pendant lamps) are typical of his approach. Other ranges (including Bloom, Flock and No.1) similarly hint at the durability of wood contrasted with flexibility of design. Butterfly Lamp 58 — Design and Build South East — 2017-2018

Evolution Bathtub

Skill of the Irish TIMBER TIME: Some amongst us really can’t see the wood for the trees when it comes to interior design; Ireland’s Shane Tubrid lives with no such affliction. As evidenced by his custom-made furniture, this gifted designer draws on the natural beauty of wood, ensuring it shines through to star in his finished work. While working to satisfy his client’s individual requirements and tastes, Shane also injects his own creative energies, turning out tables, chairs, beds, bookcases, lighting and more, demonstrating that it’s skill, rather than luck, that drives this Irishman.

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ou can’t do a good day’s work without having a good night’s sleep but sometimes even the thought of buying a bed can make you feel tired! A bed is no longer just a bed. The variety of choices can be very confusing and, as a good bed is a considerable investment, it’s important to get it right. What’s more, the staff at Bedpost Botany are happy to help sort out what’s best for you. “At Bedpost Botany we have all sizes of beds, ranging from single up to Californian king,” says owner Francis Chai. “There are three main feels in all ranges: firm, medium and soft. There are beds with pocket springs that help if partner disturbance is a problem while latex and memory foam are great for having no movement in the bed. “We also have a good range of frame or slat

beds,” says Francis who recommends changing your bed every 8-10 years. “Like a car in which, the suspension wears out, so do the springs in

your bed, so it stops giving the support you need.” The good news is Bedpost Botany stocks top brands – Sealy, Tempur, Beautyrest, Sleepmaker, Design Mobel Beds and NZ-made East West. You’ll find the shop also has, Turnwood bedroom furniture ranging from one cabinet to a full suite, plus a wide range of sheets, duvet inners, duvet cover, pillows and mattress protectors. “We have a large range of pillows, from basic microfill to latex and memory foam,” Francis says. “A pillow is just as important as your bed because it provides head and neck support.” Whether buying a bed, a full bedroom suite or popping in for a pillow, the team at Bedpost Botany will make your visit a pleasure. Come and see us at 451 Ti Rakau Dr (cnr Ti Rakau & Te Koha Rd), Botany Downs.

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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 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 60 — Design and Build South East — 2017-2018

Rochelle, Tracey, 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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Trends in the shade market


he desire for people to live outdoors all year round, while being protected from New Zealand’s harsh sun and frequent rain is different to most other countries which worry only about one or the other. Here, there are two clear trends in today’s shade market: ■■ Building an outdoor room ■■ All weather retractable roof systems

The Outdoor Room This is generally seen as a fixed roof structure made from aluminium or steel framework covered with PVC fabric or polycarbonate. The walls are then filled in with clearglass fabric or PVC mesh outdoor blinds. Aluminium should be a thick enough grade to give long term strength with no worries about the frame rusting. Polycarbonate is often seen as a longer term option, however, PVC fabric comes with the same warranties, blocks more heat and is quieter in the rain. With outdoor blinds, homeowners generally have to choose between clear-glass PVC and mesh. The clear-glass gives a great view but will, however, need regular cleaning to keep looking great, just like windows do. PVC mesh outdoor blinds offer great privacy, breathability and have very long life expectations.

Outdoor rooms are increasingly seen as the best option to extend the size of a home, allowing you to take the walls away in summer for air flow while still being protected from the sun and rain.

All Weather Retractable Roof Systems

Internationally, these are very popular and, as with all products which increase in popularity, the price becomes more affordable. A retractable roof system is designed to be out in all weather. In fact, some are hurricane rated to 11 on the Beaufort scale. It is a PVC fabric roof on an aluminium frame work, where the fabric is retractable. This provides the option to let in the winter light, and keep out the summer sun, while still enjoying your outdoor living all year round. The

aluminium framework allows outdoor blinds to be attached to the retractable roof, meaning homeowners can have the best of both worlds – an outdoor room and retractable shade. There are very few companies in New Zealand which provide all options, including retractable shade, and outdoor rooms and blinds. Cool Awnings is one of these companies and management commitment to a quality product, means your outdoor room or retractable roof will provide many years of happy outdoor living. Check out both options and many more on our website or in our showroom at 6 Morrin Rd, Panmure, which is open Monday to Friday 8am-4.30pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm. CALL NOW for one of our experienced sales consultants to visit you for a FREE, no obligation quotation on 09 570 6353 or 0800 100 266.

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here are many ways to beat the cold and Pakuranga’s Lawn Heat and Leisure has a handle on all of them. Owner Steve Slipper says quality gas and wood burning fires are a specialty at the store where homeowners will find the right model and size to suit their homes. “Many homeowners like the aesthetics and economy of our wood burners, which are approved for clean air in Auckland,” Steve says. “Others prefer flame-effect gas heaters, which have the same ambience as wood burning fires but with a little less work. And, these days, heaters can be flued through walls rather than ceilings to overcome problems in two-storied homes where access to suitable roof space is limited.” But there’s more than one type of heating to warm a cold butt! “At this time of the year most of us are also turning up the shower on brisk mornings, but install a Rinnai Infinity or Rheem Integrity gas-fired water heater and you’ll have a continuous flow of hot water all day every day,” Steve says. “We stock both so, to eliminate hot water shortages, ensure the household is unaffected during hot water cuts and to start the day cosy warm all over, talk to us. And don’t forget we stock Hot Spring spa pools. What better way to end the day then with a hot soak before bed.” With Auckland’s building boom in full swing

there’s lots to think about including the outdoors. Although temperatures have dropped it doesn’t mean an end to BBQ cooking or sunny days on the deck. Ask Steve and his team about an outdoor fireplace or patio heater for winter entertaining. “We have outdoor heating options designed for form and function and to suit all budgets or design aesthetics. And, of course, quality barbecues are a given, they’ve been a mainstay at Lawn Heat & Leisure for more than 25 years.” While keeping warm is a priority in winter, it’s not the time to neglect essentials chores around

the home and Lawn Heat & Leisure has long been the go-to place for a huge range of quality power tools for contractors and DIYers. The team can advise on the right equipment for the job – winter or summer – everything from chainsaws, line trimmers and blower vacs, to hedge trimmers and quality mowers including ride-ons. So if its lawn, heating and leisure products you need, not to mention quality, professional power tools and an experienced workshop team for ongoing maintenance, call Lawn Heat & Leisure. Free in-home quotes and they install too.

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Gorgeous gardens H olidays abroad are one way to escape daily stresses but for some people the best place to relax and recharge is in their own garden. What’s more, in Auckland’s active build market, time poor homeowners have become increasingly open to consulting landscape designers to achieve their personal haven. Jules Moore from JM Landscapes says no longer content to let a garden develop slowly, and sometimes haphazardly, more people are budgeting for a garden plan and planting as a new build comes to completion. “Because outdoor entertaining is very much part of Kiwi living, homeowners want their gardens and outdoors to look lovely and provide that welcoming feel as soon as possible. They don’t want to wait especially if they have already gone through a long build or renovation process.” Jules says home owners are also thinking more carefully about the total look – “they want the garden to reflect their lifestyle, the type of home they have built and their personal likes but not appear haphazard.” While the options are many and varied, Jules says three trends are prominent –Zen gardens, ‘fropical’ gardens – a mix of formal and tropical plants – and formal gardens with fresh directions. “When it comes to formal gardens, landscape designers are mixing geometric shapes which, at one time, wasn’t the done thing. Clipped buxus balls and peached hedges or trees are being used to great effect. Include leafy foliage such as hydrangeas, and you hint at cottage garden.” Jules adds that while tropical gardens remain popular, the ‘fropical’ garden – a mix of formal hedging in straight lines with a backdrop or foreground of eye-catching tropical plants – is creeping in. “However, the biggest shift has been to Zen gardens,” she says. “A growing interest in all things organic, sustainable and green has given rise to Zen gardens where homeowners can de-stress in an environment of tranquillity and calm. “The Zen philosophy is a reflection of where


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they are in their spiritual lives and the path they wish to follow. We often incorporate elements such as boardwalks designed to encourage people to pause, stop and reflect. “But, of course, every garden should reflect the


lifestyle of the homeowners and their family as well as the lie of the land. It’s about taking into account the need for shelter, water features, garden art, size, location, entertaining, play and more. It’s about bringing together beauty and function.” Design and Build South East — 2017-2018 — 63

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