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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 south-eastern 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 semi-rural locations. It looks at housing initiatives within Howick Ward, including the fast-developing Ormiston then going as far south as Takanini and Papakura. 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. For some, coastal developments are the weekend escape busy professionals crave whilst


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being equally attractive to retirees. Others are looking for smaller lifestyle blocks while others want modern convenience and less land at a budget-friendly price. To the south, whole new communities with affordable townhouses and terrace housing with dedicated green spaces, are attracting young families especially as they have access to excellent sports and leisure facilities, schools and amenities. 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. 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.

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Making south-east Auckland home T here’s something for everyone in the melting pot we loosely calling south-east Auckland. With handy motorway access from most parts except the very coastal districts of Beachlands/Maraetai, this ‘unofficial’ region continues to growth. There are suburbs still able to cater for first time home buyers while other areas are firmly earmarked for more substantial purses. Rental options are available across all areas but prices will vary accordingly. For example, from Flat Bush through to Takanini and Papakura, the affordability factor, combined with full size sections and do-up possibilities, provides plenty of choices for both novice and seasoned home buyers. In particular, there are still opportunities for first home buyers to potentially make capital gains over time whilst still having a home and section big enough for a family. Part of this region’s appeal is its proximity both to the Auckland CBD, to the industrial heartland of South Auckland and to State Highway 1 leading to a variety of centres and holiday destinations to the south.

Upgraded rail links and public transport, shopping facilities, educational facilities, and central freight hubs provide residents with lifestyle, income and affordability. South-east Auckland’s unique blend of urban, rural and coastal living embraces diverse ethnicities, backgrounds and demographics. Residential property choices range from quality apartments and terrace housing with spacious living, to units, townhouses, family homes and lifestyle properties that cater for all walks of life. Work in the area is also plentiful, with many workshops, factories and warehouses in surrounding suburbs providing employment whilst access to Auckland Airport, via good motorway links, is an added attraction. 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 improvements, e.g. roading and transport, the future augers well for south-east Auckland.

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Special Housing Areas opening doors Mix of housing styles aims to cater for differing family needs as housing-challenged Auckland battles to provide more accommodation for burgeoning population.


hat a difference a year makes especially in Auckland’s red hot property market. Many of the developments we reported on in the last issue, such as The Grove, on the border of Papakura and Takanini, and an up-market subdivision at Spinnaker Bay at Beachlands, have long since sold out. Potential purchasers might wonder what, if anything, is available in the new-build market but the good news is that there are plenty of sections across the region already under development or in the pipeline. What is clear, however, is that buyers have to be quick or risk missing out in what is essentially a seller’s market. The Government and Auckland Council’s efforts to free up more land for development has resulted in the establishment of 14 new Special Housing Areas that will provide more than 4500 new homes across Auckland. This brings the total number of SHAs in Auckland to 120, with a combined potential yield of more than 52,000 new homes. In most cases, private sector development companies will build homes inside Special Housing Areas for sale to private individuals and families

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In all cases, the council will require that a portion of all homes are affordable to first-home buyers. Several of the new SHAs are in Auckland’s south-east including one at Forge Way in Mt Wellington. The development is for approximately 35 new homes over the next two years. It will include more affordable homes (classified as costing no more than 75 per cent of the Auckland region median house price) currently priced between $550,000 and $600,000 at time of going to press. The proposed development will also provide a mix of housing types, matched to current shortages, including smaller one-bedroom units and larger two bedroom apartments. The land is currently occupied by offices and is zoned Town Centre under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. Owners Infineum Properties Ltd hope to have the first residential housing ready for habitation by mid-2017 provided consenting timeframes and building budgets can be met. In Manurewa, a development at the corner of Great South Road and McAnnalley Street is expected to create 111 new apartments.

The intention is to have the first residential housing ready for habitation by 2017/2018, with the entire development completed by 2018/2019. DJI Limited plans to develop 9 and 11 James Road, Manurewa, into approximately 39 new dwellings over two years. There will be a mix of housing types including smaller one-bedroom units and larger two and three bedroom units. Half of the units will be built as affordable homes priced at between $450,000 and $500,000. The land, which is currently occupied by homes, is zoned Terraced Housing and Apartment Building under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. The site features a train station less than a three minute walk away, a bus stop 50m away, schools 250m away, a hospital 1km away, and a shopping centre (groceries, gas stations, food outlets) in close walking distance. DJI Limited intends to have the first residential housing ready for habitation by the last quarter of 2016, with the entire development completed by mid-2017. An extension to well-established estate, The Gardens at Totara Park, is planned for 71 Mill Road. The development will provide around 50 new

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sites and consist of a mix of housing types matched to current shortages, including smaller twobedroom terrace houses and the more traditional larger homes. The land is currently has a single house and has some of the most expansive and outstanding views in the Auckland region including to Rangitoto Island, the Auckland Airport, the Manukau Harbour and Manukau Heads as well as to the south including views over Takanini, Papakura, Drury, the Bombay Hills, the Hunua Ranges and the Ardmore Airport. The SHA Tamaki Regeneration Area covers the areas of Point England (from Point England Road to Torino Street and from Pilkington Road across to Riverside Avenue) and Panmure (from Alamein and Tripoli Roads across to Dunkirk Road, Te Koa Road, Stewart Avenue and Pilkington Road). The new SHA adds to earlier Tamaki SHAs announced in 2013 and 2014. It will enable further planned projects to go ahead, delivering new, quality housing, better affordability and regeneration benefits for the wider community. The development will include a mix of housing types matched to current shortages, including smaller units and larger homes. The Takanini Strategic SHA at Walters Road is for approximately 300 new sections (10 per cent

affordable sections) over four years. The development will provide a mix of medium density sections matched to current shortages. The development is 2km from the Takanini town centre, next to the eastern side of Bruce Pulman Park and opposite a planned new school. Cappella has been progressing a consent for the initial development of the land, with the entire development expected to be completed by May 2019. An extension to the existing Bremner Road, Drury, SHA, includes 37 Burberry Road and the adjacent esplanade reserve. The extension is likely to provide an extra 300 homes. By increasing the number of new sites and dwellings in Auckland, the council and the government aim to make housing more accessible and affordable. Special Housing Areas offer a fast-track consenting process (three months for brownfield and six months for greenfield) with a proactive council pre-application process, limited notification and appeals – all of which are designed to enable better and faster implementation. A Special Housing Area also enables a more integrated planning and consenting process that will include a strong focus on quality development.

As demand for housing increases in Auckland there are opportunities for people who already own larger tracks of land. Those who live or own a property within a Special Housing Area can take advantage of its status and develop the land. But be quick – cut off is mid-September, 2016. Considerations that must be met include a requirement that your property needs to be large enough to accommodate a minimum of four new dwellings. Generally that’s sections of at least 1,200m2 in size. You could also work with one of your neighbours and combine your sites to get a larger development site. Minimum requirements vary according to the property’s zone. For example, for terraced housing and apartments there is no minimum property size, but the property’s front boundary with the road needs to be a minimum of 25m wide. Further information from Auckland Council.

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While house prices on the Auckland property market have been soaring, increased demand for building consents has resulted in council seeking ‘capital’ investment. With a record 23,220 building consent applications received during approximately 12 months (to May 2016) Auckland Council enlisted consents teams from Wellington and Porirua to help manage workflow. Building and Housing Minister, Dr Nick Smith said at the time that the increase in consents was partly caused by the establishment of 154 Special Housing Areas (SHAs) across Auckland. “This sudden increase in the last quarter reflects the pipeline coming on-stream, from approval of an SHA, to getting the structure plans in place and the infrastructure built, to creating a new section. “A key purpose of the [Auckland Housing] Accord was to free up the supply of land and it is now making a material difference to section supply in Auckland.” However, according to figures, Auckland actually saw a drop in listings, down almost 10 percent in the year to May 2016. Either way, it’s clear that the establishment of SHAs across Auckland (including Northpark, Flat Bush, East Tamaki, Mount Wellington, Panmure and Alfriston), has resulted in more opportunity for new builds and council expects this trend will continue. Up-to-date information regarding Auckland Housing Accord and development of SHAs are available via aucklandcouncil. Design and Build South East — 2016-2017 — 7

Brand new town takes shape South East Auckland continues to grow like topsy with Flat Bush being New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensively planned town.


aking shape on 1700 hectares in south east Auckland, Flat Bush is expected to be home to at least 36,000 people by 2025 with Auckland Council, the Howick Local Board and partners all working collaboratively on the development and transformation of the area. The development includes five neighbourhood centres and has a strong focus on open space, high urban design standards and environmental sustainability. Progress on infrastructure so far includes skate park facilities, playgrounds, sports fields, the

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cultural lawn, pathways and riparian planting at Barry Curtis Park. A number of major road upgrades include Stancombe, Flat Bush School, and Ormiston Roads,while the Ormiston Bridge stands as a gateway to the new Ormiston Town Centre where development is well underway. The centre’s first supermarket opened in November 2015 and residential development around the town centre is underway. One new school, Ormiston Primary School has recently opened, while Ormiston Junior High

School is expected to open early in 2017. Both will help address the educational needs of the area’s growing population. More than 4500 new dwellings have been built across this wider area and more are planned. The council and the local board have been working together with developers to deliver the remaining areas of stage two residential and soon to be released stage three. The stage three-block is a strategic Special Housing Area (SHA). A design code for intensive housing developments includes minimum apartment size

Ormiston centre now underway Community facilities planned for new town.


he Ormiston Town Centre under development at Flat Bush is expected to be more than a shopping centre. Once complete the 19-hectare development will include retail, cafes, restaurants, commercial office space, medical facilities, apartments, town houses, a library with multi-use facility and an aquatic centre. Auckland Council owns 90 per cent of the town centre land and together with the local board will contribute about $220 million for transport improvements, public open space, water and wastewater, the aquatic centre and the library and multi-use facility. Based around a traditional main street, the town centre will be compact and pedestrian-friendly and have strong ties to the environment and nearby Barry Curtis Park. With the library and multi-use community facility at the heart of the centre, this $19.7 million building is currently due for completion mid-2018. The building of about 2900 square metres will involve two levels accommodating the library, a shared foyer and meeting rooms, community spaces, a gallery and arts teaching area plus performance and rehearsal spaces. As part of the new town centre, the aquatic centre on Ormiston Road will include

a 25-metre lap pool/leisure pool, a learners’ and a toddlers’ pool. Other features will be a spa pool, sauna and steam area and water play/splash features. Family rooms and changes areas will be provided, too. Other facilities will include administration offices, a kitchen and cafe and a shop. The site was chosen for its visibility, easy walking distance for nearby school students, proposed bus services and its town centre location. The area will also be landscaped around 90 car parks. Initial work in the stage one of the Ormiston Town Centre was well underway by mid 2016. A 6000 square metre Pak’nSave supermarket opened in November 2015 and an initial 63 terraced houses were expected to be completed in 2016. With the project expected to be completed between 2019 and 2021, the private sector is contributing an estimated $2.8 billion. Several developers are involved, including Todd Property which is developing the town centre, the Hugh Green Group, Howick Parklands and Green Land Investment. Importantly, this new development is handy to the Southern Motorway and amenities.

rules with front fences being be limited to 900mm in height. Rules have been established to ensure subdivision block patterns provide well connected streets which give residents maximum choices to get around, whether on foot, a bicycle, the bus or a car. The plan is that park edge roads will overlook green fingers to enhance the feeling of open space and make the green areas safer for everyone to use. Flat Bush also has a large existing and proposed network of shared footpaths and cycle ways which cover more than 34 kilometres. Design and Build South East — 2016-2017 — 9

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House prices – the only way is up

Statistics for the Auckland property market resemble winning – or losing – lottery ticket numbers, depending on where you stand on the housing ladder.


tating the obvious, property prices in our super city continue to rise and rise again resulting in the average value of a house in the Auckland region rocketing to nearly $950,000 by April 2016. By that time, the Auckland market had increased 16.5% year on year with home values 72.5% higher than the previous peak of 2007. In dollar terms that was an increase of $183k over the previous year for the average Auckland home which translated to around $626 dollars a day. The QV House Price Index showed that nationwide residential property values at April 2016 had increased 12.0% over the past year. Values rose by 2.1% over the previous three months and were 37.1% above the previous market peak of late 2007. The average value nationwide had reached $568,058. In May, the Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith confirmed that the Government had completed negotiations for housing developments on three sites in Manukau, Mt Albert and Waterview. Up to 600 apartments are planned to be built over two years on the biggest development, a 1.85ha site in Manukau Station Rd. The developments are part of the Government’s push to free up Crown land in Auckland for housing.

Under the scheme, 20 per cent of the houses must be ‘affordable’, which is defined in Auckland as less than $550,000. Dr Smith said it would be challenging to construct the new houses at an affordable rate, but he was confident it could be done. It can’t be a moment too soon as a look at recent property sales confirms. Fancy a two-bed unit in Bucklands Beach? Too late! It’s already gone – for a not-so-cool $708,000. If you had a spare $850,000 it would have secured you a three-bed brick and tile in Beachlands. And if you really wanted a Latham Ave, Pakuranga two-bed home unit in need of a makeover you could have snapped up one in May 2016 for $753,000. It comes as no surprise that new builds are the homes of choice for a growing number of Aucklanders. Keep a watch out for new dwellings consented in recognised development areas such as Flat Bush (185-194) and Hingaia (87-103). Development is also starting to accelerate in emerging development areas such as northern Tamaki, Weymouth, Otahuhu Coast and Takanini. Remember – you snooze you lose!

With Auckland property prices rising, first home buyers have been increasingly seeking assistance from some Body who can help. In the year to March 2016, $148 million was withdrawn by ANZ’s KiwiSaver members to purchase first homes, compared with just $62 million in year prior, John Body from ANZ said in May. “The average first home withdrawal by our customers last year was $18,361, compared with $10,611 in 2013... As KiwiSaver balances grow, more people are taking advantage of the option to withdraw some or all of their money to help buy a new home.” On average, ANZ first home buyers withdrew $18,361, compared with $10,611 in 2013, and the total number of withdrawals increased by 188% over the past three years, Mr Body confirmed. He added that people needed to know how the system worked so they could take full advantage of Government rules regarding first home withdrawals from KiwiSaver. “For instance, you need to have been a member of KiwiSaver for at least three years before you can make a first home withdrawal. And, people would need to regularly contribute at least 3% of their income to KiwiSaver for a minimum three years in order to qualify for a HomeStart grant. “But you really make the most of this benefit when you have been contributing for five years because the Government will potentially give you $1000 for each year you have been contributing, up to a maximum of $5000 per person. You can double that if you are looking to build your first home, subject to conditions on the purchase price of homes and income of buyers.” For more information, or to apply for a HomeStart grant, see

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Some pain for long term gain


Work on Southern Corridor steps up.

ising property prices aside, the overriding topic affecting Aucklanders is traffic congestion which everyone agrees is getting worse. Commuters have been pleased to see work start on new lanes on the Southern Motorway in preparation for the area’s planned growth. The NZ Transport Agency has reduced lane widths on State Highway 1 at Takanini extending south as part of work to improve motorway bottlenecks in the area. They will be in place for approximately a year to create a safe work zone while extra lanes are built. “These changes may cause some short term disruption to motorists and we wish we could avoid that, but long term there will be benefits as we create extra lanes to ease bottlenecks,” says Brett Gliddon the transport agency’s Auckland Highway manager. “By reducing the lanes we can create safe areas for the construction crews to work throughout the day, not just at night and that means they’ll get the job done much faster with less disruption to residents and motorists overall.” The changes are part of the Southern Corridor Improvements project which will eventually create a four-lane highway along Mill Road to act as a south-east alternative and bypass to the Southern Motorway. It covers the stretch of Southern Motorway from the SH20 and SH1 connection at Manukau down to Papakura in the south. The project includes additional lanes in both directions, an upgraded Takanini interchange and a 4.5km shared use pedestrian and cycle path. The $268 million project is expected to be

completed in 2018. Extra southbound lanes will be completed in early 2017 as part of the Western Ring route construction connecting Manukau and the North Shore via State Highway 20 (the Waterview tunnel) and State Highways 16 (the Northwestern) and State Highway 18, as an alternative north-south route to State Highway 1. The project is the second of four government accelerated transport projects in the Auckland region which supports current investment in the Western Ring Route and the regional connections south of Auckland. Changing land use, population growth and planned extensive housing developments have driven the project. The improvements aim to ease

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congestion at several locations along the Southern Motorway to provide a more reliable trip for all road users. The Southern Corridor Improvements project include: ■■ Southbound widening to four lanes between SH20 and Hill Road and to three lanes between Hill Road and Papakura ■■ Northbound widening to three lanes from Papakura to Takanini ■■ Takanini Interchange upgrade ■■ Upgrade of 16 existing bridges and construction of six new structures ■■ New 4.5km walking and cycling path ■■ New LED lighting

Unlocking east and west In the east of the city, a major transport milestone was reached with the first-stage completion of the Auckland-Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) in 2104. The $1.1 billion package of projects is aimed at giving residents of the eastern suburbs greater transport choices and better connections to the rest of Auckland. The first stage of AMETI is the largest Auckland Transport construction project completed to date. Stage One included a new Panmure train and bus station, new Ellerslie-Panmure Highway bridges, along with Te Horeta Road

linking Glen Innes and Mt Wellington which was designed to take 20,000 vehicles off the route through the Panmure roundabout and local roads. It is already having benefits with a 121 per cent increase in passenger boardings at Panmure Station in the year to June 2015 and reduced traffic through Panmure roundabout. Consent applications are pending for Stage Two, which will replace Panmure roundabout with an intersection, build a new South Eastern busway linking Panmure Station with Pakuranga and create new cycle and pedestrian links between the two town centres.

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here are many recreational facilities for young and old on the Pohutukawa Coast – Whitford through to Beachlands/Maraetai and on to Clevedon – but there’s even more on the way. A group of community representatives have undertaken the planning of more walking, cycling and horse riding trails in the Beachlands/Maraetai area. Following community feedback, the Franklin Local Board has made it a priority to plan a network of trails across the local board area. Beachlands/Maraetai is selected first for the project, and the board will work in partnership with the community to develop a greenways plan. A new group, called the Pohutukawa Coast Trails Steering Group, was established in March this year. A broad range of local interests is represented on the group, including: ■■ Pohutukawa Coast Community Association ■■ Pohutukawa Coast Rotary ■■ Pohutukawa Coast Bike Club ■■ Beachlands/Maraetai Pony Club ■■ Beachlands Maraetai & Districts Historical Society ■■ Whitford Residents & Ratepayers Association ■■ Pohutukawa Coast Sea Rescue ■■ Te Puru ■■ Franklin Local Board The group is enthusiastic about the potential for increasing the quality, number and effectiveness of trails for walking, cycling and horse riding in the area. Broadly, the aims are to ensure that locals can easily get around using pathways and also access the coastal attractions. Franklin Local Board member, Malcolm Bell, says “Beachlands/Maraetai has plenty of potential to add to the trails already in existence, with the possibility to link further west to Whitford and south to Clevedon in the future.” Community views on places to connect are sought. Look out for community events, such as open days, which are being planned for later in 2016. In the meantime please feel free to contact any of the local groups above with thoughts and suggestions.

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Growing a greener Howick


former dump is to undergo a major makeover to create one of the biggest new parklands in Auckland. Howick Local Board has released proposals to transform the former Greenmount Landfill site at East Tamaki into a native forest alongside leisure areas, children’s play and fitness facilities, an off-leash dog area, walking and cycling tracks and access to the summit. The 54ha site, on the corner of Harris and Smales Roads in East Tamaki, was used as a landfill by Envirowaste until 2005 and since 2006 has been undergoing managed fill operations to restore its original landform. Local Board Chair, David Collings, says the board is welcoming feedback on initial plans which will

guide a substantial and exciting new green space for local businesses and residents. “We’ve made a significant push for progress on this transformation and it’s great to see this longheld vision coming to life in these plans. “We now have a masterplan including a fantastic mix of open natural spaces and ponds with play, fitness and recreation facilities.” Mr Collings says the timeframe is subject to ongoing development of the plans and funding, but it’s envisaged the park will open in stages from 2018. As well as creating a habitat for native flora and fauna the landscape will celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the area. It is envisaged sculpture and artwork will also be a feature.

The former Greenmount Landfill on its way to becoming an exciting green space with a mix of facilities.

PlEnty to Do AnD SEE At clEvEDon ScEnic RESERvE South Eastern parts of Auckland boast many fine attractions but the Clevedon Scenic Reserve is one of Manukau’s most stunning reserves, with significant natural and cultural heritage value. The 100ha reserve, and the adjoining Clevedon Stewardship Area, contain one of the few intact areas of native forest left in Manukau. The forest is home to a variety of native bird species including tui, fantail, keraru and many more. Lowland broadleaf forest is the main forest type within the reserve. Broadleaf species include taraire, puriri, kohekohe and karaka. The reserve also contains ecologically valuable stands of trees belonging to the conifer/podocarp group, as well as a viable population of king fern which is in serious decline.

The track to the summit and back down the other side takes between one and two hours, depending on fitness level. There is also an easy five-minute walk to the old Thorp Quarry site, which has a beautiful waterfall and wetland. This part of the reserve provides a boardwalk and stunning seating area for a picnic. The Taitaia Stream is the main watercourse within the reserve. It meanders from the southwest through the reserve behind Camp Sladdin. The stream heads off to the north-east where it meets with the Wairoa River. Within the bush there are many smaller unnamed streams which fluctuate depending on rainfall. The reserve is a habitat for many native insects such as weta and the puriri moth.


More look south

hile the far eastern quarter of Auckland appeals to many people, the pull of the south is also strong. That’s because there has been a resurgence of growth with the emphasis on community living – townhouses, terrace houses and apartments built around communal green spaces with excellent schools and recreation opportunities nearby. Close proximity to the Southern Motorway also makes the southern quarter and its expansion to the east extremely attractive. This direct route when completed, will offer easier access to work in the city or to the south even as far as Hamilton – improved infrastructure has already trimmed back driving time between Papakura and Te Rapa with work on the Waikato Expressway continuing. Importantly, burgeoning suburbs, particularly around Takanini, are not short of quality amenities which cover education, health, recreation, entertainment and more. And, with the Hunua Ranges nearby there is every reason to enjoy its walking and tramping tracks and to embrace a natural environment city counterparts envy. What’s more residents in these areas don’t have to travel far to reach the sea

either to the east or the west or to enjoy the green spaces, flowerbeds, trees and walkways within the Auckland Botanic Gardens at Manurewa. With an emphasis on new, affordable housing, but where opportunities also exist to buy within

keen budgets then renovate and add value, the up and coming south is attracting first home buyers and young families seeking a sense of community as well as professional couples who want comfortable living with minimal maintenance. Design and Build South East — 2016-2017 — 15

East offers diversity With entry to inner Auckland suburbs growing more difficult every year, more people are looking east and south for new homes, invigorating family living, and access to urban, coastal and rural domains.


n the eastern quarter, the suburbs of Pakuranga, Half Moon Bay, Bucklands and Eastern Beaches, Howick, and Cockle Bay all the way through to Pine Harbour, Beachlands and Maraetai, are bounded on one side by the sea. Depending on where one settles within these areas, the other side embraces bustling suburban communities which gradually give way to countryside and wide open spaces. Housing features character homes and new builds and the region is flush with services and amenities. Newcomers will discover excellent shopping, a cafe culture, respected schools, libraries, medical facilities including a 24-hour accident and medical facility, recreation and arts centres plus varied leisure facilities such as Lloyd Elsmore Park which accommodates several sport codes, an indoor swimming pool complex, skateboard park, and also the award-winning Howick Historical Village. It’s the range of choice which appeals to many buyers, including new immigrants, extended families, young professionals and retirees and because there is still development across the region, the attraction is strong. Wending its way to Whitford, Beachlands and Maraetai, the road passes through rural surrounds where pony club, outdoor recreation and water activities abound. So, whether one is seeking seaside living, park-like surrounds, a large section, a small section, a small house or a palatial mansion, retirement village or close proximity to malls, schools, and professional rooms, there is much to please. In addition, as more land becomes available, housing companies are offering land and home packages to suit different budgets and household requirements. Demand is high but for those seeking a desirable lifestyle then this part of the east, heading south-east, is likely to fit the bill. Well grounded in its Settler past but embracing upbeat, contemporary living, there is everything to gain when heading east.

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Turning the first sod, (from left) Auckland Transport director Mark Gilbert, Howick Local Board chair, David Collings, Simon Bridges, Auckland Mayor, Len Brown and NZ Transport Agency director, Nick Rogers.

New (Half) Moon to shine Travelling from eastern Auckland to the heart of the city might require taking a ferry, but it seems it also requires Bridges. In efforts to ease pressure on Auckland’s roads, Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, has marked the start of a $5.9 million upgrade to the Half Moon Bay ferry terminal. “This project is part of the Government’s commitment to providing infrastructure that delivers better integrated solutions for urban transport networks,” Mr Bridges said soon after construction began in May, 2016. Designed to improve access for passengers and make safer truck movements safer, the works are intended to result in Half Moon Bay becoming a key hub for a new east Auckland

public transport network. “The passenger ferry service provides a fast, reliable alternative route to the city and the improvements will ensure it can keep up with current and future increased demand,” Mr Bridges claims. “As well as offering better shelter from the elements for passengers, the facilities will also provide covered cycling storage and nearby bus stops to ensure the best all-weather facilities for all types of transport users.” In addition, a new park and ride facility at “nearby” Lloyd Elsmore Park will provide an extra 100 parking spaces, with a weekday bus shuttle connecting passengers to the ferry terminal, added the minister.

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The attention to detail you deserve.

At Horncastle we believe the details matter. We’ve been designing and building new homes for over 25 years and in our experience, when you get the details right, everything else falls into place. We’ll create a home designed to suit the way you live, tailored to your lifestyle, budget and site. Call us today and find out first hand the quality and value in a Horncastle Home. Visit our Display Home at 1 Hillpark Drive, Pokeno or contact John Wilson on 021 256 6592.



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The difference is in the details.


Ways to tackle a new build

here are a number of paths to owning a brand new home. Whether you want full involvement in the design stage or to simply move into a new quality house, Horncastle Homes has an option to suit. With our Design & Build service you can create your dream home with the help of our innovative design team. We’ll create a home designed to suit the way you live, tailored to your lifestyle, budget and site. We can start with your plan or ours. Using our in-house architect and architectural designers you’ll get the best advice from experts with more than 25 years experience. You could choose a house and land package offering excellent value for money and ease of planning. A house and land package takes the hard work out of building a new home, yet you can still choose your own personal touches. You can be as involved in the design process as much as you wish. For example, you can alter almost anything to suit your lifestyle requirements and personal taste, including modifying the floorplan and selecting the colours, fabrics, fixtures and fittings. If you haven’t found a section we can help you find one in an area you love and then build on it. With a turnkey or an investment property, clients can simply enjoying taking ownership of a

brand new home that’s already been designed and completed. With a turnkey home, we look after absolutely everything and often have a number of houses under development at any time, built in desirable areas and designed to gain the best value for your investment. With both our house and land or turnkey packages you pay a deposit and then pay nothing more until we hand you the keys. To find out more call us on 0800 NEW HOME or talk to John Wilson on 021 256 6592.

Passion for perfection


fourth generation builder, Nick, of Nick Bosanac Builders, grew up being inspired by the opulent, architectural relics of Detroit, Michigan’s golden era. During his apprenticeship Nick worked for Walbridge, the biggest construction firm in Michigan state, dedicated to breathing life back into the once affluent city. His work took him to both residential and commercial sites including massive football and baseball stadiums, state of the art skyscrapers, as well as the restoration work on the original Ford factory, museum and the Henry Ford township of Greenfield Village. When the opportunity to work in New Zealand arose, he jumped at the chance. That was eleven years ago and he hasn’t looked back. Falling in love with New Zealand, and starting a family here, he is proud to call this place, home. When asked what really drives his passion for building Nick simply responds: “Building Futures – for the families whose homes we build as well as for the team who make it happen.”

This founding principle is carried throughout the award-winning company, along with a drive for excellence in each and every step – from chatting with clients about their building aspirations to working with architects and designers, then to building the home you and your family will fall in love with. You will be thrilled with the building experience and the quality of the homes Nick and his team build.

As an independent building company, Nick Bosanac Builders can ensure that: ■■ You matter most – you’re not just a sales statistic ■■ Your home is unique – built to YOUR specifications, styles and budget ■■ You will deal with the same great team from start to finish Importantly, Nick project manages your build and is on the tools while his wife, Kylie takes care of administration and assists with customer support so that their growing team have the systems, support and knowledge they need to ensure you receive the best from the company. From our family to yours, our legacy is that your house will be filled with the special moments and memories you share with the people who matter most and that this will always lead you back to the place you love – home! Contact Nick Bosanac Builders today and find out how we can help you build your new home: Ph 021 989 636, email,

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Building or renovating? residential drainage specialist


Residential Drainage Specialists WHEN QUALITY IS CRUCIAL We specialise in all aspects of drainage for new housing, plus on-site wastewater treatment plans and water tank installation. Quality workmanship is crucial to the success of any new housing project, and trouble-free drainage is a big part of the picture. And, because at we share the same high standards as you, we know that we’re your perfect match. Talk to, your drainage professionals, about ensuring the best options for your new home!

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Planning a new home? check this list! Rain harvesting Water tanks First flush diverters Water tank fittings – soft inlets, floating inlets and vacuum outlets ■■ Water pumps – external or submersible water pumps ■■ Ultra violet disinfection & water filters ■■ Grey water recycling ■■ Water conservation devices ■■ Wastewater designs reducing wastewater volume ■■ Consider wastewater treatment options ■■ Simple septic systems ■■ Secondary treated systems such as the Oasis Clearwater range ■■ Ensure adequate drainage ■■ Install enough pit boxes and cesspits in the driveways and lawns ■■ Planned maintenance Talk to your drainage professionals about ensuring the best options for your new home., cnr Quarry & Great South Rds, Drury. Phone 09 294 8109. Email info@ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

Life on the (pipe)line


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

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

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Upgrade a relief Long road to ease congestion a step nearer.


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

traffic volumes are expected to double within as little as 10 years, more that the current Redoubt and Mill Roads can cope with. This is based on an estimated 10,000 new houses to be fast tracked in special housing areas under the Housing Accord in southern parts of Auckland, this includes 4,470 houses in Flat Bush, and 1,770 houses in Takanini. A further 12,000 – 14,000 houses are expected to be built in the Takanini, Opaheke, Drury and Karaka future urban zone. The strain on the roading network will be further tested by new industrial areas in Takanini and Drury south which are expected to create 6000 new jobs. The upgrade will be carried out in two phases – a northern section from State Highway 1 at Manukau to the intersection of Mill Road and Popes Road followed by the southern section from the Mill Road/Popes Road intersection to Papakura and Drury. The northern section of the Mill Road project covers the 8.9km section of the Redoubt Road-Mill Road corridor starting at SH1 on- and off-ramps on Redoubt Road running east, then south along Redoubt Road to the Redoubt Road/Mill Road intersection. From here, the corridor continues south along Mill Road, ending south of Alfriston Road near the intersection of Mill Road and Popes Road. It also includes a short section along Hollyford Drive to the north of Redoubt Road and a portion of Murphys

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


Solutions bets on the Bay

reating spaces, which fit many and varied lifestyles, requires a made-to-measure approach. However, despite careful consultation and planning, sometimes dream homes – such as a recent addition to Half Moon Bay – exceed expectation. “Considering our reputation, one of our more recent clients had confidence in our team at Solutions Architecture from the get-go,” the Pakuranga firm’s director, Mark Brown, says. “But the word ‘thrilled’ doesn’t even come close to her reaction once the home had been completed.” Solutions’ client, a professional woman with a penchant for entertaining, summed this up with: “I could not believe the house would be so good. Easy to live in, lock up and leave. I just enjoy coming home every day. This house is everything I had wished for and more!” This may seem like a glowing endorsement yet Mark says: “We expect to receive this level of satisfaction. Our clients aren’t always clear as to their precise requirements but then again, they don’t need to be. Thanks to our extensive experience, we develop homes tailored to suit their needs down to the ground.” The client’s brief included some specific features – such as a private master suite, spacious entry with room for artwork and sculptures, an in-ground plunge pool – while others were less specific, including shiny surfaces and a simple

colour palette. The result was a two-storied, modernist home. “From the outset we knew this home could be something very special,” Mr Brown explains. “It’s the sum total of all this home’s fixtures, fittings and features which really makes it pop.” From painted brick veneer and high ceilings in living spaces, to polished concrete floors with extra white oxide and white stones, no detail appears to have been overlooked. Sensor-operated night lighting (under the vanity and adjacent to the WC) even makes nocturnal visits a less glaring experience. An Eastside Nova gas fire from Living Flame sits in the lounge over a floating underlit hearth, with a substantial TV screen above. High gloss wooden panels in the kitchen contrast with white

cabinet tops, while an expansive window provides uninterrupted views onto the front courtyard, Mark explains. “Such features (and many more) form the stage, but the stars of this show are, of course, the likes of the plunge pool which completes a beautifully landscaped site. Fitting neatly into the northwest corner, the pool is directly accessible from the living area. Full height sliders open from the living/dining and kitchen areas, expanding an already spacious living space. “With its vertical foil louvres and private deck, the master suite is also special. A bridge over the entry separates it from the fourth bedroom/study.” To discuss your own design ideas, contact Mark and his ‘dreams team’ at Solutions via

SOLUTIONS ARCHITECTURE – from residential and commercial to industrial

Working with quantity surveyors, planning consultants, engineers, and even arborists, where required, all work is undertaken by a highly experienced team. From realistic budgets and closely monitoring construction to full compliance, we’ll work with you to deliver your dream home. Call Mark for a consultation today.


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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. Make sure you pick up an ‘Apples for Apples’ checklist to ensure nothing is overlooked when making comparisons between builders. And, please continue to explore our website – – we hope you find it useful in designing your dream home. If you need further help, please don’t hesitate to contact your local G.J. Gardner Homes office or call 09 2742082.


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Kitchen show-stopper


op building companies recognise excellent talent so when GJ Gardner Homes chose Stewart Scott Cabinetry in East Tamaki to design and install kitchens in their building projects they knew the result would be exceptional. In particular, they asked Stewart Scott kitchen designer, Brenda Hrstich to come up with a contemporary kitchen for a substantial rural property, confident she would not only fulfil the brief, but ensure a quality finish that they and their clients could be proud of. “Among the requirements was a large scullery with plenty of storage,” Brenda says. “While the clients wanted eye-catching and streamlined they also wanted a mix of modern and classic with easyclean, glossy surfaces and enough seating for large family gatherings.” With this in mind, and heeding the client’s personal preferences, Brenda opted for: ■■ Cupboard doors in Arborform Gloss – a mix of gunmetal grey and alabaster gloss ■■ Granite benchtops – 30mm steel grey by Ruyi ■■ Handles by Hafele ■■ Double Sink by Burns & Ferrall Stainless Steel “In the mix we incorporated dark overhead cupboards to draw the eye upwards and to highlight the gorgeous textured tile splashback ” says Brenda. “Concealed lighting added a dramatic finish. “The clients were also avid cooks so a large F&P


range was included to ensure meal preparation for a crowd was easily accommodated and, of course, there was the added advantage of dishwasher, French-style, double door fridge-freezer, waste disposer and all that wonderful scullery storage not


to mention an abundance of drawers and pantry in the large open-plan kitchen. “The overall result was one of timeless appeal, offering all the practicality a modern home needs in the kitchen but also exuding luxurious style.”


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


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

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MILANO Marblestone Fireplace

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

INTEGRA Lightweight Concrete Facade

INTEGRA Lightweight Concrete Facade

INTEGRA Lightweight Concrete Facade

INTEGRA Lightweight Concrete Facade

Marrakesh with Graffiti Tiles

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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Distinctive cladding Affordable, architecturally designed home stands out from the crowd.


ousing affordability is of growing importance in the challenging Auckland housing market. But this contemporary, eye-catching home has the added benefit of being a cost-effective build. Designed and built by Registered Master Builders, Haven New Zealand, this simplistic, twostorey, box-shaped home, using James Hardie Stria® Cladding, is situated on a small site in the new Pukekohe subdivision of Anselmi Ridge. Its boxy shape, and the way the build steps up the slight hill, showcases the contemporary thinking put into this timeless build. The broad, clean lines of Stria Cladding create a

modern finish and an architectural solution – bold, yet simplistic in its design. “Because the home is located close to other homes, it needed to blend in, but have some individuality,” says, Haven New Zealand project manager, Aaron Mowll. “At Haven New Zealand, our emphasis is on providing unique solutions to create distinctly different homes. Stria Cladding helped us achieve an architecturally pleasing look in this up and coming part of Auckland.’ The cladding was installed vertically giving a dynamic edge to the home, adding interest and elongating the upper level.

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“We had envisaged using a dark colour on the upper level of this building so, by using Stria Cladding, we were able to achieve this.” Stria Cladding is a wide panel product with a sturdy horizontal groove offering the appeal of solid masonry with enhanced stability, strength and durability. Most builds on the street use shades such as black, grey, charcoals, subtle greys and whites. Homeowners and architects alike appreciate the beauty and simplicity of a consistent yet distinctive streetscape, so it was important to keep the colour palette consistent with the theme of the street.

“Stria Cladding allowed us to incorporate darker shades to complement the lighter shades used in the garage and lower level,” Aaron says For this build, Stria Cladding was specified for the upper level to provide a distinct look with visual appeal but it can be used in various ways. Architects use it for fully wrapped houses, distinctive feature walls and also to create an indoor-outdoor flow to suit the New Zealand lifestyle. This particular build, which combines Stria Cladding with other materials, follows the growing trend of multi-cladding designs. It showcases how adaptable and flexible the James Hardie cladding range is in allowing for the creation of distinctive builds. Engineered for stability, Stria Cladding is made in New Zealand from Scyon™ Technology, an advanced lightweight fibre cement composite with heavy-duty performance designed to withstand New Zealand’s harsh weather conditions. For extra peace of mind, it is resistant to fire, 

moisture damage and rot; enabling a beautiful yet structurally sound build. An added appeal of James Hardie products is that they are made locally with sustainable materials, and the warranties and technical support give confidence in the product range. In addition to Stria Cladding, Haven New Zealand has used other James Hardie claddings, including the popular Linea® Weatherboard, and the company has confidence in the products. The wide panel format and interlocking edges of Stria Cladding allow for fast and easy installation. Stria Cladding is gun-nailable for simple application. The pre-primed surface means paint application is fast, too. The result is a durable, cost-effective, low maintenance solution that gives peace of mind performance. Because Stria Cladding is classified as a noncombustible material, it’s ideal for use on external walls close to boundaries – as in this home. “As mentioned earlier, the homes are situated

quite close to each other in this street, so Stria Cladding provides good peace of mind with respect to fire risk,” says Aaron. “This cladding choice has allowed us to create an affordable, quality home that is different to other builds on the street, while fitting in through the use of similar colours.” For those keen to create a distinctive, yet fitting home, check out James Hardie Stria Cladding. Celebrated architect, Ron Seeto can help clients explore the grounds of this build, and many more, on the James Hardie youtube channel as part of the company’s Design Series videos.

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Superior weatherboard cladding solution Jenkin Timber designs and manufactures quality wooden cladding weatherboards, its premium A-lign cladding especially suited to both classic and contemporary homes.


n 1922, the philosophy of Jenkin founder, Harry Jenkin was simple – “You don’t sharpen tools – you keep them sharp.” Today, almost 100 years later, staying sharp for Jenkin Timber is still based on the values Harry established; integrity, innovation and foresight. It means Jenkin strive for quality in everything it does, from providing consistently superior products to timely investment in technology and fostering loyal relationships with customers and suppliers. As a family business the future of Jenkin Timber is dependent on these relationships, and the company has earned the reputation of being able to meet the challenges of modern business. With a new generation of designers and builders finding wood products more appealing, there is a growing market for Jenkin product ranges. A-lign is a superior, precision-cut timber weatherboard cladding solution with versatile

design and style. It’s designed to be installed to the highest standard quickly and easily. It was the first timber weatherboard system on the New Zealand market with BRANZ Appraisal. Manufactured from New Zealand plantation radiata pine, the A-lign system is treated to withstand termites, borer and rot. Jenkin Timber has partnered with Dulux paint

to deliver a paint support system to ensure an even greater result. Jenkin Timber marketing manager, Bruce Barclay explains, “The better the primer and paint job on solid timber exteriors, the better the cladding will perform over the decades.” So all you’ll need to worry about is choosing the right colour!

Behind the grandest designs


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

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

Modernism Rediscovered by Julius Shulman

A must-have for keen students, or simply admirers, of magnificent architecture, this three volume work, Modernism Rediscovered, features a cultural cache of more than 400 architectural treasures. During an impressive career, Julius Shulman (1910–2009) exported a West Coast dream of American architecture through his photographs of mid-century, Southern Californian buildings. With a focused, educated eye for structural, functional, and design elements, Julius embarked on a career which would see him capture not just

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buildings, but their context and inhabitants as well, as he travelled the world. The result is a masterwork chronicling modern architecture in all its glory, with detailed introductions, captions describing decorative elements, biographies of key architects, and even personal reflections by Shulman himself. If your coffee table can’t accommodate this book, maybe it’s time to get a better coffee table! ■■ Julius Shulman: Modernism Rediscovered | RRP $299.99 (three volume set) | published by TASCHEN | distributed in New Zealand by New Holland

Faster. Simpler. Proven Weathertight. For building, renovating or re-cladding, ask for Jenkin A-lign. Make yours an A-lign timber home.

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Cladding homes since 1922

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


radiata pine growth patterns 540 Auckland & Northland


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

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

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

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

Timber beams, posts and joists

Northpine, 34 Cove Road, Waipu, Northland Ph 09 432 1155 Email:

Tall buildings restored in a single bound


edar maintenance can be a hairraising business at times! We recently refurbished a number of cedar buildings at Auckland’s Kristin School, the largest of which was a vertigo-inducing three storeys tall. Not only that, it also boasted unusual roof lines and profiles. As a result, several of Auckland’s biggest scaffolding companies refused the job because of its difficulty. But where there’s a will there’s a way. We went out and hired the biggest knuckleboom crane in the country to reach the most awkward points. Knuckleboom cranes are kind of like a cross between a weightlifter and a gymnast; super strong but also really manoeuverable. All it took then was appropriate health and safety measures – carabiners and strapping, anyone? – and up we went. The odd part of all this is that the job was a real pleasure! That’s because Kristin’s buildings have never been painted or stained. So what we were working with was beautiful, natural cedar that just needs a gentle bio wash and a deep oiling to protect it and rejuvenate its splendid looks.

So here’s a couple of tips for proud cedarhomeowners. ■■ First, we say that no timber has greater natural beauty, or will reward you more for allowing that beauty to speak for itself, than cedar. Simply have it regularly cleaned and reoiled by professionals, and you’ll have visitors ooh-ing and aah-ing over your home for years to come. ■■ Second, don’t be put off if your home is a couple of storeys high or is on a steep slope that makes access tricky. Getting to those hard-to-reach places is all in a day’s work for a pro, whether it’s with a trusty ladder or, in rare but photogenic cases, a knuckleboom crane. An expert will do it safely and quite possibly for less than you might suppose. ■■ One more tip: regular cedar maintenance tends to pay for itself. One estimate suggests that for every dollar you invest in taking care of your cedar, you’ll reap four dollars in increased value. Whether you plan to stay in your cedar home for years, or are thinking of putting it on the market some time soon, keeping it protected and looking great is a smart investment.

Above, scaling Everest. Below left, Collin hooks one of the team up. Below right, Atop the summit. Let the beautifying begin!

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From plans to perfection

Help yourself

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

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



Supplies for on the job

Got stock? Or a flock?

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

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

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

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

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28 Trugood Dr, East Tamaki Phone 0508 AKARANA 11753

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


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

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

Stone Creations knows how to rock!

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

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

Ph 09 294 7448 • Mob 021 786 632 

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Designed with style and performance in mind.

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

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

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

TEL: 09 273 2820

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

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• We can assist you through your journey from start to finish for both domestic and commercial situations • Free measure and quote • Insurance work • Supply and installation • Floor preparation • Repair service (for all those little damages or restretches) Q-Card finance available on purchases $1000 and over. Terms & conditions apply.

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Floor & Wall Tiles | Indoor & Outdoor Browse our range online – all stock tiles featured, plus many of our special order items: 41 Morrin Road, Mt Wellington Mon-Fri 8.30-5pm, Sat 9-4pm 13027

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Ali-Frame Quality is our trademark.


he problem with first impressions is that we only get to make one. Fortunately, homes fitted with Ali-Frame windows and doors make first impressions count as soon as visitors arrive. Now operating from the company’s new Howick showroom, owner Darren Clarke and the Ali-Frame team have built their reputation for supplying and installing quality aluminium joinery for windows, doors and conservatories. “We pride ourselves on our customer service from start to finish,” says Darren. “With more than 30 years’ experience in this industry, and utmost attention to detail, we use the highest grade of aluminium profile in Vantage Aluminium. “All of our units are custom-made to meet your designs and specifications.” From initial consultations, often conducted by sales manager, Dwayne Bond, to installation, the Ali-Frame team provide ‘one-stop-shop’ service. “After making a time to suit our customers’ busy schedules, Dwayne will visit, go through all options available and guide them through the process. “He’ll provide a competitive quote and be on hand every step of the way to ensure you’ll be thrilled with the final result. “When it comes to installation, all members of

our three teams are kept up to date with the latest installation requirements. They’ll always leave work sites clean and tidy and can even remove old joinery if required.” A wide range of joinery and hardware is on display at Ali-Frame’s showroom – located at 68 Rodney Street, Howick.

However, a simple phone call will get the ball rolling. “Feel free to pop in and take a look around or simply give us a call to discuss your requirements,” says Darren. “Our customers are always satisfied with the work carried out by our guys and thoroughly enjoy the experience of working with Ali-Frame.”


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Enter the stylish world of Ignisterra

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

timbER DooRS in moDERn ARchitEctURE

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

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

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

igniStERRA comES to AUcklAnD

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

See us at the home ideas centre, 165 the Strand Parnell or Unit 2, 10 canaveral Drive, Albany Phone 09 478 3244, email Design and Build South East — 2016-2017 — 39


Granite rocks!

hen your old bench top is tired, scratched, lost its sheen or is just plain out of date you don’t have to put up with it. Really the only thing set in stone should be ordering a new, durable, engineered stone bench top which will last for years and give your kitchen the wow factor. Granite Transformations in Moore Street, Howick Valley can transform your old kitchen bench into an object of desire in as little as one day and it won’t be at a gourmet cost. Heat, stain, scratch and impact-resistant engineered stone, comes in a range of colours from warm whites to greys and blacks and is a versatile solution when kitchens and bathrooms need a make-over.

“Existing sinks, tap and stovetops can be reused after the new surface has been fitted snugly over the existing top – just like a glove,” says company director, Steve Mouldey. “Alternatively, you can install new hardware. We also provide a 10-year warranty for complete peace of mind.” Granite Transformations can also modify the size and shape of bench tops and those wanting to replace ‘past their use by date’ cupboard doors, drawer fronts, panels and tiled splashbacks, the talented crew will do that too. What’s more, staff members know what they’re doing. Granite Transformation has more than 200 branches worldwide and between them they have installed more than one million bench tops over the past 15 plus years!

“We exclusively use Trend 6.5mm thickness sheets of Italian-designed and engineered stone for any form of surface overlay,” Steve says. “Our accredited installers measure kitchen bench tops or vanity tops, pre-cut the 6.5mm stone and simply overlay it on top of the old top. There’s no mess, dust or fuss, and it can usually be done in a day.” So, there may be no need to replace your whole kitchen, simply reface it and save money and time. “By choosing Granite Transformations homeowners will achieve a beautiful finish with high-quality stone and customer service excellence,” says Steve. “So, if your kitchen needs updating, or you’re building new and want a stylish, hard-wearing bench top, give us a call to arrange an obligation-free quotation.”






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


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



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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Unbeatable value W 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. Specialising in flat pack kitchens at wholesale prices, Ex-Space is a favourite destination for property developers and homeowners looking for an affordable yet quality solution for their home. Clients have the option of assembling the kitchen themselves or Ex-Space can arrange a reasonably priced installation contractor to do it for you. Ex-Space has been established for nine years and has a solid reputation for building high quality kitchens that last but don’t cost the earth. The kitchens incorporate top quality hinges and accessories made by renowned German manufacturer, Hettich; these include a lifetime warranty – a valuable investment for a hardworking space of the home. There is a five-year warranty on the cabinetry and with proper care, it can last a lifetime too. Available in every colour under the sun with a variety of veneers and designs, these can also be customised. 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. 

Visit our showroom today and enjoy the kitchen you truly deserve.

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. Good news – those who mention this article will receive a FREE single bowl stainless steel sink with every order above $2000 from now until Christmas 2016! For a stunning kitchen that doesn’t break the bank, visit our showroom today.

Planning to renovate or create a new kitchen? Look no further! Huge savings – wholesale prices direct to you • Quality cabinets • German made hinges (lifetime warranty) • Granite benchtops • Best price in the market guaranteed 42 — Design and Build South East — 2016-2017


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

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Fyfe Kitchens manufactures kitchens, bathrooms, wardrobes as well as other refined space solutions. With award winning designers to create handcrafted cabinets of exceptional quality.

Let us create something special for you The team at Domani have been working with solid surfaces for over 25 years and are specialists in both commercial and residential work with no job too big or too small. We specialise in custom manufacturing to any size, shape and colour. We only work with the best brands and are approved to fabricate Samsung Staron, Hi Macs, Laminex, and Kalon acrylics, We are also approved fabricators of Caesarstone, Quantum Quartz, Uni Quartz, Accura, Silestone and Eurostone engineered stones. At Domani, we have the unique ability to create custom colours in house. We can replicate virtually any colour you bring in to us so if one of the many colour choices from our suppliers does not suit, we can make you the colour you desire. Come and talk to the Domani team at our showroom and let us create something special for you.

Factory 60 Allens Road, Highbrook Ph 09 274 7055 Showroom 225 Gt South Road, Greenlane Ph 09 520 4752 13252


5 Rylock Place, Pakuranga. Phone 576 7241.

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A peak into the past – three images of PlaceMakers Pakuranga as it once was.

PlaceMakers Pakuranga New looks to revitalise our lifestyles Is building, renovating or extending a home on the agenda? Do you need expert advice, quality products, and budget-friendly ideas? Then talk to the team at PlaceMakers Pakuranga!


ffering a huge array of building materials and home renovation products, from fencing timber to flooring, hardware to power tools, PlaceMakers Pakuranga also provides everything to ensure those allimportant rooms – kitchen, bathroom, laundry – are style setters. A particular focus of late has been the store itself as branch operator, Rowan Toms, explains. “While we’ve long been committed to helping make your place the best it can be, we’ve recently been rolling up our sleeves to make our place the very best it can be too! “Thanks to our extensive refurbishment, our new showroom features even more of the finest

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products and materials available on the market today.” Originally a sawmill, the site at 481 Pakuranga Road has long been at the very foundation of the development of eastern Auckland. And, since taking on the PlaceMakers’ name in the 1980s, Rowan says the business has been at the heart of our homes. “While some new houses are still being built, renovations are now the norm. What’s more, as our new showroom demonstrates, we’ve had to move with the times. From the latest tools – some of which are ‘cutting edge’ in more ways than one! – to building materials, electrical and lighting fixtures and even plumbing supplies, we have

everything you could imagine to help you make your place in the world!” Trade customers and those looking to revitalise their homes with a fresh coat of paint will find the team from this ‘new-look’ PlaceMakers is now even better able to assist. “By relocating our paint and trade counters, our team has more space to provide first class service. Even shelving and signage has been redeveloped to make the shopping experience at PlaceMakers easier,” Rowan explains. “We really have left no detail overlooked. By improving signage and the general layout of the store, we’ve made it even easier for customers to locate the right products for their projects. Already,

we’ve noticed that this frees up our team to focus on providing more complex advice and guidance.” Often considered to be the most important rooms, kitchens and bathrooms remain a specialty of PlaceMakers Pakuranga. “In order to give customers a better idea of colours, layout and versatility, we have five complete bathrooms and three kitchens in place. When combined with the skills and vision of our own expert, in-store kitchen and bathroom

specialists, these really can help our customers envisage the way they’ll want to live. “By combining our vision with that of our customers, while also having virtually every last tile, mixer and cabinet choice on ‘tap’, we can deliver a complete service.” Guidance is always at hand from Rowan and his highly experienced team members. Their aim is to make the customer service experience pleasant and fuss-free.

So why not call in and meet him and his team at the Pakuranga showroom and see complete bathrooms and kitchens or to discuss your personal renovation/building requirements? PlaceMakers Pakuranga, 481 Pakuranga Rd, Pakuranga. Ph 538 0200. hours mon-Fri 7am-5.30pm, Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday 9am-5pm

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

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

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

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


Product lifespans have been a hot topic in buildings’ footprint and environmental impact. building for decades and will continue to be so Accessible affordability is key to a cost-effective as more and more products come on and off the yet quality building. market. Kitchens come with many exciting design Kitchens in open plan homes are social hubs and detail decisions; they are the heart of the and high traffic areas for families. home and vitally important for resale. Blum offers a vast range of hardware options to Investigation into which products your cabinet suit every level of project – soft close drawers from maker plans to use will give you a major return in entry level right through to high end. the longevity of your investment. Any client can have Blum hardware in their Longevity is also important for the eco aspects kitchen, available through their cabinet maker or All Pressures of building such as reducing waste created by kitchen Available in Black,manufacturer. frequent renovation or repairs. Specifying a product See more at the Blum Hardware Showroom: White & Chrome which exceeds quality standards will reduce your 621 Rosebank Road, Avondale.

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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 Ltd in Pakuranga abounds with premier brands such as Miele, Omega, Brandt, DeDietrich, Bosch and Gaggenau 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

Arajan Odedra

seconds that doesn’t mean it isn’t right at the top of 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 18 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 afforable pricing! Able Appliances take care of all your service requirements, installation and spare parts We sell up to 50% OFF premium, high quality, factory seconds i.e. majority carton damage, end of line and minor scratch and dent Call us today on (09) 577 0007 • 36 Ben Lomond Cres, Pakuranga • email • Open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 9.00am-12 noon 12973

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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 23 years industry experience, LightingPlus is committed to providing customers with quality, value and fashion. Giving customers honest advice and sharing knowledge is a key part of the company’s philosophy to help them find the right lighting solution. But, with a multitude of lighting options available, the LightingPlus team knows making choices can be confusing so matching customer needs with that huge range of styles and price points is what it does perfectly. This makes the process a pleasurable, no pressure experience. And do check out exciting exterior products from SG Lighting, Norway, which offer a quality, long-lasting finish. In many cases the patented coating has a 20-year guarantee. Stylish and functional they can provide security or reveal stunning features and materials.

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

Lighting Plus Botany, cnr Huntington & Ti Rakau Dr, Botany. Ph: 09 274 9808. Trading hours: MonFri 8.30am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm Email: Lighting Plus Manukau, 67 Cavendish Dr, Manukau. Ph: 09 263 9808. Trading hours: MonFri 8.30am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm Email: Design and Build South East — 2016-2017 — 49

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


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

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

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


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

The Trust Smart Home system is divided into three simple steps. First choose a transmitter, secondly choose a receiver then create your own wireless system. To achieve wireless control at least one transmitter and one receiver will always be needed. So what are these transmitters and receivers?

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system via a HUB & Apps will become a way of life for the whole family to enjoy.

damage as motions sensors can just stick onto the wall, fitting switches screw into your light fitting and build-in products fit behind an existing light or light switch. The best part is you can take it all with you when you move.


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


■■ Good night – With one tap all household lights and devices are turned off ■■ In the garden – Lights turn on to light up the BBQ area and set the mood around the pool ■■ Motorised blinds and gates – can be controlled remotely


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

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

For more information visit our website, on-line store or phone us at Eurotec 09 579 1990. We would be happy to discuss your requirements. You can also find us on Facebook! /smarthomenz Design and Build South East — 2016-2017 — 51

Making bedrooms a retreat


itchens may be the hub of the home but bedrooms offer that personal space where we can escape our busy lives and indulge our desire to relax, read, listen to music or shut out the world and retreat into sleep. With more and more homes focused on open plan living, the bedroom is the one place others seldom intrude, especially when the door is shut. And, of course, it can be furnished in any way one likes – luxurious with plush carpet, soft, flowing drapes, and an excessively comfortable bed; practical with desk, leather occasional chair and adjustable bed; a period boudoir with Queen Anne furniture or minimalistic with all storage tucked away in a dressing room or walk-in wardrobe. Yes, there are many ways to give a bedroom its own personality starting with that essential piece of furniture, the bed. Beds are now more elaborate in their construction with revolutionary multi-layers of comforting fibres and excellent spring systems. By furnishing with a look you love, your bedroom will exude individual style. For example, opt for a beautiful, sculptural bed head and mattress surround, upholstered in a fabric that echoes a decor theme. A beautiful bed surround is something that can add substance as well as a foundation to add other furniture and accessories. If choosing an upholstered look there is an array of gorgeous fabrics from plush velvets to linen-like

textural weaves from which to choose. Next, opt for quality bed linen, soft pillows and decorative cushions. Add a feather duvet and perhaps a lavish throw for that special finishing touch. If your floor is timber include a couple of thick-piled rugs for warmth and style then add an armchair to complete the comfort picture. While it’s all very well to inject beauty into a bedroom, it will also need to be functional – a tall boy or dresser for storage and looks. And few bedrooms can do without bedside tables for all

those little essentials including a lamp. Finally, don’t neglect the walls. Whether you have plumped for a paint finished or wallpaper, add a compilation of family photographs, a stunning print and perhaps a beautifully framed mirror too. Whether opting for block colours, a cavalcade of florals, gilt opulence, natural timbers, a touch of leather, modern or traditional, take care to make your bedroom more than just a place to lay your head at night. Create the ultimate retreat to suit your needs and taste.

out of europe

Passion Chair

All Greek for me!

Round Bedroom



While Epixilon’s range inspires a love of design, it also evokes passions by name alone. Carrying the monikers of such infamous romantics as Rudolph Valentino, Cleopatra, Aphrodite (spelt Afrodite) and Narcissus (Narcissos), these chairs, sofas and chaise lounges provide one’s posterior with that loving touch.

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From a queen with an ‘asp’ that didn’t quit, and a lusty goddess (We think they mean Aphrodite, not Afro-dite... a 70s’ ‘blackspoitation’ film star, maybe?), to an often nudie Rudi, and a man who fell in love with himself, this Greek company sure has drawn on some interesting sources of inspiration! Products can be ordered direct from Epixilon (

Rest and shine To sleep, perchance to dream...Bedpost Botany has the answers.


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.

Experience exceptional sleep with a Sealy Posturepedic Crown Jewel bed. Engineered to provide the perfect balance of support, comfort and durability – designed for those who appreciate the importance of sleep.



451 Ti Rakau Drive, The Hub, Botany. Ph 273 8088. Email: HOURS: Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-5pm.

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


High gloss white finish, with built-in shelf headboard, builtin light-touch on/off LED, bed end storage drawer, and gas lift under-bed storage. Oak colour available on order. Windmill Kids Furniture, Unit I, 6 Polaris Pl, East Tamaki, Auckland. Phone 09 272 9165, Free Call 0800 288 888. Shop Online: Open: Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

Airlie Chaise Suite

Havana Bedroom Collection

The ideal way to lounge is when you can sit comfortably and elegantly while putting your feet up. The Airlie chaise suite from Danske Mobler enables you to do just this. It’s superbly styled and super affordable.

The stunning Havana collection in acacia wood with two-tone grey highlights will rejuvenate your bedroom. Metal legs and underframes lend a muted industrial look while retaining crisp, eye-catching lines.

Lily chaise

Proudly made in New Zealand, this contemporary Lily Chaise in Charles Parsons Jake range, can be custom-made in any size and fabric by Sofa Creations. RRP from $1299. Buy direct from the manufacturer. Open 7 days. 3 Burrett Ave, Penrose, Phone 09 634 6341. 2 Norton Rd, Hamilton, Phone 07 847 8471. 54 — Design and Build South East — 2016-2017

Set the scene and start living the dream Turn your dream home into reality with quality furniture from our very stylish and exclusive range. We’ve been transforming New Zealand homes since 1958 and we’d love to help transform yours too! LOUNGE•DINING•BEDROOM OCCASIONAL•OUTDOOR•AND MORE

SHOWROOMS AUCKLAND 983 Mt Eden Rd, Three Kings. Ph 09 625 3900 • 13a Link Dve, Wairau Park. Ph 09 443 3045 501 Ti Rakau Dve, Botany Town Centre. Ph 09 274 1998 • HAMILTON 15 Maui St, Te Rapa. Ph 07 847 0398 TAURANGA 683 Cameron Rd. Ph 07 281 1426 • TAUPO 29 Totara St, Totara Point. Ph 07 378 3156 HASTINGS 810 Heretaunga St West. Ph 06 876 1010 • PALMERSTON NORTH 699 Main St. Ph 06 358 6800 LOWER HUTT Harvey Norman Centre, 28 Rutherford St. Ph 04 568 5001 NATIONWIDE STOCKISTS 

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Style guide: making an entrance T he front entrance is usually the first thing visitors see when entering your home so it’s important that it looks welcoming and reflects the mood and style of the overall

decor. Lighting, furniture and accessories are critical. For example, a lovely mirror will draw admiring looks so, is this something that will fit your space? Today there are mirrors of many shapes, sizes and frames to suit different tastes but if you cannot find a framed mirror you like, why not create your own decorative moulding for the frame? On the other hand, also consider a painting, wall art, a group of photographs or a textile hanging to dress the walls. Just take note of the background – painted and plain may work well whereas wallpapered and patterned might be a more difficult match. However, an eye-catching wallpaper or just one feature wall – bold block colours or innovative pattern – could be a work of art in itself! A colourful floor rug can add character to the floor but pay attention to what’s underneath.

Whether choosing tiles, timber flooring or carpet, think about cleaning, non-slip qualities and the overall look you wish to achieve. If your entranceway is spacious there may be room for a sofa table adorned with vase of flowers or, perhaps, an occasional chair where visitors can sit and remove shoes. A hat stand – with hats too – or a shoe rack can be both practical and decorative but take care not to overcrowd what may be a small area. Because a foyer should be functional consider a beautiful set of key hooks, an umbrella stand or a tray/basket for mail – all are practical yet attractive. And do pay attention to good lighting and perhaps a blind or semi-sheer curtain at either side of door if glass panels allow people to peer in. If your foyer is wide enough, opt for double opening doors – so practical when moving furniture in and out. There can be a lot to think about so take time to choose carefully and talk to an interior designer, furniture specialist or another advice service if you need trend ideas.

French Style Furniture

Buy direct from the importer 12 Ron Driver Place, East Tamaki. Open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 11am-4pm. Ph 09 273 8985. r100100

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Living the good life outdoors Kiwis love to entertain outdoors, so much so, that with every passing year, decks, patios, balconies, rooftops, and courtyards are becoming truly stylish outdoor living rooms. But, when starting with a blank canvas, there is much to consider.


oday’s home entertainers now look beyond a charcoal barbecue and few simple deck chairs on the back porch when friends come around to socialise. Instead they are developing beautiful alfresco lounges which may be formal, informal, lavish, simple, rustic or a tropical paradise. Comfort, shelter, outlook, privacy, ambience should all be considered; peruse design ideas before choosing a style to reflect personal ideas for relaxation. When developing such an area, take into account prevailing winds, sun, shade, views, available space and access. Also decide on underfoot materials – timber, large pavers, brick or cobbles, a combination of grass and poured concrete. If outdoor space is on a balcony or rooftop, that may have already been decided. Think about the type of furniture you prefer. Man-made rattans and wickers suites teamed with fade and weather-resistant soft cushioning are popular and can be formal or fun-loving. But if space is confined, choose carefully as some of these pieces are quite large. Quality timber units made from hardwoods

such as kwila make the cut too or opt for the ease of aluminium-framed glass or mosaic tables with matching chairs that come with weather-resistant topper pads. Remember to think about shade – awnings, sails, umbrellas can all do the job and now there are new retractable louvred roofs too. Accessories may include weather-proof rugs, colourful outdoor lights and free-standing heaters although these days permanent pizza ovens and outdoors fireplaces are both practical and aesthetically attractive.

When it comes to privacy (and sometimes warmth) think about screens, partial fences, large sculptures, potted trees and dropside curtains, but be careful to retain sun and outlook. Once decided on a plan in which the furnishings and colours are satisfying then ensure landscaping enhances the mood – choose plants wisely but be sure upkeep is manageable. Importantly, when catering for family and friends, be sure this new outdoor room is a place where there’s no need for fuss – you too deserve to enjoy the environment you have created.


New range of French country furniture and stunning home decorations


Shop 402 Pakuranga Plaza Cnr Ti Rakau Dr and Pakuranga Rd, Pakuranga. Ph 09 576 5998. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm, Late night Thurs 9am-9pm 13223


21 Davis Crescent, Newmarket. Ph 524 7959. Open 7 days OUTLET: Unit I, 6 Polaris Place, East Tamaki. Ph 272 9165 Showroom Hours Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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