Creating Great Spaces

  Often in a busy home, it’s difficult to find a place that’s special to you, where you can get away from it all and unwind. Here are some of our best suggestions for creating that special place you can go when you need to. 1. A second or third bathroom with a bath Bathrooms used to be strictly functional p

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Great Interiors Reflect Who Live There

  Designing a home is such a personal venture. The houses that we live in range from those we have rented and those we have owned, those we love and those we couldn’t wait to leave. Some are small, others are bigger, renovation was required on some whereas on others less so. Each of the homes we have lived in

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Designing Spaces to Suit Lifestyles

  Build & Renovate Today spoke to John McGrail, design director of Dalman Architects about design trends for entertaining and extended living spaces. “Big isn’t necessarily best anymore,” John says. “People are looking for high quality, high functioning spaces that respond to their lifestyles, are ad

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Blending Old with New

  A seamless upgrade that enhances and modernises without obtruding is the ultimate artistry in a home renovation. A major 50sqm of additional space was added to this traditional Christchurch home by the team at LOC Construction. Rich with solid rimu paneling and golden wooden floors, it was critical to the home

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Harbourside Hummer

  The Bowater family has become a part of the landscape in the Harbour Basin and Banks Peninsula region. Bowater Builders owner Greg Bowater says his family have been building homes in the Harbour Basin for more than 50 years. Greg appreciates that the homes they build are part of the landscape and will remain s

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The Winter Home

  It’s cold outside; if you’re lucky, you’re sitting by a fire or maybe you have a hot chocolate and a cuddly blanket over your knee, making now the perfect time to pull out an over-full drawer or storage box and have a sort out! Winter is the season for cosying up at home, but it’s not so relaxing if

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Joinery that Creates Great Kitchens

  Misco Joinery has been in business for an astounding 30 years, but to say they are still going strong is somewhat misleading – they are, in reality, stronger than they have ever been.  A recent move to a purpose-built facility in Kaiapoi has entered Misco Joinery into an unchartered realm of possibi

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Beating Winter’s Chill

  As winter sets in and the mercury drops we spend more of our evenings warding off the cold at home. By choosing energy efficient methods of heating your house, you can have a warm, cosy home without it costing you the earth.  All heat is expensive if it just goes straight through the roof, so insulating is

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  Winter’s here, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up inside your house all day. Brush away the boredom bug this season and do a bit of renovation work to keep you busy.  Tradespeople tend to be more available during the colder months as business slows down, which means they’re likely to b

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The Benefit of a Fresh Set of Eyes

  Interiors expert Tiffany Anderson has guided many home and business owners through the Christchurch rebuild. She’s excited about the shape the city is taking. A professional set of eyes will ensure maximised use and enjoyment in any setting, Tiffany says. She points out that when you live in a space, are

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