Living pretty

The creative genius of Canterbury’s leading designers was celebrated in August at the Canterbury/Westland Regional ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards. Every year the ADNZ awards celebrate innovative, sustainable and exceptionally designed projects from around New Zealand. This year 22 awards were given to 13 designers from the Canterbury region.

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Seaside stunner

  • Build & Renovate
  • Hot Homes
  • September 4, 2019
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Located on a small, complex site at Mt Maunganui, Chain Mail is the creative work of Adam Taylor of Adam Taylor Architecture. Ignoring traditional coastal aesthetics, Adam instead embraced strong industrial structures and materials. The home’s left corner has been wrapped in Kaynemaile amour, shielding it from the world without disturbing the outlook to the ocean.

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Hillside houses

To build a house on a hillside poses many challenges, but also often presents great opportunities. Hillside properties are often unique and stimulating places, especially if the urge to flatten the site with retaining walls is resisted. A house of multiple levels should be exciting, offering many different experiences and views. And it is views that is one of the primary benefits of living on a hill.

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Expert preparation

When done well you cannot tell the difference between an existing home that has been renovated and a newly built home – unless of course the homeowner intended it to be known within. Extensive refurbishment tends to prompt bigger functional requirements and it is essential this potential scope is recognised and strategically dealt with early in the process by a well-briefed and well-resourced project team.

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Lifestyle or life sentence

Every land owner needs a management plan. It’s time to ask yourself: Are you getting the most from your lifestyle block? If your land is costing rather than making you money, it’s likely that you’re not. Doug Croy established his first sheep stud at age 11 and in the half-century since, he’s owned multiple sheep and cattle studs throughout New Zealand and cultivated unique, first-hand knowledge of livestock breeding and farm management.

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Focus on Gas

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has many advantages making it a preferred fuel solution in homes. With global availability, environmental benefits, its natural by-product origin, transportation flexibility and diverse application, LPG plays a pivotal role in the transition towards a more secure, sustainable and competitive energy model.

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Subdividing what you need to know

Be it a large urban section, or a larger piece of rural land, subdividing can be a very effective means of maximising the value of a property. The team at Survus Consultants are surveyors, planners and engineers with all the necessary expertise to advise on the specialist issue of subdivisions.

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Getting the lay of the land

If you are thinking about subdividing a property, it’s useful to review the steps you’ll need to take. Whether you are thinking of carving off the back of a section to make two lots, or developing a lifestyle block or a site that could be a large multi-development subdivision, the process is similar - it’s just the scale that changes.

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