Materials Matter

  There’s more to cladding than just aesthetics, but often aesthetics is all that is considered.  Admittedly aesthetics play a vital role; after all, the exterior of your home makes a huge statement. But before making any hasty decisions, make sure to assess all your options so you will feel confident with

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It’s All in the Design

  What does it take to build a home that performs at its best? A sustainable, energy efficient, healthy and practical home. A home that you are going to love and it will love you back. Harakeke Consultants director Claudia Kaltenstadler says it’s really quite simple – find a good architect. If this is the

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Passive Persuasion

  The passive house concept has been igniting a flame in New Zealand and all of a sudden the fire is beginning to spread.  Pro Clima NZ Ltd’s national sales manager, Simon Gibbon, is an avid supporter of the passive house building standard and says our attitudes are definitely changing in regards to house p

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Future Building Solutions

  When building for the future, especially on a city-wide scale like Christchurch is experiencing, it pays to ensure the solutions you adopt aren’t about to be replaced, outdated or made obsolete through new legislation; and there are some pretty exciting initiatives emerging across the world.  What are the

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Creating a True Urban Environment

  The inner city of Christchurch is making great progress in rebuilding since the earthquake devastated it in 2011. Yes, there are those that still say it is too slow, but the challenges have been immense from finding funds – how to pay for it all, availability of resources, bureaucratic hurdles, and trying

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Making the Cut

  What you need to know about subdividing in Christchurch. The process of subdivision is one that can create opportunities for a number of landowners.  Experienced professional surveyors and planners can identify development and subdivision opportunities for your property, by undertaking a desktop review of

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  A lifestyle block self-sufficiency survival guide. Owning a lifestyle block is a dream for many and it’s easy to see why. Fresh country air, picturesque panoramas, more privacy from your neighbours, the space to grow your family, keep pets, explore your green thumb or run a business from home. Living self-

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It’s All in the Planning

  While renovations can be an exciting process for homeowners, before you go all hands-on deck, you need to have a solid plan in place and make sure you’ve covered all your bases.   Money, money, money Before you get carried away with completely remodeling your home, take into consideration the total va

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  Thought you couldn’t afford to incorporate more sustainable living solutions into your homebuyers’ or renovation budget? Think again.  When it comes to sustainable living it’s a fallacy that it’s too expensive upfront for the average homeowner, says director of Solarchitect, Russell Devlin. Russell

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Five Myths About Architects

  What is an architect? What exactly do they do? What services do architects offer? How do they work? Why would you use one? And who is entitled to call themselves an architect?  A good way to find the answers is to clear up some myths. Myth One – Architects just care about how buildings look  Architects

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