Forgotten Trends

  Do you ever look back on something and ask yourself, ‘What was I thinking?’ Architecture and interior design is no exception. Let’s take a moment to reminisce over the humble home’s fashion faux pas over the years. It’s easy to see why some trends never circled back around, but there have also been

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Rooms with a Views

  Getting your window treatments right can make or break an interior space.  Believe it or not, this is a very important part of the interior, especially for a new build, as you may be wanting to automate blinds and stack drapes back onto bare walls to leave the window clear of drapery. These are only a few

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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 - i

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  ‘The town of the future’ was the slogan that most scoffed at, but those naysayers will now be biting their tongue when they see what Rolleston has become. Rolleston is a town that is really coming of age. In the years since the Christchurch earthquake it has grown exponentially. Though the growth may be

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Statement in Size

  It would be fair to say a grand design, in Christchurch terms, would be seen as a large home or dwelling that exceeds 400 square metres in size, for example, one that is easily bigger than the current standard home. The latter has been catching up over the past 50 years. However, a house of 400 square metre

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The Cube Revolution

By Lydia Truesdale Small, innovative housing solutions are emerging victorious from the Christchurch rebuild. Slowly but surely they’re becoming a popular choice for a range of homeowners, and rightfully so. “There’s a big difference between a house that’s affordable because it is poor quality and a house th

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Building Smarter

© Jim Stauffer Build Back Smarter provides homeowners and landlords in the Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri districts with free, no obligation, expert advice about ways to improve their homes. The Build Back Smarter home assessment provides owners with an opportunity to talk with a specialist about a wide range

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© Jesus Rodriguez A research report on the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes has revealed that current minimum requirements for insulation under New Zealand’s building code are not the most cost-effective. The research shows millions of dollars are set to be saved through higher standards of insulation. Acros

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Passive Houses

When building a new home, building energy efficient is key. Those with existing homes can improve their energy efficiency significantly by adding in more insulation, switching old windows for modernised double or triple-glazed windows, or even just switching appliances for the more eco-friendly options. Everyone is j

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