Estimation games

By Cymon Allfrey   Leading quantity surveyors have identified a widening gap between the per-square-metre default rebuild cost, assumed by insurers, and the actual cost of rebuilding as estimated by quantity surveyors. An issue that has, and will continue to see many homeowners underinsured should the worst ha

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Looking up

Architecturally speaking, mezzanine floors are intermediate floors between the main floors of a building… in simple terms, mezzanine floors are just cool. Popular for industrial warehousing, distribution and manufacturing, the mezzanine can also be the statement style for your domestic domicile. In fact, as a reside

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Making structural statements

When we talk about heritage in a broad sense, it is in regards to the pre-1900 building stock including the neo-gothic buildings that graced Christchurch. While there is no denying the value and architectural beauty of these buildings, they were built as homage to where we had been, not about who we, as a

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Sustainably inspired designs

During the years Buck Architects + Associates has accumulated a portfolio of homes designed to be self-sustaining in their ability to maintain comfortable and healthy internal climates. Founder Roger Buck feels that designing and constructing buildings today has become far more complex than it was only a decade or two

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How smart is your house?

Many Christchurch residents looking to purchase their new home are being assailed with a variety of ‘smart homes’ on offer in the market place. Obviously the marketing slogan fits well with smart phones and smart cars, but is it just a slogan, or is there something more to this smart house concept? On investig

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