Outdoor Wonders

By Laura Baker  |  Images provided courtesy of COS Design. www.cosdesign.com.au Entertaining outdoors with family and friends is a hallmark of the great kiwi summer. But our wants and needs of our outdoor living areas have evolved far past the humble deck. We are now seeing a trend moving towards multi-purpose outd

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By Rob Gaimster There are many concrete solutions for residential construction being used in Canterbury. These include masonry blocks, precast panels and Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF), in which hollow reinforced polystyrene blocks are filled with concrete and plastered to provide a structural wall system. It is ho

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Wood Works

Images by Mark Smith This four bedroom family home, over looking Cox’s Bay and the western reaches of the Waitemata Harbour, sits among an eclectic collection of properties on a quiet suburban street. The house has been designed to replace a small and ramshackle house whose previous owner had covered almost the enti

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How renovating with solar can save you money As property prices continue to increase throughout Christchurch, more homeowners are choosing to renovate and experts say if they include solar in their plans, they should be able to save thousands. With the introduction of solarZero, a first of its kind $0-down solar plan,

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Quick Fixes for Cold, Draughty Homes

Winter proofing your home needn’t be as complex and expensive as you might think. Christian Hoerning from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) says it’s hard to keep a draughty house warm and comfortable, but the problems are usually fairly cheap and easy to fix. Spending a few hours draught proo

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Living walls

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] By Laura Hall Bring the great outdoors into your home with the hottest new trend in gardening. Why not catch onto the latest trend and try a living wall in your home, they are easy to install and will give you an attractive visual statement all year round. Vertical gardens

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  Up until now rebuilding on TC3 land has been uncertain territory, but no longer thanks to this architecturally designed, innovative, stylish response to the challenge at hand. The Cantabrian concept home is structurally robust, affordable, appealing and an attainable solution for the average TC3 land o

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A new family home in Sumner has been named this year’s finest Canterbury home, winning Supreme Awards in the Canterbury Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year. Chris Beer Construction took out five regional awards, including a Gold Award and category win for the Westpac New Homes over $2 mill

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NK Window Solutions owners Martin Ball and Prue Chapman.   European homeowners have been keeping a secret that New Zealanders are just beginning to discover – the superior insulation, security and noise reduction benefits of PVCu windows and doors. The high performance PVCu window and door system is availab

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