Canterbury’s Brilliant Builds

  The 2018 Canterbury Architecture Awards have again showcased a range of stunning designs. Run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), the awards set a benchmark for the country’s buildings and recognise the contribution of architects to their towns and communities. Canterbury architects have a wel

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New Zealand’s First 9 Star Rated Home

  A Christchurch family home has become the first house in New Zealand to receive a 9 Homestar rating from the NZ Green Building Council (NZGBC). The new home, at 15 Dove Grove, Westmorland Heights – which produces virtually no power bills – has been awarded the rating after being assessed on its health, war

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  There are lots of things to consider when planning your new home or major renovation and one area rightfully deserving to be high on the list is sustainable building solutions.  Incorporating good environmental design before you commence a project is vitally important for the conservation and welfare of our

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  Our news feeds are inundated with stories of damp and unhealthy homes. As such, we are increasingly aware that homes need to be warm, dry, well-ventilated and energy efficient in order for us to stay off the doctor’s waiting list. A Certified Passive House ticks all of these boxes with ease.  “The Pass

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A Secluded Gem

  This eminently desirable Bradnor Road property sits in an idyllic tree-lined cul-de-sac in Fendalton, adjacent to the Wairarapa Stream.  It was designed by Cymon Allfrey Architects to replace a home lost in the 2010/2011 earthquakes and was awarded the 2016 National Residential New Home over 300sqm Architec

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Seeing No Evil

  Would you consider getting a house inspector in before undertaking any renovations?  No? Well you’re not alone. But it could in fact save you a lot of money, because unless you have been keeping on top of house maintenance you could uncover some rather unpleasant surprises. Considering the large investme

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Dual Distinction

    This stunning creation by Craig South from Cymon Allfrey Architects is the creative and elegant design of two family homes. Similar in form, each dwelling maximises the building envelope, creating large internal living spaces. Each home provides multiple living spaces to suit their individual family

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© MarkMoz12 By Lydia Truesdale For many New Zealanders, home ownership is the ultimate dream. About half of all adults in New Zealand own their own property – specifically 49.8 percent of people aged 15 years and over owned or partly owned the home they lived in, according to Statistics New Zealand’s 2013 Census

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By Rebecca Gordon Surrounded by rural farmland, this house takes cues from its setting through its form and selection of natural materials. Currently under construction, the house is situated a short drive from the rural township of Tai Tapu and offers dramatic views across the Canterbury Plains towards the Southern

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A New Perspective

  By Cymon Allfrey Since deciding to take on a building project myself, I have found I now have an interesting advantage when advising clients on the importance of budget setting. Although in some respects, this new viewpoint has made me re-think my professional perspective around cost control, how I understand

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