Bob Burnett, of Bob Burnett Architecture and Eversun Homes, has a longstanding passion for eco-friendly design and has recently created and overseen the completion of two innovative and affordable eco-homes that are also quake resilient. They far exceed code requirements and have been design

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Raising the alarm

With the Christchurch rebuild firmly underway, homeowners are faced with many issues to consider as they set about repairing, renovating or rebuilding their homes. One area that is often overlooked – to the homeowner’s peril – is the issue of home security. Many residents are currently managing temporary storage

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If you are rebuilding a house or garage it’s worth checking your plans don’t involve building over a council drain. Many councils, including Christchurch City Council, have a policy against building over drains – including water, wastewater and stormwater pipes. This is so the council and SCIRT can check, rep

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A minefield of risk

Last issue we looked at the value of design and the role that designers and architects play in bringing homeowner dreams to fruition when clear communication is undertaken early on in the process. However, the role of the designer can go far beyond just that of the drawing stage. If engaged correctly, t

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Just Rewards

Creating a faultless home for a client means builders are working to maintain highest standards and exceed expectations. For two builders in Canterbury their efforts to deliver the perfect home have been recognised on a national level at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards. This St Albans home

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Home design with the future in mind

Building or rebuilding in Canterbury should be a common sense process… but for many it’s not. Regardless of your technical category, your insurance woes, your age or location – the one thing you can completely control is your home’s ability to cater for you – for a lifetime! Now is your chance

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Building a New Home?

Top tips for the building consent process The rebuild environment will provide some challenges for new home builders, but the Council is here to help. Building operations manager Ethan Stetson says there has never been a better time to work together. “At the Council we know that this is new territory for many peop

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