Breaking Down Barriers

By Cymon Allfrey and Craig South When it comes to building it is essential we get it right from the outset, so why then do so many opt not to engage the skills and knowledge of an architect?  It is fair to say the average homeowner investing in a renovation or new build is seeking advice, inspiration and gui

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By Cymon Allfrey and Craig South When it comes to home building, architects Cymon Allfrey and Craig South offer an insight into why size does matter.  When we talk about size, what does this mean in the home environment? CA: Size is all about the utilisation of space. It is believed that we only occupy a small percen

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Building to code

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] By Cymon Allfrey As an architectural practice, we often have people talking to us about changes in structural requirements to buildings. People want to be building something ‘earthquake proof’. However, while we can design for better performan

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Ten ways to use baking soda

Not only can baking soda be used as a deodorant, facial scrub, teeth whitener and fluff up your eggs in the morning, but sodium bicarbonate is a basic household product which is cheap, non-toxic and serves many purposes around the home. Shower curtains – sprinkle baking soda onto a clean, damp sponge or brus

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Seasonal shifts

By Ann-Marie Appleton   Ditch the winter fashions, shed the extra layers, open the windows and finally welcome spring and the longer, sunnier days. It’s time to spring clean and de-clutter our neglected interior spaces and outdoor living areas. Embrace the fresh air and get outside - clean and o

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Above it all

By Davina Richards   Attics are forgotten spaces and are usually accompanied with junk, dust and mysteries hidden in locked suitcases. If you’re looking to add drama and value to your home, an attic conversion is an investment and should be added to your renovation list. Now there’s reason to

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Pause for thought

By Laura Hall   Renovating your home is a great way to enhance your lifestyle, comfort and health, plus it can be a smart way to increase the value of your home on re-sale. If you plan on living in your home for the foreseeable future, then remodelling it to suit your needs is a great way to get ful

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Playing it safe

New research indicates complacent New Zealanders are not following basic steps to prevent burglary. - 26 percent hide spare house keys outside for family members and tradespeople - 20 percent leave home or go to bed without locking up. As part of the inaugural Secure Homes Report, ADT Security survey

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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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Getting creative with glass

When it comes to glass in the home we immediately think of windows, but glass can come in a wide range of forms to help you enhance your home, whether it be with splash backs, tiles, dining tables, a bathroom vanity, counter tops or decorative style statements. Glass is great at reflecting light, illuminating surfac

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