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Master Joiner

The Kitchen Wow Factor: Master Joiner Award

Held once a year to seek out the best designs in New Zealand, the Master Joiner Awards are a prestigious, highly sought-after award to obtain.

Master Joiner
A prestigious, highly sought-after award to obtain Photography by Anthony Turnham of SNAP! Photography


Designed to promote excellence in joinery design and craftsmanship, to encourage the use of sustainable timbers and to showcase the finest work from the industry, it is the industry’s largest awards in the country.
Judging criteria includes design, workmanship, innovative use of materials, complexity of project, and visual appeal. Kitchen design is judged on the wow factor, cutting edge design, practicality, and creative use of materials and colour.

This year, Kirsty Davis from Hagley Kitchens won the Best Kitchen Design for a Bridle Path Road property. The client had a clear vision of the look they were after for the kitchen.
A modern concrete tilt slab structure, the home features an open plan layout, with a lot of glass windows and polished concrete floors. As such, the kitchen needed to make a statement while maintaining harmony with the detail of the home.

The resulting design was sleek and contemporary, with the cooking facilities and sink set into the island to make the most of the beautiful rural and hill views. The social hub of the home, the kitchen design is perfect for entertaining but also day to day family living.

Hagley Kitchens is a proven and trusted Christchurch kitchen design and manufacturing company which has been operating since 1983 and, as a member of the Registered Master Joiners Federation, you get the confidence that it can provide the craftsmanship and service to deliver the perfect kitchen for you.

An ocean-side makeover

An ocean-side makeover: Southshore and South New Brighton are to get a makeover

It’s an exciting time in Christchurch as areas of the city that we know and love are being built back up.

Now it’s time for the beloved Southshore and South New Brighton area to get a makeover and residents could have a say in it. Residents and visitors adore this area because of its picturesque sea views, beach access and recreational activities.

An ocean-side makeover

The government organisation Regenerate Christchurch is engaging with the local community, while also teaming up with Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury and Ngāi Tahu to develop a plan for this area’s future. The group also hopes to address how to manage sea level rise and other short, medium and long-term effects of climate change on these seaside communities.

The organisation says it wants community members to be involved in the process. First, residents can learn about the regeneration strategy at a community hub located at 82 Estuary Road. Then the next phase will be in the hands of a team of nine community members, who are tasked with identifying the best ways to get area residents’ input on the regeneration of the Southshore and South New Brighton.

“Our goal is to build a shared understanding of the values, opportunities and risks for Southshore and South New Brighton, and the ability and capacity to work together to address them,” says Regenerate Christchurch chief executive Ivan Iafeta.

The project covers and addresses the area from Rodney Street to the end of the Southshore spit.
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Garage Carpet Pro

Garage Improvement Packages: Garage Carpet Pro

When is a garage not simply a garage? When that garage has been treated to Garage Carpet Pro’s insulation products and carpet it can become a useable additional space for all kinds of family activities – a dance or music studio, a home gym, an entertainment space or children’s wet weather play area.

Garage Carpet Pro

The temperature within an internal access garage dramatically impacts the temperature of a home. Even garages in new homes likely have less insulation and will be losing heat through their doors and floor, consequently letting drafts and cold air into other parts of the house. The solution is simple and cost effective – retro-insulating the garage door and laying carpet on the garage floor.

Garage Carpet Pro is in the business of improving garages by making them into warmer spaces. Retrofitting polystyrene insulation into the door panels of a sectional garage door noticeably improves the thermal properties of the door. Laying carpet means additional warmth as well as improved safety – no more wet, slippery floors. Garage Carpet Pro uses European waterproofed carpet. This means it will not harbour mildew or smell when wet and is very easy to keep clean.

There are often gaps around garage doors. Garage Capet Pro can deal to those with CleverSeal, a unique brush-based sealing system which will stop drafts, insects, rodents or debris from entering a garage. To complete the improvement package, it also offers ceiling insulation using 100 percent polyester GreenStuf insulation. You will not recognise your garage once Garage Carpet Pro has worked its magic.

Tim of Garage Carpet Pro can be contacted on 027 349 0527 or email

White Washing

White Washing: Adding interest to stark spaces

While we’re not one to play favourites, when it comes to the home, we’re a big fan of white spaces.

White Washing


And, although this milky-hued foundation is the perfect blank canvas for creating a striking space that never dates, when it comes to visual interest, it doesn’t leave much to the imagination.
Whether it’s a splash of colour or some clever contrasts, there are plenty of ways to bring life to your neutral spaces.


White Washing
Whether a splash of colour or some clever contrasts, there’s plenty of ways to bring life to your neutral spaces

When it comes to home décor, colour has transformational abilities that are only limited by one’s imagination and the speed of a brush stroke. Be bold, be brave and, if you’re not, fake it till you make it with some small splashes of transitional colour.

Take a walk on the wild side this year, with au natural the king of the castle. Think artisan furniture – handmade with a raw edge. This aesthetic is by no means a perfectionist when it comes to looks and personality but, ironically, therein lies its perfection.

3 – TIME FOR TEXTURE: Textural elements in interior design have never been more crucial. Add some fabulous-looking faux furs, velvety, furry, sheepskin-like furnishings or flocked, patterned wallpaper.

4 – OPPOSITES ATTRACT: If a room gets boring, don’t be afraid to create contrast with some interesting pairings and surprise elements in your décor – a rustic stag head next to dainty white curtains can create strong visual interest and create a talking point

Harrison Bloy

Where form and function collide: Harrison Bloy

Choices like never before make it possible to create a functional bathroom that’s dripping in personality.

Harrison Bloy

The spacious luxury showroom at Harrison Bloy has a unique and quite stunning display of options. As sumptuous as it all seems, there are many surprisingly affordable quality entry-level products, that are still stylish. With an impressive variety ranging through to high-end luxury, Harrison Bloy has captured the niche bathroom business by being price competitive, with attentive and professional customer service.
Project manager Kathyrn Barr suggests a bathroom’s main fixtures are worth a little extra consideration. “If you are on budget, it’s the first thing you see – so splashing out on a beautiful bath or vanity is a good idea. You can have practicality and eye-catching style – they go hand in hand.”

She says classical accents of the old-world style within a contemporary bathroom is an exciting trend. There’s no need for stiff brass taps or tarnished porcelain. The latest quality ranges are superior in practicality to yesteryear models, while still retaining that grace and charm of a traditional style. Comfortable but opulent replica clawfoot baths can be finished to any colour. Three-piece tapware is making a comeback too, whether it’s sleek black or classical-styled pewter with porcelain handles.
Slinking into a hot bubble bath is one thing, but they also make a stunning focal feature. Dependent on lifestyle, design is all important. Perhaps a freestanding bath filler or waterfall spout for a dramatic effect? Is it for relaxing in and enjoying the view, or for small children to splash about in – requiring a practical height and a wide edge for parents to rest their elbows? It is surprising how a bath can fit in a smaller floor plan. The latest corner baths are installed flush into a corner, for easier cleaning and extra room. With their broad knowledge, staff help narrow the options to fit budgets, dreams and application.

Small spaces are a welcome challenge at Harrison Bloy. Slim long vanities are an option and floating vanities are more the focus now, lending a spacious feel to the room. Tower storage for towels and toiletries can be custom made as high as desired, to smartly utilise a narrow gap. Mixed materials of painted wood vanities with a marble-effect Carrera stone composite basin is a cool look and finer edging is replacing the chunky-block trend. There is more vertical groove detailing in cabinetry, and handle-free drawers are so practical. The classic shaker recessed-style panel drawers create a touch of traditional detail. Vessel basins have made a comeback too and there’s an inspiring line up, using different shapes and materials.

Tapware can be anything from art deco and classical, to futuristic. Brushed nickel is a finish that has become popular – finger prints are less obvious, for one. Choose from antiqued copper through to smart edgy black for taps and shower heads. It’s easy to compare subtle differences and effects with the showroom’s diverse line up. There’s plenty to match a colour palette to, from entry-level Elementi, to the stunning Italian Fantini range.
Harrison Bloy, the destination for everything bathroom, also has amazing Waterware heating, offering Stilly, Imas and Blitz Italian radiators, to suit your home’s required length and height. They provide a constant radiant heat throughout, in variations of classic vertical panel design. Silent and toasty warm, they can remain set on low all day.

Bring along your floor plans to Harrison Bloy and consultants will be able to assist with the design and the best configuration for renovations or new builds. “It’s helpful to create a ‘mood board’ from magazines or Pinterest and bring them in so your ideas are in the end result,” Kathryn says. “If there’s something you see elsewhere, we’ll source it. With any idea, budget dependant, it’s pretty much a ‘yes, we can do that’ – and if you’re unsure where to start, just come in for inspiration!”
Bathroom-design fantasies begin and end at Harrison Bloy, 221A Annex Road, Middleton. Showroom opening hours are Monday to Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm and weekends 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

There’s ample off-street parking or visit Facebook, or phone 0800 508 8009 for the Christchurch, Queenstown and Timaru showrooms.

QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

An adrenalin-charged project: The new QEII

Not since the Commonwealth Games of ‘74 has there been such excitement in east Christchurch. The new Taiora QEII Recreation and Sport Centre, sporting an adrenalin-charged hydro slide, is world-class.

QEII Recreation and Sport Centre


Apollo Projects, specialising in aquatic and sport centre design and construction, completed the 15-month build, on time and on budget. Councillor David East commended the work. “These thoughts, spaces and the layout have been exceedingly well delivered by Apollo Projects.”
The remediated ground was rammed with aggregate piers every 2.1m; a solid foundation for the Travis swampland.

“There was a creative health and wellness focus; a change from just swimming; a place to reconnect and meet the entire community’s needs,” says Apollo’s Business Development Manager Iain Ansell, who was ironically working at QEII during the quakes. “The addition of the hydrotherapy pool reflects a worldwide trend for aging populations.”
There are five pools, a splash pad, spa, sauna, steam-room, weights and gym, wooden sprung fitness studio and spin room. A floating floor allows half the 25 x 25 main pool to repurpose from 2m to 1.2ms. Pools are low-maintenance stainless steel, from the company behind Singapore’s Marina Bays Sands infinity pool.

QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

The inflatable rafts of the AquaSphere Hydroslide snake down 120m of exhilarating twists and turns. Add aqua toys, rope bridge and a lazy river, and its thrills rival any theme park.
“Project Manager, Steve Hastie, did a fantastic job leading a great team. A project of this size delivered on time and budget demonstrates a real win for the Canterbury and the construction industry.”

RAL Plastics

An Exceptional Range: RAL Plastics

RAL Plastics is a division of Dakins Group and provides expert advice and an excellent range of plastic products to suit any requirement or occasion.

RAL Plastics
Rotationally moulded on site using the latest technology and equipment

The family-owned and operated business has been manufacturing plastic products for more than 35 years, which are rotationally moulded on site using the latest technology and equipment, to any specification. “We can manufacture products straight from the mould or modify to suit specific requirements with our onsite plastic welder, including fitting valves, pipes and other attachments,” says Production Manager, Paul Lester.

The endless range of RAL Plastics products – from portable toilets, water tanks, cable guards, lockers, toboggans and feed bins, to electrical pillar boxes, tools boxes and dog beds – can be ordered in bulk, with a variety of colours to choose from. “Our products are durable, long-lasting and lightweight; and the UV resistant durable polyethylene offers benefits to the user, such as a quality finish, strength and uniqueness.”

Everything is made on site in Bromley, with the option to deliver anywhere in the country or overseas. The company’s fantastic reputation is due to its ability to custom-make brilliant products, which are designed to last. Visit the friendly and professional Dakins Group team at 237-239 Dyers Road Bromley, phone 03-384 9100 or 0800 325 467, email and look out for the brand new website, coming soon.

Laser Plumbing

Filtering Out Chlorine! Laser Plumbing

As the council works hard to protect against bacteria in our water, the expert team at Laser Plumbing Christchurch East is working hard to protect homeowners’ assets and ensure their comfort throughout the process.
Laser Plumbing

Once known for its purity and beautiful taste, Christchurch’s chlorinated tap water is also damaging plumbing systems in the city. “The taste has been compared to drinking from a public spa and taking a bath smells like you’re in a swimming pool – but that’s not the only problem,” Laser Plumbing East owners, Chris Dick and Carol McCann explain.

“The water is attacking the metal or fibre washers in the system and over time it’s breaking down the components, which results in leaky elements, as well as corrosion. The big question is – will chlorination stop after one year?”
The team is an expert in the removal of chlorine, whether you want a clean drinking water source from the kitchen tap, or an entire chlorine-free home system. Along with installing and maintaining home and business water filtration systems, the company also provides gas fitting. “Gas hot water is a lot cheaper to run and also saves space, so if your hot water cylinder is leaking and you’re thinking about converting to gas, we can help.”

Established more than 25 years ago, the company offers a 24/7 on-call service, for both residential and commercial customers. Visit Laser Plumbing Christchurch East at unit 3, 11 Tussock Lane Ferrymead,

phone 03-376 5322 or visit

Laser Plumbing is also recruiting licenced plumbers now and offering a cash sign-on benefit.

Vision Kitchens

Creative Kitchens: Vision Kitchens

These days, a kitchen is no longer just for cooking. While it’s one of the most functional rooms in a house, it can also be a very pleasant space to relax in. The expert team at Vision Kitchens believes a superior kitchen shares the personality of its owners and its aim is to help clients create a unique space they love.

Vision Kitchens
Today’s dream kitchens are all about embracing creativity

It has been said in the industry that today’s dream kitchens are all about personality — embracing creativity rather than adhering to any one formula or Pinterest board. This reflects why Vision Kitchens is happy for clients to visit the company showroom and explore all the latest kitchen products.
Many of the company’s projects have been completed in Christchurch, Queenstown and across the South Island, including the kitchens for two national award-winning homes in 2017. Unsure of what kind of kitchen you want? No problem. The creative and professional sales team can provide endless inspiration – from traditional to modern, residential or commercial. Alternatively, clients can choose from the stunning range of award-winning kitchen designs.

Visit the friendly team at Vision Kitchens, for an enjoyable, hassle-free process. The business is located on 16 Edmonton Road, Hornby South, phone 03 344 2566 or visit Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday by appointment.

Bright Bathrooms

Bright Bathrooms

Colour is a complex phenomenon and theories about its effect on our minds and emotions range across the scientific and artistic realms.

Bright Bathrooms

All it takes is a paintbrush and a pot of fresh paint to demonstrate the power of colour to dramatically alter a space.
The transformative capabilities of colour go above and beyond the emotional, to also alter how we perceive size and space.
As dark colours tend to absorb light, they have the ability to make a room look smaller. On the other hand, light and bright colours open up your space, making the area seem larger.

Bright Bathrooms

In a small space, everything counts. With bathrooms traditionally one of the smallest rooms in the house, we can’t think of a better reason to add some colour. But in case you need it, there is the simple fact that due to its small stature, it is a quick and easy re-paint if it doesn’t work out.
So why not experiment with some fun colour palettes to transform your bathroom into a stylish retreat after all, change is only a lick of paint away.