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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.

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
tim.g@theprogroup.co.nz.

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 christchurcheast.laserplumbing.co.nz.

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

Precision Solutions

Precision Re-Levelling: Precision Solutions

Locally owned company Precision Solutions works closely with the homeowner to help navigate their EQC journey and provide exceptional project management throughout the repair process.

Precision Solutions

Whether you require remedial work on an earthquake-damaged building or have purchased an ‘as is where is’ home, the expert team specialises in house re-levelling, foundation and pile repair. “We also carry out remedial work on non-compliant EQC repairs,” says Precision Solutions Contracts Manager, Charles Porter. “We take a lot of care to provide the home owner with solid engineering and builders quotes via their quantity surveyors to give our clients a full repair scope, and we’ve helped many get a satisfactory outcome from their insurers.”

The friendly and professional team has extensive industry experience and a strong understanding of the Christchurch and wider Canterbury rebuild landscapes. The company developed its own unique solution as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes, to raise, re-level and repair your home to millimetre accuracy.
Engineering and consents are also taken care of, to ensure your property meets the requirements for continued insurance and reinsurance. “Having a medium sized crew of very capable guys has allowed us to keep our standards extremely high. We treat your home as if it were our own, going above and beyond throughout the process.”

Those putting their home on the market or who have concerns about their home’s foundation could benefit from a free assessment. Some of the signs to look out for in your own home include cracking in external foundation walls and a ‘hogging’ or sagging floor. “Many people don’t realise their home has issues until they prepare to sell and get a builder’s report – so it pays to get it professionally checked.”
An assessment by the Precision Solutions team consists of a visual site inspection and floor level survey, providing an obligation-free estimate to re-level and repair the foundation and floors.

Visit www.precisionsolutions.nz for more information, phone 0800 775 3835 or email info@precisionsolutions.nz and follow Precision Solutions on Facebook.

Stonewood Homes

Showhome success: Stonewood Homes

Chances are, if you are in the market for building your next home, Stonewood Homes is at the top of your list. Since 1987, this housing company has been one of Canterbury’s, and indeed New Zealand’s, largest group builder, with more than 30 years’ experience and with 6,000 satisfied Kiwi homeowners.

Stonewood Homes

Throughout the build process, the company is with you every step of the way, from design to the finished build and is proud to now be once again locally owned and operated.
Offering a comprehensive range of design and build packages to suit any budget, its homes also come with a one-year full-home warranty and a 10-year Master Build Guarantee to give you that peace of mind.
The firm’s high standards and sheer level of dedication to every build, can be seen in its latest showhome at 4 Azara Way, Awatea Park, Wigram. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom, double garage home comes with a floor area of 198m2 with butler’s pantry, raking ceilings, study and master suite.
Stonewood HomesThe indoor and outdoor flow, extending the outdoor entertainment areas, has also been achieved by carefully planned landscaping. Stonewood’s use of only the finest building materials and techniques culminate in quality homes that are second to none.

To find out more about how you can make your dream home a reality, visit www.stonewood.co.nz, visit the new showhome in Awatea Park or call
03-354 2344.

G I Builders

A capacity for complexity: G I Builders

When it comes to building, experience counts. So does a deep understanding of construction processes and what it takes to complete large projects on time and to the satisfaction of clients. G I Builders Ltd, run by Grant and Kelly Irving along with Quantity Surveyor Mark Shaw, has proven over the years since being established in 2008 that it has the capacity and expertise to handle complex residential builds – notably multi-unit projects.

G I Builders

These can be challenging jobs,” Grant says. “Many builders simply shy away from them because they present too many complications. We, on the other hand, thrive on resolving complications. We’ve definitely dealt with plenty of them in post-earthquake Christchurch with renovations, repairs, cash settlements, rebuilds and new builds.”
G I Builders’ tight team is small enough to care, but big enough to deliver. And deliver it does. Several recent multi-unit projects are testament to that fact. Take the four very attractive two-storey conjoined townhouses now gracing Madras Street. With mono pitch roofs and clad in Rockcote and linear weather board, these architecturally-designed units, each with three bedrooms, took nine months to complete.
“We find these types of projects really good to manage. They certainly require more resources – more of everything really – but we’re not overwhelmed by the size or by the timeframes that need to be adhered to.”
In Andover Street, G I Builders took immense satisfaction in completing another similar project. “Because you are dealing with a number of different homeowners in these builds, communication and maintaining a constant flow of information is vital. The owners may come from different backgrounds and have varying levels of understanding of building processes. This necessitates a very personal approach.”
Grant explains that multi-unit dwellings should not look different from the outside in terms of colours for walls and roofing. “To deal with this situation we meet with all the clients, show them alternatives and work with them to reach a common agreement. The interiors of the units can of course be customised to suit individual tastes for colours and textures.”

G I Builders
A slightly different multi-unit build on Browns Road required ground remediation before the foundations could be laid. “We liaised with both structural and geotechnical engineers on this two-unit project. Since the earthquakes we have become pretty specialised in various foundation systems. Of our three recent multi-unit builds each one has had a different type of foundation.”
The team at G I Builders say the company’s strength lies in the staff’s experience and ability to combine expertise to brainstorm over any issues that may arise. “We have a ‘can-do’ attitude and don’t give up if things seem too hard. The last seven years have taught us a great deal and we have all that skill and knowledge to bring to our work.”
Contact G I Builders for more information at www.gibuilders.co.nz.

Mr Fix-It

Jack of all Trades: Mr Fix-It

If you have something that breaks, leaks or needs some good old fashioned technical know-how for anything from tap washers to leaking roofs, and rotten weatherboards to broken windows, who do you call? The great team at Mr Fix-It, of course; the team that provides quality workmanship on the spot.

Mr Fix-It

The company provides ‘jack-of-all-trades’ maintenance services for domestic, commercial, and industrial clients. Looking after buildings, assets, and grounds, and offers a wide range of services, including building maintenance, electrical work, rural maintenance and more, welcoming jobs both large and small.

Mr Fix-It is like having your own personal handy-man. Milton Souster is our local Mr Fix-it and he says, “I am focused and dedicated to getting the job done right first time.
“It’s a ‘one stop shop’. We provide fast and efficient service. If I personally can’t do it, I will arrange to get someone in that I know can do the job professionally.”
It’s your solution to all those ‘How do I do this properly’ questions. If you don’t have the tools, the know-how or the time for the job, Milton does.
The company’s mission statement: Mr Fix-it is a versatile, prompt and efficient service, maintaining high standards that ensure our clients’ peace of mind.
With a team that support each other and share knowledge, you can rely on Milton to get the job done right with the support of Mr Fix-It behind him.

For your friendly and helpful Mr Fix-it, call Milton Souster on either 027 673 4937 or
03-329 8832 or email,
milton.mrfixit@gmail.com.

 

J E Collet Builders

A poignant tribute: J E Collet Builders

A column of antique wooden planks displayed at J E Collet Builders are the well-worn steps from a house built by owner Jonny Collett’s grandfather many decades ago and enjoyed by the Collett family for many years.

J E Collet Builders

The poignant tribute to Jonny’s heritage also signifies the journey of aspiring to the top while taking steps towards your goals. “I come from a long line of tradesmen,” he says.
“My grandfather was a builder and the first Collett to walk up these steps – and my two-year-old son was the last Collett to walk down them.”
Anything but an ordinary building company, Jonny’s unique enthusiasm and passion for the craft is channelled into every project, with exceptional dedication to quality and beauty – whether an architectural new build, renovation or first home. His genuine, affable character, along with the rest of the top-notch team, creates an enjoyable, stress-free environment for clients.
“We have a fantastic culture here and everyone was hand selected for their personality and practical ability. Communication with clients is so important throughout and we encourage them to be as involved as they want – it’s them who’ll ultimately be telling their home’s story. We always keep in touch afterwards to ensure everything is going well – being involved in building their asset, we feel obligated to help them look after it. We love seeing them enjoying their new space.”
Jonny has been building for 18 years and recently became an executive board member of the Master Builders Association. His latest project, The Collett Collection – the company’s own range of spec homes – is coming soon.

Visit jecollettbuilders.co.nz for more information.

Brendan Murray Construction

New kid on the block: the 27 year old entrepreneur behind Brendan Murray Construction

Brendan Murray is a young guy with a solid future. At just 27 years old, he’s been building for ten years and operated his own building company, Brendan Murray Construction, for nearly three years.

Brendan Murray Construction

He’s got a lot of experience, whether in light commercial fitouts or building architecturally designed homes. Brendan works with a team of builders and apprentices and project manages all the jobs he’s involved with.
He also works with designers and architects and has an affinity for constructing architecturally designed houses. They are more challenging and rewarding, he says. “Every day’s a learning curve. But rather than thinking I’m the be all and end all, it’s a much smarter move to seek advice from people that have been doing it a lot longer than I have. Always an apprentice to the trade.” This wisdom he brings to all projects.
His latest job is one such home in St Albans. A 220 square metre two-storey house, he’s worked closely with the designers and is bringing the client’s vision to life. From having the existing house demolished (including some asbestos removal) and the property cleared, to installing 25 14.5m screw piles and constructing the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, Brendan and apprentices Morgan and Jack are on track to finish the project in good time to segue perfectly to his next job, another architecturally designed house in Sefton.
Brendan employs another qualified builder and together they oversee their apprentices, training a new generation of builders. A Site Safe member, Brendan prides himself on customer satisfaction and attention to detail. He can be contacted on 0274 900 592.

J E Collett Builders

A poignant tribute: Jonny from J E Collett Builders honours his grandfather’s handywork

A column of antique wooden planks displayed at J E Collett Builders are the well-worn steps from a house built by owner Jonny Collett’s grandfather many decades ago and enjoyed by the Collett family for many years.

J E Collett Builders

The poignant tribute to Jonny’s heritage also signifies the journey of aspiring to the top while taking steps towards your goals. “I come from a long line of tradesmen,” he says.
“My grandfather was a builder and the first Collett to walk up these steps – and my two-year-old son was the last Collett to walk down them.”
Anything but an ordinary building company, Jonny’s unique enthusiasm and passion for the craft is channelled into every project, with exceptional dedication to quality and beauty – whether an architectural new build, renovation or first home. His genuine, affable character, along with the rest of the top-notch team, creates an enjoyable, stress-free environment for clients.
“We have a fantastic culture here and everyone was hand selected for their personality and practical ability. Communication with clients is so important throughout and we encourage them to be as involved as they want – it’s them who’ll ultimately be telling their home’s story. We always keep in touch afterwards to ensure everything is going well – being involved in building their asset, we feel obligated to help them look after it. We love seeing them enjoying their new space.”
Jonny has been building for 18 years and recently became an executive board member of the Master Builders Association. His latest project, The Collett Collection – the company’s own range of spec homes – is coming soon. Visit jecollettbuilders.co.nz for more information.