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10 Mayfly Lane, Clearwater

Clearwater’s clever construction: we talk to Phil Benton Builders about building a dream home at one of Christchurch’s most expensive addresses

The second priciest street in Christchurch is Mayfly Lane at Clearwater, where the lake frontages make you feel a hundred miles from anywhere. Phil Benton Builders has just completed number ten. The angular street frontage is dramatic. The vast roof is sharp, while the not often seen Bluestone cladding mesmerises with its patterns.

10 Mayfly Lane, Clearwater
10 Mayfly Lane, Clearwater

 

“The weight of the stone was significant and it was a first for us to use Bluestone as an exterior cladding,” Dave Fraser of Phil Benton Builders says.
The construction method was untypical. “It is a residential house, yet we used commercial building techniques to create it,” Dave says.
“We erected all the structural steel first, put the roof on, then installed the membrane roofing before working on the framing beneath.”
“It is a unique house,” says Mark Allworthy from Bates Joinery, which completed the interior joinery. “The products and finishes are quite different to what is commonly used right now. The heart rimu veneer was widely used in the 80s until American White Oak took over. A challenge on this build was the rimu veneer coming only in sheet lengths of 2.4m but we had ceiling heights of 3.6m, so there was a lot of grain matching to do to get the finish perfect.”
The entrance way is a favourite feature. “It is quite spectacular with the vertical fins in the den, though the room separator door for the media room is also very cool. We do a lot of work for Phil Benton Builders, they are a great team.”
Designed by Heather Blewett of Context Architects, the brief was to create a contemporary yet grand home with flexible living options. “Whilst the clients loved the site at Clearwater, they wanted something that looked different,” Heather says.
The clients were not keen on the golf resort’s signature ‘white gabled’ house and, with Clearwater’s strict design rules and the need to be sympathetic to existing homes, it proved architecturally challenging. But Heather is very pleased with the finished product.

“Phil Benton Builders have taken great care crafting the home, and the overall quality of the build is extremely high – they went the extra mile to deliver solutions that worked.”
“We had site meetings with Context every two weeks and they were always available to provide extra details or support as required,” Dave Fraser says.
“There is such a mix of woodwork in this house and Context did an incredible job being able to pull it all together the way they have.”

Project Partners

  1. Context Architects
    Ph: 03 3550 1550
    Web: www.contextarchitects.com
  2. Phil Benton Builders
    Ph: 03 374 6203
    Web: philbentonbuilders.co.nz
  3. Bates Joinery
    Ph: 03 388 8111
    Web: www.batesjoinery.co.nz
  4. Pegasus Bay Electrical
    Ph: 03 310 7823
    Web: www.pegasuselectrical.co.nz
  5. Heatsmart
    Ph: 03 313 4908
    Web: www.heatsmart.co.nz
Today Homes

Latest looks of today: how Today Homes keeps things fresh after having built over two thousand homes

For more than 30 years, Today Homes has built in excess of 2000 homes in Canterbury, delivering a full home design and build service to the highest standard.

Today Homes

Established in 1987, the locally owned and operated company takes pride in building quality homes that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but stand the test of time. Whether you’re building your first home or an architecturally designed abode, the expert team of talented new home consultants, designers, builders, quantity surveyors, tradespeople and support staff will guide you throughout the entire process.

Today Homes

“We provide an extensive range of build options to choose from and excellent project management and service, from concept to completion,” General Manager Dean McLeod says. “We are passionate about this industry and dedicated to exceeding our clients’ expectations.”
The company recently opened an architecturally designed showhome in Preston’s Park, Burwood. Showcasing modern living to suit either a family or an executive couple, the home features an expansive master bedroom with a stylish ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, creating a private getaway within the home.

Today Homes

The four generous sliding exterior joinery units allow exceptional indoor/outdoor flow onto the idyllically situated north facing courtyard – perfect for entertaining family and friends. Differing ceiling heights and the use of bulkheads and recesses throughout the home creates a spacious feel. The captivating, over-height, entranceway to the home sets it apart from the others. Clad in Espan Coloursteel Endura Cladding and Rockcote Integra Plaster Cladding System, the home is built to withstand the test of time.
The striking roof design enhances the overall appeal of the property, which has been landscaped immaculately with utmost care given to providing the optimum level of outdoor enjoyment, beauty and privacy.
For more information, see todayhomes.co.nz or visit the team at 251 Blenheim Road in Riccarton. Phone 03-341 6460 to enquire further or visit the showhome, open daily from 12-4pm.

Chris Beer Architectural Builders

Made to be loved: Chris Beer Architectural Builders is in the business of crafting homes and good memories along the way

Chris Beer Architectural Builders builds exquisite homes. The company has a profile publication full of images of stunning properties to showcase its passion for architecturally-designed homes. But even more than the actual houses it builds, the team at Chris Beer cherishes the relationships established with clients and the trust and empathy that develops throughout a building process.

Chris Beer Architectural Builders

We take immense pride in crafting homes for them that will be real homes and that they will love to live in,” Chris Beer says. “We work by the mantra ‘crafted by hand; made to be loved’ and that is what we deliver.”
One of Chris Beer Architectural Builders’ latest projects – a 480sqm home on the Mona Vale Stream – encapsulates every facet of the company’s operating philosophy. “We have walked each step of the path of this build process along with our clients, from the insurance claim, to the house design by Noordanus Architects, to the build itself and then to the handing over of the keys. It’s been a two-year journey made easier through open and transparent communication. What we are most proud of is that our clients are simply delighted with their home and know it will be a pleasure to live in for years to come.”
The Fendalton home is a masterpiece of both exterior and interior design, making features of different materials and custom-made fixtures and fittings. The house is clad in bluestone, copper and composite metal. A double-height entrance way and copper front door make a truly impressive statement and is just a tempter for the beauty of the interior where attention to detail is everything. Many of the special elements of the home have been created as one-off pieces, designed by the architects, created by Chris Beer Architectural Builders to the highest of standards.
The outcome of the build is breathtaking. “You don’t get a second chance with a project of this calibre. It has to be right. Of course there were challenges, but our strength as a team is the way we deal with these, talking through any issues and possible solutions with the clients and keeping the communication channels open. The result – happy clients.”

Premium Home Builders

A talent for transformation: Premium Home Builders have been wowing the judges (and homeowners) with their renovation and design skills

Specialising in architectural builds and large-scale renovations, the innovative team at Premium Home Builders can transform a dated abode into an award-winning home.

Premium Home Builders

With a strong focus on sustainability and creating healthy, energy-efficient homes, the company ensures quality craftmanship, contemporary design and an exceptional building experience.
This is reflected in one of their recent projects, an earthquake repair in Lyttelton. The stunning, two-storey home won Premium Home Builders a string of accolades at the Registered Master Builders 2017 awards, including the national winner title for House of the Year Renovations $500,000 – $1Million – excellence in workmanship, creativity and innovation.
Perched on a hill surrounded by native bush, the four-bedroom home was originally built in the 1960s. “It now looks like a brand-new home,” says Andrew Breward, who runs the successful company with Kelly Wood. “We improved the structure of the house, using the latest products and technologies, to modernise its layout and look from the ground up.”
With significant attention to detail and excellent client communication, the company provides a seamless service and a quality assurance process throughout every stage of the project. Andrew and Kelly have an impressive amount of knowledge each with over 30 years’ experience in the industry.
“We really care about our clients and aim to provide the best outcome for them as possible, in line with their budgets and requirements.”
Visit www.premhomes.co.nz for more info or call 0800 773 628 or email info@premhomes.co.nz.

Angus Chisholm Builders

Reaching new heights: how the husband and wife team at Angus Chisholm Builders are building an impressive portfolio

Angus and Laura Chisholm are the husband and wife team behind Angus Chisholm Builders. Angus has been in the building trade since he left school. That’s twenty years, a wealth of experience constructing everything from retaining walls and decks to architectural homes, townhouses and multi-unit buildings.

Angus Chisholm Builders

Not really content working for others, he branched out on his own early and has built a successful business, first as a sole trader then, in 2014, he incorporated the business with his wife, Laura.
Laura has a background in civil engineering, particularly water and waste-water reticulation. She has consulted for CCC and QLDC among others and has lots of experience designing and project managing the construction of waste-water systems, writing contracts and pricing.
Together, they have taken Angus Chisholm Builders to new heights. “We really do work well together. We understand all aspects of the building trade,” Angus says.
With Angus onsite, managing every project, overseeing his builders, apprentices, and subcontractors, and Laura handling the admin, accounts, and client liaison – and 3.5 children! – Angus Chisholm Builders is a smoothly run business well placed to complete any building project.
“We’re not scared of any job,” Laura says.
Hill sites – always a challenge – are no problem. Angus has built homes in Prebbleton, Lincoln, Rolleston and many other places, fitted seismic strengthening to a motel in Akaroa, and built pole sheds and other farm infrastructure.
A Registered Master Builder, Angus Chisholm Builders offers house and land packages from design to compliance and more, such as light commercial fitouts, fencing, landscaping, renovations, alterations and repairs.
Contact Laura on 022 477 8270 or visit www.anguschisholmbuilders.nz.

Whyte Construction

A Landmark Milestone: Whyte Construction looks back on their contributions to the post-quake rebuild

Enjoying the landmark of 20 years in business in Christchurch, David Whyte, Director of Whyte Construction is reflecting on achievements past, plus looking forward enthusiastically to the next score of years.

Whyte Construction

Post-earthquakes, David is proud to have thousands of satisfied customers. While residual earthquake repairs are now more complex and the team continues helping Kaikoura clients, the company is also ‘full steam ahead’ on client projects, driven by passion rather than need. Original and repeat clients have been waiting patiently for the peak of earthquake work to pass, so they can carry out alterations, extensions and new builds.
Residential projects are core, from entry level, to large scale hillside architectural homes such as Kiteroa Terrace, pictured. But at any one time the company will be deeply involved in a great diversity of work, with current projects including recladding a university hostel and alterations to a funeral home. Weathertight homes are also a specialty. “We are excellent at solutions,” David says. “We are not into mass housing, but we are competitive with them.”
There are no packages. “It’s bespoke to your needs, from end to end.”
Your single point of contact is a trade qualified project manager who is experienced, personable, and both quality and service-driven. Low staff turnover is a source of pride – the team is highly skilled and dynamic, and loves new ventures and problem solving.
“We assist and guide clients in a way that enables them to come out of their comfort zones.”
The team loves “the delight in people’s faces, when they see what they have achieved”.

Landmark Homes

Hill work’s hot demand: Landmark Homes steps up to meet Canterbury’s needs

Landmark Homes Canterbury’s specialist hill building team has been in strong demand for the past three years. From Moncks Spur to Westmorland, it has worked on many projects, from bare land sites to ‘remove and rebuild’ projects.

 

Landmark Homes

“It takes a certain level of experience to get hill builds right, there are more complications on a hill site and it needs to be done correctly,” says Landmark Homes Canterbury Commercial Manager Coralie Pollard. “We have a full team working on smaller homes, apartments and townhouses to lifestyle homes and hill sites.
“’Stay in your neighbourhood’ is the new catch phrase for us at Landmark. For people who want to stay in their local areas (if they have children at local schools or enjoy the facilities around them) we offer a full remove and rebuild service; a step-by step process that allows you to live in the suburb of your choice, in the house of your choice,” Coralie explains.
Landmark Homes can take clients through the full design and build process, and work with a team of consultants which specialises in elevated sites. You can visit the new Landmark Homes ‘Leigh Design’ show home in Burwood, located at 31 Prestons Park Drive, Wednesday to Sunday 12pm to 4pm. Visitors are swept away by the clever design and layout, the spec and finishing, as well as the thoughtful interior design that makes it a dream home.