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Giovanni Tiles

A top tiling team: Giovanni Tiles

If you are after premium quality tiles to give your home distinctive flair, then look no further than the 100m2 Giovanni Tiles selection studio at 3 Lester Lane, just off Dean’s Ave, which holds a selection of more than 1000 premium tiles.

Giovanni Tiles

A tile selection studio that recognises the growing interest from homeowners and construction companies alike, Giovanni Tiles has a dedicated team of friendly experts in colour and style to assist you with all your requirements, from tile selection to free measure and quote, and delivery right to your door.
All tiles in the selection studio are sold under the Giovanni brand and sourced from leading tile manufacturers worldwide. “We import our tiles direct which cuts out the middle man, so our prices are very competitive,” Giovanni Tiles owner, Garey Burgess says.
Giovanni Tiles supplies only premium quality porcelain tiles. They feature the latest colours, fashion and textures for every home or commercial environment and, being porcelain means they are durable and keep their as-new look for many years to come.
The selection studio features extensive areas of tile samples from mosaics, to floor and wall tiles, for both interior and exterior environments. Available in all sizes, this gives customers the best possible idea of what tiles are available, and if they don’t have it, they will find it for you!
Giovanni Tiles is able to source other tiles direct from manufacturers and holds more than 40,000m2 on site at all times, so they can deliver to you when you require them.
For more information or to view the comprehensive range, visit or phone 03-423 1696.

Hard As Rocks

A heart of stone: Eldorado Stone from Hard As Rocks is a wonderful alternative to other thick and heavy stone cladding products

For the look and feel of real stone, Eldorado Stone provides a stunning appearance, without the weight and cost of the real thing. Hard as Rocks is New Zealand’s exclusive supplier of the product, which is the most realistic architectural man-made stone available on the market – and the world’s biggest selling stone veneer.

Hard As Rocks

Earthquake tested by BRANZ, Hard as Rocks offers the largest range of stone profiles and colour selections available in New Zealand. The company makes it simple, with all stone types the same price, so once you have had your plans priced you can change stone options without having to re- price your new build, renovation or landscaping project. Most profiles are individual pieces, so you can even mix stone profiles and colours, or change the grout colours to give you a truly unique look to suit your project.
Hard as Rocks maintains building compliance and quality control by only using its own licensed applicators, trained not only in waterproofing and stone application, but also in detailing and the little extras that hold true to the eye – guaranteeing a flawless, professional finish. South Island Schist profiles and River Rock are Hard as Rocks bestsellers, but you also have the option to select from other stone profiles from around the world, including Hawaiian Lava Stone, European Castle Stone or English Country Rubble.
Visit the Hard as Rocks display at stand 61 at the Home Ideas Centre, 37 Mandeville Street in Riccarton, to see the options for yourself. Phone 0800 ELDORADO (353 672), 022 043 0541 or email

Murray Hewitt Joinery

Innovation in action: Murray Hewitt Joinery leads the way

The name Murray Hewitt Joinery goes hand-in-hand with a reputation that has been hard won over two decades. Established in 1999, it has developed an impressive portfolio full of referral and many repeat clients – the latter of which, in many cases, have been with the business for its entire history.

Murray Hewitt Joinery

As its name suggests, Murray Hewitt Joinery is made up of a highly skilled and loyal team of experienced craftsmen who take considerable pride in all they do, ensuring a quality product every time. Working with an extensive range of products, the team can deliver joinery services from residential to commercial, kitchens and bathrooms to staircases and more.
Within these environments, the company’s expertise can be channeled into delivering joinery for entry doors, exterior doors and windows; interior doors; stairs and hand rails; wardrobes and shelving; bathroom vanities; kitchens and laundries; lounge entertainment units and commercial and shopfitting.
Murray Hewitt Joinery can also create made-to-measure, hand-crafted furniture to the highest standard. Its high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail produces bespoke furniture which adds value to homes. All pieces are created in the workshop in Christchurch and traditional joinery techniques are utilised to produce cabinetry which will last a lifetime.
Owner Murray Hewitt says, “After all this time in the industry I still have the passion to create beautiful products from solid timber. Oak, walnut, rosewood and mahogany give me particular pleasure.”
Murray’s passion for his work is a common denominator between each of his team members. “Each member of our team is able to follow a project through from its initial concept to completion and installation, so they take real pride in what they do and ensure a quality product every time.

Murray Hewitt Joinery “We enjoy challenges and have earned a reputation for thinking outside the square to find solutions and to make design ideas work in reality. There is nothing we enjoy more than undertaking a whole house – from the front door, to the interior doors, the laundry and the kitchen and everything in between, including one-off items of bespoke furniture such as bedside cabinets and entertainment units. We truly believe there is no reason for our customers to go anywhere else.”
Murray Hewitt is located at 25a Lunns Road. Phone 03-343 0360 or email See the extensive joinery portfolio at

Strategic Homes Group

Is building new right for you: Strategic Homes Group on why you should consider a new home build

If you’re in the market for a home or an investment property, we look at why building new is your best option.

Strategic Homes Group

In April, ANZ Economist Liz Kendal was reported in The Press as saying, “Prices for existing houses have increased 50 percent since the start of 2012, whereas we estimate that the cost of a new dwelling, including land and construction, has increased 30 percent over the same period”.
Which suggests building new is a serious consideration for those looking to purchase a house.
We also know many pre-owned houses have some damage. Building from scratch gives you the peace of mind of knowing that, because everything is new, your home is damage-free. You get a brand-new home with a 10-year warranty and know with certainty your home meets building codes and standards.

Strategic Homes Group “When you partner with Strategic Homes for your new-build journey, we’re with you every step of the way,” Director, Andrew O’Donoghue says. “From the foundation to the fixtures, you know exactly what has been specified to create your new home. Week-by-week you see it coming together, with the latest in technology and building materials.”
But there are many other benefits to building new. Who wouldn’t want to build their dream home, choosing the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces, or delight in choosing your own soft furnishings and appliances? “We believe your new home should fill you with happiness,” co-founder, Karen Pritchard says. “I love working with clients to make this happen.”
A new home is also healthier. Built with the latest in materials, fully insulated with modern double-glazed joinery, new homes are generally moisture and gap-free, drier and warmer. Plus, building new means little or no maintenance costs over the years to come.

Strategic Homes Group
Andrew and Karen: Talk to Andrew to find out what your home building options are on 027 220 6558

“Strategic Homes is your local building company,” Andrew explains. “We know Christchurch extremely well. We’ve been building houses for 17 years and have completed more than 750 homes. Whether a client wants a family home or investment property, we want to build them a home we would be proud to live in ourselves, which is why we believe building new is best.”
To start your new home journey, call Andrew on 03-963 8841 or 027 220 6558, go to, or visit the new Strategic Homes show home, open Saturday and Sunday 12 – 4 at 6 Derek Anderson Place, Longhurst Subdivision, Halswell.

Casa Construction

It’s all about the detail: Casa Construction raises its sights towards the 2018 Master Builder Awards

The team at Casa Construction has had a big year already. A brand refresh, launched in March, has helped to position the business for expansion down south to Wanaka. Now with the Master Builder awards in full swing, Casa is focussed on completing more houses that are as beautiful and well-crafted as this year’s entry, titled ‘Light Luxury’.


Casa Construction

Light Luxury is perched delicately on the Cashmere Hills, with broad sweeping views of the city and beyond through its industrial height windows.
The house itself is simple yet it is the details – courtesy of architect Thom Craig – that set it apart. The Casa team worked collaboratively with both client and architect to deliver the finishes required to ensure those aforementioned details, would sing.
Attention to the details is a particular passion of the Casa team. Managing Director, Jeff Root says, “anyone can build a house but it’s the hundred little things that we do differently that turn a house into a home”.
The team knows that when collaborating with architects this catch phrase becomes even more important. “Our architect partners have a vision. It’s our job to take that vision, fit it to the client’s budget and help realise the dream in the best way possible.”
The 2018 Master Builder Awards for Canterbury will be announced in July, with National awards announced in November. While the Casa team wait for their results, they will begin to apply their gold standard building practices to their first architecturally designed home, on the outskirts of Wanaka.
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Tiling talents: Tilemax has the range and customer service to get your project sorted

When it comes to current tile trends, bigger is definitely better. With an extensive range of large, rectangular tiles for both floors and walls, Tilemax has a team of experts – whether you’re building a new home or renovating your kitchen or bathroom.


Dimensions vary from the most on-trend size of 45x90cm, as well as 30x90cm and 40x120cm, in porcelain for floors and walls, and in ceramic for walls only. “Many of the styles have different texture and surface interest and others have a look reminiscent of marble, stone, cement – as well as plain white glossy finishes,” says Toni Harrison, of Tilemax Christchurch.
The Verona range features a linear directional pattern, with nice variation and movement, giving it a natural feel and look. Available in both matte and polished finishes, the tile is great for all interior designs and creates a spacious, natural looking area. The Spanish-designed Concert range – a high quality porcelain – incorporates NeoTech technology and can be used in living rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, external cladding and many more spaces.
The Stellar range is a stunning soft stone-style porcelain floor and wall tile. The surface of the tile has been produced and machined to provide a beautiful feel under foot, like the feel of the worn and natural patina of stone. Catering to both residential and commercial customers, Tilemax has extensive experience in selecting the best value tiles, best design and range from around the world.
Contact Tilemax Christchurch on 03-343 3893 or visit the friendly team at 280 Annex Road, Middleton. Visit

Compass Homes

Turning dreams into reality: how Compass Homes work with you to make your dream home your real home

Clients can sit back and enjoy the building experience by choosing Compass Homes. The company’s process is relaxing and enjoyable and the result is a good quality home.

Compass Homes

There are three very experienced Home Consultants at the Christchurch office who understand the emotional investment involved with building a dream home and are great listeners, with the ability to point you in the right direction to transform your dreams into reality.
While you will be spoilt for choice with more than 70 contemporary house plans to select from, each design can be easily customised to meet a client’s needs, wants and dreams. Compass Homes is flexible and can meet a range of needs, with house and land packages available or the company can provide design and build services if you have your own section.
There is an experienced team of designers, engineers and project managers, who are highly skilled at considering the individual building site orientation, budget, and the purchaser’s personal style and future needs.
Three show homes in Christchurch – Kaiapoi, Rolleston and Preston’s Park – allow potential clients to experience the homeliness and style the company offers. The fittings are all high quality and what you see in the show homes is what you get, all-inclusive in the price of your own new home, so no surprises when the account comes in.

Compass Homes Working with a smaller intimate company that focuses on customer service has huge advantages as clients are never ‘just a number’.
The business uses innovative technology to keep the client up to date via an online project management system and that means a client is always aware of progress as it’s happening. The company ethos is strongly focused on the importance of open communication and full transparency throughout the building process.

Compass Homes It is run as a joint venture (not a franchise) between the national owners and the branch owner. Unlike some franchise situations where an ‘all care but no responsibility’ scenario operates, Compass Homes has an ‘all care and all responsibility’ structure. The national owners have a personal liability and responsibility in each branch.
In addition to the 10-year Master Builders Guarantee and the 12-month maintenance period, each branch carries extensive public liability insurance to protect against all events, giving clients the confidence to relax, sit back and enjoy the journey.

House of Hackney x William Morris Artemis Black Wallpaper

The fifth wall: ceilings are an untapped resource for creative expression in the home

The four walls of our home are a blank canvas waiting for our creativity to work its magic. They have long provided a home for artwork and accents that see them dressed to impress. But what of the fifth wall?

House of Hackney x William Morris Artemis Black Wallpaper
House of Hackney x William Morris Artemis Black Wallpaper

This isn’t designed to be a cryptic question if you are sitting there scratching your head. Just raise your eyes skyward and we’ll be on the same page. The fifth wall, is in fact, your ceiling. It’s commanded quite the following with interior designers who have a ‘sky’s the limit’ philosophy when it comes to introducing colour and texture to their abode.
It’s a pretty big commitment practically and financially so not for the faint hearted but if you feel like your home is hankering for some X-factor, then the fifth wall might just fit the bill.

Dreamwool Beds

What dreams are made of: Dreamwool Beds will have you wondering why you didn’t replace your bed sooner

Dreamwool Beds has snuggled into its new sun-lit premises – a paradise for slumber, showcasing the innovative bespoke bedding that dreams are made of.

Dreamwool Beds

No glues, foams or polyesters are used – only New Zealand wool, Australian fabrics, spring systems from Denmark and quality Vietnamese latex. “Health revolves around diet, exercise and sleep,” Director David Henderson says. “Sleep affects weight, mental wellbeing and simply the ability to function the next day.”
The original company, Clegg Brothers, pioneered in 1934 from a Brighton garage, was ironically located across the road from the current premises 40 years ago. David’s father bought the business in 1974, renaming it around the millennium to reflect the transition from entry level to a top end wool-based product. David is hands-on in the new Sydenham showroom, where customers are also welcomed by Nicky, company ‘camp mother’.
The European-aligned, custom-designed mattress and slat-bed system visually takes up less bedroom real estate. David likens bulky standard mattress and base systems to “a big chocolate sponge cake,” compared to a Dreamwool bed – “a piece of chocolate brownie”. It’s quality without the bulk – finer, lighter, but exceptionally comfortable and supportive.

Dreamwool Beds Firm, medium, soft support can be customised to body weight and contouring to each partner, there are nine ranges, from a basic model, up to the Heaven, Paradise and Euphoria ranges – likened to lying on a floaty cloud. “There’s no compromise on quality or performance, just variation in comfort layers and spring systems,” he says. “We use three times the material than the average mattress as we make for comfort, not a price point. Mattresses are manufactured on site and made to order.”
Wool makes a drier bed, is anti-dust mite and anti-microbial, naturally cool in summer and warm in winter. “You can’t sleep if you’re too hot or cold. When you jump out of bed in winter, you won’t have to warm up, as our mattresses warm you to the ‘soul’. You can also unzip the pillow top, and air it outside, letting the UV rays go to work.”
Dreamwool Beds is always improving on perfection. Merino wool will now be used, as well as an ingenious new outer-fabric. Algua was developed in Belgium by a professor from the Lab for Aquatic Biology when researching uses for algae. Microcapsules of spirulina are encapsulated in the top-fabric layer. Its energy-enhancing vapour containing 11 vitamins, 10 minerals and 18 amino acids is released, for the lifetime of the mattress and absorbed by the skin.
When David’s wife experienced menopausal sleepless nights, he researched and trialled another solution, launched in 2017 under the Paradise label, using exclusive tiny micro-coils, within temperate-controlling wool layers, allowing air to circulate. Keeping the body and bed cool and dry resulted in a noticeably more restful night – for everyone.
“If you can’t invest in anything else, then invest in a good night’s sleep – it’s the best decision you can make.”
Visit Dreamwool Beds Ltd, 96 Disraeli Street, Sydenham, phone 03-343 5195 or visit


A functional extension: adding to your home is one of Stratco’s specialty

Creating a striking addition to enhance your home, a veranda not only adds functional living space and value, but protection from the elements.

Whether you are building a new home or making extensions, the team at Stratco has the skills and expertise to assist from design to installation, with its own range of unique Stratco verandas and louvres. “Our fixed-roof verandas offer an affordable alternative to our louvres,” says Stratco General Manager, David Allingham.
“It’s a proven product with quality design – they’ve been around for years and there is no other product like this on the market.”
Letting light into your outdoor area while blocking out harmful rays and rain, homeowners can get so much more function from their home – an added value the real estate industry is well aware of. The company offers a bespoke veranda at the same price as a standard product, which can easily be custom-designed to suit your size, layout and attachment requirements.
The process is simple. Steve Cain, Outdoor Product Specialist at Stratco, will talk through the possibilities with you, then measure and quote, which is free with no obligation. Stratco then designs, manufactures and installs the verandas and louvres – making the entire experience hassle-free.
Based at 55 Hands Road, Middleton, contact the Stratco team on 03-338 9063 or visit for more information.