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Swish Storage

Swish Storage


Modern storage is about much more than the classic wall unit – although even these are evolving into creative pieces in their own right, as space becomes a premium. Options are clever, unique and fantastically functional.

 

Swish Storage

 

Locked up
Lockers became the coolest thing out when industrial retro was hot – and their sheer practicality now lives on. However, school-corridor grey has blossomed into new versions of dusky pinks through to mint greens – akin to a New York apartment. Single tall storage lockers are perfect to slot into those once-redundant narrow wall spaces. Metal is fire proof, so keep precious documents and mementos under the locker’s lock and key.

 


Down the ladder
Whether it’s a retro ladder with added shelves, or an affordable new version, cascading ladder shelving is perfect to store handy items or to showcase beautiful things. Transportable, they are great in bathrooms for towels and toiletries, bedrooms for toys and trinkets, or for book collections and plants in the lounge. Either weathered vintage or beach-house white, the trend reflects all themes.

 


Furniture hide ‘n’ seek
It’s very James Bond – secret drawers built into everything such as bed bases, couches with hidden cavities or tables with draws. What about an ottoman: is it a seat, a table? Yes, but it’s also a huge storage space.

 


Custom design it
Incorporating clever custom-designed shelving enhances home living to the max. Go as high as the ceiling in that narrow bathroom space, utilise an awkward kitchen corner, make an entranceway enviable, get creative with cubes, or style up a wardrobe to movie star status.

 



 

Lyttelton Timeball Station

A maritime marvel: Lyttelton Timeball Station


“The Building Intelligence Group is delighted to have played a role in the bringing back to life of such a rare piece of maritime history as the iconic Lyttelton Timeball Station and the working timeball itself.”

 

Lyttelton Timeball Station

 

When Project Director Stephen Threadgall from project management specialist The Building Intelligence Group says how fantastic it is to see the Timeball Tower standing tall against the skyline again, he echoes the feelings of many people, not only in Lyttelton, but in Christchurch itself. The 2 November opening of the Timeball Station certainly marked another significant milestone in the rebuild of a city which has lost so much of its heritage.

The Timeball Station is one of the few of its kind left in the world. From 1876 to 1934 a ball dropped from its mast on its stone tower, signalling the time to ships in Lyttelton Harbour. Visual time signals such as this have historically been important features of many of the world’s ports, playing an integral role in correcting ships’ chronometers and ensuring accurate navigation.

 

Lyttelton Timeball Station

 

The Victorian-era Timeball Station in Lyttelton Harbour was damaged beyond repair in the 22 February 2011 earthquake. “The building’s owner, Heritage New Zealand looked for a project manager with demonstrable experience in the heritage sector to secure a main contractor for the Timeball Station’s rebuild and to manage the programme and the construction phase,” Threadgall says.

“We at The Building Intelligence Group are known for this type of project. Over the past year we have worked with all the companies and professionals involved in the rebuild to complete the Timeball’s reconstruction on time and on budget.”  Heritage New Zealand explains that the rebuild philosophy was to retain as much of the original fabric of the building as practicable. “We wanted to ensure that when locals saw the building each day it was familiar. The return of the Timeball Station and Timeball also fits well with the regeneration of Lyttelton that is going on.”

 

Lyttelton Timeball Station

The $2 million reconstruction was on the former site using original materials salvaged from the careful deconstruction that took place following the earthquakes. As Stephen Threadgall says, “heritage projects can have their challenges. So to have the work progress so well to such a superb outcome gave our team immense satisfaction.”

A fine example of Victorian technology, the Timeball Station is one of only five in the world known to be still in working order. A rare piece of maritime history, it has now been fabulously restored and boasts spectacular views over Lyttelton Harbour.

 



 

Old World Glamour

Old World Glamour


Design cues from the past are injecting old world glamour into our interiors. Make a luxurious style statement and bring a little French antiquity or Victorian manor into your world.

 

Old World Glamour

 

Chic chandeliers
It doesn’t matter if your home is all downlights, hang one from the rafters anyway – just for the romantic effect. Glamorise a plain bathroom, accentuate a dining table or enchant a bedroom. Whether Phantom of the Opera crystal drama or candle styles, chandeliers are the cliché of timeless class. Identical versions of the classics are illuminating lighting stores everywhere.

 

Claw foot and slipper baths
A ‘have to have’ for a glamorous-era bathroom, they are pure luxury to look at and to soak in. New versions of this past-century style come in varying lengths and designs. And some can be colour-matched to your décor.

 

Antiqued fittings and fixtures
Ironically, modern techniques can be thanked for the large inflow of antique-style allure. Today’s tapware for bathrooms and kitchens is not just a chrome affair. They are expertly antiqued, or shiny in copper, brass, gold, and pewter effects. This finishes a chosen theme, as much more than a functional necessity.

 

Magical mirrors
If nothing else, the gilded mirror is the epitome of yesteryear glamour. Double up a view of the garden, city or seascape by facing one out to the window. Lighten a dim hallway, make your bathroom feel like The Ritz, and romance up the bedroom. Old-style options enchant – round mirrors, bevelled edges, thick ornate framing bearing grapes and cherubs, through to art deco geometric in silver.

 

Old World Glamour

 

Recline in grandeur
The classical chaise lounge is a charming Victorian-inspired piece to fill a purpose in any room. The decadent deep-buttoning on couches to cushions, originally hails from the 1700s, as in rolled-armed Chesterfield couches. This immortal style is now very in vogue.

 

Curtain glamour
Curtains can draw in the dramatic feel of an opulent era. It is imperative to drape generously down to the ground. Choose luxurious linens, sumptuous velvets, or baroque-themed prints. Embellish with pompoms, fringing and gold tassels, and tieback with brass crystal-knobbed brackets.

 

A floral throw-back
Victorian floral wallpapers make the finest of feature walls. Damask-pink old French roses through to granny’s garden bouquets enhance everything from vases, vintage crockery, paintings, to tablecloths and throws.

 

Time travel
Aboard the Orient Express. A brass luggage rack in the entrance way, an antiqued globe or map, a purposeful pile of leather vintage suitcases secreting a long journey had. Perhaps include a dome-studded pirate’s chest, nods to Jules Verne, or gilt-framed paintings of old sailing ships. It’s escapism through historical adventures from the comfort of home.

 



 

Mainmark

Re-levelling Solution: Mainmark


New Zealand is no stranger to seismic activity and Christchurch residents know only too well the importance of structural integrity. Widespread liquefaction has affected countless building foundations in the region, including the Kamahi Apartments, an eight-storey residential apartment building in Merivale.

 

Mainmark

 

When Bruce McDonald from KCRB Ltd purchased Kamahi Apartments, geotechnical engineers confirmed that the building needed to be re-levelled and structurally strengthened to meet the New Building Standard (NBS). Due to the building’s height, Bruce wanted absolute confidence when taking steps to achieve 100 percent NBS. Having remediated hundreds of structures affected by seismic liquefaction, including the Christchurch Art Gallery, ground engineering specialist Mainmark had proven longevity, expertise and trusted solutions.
“Mainmark came up as being the major player based on reputation, results and confidence in a good outcome,” Bruce says.

Thorough geotechnical investigations of ground conditions identified there was adequate stability to proceed with re-levelling the building, which had suffered differential settlement. Mainmark technicians worked around the clock to achieve the required level tolerances across the entire building’s footprint, completing works before Christmas 2017. This then allowed extensive renovation and refurbishment of the Kamahi Apartments to be completed, preparing the building for occupancy.

Based on his experiences, Bruce recommends avoiding assumptions when it comes to structural safety. “Make sure you ascertain the current capability in the ground as well as the building, so you can get the right people to quote the right remedies relevant to your site. If you try to take a shortcut that needs to be fixed retrospectively, it can be very costly.”

 


www.mainmark.com


 

All Locked Up

All Locked Up


It seems the latest in trends to hit the home will have you heading back to the school yard. Yes, lockers are hitting the mainstream, with colours and styles to suit a range of homes and decors.

 

All Locked Up

 

These playground staples are being transformed into bedside cabinets, laundry storage and a clever space for keeping children’s books and toys. They can easily be placed in bedrooms or play areas to add a pop of colour or play homage to bygone school days.  Lockers can also provide an alternative to finding a practical and stylish storage solution when you may need to hide things away. The Mustard range of lockers as pictured can be found at Shut the Front Door, in the city’s CBD in a range of colours and styles.

 



 

Perfect Cleaning MF

Connoisseurs in Cleaning: Perfect Cleaning MF


Let’s be honest, sometimes our busy day-to-day activities get in the way of keeping the house clean.

 

Perfect Cleaning MF

 

However, Perfect Cleaning MF is here to take the stress out of housekeeping by keeping your home, flat or office spick and span on a regular basis. Based in Riccarton since 2015, Perfect Cleaning MF is New Zealand owned and operated and managed by Miriam Faria. The company specialises in a range of cleaning services which has earned it a sterling reputation for professionalism and reliability. These services include domestic house cleaning, office cleaning and even keeping your windows sparkling. The company is also happy to give your oven a thorough once over, returning it to its former glory.

 

Perfect Cleaning MF

Countless satisfied customers and businesses have chosen Perfect Cleaning MF as their preferred cleaning specialists as the company goes above and beyond what is required to give your place the best clean possible.

 


For more information, visit www.perfectcleaningmf.co.nz. To get a quote or book a comprehensive clean of your abode, email info@perfectcleaningmf.co.nz or call Miriam directly on 021 143 5563.


 

ARC Tiles And Interiors

From Home to Castle


Whoever first uttered those immortal words about a man’s home being his castle was a wise person indeed. Our home is our sanctuary; it’s our haven of rest and relaxation; it’s our blissful place where all the hassles and worries of the working day slip from our weary bodies as soon as we cross the threshold.

 

From Home to Castle

 

Rajesh Thakur, owner of ARC Tiles And Interiors, is committed to helping his clients transform their homes into castles by providing the most chic and sophisticated of interior wall and ceiling décor, courtesy of his exquisite range of 3D and digital tiles; the fact that he was the first to introduce 3D tiles to New Zealand proves that Rajesh not only has a vigilant eye to the future, but is also well ahead when it comes to the latest in international trends. The optical illusionary effect of 3D tiles is both clever and striking – always an irresistible combination. These are the tiles that will transcend your home from nice but ordinary into magnificent and extraordinary!

“3D tiles, though a very new and exciting concept, will only grow to become the classic and timeless ‘must-have’ feature in homes. The patterns that are coming out now are absolutely amazing; add to that a colour palette that will not only complement your desired colour theme, but will enhance and set it off like nothing else could, and you have a home that is unsurpassable!” Rajesh says. If you are looking to explore a particular theme in your home, but you want to make it a stand-out, aesthetically pleasing play of pattern and visual story, then digital tiles are your ever so elegant answer. They are hugely popular when it comes to wall interiors because of their less water absorption rate and abrasion resistance, and are the ideal bathroom tile due to the protection surface layer, ensuring they’re a breeze to clean and keep free from dust.

Rajesh and his team give customers a very warm welcome at his showroom, situated at 234b Main South Road, Sockburn. Here is the opportunity to view the superb range of tiles in stock and ask all the questions you may have before making that all important final decision. “Not only do our customers get to have quality one-on-one consultations with our highly trained staff, but while they are here, they also can arrange for any preparatory work that needs to be carried out before the tiling. We provide all those services – your gibbing, plastering, painting and tiling,” Rajesh says. Rajesh is very proud of his strong, long-term relationships with customers. “It’s because we go that extra mile – whatever your vision, we want to help make it happen.”

 


For more information, phone 022 622 0415, email rajesh@arctilesandinteriors.co.nz or visit www.arctilesandinteriors.co.nz.


 

Paragon Fencing

Experienced fence experts: Paragon Fencing


Proudly New Zealand owned and operated, Paragon Fencing Systems’ third-generation business is at the forefront of customer care and has attention to detail which is second to none.

Paragon Fencing

 

With a combined experience of more than 70 years in the building and construction industry, the company can plan and build your perfect fencing project using the latest PVC system. PVC may be relatively new compared to the fences of old but more and more Cantabrians are turning to PVC constructed fences. With greater durability over timber, you are given peace of mind that your Paragon built fence will stand the test of time.

With a tightly knit team of industry professionals at the helm, the company can tackle any project – big or small – and is happy to work to any budget. So, if you are building, renovating or just need to some advice, now is as good a time as any, to check out Paragon Fencing Systems.

 


For more information or to chat about why PVC fencing is definitely worth a look, visit
www.paragonfencing.co.nz or call Andrew Drake on 021 912 2826.


 

Shut The Front Door

Wrapping up Christmas: Shut The Front Door


While Father Christmas is putting the reindeer through their paces in preparation for the big journey, we mere mortals are pounding the pavements in the search of gifts, decorations, cards, and wrapping paper.

Shut The Front Door

 

At Shut The Front Door, 268 High Street, your search is over and everything and everybody is covered – parents, grandparents, extended whānau and friends, even that difficult to buy for person, bottom of your list. If your Christmas is beachside, check out the store’s Sunnylife range; from awesome inflatables through to super-snazzy beach-bags and towels, you’ll be geared up for summer.

For those seeking eco-environmental gifts, be inspired by plastic-free products, such as shopping bags, straws, re-usable coffee cups and drink bottles; and for those who love a project, there’s even a make-your-own natural cleaning kit! Speaking of DIY, children will adore creating words with the make-your-own neon light signs and, once happily exhausted from that activity, they can curl up with a book while cuddling their favourite Lily & George soft toy.

 

Shut The Front Door

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When it comes to the man in your life, the mission’s no longer impossible; browse the cool, not-your-average socks, and giggle at the novelty gifts, such as the shower beer-can holder, the credit card with inbuilt tools, or funniest of all, the Donald Trump Fake News game.
Shoppers on a budget have oodles to choose from with the under $25 range, which covers absolutely everybody… including that difficult person, bottom of your list!

 

 

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Visit shutthefrontdoor.co.nz, or phone 03 379 7307.


 

Taurus Built Ltd

Charging Ahead: Taurus Built Ltd


Taurus Built Ltd may not be the biggest building team in town, but when it comes to dedication, professionalism and commitment to going above and beyond, they seldom come better.

 

Taurus Built Ltd

 

Founded by experienced builder Tom Peters in 2017, the company has grown from a one-man operation, to a tightly-knit team of professional builders with projects on the go across Canterbury and Central Otago.  As a Registered Master Builder, all building projects undertaken by Taurus Built Ltd carry the Registered Master Builders 10-year guarantee; a solid reminder that a Taurus Built home has been built by qualified builders to stand the test of time.

 

Taurus Built Ltd

The team of builders work closely with Tom and share the same passion and vision for the company as he does. Utilising the best building materials and techniques, this loyal crew guarantees to give your project the same level of commitment and attention to detail from start to finish. With no corners cut or shortcuts taken, Tom’s team offers competitive rates to suit all budgets and pride themselves on a job well done to the highest possible standard. With Taurus Built Ltd, only the best will do.

 


For more information visit
www.taurusbuiltltd.com, or phone Tom direct on 022 151 7835.