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 www.stratco.co.nz for more information.
Luke Robertson, Landscape Designer at Christchurch’s celebrated Artworks Landscape Ltd, offers some advice for the enjoyment of spending Christmas and summer in your fabulous outdoor living space: “Just because it’s autumn, don’t put your plans on the back burner until spring – be smart, think ahead. Now is the perfect time to get your design completed so work can commence before the spring rush if you want to be able to enjoy your outside living over the summer.”
Artworks Landscape Ltd has been in Canterbury for 31 years and offers the full service of design, build and maintenance, so can complete your whole project. “Communication flow between our departments means it’s a streamlined process, ensuring continuity between design, construction and maintenance,” Luke says.
Every client has different outdoor space requirements and Luke is driven by the challenge of variety. While he has some favourite design concepts, your outdoor space will be unique to you.
From the sculptural lines of a symmetrical formal garden, to a more relaxed free-form outdoor space, you’ll receive a distinctive, well-serving design and completed product that works for you.
Artworks Landscape Ltd has a reputation for quality landscapes on time and to any budget. The benefits in using Artworks, is that it offers the full package. Whether you need a paved area, or an integrated design complete with swimming pool, Artworks can help. Phone 03-387 0673 or enquire through www.artworkslandscape.co.nz
When it comes to fencing, there are choices about heights, colours and materials. Whether you choose panel, wood, glass or metal, the number of individual looks and styles is huge – and that’s after you consider whether you want a vertical or horizontal look.
No two days are the same for Rock Solid Fencing, a company with more than 15 years’ experience based in North Canterbury, working throughout the Canterbury region.
Each material has its own benefits; glass makes a great barrier without blocking any visuals; colour panel is very contemporary and can be matched to most colour steel roof colours; traditional pool fencing is no longer just for pools – it can be used to take advantage of a vista like a river or park at the edge of a property; and by choosing something that is not the standard black, you can create a unique look, such as white tubular, which offers a cutting-edge contemporary style.
Older pillar style fences can be modernised by reviving the fence panels between, capitalising on a base that is already there. Fencing can also provide solutions in areas not normally considered. “We recently fenced a small concrete area beside a house to keep children safe,” says Amy Collins of Rock Solid Fencing.
“It was not a boundary fence, but it was a fantastic solution for the family – keeping the young ones where they should be and tidying up the surrounding area, all the while adding value to the property in the long term.”
Embrace nature without sacrificing style in women’s clothing from Merrell. It can be challenging to find women’s clothing with the right balance of comfort, style and protection when facing competing elements outside – and of course style also matters when it comes to women’s lifestyle and active wear.
“That’s why we make sure you’ll still look good while you brave the elements of the rugby side line, netball courts, or yourself out there working up a sweat, by providing an array of protective women’s outdoor clothing, featuring modern and athletic designs made with premium materials,” says Retail and Apparel Co-ordinator Clare Schrader.
Whether you need pants or shorts, shirts, jackets or accessories, Merrell has all the layers of women’s clothing needed to stay strong and productive on any path.
With a new footwear line also heading into store, there are many different options available. “If you’re jet-setting off away from the approaching winter, we have the Zoe Sojourn range which allows you to ‘pack light and live big’. Or perhaps you’re ready to hit the tracks in our Siren Hex Q2 Engineered mesh hiker, offering gender-specific stability, alignment and support.
“Women can accomplish great things in nature, and our gear can help. Enjoy the journey, but make sure the right gear from Merrell comes along too.”
For a walk through the latest ranges visit www.merrell.co.nz or Merrell Level 2 of Westfield Mall, Riccarton, and also Let’s Get Outside, 11 the Mall, Queenstown
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be”. While some people are quite content to maintain the status quo, others see opportunities for improvement.
This is certainly the case for a Christchurch food technology teacher who is putting her heart and soul into improving food education programmes and resources for local schools.
Casebrook Intermediate’s Lauren Dick-McCann has made it her mission to teach her Year 7 and 8 students how to grow, harvest, prepare and share good food through a nationwide food education and literacy programme Garden to Table. Now she has become known for her thriving garden which she refers to as her ‘outside classroom’.
“Food education goes beyond the ability to identify a fruit or vegetable,” Lauren says.
“It’s about giving our younger generations the tools to develop this necessary life-skill and the knowledge of how to feed themselves well.”
A collaborative and hands-on programme which aims to change the way children approach and think about food, Garden to Table has armed Casebrook’s students with the resources they need to make better food choices. The programme operates as part of a core specialist course at Casebrook and works in conjunction with the school’s Food Technology curriculum.
Casebrook Intermediate Principal Sharon Keen is supportive of the approach, crediting it with improvements in other facets of school life, such as better attentiveness, socialisation and class attendance.
Locally, Diamond Harbour Primary, St Martin’s Primary School, North Loburn School, Kaiapoi Borough School, Riccarton Primary School (in partnership with T&G Global), Victory School Nelson (in partnership with T&G Global) and Casebrook Intermediate have all been benefiting from the programme.
For more information, visit www.gardentotable.org.nz.
TimberNook has just celebrated its first anniversary of facilitating experiences for children in a range of natural settings around Christchurch.
The focus of TimberNook is nature-based play, weaving the therapeutic aspects of nature with an understanding of child development, creating play opportunities that challenge the mind, body, and the senses.
With programmes for preschool and primary aged children, it is designed to empower rather than just entertain. Children are inspired to think and play in new and creative ways. Group and independent play can include themed programmes such as Knights and Dragons, with fort and castle building; Barefoot and Buckets, building rafts to test on the river; or Storybook, where stories are used as inspiration for play in the forest.
“We always have interesting loose parts, building materials, digging equipment, pots and pans for a mud kitchen, string and wool. Tree climbing, rope play, carpentry, learning to whittle and more occurs in a safe environment with great supervision to master these more ‘risky activities’,” Kim says.
The benefits of such nature-based play are many, such as improved gross and fine motor skills, increased auditory processing, better visual and social skills and emotional growth.
With birthday parties, school holiday experiences and regular weekly sessions, Kim and her TimberNook team are kept busy. TimberNook can also host early child and school groups for excursions.
Contact Kim on 027 934 0409 and look for TimberNook Christchurch NZ on Facebook for more information.