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Edward Gibbon

Tap into your own trends: Edward Gibbon’s retail manager Lesley Storm gives us her take on choosing a tap

When building or renovating, tapware choices should be exciting.
Far from just a functional plumbing imperative, taps are rising in the design stakes. They’re top styling statements in themselves. And while there are always trends in tapware, homeowners should be true to their individual tastes.

Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon Retail Manager, Lesley Storm, believes if there’s a desired overall look or feel to a room, then taps, basins and sinks play a crucial part. Plumbing styles have the power to impact and personalise a design scheme.
“We guide people through the process of honing in on exactly what it is they want and what will work for their home project,” Lesley says. “For instance, if a client wants a certain metallic finish to be adhered to, we can find a range which offers that shade and effect throughout all the accessories they’d want in bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and powder-rooms.”
Such details may not be immediately obvious when starting out with the process of tap, basin or sink choice.
Lesley adds that planning ahead is definitely a good idea. Some vanities or plumbing elements could take up to three weeks from ordering. She says customers often come in with floor or wall-tile samples, which is ideal practice applied to seemingly minute decisions about things like exact shade, gloss or matte surfaces on tapware. In the end, every attention to both function and aesthetic detail pays off of in greater pleasure for the long term.
Every turn of the tap satisfies when function, shape, colour, material and finish are perfect for the room. Metallics are really popular right now, Lesley says, with black and chrome still popular perennial choices also.

Edward Gibbon

Decoding Tap Talk: Taps are sometimes categorised as classic, contemporary, modern, modern-classic, and pictures tell much of the aesthetic story. The choice isn’t just between metallic colours, but black, white, glass, matte, shiny, satin finishes, even porcelain details. Then there are other considerations to ask about, like water usage/volume, size and placement of taps in relation to basins/bowls, plus the potential to fit filters.

Top Tap Tip: Choose heated towel rails when you choose your tap style if they’re to co-habit. Not all bathroom supply companies manufacture heated towel rails in all shades, but a shape or colour match may be possible. Also, consider the form of your taps alongside that of other accessories. Do they echo each other? Are they minimal and simple, or nostalgic and detailed?

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
info@mhj.co.nz. See the extensive joinery portfolio at www.mhj.co.nz.

Stratco

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.

Stratco
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.

Garage Carpet Pro

Transforming spaces: carpeting bare places into comfortable spaces with Garage Carpet Pro

Whether your garage houses your car or boat, or you wish to convert it into the playroom, gym or man-cave of your dreams, laying down carpet with Garage Carpet Pro is the perfect way to turn your garage into a warm, safe, comfortable and fully functional space.

Garage Carpet Pro

Adivision of the award winning Pro Group, it is the largest installer of garage carpet in New Zealand. Made up of franchisees like Tim Gerard, their most experienced and busiest installer, The company has the experience, knowledge and techniques essential to giving your garage the best carpet makeover possible.
The company’s three step process from floor preparation to laying the carpet and finishing with the finishing touches, is done with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail, with no shortcuts taken.

Garage Carpet Pro Tim can also insulate your garage doors and garage ceiling, for those cold winter nights, giving you reduced noise and reduced power bills! If you are struggling to find space for storage, Garage Carpet Pro also partners with Stealing Spaces to supply and install your garage with high quality, heavy duty ceiling mounted storage racks.
For more information about what Tim and the team from Garage Carpet Pro can do for your garage, visit
www.garagecarpetpro.co.nz or phone Tim on 027 349 0527.

Brownie Construction

Award-winning expansion: Brownie Construction is building a reputation to be proud of

Award-winning Brownie Homes is now known as Brownie Construction, following the company’s expansion into larger projects across the region.

Brownie Construction

Originally established in 2012, the Christchurch-based business currently has crews working on projects in Central Otago, including a stunning residential housing development at Coronet Grove in Queenstown.
From high-end architectural new builds to renovations and repairs on ‘as is where is’ properties in Christchurch, the team covers the full spectrum of services, as well as light commercial, Director James Brownie says. “Our crews are experienced across all areas and we work with trusted architects, engineers and subcontractors to provide consistency and high-quality craftmanship to every project. Through word-of-mouth referrals, we have quickly gone from strength to strength over the years – we do quality jobs so we get the repeat business.”
From design and pricing to completion and landscaping, Brownie Construction provides the complete package. Providing excellent project management, the team prides itself on saving clients’ time and money, always working around the client’s schedule. “By personally managing the project from design to handover, we can be sure it’s well managed and controlled at every stage. We take care of everything and if clients have any concerns they can come straight to me.”
The company also relocates homes, and past commercial projects include the fit-out for the recent Hornby Hub and Palms Mall renovations.
Phone James on 027 3034 810, email enquiries@browniehomes.co.nz or visit www.browniehomes.co.nz for more information.

1940s Fendalton home

An exceptional Fendalton renovation: Fitz Consulting’s latest triumph

Fitz Consulting, a boutique project management company owned and operated by Paul Fitzsimmons, has recently completed a major renovation of a 1940s Fendalton home.

1940s Fendalton home

The company brought its expertise and a range of talented teams together to provide its client with a truly outstanding finished product.
KOBE Construction worked closely with Fitz Consulting on the Fendalton renovation, carrying out all the general carpentry and construction of the new extension and remodelling of the existing structure.
“We have a very diverse workstream which has enabled the Kobe team to develop a high level of expertise throughout all building and general construction envelopes,” Blu from Kobe Construction says.
“Whether we are building executive architectural homes, fitting out restaurants and cafés or offices, repairing and upgrading commercial buildings or just renovating, we have the skills, experience, and product knowledge to deliver bespoke high-quality results every time.”

 

1940s Fendalton home

Paul really gets to know his clients personally and treats each project as if it’s his own personal building, his strong empathy to people’s needs and understanding of the family dynamic enabling him to make suggestions that makes their lives easier.
“Our company has been working with Fitz Consulting for a few years,” says Laszlo Meszaros from Euromaster Painting.
“We feel proud to be involved with him and it was a pleasure to see how fantastic this Fendalton project turned out. We hope everybody loves the result as much as we do. We completed the drywall stopping, interior and exterior painting. The luxurious, beautiful wallpaper was also applied by us. Our company specialises in spray painting and we strongly believe that we can create the best quality coatings for your home or commercial building.
“Paul turns clients into friends which speaks volumes of his character, work ethic, ability to always pick up the phone for any question big or small and, of course, the excellent finished project.”
Fitz Consulting is very active in the commercial strengthening and fitout arena as well, with projects in the CBD and outlying industrial areas. Currently, he is bringing back to life the ‘City Church’ building on Manchester Street, fitting out a boutique gym and three other warehouse/office buildings, each at separate locations.

1940s Fendalton home

Paul’s knowledge of build prices and how to provide the best deal for his clients, as well as his ability to get his hands dirty getting things across the line faster and more smoothly, is an asset to any project. Paul and his team of experts started this project with the EQC dispute and followed it all the way through to Code of Compliance.
Visit www.fitzconsulting.co.nz to see the before and after photos as well as the video walk through of the Fendalton renovation.

Project Partners

  1. Fitz Consulting
    Ph: 021 270 2309
    Web: www.fitzconsulting.co.nz
  2. Kobe Construction
    Ph: 021 581 999
  3. Euromaster Painting Services
    Ph: 021 039 7542
    Web: www.euromasterpainting.co.nz
Innovate Renovate

Innovative renovation specialists: the talented team at Innovate Renovate

They are Ron and Adrian Bradley and together they are Innovate Renovate, specialist renovation managers. “We can carry out renovations and repairs of all types and complexity, from fixing a leaking tap to building a new house around a tap!” says Adrian with a chuckle.

Innovate Renovate
Before
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After

He is serious though. Since Adrian and his father began Innovate Renovate five years ago they have undertaken many different projects, not only earthquake repairs for which they have earned a deservedly strong reputation, but also bathroom, kitchen and laundry renovations, garage conversions and deck construction, as well as painting, plastering and general drainage works.
Currently they have several projects on the go involving the insulation of rental properties to ensure they meet the requirements of the latest legislation.
“We have a number of repeat clients now and word of mouth recommendations about what we can do have spread. We are known for being able to think outside the box to analyse problems and find solutions for them. We are often asked to take on jobs others don’t want to touch. We thrive on challenges and feel a great deal of satisfaction seeing projects completed to a high standard.”
Adrian says that Innovate Renovate’s team treats every job in someone else’s home as if it was their own home. Only the best detailing and finish is good enough for them and they take a great deal of pride in adding value to properties through their workmanship.
To find out more, visit
www.innovaterenovate.co.nz or phone 03-351 7039 and speak with Ron
or Adrian.