Unafraid of tricky building sites, Hybrid Homes has built a new thermally broken, zero-energy showhome. “Power and rain water collection systems combined with building techniques that maximise efficiency allows us to run this home at zero energy cost,” says Hybrid Homes Director Jamie Harrington, who has been designing and building eco homes for more than ten years.
The company has also designed a series of customisable ‘ekohomes’ to make owning a sustainable home more affordable, but this double living, four-bedroom plus study abode on Sumner’s Richmond Hill Road is a top level architectural showcase of expertise and techniques.
Smooth contemporary concrete floors are softened with a natural textured mat defining the dining area. The spacious kitchen has wooden accents, stunning hexagonal tiles and clever hidden lighting that brings everything to life. The tap is a nickel finished ‘Elisa Sink Mixer’ by Waterware and supplied by Edward Gibbon. “We love working with Hybrid Homes. They choose great products from our most innovative ranges,” David Walker-Rogers of Edward Gibbon says.
“All of the tapware is eco-friendly – reducing volume but not pressure.”
The eye-catching Waterware ‘Istone Basin’ in the bathroom is a black rimmed oval number, paired with ‘Modern Linear’ basin mixers atop a wooden vanity unit. The luxurious double shower head is a ‘Nova Shower Tower’. The dark gloss-finish tiles in the bathroom play with the light from the marble look tiles that line the rest of the walls. It is a glam, modern environment.
On the exterior, the contrast of white plaster with black aluminium joinery is pleasing to the eye, as is the clever use of lines: the diagonal roofline with that of the rail for the steps and, while sitting around the firepit, the straight lines of the seating area with the dramatic square lines of that side of the house. The sunken firepit feels holiday spot-esk, the simple decision to use stones underfoot shows Hybrid Homes know how to get the vibes right. Once your eyes have lingered on the detail you can catch a view of the ocean.
Open the first Saturday of the month 11am-2pm or by appointment for a private tour of the multitude of features and options available for your new home. Visit www.hybridhomes.co.nz.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
When the Queenstown market leaders of energy efficient homes ‘Evolution’ (a division of Rilean Construction) wanted to expand to Christchurch, potential clients were keen and kept asking “is there one we can see?” There are 50 such homes, but they are all in Queenstown, so Rilean Construction Canterbury Manager/Director Trevor Meikle decided to build Canterbury the piece-de-resistance of energy efficient homes.
“A standard build has a Homestar rating of 2-3 and Evolution delivers a minimum of 6 stars,” Trevor says.
This Christchurch beauty blew that number out of the park, coming out as a 7-8. The energy efficiency starts right from the base with a MAXRaft fully insulated slab. “This is the future of building – no power bills,” Trevor says.
“Twenty solar panels with battery backup means we are set. The 10,000 litre tank collects rainwater, which is pumped back to toilets, the washing machine, the tub and external taps. The home has LED lighting and Wels rated tapware that reduces water flow from a standard 18L a min down to 6L,” he continues.
“The bath is made from 30 percent recycled materials which also keeps the bath water hot for 30 percent longer. The decking is recycled plastic composite, there are fruit trees on the property and a vege garden to keep the fridge full.”
Nothing has been overlooked, even the undercover washing line means it can be used in all weather so, no excuses.
The home is double insulated. After the first layer Proclima Intello Airtight is wrapped (including taping to seal the floor and windows), then the exterior walls have another 45×45 batten and another layer of horizonal insulation where the wires and pipes are blanketed. The wall insulation is R4.2 and the ceilings are R5.2, well above building standard.
A key factor in energy efficiency is the air tightness. “The ‘Fairview’ windows and doors suite was used on ‘The Block’ and got very high results for the airtightness test. This is why we picked Canterbury Aluminium to provide the windows. “The airtightness test for this home was incredible at 0.74 air changes per hour at n50. Canterbury Aluminium is exceptional at what it does,” Trevor says.
The windows are thermally broken (a layer of plastic between) so exterior cold cannot transfer indoors. The home is mechanically ventilated with the ‘Rolls Royce’ of home ventilation systems: a Moisture Master Home Heat Recovery system.
The technology to manage such a smart-home is Econnecx: a system run from your phone or computer. “Everything is managed, measured and programmable,” Trevor explains. “When you leave, it checks everything is off (except things like fridges), so power is not wasted. It allows you to control your security system, lights, heating or access gates and garage doors and turn appliances on or off whenever you choose. You can even unlock your front door for visitors if you are not there.”
With a background of 30+ years in construction and project management, Trevor loves all the metrics and teaching clients about their smart homes.
Established more than 20 years ago, Rilean Construction has won numerous Master Builder awards, a coveted Trade & Construction Queenstown Chamber of Commerce award and received Queenstown’s first six-star Homestar rating for an Evolution home.
Number 15 Dove Grove, Westmorland will open as a showhome on April 10, with viewing available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm. Visit evolutionseries.co.nz.
Nothing grants a building company the stage to illustrate their flair better than a showhome. The very stylish designs of the two new Mike Greer Homes showhomes in Prestons Park, Marshlands exhibit an endless supply of fabulous ideas that can be implemented into most of the company’s home plans.
The single-storey home at 21 Prestons Park Drive is impressive. Designed for luxury living, the choice of colours and designer wallpaper is an interior feature that manages to be both bold and subtle, simultaneously. The bathroom is fit for a goddess. The way the shape of the bath complements the shape of the room and window is no accident, nor is the luxurious vibe provided by the marble look tile you notice as you step up to the raised bathing platform.
The kitchen is another focal point, with Velux skylights in the raised ceiling over a waterfall kitchen benchtop. “The kitchens in these showhomes are very high-end and offer inspiration to clients who want to build their absolute dream home,” Mike Greer Homes Sales Manager John Callaghan says.
The 226m2 home has three double bedrooms, a family bathroom (that also features the eye-catching Velux skylights), ensuite, office, two living rooms and a double garage – all the space for modern family life.
Next door at number 19, the 275m2 two-storey home is designed to maximise site and sun, featuring four double bedrooms, three bathrooms, internal laundry and double garage. Carefully designed to be spacious without feeling overwhelmingly large, the open plan layout of living spaces creates the heart of the home.
The exterior plaster cladding (Integra Facade System in white) on number 19 was completed by Resene Construction Systems, with the Resene team playing a significant role, given the nature of the project: a two-storey dwelling with over-roof areas and multiple claddings. “The homes look very sharp,” Resene Construction Systems National Sales Manager Simon Petrie says.
“The recess plaster features two gable ends, with acute angles and a clean and sleek finish. The contrasting dark cedar shows the best of both products in a fantastic combination. We enjoy working closely with Mike Greer Homes. Their front-line communication is of a very high standard. Their design team and project managers have a wealth of knowledge to ensure a high standard of work is undertaken and met for their clients, meaning our products end up showcased beautifully. We review all details on projects collectively to ensure expectations are exceeded.”
The tile supply for both showhomes was done by Garey Burgess of Giovanni Tiles, who works closely with the Mike Greer Homes inhouse colour consultant Haley Cleine. They discuss trends and designs while having a play with new products to see what will work best for each project. “Haley sees the bigger picture, so once she is happy with the concept I work to her vision and provide solutions, sourcing products especially,” Garey says.
“I travel internationally personally selecting tiles. Because Mike Greer Homes is my biggest customer I keep them in mind when sourcing product and immediately introduce Haley to the new top of the range tiles that I know work well with their customer base. We have a reciprocal loyalty and I know the entire team. Both companies receive great benefits from our long-term relationship.”
Dyers Road ITM supplied the building products and worked with the design team on both projects to ensure they met council criteria and the design briefs. “Our close working relationship with Mike Greer Homes means we are involved in the design process, which in turn leads to higher quality end products,” Dyers Road ITM Commercial Sales and Business Development Manager Andrew Reeves says.
“After more than a decade working together, the relationship has flourished to a point where we work not as supplier/client, but as a team – a partnership to achieve high quality homes built in a timely fashion while still meeting the competitive pricing demands of the both the market and individual clients.”
These homes feature traditional design methods, as well as new panelised technology, the results of which Andrew is very proud of, his favourite feature being the cedar claddings on both houses. “They are eye-catching and look incredible,” he says.
The high-spec kitchen and walk in pantry in number 19 is courtesy of Misco Joinery, which supplied Hafele European hardware with soft close drawers and powder coated handles. “The cabinetry has lasered edges which removes the glue line and makes them very smooth and ultra-watertight,” Penny Abell of Misco Joinery says.
“This is a standard measure for all cabinetry we supply to Mike Greer Homes.”
A launch party for the Mike Greer Homes sales team and project managers was held at number 19 to introduce them to the new line products from Misco, Hafele Hardware and Grass Componentry Range – such is the depth of knowledge Mike Greer Homes likes the team to have. Penny’s favourite part of the kitchen? “The size of the benchtop – all that entertainment space, people seem to be going for larger benchtops more and more,” she says.
It is obvious why Mike Greer Homes consistently wins awards at the Master Builder House of the Year: it gets the details right. The company’s long-term industry relationships fuel high-quality results and there is synergy on every project. John says of those involved in the project, “They are all fantastic, great quality, service and great installation teams” – and it shows in the finish of these breathtaking homes.
Cube Cabins is excited to announce the opening of its new showhome at 488 Colombo Street Sydenham – introducing a whole new way of living with completed, fully compliant tiny homes from only $42,000.
Smaller living spaces are rapidly gaining popularity and with good reason. Despite their simple, clean lines, Cubes tiny homes are some of the best specified units available – as well as having some very clever design features built in. Cubes are inexpensive to own, cheap to heat and maintain, easily transportable and with a funky design aesthetic.
No longer the domain of the ‘granny flat’, Cubes small living spaces are being adopted by young couples as first homes, professionals as a low-maintenance apartment alternative, farmers and orchardists looking for affordable worker accommodation, and landlords/Air BnB operators seeking exceptional rental returns.
With four set designs and the ability to customise to suit individual needs, why not pop in for a look, explore online at www.cubecabins.co.nz, or give Cube a call for a no obligation chat on 03-332 0053.
Concurrent with the opening of the show home, Cube Cabins is also proud to announce its support as official construction partner for the Daisy Chain Trust. The trust does fantastic work in our local community around suicide awareness, prevention and recovery. The team at Cube will be showing support with a number of tiny homes for the Daisy Chain Trust’s new retreat in Christchurch. To find out more or to support this amazing organisation, check out the website www.daisychain.org.nz or Facebook page www.facebook.com/daisychaintrust.
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.
“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.
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