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A study in contrast


Decorating with complementary colours can be a challenging look to pull off, but when everything comes together, the results are memorable. The key is finding the right tones that work together – instead of competing with one another – and then working in a mix of darker and lighter shades.

 

 

In this space, the sofa and the pendant lamp, vase, dish and small retro nesting table in Resene Wishing Well provide high contrast with the Resene Bluetooth walls and Resene Jailbreak console, while the small bowl in Resene Japonica brings in a softer orange to balance out the look and play off tones in the artwork. Neutral floors in Resene Alabaster lighten things up and keep the bold tones from becoming overpowering, while the floor rug adds another layer of visual texture.

 

Other colours that look great with high-octane orange are pewters, deep slates or midnight blues – try Resene Artemis, Resene Fast Forward or Resene Twilight Zone.

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.

 


 

Expand your indoor living!: Louvre Solutions


Spring is in the air! The days are finally getting longer, the air is fresh and clean, and new beginnings abound.

 

 

Hello spring! We welcome your arrival and look forward to comfortably basking in the great outdoors once again. Spring just can’t help but bring fresh starts, clean closets and a renewed excitement about life and what it has in store. The timing couldn’t be better to expand your indoor living into the great outdoors. Louvre Solutions can create a custom space that suits your individual needs with a rain-censored louvre roof, complete with options such as pull-down side screens, LED lighting and heat lamps.

Entertaining at home has never been easier and Canterbury-based Louvre Solutions, owned and operated by Craig Rogers, knows how to create the perfect outdoor space. Whether entertaining, relaxing, or simply expanding your indoor area, Louvre Solutions can bring your ultimate outdoor environment to fruition. The louvres move at your command to allow full sunshine, to filter shade or to provide solid rain protection.

Louvre Solutions’ louvre systems are manufactured with quality elements, precision engineering and aesthetic options to realise your vision of the ultimate outdoor space. The patio louvre system is strong and conforms to all wind and snow load requirements. The louvres integrate flawlessly into any architectural style. Louvre Solutions manufactures its louvres from extruded aluminium which offers greater durability than traditional patio covers. Unlike plastic or fabric, these components will outperform in heat, wind and rain.

 

“When we started out, these premium products were prohibitively expensive and reserved for the elite. Even with ongoing improvements and advancements in technology to our products, we are able to offer Louvre Solutions at an affordable price to a wider market. We are now able to be accessible to markets from entry-level properties to very high-end spec homes,” Craig explains.

The benefits of a louvre roof are many, ranging from aesthetics to practicality. They are a brilliant addition to homes and can be proactively planned as part of the design/build process or retrofitted once the need is identified post- construction.
With more than 14 years in the industry, Louvre Solutions’ reputation has been built on a solid foundation. Craig and his team pride themselves on their burgeoning portfolio of repeat and referred business generated through word of mouth, independent builders, architects, landscape architects and building companies.

Louvre Solutions manufactures its products at its Canterbury-based factory. A louvre roof can be ready for installation within four to six weeks, making today the perfect time to order yours to ensure spring outdoor enjoyment and intelligent preparation for summer.

Visit www.louvresolutions.co.nz for more information or contact Craig on 0275 356 286.

 

 


 

Prawn Dumplings Recipe


If I ever decide to open a restaurant, dumplings would feature prominently on the menu. There is something incredibly satisfying about making dumplings and eating them is even more gratifying. So expect to find not just one dumpling recipe in this cookbook.

 

Makes about 60

 

60 WONTON WRAPPERS

FILLING
300g raw prawn meat, finely chopped
100g white or savoy cabbage, finely shredded
1 medium carrot, finely shredded
1 cup chopped English spinach
2 large cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely grated
20g ginger, peeled and coarsely grated
2 large stalks spring onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander leaves and stems
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon cracked white pepper
2 teaspoons cornflour

DRESSING
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
4 tablespoons Chinkiang black
vinegar
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons chilli oil
4 teaspoons raw sugar
¾ teaspoon Szechuan pepper
1-2 large red chilli, finely diced
2 rounded tablespoons finely
sliced coriander stems and roots
3-4 spring onion stalks, finely sliced

TOPPING
Black Bean XO Sauce
1-2 spring onion stalks, finely chopped
Crispy shallots

 

METHOD

Microwave the shredded the cabbage for one minute, then squeeze out as much of the moisture as possible between your palms. Do the same for the carrot and English spinach.

Place all the ingredients for the filling in a large glass bowl and mix until well combined. I find it easiest to use a large fork to stir, followed by a spoon to finish off the mixing. This will ensure you don’t compress and mush up the mixture too much.
For the dressing, mix all its ingredients in a glass jar. This can be made a few days in advance and stored in the fridge for up to a week or two.

To wrap a dumpling, place one teaspoon of the filling in the middle of a wonton wrapper. Dab the edges of half the wrapper with water, then fold the wrapper over the filling to make a triangle. Seal the dumpling by gently pressing outwards from the filling to the edges to ensure that there are no air pockets.

Hold the dumpling with the long side of the triangle away from you and bring the two sealed edges of the wrapper to the bottom. Secure by putting a tiny bit of water on one of the edges, overlapping with the other, and pressing gently. Repeat with all the filling and wrappers.

Bring a medium to large saucepan of water to the boil. Poach the dumplings a bunch at a time, taking care not to overcrowd the saucepan. The dumplings will float when they are cooked. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in individual bowls or a large plate. Sprinkle over the black vinegar chilli dressing, a dollop of my Black Bean XO Sauce (recipe in book) and scatter with chopped spring onions and crispy shallots.

 

Recipe from Cook & Feast by Audra Morrice (Landmark Books, $39.99)

 


 

Iconic building stands strong


In the heart of the new city, overlooking the renewed Ōtākaro Avon River precinct, The Public Trust Building is being restored to its former glory and strengthened for future generations.

 

 

Box 112 is preserving the iconic building which has graced the Canterbury streetscape for almost 95 years. The team at Box 112 is renowned for restoring heritage buildings with all the respect they deserve – the Public Trust Building stands as a fine example. Every historic detail of this landmark has been considered and respected, enhancing the architecture and feel of the Canterbury icon that encapsulates the roaring twenties.

Built in 1925 for the Public Trust, 152 Oxford Terrace was designed by one of Christchurch’s most celebrated architects, Cecil Wood. Wood drew international inspiration for this bold and grand design after a trip to New York during the skyscraper boom of the 1920s.

With such inspiration, it’s not surprising that the building’s entrance is a masterpiece, and will have steps leading into what could easily be the middle of the Manhattan, via its stunning timber revolving door (saved from the original 1919 PGG building) and into the grand 6m high marble lobby. The impressively oversized steel-framed windows, the original steel-caged elevator, cornice detailing and its feature façade – soon to be restored to its original colour – express a timeless architectural masterpiece.

Property developer Box 112 spokesperson James Stringer says, “Christchurch City Council have shown tremendous civic leadership in their joint desire to support these important projects. In a time where they are being called on for funds from many angles, it is deeply encouraging to see them acknowledge the importance of these structures in telling the story of Ōtākaro to the world and to Canterbury’s future generations.”

Awarded in 2017, The Landmark Heritage Grant of $1.9m enabled immediate strengthening works and protection of key heritage features to be undertaken. The building’s strengthening project is now complete. Box 112 has now commenced the second stage of construction, involving the carpentry, fit-out and aesthetic refurbishment. Completion and the opening are scheduled for early 2020.

“We want the people of Christchurch to have a chance to appreciate the beauty of this historic building,” James says.

The Public Trust Building was designed to portray strength and stability to the people of Christchurch. At the time of its original completion, almost 100 years ago, another local and celebrated architect Hurst Seager said of its design “it strikes a new note in Christchurch”. It’s seemingly fitting, and the same can be said of the city’s icon, entering the new ‘20s – almost a century on.

Vibrant hospitality and professional services are set make this iconic site home. Francesca Voza will bring the basement to life with a Rome-inspired jazz and cocktail bar, adorned with the original 1920s safety deposit boxes. Professional recruitment firm Graham Consulting and award-winning strategic advertising and brand agency Novo will both have headquarters here.

And for the cherry on the top, a world-class tapas bar created by Jeremy Stevens will overlook the city – ensuring the building is one for the public to call their own.

 

 


 

Highly accoladed: Red and Black Construction


Red and Black Construction Ltd needs no introduction to those who recognise quality builds and award-winning craftsmanship in Canterbury. Talking of awards, the company has recently been awarded the highest honours at the 2019 Registered Master Builders Awards for their work on what judges have described as “a haven for the family”.

 

 

This haven has been awarded the RMB Gold Award within the $700,000 to $1 million mark in Canterbury. Basically, praise does not come much higher than that. Obviously to be honoured with an award like this, one has to be the best at what they do; such is the case with Red and Black Construction which, as the name suggests, knows the building industry better than almost anyone in Canterbury.

 

 

Combining the latest building techniques, both indoor and outdoor, Red and Black Construction’s award-winning home has to be seen to be believed. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms and separate living areas, there is more than enough room for this busy household. Outdoor living has also been maximised with decks on either side. The house’s foundations were also set slightly higher than normal to give a floating effect.

For more information on this stellar home or what Red and Black Construction can do for you, visit www.redandblack.web3.nenton.co.nz.

 

 


 

Quality Builds: M2 Developments


M2 Developments are no strangers to quality home builds and construction work. In fact, for them, it is a way of life. Whether you are after a new build, wanting to renovate your existing dwelling, or require the best architectural new homes on the market, M2 Developments is always on hand, ready ensure you get the best quality finish on your project.

 

 

Founder Matt has been a builder since 1996, and his tightly knit team of builders are with you every step of the way, breaking down every aspect of the build process. With a plan to suit all budgets, there is no job too small for Matt and the team.

Keen to know more? Visit their website www.m2developments.co.nz or call Matt on 021 799 291.

 

 


 

Diverse engineering services: Babbage Consultants


Established 80 years ago, the 100 percent New Zealand-owned and operated engineering practice Babbage provides structural, geotech, civil, building and engineering design services, as well as building surveying and ecology reporting services.

 

 

“We have a solid reputation for delivery across the whole of New Zealand, with the Christchurch and recently opened Queenstown office delivering design solutions to all corners of the South Island,” South Island Business Manager Matt Harris says.
Furthermore, Babbage’s sister company Bioresearches is a specialist ecology and environmental consultancy.

With the introduction of building surveying, Babbage is also supplying assistance to the commercial real estate sector, property investors, owners and body corporates. By undertaking pre-purchase due-diligence assessments, facility management reviews and long-term maintenance plans, Babbage mitigates client property land acquisition and disposal risk, including providing advice regarding commercial lease negotiation and review.

The team’s integrated value-added design philosophy is apparent in the high-end 1,417m2 Belfast Terrace development which overlooks central Queenstown. The successful delivery of the nearly completed Hyundai showroom on Christchurch’s Durham Street also illustrates Babbage’s ‘single point of contact’ formula, prioritising the ability to talk directly to the senior staff involved on each venture.

The personal touch means not only happy retained and repeat clients, but key staff as well, which Babbage recognises ensures continuity of relationship management and strong sector knowledge. Contact Matt Harris on 027 706 7933 or
solutions@babbage.co.nz.

 

 


 

Decking that adds value: Deckadence


There are people who build decks and then there is Deckadence. Prior to the earthquakes, Deckadence was at the forefront of providing you with incredible quality decks built to suit your surroundings. Hillside properties were a specialty.

 

 

Now, under CanForm Structures, an award-winning commercial contractor, Deckadence is back and ready to get stuck in.

A lot of people neglect decking when building or renovating their homes, but it’s amazing how much style and function is added to your outdoor living area by the introduction of a well thought out deck, not to mention the value it adds to your property.

Deckadence knows how to do this better than any other, which is why if you want a deck of your own, they should be your first port of call.

With a dedicated team of professionals and access to CanForm’s internal systems and top subcontractors, Deckadence have the capacity to take an idea and create something unique and cost-effective.

For hill-based properties, there is no equal. They have designed and built decks where people never thought possible. In fact during the earthquakes, those decks held up several properties.

In addition to single and multi-level decks, and the usual pergolas, staircases, railing and seating, Deckadence builds distinct outdoor living areas such as children’s play areas, pool and hot tub surrounds and BBQ areas. They also build turning bays, jetties and art studios.

Deckadence owner Simon Geary is involved in the design, and as construction manager makes sure the job is completed exactly as planned. As Simon says, “Want something special? We can do it for you”.

 

 


 

Bloomin’ beautiful at Broadfield


Now in its ninth year, the Ellesmere Spring Fling has become one of the most popular events in which to celebrate this long-awaited season of colour, sweet scents and new life.

 

 

A mere 10-minute drive from Hornby, Broadfield Garden comprises around 3.5 hectares of natives and New Zealand cultivars of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, maples, peony perennials, daffodils, lilies and roses; add in two forests of beech and kauri, a canal, sedge pond, formal rose garden and cricket oval, and you have a superb day out browsing artisan stalls in stunning surroundings.

Organisers Vanessa Thompson and Janice Burnett have received glowing feedback from visitors to past Spring Flings, from saying how much they love the event – with many describing it as “a hidden gem” – through to praise of the quality stalls, food and beverages, music, exhibits, demonstrations, and the excellent management of the garden tour (hosted/run by Broadfield Garden owner David Hobbs and his head gardener).

The fete is run by dedicated volunteers, with 100 percent of all profits going to charity (Community Care Lincoln). “Our point of difference to other fetes is that the garden is spectacular; it blows people away, especially if they’ve not been before,” Vanessa says.

“It really is a day out; people come for lunch, a bit of shopping and to wander around the garden. We even get quite a few men!”

Held on Sunday 6 October from 11am-4pm at 250 Selwyn Road, Prebbleton, Selwyn. Find the event listing on Facebook www.facebook.com/EllesmereSpringFling.

 

 


 

Salt District Office Space: SFT Group


“You’re now in SALT District,” so you are reminded in bold font at the entrance to the district’s newest fab office space.

 

 

Harris House, at 234 St Asaph Street, is an art deco styled building, meticulously renovated with respect to its period. It incorporates six spacious office suites suitable for four to eight people.

Each space is fitted out with designer furniture, adjustable-height desks, office chairs, heat pump and fibre broadband. Each office also has its own meeting room, block-out blinds, full kitchen with fridge, and beautifully tiled bathroom toilet and shower facilities. There is secure, indoor basement parking, plus plenty of outdoor parking space.

SALT (St Asaph, Lichfield and Tuam) District is an exciting place. There are excellent amenities nearby, including eateries, ARA, retail precincts and public transport hubs, and Harris House sits right in the middle of it all.

SALT’s always been edgy, says KPI Rothschild Director Shaun Stockman. “Post-quake it’s still edgy. There are creatives, and multi-million dollar brands. It’s evolved. A lot of the heritage has been retained. There’s Little High, the Dux, Smash Palace. People see it as a very cool part of the city.”

The 1938 building is also home to Lemon Tree, a spacious, eclectically themed café perfectly situated to service the offices at Harris House. There are still three suites available, due to be completed to the same exacting standards as the suites that are currently tenanted. They will be ready in early September.