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Whitewashed Wonder: Resene

This fresh, cool room manages to take the essence of trendy Scandi cool and blend it with a distinctly local, natural style.




The walls retain a modern minimalist look with the use of Resene Colorwood Whitewash, allowing the beauty of the wood grain to show through and add visual texture. The floor, painted in mild-mannered Resene Eighth Stonewashed, acts as the perfect canvas from which to launch the rest of the room in layers of warm neutrals and textures.

The clean lines of the vanity unit are painted in the darker, earthy Resene Colins Wicket to add dimension and depth to the room.This colour also makes the paler accessories – such as the towel ladder in Resene Rice Cake, a simple vase in Resene Half Stone Age and the hand basin – pop against the other neutrals. As a modern interpretation for bathroom storage, a ladder is used for towels and two round hooks, painted in Resene Rococo and Swiss Caramel, for extra hanging space.

This is a colour scheme that cries out for plenty of natural accents and accessories; be inspired by the jute mat, the woven light shade and even the textures of the waffle towels or something as simple as a string bag. Bolder colour, such as the plant pot in Resene Influential and the deep yellow of the hand towel, add interest, while the on-trend round brass mirror and aged brass tapware bring added warmth and lustre.


Other colours to try with this natural eco cool colour scheme are:

  1. Use bold verdant green accents and consider layering them in different strengths for a lush glade feel.
  2. Swap out the deep yellow accents used here for dramatic burnt oranges and add in contrasting hooks in smokey greys. Top it all off with plants that flower in orange.
  3. Resene Colorwood Whitewash also works well with greys and blues for a soothing, beachy look. For a more earthy look, opt for rich browns or terracotta shades.




A very clever build: NKR Builders

A stunning new home at Kaiapoi’s Sovereign Palms was a recent build by NKR Builders. Situated on a corner site with commanding lake views opposite, the residence incorporates, but doesn’t integrate, a private home and a beauty salon, Specially You Beauty Therapy.



Two separate entrances lead to the house and the business. Though sharing space under the same roof as the house, the salon is a feature in itself as it has its own distinct look and feel.

Timber, stone, soft grey plasterwork and interior walls painted in earthy tones make for a harmonious, neutral theme. The house comprises three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom has a generous ensuite which boasts a full-sized
stone bath with large window overlooking the garden.


High-studded ceilings add visual dimension, while a full surround-sound system built into the ceiling, plus ducted heat pumps in each room, as well as under-floor heating, deliver ultimate comfort and relaxation.

Vertical cedar finned walls (both interior and exterior) make a clever play of light and shade in the entranceway area. Overhead features, such as the entranceway’s slatted pergola and automatic roof over the outdoor dining area, are aesthetically pleasing yet practical.


The aggregate driveway, stonework chimney and feature wall make for a grand entrance, while the tiled-cut, coloured concrete patios invite year-round outdoor living.

NKR Builders owner and Managing Director, Nathan Roberts, says his clients were great to work with and the build was a seamless project.



Phone 027 950 8118 or visit

Get rid of chlorine!: AquaPro Plumbing and Drainage

Not so long ago, Canterbury had the best drinking water in New Zealand. However, after the earthquakes that forever changed our city, water chlorination has become the bug bear of every local, causing dry skin, rashes and other conditions which we could well do without, plus it doesn’t taste as good.



AquaPro Plumbing knows this better than anyone. With a sterling and ever-growing customer base, and the know-how on anything plumbing, water, gas fitting, or drain laying, Aquapro has been everyone’s definitive go-to, particularly for purifying your water again.

Their top-of-the-range water filtration systems come in a wide range of styles and sizes to suit every budget and the advantages are immense, getting rid of all forms of chlorine before it leaves your tap or shower head. You can also trust AquaPro Plumbing to sort you with out with hot water; whether it be solar or gas, there is a package which will suit your home or workplace, and your budget.

AquaPro Plumbing is an accredited Master Plumber with decades of experience. There is no job too big or small and the team draws on their vast knowledge to provide you with expert advice.

For more information on how AquaPro Plumbing and Drainage can eliminate the chlorine in your household, or to request a free quote, visit their website




Riverside Market: The feather in the city’s cap

The central city’s new Riverside Market has all the theatre and atmosphere of an industrial-scale Victorian era warehouse, with all the security of the latest in engineering by Kirk Roberts. How lucky is Christchurch?



Kirk Roberts’ Executive Structural Manager Nick Calvert says the exposed steel work in this building is a real point of difference. “Our team are a dynamic force, bringing a genuine sense of innovation and ‘can-do’ attitude to modern engineering challenges.”

On the front façade, the steel is integral to the aesthetics and forms part of the weatherproofing of the building, as well as being the strength of the building. The structure actually starts from the ground up, with stone columns embedded into the ground, meaning the foundation itself could be relatively shallow.

While it’s difficult to look past the stunning array of produce on offer, once inside, remember to look up at the roof to take in the scale of the exposed steel work which, together with the shear walls at the back of the building, are key to the structural support.

“The challenge was to make the steel work architecturally attractive,” Nick says. “We worked as a group, integrating architectural, structural, and geotechnical requirements. Knowing the details had to look great because it was exposed meant we had to find an overall solution that ticked multiple boxes. Our job at Kirk Roberts is to find and offer better solutions for our clients.”

The finished building is a fantastic asset. “We are so proud to have worked on what is a real feather in Christchurch’s cap.”




Sheet metal specialists: Coombes Sheetmetal and Fabrication

Coombes Sheetmetal and Fabrication Ltd is 100 percent New Zealand-owned, operated and has been serving the Canterbury and wider region for more than 60 years, providing quality sheet metal, fabrication and welding work to their comprehensive client base.



“The only common theme from week to week is the diversity of work we will cover,” Manager Damon White says. “We can do a wide variety, ranging from a one-off job for a customer walking in off the street through to large batch processing runs for the primary industry, and we pride ourselves on a speedy turnaround.”

As technology has advanced, Coombes is moving with the times and has some exciting developments in the works to help benefit their customers.

Their experienced tradesmen possess an enviable skillset with a combined knowledge base of more than 100 years. This typically enables seamless, rapid turnarounds from discussion to delivery.

Coombes carries a wide range of metals for one-off small jobs to larger commercial projects ranging from mild steel, aluminium, galvanized, stainless, zincallume, zintec and Colour Steel. The team of welders and fabricators can tackle a multitude of welding or fabrication jobs and specialises in TIG and MIG, plus they can weld alloy, mild steel, stainless and much more. Their fabricators can also fold, punch, and cut to your requirements using their specialised machinery and experience.

Damon and his talented team are happy to assist you with your project from sketch to project completion. Coombes welcomes your enquiry and looks forward to providing you with a friendly and professional service.




High-end design inspiration: Bates Joinery

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” said Verdi and having Milan, that city of style and culture to host EuroCucina, the largest kitchen trade fair in Europe, is non-negotiable.



Mark and Jaden Allworthy, Owner and Showroom Manager of Bates Joinery, attended EuroCucina where high-end kitchens, design and technology are showcased to Europe. They returned inspired by the colossal display of latest best practice and design trends. They met designers, renowned manufacturers, and other professionals in the industry to discuss everything about the modern kitchen.

“It’s brilliant to go and learn about the state-of-the-art. From EuroCucina we got the trend forecast for New Zealand for the next few years – kitchen design is going into darker colours and soft matte blacks,” Mark says.

The trip inspired the design of Bates’ new showroom back in Christchurch. Hosted on the trip by Blum and Hafele, Mark and Jaden have introduced the latest sliding and folding hardware technology to the showroom.

The showroom has proved popular with clients who are finding decision-making easy with the range of materials displayed there, such as StyleLite acrylic supplied by Mulford Plastics, handles from Elite Hardware, High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and Melamine from New Zealand Panels Group, engineered stone benchtops from Artisan Stone, splashback in FLORIM, supplied by Archant and fabricated by Artisan Stone, and even Laminex High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and MELTECA by Laminex Group used for Jaden’s desk.




Green by name and nature: Green Builders

Reuben Green, Director of Christchurch firm Green Builders, is dedicated to achieving the highest standards on all building projects and works hard to ensure the construction process is always as seamless and stress-free as possible.



With a 20-year background in building and time spent in Melbourne where he worked on high-end renovations, Reuben now operates a company that specialises in large-scale renovations and bespoke architectural builds.

Green Builders can also complete sloping site works, renovations or additions, as well as any scale of landscaping requirements. Whether you’re interested in developing your dream family home, or need a company to manage large and complex architectural projects, Green Builders can help turn your dream into a reality.

Reuben says the team is committed to providing a customised project to suit you, your budget and your lifestyle. “We offer a personalised service,” he says. “We’ll work closely with you from the design stage throughout completion.”

Green Builders has a good working relationship with top-quality designers, suppliers and the architects at IDSGN who they regularly collaborate with on projects.

They’re also quick to point out that ‘Green’ is not just the company name, they also encourage you to discuss increasing the energy efficiency of your home by incorporating environmentally conscious systems and products into the construction.

Based in Christchurch, they’ve also completed projects in Wellington, Kaikoura and Ashburton. For an obligation-free chat, visit




Pile driving growth: Moore Construction

Throughout the city’s rebuild, local family business Moore Construction has been specialising in pile driving and demand only continues to grow.



For more than 30 years, the operation has been based in the South Island and now employs a team of nearly 20, including engineers and quality surveyors.

Moore Construction’s Sam says the pile driving division is interesting work and they work with various methods. “We can supply and drive steel piles, timber piles, precast concrete piles, screw piles, sheet piling and bored piles.”

Another area Moore Construction works in is civil construction services, including bridges, pre-cast concrete and cast insitu. They also own a range of earthmoving equipment and associated gear for commercial earthworks projects.

While work in Christchurch has been keeping them busy, they’ve also been completing ongoing work on the Northern Motorway – and a contingent is undertaking projects in Queenstown.

Committed to a high standard of workmanship, the company is registered with LBP, Sitewise Green, and are members of CCNZ (Civil Contractors New Zealand).

To enquire about Moore Construction’s services, or discuss pricing for your next project, contact Nathan on 027 549 9670, or visit



‘Tree-mendous’ team: Kiwiflora Nurseries

Although their customer base is Canterbury, Kiwiflora Nurseries enjoys such a good reputation for growing superior quality trees and shrubs, that the business is projected to expand to Central Otago, Nelson/Marlborough, Southland, West Coast and the North Island.



Nestled just off the new Southern Motorway, with easy access from State Highway 1 and both Springs and Shands Roads, the nursery comprises 7.5 hectares of land, on which deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs are grown for both the wholesale and retail market. Their stock ranges from small to mid-grade trees and shrubs, up to three-metre tall specimen trees in 45 litre containers, and they freight nationwide.

Owner and Manager Nalin Gooneratne says their picturesque surroundings are a wonderful surprise to visitors. “People tell us we’re a hidden gem, but once the new motorway is complete, city clientele can drive here in no time at all.”

Nalin comes with 25 years of experience in commercial horticulture in Canterbury, advising rural customers on native and exotic plant establishment, shelterbelts and more. “Educating clients on planting trees that perform all year around is very much a patience game!”

Geoff McMillan, Nursery Manager, and Anne Lindsay, Sales Coordinator, complete Kiwiflora’s team; both have a rich and vast horticultural knowledge to help advise on all landscaping projects, irrespective of size.

Open 8am-4:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am-midday Saturday, treat yourself to a perfect day out visiting this ‘tree-mendous’ hidden gem!

Find Kiwiflora Nurseries at 851 Waterholes Road, Templeton. Phone 03 349 4582 or find them on Facebook.




Transform your kitchen: Aspiring Kitchens

Like most great ideas, Aspiring Kitchens & More grew through hands-on experience and creative thinking.



Managing Director John Harris ran a successful building and property maintenance company for 10 years, installing kitchens and bathrooms across the UK.

John is a qualified electrician, plumber and construction project manager; all important skills to progress your project smoothly from concept to completion. Recognising the demand for exciting, innovative and design-driven ways to update your home, John, along with his wife Hazel, established a thriving kitchen company in Wellington.

With their relocation to Christchurch, their son Chris has now joined the company, bringing his own fresh new skills, innovation and creativity to the team.

Aspiring Kitchens offers great options to transform your kitchen. Their ‘Kitchen Refresh’, where they keep your existing cabinets and replace the doors, drawer-faces and décor panels, saves you time, disruption and dollars. You can get a brand-new kitchen look within a day or two, keeping it functional throughout.

The ‘Kitchen Remodel’ option offers all of the above, plus you can add more storage or improved functionality and they’ll fabricate and fit new, custom-made cabinets.

New kitchen? Not a problem. The team will listen to your ideas, work closely with you and design a stunning new kitchen on cutting-edge 3D VR photo-realistic software, with all the cabinetry fabricated in New Zealand and professionally project-managed and fitted with care.

New benchtops, laundries, home offices and built-in furniture are all also catered for. Pop into the beautiful showroom and meet the friendly team at 2/7 Halswell Road, or phone 0800 202 171 for a free consultation.