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Exceeding expectations: DJ Hewitt Builders


A close collaboration between builder and designer created a home where every space suits the realities of family life.

 

 

James and Micayela Hunter have three daughters and their new St Albans home passed the ultimate functional test – a birthday sleepover for 10.

An architectural designer, James has worked with Daryl Hewitt of DJ Hewitt Builders for 15 years; their common bond being exceptional attention to detail.

Light, bright and open plan with a 2.7m stud, cedar fins greet at the front door. Past the wide entrance, office and separate lounge, American Oak fins also form the stairwell and partitioning to a cosy dining area – linking spaces with personality.

Doorways were intentionally kept to a minimum for easy-living flow between spaces. Adjacent to the living area and open-plan kitchen with a steel-framed island, a zigzag walkway leads to a private powder room, laundry and three-car garage.

It was an engineering design achievement for the 5.5m of timber fins connecting the second floor. The landing sports an extra-wide hallway for siblings to run past each other to the four bedrooms, hobby nook, and fully tiled bathroom.

“Daryl’s passion and enthusiasm for building is contagious, nothing is ever a problem and the quality of workmanship is exceptional!” Micayela says. “I am truly delighted.”

“It was a whole-team project – evereryone was so organised. It wasn’t at all stressful, and everything was finished a week ahead of schedule, giving us more time to move in.”

 

Happy homeowners: James and Micayela Hunter with their three daughters.

She’s enjoying her walk-in wardrobe with a light-filled picture window, and ensuite with a double shower and double sink.

The interior consultant, Daryl’s wife Tara, balanced monochromatic tones throughout, and chose a stunning textured-tile backdrop in the kitchen. “In the walk-in pantry she cleverly suggested a window between the bench and the shelves instead of a splashback.”

The 356sqm Rockcote-clad and standing seem steel home has PV solar panels, and underfloor heating. LowE glass and larger eaves keep heat out and warmth in, and foundation-ring insulation was another savvy cost-saving investment.

“It was an evolving project,” James says.

“Too many builds just keep to minimum standard. Everything exceeds minimum here – you have to love what you build!”

 

 


 

The Influencers: Ivan Iafeta


As the year draws to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the agencies and organisations that have contributed to greater Christchurch’s regeneration during 2019.

 

Ivan Iafeta
Regenerate Christchurch CEO

If you are a regular reader, you will know of my ongoing admiration and acknowledgement of the private sector’s significant role in Christchurch’s regeneration. You will also know of my advocacy for a cohesive public sector working in partnership with investors, developers, business owners and others.

The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 specifies five strategic partners – Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Selwyn District Council and Waimakariri District Council. We also work closely with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), ChristchurchNZ and Development Christchurch Ltd (DCL).

Our relationships with these two local public sector agencies have been enhanced further this year by co-locating to enhance our collective performance and create a platform for Christchurch’s future development, beyond the limited lifespan of Regenerate Christchurch and the legislation we operate under.

This ensures the knowledge we have developed is preserved for future use and supports transferring regeneration leadership responsibilities to permanent, locally based agencies.
This transition will build on the progress made so far and ensure Christchurch is well-placed to make the most of future regeneration opportunities.

As we approach the official start of summer, on behalf of the Regenerate Christchurch team, have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year, and all the very best for 2020.

 

 

 


 

Marian Johnson

The Influencers: Marian Johnson


One of the best parts of my job is getting to meet talented entrepreneurs and helping them succeed. And that’s exactly what the whole team got to do last week at the Pressure Cooker final of FoodStarter 2019 – a national competition looking for the most innovative food and beverage startups in New Zealand.

 

Ministry of Awesome Chief Awesome Officer

There were five talented startups who made the cut on Wednesday night from a total of 121 entries from all over New Zealand. The judging panel got to taste some seriously delicious vegan Kiwi Dip, the creamiest sheep’s milk yoghurt, flavourful vegan pastrami, dainty pre-biotic pudding, and the most amazing vegan sausage we have ever had the good fortune to experience. And – you guessed it – the winner was Ananda Simply Wholefoods with their spicy vegan sausage that was simply outstanding.

Locally sourced, plant-based, dairy and gluten free was definitely the theme of this year’s competition, nicely summed up by one of the competitors, Paul Seymour, whose presentation began with the statement ‘Veganism is the greatest social revolution in the history of the world!”

Ananda now goes on to win the $75,000 FoodStarter business incubation package whose main prize is the holy grail for most food startups – full distribution of their product across the Foodstuffs South Island retail network, courtesy of New World. They’ll also get a full brand review from Strategy Advertising, everything they need to scale to retail production from FoodSouth, and business mentorship and commercialisation how-to from our team at Ministry of Awesome.

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Influencers: Dr Megan Woods


For a city recovering from a major disaster like the Canterbury earthquakes, all the evidence suggests that simply rebuilding buildings and restarting businesses is not the end of the recovery journey.

 

Dr Megan Woods
Dr Megan Woods,
Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister

The lasting impact of the trauma of the disaster and the long, grinding recovery that follows can have lasting mental health impacts on our people. And this is especially true for our young people.

I’ve spoken to many parents and teachers who tell me of the real mental health impacts the quakes and their aftermath have had on young people in Christchurch, from anxiety to depression to developmental delays.

That’s why I’m so proud of the Government’s Mana Ake programme, which gives every child in Canterbury access to a trained mental health worker through their schools. This policy was actually a personal mission of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and the Government worked closely with the CDHB and their mental health experts in designing its details.

So far, 2030 students have received help individually and a further 2070 students have received help in a group. That’s thousands of young people getting the mental health support they need. I’ve personally met with some of these young people and their families and heard them talk about what a huge difference having access to counselling, and being able to learn coping skills, has made in their lives. One mother told me of the total transformation in her son and how it has helped their whole family.

The success of this programme shows what we can achieve when we take mental health seriously.

 

 

 

 


 

The Influencers: John Bridgman


Not only is our Te Papa Ōtākaro Avon River Precinct project the largest urban transformation ever undertaken in New Zealand, but now it has also been deemed this year’s best, winning the prestigious George Malcolm Award for supreme excellence at the 2019 New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards.

 

Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive

The Avon River Precinct includes the City Promenade, the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, The Terraces, the Victoria Square and Bridge of Remembrance restorations, all the artworks and plantings along the river and the Margaret Mahy Family Playground. We’ll have the remaining elements completed next year.

The judges noted, “Te Papa Ōtākaro has emerged as a significant and transformative urban landscape, maximising the opportunity provided by the earthquakes, to develop an exemplary interweaving of urban edge and river. Enhancing the cultural landscape of the city, as well as the ecological and social values, has provided Christchurch with a central core that holds the city together, and re-presents it with a new vision.”

The real beauty of the Avon River Precinct, which was also named as one of three finalists for Most Improved River at the 2019 New Zealand River Awards, is that it will only get better with time, as the plants and gardens mature, as more people take the time to walk and enjoy the City Promenade and as more private developments and public projects, like Te Pae, start opening out onto it.

Congratulations to our partners on this project: Christchurch City Council, Matapopore Charitable Trust, and the outstanding design teams at LandLAB, Boffa Miskell, WSP-Opus, and Rough & Milne.

 

 

 


 

City’s first 7-star showhome: Pringle Homes


Award-winning design and build company, Pringle Homes, has built Christchurch’s first 7-star Homestar-rated showhome and you can find it at 9 Falcon Road, Falcons Landing.

 

 

Homestar is a rating tool which measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses, and is administered by the Green Building Council.

Pringle Homes has a qualified assessor on their team to help you design a home that meets your efficiency and sustainability goals. This house was designed and built as a response to the growing demand from clients looking for a warm, dry and healthy home, built to consider its environmental impact. An increased level of insulation, thermally broken, low E and argon-filled windows, and a ducted heat pump, creates a gorgeous living environment in all weather and water efficient tapware, and a mixture of cork wood flooring and carpet created from recycled materials considers the environment in this stylish home.

Their very experienced team can expertly guide you through a comprehensive building process, partnering with experts in interior design and architecture, and securing only the best trades for your new home. Pringle Homes are committed to providing you with high quality showhomes to demonstrate their impeccable workmanship and showcasing the latest in design flair and technology.

If you’d like to visit the team for a chat, both 9 Falcon Road and next door at 2 Amur Crescent are open Wednesday to Sunday 12pm-4pm. For a virtual tour of these houses and previous showhomes, visit www.pringlehomes.co.nz.

 


 

Exceptional 1900s villa restoration: Nathan Cook Builders


For nearly 20 years, Nathan Cook has been building, repairing and renovating homes in Canterbury and beyond.

 

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His company, Nathan Cook Builders, has a reputation for its expertise in architectural builds, light commercial construction, and renovation of both modern and historic homes. Nathan’s qualified and skilled team has a wealth of experience that ensures quality workmanship and the satisfaction of exceptional customer service.

From barn conversions, decks, outdoor fireplaces, fencing and gates to an architecturally designed country home taking advantage of spectacular views of the Southern Alps, and the challenge of earthquake repairs to adjoining units in South New Brighton; Nathan Cook Builders has hundreds of satisfied clients.

Its latest challenge was an early 1900s villa in Opawa. After complicated negotiations with EQC and insurers, work began on the complex restoration. The house was lifted and new foundations were laid. Inside, many of the original fireplaces, pedestal sinks, stained glass windows, light fittings and rimu floors were retained.

A brand new feature staircase was installed, as was a new designer kitchen by Woodshack Kitchens in keeping with the period of the house. The entry and hallway were returned to the original style, and an antique, claw-footed bathtub was added to the bathroom.

The roof and chimneys were newly tiled, and original tiles were re-laid around the fireplaces. A single garage was demolished, and a two-storied garage with separate laundry and loft space was built. A new master suite within the existing roof space was constructed, and a dormer added.

After nearly two years, this lovingly restored villa is again ready to be occupied.

Visit nathancookbuilders.co.nz or call 03 347 7356.

 

 


 

Crafting Homes: Steve Brown Builders


When it comes to building on the hills, only the very best in experience and expertise will do, and that’s where renowned hill builders, Steve Brown Builders come in. Director Steve Brown has been bringing dreams to life in conjunction with leading architects for 30 years.

 

 

“We offer our clients a quality service, we are approachable and personable, with communication as our hallmark, and that has naturally led to our longevity and great reputation,” says Steve. “We are always incredibly proud of our end product, and it’s a favourite moment to hand it to its new owner.”

A stunning project – not on the hills but requiring the ingenuity, craftsmanship and planning of the toughest hill build – was the authentically faithful like-for-like rebuild of a 1913 earthquake-damaged mansion that required complete demolition, much to its owners’ sorrow. Today the two-storey brick and half-timbered home’s extensive ornate plaster ceilings, Italian marble fireplaces, leadlights, and panelling are proudly in place. “We don’t often get to build these and were delighted that the owner opted to rebuild, to illustrate our skills,” says Steve.

Forty-five years’ experience gives Steve a rare depth of knowledge about specialised builds, giving his team a huge advantage. “In those days we did everything without the benefit of the specialist trades that now come in. I like to think that our apprentices gain the ability to do all the work if required, and are highly skilled in most areas when they become qualified,” Steve says.

“You can see the craft in the homes we build.”

 

 


 

Every step of the way: Jennian Homes


From the moment you walk through the door of Jennian Homes’ Canterbury Studio J Design Centre, or one of their stunning display homes, you can be assured the experienced team will be with you every step of the way as you start creating your dream home.

 

 

Specialising in design and build packages, the team wants your input right from the beginning as they work to incorporate unique features and touches that reflect your personality and lifestyle.

With Jennian’s architectural designers, there are the skills to accommodate a myriad of ideas and options, whether it’s a home designed from scratch, or you’re working on proven plans.

They’re the experts at bringing in contemporary design features, options tailored to family life, entertaining and modern living, and always maximise the space to create beautiful areas that capture the best of indoor-outdoor flow.

Jennian Homes Client Liaison Sue Prendergast says everything from design to construction is done in-house, so you get the best possible service moving forward with your home build.

To get the exact feel of what you’re looking for, the best place to start is a show home, and no matter where you are based in Canterbury, there’s a home to visit nearby.

 

Currently, show homes are based at The Borough, Rolleston; Halswell Commons, Christchurch; and Westpark Boulevard, Rangiora. Meanwhile, a brand new display home is to open later this month in the gorgeous subdivision in Oaklea, Ashburton.

This year has seen Jennian Homes Canterbury work on some amazing architectural homes and stunning properties for first-time home buyers.

The Canterbury Firm operates from Kaikoura to Waimate and has an amazing base of staff and tradespeople who make the design and build magic happen.

“It’s a very busy time leading up to Christmas,” Sue says. “We’re looking forward to an exciting new year in 2020. It keeps us motivated.”

For more information on building with Jennian Homes, or to discuss your options, call 03 741 1436, email enquiries@jennian.co.nz; or visit www.jennian.co.nz today.

 

 


 

 

Stamping a creative mark: Jennian Homes Wanaka


With almost 25 years in the construction industry, well-respected Wanaka local Nathan Simon brings a wealth of expertise to his new role as both Managing Director and Project Manager of Jennian Homes Wanaka.

 

 

While running his own business since 2006, Nathan built two homes for the Jennian Homes Southland franchise owners, who then offered him the opportunity to franchise for the Wanaka area, which hadn’t yet had a locally owned and operated Jennian presence.

Nathan took over Jennian Homes Wanaka mid-year and, while aligning with the company’s values and standards of excellence, he is stamping his own creative mark. Previously focusing on top-end bespoke architectural new builds, he strives to incorporate architectural flair into family-living. “I’m currently working on the Wanaka Alpine series, which is a range of three designs, specifically created to suit the smaller Wanaka sites, which are typically 400-500sqm sections. It’s about finding the right design to suit the section, while still including everything on the homeowner’s wish list and keeping within their budget.”

 

With an extensive choice of Jennian ‘Proven Plans’ and ‘Ready Range’ to choose from, or the option for a design and build from scratch to fit the section, Nathan works closely with clients throughout the entire process. As both the Managing Director and Project Manager, the depth of experience and knowledge he gained while running his own business has proven invaluable. With the assistance of home consultant Abi Casey, Nathan takes the time to find out his client’s needs and wants, planning every step of the journey with them. “Clients like the fact they are dealing with the owner/operator right from the very first consultation to the home’s completion, as it provides more of a personal touch and there’s also that next level of trust and peace of mind for them.”

 

Operating since 1982, Jennian Homes provides a 10-year Master Build Guarantee with all homes. It is also consistently New Zealand’s most awarded building company, throughout the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards. Jennian Homes guarantees the completion of your new home and has never failed to complete a home over the 37 years since it’s been running.

Jennian Homes has built its reputation on design, quality and continued customer satisfaction, ensuring the best possible plan designed for the client’s site and budget, while reflecting their personal needs and style. The company’s long-term partnerships with leading suppliers, brands and trades ensure every new home will exceed the homeowner’s expectations and give them many years of enjoyment and satisfaction.

 

For the home you have always wanted, visit www.jennian.co.nz for more information and contact Nathan of Jennian Homes Wanaka on 021 632 244 or nathan.simon@jennian.co.nz or Abi Casey on abi.casey@jennian.co.nz.