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Seriously special showhome: Versatile Christchurch

Versatile Christchurch is thrilled to introduce its latest showhome at Prestons Park. As one of New Zealand’s most trusted companies, Versatile has a strong history in Canterbury with more than 40 years locally in business, building a variety of homes and out-buildings.



Research undertaken by Versatile last year gave some compelling insights into what Kiwis really wanted in a new home, and their new architecturally design home plans reflect exactly that. It shows in the Prestons Park home; at 218 square metres, it delivers a lifestyle and feel of a home twice its size.

Broadly appealing, families or couples will be drawn to its standout stylish exterior. Inside you’ll find not just touches of luxury but a full-blown embrace. With three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and media room, kitchen with butler’s pantry and sink, plus double garaging, this house exceeds expectations for amenity.


Paula Price, Versatile’s National Housing Manager who oversees all of Versatile’s showhomes throughout New Zealand, says this one is a real knockout. “The feel and flow of this home is special. It’s compact to suit the section yet it feels beautifully spacious”.

The home layout and design are complemented by décor by local Interior Designer Paula Comber, resulting in every room being warm and enticing. Sophisticated rich tones of blackened blues and dark moody greens are offset with soft shades of bronze and blush. The stunning kitchen displays top of the line appliances by Fisher and Paykel in their new black colour finish, and the brushed gold tapware and door hardware are a gilded touch. Help from Paula Comber is part of every Versatile home package.



The rollcall of heavenly touches include a high stud, underfloor heating, gas fire, ducted heat pump, wine fridge, inbuilt sound system, extensive storage, automated curtains, and skylights with automated blinds for light control.
Visitors say the home feels like you could just walk in and live – and it’s not a pipe dream to afford this.

The showhome is open Wednesday to Sunday, 12 to 4pm. Call in and talk to Lee Brown or Gary Longhurst, the New Home Consultants, or contact them on 03 348 8704 to discuss this home or any of their house and land packages.



From the ground up: Designer Homes

Trends may come and trends may go, but when it comes to houses there’s nothing more arresting than the sight of a magnificent home.



Designer Homes (DH) is a Christchurch company dedicated to the construction of magnificent and captivating homes that showcase distinctive, superior quality interior and exterior design. Established in 2015 by Managing Director Rajesh Thakur, the DH team bring a wealth of experience and expertise to every building project.

Currently overseeing five residential projects in Christchurch and Auckland, Rajesh implements an eight-step strategy on every project undertaken, which, undoubtedly, is the key to his success.

They are as follows:

  1. Selecting the site
    DH focuses on selecting the right site in terms of plot shape, lighting, slope, access to amenities and a good sewer system.
  2. Design & budget
    DH designs the ideal home based on client requirements and their budget. An additional consultation is available for any plan changes, or if the client decides to increase their budget.
  3. Making the plans
    Plans are put into an actionable timeline. DH architects recreate the plan with dimensions approved by the client. Feasibility of selected plot and building guidelines is thoroughly assessed, ensuring no delay in plans and revisions suggested by the client.

  4. Selecting the finishes
    From doorknobs to flooring to carpentry, collaboration between the client and the DH team is integral to achieving the dream home. DH encourages clients to choose finishes they will love, both now and into the future.
  5. Getting approvals
    From land approvals, government clearances, land use restrictions, required documentation – even through to sourcing the best-fit financing, the DH team guides clients in an advisory role to help make the process as seamless as possible.
  6. Managing the build
    The DH project team monitors site progress and changes, while ensuring all required tasks are carried out properly. The project manager maintains project control throughout the entire process, redirecting tasks as and when needed. The construction process is time-lined with a tentative completion date for each milestone reached; from floor-slab framing, walls, roof structure and roofing to external finishes, windows and doors, rough-ins and internal finishes.

  7. Checking the quality
    DH builders and project managers conduct a thorough inspection of the structural design and concrete mix, and evaluate if wall thickness, fixtures and finishing are as per the discussed and completed plan.
  8. Handing over the keys
    The client receives the keys to their beautiful, bespoke home.

    The underpinning philosophy of Designer Homes is that the disciplines of architecture and interior design form a close link; the truth of this can be more fully appreciated once their full showhome opens in Rolleston in the near future. Keep an eye out – you will be entranced.

    Find the office at 234 Main South Road, Hornby, phone 03 222 2344, 03 222 2345 or 0508 DHOMES, or email




Enhancing community architecture: IKON Architects

Holly Lea Village, located in the heart of Fendalton, has been well-established as one of Christchurch’s premier retirement lifestyle villages. This is set to be enhanced as IKON Architects has been working with Generus Living Group to refresh the existing facility and design significant additions to expand the range of living options available within their existing three-acre site.



Construction commenced recently on the initial stage of the new development, The Morven Apartments. Sited just northeast of the existing facility, this two-storey apartment building, comprising eight generous two-bedroom apartments, will be linked via a covered walkway bridging the re-styled stream running through the grounds.

Following this, a second building offering a mix of 20 one and two bedroom apartments will expand the Tui Street frontage of Holly Lea Village. The architectural detailing both inside and out are of the highest quality in keeping with Generus Living Group’s established reputation of providing high-end retirement living.

To ensure these buildings integrate seamlessly into their established surroundings, architectural features have been carefully articulated to maintain a residential scale. Wide, low roof forms with expansive eaves taking cues from mid-century modern architecture are employed to match the existing buildings.

The façade is modulated at ground level with a rendered concrete block base that encapsulates outdoor patio areas, whereas the weatherboard-clad first floor is recessed to form generous private balconies.

With future developments on the horizon, IKON Architects is excited to work with Generus Living Group to provide more people with the opportunity to experience the very best in retirement living at Holly Lea Village.



Dive into the 21st century: Lagoon Pools

Swimming pools are so much more than places to cool off in. They can create a fulfilling leisure lifestyle for families, a focus for gatherings and a wonderful way to enjoy exercise.



People’s expectations of what a pool should be have also become more sophisticated. That’s a fact the Australian manufacturers of the Leisure Pools range of fibreglass swimming pools are well aware of.

“There are always new pool designs being developed, along with new accessories that utilise the latest technology,” says Julie Hastings of Lagoon Pools, the South Island dealer for Leisure Pools. “To keep up to date with new products, we have recently attended the Leisure Pools’ biennial conference in Brisbane. Automation is the latest innovation.”

Automation can bring a swimming pool into the 21st century by enabling pool owners to monitor and control their pool’s equipment from their smart devices. “You can regulate your pool and spa heater when away and turn on your lights and fountain for a lovely aesthetic effect when you arrive home.”

Aesthetics are certainly a major factor in today’s pool designs. “One of the most attractive pools we have is the Absolute. It’s fashionable and chic, yet versatile and very practical with its built-in spa integrated seamlessly into the overall pool design.”

You can contact Lagoon Pools on Freephone 0800 927 282. The website details the full range of services, including fountain installation and landscaping, as well as showcasing various pool options.



Seize the day… in the great outdoors!: Louvre Solutions

Winter is here! Which means crisp, cool, short days and long nights spent inside. Although, do they have to be?



The cosy days of autumn have quickly shifted to winter, which seems to bring us all indoors. Our living space contracts to the area within our warm homes. But does it have to? Even in the cold of winter, Louvre Solutions can create an expansive outdoor space that can be enjoyed all year long.

Now is the perfect time to plan for expanding your living space by allowing Louvre Solutions to create a stylishly comfortable oasis for you and your family. Louvre Solutions’ roof systems are fully customisable with heating, lighting and ventilation, as well as offering integrated pull-down side screens. Each roof comes standard with an integrated rain sensor, which allows the roof to close automatically in the rain.

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 realize your vision of the ultimate outdoor space. The patio louvre system is strong and conforms to nearly 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 aesthetic to practical. They are a brilliant addition to a home that can be proactively planned as part of the design/build process or can be 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 winter outdoor enjoyment and intelligent preparation for spring.

Visit for more information or contact Craig on 022 735 6286.


Executing the Exceptional: Jennian Homes

Dwayne Prendergast, Director of Jennian Homes Canterbury, says the year has started with strong sales. “We are particularly pleased with the number of new high-end architectural builds we are doing, along with our large range of family and holiday homes,” Dwayne says.



This year has seen the completion of a number of in-house designed architectural builds in Westmorland. “The homes are built into the hillside, and enjoy stunning views over the city.” With special block foundation engineered floors, Jennian Homes has ensured these builds don’t just look fantastic, but are built to meet the environmental challenges.

“We are really enjoying handling whole projects – beginning with designs created by our team from scratch, through to seeing delighted owners moving in,” Dave says. “The process is made that much easier for clients with our Studio J display centre right here at our office in Sockburn.

It is open from 8am-5pm Monday to Friday and it is just great because it removes the need for clients to try to visualise; they can see all the materials and colour options as they would appear on a finished home.” If you are thinking of building, it’s never too early to talk to one of the team at Jennian Homes.

The Jennian team are there to explore your ideas, explain options and offer complete certainty around the process of building with Jennian Homes. “If you’d love an architectural home but budget is a constraint, utilising the in-house design team is an extremely cost-effective way to achieve your goal,” Dwayne says.

The design team is completed by in-house sales and accounts, and there is a fantastic set of skilled personnel in the key project management group. “We’ve all got such energy and enthusiasm for what we achieve here, and it’s because we work with great brands, great trades and we get great results. We’ve completed numerous homes for delighted clients and we are proud of what we are doing,” Dwayne says.

The team has expanded the area it covers and Jennian Homes Canterbury is now creating dream homes for happy clients from Kaikoura to Waimate. Jennian’s homes are also completed under fixed contracts. “We understand that people can come to building with concerns about controlling the costs. We guarantee there won’t be any unpleasant surprises with your budget,” Dwayne says.

Jennian Homes also ensures there are a range of display homes available to view at any one time, which is no mean feat given they get snapped up by impressed buyers very quickly. Both of the Jennian Homes Canterbury display homes in Rolleston and Rangiora are open Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm and an exciting new concept in display homes is about to open in Halswell Commons. Stunning display homes in Ashburton and Timaru are open for your viewing with team members on site.


You & Your Architect – A Creative Partnership: Allfrey + South

Every person is unique. As architect Craig South explains, your home should also uniquely reflect who you are and how you want to live.



Big weekend get-togethers or coffee for two on the deck? Enjoy reading in the sun or love to garden? We’re all different; good architecture acknowledges this and is responsive to people’s lifestyle choices. We deeply value our clients and recognise that their aspirations are fundamentally important to the whole design process.



Every project starts with an in-depth conversation on their brief, aesthetics and lifestyle. Having that understanding from the outset is vital to achieving the end goal of a truly bespoke home. We approach every new project with creativity, an open mind and a willingness to listen and respond. We appreciate our clients’ commitment and the trust they place in us. In return, we offer a robust process that is collaborative, thorough and responsive.



In our own practice, rather than being defined by a particular style, we prefer to be defined by our client-focused process. In turn, this leads to homes that are uniquely designed for them. We are not known for having a defined brand and that is very much a deliberate choice.



We believe our approach to design is special because it goes deeper than simply asking ‘how many bedrooms’ or ‘what size’. We like to ask the ‘why’ questions and explore what clients are really seeking to achieve to ensure a deeper understanding of what they want out of their new home. We also like to celebrate the uniqueness of every client, creating homes that will fit their aspirations and how they want to live.



Some people worry about prioritising their lifestyle choices in a design, because they think it could adversely affect potential re-sale value. In reality, by creating a home that’s in sync with you and how you live – rather than a home that you think someone else would enjoy – you are more likely to get something truly authentic that others will positively respond to in the future.


Lap of Luxury: The Mighty Staggz

Family is at the very heart of The Mighty Staggz operation, the local Oxford, North Canterbury business that specialises in building unique fibreglass swimming pools.



It’s what drives husband-and-wife team Quentin and Nicky Stagg who, alongside raising their own four boys, are passionate about creating a product that can provide endless hours – and years – of enjoyment for families like theirs. Quentin, who has worked in the industry for more than 15 years and has vast experience working with fibreglass, decided that in 2017 it was time to go out on his own and create a business with a difference.

“Not only do we see it as a pool, we see our purpose of producing and creating an environment where people can gather, create long-lasting memories with their loved ones, and spend hours unplugging and enjoying their pool. Our business represents our family and our passion for building and constructing custom-built fibreglass swimming pools, a unique one-off design made especially for our clients.”

Specialising in everything from 25m school pools, to small custom-built spas and lagoons, the couple is dedicated to creating quality builds and making sure they fit with their clients’ needs. Working with The Mighty Staggz also means you deal directly with the business owner from start-to-finish, eliminating the need for middle men. “With our unique building method, we can construct anything you imagine, and we can bring it to life,” Quentin says.“We pride ourselves on using quality products to establish a stunning result and provide a genuine down-to-earth service.”


A Talent for Timber: Artisan Timbers

As the name suggests, Artisan Timbers offers high-quality timber products such as timber flooring, decking and exterior cladding, courtesy of their team of timber artists and craftsmen builders.



The installation team were hand-picked to work on some notable projects within the Canterbury region – that’s how good they are. Artisan Timbers are the experts in unique, authentic and inspiring timber products. The point of difference for Artisan Timbers is that they don’t stock timber. As a result, they don’t need a great big warehouse. This keeps the costs low, meaning you, the customer, are getting the best price possible for an outstanding service. All of their timber will come fresh and direct from the wholesaler to your doorstep.

Artisan Timbers has a great network of builders and interior designers who have and continue to use Artisan Timbers’ products and services. They also have a ‘Timber Species & Price Guide’ available (on request) to help you with your build process. The company also stocks a whole range of natural high-quality paints and oils for your projects.

For more information on how Artisan Timbers can help with your next building project, phone Bob Waldron on 021 880 892 or email