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A forever home: DJ Hewitt Builders LTD


The Robinson family wanted a forever home that had it all – functionality, space and loads of storage with its own special signature.

 

 

After a two-year house hunt and realising building was the answer, Emma and Logan researched wisely and chose Daryl from DJ Hewitt Builders, who also helped choose the best section. The 926sqm site of an old villa in St Albans was perfect.

Now the high-pitched roofline and random-width cedar and plaster exterior, blends with the street’s historic homes. 

“We have two young children so we needed a place to grow with us,” Emma says of the four-bedroom, 296sqm O’Neil Architecture-designed home.

Looking through to the lounge and garden from the front door exudes eternal space.

A cavity slider meets at the media room and kitchen/dining corner, sitting flush with the ground-level kwila deck.

The kids run from lounge to lawn and play cricket or pick homegrown veges and the open pantry leads out to the herb garden.

“Daryl helped us find cost-effective options where we needed them and had solutions for everything. Tara, his wife, was so helpful as our Interior Consultant, with lots of little pearls of wisdom. I always wanted a blue front door, and she suggested changing the aluminium joinery colour to suit, rather than going for our choice for the rest of the house – she was absolutely right.”

For family functionality, a cloakroom resides beside the entrance with an adjacent storage wall.

Other space luxuries are a large laundry, linen cupboard and under-stair storage.

The suntrap alcove with a large inbuilt window seat and library shelving is an inviting and much-admired spot.

“A key reason to build was to have a warm, dry house so we included underfloor and centrally-ducted heating.”

The upstairs bedrooms have separate temperature controls, with sensor lights for the bathroom and stairwell.

The master bedroom has an ensuite at the entrance, then a large walk-in robe incorporates a recessed stepladder leading to useful attic storage.

“The people who worked onsite and in DJ Hewitt’s office were outstanding; always really helpful and professional, nothing was ever a problem. The after sale service has been superb, with clear communication every step of the way and they’ve kept following up with everything.”

“We are so happy with the result – we will never move from here!”


 

Expanding your living spaces


Now is the perfect time to protect your outdoor space and put the plans in place to extend your summer.

 

 

The expert team at Stratco has the skills to help you create a space that can be enjoyed throughout the year, with its own range of unique verandas and louvres – from design to installation.

“View our range online or visit us at our showroom to see what we can do for your outdoor space,” Stratco General Manager David Allingham says. 

A Stratco Outback® Verandah, Louvre or Carport provides protection from the elements, expands your possibilities for entertaining and storage or an all-weather play area for kids.

“A veranda not only adds functional living space and value to your home but provides protection from New Zealand’s harsh weather conditions. Our fixed-roof verandas offer an affordable alternative to our louvres. It’s a proven product with quality design – they’ve been around for years and there is no other product like this on the market.”

Whether you are building a new home or making extensions, by letting light into your outdoor area while blocking out harmful rays and rain, homeowners are able to get so much more function from their home.

The company offers a bespoke veranda which can be custom designed and built to suit your size, layout and attachment requirements.

“We manufacture and install the units ourselves, so we can really customise them to suit each space. They are ideal as either attached or standaalone units, and the addition of Stratco’s polycarbonate Outback Rooflite™ panels allows the supply of filtered light to the underside of the veranda.”

Another option is the Stratco Louvre. Controlled via a remote, Stratco’s systems also include a rain sensor as standard, so, if you are not home when it starts to rain, the unit will close automatically. Like the verandas, the louvres are ideal as either an attached or stand-alone unit and, if you want to add louvres to an existing veranda, the team can retrofit a louvre system into most veranda/pergola frames – just request a free site measure to determine the finer details.

From concept to finished product, Stratco’s louvre systems can be in place six weeks from the order date. Once the unit is measured at your home, the team runs each unit through an engineering programme, designed to confirm strength of system to suit your wind zone.

The company can also provide fencing and sheds, whatever you choose – the process is simple. Steve Cain, Outdoor Product Specialist at Stratco, will talk through the possibilities with you, and then measure and quote, which is free with no obligation.

Stratco then designs, manufactures and installs the products themselves – making the entire experience hassle-free.

Find the Stratco team at 55 Hands Road, Middleton, phone 03 338 9063.


 

Extend your summer!


Hello summer! We have long awaited your arrival and are happily basking in the great outdoors once again. Summer just can’t help but bring friends and family together for barbecues, enjoying cool beverages outside and finally getting to uncover the patio furniture that has been in hiding for the past several months.

 

 

The timing is perfect for expanding your indoor living into the warm and sunny 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 you’re 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, filter shade or provide solid rain protection.

The roofs are water proof and you will no longer need to cover your outdoor furniture, barebecues and upholstery, as they will be protected from the harsh New Zealand elements.

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. These components will outperform fabric and plastic in heat, wind and rain.

“When we started out, these premium products were prohibitively expensive and reserved for the elite,” Craig explains.

“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.”

There are many benefits to a louvre roof, ranging from aesthetic to practical and environmental.

They are a brilliant addition to homes and can be proactively planned as part of the design and build process or can be retrofitted once the need is identified post construction.

On a practical note, the roofs create shading when required and light and heat from the sun when necessary which can significantly reduce energy required for cooling and heating.

With more than 15 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 an extended summer of outdoor enjoyment.


 

Unique approach to home design: Designer Homes


Designer Homes (DH) Senior Executive, Ajit Kumar, says it’s been interesting to follow the evolution of architectural designs over the last decade. Prior to then, New Zealand homes tended to be of one architectural influence – such as Victorian, English cottage, Greek Neoclassical, Cape Cod, Ranch and Spanish – but a far different approach to home design has since taken root and is flourishing; the finest examples of which can now be seen gracing our landscape up and down the country.

“We don’t see singular architectural designs in New Zealand any longer,” Ajit says.

“Today’s homes are about reflecting the lives of the people living in them. Our designs are client-driven because it’s paramount we meet their needs and requirements.”

Ajit says the typical New Zealand family home of 2020 might be a design that’s a blend of influences and styles – be it European, Asian or American – reflecting their cultural heritage and experience.

“For example, a client might request a kitchen reminiscent of kitchens in India, to give that touchstone of familiarity, as well as function and purpose, but the rest of the plan may well be something that has a ‘Kiwi feel’ to it, which complements and completes the overall design seamlessly.”

With a DH build, clients can choose from either their single level or double level plans and, with a template of pricing based on three build categories – Standard, Grande and Luxe – it makes for a straightforward and simple process when it comes to budget parameters.

Proud to uphold their motto that they build homes literally from the ground up, the team at DH follows an eight-step process (which can be viewed on the website under Our Process), to ensure each project undertaken is a full and collaborative working relationship with clients to achieve their dream home, from the moment the site is chosen right through to build completion when the keys are handed over.

With the team currently working on five residential projects in Auckland and Christchurch, clients are assured that their build is in the hands of extremely competent, professional people whose knowledge on developing bespoke interiors and exteriors is rich and vast.

The underpinning philosophy of DH has always been the close link between the disciplines of architecture and interior design. Key to achieving a home that’s beyond ordinary is to plan the home that is timeless and survives design trends.

“Our homes are distinctive because they not only reflect the individuality of the people with architectural designs of their choice, but they’re also the most innovative in design and, with an attention to detail as to colours and materials, clients are assured their home will look just as superb 30 years from now as it does today,” Ajit says.


 

The foundations of a good home


Your home is your castle, but it’s a faulty fortress if the foundations are not solid. Precision Solutions is the expert in levelling every type and age of home, on every foundation. Offering a free assessment of your home, the Precision Solutions team then collaborates with a select team of builders and project manages all the way from paperwork, to a levelled, repaired and finished home.

 

 

“This is exactly the moment to give us a call to get your earthquake repairs completed once and for all,” Contracts Manager Charles Porter says.

In August last year, the government announced a $300m policy for homeowners of over-cap on-sold properties in Canterbury to apply for an ex gratia government payment to have their homes repaired.

You can also apply for the payment if you still own your home but believe the repairs done post-earthquakes were not satisfactory, or overlooked leveling.

Details and registration are available at www.eqc.govt.nz, but you must register by 12 August, 2020.

Managing the paperwork with EQC can form a significant part of the project and Charles will work with you on this every step of the way. Working remotely is no problem.

“We’ve releveled a home in Beatty Street for an owner based in Australia and another in Switzerland.”

The team relevels around 40 homes per year.

“We love what we do – building relationships with clients. It is great to be able to help someone who might have been really struggling to get where they need to be.

“We feel a real satisfaction looking at the finished project knowing that our client can now move on with their life.”


 

Crafting Homes


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 comes 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,” Steve says.

“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,” Steve says.

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.”


 

Exceptional in the South


For as long as he can remember, James Rabbette, of Rabbette Ltd, has been involved in the building industry.

 

 

Growing up with a father who was a builder meant James loved spending almost every school holiday on site with his dad and, after starting a New Zealand Diploma in Business at Otago Polytechnic, he soon realised working indoors just wasn’t for him.

He began doing outside labouring jobs before starting Rabbette Ltd at just 21!

“I spent the next five years working by myself before taking on my first apprentice,” he says.

“Now, after 15 years, we’ve built up a fantastic team of guys who love masonry trades, get along really well, work hard for the team and take real pride in their work.”

The business has now grown to include wife Alana who manages the accounts, three tradesmen, a third-year apprentice, a first-year apprentice and a labourer.

“It’s hard to attract young people to take up brick and block laying, stone masonry, tiling and plastering trades, but it’s an extremely rewarding job; hard and physical, but really satisfying.”

Rabbette Ltd covers Central Otago and the Southern Lakes area, with a special interest in masonry houses, built completely out of concrete blocks.

“It provides amazing insulation,” he says.

“People think concrete is cold because in the 60s they used to strap and line the inside of the block.

Nowadays, the insulation is on the outside, which means the thermal qualities are exceptional.

Having built two for myself, I find them extremely warm and comfortable to live in.

“They hold the heat in winter and can’t burn or rot, so it’s a no-brainer, really.”

For more information, email rab.bricky@gmail.com.


 

The Perfect Partnership


The foundation of your new dream home is the unbreakable partnership between you and your builder. Whether you are a Batman seeking Robin, Ginger in search of Fred, or Sir Ed demanding Tensing, you’ll find exactly who you need within the team at Jennian Homes Canterbury.

 

At your first visit to one of the soon-to-be five show homes in Canterbury or to the Studio J design centre – or even letting your fingers do the walking, your first point of contact will be with one of the sales team.

They will give you the full picture of the array of design options, fittings and fixtures, how you can vary specifications to suit you, the sales process, talk through the lifestyle you desire, where you would love to live, and the must-haves for your home.

The sales team works on the design with you, taking your plan from concept to final details, then the dedicated client liaison group continues the great service with open communication throughout the interior design and council consenting process.

The project management team then moves the project from dreams and paper to reality, working with an incredible team of trades and suppliers.

“They are amazing, so supportive and always going the extra mile to ensure satisfaction.

We work closely with our crew of sub-trades and suppliers to ensure our clients have the best possible build journey that they can have,” Director Sue Prendergast says.

Further, above and beyond the care of Jennian’s tight-knit group of professionals stands your connection with one of the four Directors of the company: Dwayne and Sue Prendergast and Paul and Wairete Jenkins. One of the four will be in communication directly with you at all times throughout the build process.

For Jennian Homes, 2020 has already started with a bang. “It’s going to be our busiest year yet with so many exciting projects in the pipeline,” Sue says.

Joining the Timaru, Rolleston, and Halswell show homes is the newly opened home at Oaklea in Ashburton, and the team is thrilled to announce their latest show home, currently under construction at Ravenswood.

“It’s a great up and coming area, with the new Pegasus Bay school nearby,” Sue says.

The home could suit the first home buyer through to executive buyers and is an architectural build with three bedrooms.

“There are so many options available within this design though,” Sue says.

“You bring your vision and we bring the flexibility; although we believe you will fall in love with the home as it is.”

To further expand your home design decision horizons, or help confirm what you already knew, Jennian Homes Canterbury has created the supremely useful and sophisticated Studio J Design Centre, located at 212 Main South Road.

The stunning Studio J Design Centre is designed to replicate a house, setting up the decision-making process in a logical order that you literally walk through.

You begin ‘outside’ the house where different cladding options are displayed, along with roofing, landscaping items, decking and even the garage door.

Whichever way your new home journey begins, you know you’ve found your ideal partnership with the team at Jennian Homes Canterbury.


 

A cute above


If you’re landscaping these holidays, or working on a summer project and want to keep maintenance to a minimum, maybe it’s time to consider synthetic grass.

 

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After

More and more people are installing the lawns, surfaces for outdoor play areas, and even personalised golf putting greens that provide the look of green space, but require none of the care and preparation.

GrassPro has transformed the way we view ‘fake grass’ and is becoming a popular landscaping alternative for gardeners worldwide.

Christchurch GrassPro operator Tim Gerard specialises in installing the product at townhouses, apartments, over 60s units, or smaller areas that are causing a nuisance for homeowners.

The company can supply and install a range of specialist synthetic landscaping grasses to suit your taste and requirements.

All grasses are UV stable, include no nasty chemicals or heavy metals, and are guaranteed for seven years. GrassPro can also install the product at early childhood centres and day cares, and they work hard to ensure all health and safety requirements, and New Zealand regulations are met.

They’ve also combined landscaping grass with a specialist golf putting green grass to create the perfect green for every golfer.

GrassPro is a part of the ProGroup, a Kiwi family-owned business providing “niche property transformation services”.

For a free, no obligation quote on how GrassPro can help improve your backyard, or a special project you have in mind, call Tim on 027 349 0527.