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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.

 

 


 

Preserving precious art: City Art Depot


For 30 years, City Art Depot picture framing workshop and gallery has been working alongside art lovers to preserve and beautifully display works of art.

 

 

 

Starting out as a small picture framing business in 1989, founder David Trerise had a goal to apply museum standards in his workshop.

Moving away from out-dated gluing and trimming techniques, he researched conservation framing practices, and introduced materials and processes designed to protect artworks from environmental hazards and inappropriate framing processes.

“A lot of our work is preserving artworks that are valued for purely sentimental reasons,” David says. “It still deserves to be treated with the care and respect the artist intended, or the owner desires, so it can be enjoyed by future generations.”

City Art Depot makes its own frames on the premises from rough-sawn timber to provide a frame made and hand-finished to best suit the needs of the artwork and the client. This commitment to quality has seen the business grow, attracting a client base that includes museums, galleries, institutions, businesses and private art owners and collectors.

The business offers practical solutions for the framing, installation, transportation and storage of artworks. Its archival Solander boxes provide an elegant and robust storage system for photographs, rare books, objects and original works of art.

City Art Depot also has a well-respected gallery. “The gallery is very important for us. There’s a renewed energy around art in the city and it allows us to introduce people to the work of emerging, as well as established, artists.”

www.cityart.co.nz

 

 


 

Soak your worries away: Degree43


Hot tub therapy is ancient, used for centuries to relax muscles, relieve stress and experience the renewal effect of immersing yourself in warm water. Canterbury’s own Degree43 brings the future of hot tubbing to you with its stylish, environmentally friendly, and bach-to-bush innovation, beautifully finished in stainless steel and cedar.

 

 

 

This local, top-end and forward-thinking hot tub design is also surprisingly affordable. Whether socialising in your backyard or space-gazing in the back of beyond, your quality of life index just took a giant leap forward.

Hands-on Directors Marty Long and Dwayne Dunn came up with the clever design that uses around 400 litres less water than traditional hot tubs, making the hot tubs easy to heat and energy efficient. The high quality 304 moulded stainless-steel means hygiene – no opportunity for bacterial nasties to make themselves at home as in a wooden or plastic hot tub. Even better, the hot tubs use completely fresh water. There is no purchase and use of harsh chemicals, simply recycle the water onto the garden (or forest floor) every few days, or add the UV kit which keeps the water sparkling clean.

Choose from two heating options: a heat pump from Christchurch’s Warmth New Zealand that uses the same technology as underfloor heating, costing just $3.20 to heat from cold, and genuinely less than $1 per day to maintain heat; or the take-it-anywhere, state of the art, in-tub wood fired heating. Just a small wheelbarrow load of wood heats 1600 litres of water in less than two hours. The tubs are available in three sizes or custom-made, and the 20-year warranty with minimal maintenance required makes the hot tubs a no-brainer in value for money.

Degree43 is 100 percent Canterbury owned and operated, and all the materials used in the hot tubs are locally sourced and fabricated. The hot tubs come with a fully insulated lockable cover from The Cover Guy in Auckland, which has a three-year warranty.

Meeting at age 16 on their first trade course, Marty and Dwayne together founded Degree43 tubs, working in fine and technical stainless-steel fabrication with a focus on innovation. The hot tubs are their first step into the leisure market, and having worked so hard to perfect the product, the Degree43 strapline ‘relax, you deserve it’ could apply to them.

“We love the hot tubs; they’ve become a real passion project for us and we are proud to offer the 20-year warranty for the stainless steel – you won’t find longer,” says Marty. Degree43 will deliver wherever, and are very happy to discuss finance options. As well as selling directly, you’ll find Marty and Dwayne and the hot tubs at agricultural and trade shows around the country. “It’s so rewarding to use our skill base to provide a product this good, that brings therapeutic relaxation to hard working people,” Dwayne says.


 

Have a pool summer: Mighty Staggz Pools


A backyard swimming pool, glinting in the summer sun, keeping the children exercised, cool, and happy for hours while you chill in the shade with a glass of something delicious is a cherished Kiwi dream. Enter Quentin Stagg, pool enthusiast, proud Cantabrian and Director of Canterbury’s own Mighty Staggz Pools, to bring your dream to life.

 

 

 

With 10 years’ experience in pool building and maintenance under his belt, he began Mighty Staggz Pools, a family run business based in Oxford, focused on using the best of Canterbury products. The company creates new swimming pools, refurbishes tired existing pools and has just added an exciting range of cedar products to the thriving business.

The cedar products are all custom-designed and made to fit your needs and your space. Shipped all over New Zealand, there are shade products, pergolas, and the unique and luxurious indoor cedar bath tubs. “Our indoor bath tubs are something quite special,” Quentin says. “They really add ambience, a rustic and eco style to your bathroom.”

Might Staggz offers a range of shapes and sizes in new fibreglass predesigned and custom swimming pools, plus lagoons in any shape, and spa pools, as well as all the pumps, filters and accessories you need. Refurbishing an old swimming pool is a joy for Mighty Staggz, if it’s become a bit of a headache in the backyard. They reline a derelict concrete or liner pool with fibreglass and suddenly the pool is an asset and a source of pleasure for its owner. The team has developed a unique process of spraying fibreglass on site.

For the qualified and experienced team of four, integrity and honesty form the heart and soul of the business. They’re big on problem solving, and they work to your needs and your space. Importantly, they love creating areas where families have fun, and pools that people can enjoy for a lifetime.

Visit www.mightystaggz.co.nz for pools and find Mighty Staggz on Facebook to check out the new cedar products.

 

6 reasons to dive in this summer: 

  1. Swimming is the ultimate way to keep fit
  2. Reduces stress
  3. Is a lifesaving skill
  4. Helps maintain a healthy weight, heart and lungs
  5. Tones muscles and builds strength
  6. Pool party anyone?

 

Sustainability in architecture: Allfrey + South

With interest growing in sustainable lifestyles, we caught up with architect Craig South of Allfrey + South Architects for his thoughts on the role architecture has to play in the sustainability equation.

 

 

 

Sustainability means different things to different people. As an architect, what does sustainability mean to you?
I think we all have our own ideas on what comprises a sustainable lifestyle. For some people, it has a lot to do with location and wanting to live close to where they work. For others, it may be about choosing a home with a smaller footprint or wanting to install solar panels. In our practice, we listen closely to our clients and are very happy to work with them to achieve their particular goals in this area.

Discussing sustainability in architecture might once have been considered a little unorthodox, but it is now an almost universal aspiration for people to want to live in well-insulated, energy-efficient homes. We live in a world where we have to make more sustainable choices and, as a practice, this is something we consciously and actively accept. We currently have a number of projects underway from alterations to new passive houses that set very high sustainability standards.


Why is sustainable architecture important?
We want to create beautiful architecture that people can enjoy living in, so there’s still a balance that needs to be struck. It would be a mistake to prioritise sustainability above all else but, of course, it makes absolute sense to include sustainability features because these result in warmer, drier, healthier homes that are more fun to live in. Who wouldn’t want that?

Rather than designing to code, we always aim well above that in terms of insulation, ventilation, solar heating and so on. It’s not just us being ‘eco-conscious’. Many of our clients want to go down this route because it makes so much sense. While above code projects may cost more upfront, the benefits are ongoing in terms of delivering power savings and a comfortable way of life. From a re-sale perspective, homes designed for sustainability will also remain more attractive in the long-term and continue to hold their value.


What is Allfrey + South’s approach to sustainability?
It is part of our baseline commitment to our clients and, by setting the bar high, we hope we can help inspire others to follow our lead. Fundamental elements of sustainable architecture include orientation that appropriately considers sun, shade and wind; and having high standards of insulation (including the slab) and ventilation. By ventilation, I don’t necessarily mean mechanical ventilation; good natural ventilation can be achieved through effective window design that promotes air flow and air quality. Recycled materials can come into the sustainability equation too, though often we find it is the heritage value of such materials that are particularly valued.

Fundamentally, we are guided by respect for our clients and will always work to achieve their lifestyle goals. How far we can go down the sustainability road is largely dependent on the conversations we have with them. It is a real pleasure to work with clients who are passionate about sustainability and want to share their journey towards a better way of life with us.

www.allso.co.nz

 

Architect Craig South
Craig South

 


 

Joiner expands repertoire: Murray Hewitt Joinery


Any joiner operating at the top of their game in the twenty-first century understands how to work with a vast range of materials and master the gamut of styles. Murray Hewitt, Director of Murray Hewitt Joinery, delights in the fact that the craft of joinery once relied on wood, screws and glue, and now it has added the latest in modern construction technology to its repertoire.

 

 

 

The head office of Ray White in Papanui is a case in point. Lining the walls are Muros lightweight fibreglass panels which give the effect of old railway sleepers. They are textured with deep aged wood grain, knots and weathered imperfections. In the staff relaxation area, tiles cleverly create artificial hedging to make a feature wall, while the reception area is lined in Plytech Light Beton – an MDF product surfaced in real concrete at just 2mm thick. The reception counter is also clad in the hedging tiles and flooring is T&G planking in Burnt Larch.

“This was a great project, coming in with completely new and disparate products and seeing how great the finished look is; the new products work together beautifully,” Murray says.

Another job utilised Kiwi innovated Kaynemaile – interlocking plastic rings like chainmail – to form a screen between vanity and toilet.

“Of course, we still relish the opportunity to utilise our traditional skill and craftsmanship on work in timber doors and windows,” Murray says. “And to rebuild and restore an original kauri staircase is a real joy.”

 

 


 

Dark Character: Resene


Dark exteriors have always held appeal, and while there will always be a place for black and charcoal, the trend has moved away from pure colours such as these to more character dark colours. Think sooty, faded black, brackish green, bruised purple-grey, bitter brown and briny blue.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY WENDY FENWICK. STYLING CLAUDIA KOZUB

 

Black-painted weatherboards or other styles of cladding give a house a smart urban look, or when teamed with white trims and a classic gable profile, they take on a rustic country barn appeal. These are stormy, twisted colours that, on the one hand, can be brooding and torrid, but on the other, can be comforting and enclosing.

The cladding on this house is in Resene Safehaven; a blue that has interesting stormy depths but also allows itself to be paired with a variety of accent colours. Dark colours such as this are a robust backdrop to allow bolder and brighter accent colours to shine. Consider creating a crisp scheme using just a dark colour and white – dramatic!

 

 

 

These kinds of colours need stronger shades to match their power but if you want soft and dusky, just go all out. Accessories and furnishings can also be switched out for seasonal effect – these vibrant coloured pots bring a Moroccan or Pacifica vibe to the courtyard, painted in Resene Daredevil (deep orange), Resene Party Zone (bright orange), Resene Pink Ribbon, Resene Lazy River (blue) and Resene Poppy (red). A series of hook racks, painted in Resene Lazy River, offer handy storage.

The bench seat is finished in Resene Furniture and Decking Oil, which is specially formulated for exterior use so that timber stays looking good. The concrete has been finished in Resene Non-Skid Deck & Path tinted to Resene Traffic – this gives a gritty texture for non-slip safety.

Remember, if you are choosing a dark exterior colour, ask for Resene CoolColour paint and stain which are specially formulated to reflect more of the sun’s harmful UV light and helps protect your paint, stain and cladding.

 

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

 


 

Canterbury Home Show Celebrates 40 Years


It’s hard to believe that the Canterbury Home Show will celebrate its 40th birthday this month.

 

 

 

As the oldest and longest running Cantabrian Home Show, the team will once again produce an event delivering on inspiration and innovation.

The Canterbury Home Show remains a premier destination for homeowners and leading businesses – the strong demand has been creating a loyal following for decades.

Three main reasons for visiting the Canterbury Home Show are exclusives and new releases, meeting and talking with experts, and inspiration and innovation.

 

 

 

Exclusives and new releases
Businesses often use Canterbury Home Show to give attendees a peek at new or future product ranges, or a chance to grab an exclusive product or item from a limited range. This is why an expected 10,000 people will visit the three-day event – to hunt for exclusives and take advantage of show specials!

 

Meeting and talking to experts
Having access to expert advice from over 150 leading experts and suppliers in one location is a rare opportunity.

“Meeting with these experts in person means they can pass along top tips and advice that would be hard to come by otherwise,” Marketing Director Jenny Murfitt says.

“Bring your ideas, plans and photos along with you to get your project off to a great start!”

As part of the free seminars, sponsored by Resene, experts on home renovation and interior design will speak throughout the day on subjects such as landscaping, kitchen renovation, new innovations and technology – bringing homes into the future.

 

Ideas and inspiration abound
“When you want to tackle a home project, but have no idea where to start, it can be daunting. With everything under one roof you can see a range of products, styles and items to suit most tastes and budgets,” Jenny says.

“Decorating and furnishing are made simpler with insights on the latest colour palettes, trending styles and furnishings, for the home comfort and design you dream of.

“The saying ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’ is never more true than at the Home Show. It offers the latest in home technology solutions to solve problems you might not know you have – making life easier, more fun, or just looking and functioning better.”

 

Bonus reason #4: Prizes and other goodies
Heading to the Canterbury Home Show means leaving with more than you came with – whether it’s free samples or products, special show-only deals, goodie bags packed with information and surprises, or even a prize!

“If you’re currently renovating or building, love a good home project, or just dreaming about home improvements, it’s a fun day out for everyone including families, come rain or shine.

“You’ll leave with a huge smile on your face and something extra for you or your home. Be part of the birthday celebrations and come see the thousands of new products and ideas to renovate your house, both inside and out.”

 

 

 

 

Canterbury Home Show at is on at Horncastle Arena, Addington on Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October, from 10am to 5pm daily. Adults $6 online ($8 on the door), seniors $6, and children under 18 are free. See www.canterburyhomeshow.co.nz for exhibitor directory, timetables, ticket sales.

We have two double passes to give away. Check out the Metropol Facebook page to find out more.

 

 


 

Waste-free Bathrooms


The bathroom wastepaper basket might soon be a redundant commodity as we go from wasteful to tasteful in the busiest little room of the house.

 

 

We look at tips to keep the bathroom a stylish, sustainable sanctuary – where consciences will also get a good clean.

Those plastic shampoo, conditioner, and beauty product containers all add up. Imagine what a family uses in a month – then do the maths. Thankfully, solid soap and beauty bars with recyclable cardboard packaging are a popular and evolving eco choice. And some innovative products are making it simple to start, and keep, a new sustainable habit.

Christchurch-based company Ethique, who has recently won the Westpac Champion Innovation Award, has deliciously scented, natural solid shampoo and conditioners that last and last – as well as cleansers, scrubs, moisturisers and serums. Solid beauty products are value for money too, as you’re not paying for extra packaging and fillers. And soap that comes in cardboard, or handmade varieties sold simply as is, are usually as good for your skin as they are the environment.

 

 

 

 

Favour the luxury of cotton facecloths, instead of disposable wipes. Loofahs, which come from a tropical vine of the cucumber family, are biodegradable and have long been a bathroom basic for expert exfoliation. Along with natural sea sponges, they also look great in the eco bathroom, blending with the trend for natural materials such as timbers and stone.

Bamboo for the bathroom is sustainable and affordable, and right at home here. Bamboo and wooden toothbrushes can replace all those colourful plastic ones that choke the landfill. Use bamboo cotton buds, and even hairbrushes or scrubbing brushes – along with natural wood, they create a spa-style Scandinavian vibe in the bathroom too.

 

 

 

 

For the sustainably serious, toothpaste can even be bought in a jar, or you can make your own all-natural concoction. Stainless steel safety razors should last a lifetime and replace another high-turnover item that has over-taken in its mainstream plastic form. Also, go for glass containers over plastic.

Ladies, consider reusable sanitary options like menstrual cups or reusable pads – this saves a mountain of plastic and packaging over time. Buy toilet paper in bulk to save on packaging, or change to a paper-packaged brand – and recycled toilet paper is even better. Choose the refill options of your favourite products, especially cleaners.

 

 

 

Try and use up what you already have in the house before buying more – for example those fancy soaps that have been given as presents. Be inventive and creatively recycle. Perhaps cut up old towels to make facecloths or to wrap around soap for a DIY lathering body scrub.

Online shopping sites such as www.greenelephant.co.nz are specialising in sustainable beauty products. And many owner/operator gift shops have sustainability top of mind when sourcing for their stores.

The fresh new focus on pure artisan eco beauty is luring us away from our no-longer-viable dependence on plastics. The bathroom is a great place to start cleaning up the planet.

 

 


 

Eco-sustainable sewage solutions: NaturalFlow South


Are you looking for a simple, environmentally friendly sewage treatment system that doesn’t require expensive, on-going maintenance?

 

 

The NaturalFlow system not only provides an eco-sustainable sewage solution and produces a high-quality result to treat wastewater, but also saves money and time. Keeping it simple is the company’s philosophy – using power-free, natural processes to treat wastewater. One of NaturalFlow South’s many satisfied customers say they came across the company after a large amount of research into septic systems for their new home in Glentui.

“Living off the grid with solar power meant that we had to make sure our system worked well for how we live and also how the system would fit into our property and lifestyle. The gravity-fed option was great as it has no need for any power at all. We have been very happy with NaturalFlow – from the initial quote with the owner to the patience of Carina with council consents delays.

“The guys on-site were great and even managed to put in the trench without any damage to trees or plants. We are also using NaturalFlow for a UV filter for our household water as we are on a rural water scheme. Couldn’t have asked for better!”

NaturalFlow South owner Kingsley Kepple sells and supplies NaturalFlow systems to a range of customers across the South Island, from farmers and lifestyle block owners to camping grounds and homestays.

Visit www.naturalflow.co.nz for more information or phone 03 323 8541.