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Intelligently designed for independence: HQ Construction x WindsorCare


Eight new architecturally designed villas in Shirley offer would-be buyers the chance to live independently, while still being connected to the services of WindsorCare. The 100 square metre north-facing single storey dwellings are constructed from durable materials chosen with long-term maintenance in mind.

 

 

Opposite The Palms shopping centre and near the Shirley Golf Club – the two bedroom and 1.5 bathroom villas are a tempting offering for those aged 65-plus with time on their hands and who wish to be close to care services.

WindsorCare is a charitable trust which provides independent living and care options for resident through their retirement years, and Sales and Marketing Manager Alison Fleming says the brand-new villas are custom built to accommodate older residents.

Level entry into the units and the showers, means safe and easy access for the residents.

Wider doors and hallways allow for wheelchairs and walkers, and lower, shallow cupboards ensure easy accessibility.

Fully insulated, double-glazed, and fitted with medical call bells and heat pump – the sunny homes have intelligent landscaping to offer aesthetic appeal, with no lawn mowing or laborious gardening.

“They are directly opposite The Palms shopping centre, so it is just a quick walk across the road to do the shopping, see a movie or have a coffee,” Alison says.

HQ Construction founder Huntley Quinn says the build was initially disrupted by Covid-19, but his team made up the time since – handing the project over three weeks earlier than expected.

“There was really good collaboration between the board, the GM the architect and the builder. It’s been a transparent and open relationship right through.”

Huntley says the aluminium windows, Rockcote cladding and iron long run roofing make for easy maintenance, and interior features like tiled bathrooms make it easy clean and sleek looking.

“They are all maximised on the north facing site so the sun is shining into the living areas. The internal access garages with in-built laundries also adds extra convenience.”

Visit an open home on Saturday November 28 or Sunday December 5 from 1pm to 5pm at 16 Golf Links Road, Shirley. Call 022 6200 839 or 03 385 3179 for more information.


 

RESENE: D.I.Y Décor


While colour can seem scary for some to introduce to their walls, a life in a home without any colour at all can be a pretty dismal one. One of the most wonderful things about paint is that you can use it on almost anything, and a just a little bit can go a long way when it comes to transforming your space. Weekend warrior your way to a more colourful kitchen and dining area with a couple of quick and easy D.I.Y projects.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRYCE CARLETON

 

Originally looking pretty lacklustre colour-wise, these bar stools needed just a testpot worth of paint spread in a couple of coats to give them a total refresh.

We used Resene Party Zone, Resene Away We Go and Resene XOXO to give our stools a pick-me-up.

For a more whimsical feel, we also masked off the end of each leg below the footrest and gave them two coats of another one of the colours, but you could also paint yours the same colour as the seat for a more uniform look.

The kitchen cabinets coordinate in Resene Aura, a soft minty green that pairs perfectly with warm whites and a range of different greens.

The minimalist lipped shelf, painted Resene Atlas, provides some contrast within the space.

A few small vases, plant pots and accessories were painted in the same vibrant colours used for the barstools to create more unity in the design through colour repetition.

While this look is vibrant, it’s also clean and simple – plus everything is fast and easy to change with a new coat of paint whenever your tastes change or the creative mood strikes.

Background in Resene Rice Cake with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from left to right) in Resene Away We Go, Resene Aura, Resene Party Zone, Resene XOXO and Resene Atlas. The stool seat and decorative mixing spoon are painted Resene Party Zone and the vase is painted Resene XOXO.

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


 

On the out


In the warmer months it seems we spend as much time outdoors as we do in. So why not open up those patio doors and make the most of outside life by creating a haven for alfresco living?

 

 

First things first – it’s important to prioritise investing in quality outdoor furniture and accessories; think of your outdoor area as an extension of your living space and style accordingly.

And remember, comfort and function are two of the most important attributes conducive to relaxation and entertaining, and should be at the forefront of your furniture decisions.

When it comes to seating, hanging furniture is bigger than ever in 2020 – this year’s trends look to modular and dynamic styles such as swinging day beds/sofas and classy hammocks.

Opt for weather resistant and anti-fade fabrics for all outdoor seating, and ensure there are enough side tables to accommodate for drinks and nibbles.

Premium umbrellas – particularly cantilever ones – are perfect for maximising your outdoor space and providing that much-needed shade from New Zealand’s searing sunshine.

For 2020, large swathes of singular materials are out and mixed materials are in.

Don’t be afraid of experimenting with multiple metals – copper, brass, aluminium and chrome are the types you’ll want to take advantage of.

Choose natural materials in earthy, neutral tones to complement surroundings – cane, bamboo and wicker pieces are expected to gain further momentum in 2020 for this very reason.

Living features such as vertical walls of plants and hanging herb gardens give you plenty of extra space for growing your favorite plants while also serving as an attractive addition to your landscape.

Succulents are back on trend and are a low-maintenance option either potted or arranged in hanging planters.

Don’t forget – kitchens are no longer restricted to the interior of your abode.

Modern alfresco dining calls for more than just a solo BBQ and a dining table; hot plates set into a stone island make cooking – and entertaining – easier than ever, while a traditional pizza oven is an asset that can be used all year round.


 

Autumnal colours

Autumnal colours


This autumn, Dulux looks to comforting colours to create a rustic-luxe style. Think natural colours, mid-tone timbers and simple yet sophisticated styling. This year it’s all about retreating in doors and creating a cosy, yet joyful space to both nurture and inspire.

 

Autumnal colours

 

Soft grey-green is a palette that combines the best of nature. It is this season’s ‘new neutral’. Pairing well with dusky pinks, olives, rich deep blue-greens and ochre, it creates a sumptuous, but grounded, indoor natural autumn haven.

Four colour palettes from Dulux this year reflect on the societal trends of wellness, rejuvenation, environmental awareness and mindful consumption. ‘Repair’ is one of these key palettes – which includes rich green with accents of burnished gold – that draws from nature to comfort and uplift, while allowing us to slow down and reconnect with the natural world, says Dulux Colour Specialist Davina Harper.

 

Autumnal colours

This perfect autumn palette beautifully offsets interesting spaces and décor pieces that tell a story. She says striking combinations, such as verdant green, chocolate, umber and sienna set a playful, optimistic tone, while the soft, green-based grey is the neutral pairing with these nature-based hues.

This autumn will see layering of natural colours and textures such as richly grained warm timber, time-worn buttery leather, cork and tactile velvets. They go well with handcrafted and vintage simple pieces. On the other end of the autumnal colour spectrum, rich green or blue-green is fabulous for feature walls – creating a bold look. Concrete effect paints, for table tops to planters, also add a natural organic rawness to the muted autumnal tones.

 



 

Active Refrigeration

Creating Comfort: Active Refrigeration


Do you need air conditioning or heating solutions for your home, office or commercial premises?

 

Active Refrigeration

 

Active Refrigeration can assist you with all of your air conditioning, heat pump, ventilation and refrigeration requirements. The company offers full turnkey solutions from initial concept through to full design, installation and commissioning, working with architects, homeowners and all end users to supply well designed and energy efficient solutions.

Active Refrigeration utilises Daikin air conditioning heat pumps as an internationally proven brand to provide quality solutions. Based in Christchurch for the last 18 years, the company has offices throughout New Zealand. Led by Founding Directors Graeme Green and Craig Duff, the team of 40 professional staff, all strive to provide cost effective, high quality solutions for their clients.

 


For more information or to discuss your project with one of the team,

visit www.activerefrigeration.co.nz, phone 03 339 2617 or call into the new site at 112 Hayton Road, Wigram, Christchurch.


 

Wall Candy

Wall Candy


Walls are increasingly doing the talking when it comes to the home, as we explore a taste of the latest flavour in wall candy.

 

Wall Candy
Lumas Gallery Photo by Renaud Delorme

 

Wall real-estate is what home decorators drool over. Blank can be boring – so an infinity of eye-catching ideas is taking over.

Grouping artwork looks stunning. Try arranging similar frames, portraits, vintage, animals, craft art, or a melange of everything you love. Small artworks together create a big effect. Forget the eye-level rule too. Embellish down to the floor and up to the rafters.

Decals are getting more dramatically creative, with larger-than-life vinyl motives taking over from passé inspirational quotes. They also come in patterns, creating the effect of out-there wall paper, which is easily removed.

Bold, colourful, simple shapes, and the quirky, fun and abstract, are now lining walls and gigantean canvas prints make stunning standalone features – gaze-worthy artwork is fixating.

 



 

Burlington Village

Gold Standard Retirement: Burlington Village


When it comes to retirement, naturally you want to enjoy it to the full. Well with the upcoming Burlington Village at 171 Prestons Road, Redwood, you get the means and the facilities to turn every day into a memory.

Burlington Village

 

Burlington Village, owned and run by the Qestral Corporation Limited, marks a new generation of retirement villages, with integrated care facilities. Burlington Village offers the latest standard in retirement living, giving all residents and guests unequal levels of comfort and refinement, with a great selection of units and houses available.

 

Burlington Village

These standalone architecturally designed houses (by award winning MAP+ Architects), have to be seen to be believed. The whole facility rests on three hectares of man-made lakes and contains a large resthome and hospital care suites. Plus the addition of extensive recreation facilities means you are always guaranteed some fun.

 

Burlington Village

Burlington Village is also a few clicks down the road from the Redwood Shopping Centre with New World, and other cafés and retail stores close by. As Burlington has been designed and built using the latest building techniques and materials, everything is of the highest possible standard. Even the ground has been prepared by stripping the base soil, filling, compacting and then testing with a nuclear Densometer to ensure ongoing stability.

 


To find out more about this exciting new retirement village, phone
03 383 0333 or visit
www.burlingtonvillage.co.nz.


 

Misco Joinery

The Craft of Kitchens: Misco Joinery


Misco Joinery has been building and installing kitchens in Canterbury homes for more than 30 years. The locally owned family business has a solid reputation for providing a high quality product and great customer service.

 

Misco Joinery

 

From humble beginnings in farm buildings behind the family home in Mairehau, Owner and Director Michael Chernishoff, along with his fellow Director and brother-in-law Glenn Colenso, built the company which now proudly operates from a 3500sqm purpose-built manufacturing base in Kaiapoi.

The benefits of replacing an old, tired kitchen are well established. In addition to adding value to your home, the look and feel of a new kitchen, one of the most used rooms in any house, adds to your quality of life.
For many homeowners, the prospect of a kitchen renovation can be a little daunting, but the team at Misco aims to make it as stress free and rewarding as possible. The process is straight-forward, transparent and totally customer-focused.

 

Misco Joinery

Any plan to upgrade your kitchen begins with a wish list, including an understanding of how you currently use your kitchen and how you may want to use it differently. Browsing the gallery online, or spending some time in the showroom at 62 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, is a great place to start. In the showroom are several model kitchens, and a vast selection of accessories, swatches, and examples. An initial consultation at your home, usually with Mike, is scheduled, where the wish list is discussed, measurements are taken and a plan is devised.

Misco’s design team works with you to finalise the plans, including any changes you may want. From simple upgrades to complex renovations, qualified builders and installers are on the job.
The joinery is produced at the Kaiapoi plant using the latest computerised equipment, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. There it is assembled and made ready for installation by qualified and skilled tradespeople who pay close attention to the smallest details to ensure complete satisfaction.

 

Misco Joinery

Misco kitchens feature the latest technologies and quality brands such as Hafele fittings and hardware, Marbello and AGB granite, quartz, or acrylic bench tops, and the Biesse Air Force System which provides colour continuity between the edges and surfaces, and a “zero glue line”, improving the aesthetic of your new kitchen.

European soft-close drawers and cupboards are standard, and quality brand appliances such as Bosche, AEG, Westinghouse and more, can be included in the design, sourced through Harvey Norman Commercial and supplied with the joinery.

For homeowners wanting to upgrade the kitchen, Misco is the perfect one stop shop. From concept to installation, their experience, expertise, and quality products guarantee satisfaction. The company also manufactures and installs walk-in wardrobes, laundries, or shelving, providing these ensembles for commercial enterprises such at resthomes, preschools and others nationwide.

 


For more information visit www.misco.co.nz or phone
03 383 4384.


 

Kit and Caboodle

Interiors of the Heart: Kit and Caboodle


Yearningly desirable yet rare in New Zealand homes, familiar in essence but elusive to imitate, the aesthetic at Kit and Caboodle speaks to the heart with its cosy warmth accented with elegance, and its appealing cohesion of beautiful colour elements highlighted with sophisticated and surprising pieces.

 

Kit and Caboodle

 

It is the sublime skill of Alex Marie and Andrea Tudehope at Kit and Caboodle which led Melbourne-based designer, Tigger Hall, to select them as the exclusive New Zealand agents for her stunning fabric range, Nine Muses Textiles. Launched this month, Alex and Andrea are showing the beautiful and innovative range nationally to interior designers.

The gorgeous fabrics are suitable for all furnishings including upholstery, curtains, lampshades and cushions. Printed onto Libeco Belgian Linens using digital technology, Tigger Hall has hand painted every design, bringing the imperfections and colour variations, and keeping the aesthetic and beautiful feel of traditional textile processes.

 

Kit and Caboodle

Nine Muses Textiles is a truly broad range. “There is something for everyone; modern and contemporary colour juxtapositions through to traditional colour palettes,” Alex says.
“The range feels fresh and clean, and designs are inspired by Tigger Hall’s varied travels,” Andrea adds.

There are four collections within the range and each is inspired by nature rather than trend driven, “so they will have great longevity over time,” Andrea says.
Alex and Andrea say their favourite designs change daily, but they would happily have all of them in their own homes. “Each design comes in a broad variety of colourways, so it’s very versatile,” Andrea says. “We stock a lot of the samples in our showroom, so clients should come in for a browse.”

 

Kit and Caboodle

“Colour is now really popular in homes,” Alex says. “It is having a renaissance – people are no longer afraid of introducing colour.”  They always begin with the premise that it’s essential that people create a home with things they love. “Home is a reflection of personality; you don’t want it being anonymous,” Alex says.

Leaning to European and American in style, softer lines, fabrics, colour, and pattern are Kit and Caboodle trademarks. “Interiors have to be fun but have longevity and age gracefully, have some elegant pieces. We favour mood lighting not just task lighting, mirrors are great for reflecting light and space but also elegance, and we are big on rugs; they add a layered effect, creating rooms within a space,” Alex says.

 

Kit and Caboodle

Andrea and Alex run the gamut of interior design service. “We have many strings to our bow,” Alex says. They do one-off upholstery, interior design from paint schemes to project management and procurement of entire homes, the finishing touches, repainting of furniture, gilding of mirrors.

 


Visit their new website at www.kitandcaboodle.co.nz.


 

Lagoon Pools

Luxurious Leisure Pools: Lagoon Pools


Julie and Warren Hastings supply the range from one of the world’s largest manufacturers of composite fibreglass swimming pools – Leisure Pools – to homes in Canterbury and wider South Island.

 

Lagoon Pools

 

Leisure Pools incorporate patented technology to provide additional strength and durability, using corrosive resistant, 100 percent vinyl ester resin, ensuring the pool is kept safe, secure and free of damage; and a lifetime structural and osmosis warranty is provided for peace of mind.

From large pools 12m in length to sizes perfect for smaller sections, Julie and Warren of Lagoon Pools can assist with every stage of the planning and installation. Council consents generally take at least 20 working days to secure, and planning and landscaping can take time, so it makes sense to get the process started as soon as possible.

While the weather is still warm, it’s an ideal time to think about getting a pool installed, says Julie. “We are offering a special deal for people who sign up for an installation before the end of July. Our busiest time is from September onwards as people usually want their pool in by Christmas, so autumn and winter installs allow for a no-rush, stress free process and ample time to finish your landscaping.”

From Elite hideaway rollers, automatic cover systems, pool surrounds and fencing, to fountains, strip lighting and spa jets – as well as swim trainers and robot pool cleaners – the business offers the full package. “We never say no to anything and spend time with every customer to work out exactly what they want.”

 


Phone Lagoon Pools on
03 349 2160 or 0800 927 282.