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Level headed about insulation: Level Head

Insulating your home or investment property not only keeps you warm and dry and saves on power bills, but it increases the value and compliance of your asset. Metropol catches up with Canterbury and South Island insulation specialist Michael Cations of Level Head to learn more.



“We use Expol underfloor heating, which are rigid polystyrene panels fitted under floorboards to stop cold air and damp drawing through. The products are non-allergenic and non-irritating and come in different varieties for different conditions. If you live somewhere extremely cold or windy for example – which is not uncommon in parts of Canterbury and the lower South Island – I’d recommend our graphite-infused product which is 30 percent above code.”

“Not at all. Expol is great for new and existing flooring, it exceeds the minimum R Value for timber floors and improves the insulation rating of your home. It’s especially great for polished wooden floors common in older homes, or exposed floors common in newer homes.”

“Spring is actually a great time! Not just because of our spring specials, but most people wait until winter – when there can be long waits and when they won’t get the full benefits of insulation. In spring, it’s generally easier to schedule. It’s also an opportune time to get set up for summer, before your air conditioning bills come in.”

Contact Mike on 0273444680 or via for a no-obligation quote, or to find out more about the springtime specials.


Exceptional 1900s villa restoration: Nathan Cook Builders

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




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 or call 03 347 7356.




Green by name and nature: Green Builders

Reuben Green, Director of Christchurch firm Green Builders, is dedicated to achieving the highest standards on all building projects and works hard to ensure the construction process is always as seamless and stress-free as possible.



With a 20-year background in building and time spent in Melbourne where he worked on high-end renovations, Reuben now operates a company that specialises in large-scale renovations and bespoke architectural builds.

Green Builders can also complete sloping site works, renovations or additions, as well as any scale of landscaping requirements. Whether you’re interested in developing your dream family home, or need a company to manage large and complex architectural projects, Green Builders can help turn your dream into a reality.

Reuben says the team is committed to providing a customised project to suit you, your budget and your lifestyle. “We offer a personalised service,” he says. “We’ll work closely with you from the design stage throughout completion.”

Green Builders has a good working relationship with top-quality designers, suppliers and the architects at IDSGN who they regularly collaborate with on projects.

They’re also quick to point out that ‘Green’ is not just the company name, they also encourage you to discuss increasing the energy efficiency of your home by incorporating environmentally conscious systems and products into the construction.

Based in Christchurch, they’ve also completed projects in Wellington, Kaikoura and Ashburton. For an obligation-free chat, visit




Residential Mastery: Angus Chisholm Builders

The team at Angus Chisholm Builders Limited may specialise in residential builds, but did you know their scope of work extends into renovations, earthquake repairs and hill work?


No matter what project you have in mind, they’re happy to discuss all jobs both large and small, and everything in between.

That project may be a stand-out designer architectural home, townhouses, decks, fencing, farm infrastructure, or steep terrain and hill sites (including block wall foundations, pole foundations, retaining structures), and kitchen/bathroom renovations.

The business – which has 16 years’ experience – is currently working on architectural builds in Wanaka and Halswell Downs, and has just completed an architecturally-designed house in West Melton.

Both Angus and Laura have formed close relationships with chosen suppliers and subcontractors, working with professionals and tradesmen they trust for project management, design, drafting, surveying, engineer and building/construction work. But if you have a preferred tradesman in mind who you want to undertake part of the work, they’re flexible to work alongside them too to get the job done.

In exciting news, a new Angus Chisholm Builders’ Prebbleton showhome is also in the design phase, and sometime in the near future, you’ll be able to wander through and see exactly what’s on offer.

A passive design, it will incorporate energy efficient techniques, such as partial solar energy and rain/grey water irrigation. “We are increasingly incorporating passive design techniques into our new builds as we are very interested in providing better energy efficient solutions for our clients,” Laura says.

Phone 027 477 8270, or visit




Where old meets new: TMT Construction

The intricate renovation of a beautiful 1900’s villa by TMT Construction won a Gold Award and was the overall category winner for Renovations up to $500,000 at the recent 2019 Canterbury Master Builders House of the Year awards. Located in Strowan, the extension is so seamless it’s impossible to tell where old meets new.



The house was also named in the Master Builder Top 100 houses for 2019 and in November, TMT Construction will be competing in the National Awards against the other winners from across New Zealand. Owner and builder Tim Moriarty say the accolades reflect his team’s exceptional dedication and commitment. “It’s incredibly satisfying to see all our hard work has well and truly paid off – our clients are really happy with their home and we are really proud of the end result.”

Tim’s talent for problem solving and love of working with older-style homes was showcased during the project, with the homeowner’s brief for an additional bedroom and living room extension to accommodate their growing family – while preserving the historic character of the home.

Along with internal French doors flowing into the spacious new living area, new features include a built-in study space hidden behind a handmade large sliding door system, and a woodburner set in a tiled surround, creating a warm, inviting sanctuary. Tim is particularly proud of the handcrafted cedar window joinery, and the rimu panelling that was custom-made on-site to perfectly match the existing home and create a stunning, seamless look. A remarkable ceiling to the new veranda echoes the rimu floors. The handmade elements in the home demonstrate true expert craftsmanship.

Specialising in renovations, as well as architectural homes, Tim established TMT Construction after returning to Christchurch from Sydney with his young family in 2011. The boutique family business prides itself on consistently producing the highest quality work and strives to go above and beyond for the desired result. “At the end of the day, it’s all about keeping our clients happy, and giving them a home they love.”

For more information, visit or phone 03 355 3974 to have a chat about your next project.



A trusted choice: Angus Chisholm Builders Limited

For more than 16 years, Angus Chisholm Builders Limited has been a trusted choice for Cantabrians when it comes to quality new builds, renovations and alterations.



Every step of the way, the locally based residential building business, founded by Angus Chisholm, provides a wealth of experience and offers specific understanding and knowledge of the building requirements in and around Christchurch. Projects have also been completed further afield in Wanaka, West Coast and Marlborough Sounds. Recent work includes two two-storey Sheppard and Rout-designed townhouses in Wanaka, an architectural home in West Melton and the design of a new build in Halswell Downs.

Operating the company as a family business with wife Laura Chisholm since 2014, Angus is a Registered Master Builder and Licensed Building Practitioner. Together, they have built the company up to offer full build packages from design to completion, as well as house and land packages, forming close relationships with chosen suppliers and subcontractors.

So, if you’re looking for a building team that works on architectural homes, townhouses, decks, fencing, or farm infrastructure and specialises in steep terrain or hill sites (including block wall foundations, pole foundations and retaining structures), Angus Chisholm Builders is the Christchurch company to help you get the job under way.

If you’d like to discuss a quote, or how they can assist with your next project, call them today on 027 477 8270, email, or check out their website portfolio and much more at