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Selwyn Times: January 31, 2017


7 Extending outdoor living Rain and wind-proofing an outdoor space adds value to a property. With a roof or clear vinyl sides, your buyers can see an area where rain doesn’t stop play. Thanks to blitz advertising, most Kiwis have heard the name Archgola. The company and others like it can add canopies to decks, enclosing the space for year-round use. Undercover verandas, pergolas and gazebos can be turned into living space by adding side panels, which effectively create a conservatory. Restaurants often use these spaces, so there’s no reason why home owners can’t as well. Roll-down clear vinyl blinds are a popular choice, which, if you’re lucky, can be bought ready made from hardware stores such as Bunnings and Mitre10. If not, there are plenty of companies that will custom manufacture to fit. Usually these blinds zip into place and are stored using a rope-and-pulley system. Mounting your blinds is very simple. Typically it involves screwing the mountings into wood or installing a track then fitting the blind. Other options include roll-up shade cloths or other gazebo or veranda sides, such as canvas. These aren’t as windproof as the vinyl blinds, meaning they’re not a 12-month solution. If you don’t already have an outdoor living space, building a pergola doesn’t generally need planning permission.. Provided the pergola is less than 10 sq m in size, it is usually okay to add a roof. But a quick call to the council is a good idea; never risk building an unpermitted structure. Another option for quick and easy rain and windproof outdoor living is a pop-up gazebo. These can be turned into dining areas to give buyers a glimpse of what they could do themselves. It’s important to dress them so it doesn’t look like you’ve just plonked a gazebo on the lawn. Lights, plants, furniture and even place settings can really give a gazebo the Pinterest touch and bring it to life as an outdoor entertaining hub for the home. The more you pay for pop-up gazebos, the better UV protection of the fabric and powder coating of the steel you get. Heating the outdoor space also makes it more usable. The cheap option is a patio heater. Permanent gas, wood or pellet fireplaces and fire pits are easier on the eye and can make a design statement, allimportant when selling a home. For wind protection, it’s reasonably simple to erect trellis and staple brush sides to it or the existing fence. Bamboo is particularly good for this purpose, especially if you have access to a free source - although you could also buy it at all good hardware stores. REAL ESTATE SPECIALISTS 17 Wilkinsons Road, Chertsey oNe MoRe lISTeD! 3 Goh Street, Lincoln oNe MoRe lISTeD! oFFeRS oveR $740,000 Show-Stopping Style! Visually pleasing and instantly appealing, this brand-new build defines contemporary living & showcases a superb combination of uncompromised style, quality & comfort. Thoughtfully planned & beautifully executed, this home has been designed with ease of living front of mind & offers relaxing spaces for lounging, dining & entertaining. With four double bedrooms and stunning bathrooms, this home is definitely a show-stopper! Contact Chris or Mike now to find out how this could be your next home. by NeGoTIaTIoN Charm & Tranquility in the Country! Occupying a generous 13,575m2 parcel of land on the outskirts of the peaceful town of Chertsey is this charming two-bedroom plus sunroom bungalow that provides buyers with the opportunity to secure a serene slice of country life. The myriad of separate living spaces are highly functional and provide distinct areas for cooking, dining and unwinding while the well-presented interior enjoys a light and bright colour scheme which offers a touch of personality and warmth. Just a short 10-minute drive from Rakaia and less than 20 minutes from the wealth of amenities in Ashburton, this could be the escape to the country you’ve been searching for. Contact Mike now for more information. 26 Dynes Road, Rolleston aMazING oppoRTuNITy! by NeGoTIaTIoN Serene Setting • Exciting, exclusive location adjacent to the Foster Recreation Park • 1.4 hectares zoned for residential development • Two dwellings on site - an attractive, colonial style, two-storey, three-bedroom home plus a tidy, one-bedroom granny flat with its own bathroom and living room • Three-bay, lock-up garage and workshop • Opportunity to develop or land bank a location for the future • Attractive to lifestyle buyers looking for dual accommodation Contact Mike for further details. Mike Goatley 027 249 5561 Chris Finnerty 021 274 6041 Trevor McIvor 027 444 2814 Nicola Curtis Administrator Julz Sibbe Administrator 68 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston 0800 645 346 Real Estate Specialists Ltd Licenced REAA (2008)