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Selwyn Times: June 06, 2017

10 Your guide to Show

10 Your guide to Show Homes & New Sections Wait until you are in in the Selwyn District With the house design chosen and build underway, it is really tempting to start choosing brand new furniture for your new home, placing items on order before moving in. Holding off until you are in is a really good idea. Often older furniture can look tired in the setting of a brand new home yet choosing new items before you are in and have a true appreciation of the spatial elements of the home, can be a mistake. For starters, you might not have the budget right at the end of the build for splashing out on new lounge and bedroom suites or other pieces for the home. Secondly, there can be surprises as to what will work and what definitely needs to go on TradeMe or taken to the local op shop. The old chest or armchair which has been in the family for 100 years may look great in the new house once reconditioned with new stain or paint then re-upholstered. Tired old chairs, settees or ottomans can come to life when restored, providing a comfy seat in the bedroom or another corner of the house while also bringing a touch of colour to an otherwise neutrally toned décor. Bright paint and stencilling can also be used to add vibrancy to furniture for a child’s room. Furnishing items may be given a totally different purpose, adding character to a hallway or bedroom. A variety of objects can suffice as bedside cabinets created from stools, drums or old suitcases once destined for the dump or Sallies. Cushions and throws will also spice up a bed and take away from the nudity of a room that still needs a little more furniture. Fun wall hangings might be created by covering a purchased canvas with some bright and attractive fabric. You could also create your own artwork or let the children exhibit theirs. Bedheads might be made by covering plywood with Dacron and fabric while the odd feature wall will add a more homely feel. There are many great ways to spice up a home and reduce the costs when funds are tight after a build, and landscaping expenses might be a priority. Holding off will give you time to decide on the furnishings that will work best in the home in terms of look and functionality. There is also the added pleasure associated with acquiring furniture and furnishings over time, rather than having the retail satiation fix all in one hit. Holding off until you are in is a really good idea. Brand New Prebbleton Show Home Open This Weekend: 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Open on Weekends from 12pm to 4pm Silver medal winner in Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards Builders of superior homes. Built to last. Office & Show Home: 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston New Show Home: 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Phone: 03 374 9172 or Rob: 021 324 876 E-mail - robin@artisanhomes.co.nz

Looking for a property – what really counts? You are in the market for a new property, scrolling the Internet, examining properties for sale and zeroing in on those with potential. They might be in locations that offer cheaper land, larger houses, or convenience to work or school. You may have visited show homes and open homes becoming confused, overwhelmed or swept away with emotional factors like having everything new, or extra features such as three car garaging. To be happy with your choice, list the features that you need, considering: • Family space – Is there room for the children to play indoors and for television and entertainment units? Should this be open plan or separated? • Kitchen – What needs to be in your kitchen? How serious are you about a butler’s pantry? Is it a whim or something that offers a practical solution to the way you use your kitchen? • Bedroom sizes – What are optimum sizes? Smaller bedrooms may translate to slightly lower building costs while extra space can be useful. When looking at existing homes, consider whether the size of each bedroom is sufficient. • Garaging – A standard double garage once two cars are parked there offers little space for the toys. What toys do you have and could they live with the lawnmower in a garden shed, a cheaper option to three car garaging? If the budget allows and a larger garage with workshop is important, make it a selection priority. • Size of land – Lifestyle properties offer space for children, pets, hobbies, an expansive garden and perhaps a home-run business but they require work so are not for everyone and a compact section might be more sensible if a tight budget or busy lifestyle. • Bathrooms – Second and third bathrooms are great in homes with teenagers and a wet shower room is ideal for young children. A bath might be fashionable though is often not used and its absence could mean a more spacious bathroom. • Laundry – Would a laundry in the garage do the job? • Storage – How much storage do you need? Weigh up what can truly be stored in the garage once vehicles are in, a preference in winter. Garages vary in size so check the size to ensure your vehicles will fit. Look also at where else the house offers storage capacity such as in hall cupboards, a large hot water cylinder cupboard, wardrobes (check their width and depth), walkin robe, attic storage trusses, as well as the potential for hooks and shelving in the garage for bikes, tools, garden equipment and even kayaks. • Off-street parking – How many vehicles can be parked on the driveway? Will this space be sufficient? • Garden - Is there sufficient space for your children to play or for entertaining? A checklist will allow you to determine what will suit your needs, the point of the exercise, saving you time looking at properties or potential house designs while assisting you to decide whether to buy a new or existing home with both options having advantages and disadvantages. 11 New Stage Now Open Home sites from 480m 2 - 705m 2 Priced from $175,000 First National Real Estate Sue Mullins Barry O’Neill 021 244 1325 021 364 422 Visit Us Onsite Cnr Birches Rd & Craig Thompson Dr, Lincoln, 7 days Noon - 4pm Progressive www.flemington.co.nz