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Selwyn Times: April 18, 2018

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32 Wednesday [Edition datE] April 18 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi 5 HOME PROFESSIONALS SELWYN TIMES Heating your home A warm, dry home is essential for comfort and good health. There are a number of ways to heat your home, depending on a number of factors. Good insulation greatly increases the efficiency of any heating system, and ventilation is an important consideration. It is recommended that living areas are kept at approximately 18 degree Celsius. Bedrooms can be slightly less, but temperatures below 12 degrees can disrupt sleep. Heat pumps are generally the most common and cost-effective form of home heating. They heat quickly and are convenient, however, they don’t work when electricity is not available. Ducted heat pumps are becoming more popular, and are cost-effective, especially in new builds, but can also be installed into established homes. Gas heating is common and convenient. Flued gas heaters are best, as unflued and portable gas heaters produce lots of moisture and emit pollutants that can be unsafe. They are fast heating and are relatively inexpensive to run. However, gas is not a renewable resource, and prices can vary widely. Central heating systems can be zone controlled and provide warm air circulation. Modern wood burners are generally very efficient. Wood is a renewable fuel, and if you have a cheap or free supply, a wood burner may be the least expensive heating HALF PRICE DOUBLE GLAZING! option. Flues need to be cleaned regularly, and older models can contribute to air pollution and violate air quality regulations. Pellet fires are typically more efficient than wood burners. Some use a battery backup so they are not necessarily dependent on electricity being available. These, too, must comply with regulations. Consult www.mfe.govt.nz to see details about the regulations. Harnessing the sun is the most environmentally friendly way to heat your home. “Passive heating” combines insulation with good design, accomplished more effectively in new builds, but able to be incorporated into existing homes. There is a wealth of information online as passive heating becomes normative in the design and building industries. All these heating options require installation by qualified professionals. Selwyn has a number of businesses who are able to do installations, and service and maintenance checks of your existing heating method, including Juice Electrical (www.juiceelectrical.co.nz), and Laser Electrical Rolleston (www. Laserelectrical.co.nz). Kiwi Gas (www. kiwigas.co.nz) are local gas suppliers. when you add aluminium windows & doors with Ultimate Design & Renovation. LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION & GARDEN MAINTENANCE Before After Have your new aluminium windows & doors installed now & pay nothing until April 2019 Conditions apply YOU can have your gardens, trees, shrubs, plants and lawns maintained to look their BEST all year round, for a great price. CALL TODAY FOR YOUR FREE NO OBLIGATION APPOINTMENT 03 349 8951 • office@udr.co.nz 8 Moncur Place, Addington www.ultimate-design.co.nz RESIDENTIAL, NEW HOME LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE P: Ross Legg - 027 222 0388 E: ross@revivelandscaping.co.nz www.revivelandscaping.co.nz DO YOU NEED A PAINTER? • Painting • Wallcoverings • Interior & Exterior • Spray Painting • Water Blasting • 40 Years + Experience • Free Quotes Phillip J Fisher Painter & Decorator P: 021 228 2889 or A/H: 03 342 9391 E: phillip.fisher@pjf.co.nz www.phillipjfisher.co.nz Our Services • House Re-Wiring • Garden Lighting • New Builds • Mitsubishi Heat Pumps • Office Re-Fits • Internet & Telephone • TV Aerials • Spa Pool Installation • Industrial Installation • Electrical Safety Certificates Mobile 021 22 77 275 Web juiceelectrical.co.nz Email greg@aelectrical.co.nz 03 379 6644 PO Box 7778, Sydenham, Christchurch 8240

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday [Edition April 18 datE] 2018 336 HOME PROFESSIONALS Artisan landscapes with vision Sharon Crofts happily accepts the label of artisan. She studied horticulture at Lincoln University, and then Landscape Technology. Since graduating she’s been plying her craft in a number of iterations, including her own business, Sharon Crofts Landscape Design, based in Tai Tapu. Landscape design is an art. “You have to have a vision,” says Sharon, “and then you have to be able to relay that vision to your clients.” Sometimes clients need some inspiration, some advice, or some direction. Sharon will offer all this and more. Whether a landscape project is small or extensive, Sharon and her team can incorporate your ideas, and will work with you as little or as much as you require in the process. Sharon has trusted contractors who intuitively understand her vision and make it a reality in a timely and professional manner. Or if you intend to undertake the work yourself, engaging Sharon’s help at the initial design stages can result in a professional look even on a modest budget. Initially, there is a consultation where some brainstorming takes place, and a design concept takes shape. The design process is flexible, it is possible to plan the project to happen in stages, and there are many options to suit most budgets. Services include design concepts, planting proposals scaled details and elevations, and project management. “Garden spaces tend to be getting smaller, so it is important to utilise the space you do have,” advises Sharon. Indoor outdoor flow is also a consideration for landscaping. “Perhaps it’s a courtyard or patio area, and the choice of plants is also crucial. New cultivars are being developed constantly, some ideal to accommodate smaller spaces. “Trees, shrubs and ground covers with improved attributes such as compactness, longer flowering periods, more resistance to pests and diseases and less need for trimming, enable greater choice.” Whether you have a new or existing home, Sharon recognises the importance of an outdoor environment for adding and maintaining the value of your home, whether it’s to have a relaxing backdrop to entertain, play with the kids, or just chill with a beverage after a long day. For expert landscape advice and design, call Sharon on 03-329-6229, 027-431- 1558, and visit www.sharoncrofts.co.nz Sharon CroftS LandSCape d e S ign • Consultations • Design Concepts • Planting Plans P. 329 6229 M. 0274 311 558 s-crofts@xtra.co.nz www.sharoncrofts.co.nz Lagoon Pools 03 349 2160 0800 92 72 82