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Selwyn Times: June 20, 2018

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2 [Edition Wednesday datE] June 20 2018 28 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi HOME PROFESSIONALS SELWYN TIMES Kitchen facelifts give new life As one of the most used spaces in any home, kitchens can easily begin to look very tired. As trends, and personal tastes change, it makes sense to consider upgrading your kitchen. Instead of installing a complete new kitchen, which can be expensive and quite disruptive, you may consider a kitchen facelift. Rather than taking out everything in the existing kitchen, a facelift can be as simple as replacing benchtops, drawer fronts and cupboard doors. Using the existing layout and plumbing – changing either, or both, can be done, but usually involves more time and cost – a kitchen facelift is an opportunity to change the colour scheme, add some personal and functional touches, and give your kitchen, and home, new life. New appliances, if they suit your budget, can enhance any facelift and add value to your house if you intend to sell. One consideration for a kitchen facelift is the type of benchtop. Laminate is durable and cost effective, and is available in a wide range of styles and colours. Bamboo benchtops are contemporary and add a warmth that complements mid tones and earthy colours, and other organic materials. Granite and engineered stone are more costly and tend toward high end kitchens, but their popularity and advances in technology have made them more affordable. Splashbacks can come in a variety of materials and colours, and are another way to add personal touches that are easily changed later on. Cabinet and drawer handles are a detail that can give your kitchen even more personality. These also come in a vast range of styles, materials and colours. There are many lighting options now and existing lighting can be changed or enhanced to highlight the look of your updated kitchen. Pendant lights are ideal over islands, and LED strip lights offer good overall illumination. Flooring options, too, may be another thing to consider. There are many hard wearing, relatively inexpensive possibilities, including linoleum and vinyl. Bamboo flooring can be less expensive than traditional hardwood floors, and is more eco-friendly. A kitchen facelift may also be a good time to consider a water filtration system. Under bench systems are easily installed and inexpensive. The taste and health benefits will be worth the investment if water quality is a concern (www.aqua.co.nz). While any renovation can seem a little daunting, many local companies specialise in kitchen facelifts and makeovers, and offer consultation services and advice. Install Concepts (www.installconcepts.co.nz), Dream Doors (www.dreamdoors.co.nz) and Kitchen Studio (www.kitchenstudio.co.nz) are just a few. HALF PRICE DOUBLE GLAZING! when you add aluminium windows & doors with Ultimate Design & Renovation. Manufacturers and suppliers of superior quality garage doors throughout New Zealand. Before After Have your new aluminium windows & doors installed now & pay nothing until June 2019 Conditions apply • Cedar Doors • Specialising in “ one-off custom designs” • Negative detail /Flat Panel and Insulated designs • Merlin Auto Openers, repair & Maintenance CALL TODAY FOR YOUR FREE NO OBLIGATION APPOINTMENT 03 349 8951 • office@udr.co.nz 8 Moncur Place, Addington www.ultimate-design.co.nz Contact us for a free measure and quote. Showroom: 276 Larcombs Road, Weedons Phone 3478333 or 0800 661 366 Devon Green, Rolleston. Beautiful Homes, Great Community. Home & land packages from $449,000 Generation Homes Christchurch www.generation.co.nz Live mo

SELWYN TIMES Wednesday [Edition June 20 datE] Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi 2018 293 HOME PROFESSIONALS Winter – time to think swimming pools In the summer months, a swimming pool is fun for all the family, a social centrepoint, an effective exercise tool, and always a valuable addition to your home. As winter sets in, however, swimming pools may not be on your mind. If you want to be enjoying your new pool in the summer months, however, now is the ideal time to start making plans. The consultation and design phase takes time, as does the processing of consent applications. Finance, if that is a consideration, takes time, too, and after the pool is installed, the landscaping and finishing touches such decks, paving, shade covers, and fencing all add to the amount of time required to get the project finished. Pools come in a variety of shapes, sizes and depths, with numerous features to consider – heated or not; indoor or outdoor; spa pool; salt water; infinity design; features such as fountains and waterfalls, and many more. Pool sales and consultation companies such as Mayfair Pools (www.mayfairpools. co.nz), Lagoon Pools (www.lagoonpools. co.nz) and Compass Pools (www. compasspools.co.nz) have comprehensive information on their websites and local consultants who will answer questions, and guide clients through the entire process. There are also a variety of new technologies available such as robotic or built in self-cleaning systems to make pool maintenance much simpler, and cover and roller systems make uncovering and covering pools a breeze. There are vast ranges of lighting options to enhance the look of your pool at night, and solar heating systems can be economical and environmentally friendly. Many of these functions can be remotely controlled. If you want to be in your new pool this coming summer, now is the best time to begin the process. As the weather warms up, that is often when people start thinking about a new pool and you want to be ahead of them. It is a significant investment, and as with many things, it takes time to get it done properly. Contact one of the local suppliers for more information and get started today. Enjoying, and being proud of, your yard is one of the small pleasures in life. Lagoon Pools 03 349 2160 0800 92 72 82 Home decoration with flowers Order fresh flowers for your home or office today... delivery service available P 325 2621 | 3 Gerald Street, Lincoln | Order online www.broadfieldflowersflorist.co.nz YOUR LOCAL FLOORING EXPERTS AND WE COME TO YOU AT A TIME THAT SUITS At Harrisons Carpet you’ll always get the best advice and best price from your locally owned and operated Harrisons expert. We’ll come to you with our vans full of over 500 carpet samples plus a range of other flooring options. OUR PRICE PROMISE Amanda Wilson - Owner Harrisons Carpet, Canterbury Country FOR A FREE IN-HOME CONSULTATION 0800 103 004 harrisonscarpet.co.nz Why Harrisons? • It’s easy, we’re mobile, so we come to you • We provide free designer colour and style advice • Huge range of the latest carpets and vinyls to suit all decors and budgets • Our price promise* • Get Fly Buys with every purchase • Finance options available (Q Card, GEM Visa) *See website for details See you at your place TM Building and Renovating New Builds or Solutions Alterations • Kitchens & bathrooms • Painting & decorating – interior & exterior • Roof painting • Plastering, tiling, wallpapering • Plumbing & electrical • Maintenance - complete roof repairs, leaky homes, weather board replacement, brickwork • Window repair & replacement • Decking, pathways, driveways Reliable service, excellent results Christchurch Building & Decorating Ltd Contact David & the Team on 0800 766 378 Email: clearwater.painting@xtra.co.nz Locally based in West Melton