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Five building


sure to

inspire you

+ Kitchens

+ Bathrooms

+ Interiors

+ Heating

+ Gardening

+ Food

+ Tiny Homes

+ Decor

From the editor

Christine de Felice



While winter temperatures might be keeping us inside for much of

the time, at least that gives us the opportunity to enjoy our home

environment – and ponder ways to give it a refresh, or even a major

upgrade. Some of you might even be contemplating having a new

one built.

Whatever the plans, the following pages offer plenty of inspiration.

We profile four recently built properties and one renovated home

and find out how the owners and the building companies worked

together to achieve exceptional and very satisfying results.

We talk to design experts about the latest trends in kitchen and

bathroom design, and a specialist in interior design offers a slew of

ideas on how to make home décor work best, and in a way

that’s personal.

Colour is the base point of any home decorating scheme, and

Resene has all the colours you could wish for, and plenty of creative

ideas on how to use them effectively in every room of the home.

Our feature pages showing new trends in lighting and furniture

will provide more inspiration, too. And getting back to the weather

– our home heating section has valuable information on keeping the

home warm, dry and healthy. Well worth a read!

It might even be a tiny home – we look at this growing trend,

as more New Zealanders opt for a different way to downsize and

reduce their costs while enjoying the benefits of a simpler, more

sustainable lifestyle.

Fortunately, here in Christchurch, there are winter days when we

can get outside and fossick in the garden. And perhaps introduce a

whole new concept to our outdoor spaces, like Mediterranean, for

example. Our landscape section describes the multitude of ways

a Mediterranean-style garden can be brought to life, even in our

Pacific region.

Cooking has become an increasingly popular pastime in New

Zealand over the last couple of years, and we all know why. Our

recipe offers you the chance to extend your repertoire with a

delicious Indian dahl – tasty and warming for wintertime family

meals and packed with nutrition.

So, take some time out to browse through these pages for

inspiration and information. We hope you enjoy it. Keep warm!


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Christine de Felice


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12 Creative decor

24 Bathrooms

37 Indoor plants

39 Landscaping

44 Furniture

52 Kitchens

57 Recipe

58 Taste

62 Interior design

66 Lighting

75 Heating

80 Tiny Homes



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Four years ago, when Steve Bayley was

looking for a house he could renovate

and infuse with his unique sense of retro

style, he knew he had found what he

wanted in this 1920s’ Bryndwr bungalow.

A deck was added, where the family

can relax and enjoy the morning sun.

“I could see the potential,” he says.

“The house had solid bones, I

imagined a new layout, and I also

liked the size of the section, because

I like gardening, and the size of

the garage. The solid brick wall at

the front was another very

appealing feature.”

Steve had some renovating

experience with a previous home, but

he wanted to bring professionals on

board for this more expansive project.

“I came across Build Right at the

Home Show. I saw their stand and

they presented well. Their projects

also aligned with my ideas, and I was

impressed with their approach.”

After being assigned to the job,

Build Right prepared concept plans,

and over the next 12 months, Steve

says, there were regular meetings

and discussions, as the plans were


“I wanted to take my time to make

sure it would be how I envisaged

it. My goal was to create a home

environment which expressed my

individuality and my enthusiasm for

mid-century design from the 1950s

and ’60s.”

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got underway, and Steve’s satisfaction

with the Build Right approach

was reinforced.

“The foreman, Carl, was so switched

on, and when he was on site, he was

very knowledgeable and very easy to

work with. He really got invested in

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The house had previously been renovated in the

1980s, but this major renovation involved more

extensive changes to both the kitchen/dining area

and bathrooms. For the kitchen/dining and living

areas, where before there were three separate rooms

– kitchen, dining room and adjacent living room –

walls have been removed to create an airy, openplan

space, with Inside-Out designing the layout

and fittings.

The dining area was moved from one side to the

other, the former dining room was converted into

a walk-in scullery and laundry complete with extra

sink, and the kitchen itself took centre stage, with a

large bench top, which faces the living area, creating

a focal point and a place to congregate.

As Steve says: “I wanted the kitchen to be the

heart of the home.”

Appliances include a gas stove top, built-in

extractor, separate electric wall oven and a doubledoor

fridge. The home’s electric water heating was

changed to gas.

While the kitchen is both stylishly contemporary

and functional, the soft timber tones of the

custom-made joinery bring a sense of warmth and

homeliness along with the mid-century ambience

Steve was seeking. Working with the designers, he

chose individual elements such as the brass taps

over the sinks, and the striking wave-design tiles for

the splash-backs.

The addition of new, almost floor-to-ceiling

windows, as suggested by Carl, not only lets in more

light, but also provides a refreshing outlook to the

back garden, which Steve is currently landscaping.

The other key aspect of the renovations was the

upgrading of the main bathroom and the addition

of an en suite in the master bedroom.

To make better use of space, a separate toilet next

to the main bathroom was incorporated into the

bathroom, with space also being taken from part of

the former dining room and scullery.

The resulting new bathroom features elegant

Italian tiles with a marble design, complemented by

the same wave-design tiles as used in the kitchen.

There is a double shower, and taking pride of place,

a stand-alone bath. The timber cabinetry mirrors

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Above: A stand-alone

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in the main bathroom.

Top right: Marble-design

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Bottom right: Timber

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contrast to the crispness

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“For all the renovations, and especially

the bathroom, I wanted to balance practical

design with the aesthetics – timeless and

classic. I didn’t want cutting-edge design in

the bathroom as that would be outdated in a

few years,” Steve says.

In addition to the main bathroom, an en

suite in the master bedroom was a ‘must have’.

To accommodate this, a narrow wardrobe

space was extended, plus some space was

cribbed from the old bathroom. Like the

main bathroom, the en suite, with a

double shower and toilet, is fully tiled – a

stylish ablutions space for the master

bedroom’s occupants.

At the back of the house, outdoor living

is catered for with a spacious new deck that

captures the morning sun, while a second

deck is planned for the side of the house to

catch the afternoon rays.

In a home that completely reflects the

owner’s vision, new carpet, a fresh colour

scheme and re-upholstered mid-century

furniture in the living space, add to the effect

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However, overall, it was “the great

craftmanship and attention to detail” as

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The ripple effect created

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On the plus side, this has opened up more opportunities for

creativity. Home decorators are creating clever and colourful

solutions that are unique to their personal wants and needs,

rather than being dominated by trends.

Resene has rounded up on-trend paint and decorating ideas

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A timber headboard finished in Resene Colorwood Whitewash adds

another layer of visual texture to this space. Wall in Resene Triple

Pearl Lusta, floor and pendant lamp in Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta,

artwork in Resene Half Black White, vases in Resene Triple Bison Hide

and Resene Half Bison Hide, bowl in Resene Grey Olive and chair in

Resene Brown Bramble. Linen from Foxtrot Home, cushion and pink

vase from Città, throw, candle holder and mug from Blackbird Goods.

Lighter than air

Recent events have reminded us of the need

to tune into what’s really important: our own

wellbeing and that of those we care about. This is

materialising into a change of lifestyles and values,

and looking at how we bring this into our homes.

A renewed love of natural materials have made

linen, wood, cane, clay and stone incredibly

desirable for home décor – along with Resene

paint, timber stain colour pairings and low-sheen,

natural-look clear finishes.

Simple, pared-down silhouettes and

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The decade-long obsession with motifs, colours, materials and silhouettes

popular in the ’80s has waned and made way for 1970s’ influences. This is

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artisanal elements like pottery, macrame and dried floral arrangements.

When it comes to colours, look to browns from suede to espresso like

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Sante Fe and Resene Tuscany, avocado greens like Resene Avocado and

Resene Lichen and biscuit beiges like Resene Double Biscotti and Resene

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The word terracotta is borrowed from Italian and translates to ‘baked earth’,

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shares the moniker, that you can thank for the colour, which is undeniably

warming when used in quantities both large and small.

Tap into a Tuscan vibe with walls and ceilings in popular varieties like

Resene Wild West, Resene Crail, Resene Korma or Resene Sante Fe paired

with warm off-white flooring in Resene Blank Canvas.

Or invert the palette with walls in Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta and

painted ‘terracotta tile’ flooring in Resene Tuscany with painted ‘grout’ in

Resene Raven.

Channel the warmth of the Mediterranean with a

subtly mottled paint effect in earthy hues. Wall

and large vase in Resene Wild West with Resene

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Sante Fe, floor in Resene Blank Canvas, table and

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Brown comes back around

Not since the 1990s – and, before that, the 1970s – has

brown been as big a deal as it is right now. Hues like

Resene Leather, Resene Dusty Road, Resene Brown Sugar

and Resene Brown Pod are skyrocketing in popularity,

likely for their ability to simultaneously ground and warm

the spaces that they’re used in – both highly desirable

qualities to bring into a busy, contemporary home.

But unlike the one-dimensional browns of the ’90s,

these variations are richer and more complex with spirited

undertones that love to be layered with one another or

blended with greys, beiges and taupe, such as Resene

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Nelson, they were in the market for a new build, and

location-wise, they liked the look of Pegasus Town.

However, to make sure it was the right

place for them, for a year they rented a

home there. Over that time, they visited

several show homes and builders before

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They had built previously, so knew what

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Sam explains: “We were looking for

builders who were competent. How

they present themselves is important.

Benchmark has welcoming offices and

premises, and the show homes are

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“But it wasn’t just about competence,”

he says. “When we started to speak

to Benchmark it was the people that

impressed us – they are a really energetic

bunch of people. We liked their

whole vibe.”

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“From the get-go the enthusiasm and the speed that

Richard Evans, [Benchmark Homes director] and his

team turned around drawings and ideas was unsurpassed. I

haven’t experienced that with any of the other builders we

have built with,” Audrey says.

In fact, the process had started after the couple had looked

through a Benchmark show home in Lincoln and liked

what they saw.

“Richard personalised the layout for us from that. Our

criteria was for two distinctly separate areas for entertaining

with a central kitchen ‘hub’ and that the bedrooms and the

master suite had to be away from the noisier living areas.

All the main rooms also had to face the view.”

One of the things they had learned from previous houses

was that having large, north-west-facing windows wasn’t

always ideal.

“We found we had to close the curtains and blinds all the

time during the day,” Audrey says, “so with the two living

areas with this house, we have got glimpses everywhere so

you can still see everything that is going on, and it works

really well for the sun.”

Being part of the process was also important to the couple,

with Audrey enjoying visiting kitchen and bathroom design

studios to see what the trends were and what she liked.

“A good builder will give you a selection. Benchmark

was really approachable and accessible and they answered

our queries in good time. The time I had with an interior

designer from McKenzie & Willis was useful too.”

For Sam, the technical side of the building work also met

his high standards.

“The electrics was another thing that we were particularly

pleased with, as well as the painting work. This is the first

house we have had where it used full LED lighting. It is

really quite difficult to judge what you need, but nothing

was too much trouble, and the electricians specifically

designed a lighting system for the rooms.

“We also have a central hub for the audio/visual system

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and a ducted heating system. These all work absolutely

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Above: The deck

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and the course.

Bottom right: The

dining area forms part

of the home's hub.

Audrey and Sam were overseas during a part

of the build but were able to follow progress on

Benchmark’s online Buildertrend programme,

which included regularly uploaded photos.

‘We really liked the Buildertrend programme.

It allowed us to monitor all aspects of the project

while we were away and it was a big factor in us

deciding on Benchmark,” Audrey says.

“We could check on our selections, see

where everything was and track our payments

through it all. It was an amazing piece of

software that I hadn’t seen before. It clearly

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happening, and you can go back and look at

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Reflecting on their new home, Audrey and

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“It suits us down to the ground,” Audrey says.

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What’s new that will bring another

level of style and function to that most

personal of spaces in our home – the

bathroom? Georgia Langridge of Modi

Design talks us through the latest trends.

What are the current trends in bathroom design

and how have they changed over the last one to

two years?

We are seeing slightly more complex colour or tonal

pairings and well-considered layouts. Tile layouts

are also about using more than one tile, mixing sizes

and scale. There is also a shift to luxurious and larger

showers and, in some cases, removing baths to allow

for this.

Are tiles still prominent?

Yes. Tiles are serviceable and the variance in price

means they can cater to all budgets. The variance also

in size, proportion and shapes means they are a great

go-to for bathrooms.

Raised basins have been a feature over recent years,

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Raised basins will always be a timeless option.

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What about his and hers basins?

A lot of homes are being designed with his

and hers basins; that being said, I don’t think

it should come at the sacrifice of practical

benchtop storage. Weigh up if both basins

will be utilised at the same time, and how

often, and how many, products you use on

your vanity.

In an en suite you may like his and hers

basins, whereas in a main bathroom used by

the rest of the family you may find one basin

with maximum benchtop space is preferable.

Are there any new developments

in showers?

Technological developments/advancements

in showers would be water coming through

the ceiling without a RainCan.

What about colour trends?

A naturalist palette is what we are

increasingly seeing (and loving), tonal

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caramel-based stone and tiles.



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Bathroom flooring – any new trends there?

For practicality, large format tiles in a lappato or matt (not

glossy) finish are being used.

In large, luxurious bathrooms, we are seeing two flooring

options – the shower floor is the same as the walls and different

from the rest of the floor, for example, mosaic tiles used on the

shower walls and floor.

How much does the bathroom design need to tie in with other

aspects of a home's decor and style?

The whole home needs consistency, whether it is a tonal

progression subtly shifting throughout the house or a common

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Can an existing bathroom and/or en suite be modernised

without costing too much, and if so how can that be done?

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as trades are involved. If the layout is good, you could update

the vanity/ basin and mirror. If you are replacing tiles, you

are looking at a full bathroom renovation.

Apart from the obvious, is there one thing that every

bathroom should have?

A well-considered shower niche within easy reach. If it is a

shelf that protrudes, ensure it can’t injure the shower user.

Have a good focal point – typically the vanity, and place

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For this homeowner and her family,

Halswell had been home for 30 years, so

when the time came for her to sell her

property and downsize, her preference

was to stay in the area, and to move into

a brand-new home.

The splashback tiles behind the stovetop

add a point of interest to the crisp

black-and-white colour scheme.

“I looked at a few plans with different

building companies, but a lot of them

were too small, because, while I was

wanting to downsize, I still wanted

space,” she explains.

“I came from four bedrooms and

large living and I didn’t want to go

into a box. I wanted space, but I was

definitely downsizing.”

After considering various options, the

decision was made to go with Golden

Homes. In addition to their designs,

she says, a key reason was structural.

“I liked that they use steel framing

rather than timber – it’s safer. I did

look at other companies, but I kept

coming back to Golden Homes

because of the steel structure.”

After talking to the company’s

design consultant Michelle Anderson,

the owner initially signed up for a

house and land package, but then her

lawyer advised against it.

“He said it could be up to 12 months

or even two years before I could move

in, so I got out of the contract. Then

Michelle contacted me again and said

she had just the house for me and

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Located on a corner site in the Country Downs

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bathroom – both featuring stylish black tap fittings,

black heated towel rails, and extensive tiled areas,

open-plan kitchen/dining/living area, and a separate

lounge – all the space she wanted, in a home from

the Bespoke Range by Golden Homes, designed by

Dean McGuigan.

Having two living areas and a dedicated dining

space is something this new owner especially enjoys,

with the feature wall slats in a timber veneer, which

create an attractive divide between the dining space

and lounge, being one of her favourite

design points.

The kitchen offers plenty of workspace and has

a separate butler’s pantry, a striking light fitting

above the bench, while behind the stove-top, the

splashback tiles in Porcelanosa Lexington Cognac

complement the wall slats.

A cathedral ceiling in the living area adds

height and character to the room, and in the main

bedroom a raised, recessed ceiling, or trayed ceiling,

again gives a sense of extra height.

In terms of the décor, designed by Golden

Homes, the home also perfectly matches the

owner’s style – crisp, sophisticated black and

white. So, all her furniture and accessories from

her previous home fitted right in, enabling her to

create an environment in her new abode that’s both

contemporary and elegant.

The all-important indoor-outdoor flow is well

catered for with doors opening onto three decks

– outside the living area, the lounge and the main

bedroom. One of the decks will house the barbecue,

while a selection of pots adds an interesting

focal point.

The spacious double garage, with internal access,

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Above: The well designed

open-plan layout includes

a dining area facing

the kitchen.

Top right: Black tapware

adds to the stylish look of

the bathrooms.

Bottom right: The timber

veneer wall slats create an

attractive divide between

the dining and one of the

living areas.

While the landscaping had been completed

when the owner moved in, she decided to

replace the lawn with artificial grass, so no

lawns to mow.

“Best thing I ever did!”

Plantings along the fence line will

eventually grow up to give more privacy.

The orientation of the brick and cedar-clad

house ensures all-day sun, a definite bonus,

plus the owner also enjoys living on a corner,

where she can see people coming and going.

The team at Golden Homes made the

process of getting into her new home

straightforward and stress-free, she says.

“Michelle was so efficient. She took me

through everything and always got back to

me. She went out of her way to make it all

work for me. She was an absolute treat.

“The construction manager, Simon Osikai

was very good to work with too, very efficient.

He was there the day I moved in and sorted

out the last few details.”

Even though it wasn’t yet completed, from

the moment she first walked in the front

door, this very happy owner knew this was

the house for her, and she loves living there.

“It was just the feel of the house – it ticked

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Left: With its black-andwhite

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bedroom is a picture

of elegance.

Below left: The cathedral

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One of the simplest styles to aim for is the Mediterranean garden. While it can be

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Romantic but functional

A Mediterranean garden is a romantic garden, yet it is

also a functional, social space. Within it, shady courtyards

provide relief from the heat, and a place where families

and friends can gather formally to dine, or informally to

gossip or sip a coffee.

Although the Mediterranean garden is synonymous

with Spain, Italy, southern France and Greece, it always

presents as having developed organically from the land

immediately around it: dry hills with rocky outcrops,

aromatic herb fields, wild alliums and almonds, and

gnarled olives. In autumn and winter, native cyclamen

grows from between cracks, and in spring the land bursts

into life with flowering bulbs – tulips, muscari and

anemone. Lavender bushes provide heady perfume but are

also used in soap and to provide medicinal oil.


Although the Mediterranean garden has evolved

from its own wild spaces, it is also carefully tended.

Functional, food-bearing plants such as bay, citrus, quince,

pomegranate, loquat and Medlar occupy nooks or pots,

and are watered deeply over summer. Clipped hedges

provide shelter from hot winds, and shade is provided by

crumbling walls refreshed with a lick of white-wash, or

rustic arbours threaded through with colourful climbing

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A single potted

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pail. Discarded vessels from an earlier age, such as retired

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Vintage oil jars and a colourful, shady pergola are hallmarks of the Mediterranean garden.


A Mediterranean garden has its origins in a simple peasant

economy, which is why recycled and natural materials form

the basis of its paths. Crazy paving is made from broken

brick, pieces of concrete, or flat rocks, randomly laid, with

the cracks between filled with aromatic herbs such as

thyme, oregano and chamomile. Broken seashells or gravel

chip will also suffice, and where cost is not an issue, and

more formality is desired, pea gravel can be substituted.

Formal edging is not required, as low-growing plants will

soften the look. Plants which are ideal for this purpose

include prostrate rockrose (Cistus salviifolius ‘Prostratus’),

low-growing catmint (Nepeta remosa ‘Walkers Low’), and

Prostrate sage (Salvia officinalis).


It’s simply not a Mediterranean garden without a place

to socialise. Incorporate your deck into your garden

by planting around it, or create a level, hard surface

from pebbles, grit or crazy paving. Go Greek by giving

vintage wooden chairs a lick of colourful oil-based paint

(the less perfect the job, the better), and provide a small

wooden table that has been given the same treatment.

Bright, and mismatched colours are perfect for painting

furniture, so don’t be afraid to head straight to your

recycling centre for tins of leftover paint. To get the

French Mediterranean look, choose wrought iron chairs

and table (or a small, glass-surfaced table will do the

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Natural materials make

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Climate control

A Mediterranean climate is characterised by hot, dry summers and

mild, wet winters. This is perfectly in keeping with many of the

warmer regions of our own country, but if that climatic description

doesn’t sound like your neck of the woods, you can always look for

ways to improvise.

A pergola, with a canopy of dense, hardy vines (such as clematis,

winter jasmine or climbing hydrangea), all suited to a damper,

cooler climate, can help. Both the structure and the plants will keep

the soil under and immediately around them dry over the winter

months. Within the protection of the pergola, it will be possible

to grow more tender climbers for colour (think: perennial sweet

pea or an ornamental grape such as Vitis coignetiae). If a pergola is

not within your budget, choose hedging plants that can be wellclipped.

They will create a dry microclimate around their feet.

Citrus also brings colour to a Mediterranean garden. It can grow

in-ground to fill a shrub-sized space or be kept small and clipped

when planted in a pot. Although a citrus will bear colourful fruit in

winter, in warmer climes, in summer it will put on a show for those

who live in cooler parts of the country. Potted citrus in cold regions

will need to be wrapped and/or moved into a greenhouse against

the winter weather.

Lavenders, the hallmark of the Mediterranean garden, are low

maintenance (give them a clip after flowering, and a harder one

again in spring). If you live in a warm, humid climate, Stoechas

are the lavenders to go for. English lavender will perform better in

colder climates, but the real enemy is the wet. Don’t let this deter

you, though – plant in pots of free-draining soil and move these

indoors or under eves in the wettest months.


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a home

where she belongs

Julie Gullick knew that her ‘felt sense’

had led her to the right place when

she found her section, and the builder,

for her new home in Woodend.


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Six years ago, a business opportunity

saw Julie Gullick and her family move

to Christchurch from Southland, where

she had lived for most of her life.

Then, following a change in her

personal circumstances, Julie started

looking for a new area in which to live,

somewhere she would feel part of

the community.

“I wanted to find a place like Winton,

where I had come from, a place where

people look out for each other.”

Initially, Julie started looking at areas

south of the city, and for her, the whole

experience was based on intuition.

“The land position, the design of the

house, the building company I would

choose, all of that would come about

through a ‘felt sense’,” Julie says.

In her search south, Julie found what

she describes as a “beautiful area with a

lovely section”, but it didn’t feel right.

“It seemed I wasn’t meant to live

south of Christchurch, so I drove

north to see what was there and that’s

where I found what I was looking

for. Ravenswood felt right, from a

community, and from a price point of

view for purchasing the land.

“I found the perfect section in

Ravenswood, so then I needed

to find the right building company.

In my search, I was methodical and

dedicated. I visited show homes and

met some lovely people from

building companies.

“I was looking for a company that

wasn’t too big, one that made me feel

valued as a customer and that I could

relate to. When I met Mark Smith

from Trident Homes at their show

home in Ravenswood it felt like a good

fit, but I wanted to connect with the

company, so I called them and was able

to speak directly to the franchise owner

Pete Nisbet, who was very helpful.

“I felt excited, so I looked at some

of their plans, but I was quite specific

about what I wanted,” Julie says.




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“Mark gave me the confidence to

work with them to bring my ideas to

fruition. We discussed what I needed

for my living environment, and that

was a design for the present, and for

the future. Really just a one-bedroom

home with a wing catering for guests

and family. I wanted the capacity to

have a dual-purpose bedroom and

Air B&B – I was looking for a way to

make an income when I retired.”

For Julie, the key requirements were

privacy, with the living area located

away from the street, open-plan living

space, a good-sized garage and plenty

of storage. One thing she didn’t want

was wasted space.

And the building company that

would provide all that had to be what

Julie describes as “relational”.

“I also wanted guarantees, with

national backing, and a fixed price,

and I didn’t want to be just another

number. Trident Homes were offering

all that, and they made me feel so

valued as a client. They offered plans,

but there was flexibility, allowing

things to be changed and tweaked.”

In fact, it was Julie herself who

devised the overall plan for her home

with guidance from Trident. This

resulted in the bespoke design, which

she says also features ‘up-spec’d’ fittings

and includes an open-plan kitchen/

living/dining space, three bedrooms –

one with an adjoining kitchenette, two

bathrooms, three toilets and an extralarge

double garage.

For the colour scheme, Julie worked

with Trident Homes’ colour consultant

Lynley Hansen from By Design

Interiors. Throughout the living areas

and two of the bedrooms, Wattyl

Magnesium was the choice, and for

her bedroom, the moody, dark -Silent

Silhouette by Wattyl, with a feature

wall in a striking floral wallpaper,

white ceiling and white trim.

“I had Lynley’s guidance, but she

gave me the space to make my own

choices. It was also important for me

to keep the chemical load down, so

the paint I chose is low VOC [volatile

organic chemicals]. It’s durable, and

friendly to the environment

and humans.”

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Above: The barn door opening from

the living area to the hallway is one of

Julie's favourite features.

Below left: The spacious open-plan

layout was a key requirement.

Below right: The kitchen offers plenty

of storage space.

Lynley Hansen

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Above: The main

bathroom features

a fully tiled shower

and a bath.

Top right: Leading

from the hallway,

the kitchenette

adjoining one of

the bedrooms

provides for

guests, family and

potential Air B&B


Right: An eyecatching

feature of

the kitchen is the

brick splash-back.

For the carpet, she chose one from the Belgotex

Empire range, in ash, while the vinyl in the

kitchen and bathrooms is a plank design in the

colour Supremo Sutherland.

The home’s exterior cladding is Clad’X plaster

system, as recommended by Trident Homes,

with a feature gable.

With fresh, ventilated air being a nonnegotiable

for Julie, she had a Moisture Master

ventilation system installed, and this is just one

of several special features she particularly enjoys

in her new home.

“I love the vaulted ceiling in the living area –

it gives the illusion of more space, it definitely

lets in more light, and it’s a point of interest in

the room. I’m also thrilled with the barn door

between the living area and the hall and the

brick splash-back in the kitchen.

“The storage is amazing,” Julie adds, “and that

was important for me.”

It includes a large cupboard in the living area

and the garage, and storage space in the roof.

Two sets of stacker doors open out from the

living area to concrete patios, providing indooroutdoor

flow, while an outside hot tap is handy

for cleaning up after gardening. Julie has already

established a vegetable and herb garden, the

well-tended lawn looks lush, and she is planning

to plant fruit trees, flowers and shrubs.

In talking about her new home, Julie constantly

refers to the “relational” aspect of her experience

with the Trident Homes team, which made her

feel valued.

“Greg Lyons, the project manager, was

just brilliant – I formed a good relationship

with him, and there was a great team of subcontractors.

Through Greg, I was able to have

site access whenever I wanted to go and see how

they were progressing. And Pete Nisbet was

available if, and when, I had any questions. He

said I could contact him any time I wanted to

know anything. That’s something I don’t think

you would get with a larger company.”

Relaxing in her light, airy living space, Julie

enjoys the outlook of trees and sky beyond

her boundary.

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“I love feeling close to

nature. I have that here.

This house gives me

everything I was looking

for and I am very

happy with how it all

came together.”

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what’s cookin’ in the


Nicky Claridge of NC Design talks

to Home & Leisure about the latest

developments in kitchen design. And

there are plenty of tasty ideas, both

for new builds and renovations,

as she reveals.


Courtesy NC Design

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What are the current trends in kitchen

design in terms of colour schemes, and

materials for cabinetry and bench surfaces?

Timber, timber and more timber! Here and

overseas, customer demand for timber and

‘timber-look’ kitchens is on the rise. Be it a

white kitchen with timber accents, or a timber

kitchen with accents of black or pops of colour,

the addition of timber into the kitchen is

going to be with us for some time.

While the engineered stones for benchtops

are still super popular, the rise of the porcelain

surface is hot on its tail. And why wouldn’t it

be, with features like stain and heat resistance.

It’s the perfect surface for a busy kitchen.

How has the open-plan concept developed

over recent years and what are its advantages?

The open-plan kitchen/dining space was

adopted in the mid-’80s and will be a part of

Kiwi homes for the foreseeable. The kitchen

is no longer just the place for the cook, it’s the

hub of the home and is now, more than ever, a

multi-purpose space. Homework, entertaining

and even a work-space (thanks Covid…)

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Any new developments in appliances?

The technology of the latest appliances is vast,

with ovens and cooktops that are being built for

the domestic sector kitted out with functions the

most decerning chef would envy. The key design

feature that is very popular today is the ability to

integrate some of the appliances into the kitchen

joinery, so they become ‘hidden’.

What about lighting?

What are the different options?

Lighting in the kitchen is more than just providing

good ‘task’ light for the chef, it’s the mood lighting

for the party, or accent lighting when the main

room lights are off. My tip is to make sure the task

lamps and accent lamps are switched separately

so they can be operated independently from

each other.

Tell us about tapware trends – what's new?

The kitchen tap is the hardest-working tap in

the house by far, so it’s the one faucet that you

shouldn’t grab as a bargain. Depending on your

location, the quality of the tap-juice can be a little

hard to swallow….. so the addition of a water filter

can make all the difference to the taste.

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Storage is an important aspect of

kitchen design, so are there any new

ideas for that?

More storage will always be near the

top of a client’s wish-list, and so it

should be. Kitchen real estate isn’t

cheap, and wasted space is even more

expensive, so the addition of ‘innerdrawers’

to a pantry, with the longest

‘full-extension’ runners you can have,

is the best way to gain access to

and make use of those

hard-to-reach spaces.

How can an existing kitchen be

upgraded without spending

too much?

Updating a tired kitchen on a budget

is tricky, but not impossible. Simple

things like changing the handles or

replacing the sink, tap or splash-back

can often be enough to give it a new

lease of life. Changing the benchtop

is often a good way to reinvigorate a

space but can be problematic if tiles

are involved. If the cabinet colour is

what you want to change, then a refacing

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Buying a new bed is an important decision and not one that should be rushed.

These days there are so many options, it can be hard to decide on just one.

An adjustable bed is a great solution. With an adjustable bed you can move

the bed to your desired sleeping position and there’s added benefits such

as being able to raise your head to read. When you buy an adjustable bed,

you’re buying a bed that can be altered to exactly what you want.

Features and Benefits

• Being able to adjust your bed can

help with health issues such as poor

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• If you and your partner prefer to

sleep in different positions, you can

choose a split model.

With a split bed base, each side of

the bed can be independently moved

- one person can have the bed laid

flat to sleep while the other can lift

the back up and read in bed at the

same time.

• Another advantage of a split bed

is that you and your partner can each

select the mattress comfort you

desire – even if one person prefers

super firm and the other likes their

mattress soft, there’s no compromise


• The base can be paired with different

customisable headboard styles to suit

your bedroom décor. Select from

upholstered headboards or beautifully

crafted timber designs.

As well as having movement features,

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Red Lentil Dahl


For the Dahl

1-2 tbsp coconut oil or other neutral oil for frying

2 onions chopped

4 garlic cloves minced

2 tsp ginger minced (or more to taste)

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp red paprika powder

1 tsp garam masala or other curry powder to taste

1 ⅔ cups (300 g) red lentils

3 ¼ cups (780 ml) vegetable broth

1 cup (240 ml) coconut milk

1 cup (240 ml) strained tomatoes or chopped tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

2 tsp coconut sugar or to taste

2-3 tbsp lime or lemon juice or to taste

To serve (optional)

4-6 tbsp non-dairy yogurt

fresh parsley or coriander

sesame seeds

rice cooked

This Easy Indian Red

Lentil Dahl is a musttry

if you’re looking for a

flavorful curry, soup, or stew

recipe. It’s delicious, healthy

and one of the best lentil

dishes to warm you up in

winter or for cold weather.

Recipe and photo:

Bianca Zapatka




• Heat the coconut oil in a skillet or saucepan. Add the chopped

onions, and sauté for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Then add the

garlic and ginger sauté for another minute until fragrant. Lastly,

add the spices, and sauté for a few seconds to unfold flavors.

• Place the lentils in a fine-mashed sieve and rinse with cold running

water. Then add them to the onion mixture in the skillet. Pour in

the vegetable broth, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer. Cook

covered for 8-10 minutes, or until the lentils have absorbed most of

the liquid.

• Add the coconut milk and strained tomatoes and simmer another

5-10 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. (If the sauce is too

thick, add a little more broth or coconut milk, until the desired

consistency is reached). Season with salt, pepper, coconut sugar,

and lime juice to taste.

• Garnish your dahl with a swirl of non-dairy yogurt, fresh chopped

parsley or coriander, and sesame seeds or other toppings you like.

Serve over rice or with homemade vegan naan or aloo paratha or

use it as a filling for your favorite hearty pancake, crêpes, or tortilla

recipe. Enjoy!

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taste lane

Follow the foodies to Taste Lane at

the Home & Leisure Show for delicious

flavours from these specialist food and

beverage producers and importers.

Skazka Deli

Skazka Deli was established in 2003 and quickly became the favourite

spot for European and Kiwi foodies alike. You will find all the ingredients

for traditional festive celebrations and essential treats here - black caviar,

colourful jars of pickles, salted herring, cheese, smoked meats and sausages,

speck, cakes, chocolates and sweets.

Discover intercontinental delicacies in our shop or buy on-line. It's a joy

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Aoraki Liquorice

Liquorice lovers will be licking their

lips at Aoraki’s extensive range of

tempting sweet treats, all made in

New Zealand. Naturally they have

everyone’s faves like Liquorice

Allsorts, Irish Moss, and Raspberry

and Liquorice Bites. More of a fudge

fan? The Chocolate, Russian and

Irish Cream combination pottles

are very popular. The clear pottles

are fully recyclable and Aoraki also

caters to gluten-free and workplace

customers. Based in Christchurch.


Euro Liquor

Euro Liquor is an Auckland-based online

liquor store. Here you can find European

beer, vodka, brandy, whiskey, specialty

liqueurs, and wines. We work with premium

brands focused on delivering high-quality

drinking experiences to our discerning

customers. Our products are from many

European countries such as Norway,

Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland etc.

Apart from traditional flavours, we have

Low Carb, Gluten Free, Low-Alc and Non-

Alc beverages. Something cool for everyone!


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Straight 8 Estate

Straight 8 Estate is located in the

heart of the Canterbury Plains in

Burnham. The vineyard is over 30

years old and we aim to produce a

range of ‘Seriously Drinkable Wines’

from our single-vineyard block. Our

cellar door is open seven days a week

from 9am to 6.30pm. Casual, wine

tasting daily – we look forward to

seeing you. Cheers James & Mary.


Cannonhill Gourmet

We are a local food manufacturer that produces

a range of small-batch, handcrafted mayonnaise,

hummus, relishes, and more recently a range of

puddings. Our aim is to provide a classic-based

range with a modern twist, focusing on quality and

flavour. We believe in providing our customers with

products to inspire their culinary confidence and

imagination. We are available in most supermarkets

and specialty stores. cannonhillgourmet.co.nz

Fudge Cottage

For decades, The Fudge Cottage at Christchurch’s

historic Arts Centre has been handcrafting the

finest artisan fudge from a traditional family recipe.

Fresh New Zealand milk and cream are combined

with carefully selected natural ingredients to create

confections that bring a smile to the lips of young and

old alike. With a wide range of products, flavours, and

delightful giftware, you’ll find something for everyone

at The Fudge Cottage.


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Dakshina seasonings and curry mixes are made

from all-natural ingredients and are carefully

crafted by hand. By combining these with

ingredients you can easily source locally you can

bring the tastes of India to your home. Give it

a try some time to spice up your mealtime and

enjoy the undeniable aroma that comes from

making a dish that smells, looks, and tastes like it

came straight out of India. dakshina.co.nz


Make sure you stop by the stand and

have a taste of some top shelf products

from Brandhouse, a Christchurch

based beverage company. You might

even find your new favourite beer,

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the inside


It’s so important to inject your personal

tastes into the spaces you reside in, so that

feeling of ‘home’ is there the second you

walk in the door. And the style that achieves

that feeling is different for everyone, says

Treena Swift of Swift Designs.

She talks to Home & Leisure about making

your interior design work for you.

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What are the current trends in interior design in terms of

style, e.g. minimalist, rustic/country, sleek/contemporary,


The recent lockdowns have highlighted the need for our

homes to not only function well but also make us feel good

and there is a lot of discussion in the industry about what

comfort means to different individuals.

We are noticing a demand for more natural fibres and

colours. Bringing elements of nature into our homes can be

soothing, therefore trends in soft furnishings and wallpaper

include using anything inspired by nature or that incorporate

natural materials. We are seeing lots of botanical prints and

colours like ochre, grey with either a strong blue or brown

undertone, green of every shade and a move back to warm

tones in wall and floor coverings. Texture is being used in

upholstery fabrics with rounded shapes in furniture designs.

Buying quality is definitely trending; generally people are

becoming more aware of the impact their purchases have

on the environment, so buying better quality is important

to get the longest life out of our furniture and furnishings.

Style trends are becoming less important, instead clients are

focusing on what make them happy and won’t date too easily,

then creating a unique style that suits their individual needs.

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When considering an interior

design for a room, what should

you start with?

Start with the floor and work your

way up. Think of your space in layers

and add as many layers as you can

afford – the more you add, the more

aesthetically pleasing and welcoming

it will feel. Examples of layers in

a living room are – flooring, rugs,

side and coffee tables, sofa or chairs,

cushions, throws, lighting, window

treatments, paint colours, wallpaper,

art or family photos, décor such as

dried flowers, vases, candles, books;

and lastly plants. Check that all

items co-ordinate with the flooring

selection, and with each other, to

create the overall style you love.

What would you recommend as a

focal point in a living space?

A fire always offers a warm focal point

in the living room. If you don’t have

the infrastructure needed, i.e. plumbed

gas or a flue, the latest electric fires

are an easy addition for retro-fitting.

They look very much like a gas fire. A

large art work or a feature wallpaper

can also have a dramatic impact if the

space for a fire isn’t available.

How can accessories like throws and

cushions be used to best effect?

Use accessories to repeat the colour

from artworks or rugs within the

space. When you repeat a material,

colour or theme, it makes it look

intentional (even if it wasn’t). Select

quality feather cushion inners; this

allows you to change the covers

seasonally or annually to completely

transform the overall appearance of

the room without the large expense.

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How can a room be updated on a budget?

First, create the plan of what you need, be specific about the

style and size of each piece and only buy those items! If your

budget is tight, shop around online and in stores. Facebook

Marketplace and Trade Me can be the source of bargains

and often items provide an opportunity to up-cycle to make

it your own. Auction houses, antique stores and thrift stores

can sometimes have just the thing you need for a fraction of

the cost.

Contact an interior designer and be honest about your

budget and what you need to achieve with it. They have

access to discontinued fabrics and know where and how to

source items for less (or more). Paint can be used to great

effect and is inexpensive.

Or if there are no budget limits, where should the money

be spent?

Spending money on materials and finishes that increase

the asset’s value is always a great plan. But, whatever your

budget, buy the best quality you can afford and take your

time – the best interiors come about over years of enjoyment

and reflect the homeowner’s life and loves.

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a rural


Away from the pressures of

work in a tourist hotspot, a

comfortable holiday home

provides a welcome escape.


Christine de Felice


Courtesy Genius Homes

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After purchasing a 10,000sqm rural

flat site in the Maniototo, an Otago

couple were considering whether to

design and build themselves or look

for a company that would take care

of the full project.

"Having previously built our own

homes over the years, we were

looking at the least stressful, and

easily managed remotely,” the

husband explains.

“We live in Queenstown and

were building a holiday house two

hours away. We both have busy

jobs. We wanted the most seamless

construction process within a budget.”

Their online research brought up

several building companies offering a

one-stop package, among which was

Genius Homes.

“Their website presented some smart

designs that seemed to be well priced,”

he says.

“One of these was the option of

a complete ‘off-site build’ with a

transportable option, and that seemed

to fit our situation perfectly. The

website was easy to look through, their

designs offered what we were looking

for and when we made initial contact

to discuss options, they responded to

us in a timely manner.”

The sales agent met the couple at

their home, where they discussed the

brief and the design they had in mind.

“The agent showed us the likely

benefits of another design that would

require less changes to meet our brief,

so was cost effective. In chatting to

him he was attentive and responded

quickly to questions. We found that

Genius as a team have a solid variety

of members from sales to design, to

project management and that gave us

the confidence to choose Genius for

this remote-build project.”

He also notes that when choosing

what they would have for their new

holiday home, Genius made the whole

decision-making process easy.

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Sliding doors provide the indoor/outdoor flow the couple wanted.

“We received all the samples for colour

choices, laminates, kitchen design,

plumbing and electrical options all

packaged and delivered to us to have

for a week to make our selections. The

process was fun, and then it was all

brought together with their design

consultant, who was able to finalise

anything with her knowledge of their

brand, their previous builds and similar

projects to keep things cost effective.

“We made a few changes that were

an option on the standard design.

These were all drawn up and provided

to us for approval prior to any final

decision. Their project manager met

with us on site, and then kept us up to

date with progress.”

The Covid situation meant the start

date for the project was delayed by a

few months, but when the project got

underway, the timeline was met as

per the agreement. The couple were

encouraged to visit the factory once

the house build began and were shown

a recently completed house in the

same design.

“This gave us the confidence

with the choices we had made. The

project manager assisted us with

recommended choices and ensured

these were followed through.”

The design chosen was Benmore.

“The house design was a good sqm

for our large rural site,” the owner says.

“The three bedrooms and two

bathrooms was in our brief and the

kitchen/dining/living space was a good

size for our needs. Overall, the design

was a good fit for the rural setting.

“We opted for the upgrade of cedar

weatherboards on the front of the

house, which we feel makes the house

really ‘pop’ against the remaining iron

cladding. Because of our location

in Central Otago with its extreme

temperature variances, we decided to

remove the decking from the project

and complete this ourselves.

“We chose and constructed the deck

in a composite finish, which has less

movement than timber in the harsh

conditions and extreme weather

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Above: The red

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products such as glass and wool and manufactured

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Insulation is most commonly placed in the ceiling and

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the walls as well will provide maximum benefit.

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Dry: relative humidity between 40 per

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Warm: temperature above 14 degrees

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after cooking. (Cooking pasta releases five litres of moisture in the air, so

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the moisture you expired during the night to get out, also the CO2, and

let dry, fresh air come in. Five minutes is enough – if a window is open

for longer than that, you will not be ventilating anymore, just losing heat.

• Heat the bathroom with a fan heater before taking a shower. Warm air

will hold more moisture, and then it will be taken out by the

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Two more tips from Julie:

• “Some people think leaving a window open all day is

ventilating the house. Well, for the first 20 minutes maybe, after

that definitely not. The only thing happening is you are letting

the heat out.” (Low 2 of the thermal dynamics principles.)

• A cheaper way to heat bedrooms is with a small device such

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